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Jason’s a little behind the times. The FFT remaster happened ages ago, it was called War of the Lions. It’s pretty good.

Fair.

But I think Jason likely means a Remaster is coming to modern platforms - i.e. probably for modern consoles like XBox 1 and Series, PS4, PS5, Switch; and maybe also PC over on Steam, Epic, etc.

Since you bring that up, I wonder if the Remaster is based off FFT OG or if it's a Re-Remaster based off War of the Lions version.
 
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It's still strange to me that they never brought the android port of FFT to steam years ago when they did all the rest of them.

The selection they brought to Steam was really weird, too. The DS versions of 3 and 4, as well as the mobile versions of 5 and 6 that everyone hated. I don’t think the PSP/mobile versions of 1 and 2 from around that same time period ever made it? And the PSP version of 4 that most people (not me) seemed to like better didn’t, either.
 
Another set of Steamfest games. I think I've played most of the gameplay ones other than some RPG/strategy games, which may get a few battles from me. The narrative stuff is hardest to rate as the demos usually go on a while. I think I have about 20 more demos although I doubt I'll get through them all, so I'll likely cut that to half. It's been a relatively good Next Fest although I don't see as many games that are just wowing me overall. Bloomtown: A Different Story was the best of this lot with Fading Skies being decent, and both having pretty long demos. Other good ones were Metal Slug Tactics, Seafrog, Victory Heat Rally, and Witching Stone.

Bloomtown: A Different Story – 74 minutes completed demo. This one is a pretty cool narrative game with excellent graphics, music inspired by the newer Persona games, and also gameplay inspired by Persona. In it you play a girl who with her brother go to stay with their grandpa. There is some weird demon stuff going on, but you kind of live around the rural town, accomplish quests and eventually get to some RPG mechanic with Persona fighting where you try to attack an enemy weakness to get bonuses. This one was a little clunky mainly in music, but everything was top notch. I liked the story, the characters seemed alright, and it did feel like I was living the small-town life. A very decent demo for sure. 8/10

Boyhood's End – 35 minutes. This is a weird blend between visual novel, RPGMaker I think and clicking on a UI for a laptop interface. This one is about a guy who is a survivor of some tragedy. He ends up in a school with a human score of -2000 I believe and is bullied because of it. Stuff happens and he tries to keep going by doing hacking, but circumstances change. Frankly it was pretty depressing and it was very annoying jumping back to the laptop GUI for every message. Overall I got a bad end, and I’m okay only getting this one from a bundle. It had interesting ideas but I wasn’t jiving much with characters. 6/10

Closer the Distance – 43 minutes. This one is a weird kind of Sims like game where you play as a girl who talks to her sister. A certain event happens to the sister and the sister helps guide her after the tragedy. It’s a very strange, simple looking game about coping with things and likely moving on. The main character isn’t my favorite, but she’s OK enough. The UI is really janky feeling for second stories in houses and twirling the camera around and selecting some things. I feel this has potential, but it feels maybe a bit too ambitious and clunky cause of that result. The voice acting is really good. 6/10

Fading Skies – 108 minutes. This one is an 3D action-adventure exploration game where you play a girl who is exploring this unknown land and you get to solve a lot of environmental puzzles, platform, get some story, have a boss fight now and then, and have these large environments where you learn new abilities. This feels like a decent homage to the newer Legend of Zelda games and was a decent bit of fun. The graphics were nice, the sense of scalability and height was excellent, and all the abilities you get help. I think the only one I had problems with was the last one, which was a little harder to control. This would be an excellent bundle and is one to get cheaper as well. It will have a Kickstarter some point to at this Kickstarter link. 8/10

Metal Slug Tactics - 39 minutes. This is a tactics game using Metal Slug characters and graphics. The actual gameplay is challenging as you have follow up attacks if a character is in line and could do it once a turn. Weapons are mainly guns. You have abilities that charge over time and there are certain tasks to complete missions. It’s pretty good overall although it feels mobile like with smaller maps and a rogue type system for missions. It’s worth a try although I’m not sure It’s a great turn-based strategy game. 7/10

Pinball Storm: Lokanta – 16 minutes. This one is a Vampire Survivors like game with you shooting balls out that bounce around like pinballs. They bounce not only off of enemies and terrain, but also your character. You can have abilities activate when certain things happen. The graphics and sounds are just OK. This feels more gimmicky than fun, but I can see it being fun at the lower end of a bundle. 6/10

The Rise – 3 minutes. This is a somewhat OK controlling the Series X controller precision platformer with timers to get carrots for a rabbit and a daughter or something. It has okay music and graphics, and I couldn’t get the first carrot. It was decent enough, but didn’t feel as good as something like Celeste or Super Meat Boy. 5.5/10

Rubato – 22 minutes. A very floaty frog 2D platformer where you collect the pieces of a planet (that look like the Sega Saturn logo I believe). The controls are a bit weird physics wise for moving things, your tongue, the way boxes move, etc.… It had a really quirky story about the universe being destroyed because of a pool game. I enjoyed it enough other than some really quirky annoying music and surprisingly floaty jumping and movement. 6/10

Sacre Bleu – 10 minutes. A 2D action platformer where you play a musketeer who has been framed and is trying to save the other musketeers from the Bastille. It looks pretty good and has decent voice acting. The combat is decent and a quirky way to get around is to shoot your gun down to get velocity going the opposite direction. This is a very buggy demo though with one crash and one me getting stuck in the walls. I gave it up at this point, but it was going to be fun. With the bugs I’ll leave this as a 6/10.

Seafrog – 20 minutes. This one is a strange 2D platformer where you hoverboard around and do tricks, fix leaking pipes, collect fuel and there is even a trick performance for items (I got stopped here). Overall, the graphics are good, the controls pretty solid on the Series X controller and the levels are like mini open worlds. Overall, very solid and well worth trying and possibly getting in a bundle later. 7.5/10

Shell Runner – 7 minutes. This one is a pretty average feeling do a mission looter shooter with Diablo like inventory system (feels awful here). This looks alright and plays okay with the mouse and keyboard (move with keyboard and shoot with mouse). Nothing too special and honestly the enemies feel a bit spongy already just playing one mission. 5.5/10

Slug Gear – 11 minutes completed demo. This one is an action packed 2D platforming Metroidvania with some girl and her hammer. It looks OK enough and the movement is a bit floaty. The series X controller works well and the boss fight was alright. Everything is not too exciting, though not really bad either other than the weird trajectories coins go from defeated enemies. I would only get it bundled, but there is some potential here. 6/10

Sock It – 21 minutes completed demo. This is an okay unpolished pretty indie looking Punch Out clone. This one has a silly story, but it also was decently playable. The timing for dodges is a little tricky, but otherwise it controlled fine. This one wasn’t too bad and would be a fine cheaper game or a bundled game. 6.5/10

Sodaman – 14 minutes lost one run. This one is a run and gun Vampire Survivors like game. This game controlled pretty well with a mouse and keyboard. The graphics were decent enough and the gameplay as well. Nothing majorily special but I did like the gun mechanics. 6.5/10

Somnabuster – 6 minutes. This one is a 2D platformer where you collect stars and stars witches I believe. You have different movement techs to get around to the end of the level. The hitboxes are really wonky sometime and you will get hit even if not as close to some enemies’ movement. The music is good and the graphics have a hand drawn feel. Overall, it feels decent enough but needs some polish especially the hitboxes and a few of the weird at times jumping. 5.5/10

Stardust Demon – 15 minutes. This one is a 2D platformer Metroidvania similar to Cave Story. You play some dragon and shoot fireballs and move around. It sounds and looks fine and I was ready to give it a good recommend. A movement skill using a boost thing drove me to not finish the demo as the trajectory of it was hard to control and I reached an area where it needed a perfect angle to boost through lasers. They likely know it’s wonky to control as they put check points before every boost point. This was not well designed (I’m not sure why you can’t see the trajectory and hold the button till you got a good one). That leads me to not recommend it, but it was fun before that. 6.5/10

Steel Seed – Heck of a lot of jank in a 3D third person action game. This one looks really nice and has decent voice acting. It also has some really bad action battles (hard to dodge and a bit too flashy), some jank stealth, some first-person robot companion flying with awful shooting and it seems like big open areas but very linear similar to Remember Me. This one needs a lot of polish, but is pretty high quality. 6/10

SWORN – 19 minutes. This one is a very average Hades like action rogue lite except it deals with corrupted Arthurian stuff. This one is likely made for co-op with HP spongey enemies. The enemies attack very quick at times, which makes for hard dodging or quick activating of abilities. This is especially noticeable with the second big hammer guy. It looks and sounds OK enough, but I wasn’t feeling the gameplay much at all. 6/10

Victory Heat Rally – 12 minutes. Completed a few races and a trial. This one is an arcade racer with a strong emphasis on drifting. It should have default controls, but makes you set them up when you open the game (not a good idea). The graphics and sounds are quite good and it is fun to play. It is also pretty hard as some roads are pretty narrow. Overall I could see this one being a really decent one, and even though it’s not for me, it’s pretty high quality and on the verge of being very good. 7/10

Witching Stone – 15 minutes. Lost first run. This one is an interesting match 3 type game where you use your matches to cast spells. You at least start (not sure if able to get more) can select 5 items. Generally, spells cast 2 and 3 stones and have to be in order, but you can skip stones such as a red yellow yellow one being able to be cast with red, blue, yellow, and yellow. This one is pretty challenging and fun and is engaging with good music/graphics. Overall, it is a high-quality game that I’m not very good at currently. 7/10

Yars Rising – 15 minutes. This one was a kind of weird new take on Yars Revenge I believe it was called where you play some young girl who wants to hack and take down her company or something like that. She has cool friends and of course the old school game comes back every few screens with a hacking terminal where you have to complete a mini game to open doors or get a new power. This one is a Metroidvania, although it feels extremely linear. I thought it looked and controlled nicely though it felt like there was very little incentive to exploring, as it seems that gets you little bits to restore your health and I’m not sure what else. Not really my type of game, even developed by Way Forward, and feels like an Epic freebie in the future (like other Atari reboots). It’s way too generic with uninspired gameplay, but plays just OK enough to almost get a recommendation. 6.5/10
 
Played about 10 demos this weekend. Didn't see much that interested me.

Tactical Breach Wizards- Weird magical/modern guns Xcom type game. Probably the most enjoyable demo I played and has promise. 31 minutes before I lost interest. Wizard hats and M4's along with magic wands with laser dots and silencers. It kinda works, knocking enemies out of windows with chain lightning.

Steel Seed- 3rd person action/platformer game. Have little drone friend, will travel. Runs ok even on older hardware (with dlss at least) despite bringing modern parts to their knees according to some. Don't see what the big fuss is but not my kind of game. 10 minutes, 4-5 of it messing with graphics settings.

Drill Core- Rogue like colony sim/tower defense type game. Not bad, actually lasted 30 mins before bored.

The Alters-skipped after reading the data collection eula at the start of the game. Interesting concept of creating clones to save yourself from death or something but they want to track data in a demo.

Towerful Defense: A Rogue TD. Meh. Solo TD, new concept I guess but not much fun.

Warcana- Auto Battler rts meets TD/city builder. HOMM3 vibes, in art style at least. Wishlist worthy at least.

Rogue Citadel: Tower defense game with Vampire Survivors mechanics. Not the prettiest game but fun for a TD game.

Elemental Exiles: Card game, similar to Monster Train and Slay the Spire. Playable but seems like its in the early stages. It has potential at least.

Heart of the Machine: 4X/grand strategy where you are a sentient AI taking over a city. Might be good in the future but like many 4x games tons of confusing controls.

Runes of Aureal. Another card game with a horror theme. Meh, it was okay but another 10 minutes and I'm bored.

The rest of the games I tried I can't be bothered to look up their names.
 
I’ll never understand why anyone right now would even reveal a game that’s being released in 2026 (let’s be real, it’ll be delayed until 2027 anyway) But also making it an Epic exclusive is some really big brain shit. Will the Epic Game Store even still be around 2 years from now??
 
Jason Schreier basically confirmed on Reddit that Final Fantasy Tactics: Remastered is real, exists, and is happening:

- VGC Article -> https://www.videogameschronicle.com...s-remaster-is-real-and-happening-its-claimed/

- Jason's post on Reddit:
Awesome, one of my favorite games. I really hope it gets an orchestral soundtrack. And they should bring Xenogears next. A remake with modern graphics would be even better, but doubt that'll ever happen.
 
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Hopefully I didn't miss a post, but Baten Kaitos is now on PC. I didn't give it much of a chance when I rented it on GameCube since I tend to not like things with cards (and the voice sound quality was horrible), but probably will give it another chance once there's a bigger discount.
 
I’ll never understand why anyone right now would even reveal a game that’s being released in 2026 (let’s be real, it’ll be delayed until 2027 anyway) But also making it an Epic exclusive is some really big brain shit. Will the Epic Game Store even still be around 2 years from now??
Fortnite money supposedly keeps it afloat.
 
I'm still plugging through demos as my weekend was pretty busy. Glad to see most still work after the event so far. I've played 55 and have about 25 to go.
 
Fallen Aces.

INTRO.
I don't normally buy games in Early Access, but I picked-up Fallen Aces [Steam], since the price will be going up soon. Episode 1 is out now (out of 3) and I've been this checking out. Awesome immersive-sim game so far, as I'm some 2 hours in here.

EPISODE ONE.
This game's mixing first-person action/brawler/shooter/stealth stuff in one big hybrid of a pot here. This game's so far awesome. Getting all kinds of vibes here: noir stuff like Dick Tracy (setting & world reminds me of that) & Max Payne (the gangsters, mobsters thing & comic-book cut-scenes); Kingpin (the video game from the 90's); Deus Ex (imm-sim gameplay mixing FPS/action/melee/shooter); Thief games (you can sneak around, knock enemies out instead of kill them and move their bodies around), Condemned (pick-up makeshift melee weapons, which can break and you can strike with and/or toss), games with first-person brawling (you can kicks and punch, such as Zeno Clash), and more.

Like Deus Ex & early Thief games (T1 & T2), the game's levels are map-based. Levels are open, spawling, and big per each map. Each mission's a big map & you have to pull off what's the main objective(s) in a manner of...however you see fit. Want to go all stealthy to sneak around & knock out people from behind? Go ahead. Find some guns like nail guns, hand-guns, sniper rifles and other guns & shoot all guns blazing? Go ahead. Want to mix all of these? Well, go ahead. You can often find into areas within the map numerous ways to also enter and exits areas, along with taking down certain objectives too, which is going to make fans of the imm-sim. very happy here.

You can pick up almost anything & interact with it - whether swinging it, tossing it, moving it around (like boxes, cigarette containers, etc), and/or reading it (i.e. Lore likes newspapers, journals, etc). Since I'm on the Lore stuff here, there's Lore littered everywhere with info with, which really fleshes out & builds up the game, story, characters, and world - as if this world didn't feel already loaded enough with its stellar voice-acting, comic-book cut-scenes, cel-shaded graphics, and personality.

Since I mentioned graphics and all & while I'm at it, I should note the performance is fine here. It's always running at 60fps & never having any sort of performance issues at 1080p, all maxed-out - yes, this game runs like a dream with its stylistic comic-book look here. It should, as it isn't technically anything spectacular here, but that doesn't matter b/c this game's all artistic with the approach here, with its cel-shaded comic-book look. I love the game's artistic look, I should mention.

You play as a Detective is a city that's riddled w/ crime everywhere, as gangsters are trying to control & take over the City and make people's lives a Living Hell of sorts. Racketeering, increasing rent on apartments & living quarters, and more. There's also a vigilante going around, in which he's also trying to stop a lot of these problems. You got involved with a certain case - and of course, everything snowballs & has a domino effect from there, especially after a certain event happens to a friend and you vow to get revenge on whoever did this & solve your case, while you're at it.

OUTRO:
I'm some 107 minutes in...and I'm on the 2nd chapter of Episode here (there's 5 Chapters here within this 1st Episode). More to come, when I play more - and I'll be looking forward to more, whenever they (the two developers) bank out the other 2 Episodes. This game rules; it's awesome so far.
 
Awesome, the Mistwalker game Fantasian was finally announced for PC as well as Dragon Quest 1-2 HD and Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D. And more old Marvel Vs Capcom games as well. Hopefully the those Ace Attorney games announced for Switch are coming too, but I haven't seen anything on that yet. Also very excited to see a new Mario & Luigi, Metroid Prime 4, and Zelda, but of course those are Switch only.
 
FINALLY!! More Dragon Quest coming to PC!!!

I loved Dragon Warrior 1 on my NES and also DW3. Literally, Dragon Warrior 1 (aka Dragon Quest 1) was my first JRPG. I still dunno how and why I did not end up w/ DW2 and DW4 on my OG 8-bit NES. Odd.

So, did they remake DQ4 w/ the HD thing or HD-2D thing? I'd love to see DQ4 hit here in this format HD format.

Hopefully, the rest of DQ's hit PC too - i.e. 5 to 10.

EDIT - Oh, looks like Romancing Saga 2: Revenge of the Seven Remake is coming too...and it's listed on Steam already - https://store.steampowered.com/app/2455640/Romancing_SaGa_2_Revenge_of_the_Seven/
 
FINALLY!! More Dragon Quest coming to PC!!!

I loved Dragon Warrior 1 on my NES and also DW3. Literally, Dragon Warrior 1 (aka Dragon Quest 1) was my first JRPG. I still dunno how and why I did not end up w/ DW2 and DW4 on my OG 8-bit NES. Odd.

So, did they remake DQ4 w/ the HD thing or HD-2D thing? I'd love to see DQ4 hit here in this format HD format.

Hopefully, the rest of DQ's hit PC too - i.e. 5 to 10.

EDIT - Oh, looks like Romancing Saga 2: Revenge of the Seven Remake is coming too...and it's listed on Steam already - https://store.steampowered.com/app/2455640/Romancing_SaGa_2_Revenge_of_the_Seven/
I didn't own any of the nes games (just played the Switch mobile versions), but I believe the first RPG I ever saw was the original DQ at a neighbour's house when I was young. They didn't remake 4 in HD-2D, but I'd love to see that happen as well as 5 and 6. And yeah, all the rest would be cool as well. Nice, didn't know for sure if SaGa 2 was also going to be PC, but thought it stood a good chance.
 
I didn't own any of the nes games (just played the Switch mobile versions), but I believe the first RPG I ever saw was the original DQ at a neighbour's house when I was young. They didn't remake 4 in HD-2D, but I'd love to see that happen as well as 5 and 6. And yeah, all the rest would be cool as well. Nice, didn't know for sure if SaGa 2 was also going to be PC, but thought it stood a good chance.

I have Romancing Saga 2 (old version) on Steam backlogged [need to get to it, at some point] - but that new SaGA 2 Remake looks nice.

So, how were the Switch mobile versions of the old DQ's to you?

For me, Dragon Warrior 1 and 3 for NES and Final Fantasy 1 on NES were game-changers; these were my 1st RPG's. While I'm sure I would've got into RPG's at some point - those started the RPG Craze for me.
 
I have Romancing Saga 2 (old version) on Steam backlogged [need to get to it, at some point] - but that new SaGA 2 Remake looks nice.

So, how were the Switch mobile versions of the old DQ's to you?

For me, Dragon Warrior 1 and 3 for NES and Final Fantasy 1 on NES were game-changers; these were my 1st RPG's. While I'm sure I would've got into RPG's at some point - those started the RPG Craze for me.
At this point, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone with the new versions coming out, but I liked 'em. I recognize some of the graphical issues certain reviewers pointed out, such as the way the sprites and tiles don't match very well, but it wasn't enough to detract from my enjoyment. I decided to play that way instead of emulation due to the updated translation and music. 3 was my favorite of those.

Cool, I didn't start with FF1, but my friend who played it with his older brother got me hooked on RPGs after recommending FF4 (2 SNES) when I was thinking of renting a basketball or fighting game at Blockbuster. Good call on his part. Did eventually track down a copy of FF1 NES used around the time FF8 came out and it was fun seeing the origin of the series.
 
I didn't have a SNES, as I went down the Genesis party and all - but I still dunno how I missed FF4 PSX version (which also had CT with it in that FF Chronicles Pack, so I also still dunno how I missed CT back then), given I had a Playstation way back in the day. And I loved Chrono Cross big time. Luckily, CT's on Steam - got that over there.

How'd you like FF2 NES? Did you play FF4 3D on Steam? FF4 Pixel Remaster on Steam?

FF6 (PSX) and FF5 (PSX) were also awesome. Loved FF5's Job System and thought it was great; and also FF6 is the best FF games to me ever made. FF7 and FF9, I got sitting those right behind FF6 on PSX (aka FF3 on SNES). Square was so on a roll with FF5-9 to me, except for FF8.

Still dunno also how I missed these ones:
PSX - Xenogears, Lunar series (on PSX), Dino Crisis, Syphon Filter 1 & 2, and Parasite Eve 1 & 2.
PSX or PC - RE 1, 2, and 3.

All that stuff's right up my alley.
 
I didn't have a SNES, as I went down the Genesis party and all - but I still dunno how I missed FF4 PSX version (which also had CT with it in that FF Chronicles Pack, so I also still dunno how I missed CT back then), given I had a Playstation way back in the day. And I loved Chrono Cross big time. Luckily, CT's on Steam - got that over there.

How'd you like FF2 NES? Did you play FF4 3D on Steam? FF4 Pixel Remaster on Steam?

FF6 (PSX) and FF5 (PSX) were also awesome. Loved FF5's Job System and thought it was great; and also FF6 is the best FF games to me ever made. FF7 and FF9, I got sitting those right behind FF6 on PSX (aka FF3 on SNES). Square was so on a roll with FF5-9 to me, except for FF8.

Still dunno also how I missed these ones:
PSX - Xenogears, Lunar series (on PSX), Dino Crisis, Syphon Filter 1 & 2, and Parasite Eve 1 & 2.
PSX or PC - RE 1, 2, and 3.

All that stuff's right up my alley.
Chrono Cross is awesome. FF2 NES I played part of the fantranslation before FF9 was released enough to get some of the references. I liked how there was more story to it, but wasn't a fan of the battle system. Never understood it that well, but did complete it on the easier PSP version. Had more fun with FF3 DS and the job system. I played FF4 3D on DS, didn't like it as much as the SNES and PSX versions (some of the grind towards the end was a bit much and gave up on it.) Also didn't really care for the voice acting and preferred the 2d visuals of the original. I haven't played the pixel remaster (any of them) yet, but hope to sometime this year.

Although i liked it, 8 is my least favorite of 5-9. My favorite is 9, but it's been a long time and want to replay them and see if thats changed.

I love Xenogears and the Lunar games, never played Dino Crisis, played part of Syphon Filter 1 (can't forget that taser) and played the first Parasite Eve (and the PSP one), but not the second. I like Parasite Eve, but recommend Xenogears and Lunar more.
 
I think that's the first game I bought on Steam. Played it on a lousy pre-built PC. I thought I heard rumors of a remaster coming, but not sure about that.
Makes sense for it to be delisted if a remaster is coming. Probably gonna be the typical remaster that slightly looks better but breaks a bunch of shit making neither version the definitive one. Seems to be the trend these days
 
BG&E Anniversary Edition is likely coming. We knew it existed, as they (Ubi) "accidentally" leaked it out last year:
-> https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/1...h-anniversary-edition-arrives-early-next-year

It's more of a matter of "when", I'd guess.

IIRC, BG&E was also one of my 1st 3rd-party purchases on Steam; I'd have to check.

Also own it on GOG (No DRM!) and bought it cheap a while ago there.
IIRC, Ubi gave BG&E away on UPlay before too.
 
Beyond Good and Evil on GOG [DRM-Free] = $2.99.

Link - https://www.gog.com/en/game/beyond_good_and_evil

Notes:
- Go get it, if you're afraid they'll delist the old version.
- I should note, this version doesn't have good gamepad support, unlike other digital versions (such as UPlay).
- You might want to use 3rd party app to force good gamepad support.
- Lots of good info in this GOG Thread on app's to use & how to make GOG's version work w/ JoyToKey and whatnot: https://www.gog.com/forum/beyond_good_and_evil/controller_support
- I use AntiMicroX for BG&E myself w/ the file 2 notches down.
- AntiMicroX is good for gamepad support with BG&E - https://github.com/AntiMicroX/antimicrox/releases/tag/3.4.0
- You can use this AntiMicroX control-setup file for BG&E - https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/mrom...ler.amgp?rlkey=4ynqwl5rvbi4m9sqh3zqbkf23&dl=0
 
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They definitely gave Beyond Good and Evil away for free on UPlay at some point because I have it there. Surprisingly it's playable via Luna which isn't true of most of their really old stuff. The Steam removal just feels like exclusivity shenanigans related to the Anniversary Edition.
 
Finally finished all the Steam Next Fest demos. Here are my last impressions. This set of games has so many narrative games, and many are worth pursuing. My favorite game of this lot was Maid Cafe on Electric Street, which seemed like a very cute story about a guy trying to bring a maid cafe back from the brink after quitting his job and not finding work elsewhere. Other strong games are Dungeons of Hinterburg, Dustborn, Fields of Mistria, I Just Want to be Single!!, Midnight Ramen, Moonless Moon, Nagayami Nights, Nova Hearts, Stars in the Trash, Starvaders, Tactical Breach Wizards, Thank Goodness You're Here!, and Wax Heads. If anyone wants my fake awards for the fest I can do it a bit later.

B-PROJECT RYUSEI*FANTASIA – 8 minutes. I pretty much only tried this since it was a demo, but this a visual novel about I believe 4 boy groups forming some super group called B-Project with 14 total members. It’s hinted at in the beginning something happens so this dream group likely won’t have a positive outcome the whole time. The graphics and UI style are excellent along with the voice acting. The singing is OK. This felt very, very fluffy to start with all the group members gathering after a concert and the one girl that’s involved in the group. Of course, everyone is interested how she got into working with the group, of which a flashback happens and I stopped. This just wasn’t very interesting to me, but I can see someone who loves big idol groups getting a kick out of the personalities and the slice of life stuff. There may be something serious later, but I have no idea. This seems good enough for the target audience, of which I’m not it. 6/10

Dungeons of Hinterburg – 50 minutes completed demo. This one is a kind of cool hybrid of dungeon crawling with lots of puzzle solving and exploring similar to the newer Legend of Zeldas puzzle dungeons. The graphics are pretty solid as is the controls with the Series X controller and the music is good too. The graphics have a unique look especially the dungeon I visited. This is one to watch and will be another good one for those who like the newer Legend of Zelda games. There is even some Persona like leveling you can do with townsfolk to get new skills and hang with them. 7.5/10

Dustborn – 11 minutes. This is one of those walking around doing things narrative games like Life is Strange. In this one you play some girl who is part of a band and you’re travelling in what looks like a war-torn land. This one has good voice acting, decent enough graphics, and okay rhythm game, but the actual stuff shown so far was not that interesting to me at least. I think the story will be mainly political and how this group of people deals with this government. Still high quality and I’d get it in a bundle. 7/10

Field of Mistria – 39 minutes. This one is a Stardew Valley like game with nice graphics, good sounds, pretty easy and cozy gameplay with some tasks and fun characters to go with. Honestly, it’s one of the better of these types of games I’ve played in a while. Nothing was confusing and it all felt nice. I just think some of the areas might be too big with a bit of dead area. 7.5/10

Hookah Haze – 6 minutes. This one was very boring IMHO but it’s a nice looking okay music sounding hookah bar simulator thing like the bartender and coffee simulators with anime like graphics. I really didn’t like the first girl and the UI for doing stuff for making the hookah was clunky. Nothing amazing at all, and does need a little UI work for the final product. 6/10

I Just Want to be Single!! – 4 minutes. This one is a really cool looking kind of manga cut scenes visual novel about wanting to be single and not dating or something like that. You just want friends. It has really good visuals and decent music. Not bad at all and looks very entertaining. 7/10

Illusion Carnival – 8 minutes. Weird, weird, weird horror acid trip pretty much with weird dialogue, carnival music and noises, an interesting art style kind of papercrafty, and just weird everything. This one is interesting, but may be a little too out there for me to get cheaper, but it a bundle it would be a fine game. 6.5/10

Keylocker | Turn Based Cyberpunk Action – 24 minutes. This one is an interesting looking, sounding and feeling turn based strategy RPG. In the game you move around tiny maps in battle and have timing for attacks and defense to not get hurt or do more damage. Otherwise, you explore a cyberpunk world where you are a criminal because you can sing in a society with no music. The battle timing was hard for me and the enemies are very spongey. I like this one a bit, but I think it needs some more tuning for shorter battles and maybe slightly better shows for timing. 6.5/10

Maid Cafe on Electric Street – 28 minutes. This one is a narrative game where the main character loses their job and can’t find work anywhere. They end up finding a maid café that hasn’t been open in a year. They are likely to get thrown out of their apartment, so when they hear if they manage the café they can live there, he strives to with the only maid left get it back to running and being profitable. It’s a really cute game about striving for stuff and enjoying yourself in a smaller town type atmosphere. The graphics are good, as are the music and sounds. I liked the story and it felt nice for what I played which was recruiting a second maid. I would get this bundled or slightly cheaper. 8/10

Midnight Ramen – 24 minutes. This is a really chill game about helping out in a ramen stand where you meet people and make them ramen and hopefully make them feel good. The graphics and music are good enough. I enjoyed my time and would play the game bundled or cheaper. 7.5/10

Mirage Feathers – 8 minutes. This one is kind of a Space Harrier type clone with girl androids it looks like. It looks and sounds pretty nice and is also very, very hard. I died quite a few times and had a heck of a time dodging bullets. Overall, this may be for someone, but not for me. 6/10

Moonless Moon – 5 minutes completed demo. I know I mentioned liking shorter demos, but this felt too short. This one is a visual novel about a girl walking around in the night and then later ends up in a place where time stops and someone else is there. That is really about it. The art is cool and the music fits quite well. I wanted a bit more, because I have no idea what any of it meant. I also like the idea of getting keywords from dialogue to advance the scenario. Still looks pretty good and is my type of game. 7.5/10

Mystical Tactics – 8 minutes. This one is a pretty decent enough kind of skirmish turn based tactics game. It’s a kind of lighter game where you can choose skills, get equipment and use items and have 3 people to get through multiple stages. The graphics, sound and music are good. Nothing amazing, but solid enough. 6.5/10

Nagayami Nights – 25 minutes. This one is a weird RPG about a world in darkness where the survivors must work with ghosts. Of course, the ghost you work with is super quirky and helps out in dream worlds. This leads to an RPG battle system with timing and some weird stuff like Undertale. It looks and plays fine enough and is all about stabilizing dream worlds. I’m sure it will be fun on release and is worth it on sale or cheaper. 7/10

Night Slashers: Remake – 7 minutes completed demo. This is a side scrolling beat em up with pretty good-looking graphics, music and sounds. The gameplay is pretty repetitive but solid enough. Some of the movement feels floaty. The medium difficulty isn’t too hard or too easy for single player. Overall, it’s something I’d get bundled, but it feels like a lot of other beat em ups. 6.5/10

Nova Hearts – 34 minutes. This one is an RPG where a girl comes back to her hometown after failing out and comes home for the summer. She gets acquainted with old and new friends and it has some RPG battles are a little slow but interesting. The graphics are nice and it’s OK enough. 7/10

Pine: A Story of Loss – 12 minutes. This is a very slow interactive narrative game with controller movements about a guy who lives out in the woods and a story of loss. You interact with flashbacks and the current mundane tasks of living out by yourself. The graphics are an interesting mix of like paintings for things and animating other things moving around so they stand out. The music is quite nice too. Overall, this probably does tell a good tale, but it’s very slow and I’m not quite the audience for it. 6/10

Stars in the Trash – 10 minutes completed demo. This one is a 2D platformer mix of artistic looking kind of painted/colors backgrounds and quite gorgeous animations. You control a cat and are pretty much living adventures every day in the house until the demo ends. It feels like an animated cartoon or movie and is very unique at least. I’m not sure if the story will be good, but it’s quite interesting. 7/10

Starvaders – 9 minutes. This one is a destroy enemies as they move down deck builder where you are in a mech and try to kill all the enemies or some other objective to eventually get to a boss. I believe after beating 3 bosses you win the game. This one was some what simple but also pretty fun. Nothing too crazy although the graphics were clean enough. The gameplay is really easy to understand although the cards can be complicated. You also generate heat from actions which can burn cards making them unusable. 7/10

Superscout – 47 minutes. This is one of those live action chooses your own adventure kind of dating/life sim game thing. This one was buggy with some buffering videos, missing English, English bleeding out of the UI, a clunky UI and all. The acting is decent enough and the ladies are also pretty. I’m sure I’d get it cheap like I get most of these types of games. They also rarely get bundled. 6.5/10

Tactical Breach Wizards – 12 minutes. This is a pretty cool turn-based strategy game about breaching scenes and taking out enemies. Its very action packed and feels like a kind of I believe it was called Fight in Tight Spaces where you hit enemies around and try to take them out using the environment and such. The story and characters I’m not really into, but the gameplay is decent enough to want it in a bundle or on a heavier sale. 7/10

Tavern Talk – 21 minutes. This one is a not very exciting fantasy bartender simulator. It has alright graphics and some quirky characters. The drinking mixing is kind of funky, but you have different stats like dexterity and strength and mix potions till you make drinks. The graphics are solid enough. I would get it bundled, but I wasn’t crazy about it. 6/10

Thank Goodness You're Here! – 15 minutes completed demo. This is one of the most absurd games I’ve played in a while. You play some little yellow guy who slaps things with lots of British humor and you try to solve puzzles and live a day or something. It’s so weird and entertaining, but also not quite my style. It’s still worth getting in a bundle and well appeal if you like really weird comedy. 7/10

This Magical Girl is a B☆tch – 7 minutes. This one is a visual novel starring a kind of gloomy girl with full voice acting, decent enough graphics and a bunch of teenage drama. I don’t know if she’s a magical girl, but the demo was taking place during Halloween. Decent enough for a bundle game, but I’m not sure I’d get it unless very cheap. 6.5/10

Wax Heads – 18 minutes. This one is another job simulator but you have people come in and ask for records of which you choose based on their wants. Overall, it was pretty chill, decent music, neat graphics, and was fun enough. I would get this one cheaper or in a bundle. 7/10
 
I have a few impressions (mostly farming-esque). I still have one unplayed.

My standout was The Alters, but sad it has the data collection issue, so I'll see if I even bother buying it despite liking it a lot.

Eden Crafters (7/10) - 4.7 hours co-op - Played this after Planet Crafter, and it feels almost the exact same game, except with worse graphics and janky vehicles. Oh, and more automation because things take a lot more raw materials to make. Had lots of bugs, like desyncing with host, where I was in game but nothing was powered. Issues with graphics when you fly past the two available islands. Models disappearing so the machinery was like mostly invisible. There's a pipe system for water that could get annoying a la SimCIty 2000. Wife made pipes and it somehow went through my building. I also didn't get most of my materials back after deconstructing, though wife says she did.

Farlands (6/10) - 9 minutes - Farming game. Just didn't click with me.

Goblin Cleanup (6/10) - 9 minutes - Will likely be a popular streaming game. Doesn't feel like Viscera Clean-up Detail at all. Feels more like you're resetting a trapped haunted house between guests, and traps can kill you.

Magic Cauldron - Dungeons (8/10) - 2 minutes - I'm sure I played more than the 2 minutes Steam says. It's a good Etrian Odyssey/Wizardry type game. It needs some UI changed, and would probably be pretty decent for te genre.

Meta Slug Tactics (7/10) - 15 minutes - It's fine. I wanted to like it more but it just made me want to play Metal Slug instead.

Mirthwood (7/10) - 30 minutes - It's charming. Not bad, but it feels like a lot of fetch quests etc. Wife has it on her wishlist now and played twice as long as me, so... might be a sleeper hit like Stardew was.

Reka (8/10) - 12 minutes - The "we have Harry Potter at home" game. Not bad, would probably actually play this when released.

Shimmering Horizon and Cursed Blacksmith (6.5/10) - 18 minutes - I went in really wanting to like this one. Weapons break a lot and you have to reforge pieces into new weapons. I kind of just got bored pretty fast. Might give another try after release.

Sky Oceans (5/10) - 7 minutes - Not for me. Skies of Arcadia / Solatorobo esque feel, but it really doesn't respect your time so I got annoyed. Also, there are no doorknobs on any of the doors. Literally unplayable.

Starground (6/10) - 97 minutes co-op - It's ok? Not as fun as a lot of similar co-op games like Core Keeper. The way power gets distributed is a little tedious. Some of the graphics are hard to distinguish easily, like stone brick and iron ingot. They're gray blocks slanted opposite ways. Controls are a little not standard.

The Alters (9/10) - 78 minutes - I had no expectations going in. I enjoyed the graphics, the story, and the general feel of the game. Too bad it has the data collection thing going on.

Tavern Talk (6/10) - 12 minutes - I wanted to like this one. It's VA11 Hall-A without as much charm. I feel like the stories are toooo relatable so it loses that sort of out-of-this-world charm VA11 Hall-A had.

Tiny Glade (4/10) - 3 minutes - Interesting concept, but while playing it, I was like, why? It's a literal sandbox and not really a "game".
 
I don't see the point in Beyond Good and Evil getting another remaster (first one was on PS3/360?) unless there's gonna be a sequel, but IIRC the sequel got cancelled years ago. Don't get why they're doing it
 
I tried Sky Oceans too and didn't put it on my impressions list as I was already bored out of my mind, didn't care about any characters, felt needless nonsense searching for characters and events to trigger, didn't really like the graphics or the movement (felt clunky) in the play area, and my game crashed before the first mission (or I force exited who knows). Whenever anything says Skies of Arcadia is an influence I'll try it, but do agree that the game was generally making me want to reach out and play any other game I have.
 
Caved on the Capcom Arcade bundle over on Fanatical since they’re throwing in a scratchcard reward on $12+ orders and I had a 5% off coupon kicking around.

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They finally forced Garfield Kart on me. Shoulda known it was just a matter of time, like Gun Monkeys.
 
I don't see the point in Beyond Good and Evil getting another remaster (first one was on PS3/360?) unless there's gonna be a sequel, but IIRC the sequel got cancelled years ago. Don't get why they're doing it

The sequel has not officially been canceled. It has recently surpassed Duke Nukem Forever as the longest development of all time though. So things are definitely going smoothly!
 
It's Demo Dump™ time.

Total of 79 hot and steamy demos with only one locking me out after the NextFest officially ended. Better result than normal.

If you want the hottest and juiciest demos, ones scoring 8+ for me, you'll find them here:
Legends of Dragaea: Idle DungeonsNo
8​
Says what it is on the tin; an idle dungeon crawling RPG… it's fun
Urban JungleNo
6​
Abandoned
8​
Unpacking meets Puzzle game; I think it has merit, will see what my spouse thinks
NecrophasisYes
50​
Completed
8​
Geiger-esque first person adventure/puzzle game; great stuff
SacrifireNo
95​
Abandoned
8​
Long demo, has real possibilities of being another Sea of Stars/Chained Echoes
Arranger: A RP Puzzle AdventureYes
41​
Completed
8​
Really interesting take on the puzzle/sokobon style; I think its cute
FlintlockNo
115​
Abandoned
8​
Goddess of War with verticality and mobility
Crab GodYes
46​
Completed
8​
Fun little 2D colony builder/crab game; very simple but has depth as it goes on
Idle ColonyNo
16​
Abandoned
8​
Cute little idler that I'll prob pick up on sale
BLADE CHIMERAYes
25​
Completed
10​
It's Team Ladybug. If you know, you know.
Pipistrello and the Cursed YoyoYes
18​
Completed
8​
What a Wayforward game should be… made by another team! Great fun with yoyos
ConstanceYes
30​
Completed
9​
Almost a 10, just lacking a few polishes; Hollow Knight-like title that's well done
ShapeHero FactoryNo
45​
Abandoned
8​
Factorio meets tower defense, very interesting combo
Uncle Chop's Rocket ShopNo
55​
Abandoned
8​
Interesting "fix-em-up" roguelike; would want to play more
Tiny GladeYes
15​
Completed
8​
Cozy AF
Lost and Found Co.No
19​
Completed
9​
Skip the story, the worlds are colorful and fun to find stuff in! Very interactive.
The AltersYes
115​
Completed
9​
Premise and presentation are rad; only the gameplay is a bit weak
Bō: Path of the Teal LotusYes
67​
Completed
9​
Very good, just needs a bit better tutorials on movement
Sumerian SixNo
57​
Abandoned
8​
Solid stealth tactical action game, but runs like butt currently
Tower of MaskNo
35​
Abandoned
8​
Left due to errands, but great dungeon crawler with modern controls
Tom the postgirlYes
12​
Completed
8​
Heckin' WEIRD, but good

But I don't have time to review 20 recommended titles, how about just five? With links!
  1. BLADE CHIMERA - Yet another soon to be banger from Team Ladybug. They're always firing on all cylinders with amazing pixel animation.
  2. Constance - Silksong is letting a lot of new players get complete Hollow Knight-like games up and running; Constance is one to watch.
  3. Lost and Found Co. - A really well made hidden objects game that's overflowing with details, animations, and cute puzzles.
  4. Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus - Yet another Hollow Knight-esque title that only needs a few tweaks to be another major hit.
  5. The Alters - One that I want to see more of the story than gameplay, this twist on alternate universes is going to be hopefully very well done.

For a total of 31 hours of demos played out of 171 hours total this year so far. That's a lot of demos. I'm still poking at Trails in the Sky and gave up on Tales of Arise... was just bad. I have a harder time letting go of full retail copies of games, but demos have taught its okay to nope out. I don't owe a game my time, and with most of my physical copies, I can sell them. (I just hide them on Steam).

Also playing Zet Zillions. Very fun still, recommended!

As always, here's the raw data if you care.
Legends of Dragaea: Idle DungeonsNo
8​
Says what it is on the tin; an idle dungeon crawling RPG… it's fun
VedmaakNo
4​
Abandoned
3​
It's just not good; bad isometric rpg
One-Inch TacticsNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Looks bad, clunky UI, and just low rent
Urban JungleNo
6​
Abandoned
8​
Unpacking meets Puzzle game; I think it has merit, will see what my spouse thinks
Wild BastardsNo
13​
Abandoned
5​
Not that great, just stiff, and too much meaningless talking
NecrophasisYes
50​
Completed
8​
Geiger-esque first person adventure/puzzle game; great stuff
The Land of the MagnatesNo
4​
Abandoned
4​
Just clunky
FeraNo
3​
Abandoned
3​
Noped out hared
AkimbotNo
15​
Abandoned
5​
Ratchet & Clank at home; hate the characters, its like claptrap and angst-manbot
Artisan TDNo
11​
Abandoned
6​
Could be great TD, but missing staples; feels like tech demo
SacrifireNo
95​
Abandoned
8​
Long demo, has real possibilities of being another Sea of Stars/Chained Echoes
Arranger: A RP Puzzle AdventureYes
41​
Completed
8​
Really interesting take on the puzzle/sokobon style; I think its cute
Lethal HonorNo
37​
Abandoned
5​
"Good Cop" reborn as psycho killer in this imitiation krab version of Hades
Beat RiderNo
5​
Abandoned
5​
Not the type of game I wanted
EnotriaNo
21​
Abandoned
6​
Way too complex for a Souls-Like
FlintlockNo
115​
Abandoned
8​
Goddess of War with verticality and mobility
Crab GodYes
46​
Completed
8​
Fun little 2D colony builder/crab game; very simple but has depth as it goes on
Idle ColonyNo
16​
Abandoned
8​
Cute little idler that I'll prob pick up on sale
Neural ShockNo
22​
Abandoned
5​
Bland character/trap TD; no mazing! Just really frustrating and boring
BLADE CHIMERAYes
25​
Completed
10​
It's Team Ladybug. If you know, you know.
Pipistrello and the Cursed YoyoYes
18​
Completed
8​
What a Wayforward game should be… made by another team! Great fun with yoyos
MORNNo
1​
Abandoned
4​
A not good Boomer Shooter with no way to turn off headbob
Legends of AstraviaNo
13​
Abandoned
5​
Meh RPGmaker game; Grandia-style combat, though
ConstanceYes
30​
Completed
9​
Almost a 10, just lacking a few polishes; Hollow Knight-like title that's well done
Whiteout FrontierNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Game for ants… cannot see it, so small and I don't like the artstyle
HackshotNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Noped out
ADA: Tainted SoilNo
4​
Abandoned
5​
Does not feel right or starts out too slow
Tiny Breakers CampNo
5​
Abandoned
5​
Just not for me, too stressful
Gate GuardianNo
14​
Abandoned
5​
Cute tower defense style game, could be interesting if it wasn't so slow
Building RelationshipsNo
7​
Abandoned
5​
Literally cute, but not my kind of thing; very whacky
ONE BTN BOSSESYes
8​
Completed
6​
1D Shmup game, it's odd
TDS - Tower Defense StrategyNo
16​
Abandoned
4​
Barely understand what's going on and cannot beat the first level
Elation For The Wonder Box 6000Yes
8​
Completed
6​
Huh?
Staying FreshYes
20​
Completed
7​
Tech demo of a food based SRPG; kinda cool, but very shallow right now
Codename: Ocean KeeperNo
8​
Abandoned
4​
Grind your face off to not die on the first wave; AI art very likely
DoubleShakeNo
25​
Abandoned
6​
Cute, but maybe dead? Plays like Tomba
ShapeHero FactoryNo
45​
Abandoned
8​
Factorio meets tower defense, very interesting combo
The Spell BrigadeYes
37​
Completed
7​
It’s a survivors-like game, I think I maybe got my fill from the demo
Ash & Adam's GOBSMACKEDNo
1​
Abandoned
4​
It booted, I hated the controls, I left
Bug Heroes: Tower DefenseNo
19​
Abandoned
7​
I like it, hero based tower defense with lots of progression; sound is annoying
Hell SurvivorsYes
45​
Completed
7​
It's more survivors-like, this one was fun after I got the gist
GUNRUNNo
40​
Abandoned
6​
It’s a survivors-like that can be broken with one build specifically, no ending?
Uncle Chop's Rocket ShopNo
55​
Abandoned
8​
Interesting "fix-em-up" roguelike; would want to play more
I Am Your BeastNo
6​
Abandoned
5​
A dog
VoidwroughtNo
8​
Abandoned
6​
A not-so-great Hollow Knight-like, maybe in the future? Bad jumps and dodge
Hard GlideNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
It's hard to glide, that's the game
Rogue CitadelNo
5​
Abandoned
4​
Survivor-like with tower defense, but fails at both
Combo Card ClashersYes
34​
Completed
6​
Solid, but tedious for a card game; enemies are damage sponges making it boring
UBERSLAUGHTERNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Nonseniscle trash
Freaked FleapitNo
21​
Abandoned
6​
Sexy Crypt of the Necrodancer with bad music
Dungeons of HinterbergNo
18​
Abandoned
6​
Combat is a little lackluster; might be just a mediocre game
Metal Slug TacticsYes
82​
Completed
7​
Confusing tutorial and gameplay, but once learned, its solid; its like Into the Breach
Tiny GladeYes
15​
Completed
8​
Cozy AF
Lost and Found Co.No
19​
Completed
9​
Skip the story, the worlds are colorful and fun to find stuff in! Very interactive.
The AltersYes
115​
Completed
9​
Premise and presentation are rad; only the gameplay is a bit weak
Creeper World IXENo
24​
Abandoned
5​
Not my flavor of Creeper World
KILL KNIGHTNo
9​
Abandoned
5​
Too hard for me; lots of simultaneous actions required
Realms of WilorthNo
3​
Abandoned
4​
Nope, just jank, no fun
Neko OdysseyNo
22​
Abandoned
5​
Cute, but very boring
Eye Of The SummonerNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Nah
Bō: Path of the Teal LotusYes
67​
Completed
9​
Very good, just needs a bit better tutorials on movement
Slime HeroesNo
8​
Abandoned
6​
Cute, solid, but ultimately boring
Sword of the Necromancer: ResurrectionNo
32​
Abandoned
6​
Neat monster summoning mechanic, but I stopped at the tedious puzzles in a rougelike
FUMESNo
35​
Abandoned
6​
Fun vehicular combat, but a tad tedious and boring with limited upgrades
Sumerian SixNo
57​
Abandoned
8​
Solid stealth tactical action game, but runs like butt currently
Astro LooterYes
12​
Completed
5​
Flashy, but shallow survivors-like
SWORNNo
20​
Abandoned
6​
I could SWORN it was a bad Hades clone…
SCHiMYes
21​
Completed
6​
Too artsy-fartsy for me
Miner RogueNo
1​
Abandoned
3​
It booted and the character creation was kinda okay…
HandmancersYes
100​
Completed
7​
Beat it with both characters; needs work as its pretty hard w/o the revive relic
Wizard of Legend 2No
42​
Abandoned
5​
Played 40 minutes too long; just way too hard, grind is real, not fun
Nine Tereasures of LiuyinNo
5​
Abandoned
4​
Not feeling it, clunky controls
Tower of MaskNo
35​
Abandoned
8​
Left due to errands, but great dungeon crawler with modern controls
While WaitingNo
5​
Abandoned
6​
Cute little puzzler, something I'd get in a bundle, but not buy outright
Caravan SandWitchYes
35​
Completed
7​
Exploring a world kind of game, no combat, could be fun depending on depth
Tom the postgirlYes
12​
Completed
8​
Heckin' WEIRD, but good
REKANo
4​
Abandoned
5​
Awful performance
Creatures of AvaNo
22​
Abandoned
7​
Maybe a modern Beyond Good and Evil/PS2 Era adventure game?
First DwarfNo
4​
Abandoned
4​
Runs pretty bad
 
I don't see the point in Beyond Good and Evil getting another remaster (first one was on PS3/360?) unless there's gonna be a sequel, but IIRC the sequel got cancelled years ago. Don't get why they're doing it
The HD remaster was never on the PC though. I figure they decided to re-do it for 1080p/4K, add it to the pc and make some extra money on the franchise.
 
It's Demo Dump™ time.

Total of 79 hot and steamy demos with only one locking me out after the NextFest officially ended. Better result than normal.

If you want the hottest and juiciest demos, ones scoring 8+ for me, you'll find them here:
Legends of Dragaea: Idle DungeonsNo
8​
Says what it is on the tin; an idle dungeon crawling RPG… it's fun
Urban JungleNo
6​
Abandoned
8​
Unpacking meets Puzzle game; I think it has merit, will see what my spouse thinks
NecrophasisYes
50​
Completed
8​
Geiger-esque first person adventure/puzzle game; great stuff
SacrifireNo
95​
Abandoned
8​
Long demo, has real possibilities of being another Sea of Stars/Chained Echoes
Arranger: A RP Puzzle AdventureYes
41​
Completed
8​
Really interesting take on the puzzle/sokobon style; I think its cute
FlintlockNo
115​
Abandoned
8​
Goddess of War with verticality and mobility
Crab GodYes
46​
Completed
8​
Fun little 2D colony builder/crab game; very simple but has depth as it goes on
Idle ColonyNo
16​
Abandoned
8​
Cute little idler that I'll prob pick up on sale
BLADE CHIMERAYes
25​
Completed
10​
It's Team Ladybug. If you know, you know.
Pipistrello and the Cursed YoyoYes
18​
Completed
8​
What a Wayforward game should be… made by another team! Great fun with yoyos
ConstanceYes
30​
Completed
9​
Almost a 10, just lacking a few polishes; Hollow Knight-like title that's well done
ShapeHero FactoryNo
45​
Abandoned
8​
Factorio meets tower defense, very interesting combo
Uncle Chop's Rocket ShopNo
55​
Abandoned
8​
Interesting "fix-em-up" roguelike; would want to play more
Tiny GladeYes
15​
Completed
8​
Cozy AF
Lost and Found Co.No
19​
Completed
9​
Skip the story, the worlds are colorful and fun to find stuff in! Very interactive.
The AltersYes
115​
Completed
9​
Premise and presentation are rad; only the gameplay is a bit weak
Bō: Path of the Teal LotusYes
67​
Completed
9​
Very good, just needs a bit better tutorials on movement
Sumerian SixNo
57​
Abandoned
8​
Solid stealth tactical action game, but runs like butt currently
Tower of MaskNo
35​
Abandoned
8​
Left due to errands, but great dungeon crawler with modern controls
Tom the postgirlYes
12​
Completed
8​
Heckin' WEIRD, but good

But I don't have time to review 20 recommended titles, how about just five? With links!
  1. BLADE CHIMERA - Yet another soon to be banger from Team Ladybug. They're always firing on all cylinders with amazing pixel animation.
  2. Constance - Silksong is letting a lot of new players get complete Hollow Knight-like games up and running; Constance is one to watch.
  3. Lost and Found Co. - A really well made hidden objects game that's overflowing with details, animations, and cute puzzles.
  4. Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus - Yet another Hollow Knight-esque title that only needs a few tweaks to be another major hit.
  5. The Alters - One that I want to see more of the story than gameplay, this twist on alternate universes is going to be hopefully very well done.

For a total of 31 hours of demos played out of 171 hours total this year so far. That's a lot of demos. I'm still poking at Trails in the Sky and gave up on Tales of Arise... was just bad. I have a harder time letting go of full retail copies of games, but demos have taught its okay to nope out. I don't owe a game my time, and with most of my physical copies, I can sell them. (I just hide them on Steam).

Also playing Zet Zillions. Very fun still, recommended!

As always, here's the raw data if you care.
Legends of Dragaea: Idle DungeonsNo
8​
Says what it is on the tin; an idle dungeon crawling RPG… it's fun
VedmaakNo
4​
Abandoned
3​
It's just not good; bad isometric rpg
One-Inch TacticsNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Looks bad, clunky UI, and just low rent
Urban JungleNo
6​
Abandoned
8​
Unpacking meets Puzzle game; I think it has merit, will see what my spouse thinks
Wild BastardsNo
13​
Abandoned
5​
Not that great, just stiff, and too much meaningless talking
NecrophasisYes
50​
Completed
8​
Geiger-esque first person adventure/puzzle game; great stuff
The Land of the MagnatesNo
4​
Abandoned
4​
Just clunky
FeraNo
3​
Abandoned
3​
Noped out hared
AkimbotNo
15​
Abandoned
5​
Ratchet & Clank at home; hate the characters, its like claptrap and angst-manbot
Artisan TDNo
11​
Abandoned
6​
Could be great TD, but missing staples; feels like tech demo
SacrifireNo
95​
Abandoned
8​
Long demo, has real possibilities of being another Sea of Stars/Chained Echoes
Arranger: A RP Puzzle AdventureYes
41​
Completed
8​
Really interesting take on the puzzle/sokobon style; I think its cute
Lethal HonorNo
37​
Abandoned
5​
"Good Cop" reborn as psycho killer in this imitiation krab version of Hades
Beat RiderNo
5​
Abandoned
5​
Not the type of game I wanted
EnotriaNo
21​
Abandoned
6​
Way too complex for a Souls-Like
FlintlockNo
115​
Abandoned
8​
Goddess of War with verticality and mobility
Crab GodYes
46​
Completed
8​
Fun little 2D colony builder/crab game; very simple but has depth as it goes on
Idle ColonyNo
16​
Abandoned
8​
Cute little idler that I'll prob pick up on sale
Neural ShockNo
22​
Abandoned
5​
Bland character/trap TD; no mazing! Just really frustrating and boring
BLADE CHIMERAYes
25​
Completed
10​
It's Team Ladybug. If you know, you know.
Pipistrello and the Cursed YoyoYes
18​
Completed
8​
What a Wayforward game should be… made by another team! Great fun with yoyos
MORNNo
1​
Abandoned
4​
A not good Boomer Shooter with no way to turn off headbob
Legends of AstraviaNo
13​
Abandoned
5​
Meh RPGmaker game; Grandia-style combat, though
ConstanceYes
30​
Completed
9​
Almost a 10, just lacking a few polishes; Hollow Knight-like title that's well done
Whiteout FrontierNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Game for ants… cannot see it, so small and I don't like the artstyle
HackshotNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Noped out
ADA: Tainted SoilNo
4​
Abandoned
5​
Does not feel right or starts out too slow
Tiny Breakers CampNo
5​
Abandoned
5​
Just not for me, too stressful
Gate GuardianNo
14​
Abandoned
5​
Cute tower defense style game, could be interesting if it wasn't so slow
Building RelationshipsNo
7​
Abandoned
5​
Literally cute, but not my kind of thing; very whacky
ONE BTN BOSSESYes
8​
Completed
6​
1D Shmup game, it's odd
TDS - Tower Defense StrategyNo
16​
Abandoned
4​
Barely understand what's going on and cannot beat the first level
Elation For The Wonder Box 6000Yes
8​
Completed
6​
Huh?
Staying FreshYes
20​
Completed
7​
Tech demo of a food based SRPG; kinda cool, but very shallow right now
Codename: Ocean KeeperNo
8​
Abandoned
4​
Grind your face off to not die on the first wave; AI art very likely
DoubleShakeNo
25​
Abandoned
6​
Cute, but maybe dead? Plays like Tomba
ShapeHero FactoryNo
45​
Abandoned
8​
Factorio meets tower defense, very interesting combo
The Spell BrigadeYes
37​
Completed
7​
It’s a survivors-like game, I think I maybe got my fill from the demo
Ash & Adam's GOBSMACKEDNo
1​
Abandoned
4​
It booted, I hated the controls, I left
Bug Heroes: Tower DefenseNo
19​
Abandoned
7​
I like it, hero based tower defense with lots of progression; sound is annoying
Hell SurvivorsYes
45​
Completed
7​
It's more survivors-like, this one was fun after I got the gist
GUNRUNNo
40​
Abandoned
6​
It’s a survivors-like that can be broken with one build specifically, no ending?
Uncle Chop's Rocket ShopNo
55​
Abandoned
8​
Interesting "fix-em-up" roguelike; would want to play more
I Am Your BeastNo
6​
Abandoned
5​
A dog
VoidwroughtNo
8​
Abandoned
6​
A not-so-great Hollow Knight-like, maybe in the future? Bad jumps and dodge
Hard GlideNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
It's hard to glide, that's the game
Rogue CitadelNo
5​
Abandoned
4​
Survivor-like with tower defense, but fails at both
Combo Card ClashersYes
34​
Completed
6​
Solid, but tedious for a card game; enemies are damage sponges making it boring
UBERSLAUGHTERNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Nonseniscle trash
Freaked FleapitNo
21​
Abandoned
6​
Sexy Crypt of the Necrodancer with bad music
Dungeons of HinterbergNo
18​
Abandoned
6​
Combat is a little lackluster; might be just a mediocre game
Metal Slug TacticsYes
82​
Completed
7​
Confusing tutorial and gameplay, but once learned, its solid; its like Into the Breach
Tiny GladeYes
15​
Completed
8​
Cozy AF
Lost and Found Co.No
19​
Completed
9​
Skip the story, the worlds are colorful and fun to find stuff in! Very interactive.
The AltersYes
115​
Completed
9​
Premise and presentation are rad; only the gameplay is a bit weak
Creeper World IXENo
24​
Abandoned
5​
Not my flavor of Creeper World
KILL KNIGHTNo
9​
Abandoned
5​
Too hard for me; lots of simultaneous actions required
Realms of WilorthNo
3​
Abandoned
4​
Nope, just jank, no fun
Neko OdysseyNo
22​
Abandoned
5​
Cute, but very boring
Eye Of The SummonerNo
2​
Abandoned
3​
Nah
Bō: Path of the Teal LotusYes
67​
Completed
9​
Very good, just needs a bit better tutorials on movement
Slime HeroesNo
8​
Abandoned
6​
Cute, solid, but ultimately boring
Sword of the Necromancer: ResurrectionNo
32​
Abandoned
6​
Neat monster summoning mechanic, but I stopped at the tedious puzzles in a rougelike
FUMESNo
35​
Abandoned
6​
Fun vehicular combat, but a tad tedious and boring with limited upgrades
Sumerian SixNo
57​
Abandoned
8​
Solid stealth tactical action game, but runs like butt currently
Astro LooterYes
12​
Completed
5​
Flashy, but shallow survivors-like
SWORNNo
20​
Abandoned
6​
I could SWORN it was a bad Hades clone…
SCHiMYes
21​
Completed
6​
Too artsy-fartsy for me
Miner RogueNo
1​
Abandoned
3​
It booted and the character creation was kinda okay…
HandmancersYes
100​
Completed
7​
Beat it with both characters; needs work as its pretty hard w/o the revive relic
Wizard of Legend 2No
42​
Abandoned
5​
Played 40 minutes too long; just way too hard, grind is real, not fun
Nine Tereasures of LiuyinNo
5​
Abandoned
4​
Not feeling it, clunky controls
Tower of MaskNo
35​
Abandoned
8​
Left due to errands, but great dungeon crawler with modern controls
While WaitingNo
5​
Abandoned
6​
Cute little puzzler, something I'd get in a bundle, but not buy outright
Caravan SandWitchYes
35​
Completed
7​
Exploring a world kind of game, no combat, could be fun depending on depth
Tom the postgirlYes
12​
Completed
8​
Heckin' WEIRD, but good
REKANo
4​
Abandoned
5​
Awful performance
Creatures of AvaNo
22​
Abandoned
7​
Maybe a modern Beyond Good and Evil/PS2 Era adventure game?
First DwarfNo
4​
Abandoned
4​
Runs pretty bad
If you only played arise demo the real game is worse. Between it and zesty I'm not sure if I'd play the next one anymore unless they pulled another Berseria. Arise(ia) just suffers horribly from the super low dps. Mystic artes link/unison and burst artes are so extremely neutered from all the other games basically that the only reasons to use them are really just to refill your artes count gauge on rinwell. As the damage output is only around 5k give or take. Which is crap when later enemies have hp in the presumably millions range. And those are also 30-50+ levels above your party (Gnome is ridiculous) and leveling and gald are tedious and slow to gain. I beat the level 77? Or something Gnome at lv28 average for my party. I believe it took an hour and 22 minutes and barely gained many levels. Blew through all of my items and was dodge kiting through the air with rinwell towards the end.
 
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Almost a decade away... I came back to say hi again and already spotted a posted deal I like [TMNT Collection]. If you don't recognize this username, my username on this account used to be ObsidianSpire but it seems to have reverted to my original username when the forum updated over the years.

Anyway, don't know if it was mentioned already, but you can get summer event cards if you are crafting badges now apparently.
 
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