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Started playing a new indie horror/exploration game last night. It's called Kholat, and it's based on the Dyatlov Pass incident. Since I don't generally play horror games it's kind of a new experience. Interesting so far, even though I have no clue what I'm doing and keep grumbling about the interface. (It uses the Unreal Engine and standard WASD keys/mouse-based camera control, but you can't jump and the only way you know you can interact with an object is if you get close enough to examine it carefully, the words 'press E' suddenly appear; there are locations with automatic save points and supposedly a fast travel system but I haven't found anywhere that registers as a fast travel destination other than my base camp yet.)

Sean Bean narrates. He's narrating from the POV of one of the victims, which means he's dead before the game even starts. Pretty sure that's a new record for him, unless he's ever played Hamlet's father or something.

The only NPCs I've encountered have all been spirits; most of them just run away and then vanish, but if you do something wrong another kind of spirit may well claw your face off. Which... seems about right for what little I remember of stories of the Russian spirit world. I will admit that one of the recurring background noises is a weird kind of howling, and I have spent quite some time wishing I could confirm whether that was just wolves or not, because frankly I'd rather deal with video game wolves while alone and unarmed than with whatever denizens of the Russian spirit world make noises like that.
camwyn: (Vault Boy)


EEEEE FALLOUT BOSTON EEEEEEE

I'mma go squeal in the corner until Gamestop says I can preorder my copy. (I need to finish Notes From New Vegas before this thing comes out, I know.)
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Bought two video games yesterday. Never Alone is looking promising but I didn't get to play it 'cos it was a download from PSN; it should be downloaded by the time I get home tonight. (Slow wifi, 2.6 gb game files.) I did, however, get Dragon Age: Inquisition.

No spoilers, but it's the kind of game where I look up at some point and go "holy crap, when did it get to be 1:30 AM?", and I've barely even started.

Also: thank you, Bioware, for open-world game design. Being unable to walk more than two steps away from the path in the Brecilian Forest in game 1 was aggravating as hell. We won't go into my complaints about similar aspects of game 2. Being able to go "mmm, nope, don't wanna walk through this trail, I'm going over the snow" was just fantastic.

And I can jump. Like, actually jump whenever I feel like it, not do that Commander-Shepard-runs-up-to-the-low-object-and-can-put-her-hands-on-it-to-vault-over thing.

It's the little things, man.

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