GreedFall (Spiders/Focus Home Interactive) 2019

Sure. Depends if its strength and weaknesses line up with what matters to you. Thumbs up here.

I can’t watch the trailer right now, but on my phone that thumbnail looks like it’s showing two chicks making out.

so what’s the consensus on the game? Recommended? How open is this game? I am looking for an RPG where the story is not pre-scripted by the developers. Is this it?

This is pretty linear, with some choices along the way, so no.

No, it’s more like Neverwinter Nights or Mass Effect. You have choices but the story is linear.

Greedfall 2: Greed is Good

I’m not really sure what to make of this game. On the one hand, I find the setting interesting, it’s nice to take in the sights. The missions usually have an interesting story to them, but they are written in a way that seems a bit goofy at times. Also, who thought it would be fun to have the player find a merchant who needs help, need to run over to one office to talk to them about why they are harassing him, run across town to get a document, run back to the merchant, run back to the first office, etc…?

So, it’s walking this line of providing a world I kinda want to see what’s going to happen, but trying to sabotage it with goofy writing and making me an errand boy. Also, the game makes a point of saying - “you can’t just walk into this warehouse because you shouldn’t be here”, but all I need to do is hop a fence and walk through a different door that seems to be in plain sight of workers?

It’s like the devs put a nice surface polish on the game to make it have a nice appearance but underneath nothing is fleshed out. Still, this is a cool world so it has that going for it. I probably never played a game by Spiders before and went into this with expectations that were higher than they should be.

This is their best so far :)

Indeed it is… People should go back and play Mars War Logs. ;)

This question will sound like I’m only negative about the game, which I’m not…
What is the big appeal for Greedfall, or Spider games in general?

I’ve been playing, but I’m not sure it is something I should continue playing. It manages to just barely keep me going to the next quest. Like I mentioned above, there is something very appealing about the visuals of the game. It’s not like the writing is great, but there is something ‘just good enough’ about it. Ceetainly better than the writing and dialog by Piranha Bytes. It certainly doesn’t pull me in like some of Bioware’s best stuff - who generally suck me in with their characters. It’s not like the combat is that engaging. It isn’t horrible. A little clunky.

So, for people who have experienced Spider’s stuff before. What makes you keep buying their stuff?

After the game breaking bug in The Technomancer that wouldn’t let me finish the final act, and was never fixed. I end up not buying GreedFall. :)

I liked the Mars setting in their last 2 games, not many games on Mars.

Er. I’ve played all other RPGs? And they have heart :)

Yeah they should because it’s a legitimately good time. A little low budget but quite well rounded and very reminiscent of early 2000s RPGs. Personally I loved it and it’s what made me a fan of Spiders.

Yeah, another vote for The Technomancer here. I’m not really able to describe why I liked it so much, but it struck a chord with me as someone who has abandoned RPGs in general - maybe it’s just as simple as it not being ‘the same old shit’?

Not really relatedly, I also liked Outward, though I got too wrapped up in the ‘preparing to do’ rather than the ‘doing’ aspect of that and burned out on it one mission in to the main quest (after 30 hours).

Need to check out Greedfall at some point.

I’m nearing the end and need to give the crown to someone. I kind of wanted to give it to Derdre because she was the only one to actually try and get it herself and also the colonists have just shown up to take from the island and those who live there. But, game wise my guess is that Duncas has a better ending so I’ll probably go with that. I just have to assume that he will get the colonists to respect the islanders if he is elected, and do it without bloodshed.

Oh come on. Respect your gut feel :)

I would highly recommend Shadowrun: Dragonfall, as someone who’s also mostly written off RPGs. It’s easily in my top 3 single player PC rpgs in the last 20 years. I actually enjoyed it more than the first two Fallout games!

It fixed so many of the issues with the very rough previous Shadowrun game, and the story is top notch. So many decisions that throw true moral curveballs at you, which was an amazing breath of fresh air after 15 years of Bioware/Telltale binary morality staleness.

and geez you can frequently get it on GOG/Steam for $3 on most sales

That’s good to hear. I played Shadowrun Returns, and liked that game quite a bit - so Dragonfall is even better that is good news.

I finished Greedfall (40+ hours) and for half of that I kept asking myself why I’m still playing. I think the answer was that even though the characters and story were somewhat simplistic there was still something about it that wanted me to see it to the end. Still, I’m not sure finishing was the best choice but I don’t fully regret it or anything. I played most of it on hard, but turned it down to normal for the last 5-10 hours - just wanting to finish it.

The biggest problem was all the go, here, talk to this person, travel over here to talk to this person. It was a bit much, even with the fast travel points. This combined with the issue of a lack of variety of enemies, so much of the combat was very repetitive. Also, while much of the game was really nice looking - that too was rather unvaried. This was another game that would have benefited from cutting out the filler and reducing the time required by half.

Dragonfall is SO much better than Returns, I would honestly advise people to just skip Returns and go straight to Dragonfall. It’s not that Returns is bad on its own, it’s just rendered completely obsolete in every department by DF.