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CRPGs and Mouse Games, Oh My!

On 06/07/2021 at 10:10 AM by Matt Snee

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So, needing a 4K streaming device (I only had 1080P devices like the PS4 and Chromecast), I ordered a GoogleTV, which is Google's streaming device to compete with Roku and the Amazon Fire Stick. I picked the GoogleTV over the Fire Stick and the more expensive but more powerful Apple TV because of its capability to run the Nvidia Geforce Now streaming app, which allows you to stream PC games you already own. 

I've been pretty impressed with the device so far, definitely better designed than the Fire Stick, and Geforce Now runs perfectly, no problems. Nvidia doesn't seem to have updated the app to work with the PS5 controller yet - although the analog sticks work, none of the buttons do - but I ordered a controller highly recommended for Android gaming. 

Game Streaming is definitely the way of the future - it's just too easy if you have good internet and a compatible device and controller. Games load faster streaming on Geforce Now than they do on PS4. 

So, I connected a bluetooth keyboard and mouse to the GoogleTV and checked out some mouse games on Geforce Now. To begin with, I finally delved into Cities: Skylines a bit.... I managed to build some roads and power lines, but I haven't gotten anyone to move into my city yet. All good things come to those who wait. 


I've also been playing a little of Divinity: Original sin, a CRPG that came out a while back by Larian Studios. I know the sequel is much better, but I wanted to check out this one, and it runs great and is pretty fun. 

I've also been playing a bit of Tyranny, a CRPG in the style of Baldur's Gate. Instead of fighting against the "Dark Lord" to save the world in this game, when the game begins the "Dark Lord" has already won, and it's up to you to decide whether to serve him, destroy him, or overthrow him, etc. It's pretty fun. The game allows you to increase the text size, which is a huge benefit. 


I played a bit of the original Witcher. I've started this game a couple times. It's pretty old, and looks a bit rough, but it's got a sort of angry style I like. The other games you play with a controller, so this one is sort of odd. But I like it. 

As far as console gaming, I'm still making progress in Red Dead Redemption and GTA5. I'd say I'm about 3/4 through RDR. I'm not so sure about GTA. 

I've also been playing a lot of Dragon Age 3. I've decided to play this trilogy in reverse order, as a sort of narrative experiment. Tongue Out

Finally, I've also been playing another CRPG, Pillars of Eternity, on the Switch. Since this was ported to the Switch, the text is a lot easier to read than Tyranny. I've been trying to get into CRPGs more for a while, but I think I've finally come to understand how to enjoy them. 




06/07/2021 at 03:10 PM

Oh my word, you have a lot of games going at once! And so many of them RPGs!

I always thought Tyranny sounded really cool but as far as I know it never got ported to any consoles.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

06/09/2021 at 12:43 PM

Yeah, I'm definitely on a Western RPG binge. Laughing Tyranny is quite interesting. One feature I find neat, is you can have correspondence with characters over mail, and you choose your responses like you do in conversation, thoguh it happens slower. Pretty cool idea. 


06/07/2021 at 08:12 PM

Love that Tyranny art style. 

Reverse order, why not. I started shelf reading at work in reverse order. Started at 999 and worked my way to the 100s. It's a bit like self spell-checking by reading backward. It seems to help catch words spelled wrong, or as in shelf reading, books out of place. Experiencing a narrative backward sounds interesting.  I'll have to think of where I can experiment with that. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

06/09/2021 at 12:45 PM

Yeah, I'm really been kind of intrigued of telling a story backwards, with the end of it being told in the first chapter, followed by the middle chapter, which is a prequel, and then the final chapter, which occurs before everything else. Kind of mind-busting. Laughing


06/10/2021 at 10:26 PM

Which is more intriguing, what happened or why it happened?

Super Step Contributing Writer

06/11/2021 at 10:44 PM

Red Dead Redemption 2 is another game I own and have played so, so little of.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

06/14/2021 at 05:59 PM

It's a great game, man. I'm constantly astonished by it. 


06/13/2021 at 04:02 PM

Cities Skylines is what SimCity 5 should have been. The king is dead, long live the king.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

06/14/2021 at 05:59 PM

I haven't played it again yet, but I will. Sim City was a revelation when I was a kid. 

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