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A subreddit for members of the Steam Community.
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Dollar-for-dollar, the best ally money could buy.
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2014.01.29 20:20 Anonymous_99 FreeGamesOnSteam

This is a subreddit for finding free Steam key giveaways!
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2023.06.05 17:43 OldMcGroin Steam Deck Verified/Playable Highlights 5/29/23 - 6/4/23 - Steam Deck HQ

Steam Deck Verified/Playable Highlights 5/29/23 - 6/4/23 - Steam Deck HQ
Welcome back, folks! We're here once again with a brand-new week of incredible Steam Deck Verified and Playable games. This week has been a doozy a bit on the slower side, but that doesn't mean we don't have some great games to highlight! Here are the 7 games we found this week that became Playable or Verified.
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2023.06.05 17:42 blondeballerina Games with great narratives or choices matter

Looking for games with great narratives or where choices matter. Preferably for steam deck or switch. I’ve already enjoyed all the quantic dream and telltale titles. Thanks!
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2023.06.05 17:37 CronicCanabis88 New code for trackers about to drop. N3XT is a one of a kind code

[B]N3XT[/B] is a new code base that is looking to do something that has not been done in a decade. It will be a code that you can fully control without needing to know how to code. This source code will allow for ultimate customization and loads of features that will be able to be adjusted and set right in the admin panel. The thing about a lot of codes right now, is there are very few options for codes that have been kept up to date, and functional and safe, unless you are a decent coder, even setting up some of the older codes can be a pain, and then to bring things up to be secure and fix exploits, well that is its own struggle. So here at N3XT, we are making this code in a way that if you visit a dozen sites runnning it, they can all look VERY different and can be done with out ever editing HTML or any hardcoode for that matter.



[B]Built on NODE JS[/B], this code is a one of a kind. It was built from the floor up. Looking in to the other major codes, things that have been done like the announce systems, the way it browses the database for torrents, N3XT rewrote the rules for all of these things. The code was written from a blank slate, and what we did, was looked at how ther codes did things, and most of the basic functions, are all done the same way, but our coder, thru a lot of trial and error, wrote thoes functions in a way that is more efficent and faster, requireing less resources which will be huge with larger sites, and alllow the same performance on lesser servers, saving the site owner money with out giving up any performance. Every feature and function was written from scratch, and some features that you see across other coes, we rewrote to do what they do as best as they can. so many of the simple features you have known to love from other codes, were written to be as efficent and functional as possiable with some small tweaks in some cases, and full redesignes in others. The Node Js Lanuage allowed us to do things very fast and efficent, and even under high load stress testing the results were amazing. All of this info will be released in the next few days and the offical N3XT forum site will be up soon.

Some of the current features are as follows.

[B]Graveyard[/B]: Where torrents with no seeds after X amnt of days will end up . Has ability to have EXTRA hourly BP awarded to the reviver of all graveyard torrents until they stop seeding past the threashold time set by owner. Also shows how many peers are on the dead torrents, so if you need a ratio bump, you can view the graveyard and reseed torrents that have peers active and waiting for a seed, earning you upload instantly.

[B]REESEED REQUEST[/B]: its own page, reseed requests not only send a msg to the uploader and all who compleated downloading that torrent, but you have the option to add a BP bounty to something , to add more BP to things others have initally requested to be reseeded, and that are put in their own page people can view, showing the total BP reward bounty, active peers waiting for a seed, and the extra BP hourly awarded for not just seeding that torrent, but for the graveyard seed bonus. another great way to earn BP and upload credit.

[B]CASINO[/B]: Just like all good tracker codes, there is a place to play some games and bet some BP. We are working on real time gaming, where you and others, in real time, can play poker and black jack and a lod of other games or play slow and longer gammes where you can play with friends or other users, and when they log on they make the next move, and then its back to you when ever you get on. We are looking toward making another currency in the casino which will allow yoou to buy things in a seperate store, but this will be an option the site owner can turn on or off, and just allow BP to be used as it is on most other sites.

[B]TORRENT RESULTS PAGE[/B]: With the flip of a switch, you can have the common result page, like on most codes,OR you mmay be able to use a grouping system similar to that on gazelle. Customization is huge for us here at N3XT. We want all sites running this code to be able to be as different as they can be with out needing to be a coder to do the hardcode changes.

[B]PLUGIN SYSTEM[/B]: We will ahve a plugin system and a library for extra features that uusers can download and load with a couple mouse clicks, and share with other uses if they want. This will allow you to easily build your OWN features if you know how or have the want to customize even further.


[B]FULL UI CONTROL[/B]: The admin panel will haave controles for all active features on the code, and allow you to makke any and all changes you would need, right on the site itself, making any hard code tr HTML changes not needed. This will allow anybody to be able to run and set up a tracker with ease while not limiting what can be done.


[B]WIKI[/B]: In one of the early updates we will have a wiki page where anybody can enter and build upon wiki entries about terms associated with the tracker community. A lot of users do not like to be made to feel dumb asking things like " What is the difference from H265 nad x265?" so now there will be a wiki on your site where these things can be their own entires to show the difference and explaine these keywords.


[B]UPDATE SYSTEM[/B]: When a new version of N3XT comes out, you will simple press a button in the admin panel, and this will do the update for you. no more having to backup the whole site, lose all your custom changes and so on when upgrading to the newer versions of the coode!

[B]STAFF CATAGORIES[/B]: Having the ability for the staff or owner or what ever rank has the ermissions to do so, you can make sub catagories that torrents can be places in like "PLEX PICKS" For large movie packs that would be great for someone making a plex server at home, or " RETRO GAMES" Where you can tag all retro rom and emulator torrents and users can view all these created groups, and see the torrents that have been added in to them, with out effecting the catagories that the torrents were originally put in.


[B]CUSTOM BUILT UPLOAD BOT[/B]: Our team has built an upload bot that gets all its own info, so it can pull automaticly or manuallly from ANY tracker and provide, screenshots, mediainfo, info on the show or movies from one of 4 databases, dupe checks, multiple tracker uploads at the same time, lite on your linux distro, runs in docker so you can havve multiple instances on one machine, and more. it is activly being updated and will do all you need it to do no matter what was posted in the original upload you grab the end result on your site will be uniform and perfect to your tastes!





While these are just a few of the features we have implemented, we have a list of many more coming in the first updates, and for many updates to come. This code was built with a few things in mind. Customization, Ease of use, Health of the tracker running it, and fun for everybody using it, staff and users!

With the open beta up right now, and a discord feel free to check things out by joing the discord here, and there you will find a link to the open beta and a link to the N3XT offical webpage once its finshed!

[url][B]https://discord.gg/q7kcHdJU2M[/B][/url]

feel free to ask anything, here or there.[B]N3XT[/B] is a new code base that is looking to do something that has not been done in a decade. It will be a code that you can fully control without needing to know how to code. This source code will allow for ultimate customization and loads of features that will be able to be adjusted and set right in the admin panel. The thing about a lot of codes right now, is there are very few options for codes that have been kept up to date, and functional and safe, unless you are a decent coder, even setting up some of the older codes can be a pain, and then to bring things up to be secure and fix exploits, well that is its own struggle. So here at N3XT, we are making this code in a way that if you visit a dozen sites runnning it, they can all look VERY different and can be done with out ever editing HTML or any hardcoode for that matter.



[B]Built on NODE JS[/B], this code is a one of a kind. It was built from the floor up. Looking in to the other major codes, things that have been done like the announce systems, the way it browses the database for torrents, N3XT rewrote the rules for all of these things. The code was written from a blank slate, and what we did, was looked at how ther codes did things, and most of the basic functions, are all done the same way, but our coder, thru a lot of trial and error, wrote thoes functions in a way that is more efficent and faster, requireing less resources which will be huge with larger sites, and alllow the same performance on lesser servers, saving the site owner money with out giving up any performance. Every feature and function was written from scratch, and some features that you see across other coes, we rewrote to do what they do as best as they can. so many of the simple features you have known to love from other codes, were written to be as efficent and functional as possiable with some small tweaks in some cases, and full redesignes in others. The Node Js Lanuage allowed us to do things very fast and efficent, and even under high load stress testing the results were amazing. All of this info will be released in the next few days and the offical N3XT forum site will be up soon.

Some of the current features are as follows.

[B]Graveyard[/B]: Where torrents with no seeds after X amnt of days will end up . Has ability to have EXTRA hourly BP awarded to the reviver of all graveyard torrents until they stop seeding past the threashold time set by owner. Also shows how many peers are on the dead torrents, so if you need a ratio bump, you can view the graveyard and reseed torrents that have peers active and waiting for a seed, earning you upload instantly.

[B]REESEED REQUEST[/B]: its own page, reseed requests not only send a msg to the uploader and all who compleated downloading that torrent, but you have the option to add a BP bounty to something , to add more BP to things others have initally requested to be reseeded, and that are put in their own page people can view, showing the total BP reward bounty, active peers waiting for a seed, and the extra BP hourly awarded for not just seeding that torrent, but for the graveyard seed bonus. another great way to earn BP and upload credit.

[B]CASINO[/B]: Just like all good tracker codes, there is a place to play some games and bet some BP. We are working on real time gaming, where you and others, in real time, can play poker and black jack and a lod of other games or play slow and longer gammes where you can play with friends or other users, and when they log on they make the next move, and then its back to you when ever you get on. We are looking toward making another currency in the casino which will allow yoou to buy things in a seperate store, but this will be an option the site owner can turn on or off, and just allow BP to be used as it is on most other sites.

[B]TORRENT RESULTS PAGE[/B]: With the flip of a switch, you can have the common result page, like on most codes,OR you mmay be able to use a grouping system similar to that on gazelle. Customization is huge for us here at N3XT. We want all sites running this code to be able to be as different as they can be with out needing to be a coder to do the hardcode changes.

[B]PLUGIN SYSTEM[/B]: We will ahve a plugin system and a library for extra features that uusers can download and load with a couple mouse clicks, and share with other uses if they want. This will allow you to easily build your OWN features if you know how or have the want to customize even further.


[B]FULL UI CONTROL[/B]: The admin panel will haave controles for all active features on the code, and allow you to makke any and all changes you would need, right on the site itself, making any hard code tr HTML changes not needed. This will allow anybody to be able to run and set up a tracker with ease while not limiting what can be done.


[B]WIKI[/B]: In one of the early updates we will have a wiki page where anybody can enter and build upon wiki entries about terms associated with the tracker community. A lot of users do not like to be made to feel dumb asking things like " What is the difference from H265 nad x265?" so now there will be a wiki on your site where these things can be their own entires to show the difference and explaine these keywords.


[B]UPDATE SYSTEM[/B]: When a new version of N3XT comes out, you will simple press a button in the admin panel, and this will do the update for you. no more having to backup the whole site, lose all your custom changes and so on when upgrading to the newer versions of the coode!

[B]STAFF CATAGORIES[/B]: Having the ability for the staff or owner or what ever rank has the ermissions to do so, you can make sub catagories that torrents can be places in like "PLEX PICKS" For large movie packs that would be great for someone making a plex server at home, or " RETRO GAMES" Where you can tag all retro rom and emulator torrents and users can view all these created groups, and see the torrents that have been added in to them, with out effecting the catagories that the torrents were originally put in.


[B]CUSTOM BUILT UPLOAD BOT[/B]: Our team has built an upload bot that gets all its own info, so it can pull automaticly or manuallly from ANY tracker and provide, screenshots, mediainfo, info on the show or movies from one of 4 databases, dupe checks, multiple tracker uploads at the same time, lite on your linux distro, runs in docker so you can havve multiple instances on one machine, and more. it is activly being updated and will do all you need it to do no matter what was posted in the original upload you grab the end result on your site will be uniform and perfect to your tastes!

[B]HELP DESK:[/B] New help desk system in place for users to post about questions or issues with different levels of importance for the staff to be able to address issues one on one with users or the site in general.

[B]USER SHOUT BOX CONTROLS:[/B] Users can now select if they want the new shouts to come in from the top or the bottom of the shout box as per user.



Many more of these types of adjustments will be added to allow the users to customize their view of the site, show the torrent results in a gazelle type grouping system, or a standard torrent result list and many many others to make the user experence 100% adjustable for how THEY want to see the tracker.
While these are just a few of the features we have implemented, we have a list of many more coming in the first updates, and for many updates to come. This code was built with a few things in mind. Customization, Ease of use, Health of the tracker running it, and fun for everybody using it, staff and users!

With the open beta up right now, and a discord feel free to check things out by joing the discord here, and there you will find a link to the open beta and a link to the N3XT offical webpage once its finshed!

[url][B]CLICK HERE TO JOIN N3XT DISCORD TO GET EVEN MORE INFO

feel free to ask anything, here or there.
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2023.06.05 17:21 delete44 Miles Morales broken after recent update?

howdy gang o/ been playing Spiderman: Miles Morales on the steam deck. it's never been painless - I've usually had to start the game undocked, then dock after reaching the menu. but earlier today I updated my deck's software version & now the game won't play at all.
anyone else experiencing this? the base spiderman has (and continues to) work flawlessly :(
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2023.06.05 17:17 WeAreFanatical Dying Light 2 Stay Human at a 58% discount ~ $25.19/£23.09/€25.19


Title Discount USD GBP EUR Store & Rating Modes HLTB Cards Steam Deck ProtonDB
Dying Light 2 Stay Human 58% $25.19 £23.09 €25.19 Steam 79% with 106,912 reviews (Mostly Positive) Single-playeOnline Co-op 24 hours Yes Verified Platinum
Over twenty years ago in Harran, we fought the virus—and lost. Now, we’re losing again. The City, one of the last large human settlements, is torn by conflict. Civilization has fallen back into the Dark Ages. And yet, we still have hope.
You are a wanderer with the power to change the fate of The City. But your exceptional abilities come at a price. Haunted by memories you cannot decipher, you set out to learn the truth… and find yourself in a combat zone. Hone your skills, as to defeat your enemies and make allies, you’ll need both fists and wits. Unravel the dark secrets behind the wielders of power, choose sides and decide your destiny. But wherever your actions take you, there's one thing you can never forget—stay human.

VAST OPEN WORLD

Participate in the life of a city engulfed in a new dark era. Discover different paths and hidden passages, as you explore its multiple levels and locations.

CREATIVE & BRUTAL COMBAT

Take advantage of your parkour skills to tip the scales of even the most brutal encounter. Clever thinking, traps and creative weapons will be your best friends.

DAY AND NIGHT CYCLE

Wait for night to venture into dark hideouts of the Infected. Sunlight keeps them at bay, but once it’s gone, monsters begin the hunt, leaving their lairs free to explore.

CHOICES & CONSEQUENCES

Shape the future of The City with your actions and watch how it changes. Determine the balance of power by making choices in a growing conflict and forge your own experience.

2-4 PLAYER CO-OP GAMEPLAY

Play in up to four-player co-op. Host your own games or join others and see how their choices have played out differently than yours.
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2023.06.05 17:16 WeAreFanatical Disney — 34 Deals Live on Site!

Check out more Disney deals here!

Title Discount USD GBP EUR Store & Rating Modes HLTB Cards Steam Deck ProtonDB
LEGO Star Wars - The Complete Saga 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 96% with 16,952 reviews (Overwhelmingly Positive) Single-player 13½ hours No Verified Gold
STAR WARS™ Republic Commando™ 79% $2.09 £1.50 €1.71 Steam 95% with 12,053 reviews (Overwhelmingly Positive) Single-playeShared and Split Screen PvP 9 hours No Playable Platinum
STAR WARS™ Knights of the Old Republic™ II - The Sith Lords™ 79% $2.09 £1.50 €1.71 Steam 93% with 18,648 reviews (Very Positive) Single-player 30½ hours No Playable Native
LEGO® Star Wars™ III - The Clone Wars™ 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 94% with 5,478 reviews (Very Positive) Single-playeShared and Split Screen Co-op 9 hours No Unsupported Gold
STAR WARS™ - Knights of the Old Republic™ 79% $2.09 £1.50 €1.71 Steam 90% with 23,912 reviews (Very Positive) Single-player 10 hours No Unsupported Gold
STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 97% with 27,018 reviews (Overwhelmingly Positive) Single-playeOnline PvP 23½ hours No Playable Gold
STAR WARS™ - The Force Unleashed™ II 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 63% with 4,698 reviews (Mixed) Single-player 5 hours No Unsupported Gold
STAR WARS - The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 75% with 6,550 reviews (Mostly Positive) Single-player 8 hours No Unsupported Gold
LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 90% with 2,118 reviews (Very Positive) Single-playeShared and Split Screen Co-op 8½ hours Yes Playable Platinum
STAR WARS Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy 79% $2.09 £1.50 €1.71 Steam 96% with 10,035 reviews (Overwhelmingly Positive) Single-playeOnline PvP/Shared and Split Screen PvP 10 hours No Unsupported Gold
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2023.06.05 17:16 WeAreFanatical Prestige Bundle — New Titles Join the Lineup!

Check out the bundle here!

Amount of Games GBP USD EUR
2 games for... £14.99 $14.99 €16.99
3 games for... £21.99 $21.99 €23.99
4 games for... £28.99 $28.99 €30.99
And make a selection from these new titles!
To get details on all of the games — such as Prey, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, and Wasteland 3 — check out the old thread here!
Title Genres Rating Product Price (USD) Modes HLTB Cards Steam Deck ProtonDB
Airborne Kingdom Simulation, Indie, Strategy, Casual 87% with 1547 reviews (Very Positive) $24.99 Single-player 7½ hours Yes Playable Platinum
Superliminal Adventure, Action 94% with 18766 reviews (Very Positive) $19.99 Single-player 2½ hours Yes Verified Native
Metro Exodus Action 89% with 76121 reviews (Very Positive) $29.99 Single-player 15½ hours Yes Playable Native
Pathfinder: Kingmaker - Enhanced Plus Edition RPG 78% with 23771 reviews (Mostly Positive) $19.99 Single-player 77½ hours Yes Playable Native
Iron Harvest Strategy 74% with 8624 reviews (Mostly Positive) $29.99 Single-player 22 hours No Playable Gold
Martha Is Dead Indie, Adventure 80% with 1614 reviews (Very Positive) $29.99 Single-player 6 hours Yes Unsupported Silver
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2023.06.05 17:15 WeAreFanatical [Fanatical] Prestige Bundle — New Titles Join the Lineup (2/3/4 games for $14.99/$21.99/$28.99, new additions: Metro Exodus, Superliminal, and more) Ubisoft Deals Disney Deals Dying Light 2 Stay Human (58% off ~ $25.19/£23.09/€25.19)

Hello, GameDeals!

Prestige Bundle — New Titles Join the Lineup!

Check out the bundle here!
Amount of Games GBP USD EUR
2 games for... £14.99 $14.99 €16.99
3 games for... £21.99 $21.99 €23.99
4 games for... £28.99 $28.99 €30.99
And make a selection from these new titles!
To get details on all of the games — such as Prey, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, and Wasteland 3 — check out the old thread here!
Title Genres Rating Product Price (USD) Modes HLTB Cards Steam Deck ProtonDB
Airborne Kingdom Simulation, Indie, Strategy, Casual 87% with 1547 reviews (Very Positive) $24.99 Single-player 7½ hours Yes Playable Platinum
Superliminal Adventure, Action 94% with 18766 reviews (Very Positive) $19.99 Single-player 2½ hours Yes Verified Native
Metro Exodus Action 89% with 76121 reviews (Very Positive) $29.99 Single-player 15½ hours Yes Playable Native
Pathfinder: Kingmaker - Enhanced Plus Edition RPG 78% with 23771 reviews (Mostly Positive) $19.99 Single-player 77½ hours Yes Playable Native
Iron Harvest Strategy 74% with 8624 reviews (Mostly Positive) $29.99 Single-player 22 hours No Playable Gold
Martha Is Dead Indie, Adventure 80% with 1614 reviews (Very Positive) $29.99 Single-player 6 hours Yes Unsupported Silver

Ubisoft

Title DRM Discount USD GBP EUR Metacritic Score HLTB
Far Cry 4 Uplay 82% $5.54 £4.99 €5.54 80 17½ hours
Far Cry Primal Uplay 77% $11.49 £9.19 €11.49 74 14½ hours
South Park: The Fractured But Whole Uplay 82% $11.09 £9.24 €11.09 79 18 hours
Far Cry 3 Uplay 77% $4.59 £3.67 €4.59 88 16 hours
Far Cry New Dawn - Deluxe Edition Uplay 82% $9.24 £8.50 €10.17 11 hours
Rayman Legends Uplay 82% $5.54 £2.95 €3.69 89 10 hours
Far Cry 2 Uplay 72% $2.79 £2.43 €2.79 85 17 hours
Rayman® Origins Uplay 72% $5.59 £2.43 €2.79 11 hours
Far Cry Uplay 72% $2.79 £2.43 €2.79 86 13 hours
Rayman Raving Rabbids Uplay 77% $2.29 £1.03 €1.14 58 5½ hours

Disney — 34 Deals Live on Site!

Check out more Disney deals here!
Title Discount USD GBP EUR Store & Rating Modes HLTB Cards Steam Deck ProtonDB
LEGO Star Wars - The Complete Saga 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 96% with 16,952 reviews (Overwhelmingly Positive) Single-player 13½ hours No Verified Gold
STAR WARS™ Republic Commando™ 79% $2.09 £1.50 €1.71 Steam 95% with 12,053 reviews (Overwhelmingly Positive) Single-playeShared and Split Screen PvP 9 hours No Playable Platinum
STAR WARS™ Knights of the Old Republic™ II - The Sith Lords™ 79% $2.09 £1.50 €1.71 Steam 93% with 18,648 reviews (Very Positive) Single-player 30½ hours No Playable Native
LEGO® Star Wars™ III - The Clone Wars™ 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 94% with 5,478 reviews (Very Positive) Single-playeShared and Split Screen Co-op 9 hours No Unsupported Gold
STAR WARS™ - Knights of the Old Republic™ 79% $2.09 £1.50 €1.71 Steam 90% with 23,912 reviews (Very Positive) Single-player 10 hours No Unsupported Gold
STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 97% with 27,018 reviews (Overwhelmingly Positive) Single-playeOnline PvP 23½ hours No Playable Gold
STAR WARS™ - The Force Unleashed™ II 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 63% with 4,698 reviews (Mixed) Single-player 5 hours No Unsupported Gold
STAR WARS - The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 75% with 6,550 reviews (Mostly Positive) Single-player 8 hours No Unsupported Gold
LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game 79% $4.19 £3.25 €3.52 Steam 90% with 2,118 reviews (Very Positive) Single-playeShared and Split Screen Co-op 8½ hours Yes Playable Platinum
STAR WARS Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy 79% $2.09 £1.50 €1.71 Steam 96% with 10,035 reviews (Overwhelmingly Positive) Single-playeOnline PvP/Shared and Split Screen PvP 10 hours No Unsupported Gold

Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Title Discount USD GBP EUR Store & Rating Modes HLTB Cards Steam Deck ProtonDB
Dying Light 2 Stay Human 58% $25.19 £23.09 €25.19 Steam 79% with 106,912 reviews (Mostly Positive) Single-playeOnline Co-op 24 hours Yes Verified Platinum
Over twenty years ago in Harran, we fought the virus—and lost. Now, we’re losing again. The City, one of the last large human settlements, is torn by conflict. Civilization has fallen back into the Dark Ages. And yet, we still have hope.
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2023.06.05 17:10 TheCrimsonComposer questions about emudeck as a newbie

Hi! I got my steam deck about a month ago and I was wondering how to get into emulation? I have been looking at a thing called emudeck that seems cool but I would have no idea what to do. And also like does it come with games? Do i have to upload my own? google isn’t being helpful but says something about like having to own a physical copy, For example I own a physical copy of Breath of the Wild, would i have to find a way to put it in the steam deck? And if I wanna play something like metal gear which i dont own would i have to buy a copy and then transfer it or is there a way to get it online? I am so new to this
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2023.06.05 17:09 TheCrimsonComposer How to get into emulation on deck

Hi! I got my steam deck about a month ago and I was wondering how to get into emulation? I have been looking at a thing called emudeck that seems cool but I would have no idea what to do. And also like does it come with games? Do i have to upload my own? google isn’t being helpful but says something about like having to own a physical copy, For example I own a physical copy of Breath of the Wild, would i have to find a way to put it in the steam deck? And if I wanna play something like metal gear which i dont own would i have to buy a copy and then transfer it or is there a way to get it online? I am so new to this
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2023.06.05 16:52 GallopingLifeDeer New releases of Mario Party Netplay for PJ64 and Dolphin allow for cross-compatibility with Mac, Linux, and Steam Deck. As well, a build for MP 1-3 on Android through Mupen Plus FZ has been released for all Android players.

Link to the builds in the #howto channel here.
What do Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Steam Deck have in common? Now, they can all run netplay for Mario Party!
Let's take a look at what we've got in store:
Other important new features:
tl;dr: New PJ64 and Dolphin builds for Macs, new Dolphin build for Linux usable on Steam Deck, new Mupen build for Android devices that isn't cross-compatible with the others.
Link to the builds in the #howto channel here.
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2023.06.05 16:41 Veritas_Astra Steam Deck Multitasking and Screen Sharing

Per the title, I have both a statement to frame the question and a question to ask the Steam Deck community at large:
I have been currently using Anydesk as my means for my Steam Deck and iPad Air 5 to interact and share inputs and screens and I do have a nice Logitech keyboard and screen linked to my iPad but it does not have a true desktop or good gaming environment, hence the Steam Deck.
Is there a better way to link these devices in such a way where I could extend screens using either device that is not hyper dependent on wifi or internet services? Or is VNC/Steam Link/Anydesk the only way to go? I love both devices for their strengths and I would love to unify what they could do. I even figured out how to turn my Steam Deck into a decent homelab/server for my purposes.
Very Respectfully,
Veritas Astra
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2023.06.05 16:36 GallopingLifeDeer New releases of Mario Party Netplay for Dolphin allow for cross-compatibility with Mac, Linux, and Steam Deck.

New releases of Mario Party Netplay for Dolphin allow for cross-compatibility with Mac, Linux, and Steam Deck.

Mario Party 5 capsules on every space from the start of the game (to enable this code, right click game in Dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes)
Link to the builds in the #howto channel here: https://discord.gg/marioparty
What do Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Steam Deck have in common? Now, they can all run netplay for Mario Party!
Let's take a look at what we've got in store:
  • Proper Mac builds for both PJ64 and Dolphin, for out-of-the-box netplay without having to run the emulators through Wine!
  • A Linux build for Dolphin, featuring 100% compatibility with Steam Deck! After seven years in development, hopefully it will have been worth the wait.
  • A brand-new Mupen build for Android lets you netplay Mario Party 1, 2 and 3 on the go! Our recommended Always On codes won't be enabled by default, so be sure to enable them after tapping Settings > Cheats.This build is not cross-compatible with our Windows and Mac builds, so we're introducing a new role to ping.
Other important new features:
  • In Dolphin, the game will keep running even if someone leaves
  • A new netplay button for ease of use when matchmaking
  • Cool new cheat codes for Mario Party and other games, such as item space customization in Mario Party 4, 200cc in Mario Kart Wii, and simultaneous multiplayer in Super Monkey Ball 1 and 2 ( to use these codes, right click game in Dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes)
Super Monkey Ball 2 simultaneous multiplayer (to enable this code, right click game in Dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes)
tl;dr: New PJ64 and Dolphin builds for Macs, new Dolphin build for Linux usable on Steam Deck, new Mupen build for Android devices that isn't cross-compatible with the others.
Link to the builds in the #howto channel here: https://discord.gg/marioparty
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2023.06.05 16:34 Markie7235m The Cost of Flesh and Blood - A comparison to Magic

So frequently I see people bring up the expense of certain cards in Flesh and Blood. Many times I have seen people make the statement that the cost is prohibitive to newer or younger players. The arguments that you don't need certain Legendary cards versus you do need them to be competitive go back and forth. There is some validity in both views, but as an old school Magic player I want to reflect for a moment on what the Magic scene was like when I started. While the games are very different, the cost trajectory early on for both games is very similar.
I started in August of 1994 at the age of 13. My brother, who had recently turned 15, had gone to California for some science camp and when he returned he showed me this new game he learned called Magic the Gathering. My eyes lit up at the beautiful artwork, the array of colors, and the collectability of it - Deep down, I had always been a collector by nature from Star Wars toys to comics, so Magic was my new addiction. A brief history of Magic for those that don't know, Alpha and Beta were long gone by August 1994, Unlimited was in the past, Arabian Nights and Antiquities had come and gone, and Legends came out a month before I started and was sold out everywhere. There were not online retailers at this time that you could readily search the internet to find some - if your LGS didn't have any, it was gone. The Dark came out a week after I learned the game, and Revised was well into it's release cycle. In fact, LGS stores didn't really exist at this point, not in my area, not like they do today. In fact, most places you went to buy Magic were comic book stores or hobby stores. Finding singles was next to impossible, you basically bought cards from other players, so values were all over the place. I remember meeting a couple that was already getting out of the game and buying packs of Arabian Nights from them for $10 a pop. If you Wiki Arabian Nights, they claim by the release of the Dark pack prices were as high as $5, but good luck finding any - in my area, you wanted them, it was $10. Anyways, here's where it compares to FandB. Below in 1994/1995 were the going rates of top cards (yes, so cheap compared to today prices). There was no Standard/Type 2, Vintage/Type 1 was the ONLY version of Magic. So while you didn't "need" the below cards, you were at a competitive disadvantage without them:
Anyways, I could keep going, but you get the idea. Interesting to see cards today people think are top cards were less desirably. Bazaar and Tabernacle were considered meh back then, and Juzam Djinn was initially passed over for Guardian Best (protect your moxes) and Ali from Cairo (protect your life). M's Workshop was restricted, and most artifacts back then outside moxes and lotus were also meh. Now looking at these prices, you could say that these are relatively cheap compared to FandB, but that's not accounting for inflation. For comparison, booster packs are now about 300% higher cost than back then. So if you apply that modifier to singles, Black Lotus was $750-$100, Moxes were $300+ a pop, etc. People for FandB complain about spending $250+ to buy Fyendal's Tunic, but that's a single purchase, versus to get a set of Moxes (translated for Inflation) would run you $1,500. To get a full set of Power 9 back then would cost you $1,000+ (or $3,000+ with inflation factored in). That's just 9 cards of a 60 card deck, compared to the average FandB competitive deck running as low as $300 and as high as $1,000 for the entire deck. Did you NEED the Power 9 to compete back then? No, in fact many people would win local tournaments that didn't have any of the 9. Did they give you a competitive advantage? 100% yes, and that's why I consistently finished in the top 3. How did I acquire a set of the 9 between the ages of 13-15? Back then, my LGS awarded store credit depending on where you placed in th tourney, and they would actually let you carry the balance. So I saved up credits until I could buy my first mox, and so on and so on. I only bought 3 of my 9 with my actual money that I saved from allowances and selling my comics - a beat up Time Twister for $50, a beta mox pearl for $100, and a LP Black Lotus for $200. Keep in mind also, when I was playing Magic back then, these were hefty purchases considering the game was only 2-3 years old. No one knew that Magic would be the juggernut it is today, and we all knew the cash value on these could crash at any moment. Numerous TCGs sprang up in the 90's, none of them survived. Magic had no guarantee of success either, and in the early 2000's fatigue set in and the game began to die off. Sadly I sold all of my stuff back then for about $7,000 - Today it would easily sell for over $300K. Buying/investing in FandB at this point is a much safer and more stable market than Magic was. Consistent sales and interest in the game and places to sell of cards exist, so dropping $250 for a Tunic, other than the price tag, is a fairly safe purchase.
My point is TCGs are not cheap to play IF you want to play at competitive levels. Is FandB expensive to start playing competitively? IMO, no, in fact it's cheaper to start playing FandB competitively than it was for me to start playing Magic back in the 90's....and I was only a kid then! My advice for those starting out - Don't look at the price tags on the most expensive cards. Pick a hero you like and learn how that hero plays. Pick up the low cost cards that make the deck work first. Slowly add the more expensive pieces along the way. Learn to walk before you run. You don't need to buy a Tunic day 1, just like you didn't need to buy a Black Lotus day 1. Both are great cards, but until you learn the mechanics of the game both cards did little in the hands of an amateur that didn't fully understand the uses and value.
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2023.06.05 16:33 JamesUpton87 I was about to drop $700 on an ROG Ally when I discovered the endless versatility of Remote Play, and I couldn't be happier.

I was about to drop $700 on an ROG Ally when I discovered the endless versatility of Remote Play, and I couldn't be happier.
This makes so much more sense to me than the Steam Deck or Asus ROG Ally. I have a monstrous PC, a PS5, Xbone, and fiber optic at home. I also am almost always exclusively connected to a network when I'm on the go.
Why on earth should I spend $650 for capped graphics and performance, with limited compatibility and storage? Typically if I'm somewhere with a bad network I'm not looking to game to begin with and even if I was, I could just simply play ROMS, Switch, or Mobile games as a substitute.
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2023.06.05 16:33 GallopingLifeDeer New releases of Mario Party Netplay for PJ64 and Dolphin allow for cross-compatibility with Steam Deck/Linux, Windows, and Mac.

New releases of Mario Party Netplay for PJ64 and Dolphin allow for cross-compatibility with Steam Deck/Linux, Windows, and Mac.
Mario Party 5 capsules on every space from the start of the game (to enable this code, right click game in Dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes)
Link to the builds in the #howto channel here: https://discord.gg/marioparty
What do Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Steam Deck have in common? Now, they can all run netplay for Mario Party!
Let's take a look at what we've got in store:
  • Proper Mac builds for both PJ64 and Dolphin, for out-of-the-box netplay without having to run the emulators through Wine!
  • A Linux build for Dolphin, featuring 100% compatibility with Steam Deck! After seven years in development, hopefully it will have been worth the wait.
  • A brand-new Mupen build for Android lets you netplay Mario Party 1, 2 and 3 on the go! Our recommended Always On codes won't be enabled by default, so be sure to enable them after tapping Settings > Cheats.This build is not cross-compatible with our Windows and Mac builds, so we're introducing a new role to ping.
Other important new features:
  • In Dolphin, the game will keep running even if someone leaves
  • A new netplay button for ease of use when matchmaking
  • Cool new cheat codes for Mario Party and other games, such as item space customization in Mario Party 4, 200cc in Mario Kart Wii, and simultaneous multiplayer in Super Monkey Ball 1 and 2 ( to use these codes, right click game in Dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes)
Super Monkey Ball 2 simultaneous multiplayer (to enable this code, right click game in Dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes)
tl;dr: New PJ64 and Dolphin builds for Macs, new Dolphin build for Linux usable on Steam Deck, new Mupen build for Android devices that isn't cross-compatible with the others.
Link to the builds in the #howto channel here: https://discord.gg/marioparty
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2023.06.05 16:31 SlowShoes Quick thoughts on 30 different VR games

I'm keeping track of all the VR games I’ve played this year to catalogue them in hopes that they may give fellow VR gamers some fresh games to try out, or reasons to revisit older games that have had big updates. I'm currently up to 52 different VR games played this year. The first 22 that I played from January to March can be found here. The latest 30 games are mostly on the Quest, but many are available on PCVR.
Some of the games listed below, I can see playing all year long, others are not my cup of tea, but they may interest you enough to try them out. In either case, here are my quick thoughts on the 30 games I’ve played during April and May of 2023.
TLDR: My top 5 games to check out are at the bottom and so is some info for a game giveaway.

  1. ARK and ADE $9.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: A fun shooter with Pistol Whip vibes that is absolutely worth the price of admission. From the store page: “ARK and ADE is an action-jammed FPS shooter in which you get to experience the glory of the 80’s arcade era in a neon fused setting. Shoot your way through retro-futuristic levels filled with enemies, iconic over the top bosses and never ending bullets!” I played this game back when it was in App Lab before it graduated to the full store. It was such a fun shooter back then, and I’d look forward to new levels coming out every few months. Now that it made it out of app lab, has a bunch of levels and had the gameplay polished, it’s absolutely worth a pickup, especially for that price.
  2. Project Third Eye $9.99 Quest My quick take: A game where you make your own fun. From the store page: “Project Third Eye is an action physics sandbox with a built-in visual scripting panel to apply logic to spawnable items. This allows you to build your own modifications to the game and customize behaviors as you like.” Just like the description says, this is more of a proof of concept and sandbox game more so than a full fledged game with objectives. There are certainly neat ideas here and there, and the dev is really active with updates on Reddit. If you like to experiment and see how concepts develop in a game, you may enjoy this, but there’s no real direction beyond experimenting, so I dropped off fairly quickly.
  3. Jousting VR Demo $9.99 Quest / Steam Quest Demo My quick take: A bit light on gameplay, but there is some charm here. From the store page: “XIII century, Europe, royal market courtyard. You are a knight who joined the medieval tournament. Your task is 'simple.' Jump on your trusty steed, grab your lance & defeat the enemy. Take into consideration speed, accuracy, strength. Equipment is also important. The better gear the easier the task. Oh, and other knights - they want to win as much as you do.” As advertised, it's a jousting game in VR. I enjoyed the demo, but honestly it was a bit too finicky at times and just not worth a full buy to me. The atmosphere was fun though and there was a progression loop for those who get into it.
  4. Demeo $39.99 Quest and Steam (flatscreen as well) My quick take: This is a great game that I revisited from start to finish with four players. A must own. From the store page: “Adventurers, it’s time to unite! Gather your friends and fight monsters in Demeo, the turn-based tabletop strategy game of battle and glory. Roll dice, pick up miniatures, and free the world of Gilmerra in round after round of tabletop board game fun. With a huge assortment of monsters, playable classes, and environments to explore, it’s never the same game twice." I finally got a chance to play through the entirety of the game in VR with four friends, through each world, while trying a variety of characters. We even made a video ranking the best players and levels. It really is a solid dungeon crawling adventure. With 2 or more friends, this game really shines and is such a fun ride, despite how punishing the bosses can be. This is the closest you can get to D&D in VR without having a dungeon master. Well worth the asking price.
  5. Build and Drive Racing Demo Free Quest / Steam My quick take: Early days in development, maybe something to keep an eye on to see how it improves. From the store page: "Get ready for a new experience on Windows desktop and VR, where you get to build your ultimate racing machine, tailored to your driving style and optimized for performance, or race to the finish line with a monster what makes you smile. With stylised graphics and arcade-like physics, every turn, straightway and ramp will put your skills to the test. Feel the thrill of the race like never before in VR, as you immerse yourself counting the seconds on the home stretch." An early demo that has seen some updates. Maybe worth looking at in a few months after a bit more development. I did like what I saw, but honestly, if you’re looking for a finished racing game, try Mini Motor Racing X instead or some of the other heavier PCVR games available.
  6. Les Mills Body Combat $29.99 Quest My quick take: No subscriptions, great coaches and fun workouts that will make you sweat. From the store page: “Work out at home with a premium fitness app. LES MILLS, the world's leading fitness company, brings the BODYCOMBAT experience to your VR headset with an extensive workout portfolio, top-quality coaching, innovative mechanics, and different intensities.” With no subscriptions or hidden fees, lots of workouts, motivating coaches and the ability to compete with friends on leaderboards, this really is a dynamite workout app. I was working up a good sweat during my workouts, so be sure you have good facial insert and a fan ready. Highly recommended if you want a workout in VR for just the price of entry.
  7. Interkosmos 2000 $19.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: A difficult puzzle game, but rewarding if you have the patience. From the store page: “Go to space. Save the Future. Try not to Die. Welcome (back) to the world of Interkosmos for an even wilder, weirder and more wondrous adventure. Experience the intense exhilaration of spaceflight. Explore the awe-inspiring interiors of a realistic space capsule. Master the crucial systems that will keep you in orbit (and breathing). And while you’re at it, try your best not to die. Should you complete your mission, you just might save the future – and yourself. Should you fail? Let’s not think about that.” An intense puzzle game where you’re piloting a space ship with some very finicky controls. I found the experience way too difficult and exacting. Along with a bit of bugginess, that didn’t help in me determining if the error was my fault or the game's. If you have the patience, there certainly is some rewarding gameplay here, and an interesting story, but I found it all a bit too much to see to the end.
  8. The Light Brigade $24.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: In a world of rougelikes, this is one that stands out. From the store page: “As a member of The Light Brigade, humanity’s last line of defense, brave ruins bathed in darkness and free the trapped souls who need the salvation only your gun can provide. Shoot, master spells, and upgrade your capabilities to herald the Sun’s return in this roguelike VR shooter.” There’s quite a lot of rouge shooters on Quest and despite the plethora of choices, this one stands out. Be warned, it starts out slowly, but gets quite fun after you get to know the systems after about an hour in. While I did make it to the last boss, I died and never went back to finished it. The gameplay loop and dynamic levels were solid though. The slight upgrades and different classes during each run were interesting and kept me going for a while. The most frustrating time I had was learning the little tips, tricks and finer gameplay points, but it was worth the push through that initial rough patch.
  9. Resident Evil 4 $39.99 Quest My quick take: One of the best games in VR. A must own. From the store page: “Explore the world of Resident Evil 4, entirely remastered for VR. Step into the shoes of special agent Leon S. Kennedy on his mission to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter who was kidnapped by a mysterious cult. Come face to face with enemies, and uncover secrets with gameplay that revolutionized the survival horror genre. Battle horrific creatures and face-off against mind-controlled villagers while discovering their connection to the cult behind the abduction.” I forgot so much about this game from when I first played it 18 years ago on the GameCube. The long length, fun characters and how exciting the gun play is, all just came together perfectly. The development team spent a ton of time getting the VR feeling just right, and it’s absolutely one of the best on the Quest and well worth the price of entry. Additionally, once you play through the game the first time it really changes from survival horror to a whole new type of game action game. Simply outstanding.
  10. Mini Golf Hustler Free Quest My quick take: Early days in development. Some good ideas, but a bit too rough around the edges. From the store page: “Challenge Slick Willie Puttman in this FREE nine hole demo of Mini Golf Hustler. Hazards include armed torpedoes, tentacled arms, ornery tikis and more! Multiple betting games, including skins, match play and the fearsome traveling snake. All played at the same time.” I thought I’d check out another mini golf game to see what other ideas there might be outside of the king - Walkabout Mini Golf. While there were some solid ideas for holes, the betting felt uneven, and everything else felt in their very early stages. To be fair, no other mini golf game feels even close to the accuracy of Walkabout, so I think it’s a tough go for any other games to match. It's probably best to stick with the champ for now, but I applaud the dev for trying something different.
  11. Pin City Free Quest (open beta on Discord) / Steam My quick take: Early days, but wow, worth a download and one to watch in the future. From the store page: "Pin City is a bowling game unlike any other bowling game you’ve played before. We strove to bring the spirit of mini-golf into the world of bowling. We’ve taken the standard bowling setup (straight lane, 10 pins, 1 ball) and expanded, transformed, and evolved it. We wanted to give people a chance to bowl in ways that would be impossible, illegal, or extremely impractical.” An early alpha game, but boy, what a great start, I’m really looking forward to the team getting the physics feeling right with weight and feel of the bowling balls and seeing how much more gameplay they can add. Really worth the download or heading over to their Discord to get a Quest key for free to try it out. The quirky bowling, physics and gameplay they're experimenting with really got me excited to see how this one comes together in the next several months.
  12. Mash Me Up Free Quest My quick take: Please devs, add more multiplayer support! From the store page: “Do you want to play party games with your friends or meet someone new? All is just one button press away with Mash Me Up. One button, multiple games. Will it be Air Hockey, Pier Pong, Flingball, or… Get ready for a surprise! Press, Play, Enjoy and Go Again!” If this game got a bit more development love it would be incredible. As it stands now, there are several mini games you can play against one person. Most are just okay, but a handful are real gems, and one particularly is incredible - Geo Guesser. Hands down the best mini game in the pack. With four, or six players and some new content, they could easily charge for just this one game. As it stands now, it’s a great two player game, but you’ll need to bring your own friend as the servers are pretty barren. Worth a download though for sure as you’ll get a night of fun out of it.
  13. THZZLS - Treasures Lost In Time $4.99 Quest My quick take: A unique puzzler that can be pretty relaxing, but repetitive. From the store page: “Our first THZZLE is called "Der Bazar", the world's first VR toy theatre puzzle game. The Bazar is a VR puzzle game where you have to place furniture and props in the right places in old-fashioned rooms according to an old picture you see. The game is set in 19th century Germany and each room has objects taken from the German lifestyle magazine "Der Bazar", published in Berlin.” This one used to be free, with paid content, but it has since changed as they added more content. You recreate a scene with cutouts of people and furniture in a 3D space. It seemed to have endless puzzles with randomization of scenes. I could see someone going to this for a relaxing 10-15 minutes, but it is a lot of the same each time and didn’t grab me fully. If you’re looking for a puzzle game that’s outside of the usual ones you find in the store, it’s not a bad choice for the price. Keep in mind though its hand tracking only, so for some that may be a non starter, even though it felt just fine.
  14. Barbaria $19.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: What I imagine Gorn is like with a solid game loop of RTS. From the store page: “Do you have what it takes to be the Mightiest in Barbaria? Welcome to a brutal world where visceral motion-controlled combat blends seamlessly with god-scale base-building and asynchronous multiplayer raids. Use fists, axes, swords, bows, rocks, or anything you can grab to dominate your foes in intense 1st-person combat. Then jump out to your immortal form and watch your minions carry on the battle while you rain down meteors from above. Systemic combat, versatile enemy AI, and player-created defenses make every battle unique.” I recognize there is a lot here to do in this game - if you like the game loop. Unfortunately, it really didn’t do much for me. I was expecting more RTS than Gorn style gameplay and was not pulled in by the fighting or quests offered. I have to say that the humor was spot on, and it certainly had good visuals, the game was just not for me. All that being said, there is a lot of content here and you could be playing this for quite some time if you think this could be your jam.
  15. Toy Monsters Free Quest Demo / $4.99 Quest My quick take: Plants vs Zombies in AR with hand tracking that does enough unique stuff to be worth it. From the store page: “Toy Monsters VR is a mixed-reality tabletop tower defense inspired by classic Plants vs Zombies. Built from the ground up with hand tracking and passthrough in mind. As you progress through the 20 levels, you'll unlock new toys with unique special powers. You can enhance your toys with magical potions and use crystal power to unleash magic beams from your hands, transform your fingers into flamethrowers, and more.” This game has come a long way since its initial release. It’s a solid hand tracking Plants vs. Zombies game with its own twist on powers and uses passthrough quite nicely. My biggest complaint is that you really need to complete the game all in one go (about an hour or so) as it doesn’t keep track of your upgrades if you quit. Essentially, trying to pass a later level without prior upgrades or powerups is near impossible. Despite that one issue, give at least the demo a try and if you like it, the price is pretty fair for what you get.
  16. Exit Condition One Free Quest Demo / $4.99 Quest My quick take: A bit rough around the edges, but escape room fans will find fun with it. From the store page: “You awake from cryo in a mysterious museum. A robot refers to you as a curator and the security system is malfunctioning. Can you get things back to normal and escape? There are no jump scares. The game is designed ground-up for roomscale VR on the Quest, but supports all locomotion modes. Most objects can be interacted with, it fully uses physics, and the hands don't ‘ghost out.’” According to the description, this is still a work in progress. That being said, it was a neat escape game that I felt I got my money’s worth from. It certainly was a bit rough around the edges with its gameplay and had some obscure puzzles to work through, but I did finish it and had a good time with it. Try the demo for sure, and perhaps when it’s finally finished, some of those rough edges will be polished up, but as it stands now, it was pretty solid.
  17. Hyperdash Free Quest / Steam My quick take: A solid online shooter, but you'll have to put in the time to get good to find the fun. From the store page: “Hyper Dash is a free VR multiplayer team based shooter. Payload, Domination, Control Point, (Team) Deathmatch, Capture The Flag, Elimination, Ball and remix them with Mutators! Dash, sprint, and rail grind your way across the arenas to engage the enemy in fast-paced combat and secure the objective for your team. Offline mode/Bots, Dedicated servers, Private servers, Rebind-able controls, Left hand support, Voice chat.” For a free to play shooter, this one had great controls, nice graphics, a good gameplay loop, plenty of comfort options and a solid player base. All that being said, every player I faced off against were top tier, so I spent my time just dying round after round. This is a good game with a solid player base and there's fun here - if you’re willing to learn the ropes. It's bad for newbies like me just looking to have a good time and get a few kills.
  18. Please, Don’t Touch Anything $9.99 Quest / $4.99 Steam My quick take: A game for escape room devotees only. From the store page: "Please, Don’t Touch Anything is a cryptic, brain-racking button-pushing puzzle game. Covering for a colleague taking a bathroom break, you find yourself in front of a mysterious console with a green screen monitor showing a pixelated live image of an unknown city. Also present is an ominous red button with the simple instruction to not touch anything! Push the red button once or press it many times. Your choices and actions will lead to outrageous and frightening consequences and over 30 unique puzzle endings.” This is a weird one. A really obscure puzzle game that rewards experimentation, but is absolutely punishing with difficulty. If you’re really good at escape games and don’t get frustrated easily, you may enjoy the tedium. If not, you’ll end up like me, watching a tutorial to find out how to get different endings. But if you find yourself doing that, why not just watch a playthrough.
  19. Eleven Table Tennis $29.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: Still one of the best, but there’s so much untapped potential. From the store page: “The ultimate Table Tennis simulator. Play opponents in online multiplayer or practice against the advanced AI. With physics designed to be as real as ever achieved in a Table Tennis simulator, you will forget you are in VR." I finally got back to this game after the new UI was implemented. It looks much more user friendly, but much to my disappointment, there were no new arenas, music, or official doubles options. There is so much potential for expanding this game, and I feel like the devs are just content to have it remain in the state it currently is. Which, to be fair, is a perfect implementation of table tennis in VR. It’s still one of the best VR games out there and absolutely a must own. I just really wish they would add an officially supported doubles mode and expand out the game a bit more because the unofficial doubles mode is a real pain to get set up and only barely worth the struggle. If you'd like to see how to set that doubles up currently, here is a video I was a part of.
  20. Breachers $29.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: Come one, come all, this is 5 v 5 at its finest. From the store page: “In Breachers, you plan your assault or orchestrate your defense as a team through intense close-quarters combat. Whether you play as an enforcer or a revolter, master your nifty gadgetry, customize your powerful weaponry and beat your opponents in stunning environments. Intuitive to grasp. Endlessly playable.” Wow, wow, wow. This officially launched and is such a polished game. With multiple maps, intuitive movement and full lobbies, this game is simply spectacular. Despite the difficulty curve in being good at the game, it’s still a fun time even if you’re not the best, which is something special that few games manage to pull off. Where this game especially shines is with friends. If you can muster up a team of five to take on other random players, you’ll be playing this game for months. Give this a go, and if you're not any good, that's okay, because you'll still be better than the bots and a welcome addition to someone's team.
  21. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Outcast (Sidequest mod) Free Demo on Quest / $9.99 (Full Game on Steam) My quick take: Come for the lightsaber play, stay if you can tolerate the puzzles. From the store page: “JK XR is a standalone VR port of the popular Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast game by Lucasarts and Raven Software. Brought to VR by Team Beef & Friends. There are lots of mods and access to the free demo level available through the JK XR Companion App, which is automatically also installed alongside JK XR on your headset.” I never played this game when it first came out on flatscreen in 2002, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first part of the game you’re playing essentially as a Han Solo type - a smart talkin’ gun slinger. The next part, you’re a cool Jedi chopping off limbs. Absolutely great execution as always by Team Beef, and you can’t beat the price. There is even a free demo to try out to see if you like it. All that being said, the game’s old puzzles, navigation and gameplay felt every bit of 20 years old. After dying multiple times because of missing an exact jump, getting lost and backtracking because I didn't see an obscure elevator and wasting time trying to navigate odd puzzles, I just found it to be too much to overcome to continue to the end. This is no slight on Team Beef and the great work they did with this port, the game just hasn’t aged the best.
  22. CoasterMania $9.99 Quest My quick take: Early days, but still some fun to be had. There could be something special here after a few updates. From the store page: “CoasterMania is a physics-based VR rollercoaster game where you create the ride of your life! Use wacky contraptions and elements to fly through the sky, then experience your creation by jumping in the front seat. Sandbox mode: Build your dream rollercoaster without any rules but the rules of physics. When you're done, share your coaster or experience the engineering marvels of others. Design your own rides and upload them online.” You know, this game is just silly fun. It's early days for sure, and the tracks don't twist and come together as easily together as I’d hoped, which makes for a difficult time creating exactly what you want. It is satisfying though to have a roller coaster leap from one track to another over a gap. At this point the game is more of a sandbox than a full game with objectives (which is coming). The coasters other people have created are fun, so if you’re not into creating, there is that option to play with other people's designs, plus you can ride them in first person. I look forward to more updates and think it's worth looking at for sure, but if you’re looking for something a bit more fleshed out currently you can try Stunt Track Builder.
  23. David Slade Mysteries: Case Files $9.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: You’re a forensic cop, here are your tools. Good luck dummy. From the store page: “Take to the dark and violent streets of downtown Riverside, where you investigate gruesome and violent homicides using a range of Forensic tools and your wits! Inspired by the classic Police Quest adventure series, reborn & reimagined for VR. Includes two epic episodes!” Slade is a murder mystery game that is ruthless in it’s difficulty. Honestly, there are several play throughs of this game on YouTube and none have beaten the first case because it was too hard, they all gave up. This game offers no hints, is super abstract and insanely difficult. Why did I keep playing? Well, the game’s tools were implemented quite well, the story was compelling, and I just felt I had to see this through to the end for my own sanity. Despite being as hard as nails, I somehow managed to finish the first case, then moved on to the second. No real spoilers, but the second case does a complete 180 and essentially becomes a horror game where you’re only weapon is your wits. A real departure from the first case. Again, I found myself frustrated, confused and turned around, but again, I had to power through it because something kept pulling me in. If you’re a masochist for puzzle games, I’d recommend this game.
  24. Home Detective Free w/IAP - Quest My quick take: Fun use of AR, but pretty basic. From the store page: “Use your own living room to solve the crime! Using passthrough, the crime scene is overlaid onto your play area, leaving you free to explore and find clues. Use the patent-pending Residual Heat Scanner to detect the criminals' recent movements, and then dust for fingerprints or try to find evidence left behind. With your wits, and your trusty sidekick Steve Dobbins' snarky comments, you're sure to get to the bottom of these confusing crimes.” I appreciate the interesting use of passthrough and AR in this game. The first case is free to try, so if you’re into AR and passthrough, it’s worth a try. It's $3.99 for another case if you’re into it, but right now, it’s a pretty basic, but solid idea. My biggest complaint is that all my tools were on a shelf that was inaccessible because they were in my wall. I guess AR is still not quite there yet.
  25. Vertigo Remastered $24.99 Steam My quick take: A fun and wacky ride from start to finish. From the store page: “It's a classic premise - a massive subterranean scientific facility full of mysteries, with aliens bursting in from alternate universes to wreak havoc. The twist? You're one of those aliens. But you're not here to wreak havoc (collateral damage disregarded), you're just trying to get home. A difficult endeavor, as it turns out this facility is more than prepared to deal with extraterrestrial threats.” Because I heard such great things about Vertigo 2, I thought I’d try out this game before I played the sequel. I was really blown away by how fun the game was and pleasantly surprised that it holds up so well. Considering its a 2016 remake, and VR was still figuring out a lot of things like movement, this still felt fresh. With lots of unique ideas, upgrades and areas to play in, I heartily recommend this one and am looking forward to playing the sequel.
  26. Playin’ Pickleball $19.99 Quest My quick take: Solid physics, but really only for pickleball fans, or a group of four friends. From the store page: “Playin’ Pickleball is an authentic reproduction of Pickleball in Virtual Reality! Physics, sounds and mechanics have been carefully mapped from actual Pickleball game play. Even the scoring and rules are based on the USA Pickleball Association’s Official Rulebook.” Pickleball is sweeping the nation and if I recall correctly, even ForeVR is getting in on the game with an upcoming title. I’m much more of a tennis than pickleball guy, but I have to say, this game has pretty solid physics. Like most games, this is exponentially better with one or better yet, three other people you know. The AI players can be pretty uninteresting hitting it back and forth without much variance. Also the environments are a bit basic. I have to applaud the movement, physics and customizable items though as they all felt very well implemented. If you want something a bit less daunting than tennis, this might be what you're looking for.
  27. Pong $6.99 Quest My quick take: A neat take on Pong, but you’ll have more fun with Cybrix. From the store page: “Classic paddle game reimagined for VR. Destroy all the bricks. Use your paddles to swing at the balls and the balls have built-in assistance to return back toward you. Take advantage of the pistol and magneto power-ups to cause major damage. Or just swing hard at the balls to create large blast radius. Oh and watch out for those mines going for your head. Lean left/right or crouch to avoid.” I appreciated the ideas the developers had in this modern take on Pong, but it was ultimately quite short and not nearly as fun as Cybrix. That being said for the price, I got my money’s worth and would love to see it get a bit more polish and levels in an update.
  28. Extreme Escape $4.99 Quest / Steam (Early Access) My quick take: One of those special games where you really feel like you're in the environment. From the store page: “Have you ever wondered how it would feel to travel in a hot air balloon and fly above clouds? Have you ever wanted to face your fear of heights and enclosed spaces? Perhaps you wanted to become a pilot and test your critical thinking skills. Looking for a breathtaking experience? Try Extreme Escape.” The game says “early access,” but honestly I believe this has been abandoned. For the price, you get an extremely short, but fun and unique escape room experience. You’re not going to find this game too hard, but I was brought into its world and completely immersed - I had a true sense of dread and panic. The even shorter “demo” inside the game puts you on a sinking submarine and was extremely memorable. Seldom have I felt so immersed in a game. I’d recommend it for this price, just because of how it made me feel, but it’s a real shame about the very short length and that it’s abandoned.
  29. The Last Worker $19.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: Gaming with a heavy message, but mediocre gameplay. From the store page: “The Last Worker is an immersive narrative adventure centered around a lone worker’s last stand in an increasingly automated world, The Last Worker is a unique blend of work simulation and stealth strategic gameplay. The game is set in a lonely, oppressive but strangely beautiful environment, with characters designed by comics legend Mick McMahon. Kurt works for the world’s largest retailer and is forced to choose between capitalism or activism. Having dedicated his life to work, Kurt’s loyalty is put to the test when a group of activists ask him to dismantle Jüngle from the inside.” I really wanted to like this game. It had an interesting concept, but navigating, fail states and some very annoying bugs frustrated me to the point where I just said it wasn’t worth my time. That and the story wasn’t speaking to me. It’s well rated, so I’m probably on the opposite side of this one from most people. It's unique in many ways, so check out the teaser and see if it might be for you.
  30. Shadow Point $19.99 Quest My quick take: Fisherman’s Tale vibes with an excellent story and puzzles that makes you feel smart. From the store page: “Built for VR, Shadow Point is a story-driven puzzle game set between a mountaintop observatory and an ever-changing fantasy world. Explore a vibrant kingdom, cast shadows and solve mind-bending puzzles as you uncover the mystery of missing schoolgirl, Lorna McCabe who vanished from Shadow Point Observatory twelve years ago. As your adventure unfolds, you will manipulate gravity, play with your own reflection, walk on walls, peer through a magical lens to reveal an alternate reality and much more.” I had this game on my wishlist forever and finally pulled the trigger, and boy am I glad I did. I really enjoyed the story, gameplay and ended up marathoning it in one session (which I don't recommend doing). It is a few hours long, and there are extra puzzles to go back to if you’d like. It had some serious Fisherman’s Tale vibes, so if you like those type of puzzle games, this is for you. The puzzles make you stop and think, and more importantly, progress nicely. I was never stuck, but certainly had to really contemplate how to solve some of them. It is slightly finicky with having to line up the shadows exactly to progress, but that is a minor complaint. Give this one a go for sure.
I hope you find a few games on this list that you might not have heard of, or that you might find worth revisiting. Let me know here or on the Ruff Talk Discord channel if you have a game you enjoy that I should try, I'm always open to recommendations. Until then, I hope your next VR experience is a memorable one.
Also, the week this is posted, I'm hosting a contest where one winner gets a $29.99 or less, Quest game of their choice. You can enter on the discord channel above, but will need to have five posts on the discord channel within a week to enter, so if that interests you, feel free to join. The Ruff Talk guys usually have giveaways every week and it's some solid VR chat if you're looking for like-minded individuals in a non-toxic space.
TLDR: Top five games to check out - Ark and Ade, Pin City, Breachers, Shadow Point, Vertigo Remastered
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2023.06.05 16:31 Feniks_Gaming Steam deck viability and support

Game is listed as playable on Steam deck which is fine for me but do you guys have any experience with it on the deck. Is screen big enough to convey enough information to not be a hindrance for the team mates? How is controller support and do you ever need to type stuff? Things like this. Deck became 79% of how I play games and want to join Rock and Stone folks from the comfort of my sofa. Is it worth buying if I will play on deck majority of a Time?
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2023.06.05 16:29 SlowShoes Quick thoughts on 30 different VR games

I'm keeping track of all the VR games I’ve played this year to catalogue them in hopes that they may give fellow VR gamers some fresh games to try out, or reasons to revisit older games that have had big updates. I'm currently up to 52 different VR games played this year. The first 22 that I played from January to March can be found here. The latest 30 games are mostly on the Quest, but many are available on PCVR.
Some of the games listed below, I can see playing all year long, others are not my cup of tea, but they may interest you enough to try them out. In either case, here are my quick thoughts on the 30 games I’ve played during April and May of 2023.
TLDR: My top 5 games to check out are at the bottom and so is some info for a game giveaway.

  1. ARK and ADE $9.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: A fun shooter with Pistol Whip vibes that is absolutely worth the price of admission. From the store page: “ARK and ADE is an action-jammed FPS shooter in which you get to experience the glory of the 80’s arcade era in a neon fused setting. Shoot your way through retro-futuristic levels filled with enemies, iconic over the top bosses and never ending bullets!” I played this game back when it was in App Lab before it graduated to the full store. It was such a fun shooter back then, and I’d look forward to new levels coming out every few months. Now that it made it out of app lab, has a bunch of levels and had the gameplay polished, it’s absolutely worth a pickup, especially for that price.
  2. Project Third Eye $9.99 Quest My quick take: A game where you make your own fun. From the store page: “Project Third Eye is an action physics sandbox with a built-in visual scripting panel to apply logic to spawnable items. This allows you to build your own modifications to the game and customize behaviors as you like.” Just like the description says, this is more of a proof of concept and sandbox game more so than a full fledged game with objectives. There are certainly neat ideas here and there, and the dev is really active with updates on Reddit. If you like to experiment and see how concepts develop in a game, you may enjoy this, but there’s no real direction beyond experimenting, so I dropped off fairly quickly.
  3. Jousting VR Demo $9.99 Quest / Steam Quest Demo My quick take: A bit light on gameplay, but there is some charm here. From the store page: “XIII century, Europe, royal market courtyard. You are a knight who joined the medieval tournament. Your task is 'simple.' Jump on your trusty steed, grab your lance & defeat the enemy. Take into consideration speed, accuracy, strength. Equipment is also important. The better gear the easier the task. Oh, and other knights - they want to win as much as you do.” As advertised, it's a jousting game in VR. I enjoyed the demo, but honestly it was a bit too finicky at times and just not worth a full buy to me. The atmosphere was fun though and there was a progression loop for those who get into it.
  4. Demeo $39.99 Quest and Steam (flatscreen as well) My quick take: This is a great game that I revisited from start to finish with four players. A must own. From the store page: “Adventurers, it’s time to unite! Gather your friends and fight monsters in Demeo, the turn-based tabletop strategy game of battle and glory. Roll dice, pick up miniatures, and free the world of Gilmerra in round after round of tabletop board game fun. With a huge assortment of monsters, playable classes, and environments to explore, it’s never the same game twice." I finally got a chance to play through the entirety of the game in VR with four friends, through each world, while trying a variety of characters. We even made a video ranking the best players and levels. It really is a solid dungeon crawling adventure. With 2 or more friends, this game really shines and is such a fun ride, despite how punishing the bosses can be. This is the closest you can get to D&D in VR without having a dungeon master. Well worth the asking price.
  5. Build and Drive Racing Demo Free Quest / Steam My quick take: Early days in development, maybe something to keep an eye on to see how it improves. From the store page: "Get ready for a new experience on Windows desktop and VR, where you get to build your ultimate racing machine, tailored to your driving style and optimized for performance, or race to the finish line with a monster what makes you smile. With stylised graphics and arcade-like physics, every turn, straightway and ramp will put your skills to the test. Feel the thrill of the race like never before in VR, as you immerse yourself counting the seconds on the home stretch." An early demo that has seen some updates. Maybe worth looking at in a few months after a bit more development. I did like what I saw, but honestly, if you’re looking for a finished racing game, try Mini Motor Racing X instead or some of the other heavier PCVR games available.
  6. Les Mills Body Combat $29.99 Quest My quick take: No subscriptions, great coaches and fun workouts that will make you sweat. From the store page: “Work out at home with a premium fitness app. LES MILLS, the world's leading fitness company, brings the BODYCOMBAT experience to your VR headset with an extensive workout portfolio, top-quality coaching, innovative mechanics, and different intensities.” With no subscriptions or hidden fees, lots of workouts, motivating coaches and the ability to compete with friends on leaderboards, this really is a dynamite workout app. I was working up a good sweat during my workouts, so be sure you have good facial insert and a fan ready. Highly recommended if you want a workout in VR for just the price of entry.
  7. Interkosmos 2000 $19.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: A difficult puzzle game, but rewarding if you have the patience. From the store page: “Go to space. Save the Future. Try not to Die. Welcome (back) to the world of Interkosmos for an even wilder, weirder and more wondrous adventure. Experience the intense exhilaration of spaceflight. Explore the awe-inspiring interiors of a realistic space capsule. Master the crucial systems that will keep you in orbit (and breathing). And while you’re at it, try your best not to die. Should you complete your mission, you just might save the future – and yourself. Should you fail? Let’s not think about that.” An intense puzzle game where you’re piloting a space ship with some very finicky controls. I found the experience way too difficult and exacting. Along with a bit of bugginess, that didn’t help in me determining if the error was my fault or the game's. If you have the patience, there certainly is some rewarding gameplay here, and an interesting story, but I found it all a bit too much to see to the end.
  8. The Light Brigade $24.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: In a world of rougelikes, this is one that stands out. From the store page: “As a member of The Light Brigade, humanity’s last line of defense, brave ruins bathed in darkness and free the trapped souls who need the salvation only your gun can provide. Shoot, master spells, and upgrade your capabilities to herald the Sun’s return in this roguelike VR shooter.” There’s quite a lot of rouge shooters on Quest and despite the plethora of choices, this one stands out. Be warned, it starts out slowly, but gets quite fun after you get to know the systems after about an hour in. While I did make it to the last boss, I died and never went back to finished it. The gameplay loop and dynamic levels were solid though. The slight upgrades and different classes during each run were interesting and kept me going for a while. The most frustrating time I had was learning the little tips, tricks and finer gameplay points, but it was worth the push through that initial rough patch.
  9. Resident Evil 4 $39.99 Quest My quick take: One of the best games in VR. A must own. From the store page: “Explore the world of Resident Evil 4, entirely remastered for VR. Step into the shoes of special agent Leon S. Kennedy on his mission to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter who was kidnapped by a mysterious cult. Come face to face with enemies, and uncover secrets with gameplay that revolutionized the survival horror genre. Battle horrific creatures and face-off against mind-controlled villagers while discovering their connection to the cult behind the abduction.” I forgot so much about this game from when I first played it 18 years ago on the GameCube. The long length, fun characters and how exciting the gun play is, all just came together perfectly. The development team spent a ton of time getting the VR feeling just right, and it’s absolutely one of the best on the Quest and well worth the price of entry. Additionally, once you play through the game the first time it really changes from survival horror to a whole new type of game action game. Simply outstanding.
  10. Mini Golf Hustler Free Quest My quick take: Early days in development. Some good ideas, but a bit too rough around the edges. From the store page: “Challenge Slick Willie Puttman in this FREE nine hole demo of Mini Golf Hustler. Hazards include armed torpedoes, tentacled arms, ornery tikis and more! Multiple betting games, including skins, match play and the fearsome traveling snake. All played at the same time.” I thought I’d check out another mini golf game to see what other ideas there might be outside of the king - Walkabout Mini Golf. While there were some solid ideas for holes, the betting felt uneven, and everything else felt in their very early stages. To be fair, no other mini golf game feels even close to the accuracy of Walkabout, so I think it’s a tough go for any other games to match. It's probably best to stick with the champ for now, but I applaud the dev for trying something different.
  11. Pin City Free Quest (open beta on Discord) / Steam My quick take: Early days, but wow, worth a download and one to watch in the future. From the store page: "Pin City is a bowling game unlike any other bowling game you’ve played before. We strove to bring the spirit of mini-golf into the world of bowling. We’ve taken the standard bowling setup (straight lane, 10 pins, 1 ball) and expanded, transformed, and evolved it. We wanted to give people a chance to bowl in ways that would be impossible, illegal, or extremely impractical.” An early alpha game, but boy, what a great start, I’m really looking forward to the team getting the physics feeling right with weight and feel of the bowling balls and seeing how much more gameplay they can add. Really worth the download or heading over to their Discord to get a Quest key for free to try it out. The quirky bowling, physics and gameplay they're experimenting with really got me excited to see how this one comes together in the next several months.
  12. Mash Me Up Free Quest My quick take: Please devs, add more multiplayer support! From the store page: “Do you want to play party games with your friends or meet someone new? All is just one button press away with Mash Me Up. One button, multiple games. Will it be Air Hockey, Pier Pong, Flingball, or… Get ready for a surprise! Press, Play, Enjoy and Go Again!” If this game got a bit more development love it would be incredible. As it stands now, there are several mini games you can play against one person. Most are just okay, but a handful are real gems, and one particularly is incredible - Geo Guesser. Hands down the best mini game in the pack. With four, or six players and some new content, they could easily charge for just this one game. As it stands now, it’s a great two player game, but you’ll need to bring your own friend as the servers are pretty barren. Worth a download though for sure as you’ll get a night of fun out of it.
  13. THZZLS - Treasures Lost In Time $4.99 Quest My quick take: A unique puzzler that can be pretty relaxing, but repetitive. From the store page: “Our first THZZLE is called "Der Bazar", the world's first VR toy theatre puzzle game. The Bazar is a VR puzzle game where you have to place furniture and props in the right places in old-fashioned rooms according to an old picture you see. The game is set in 19th century Germany and each room has objects taken from the German lifestyle magazine "Der Bazar", published in Berlin.” This one used to be free, with paid content, but it has since changed as they added more content. You recreate a scene with cutouts of people and furniture in a 3D space. It seemed to have endless puzzles with randomization of scenes. I could see someone going to this for a relaxing 10-15 minutes, but it is a lot of the same each time and didn’t grab me fully. If you’re looking for a puzzle game that’s outside of the usual ones you find in the store, it’s not a bad choice for the price. Keep in mind though its hand tracking only, so for some that may be a non starter, even though it felt just fine.
  14. Barbaria $19.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: What I imagine Gorn is like with a solid game loop of RTS. From the store page: “Do you have what it takes to be the Mightiest in Barbaria? Welcome to a brutal world where visceral motion-controlled combat blends seamlessly with god-scale base-building and asynchronous multiplayer raids. Use fists, axes, swords, bows, rocks, or anything you can grab to dominate your foes in intense 1st-person combat. Then jump out to your immortal form and watch your minions carry on the battle while you rain down meteors from above. Systemic combat, versatile enemy AI, and player-created defenses make every battle unique.” I recognize there is a lot here to do in this game - if you like the game loop. Unfortunately, it really didn’t do much for me. I was expecting more RTS than Gorn style gameplay and was not pulled in by the fighting or quests offered. I have to say that the humor was spot on, and it certainly had good visuals, the game was just not for me. All that being said, there is a lot of content here and you could be playing this for quite some time if you think this could be your jam.
  15. Toy Monsters Free Quest Demo / $4.99 Quest My quick take: Plants vs Zombies in AR with hand tracking that does enough unique stuff to be worth it. From the store page: “Toy Monsters VR is a mixed-reality tabletop tower defense inspired by classic Plants vs Zombies. Built from the ground up with hand tracking and passthrough in mind. As you progress through the 20 levels, you'll unlock new toys with unique special powers. You can enhance your toys with magical potions and use crystal power to unleash magic beams from your hands, transform your fingers into flamethrowers, and more.” This game has come a long way since its initial release. It’s a solid hand tracking Plants vs. Zombies game with its own twist on powers and uses passthrough quite nicely. My biggest complaint is that you really need to complete the game all in one go (about an hour or so) as it doesn’t keep track of your upgrades if you quit. Essentially, trying to pass a later level without prior upgrades or powerups is near impossible. Despite that one issue, give at least the demo a try and if you like it, the price is pretty fair for what you get.
  16. Exit Condition One Free Quest Demo / $4.99 Quest My quick take: A bit rough around the edges, but escape room fans will find fun with it. From the store page: “You awake from cryo in a mysterious museum. A robot refers to you as a curator and the security system is malfunctioning. Can you get things back to normal and escape? There are no jump scares. The game is designed ground-up for roomscale VR on the Quest, but supports all locomotion modes. Most objects can be interacted with, it fully uses physics, and the hands don't ‘ghost out.’” According to the description, this is still a work in progress. That being said, it was a neat escape game that I felt I got my money’s worth from. It certainly was a bit rough around the edges with its gameplay and had some obscure puzzles to work through, but I did finish it and had a good time with it. Try the demo for sure, and perhaps when it’s finally finished, some of those rough edges will be polished up, but as it stands now, it was pretty solid.
  17. Hyperdash Free Quest / Steam My quick take: A solid online shooter, but you'll have to put in the time to get good to find the fun. From the store page: “Hyper Dash is a free VR multiplayer team based shooter. Payload, Domination, Control Point, (Team) Deathmatch, Capture The Flag, Elimination, Ball and remix them with Mutators! Dash, sprint, and rail grind your way across the arenas to engage the enemy in fast-paced combat and secure the objective for your team. Offline mode/Bots, Dedicated servers, Private servers, Rebind-able controls, Left hand support, Voice chat.” For a free to play shooter, this one had great controls, nice graphics, a good gameplay loop, plenty of comfort options and a solid player base. All that being said, every player I faced off against were top tier, so I spent my time just dying round after round. This is a good game with a solid player base and there's fun here - if you’re willing to learn the ropes. It's bad for newbies like me just looking to have a good time and get a few kills.
  18. Please, Don’t Touch Anything $9.99 Quest / $4.99 Steam My quick take: A game for escape room devotees only. From the store page: "Please, Don’t Touch Anything is a cryptic, brain-racking button-pushing puzzle game. Covering for a colleague taking a bathroom break, you find yourself in front of a mysterious console with a green screen monitor showing a pixelated live image of an unknown city. Also present is an ominous red button with the simple instruction to not touch anything! Push the red button once or press it many times. Your choices and actions will lead to outrageous and frightening consequences and over 30 unique puzzle endings.” This is a weird one. A really obscure puzzle game that rewards experimentation, but is absolutely punishing with difficulty. If you’re really good at escape games and don’t get frustrated easily, you may enjoy the tedium. If not, you’ll end up like me, watching a tutorial to find out how to get different endings. But if you find yourself doing that, why not just watch a playthrough.
  19. Eleven Table Tennis $29.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: Still one of the best, but there’s so much untapped potential. From the store page: “The ultimate Table Tennis simulator. Play opponents in online multiplayer or practice against the advanced AI. With physics designed to be as real as ever achieved in a Table Tennis simulator, you will forget you are in VR." I finally got back to this game after the new UI was implemented. It looks much more user friendly, but much to my disappointment, there were no new arenas, music, or official doubles options. There is so much potential for expanding this game, and I feel like the devs are just content to have it remain in the state it currently is. Which, to be fair, is a perfect implementation of table tennis in VR. It’s still one of the best VR games out there and absolutely a must own. I just really wish they would add an officially supported doubles mode and expand out the game a bit more because the unofficial doubles mode is a real pain to get set up and only barely worth the struggle. If you'd like to see how to set that doubles up currently, here is a video I was a part of.
  20. Breachers $29.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: Come one, come all, this is 5 v 5 at its finest. From the store page: “In Breachers, you plan your assault or orchestrate your defense as a team through intense close-quarters combat. Whether you play as an enforcer or a revolter, master your nifty gadgetry, customize your powerful weaponry and beat your opponents in stunning environments. Intuitive to grasp. Endlessly playable.” Wow, wow, wow. This officially launched and is such a polished game. With multiple maps, intuitive movement and full lobbies, this game is simply spectacular. Despite the difficulty curve in being good at the game, it’s still a fun time even if you’re not the best, which is something special that few games manage to pull off. Where this game especially shines is with friends. If you can muster up a team of five to take on other random players, you’ll be playing this game for months. Give this a go, and if you're not any good, that's okay, because you'll still be better than the bots and a welcome addition to someone's team.
  21. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Outcast (Sidequest mod) Free Demo on Quest / $9.99 (Full Game on Steam) My quick take: Come for the lightsaber play, stay if you can tolerate the puzzles. From the store page: “JK XR is a standalone VR port of the popular Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast game by Lucasarts and Raven Software. Brought to VR by Team Beef & Friends. There are lots of mods and access to the free demo level available through the JK XR Companion App, which is automatically also installed alongside JK XR on your headset.” I never played this game when it first came out on flatscreen in 2002, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first part of the game you’re playing essentially as a Han Solo type - a smart talkin’ gun slinger. The next part, you’re a cool Jedi chopping off limbs. Absolutely great execution as always by Team Beef, and you can’t beat the price. There is even a free demo to try out to see if you like it. All that being said, the game’s old puzzles, navigation and gameplay felt every bit of 20 years old. After dying multiple times because of missing an exact jump, getting lost and backtracking because I didn't see an obscure elevator and wasting time trying to navigate odd puzzles, I just found it to be too much to overcome to continue to the end. This is no slight on Team Beef and the great work they did with this port, the game just hasn’t aged the best.
  22. CoasterMania $9.99 Quest My quick take: Early days, but still some fun to be had. There could be something special here after a few updates. From the store page: “CoasterMania is a physics-based VR rollercoaster game where you create the ride of your life! Use wacky contraptions and elements to fly through the sky, then experience your creation by jumping in the front seat. Sandbox mode: Build your dream rollercoaster without any rules but the rules of physics. When you're done, share your coaster or experience the engineering marvels of others. Design your own rides and upload them online.” You know, this game is just silly fun. It's early days for sure, and the tracks don't twist and come together as easily together as I’d hoped, which makes for a difficult time creating exactly what you want. It is satisfying though to have a roller coaster leap from one track to another over a gap. At this point the game is more of a sandbox than a full game with objectives (which is coming). The coasters other people have created are fun, so if you’re not into creating, there is that option to play with other people's designs, plus you can ride them in first person. I look forward to more updates and think it's worth looking at for sure, but if you’re looking for something a bit more fleshed out currently you can try Stunt Track Builder.
  23. David Slade Mysteries: Case Files $9.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: You’re a forensic cop, here are your tools. Good luck dummy. From the store page: “Take to the dark and violent streets of downtown Riverside, where you investigate gruesome and violent homicides using a range of Forensic tools and your wits! Inspired by the classic Police Quest adventure series, reborn & reimagined for VR. Includes two epic episodes!” Slade is a murder mystery game that is ruthless in it’s difficulty. Honestly, there are several play throughs of this game on YouTube and none have beaten the first case because it was too hard, they all gave up. This game offers no hints, is super abstract and insanely difficult. Why did I keep playing? Well, the game’s tools were implemented quite well, the story was compelling, and I just felt I had to see this through to the end for my own sanity. Despite being as hard as nails, I somehow managed to finish the first case, then moved on to the second. No real spoilers, but the second case does a complete 180 and essentially becomes a horror game where you’re only weapon is your wits. A real departure from the first case. Again, I found myself frustrated, confused and turned around, but again, I had to power through it because something kept pulling me in. If you’re a masochist for puzzle games, I’d recommend this game.
  24. Home Detective Free w/IAP - Quest My quick take: Fun use of AR, but pretty basic. From the store page: “Use your own living room to solve the crime! Using passthrough, the crime scene is overlaid onto your play area, leaving you free to explore and find clues. Use the patent-pending Residual Heat Scanner to detect the criminals' recent movements, and then dust for fingerprints or try to find evidence left behind. With your wits, and your trusty sidekick Steve Dobbins' snarky comments, you're sure to get to the bottom of these confusing crimes.” I appreciate the interesting use of passthrough and AR in this game. The first case is free to try, so if you’re into AR and passthrough, it’s worth a try. It's $3.99 for another case if you’re into it, but right now, it’s a pretty basic, but solid idea. My biggest complaint is that all my tools were on a shelf that was inaccessible because they were in my wall. I guess AR is still not quite there yet.
  25. Vertigo Remastered $24.99 Steam My quick take: A fun and wacky ride from start to finish. From the store page: “It's a classic premise - a massive subterranean scientific facility full of mysteries, with aliens bursting in from alternate universes to wreak havoc. The twist? You're one of those aliens. But you're not here to wreak havoc (collateral damage disregarded), you're just trying to get home. A difficult endeavor, as it turns out this facility is more than prepared to deal with extraterrestrial threats.” Because I heard such great things about Vertigo 2, I thought I’d try out this game before I played the sequel. I was really blown away by how fun the game was and pleasantly surprised that it holds up so well. Considering its a 2016 remake, and VR was still figuring out a lot of things like movement, this still felt fresh. With lots of unique ideas, upgrades and areas to play in, I heartily recommend this one and am looking forward to playing the sequel.
  26. Playin’ Pickleball $19.99 Quest My quick take: Solid physics, but really only for pickleball fans, or a group of four friends. From the store page: “Playin’ Pickleball is an authentic reproduction of Pickleball in Virtual Reality! Physics, sounds and mechanics have been carefully mapped from actual Pickleball game play. Even the scoring and rules are based on the USA Pickleball Association’s Official Rulebook.” Pickleball is sweeping the nation and if I recall correctly, even ForeVR is getting in on the game with an upcoming title. I’m much more of a tennis than pickleball guy, but I have to say, this game has pretty solid physics. Like most games, this is exponentially better with one or better yet, three other people you know. The AI players can be pretty uninteresting hitting it back and forth without much variance. Also the environments are a bit basic. I have to applaud the movement, physics and customizable items though as they all felt very well implemented. If you want something a bit less daunting than tennis, this might be what you're looking for.
  27. Pong $6.99 Quest My quick take: A neat take on Pong, but you’ll have more fun with Cybrix. From the store page: “Classic paddle game reimagined for VR. Destroy all the bricks. Use your paddles to swing at the balls and the balls have built-in assistance to return back toward you. Take advantage of the pistol and magneto power-ups to cause major damage. Or just swing hard at the balls to create large blast radius. Oh and watch out for those mines going for your head. Lean left/right or crouch to avoid.” I appreciated the ideas the developers had in this modern take on Pong, but it was ultimately quite short and not nearly as fun as Cybrix. That being said for the price, I got my money’s worth and would love to see it get a bit more polish and levels in an update.
  28. Extreme Escape $4.99 Quest / Steam (Early Access) My quick take: One of those special games where you really feel like you're in the environment. From the store page: “Have you ever wondered how it would feel to travel in a hot air balloon and fly above clouds? Have you ever wanted to face your fear of heights and enclosed spaces? Perhaps you wanted to become a pilot and test your critical thinking skills. Looking for a breathtaking experience? Try Extreme Escape.” The game says “early access,” but honestly I believe this has been abandoned. For the price, you get an extremely short, but fun and unique escape room experience. You’re not going to find this game too hard, but I was brought into its world and completely immersed - I had a true sense of dread and panic. The even shorter “demo” inside the game puts you on a sinking submarine and was extremely memorable. Seldom have I felt so immersed in a game. I’d recommend it for this price, just because of how it made me feel, but it’s a real shame about the very short length and that it’s abandoned.
  29. The Last Worker $19.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: Gaming with a heavy message, but mediocre gameplay. From the store page: “The Last Worker is an immersive narrative adventure centered around a lone worker’s last stand in an increasingly automated world, The Last Worker is a unique blend of work simulation and stealth strategic gameplay. The game is set in a lonely, oppressive but strangely beautiful environment, with characters designed by comics legend Mick McMahon. Kurt works for the world’s largest retailer and is forced to choose between capitalism or activism. Having dedicated his life to work, Kurt’s loyalty is put to the test when a group of activists ask him to dismantle Jüngle from the inside.” I really wanted to like this game. It had an interesting concept, but navigating, fail states and some very annoying bugs frustrated me to the point where I just said it wasn’t worth my time. That and the story wasn’t speaking to me. It’s well rated, so I’m probably on the opposite side of this one from most people. It's unique in many ways, so check out the teaser and see if it might be for you.
  30. Shadow Point $19.99 Quest My quick take: Fisherman’s Tale vibes with an excellent story and puzzles that makes you feel smart. From the store page: “Built for VR, Shadow Point is a story-driven puzzle game set between a mountaintop observatory and an ever-changing fantasy world. Explore a vibrant kingdom, cast shadows and solve mind-bending puzzles as you uncover the mystery of missing schoolgirl, Lorna McCabe who vanished from Shadow Point Observatory twelve years ago. As your adventure unfolds, you will manipulate gravity, play with your own reflection, walk on walls, peer through a magical lens to reveal an alternate reality and much more.” I had this game on my wishlist forever and finally pulled the trigger, and boy am I glad I did. I really enjoyed the story, gameplay and ended up marathoning it in one session (which I don't recommend doing). It is a few hours long, and there are extra puzzles to go back to if you’d like. It had some serious Fisherman’s Tale vibes, so if you like those type of puzzle games, this is for you. The puzzles make you stop and think, and more importantly, progress nicely. I was never stuck, but certainly had to really contemplate how to solve some of them. It is slightly finicky with having to line up the shadows exactly to progress, but that is a minor complaint. Give this one a go for sure.
I hope you find a few games on this list that you might not have heard of, or that you might find worth revisiting. Let me know here or on the Ruff Talk Discord channel if you have a game you enjoy that I should try, I'm always open to recommendations. Until then, I hope your next VR experience is a memorable one.
Also, the week this is posted, I'm hosting a contest where one winner gets a $29.99 or less, Quest game of their choice. You can enter on the discord channel above, but will need to have five posts on the discord channel within a week to enter, so if that interests you, feel free to join. The Ruff Talk guys usually have giveaways every week and it's some solid VR chat if you're looking for like-minded individuals in a non-toxic space.
TLDR: Top five games to check out - Ark and Ade, Pin City, Breachers, Shadow Point, Vertigo Remastered
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2023.06.05 16:28 Eligerus Nreal Air not recognized by my Steam Deck anymore

Greetings everyone!
I have a problem- my Deck doesn't do video output anymore.
I noticed it when I connected my Nreal Air glasses after not having used them for a week, while everything has been working before. The only thing that happened to my Deck during this time, apart from a SteamOS update, is me opening it for a repaste.
Prior to opening it, I put it into battery storage mode, like I did multiple times before that. So the Deck itself still works perfectly fine- games run stable, everything on it works as it should. It still charges as normal and still recognizes USB drives without any problems.
I also made sure that it's not the glasses or the cable- this combo still works with my phone without any issues. My Deck also still kind of recognizes the glasses- when I connect them the Deck switches its sound output and mic to "Air" (although I can remember the glasses being recognized as "nreal air" before, might be important), though no sound is being played.
All this happens in both SteamOS' game and desktop mode and also in Windows 11 (my Deck is dualbooted). Additionally I tried to connect a standard monitor over an Anker USB-C hub's HDMI, which also didn't work.
Things I already tried so far, suggested by already existing posts:
Disconnecting and reconnecting the glasses many times;
Restarting the Deck many times;
While keeping the glasses plugged, putting the Deck to sleep or turning it off completely and turning it back on;
Putting the Deck into battery storage mode;
Resetting the USB-C with Vol- and ... ;
Switching between different SteamOS branches back and forth;
Updating and reinstalling glasses' firmware; Reinstalling SteamOS.
None of these methods helped, unfortunately, so I wonder if someone maybe has similar issues. The only option I still have left is reimaging the SteamOS or even format the SSD, in case its a software issue.
But before doing that I would rather find out whether there might be other things I haven't tried yet. Therefore I'm open to any suggestions, please feel free to share them. Thank you in advance!
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2023.06.05 16:27 SlowShoes Quick thoughts on 30 different VR games

I'm keeping track of all the VR games I’ve played this year to catalogue them in hopes that they may give fellow VR gamers some fresh games to try out, or reasons to revisit older games that have had big updates. I'm currently up to 52 different VR games played this year. The first 22 that I played from January to March can be found here. The latest 30 games are mostly on the Quest, but many are available on PCVR.
Some of the games listed below, I can see playing all year long, others are not my cup of tea, but they may interest you enough to try them out. In either case, here are my quick thoughts on the 30 games I’ve played during April and May of 2023.
TLDR: My top 5 games to check out are at the bottom and so is some info for a game giveaway.

  1. ARK and ADE $9.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: A fun shooter with Pistol Whip vibes that is absolutely worth the price of admission. From the store page: “ARK and ADE is an action-jammed FPS shooter in which you get to experience the glory of the 80’s arcade era in a neon fused setting. Shoot your way through retro-futuristic levels filled with enemies, iconic over the top bosses and never ending bullets!” I played this game back when it was in App Lab before it graduated to the full store. It was such a fun shooter back then, and I’d look forward to new levels coming out every few months. Now that it made it out of app lab, has a bunch of levels and had the gameplay polished, it’s absolutely worth a pickup, especially for that price.
  2. Project Third Eye $9.99 Quest My quick take: A game where you make your own fun. From the store page: “Project Third Eye is an action physics sandbox with a built-in visual scripting panel to apply logic to spawnable items. This allows you to build your own modifications to the game and customize behaviors as you like.” Just like the description says, this is more of a proof of concept and sandbox game more so than a full fledged game with objectives. There are certainly neat ideas here and there, and the dev is really active with updates on Reddit. If you like to experiment and see how concepts develop in a game, you may enjoy this, but there’s no real direction beyond experimenting, so I dropped off fairly quickly.
  3. Jousting VR Demo $9.99 Quest / Steam Quest Demo My quick take: A bit light on gameplay, but there is some charm here. From the store page: “XIII century, Europe, royal market courtyard. You are a knight who joined the medieval tournament. Your task is 'simple.' Jump on your trusty steed, grab your lance & defeat the enemy. Take into consideration speed, accuracy, strength. Equipment is also important. The better gear the easier the task. Oh, and other knights - they want to win as much as you do.” As advertised, it's a jousting game in VR. I enjoyed the demo, but honestly it was a bit too finicky at times and just not worth a full buy to me. The atmosphere was fun though and there was a progression loop for those who get into it.
  4. Demeo $39.99 Quest and Steam (flatscreen as well) My quick take: This is a great game that I revisited from start to finish with four players. A must own. From the store page: “Adventurers, it’s time to unite! Gather your friends and fight monsters in Demeo, the turn-based tabletop strategy game of battle and glory. Roll dice, pick up miniatures, and free the world of Gilmerra in round after round of tabletop board game fun. With a huge assortment of monsters, playable classes, and environments to explore, it’s never the same game twice." I finally got a chance to play through the entirety of the game in VR with four friends, through each world, while trying a variety of characters. We even made a video ranking the best players and levels. It really is a solid dungeon crawling adventure. With 2 or more friends, this game really shines and is such a fun ride, despite how punishing the bosses can be. This is the closest you can get to D&D in VR without having a dungeon master. Well worth the asking price.
  5. Build and Drive Racing Demo Free Quest / Steam My quick take: Early days in development, maybe something to keep an eye on to see how it improves. From the store page: "Get ready for a new experience on Windows desktop and VR, where you get to build your ultimate racing machine, tailored to your driving style and optimized for performance, or race to the finish line with a monster what makes you smile. With stylised graphics and arcade-like physics, every turn, straightway and ramp will put your skills to the test. Feel the thrill of the race like never before in VR, as you immerse yourself counting the seconds on the home stretch." An early demo that has seen some updates. Maybe worth looking at in a few months after a bit more development. I did like what I saw, but honestly, if you’re looking for a finished racing game, try Mini Motor Racing X instead or some of the other heavier PCVR games available.
  6. Les Mills Body Combat $29.99 Quest My quick take: No subscriptions, great coaches and fun workouts that will make you sweat. From the store page: “Work out at home with a premium fitness app. LES MILLS, the world's leading fitness company, brings the BODYCOMBAT experience to your VR headset with an extensive workout portfolio, top-quality coaching, innovative mechanics, and different intensities.” With no subscriptions or hidden fees, lots of workouts, motivating coaches and the ability to compete with friends on leaderboards, this really is a dynamite workout app. I was working up a good sweat during my workouts, so be sure you have good facial insert and a fan ready. Highly recommended if you want a workout in VR for just the price of entry.
  7. Interkosmos 2000 $19.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: A difficult puzzle game, but rewarding if you have the patience. From the store page: “Go to space. Save the Future. Try not to Die. Welcome (back) to the world of Interkosmos for an even wilder, weirder and more wondrous adventure. Experience the intense exhilaration of spaceflight. Explore the awe-inspiring interiors of a realistic space capsule. Master the crucial systems that will keep you in orbit (and breathing). And while you’re at it, try your best not to die. Should you complete your mission, you just might save the future – and yourself. Should you fail? Let’s not think about that.” An intense puzzle game where you’re piloting a space ship with some very finicky controls. I found the experience way too difficult and exacting. Along with a bit of bugginess, that didn’t help in me determining if the error was my fault or the game's. If you have the patience, there certainly is some rewarding gameplay here, and an interesting story, but I found it all a bit too much to see to the end.
  8. The Light Brigade $24.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: In a world of rougelikes, this is one that stands out. From the store page: “As a member of The Light Brigade, humanity’s last line of defense, brave ruins bathed in darkness and free the trapped souls who need the salvation only your gun can provide. Shoot, master spells, and upgrade your capabilities to herald the Sun’s return in this roguelike VR shooter.” There’s quite a lot of rouge shooters on Quest and despite the plethora of choices, this one stands out. Be warned, it starts out slowly, but gets quite fun after you get to know the systems after about an hour in. While I did make it to the last boss, I died and never went back to finished it. The gameplay loop and dynamic levels were solid though. The slight upgrades and different classes during each run were interesting and kept me going for a while. The most frustrating time I had was learning the little tips, tricks and finer gameplay points, but it was worth the push through that initial rough patch.
  9. Resident Evil 4 $39.99 Quest My quick take: One of the best games in VR. A must own. From the store page: “Explore the world of Resident Evil 4, entirely remastered for VR. Step into the shoes of special agent Leon S. Kennedy on his mission to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter who was kidnapped by a mysterious cult. Come face to face with enemies, and uncover secrets with gameplay that revolutionized the survival horror genre. Battle horrific creatures and face-off against mind-controlled villagers while discovering their connection to the cult behind the abduction.” I forgot so much about this game from when I first played it 18 years ago on the GameCube. The long length, fun characters and how exciting the gun play is, all just came together perfectly. The development team spent a ton of time getting the VR feeling just right, and it’s absolutely one of the best on the Quest and well worth the price of entry. Additionally, once you play through the game the first time it really changes from survival horror to a whole new type of game action game. Simply outstanding.
  10. Mini Golf Hustler Free Quest My quick take: Early days in development. Some good ideas, but a bit too rough around the edges. From the store page: “Challenge Slick Willie Puttman in this FREE nine hole demo of Mini Golf Hustler. Hazards include armed torpedoes, tentacled arms, ornery tikis and more! Multiple betting games, including skins, match play and the fearsome traveling snake. All played at the same time.” I thought I’d check out another mini golf game to see what other ideas there might be outside of the king - Walkabout Mini Golf. While there were some solid ideas for holes, the betting felt uneven, and everything else felt in their very early stages. To be fair, no other mini golf game feels even close to the accuracy of Walkabout, so I think it’s a tough go for any other games to match. It's probably best to stick with the champ for now, but I applaud the dev for trying something different.
  11. Pin City Free Quest (open beta on Discord) / Steam My quick take: Early days, but wow, worth a download and one to watch in the future. From the store page: "Pin City is a bowling game unlike any other bowling game you’ve played before. We strove to bring the spirit of mini-golf into the world of bowling. We’ve taken the standard bowling setup (straight lane, 10 pins, 1 ball) and expanded, transformed, and evolved it. We wanted to give people a chance to bowl in ways that would be impossible, illegal, or extremely impractical.” An early alpha game, but boy, what a great start, I’m really looking forward to the team getting the physics feeling right with weight and feel of the bowling balls and seeing how much more gameplay they can add. Really worth the download or heading over to their Discord to get a Quest key for free to try it out. The quirky bowling, physics and gameplay they're experimenting with really got me excited to see how this one comes together in the next several months.
  12. Mash Me Up Free Quest My quick take: Please devs, add more multiplayer support! From the store page: “Do you want to play party games with your friends or meet someone new? All is just one button press away with Mash Me Up. One button, multiple games. Will it be Air Hockey, Pier Pong, Flingball, or… Get ready for a surprise! Press, Play, Enjoy and Go Again!” If this game got a bit more development love it would be incredible. As it stands now, there are several mini games you can play against one person. Most are just okay, but a handful are real gems, and one particularly is incredible - Geo Guesser. Hands down the best mini game in the pack. With four, or six players and some new content, they could easily charge for just this one game. As it stands now, it’s a great two player game, but you’ll need to bring your own friend as the servers are pretty barren. Worth a download though for sure as you’ll get a night of fun out of it.
  13. THZZLS - Treasures Lost In Time $4.99 Quest My quick take: A unique puzzler that can be pretty relaxing, but repetitive. From the store page: “Our first THZZLE is called "Der Bazar", the world's first VR toy theatre puzzle game. The Bazar is a VR puzzle game where you have to place furniture and props in the right places in old-fashioned rooms according to an old picture you see. The game is set in 19th century Germany and each room has objects taken from the German lifestyle magazine "Der Bazar", published in Berlin.” This one used to be free, with paid content, but it has since changed as they added more content. You recreate a scene with cutouts of people and furniture in a 3D space. It seemed to have endless puzzles with randomization of scenes. I could see someone going to this for a relaxing 10-15 minutes, but it is a lot of the same each time and didn’t grab me fully. If you’re looking for a puzzle game that’s outside of the usual ones you find in the store, it’s not a bad choice for the price. Keep in mind though its hand tracking only, so for some that may be a non starter, even though it felt just fine.
  14. Barbaria $19.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: What I imagine Gorn is like with a solid game loop of RTS. From the store page: “Do you have what it takes to be the Mightiest in Barbaria? Welcome to a brutal world where visceral motion-controlled combat blends seamlessly with god-scale base-building and asynchronous multiplayer raids. Use fists, axes, swords, bows, rocks, or anything you can grab to dominate your foes in intense 1st-person combat. Then jump out to your immortal form and watch your minions carry on the battle while you rain down meteors from above. Systemic combat, versatile enemy AI, and player-created defenses make every battle unique.” I recognize there is a lot here to do in this game - if you like the game loop. Unfortunately, it really didn’t do much for me. I was expecting more RTS than Gorn style gameplay and was not pulled in by the fighting or quests offered. I have to say that the humor was spot on, and it certainly had good visuals, the game was just not for me. All that being said, there is a lot of content here and you could be playing this for quite some time if you think this could be your jam.
  15. Toy Monsters Free Quest Demo / $4.99 Quest My quick take: Plants vs Zombies in AR with hand tracking that does enough unique stuff to be worth it. From the store page: “Toy Monsters VR is a mixed-reality tabletop tower defense inspired by classic Plants vs Zombies. Built from the ground up with hand tracking and passthrough in mind. As you progress through the 20 levels, you'll unlock new toys with unique special powers. You can enhance your toys with magical potions and use crystal power to unleash magic beams from your hands, transform your fingers into flamethrowers, and more.” This game has come a long way since its initial release. It’s a solid hand tracking Plants vs. Zombies game with its own twist on powers and uses passthrough quite nicely. My biggest complaint is that you really need to complete the game all in one go (about an hour or so) as it doesn’t keep track of your upgrades if you quit. Essentially, trying to pass a later level without prior upgrades or powerups is near impossible. Despite that one issue, give at least the demo a try and if you like it, the price is pretty fair for what you get.
  16. Exit Condition One Free Quest Demo / $4.99 Quest My quick take: A bit rough around the edges, but escape room fans will find fun with it. From the store page: “You awake from cryo in a mysterious museum. A robot refers to you as a curator and the security system is malfunctioning. Can you get things back to normal and escape? There are no jump scares. The game is designed ground-up for roomscale VR on the Quest, but supports all locomotion modes. Most objects can be interacted with, it fully uses physics, and the hands don't ‘ghost out.’” According to the description, this is still a work in progress. That being said, it was a neat escape game that I felt I got my money’s worth from. It certainly was a bit rough around the edges with its gameplay and had some obscure puzzles to work through, but I did finish it and had a good time with it. Try the demo for sure, and perhaps when it’s finally finished, some of those rough edges will be polished up, but as it stands now, it was pretty solid.
  17. Hyperdash Free Quest / Steam My quick take: A solid online shooter, but you'll have to put in the time to get good to find the fun. From the store page: “Hyper Dash is a free VR multiplayer team based shooter. Payload, Domination, Control Point, (Team) Deathmatch, Capture The Flag, Elimination, Ball and remix them with Mutators! Dash, sprint, and rail grind your way across the arenas to engage the enemy in fast-paced combat and secure the objective for your team. Offline mode/Bots, Dedicated servers, Private servers, Rebind-able controls, Left hand support, Voice chat.” For a free to play shooter, this one had great controls, nice graphics, a good gameplay loop, plenty of comfort options and a solid player base. All that being said, every player I faced off against were top tier, so I spent my time just dying round after round. This is a good game with a solid player base and there's fun here - if you’re willing to learn the ropes. It's bad for newbies like me just looking to have a good time and get a few kills.
  18. Please, Don’t Touch Anything $9.99 Quest / $4.99 Steam My quick take: A game for escape room devotees only. From the store page: "Please, Don’t Touch Anything is a cryptic, brain-racking button-pushing puzzle game. Covering for a colleague taking a bathroom break, you find yourself in front of a mysterious console with a green screen monitor showing a pixelated live image of an unknown city. Also present is an ominous red button with the simple instruction to not touch anything! Push the red button once or press it many times. Your choices and actions will lead to outrageous and frightening consequences and over 30 unique puzzle endings.” This is a weird one. A really obscure puzzle game that rewards experimentation, but is absolutely punishing with difficulty. If you’re really good at escape games and don’t get frustrated easily, you may enjoy the tedium. If not, you’ll end up like me, watching a tutorial to find out how to get different endings. But if you find yourself doing that, why not just watch a playthrough.
  19. Eleven Table Tennis $29.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: Still one of the best, but there’s so much untapped potential. From the store page: “The ultimate Table Tennis simulator. Play opponents in online multiplayer or practice against the advanced AI. With physics designed to be as real as ever achieved in a Table Tennis simulator, you will forget you are in VR." I finally got back to this game after the new UI was implemented. It looks much more user friendly, but much to my disappointment, there were no new arenas, music, or official doubles options. There is so much potential for expanding this game, and I feel like the devs are just content to have it remain in the state it currently is. Which, to be fair, is a perfect implementation of table tennis in VR. It’s still one of the best VR games out there and absolutely a must own. I just really wish they would add an officially supported doubles mode and expand out the game a bit more because the unofficial doubles mode is a real pain to get set up and only barely worth the struggle. If you'd like to see how to set that doubles up currently, here is a video I was a part of.
  20. Breachers $29.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: Come one, come all, this is 5 v 5 at its finest. From the store page: “In Breachers, you plan your assault or orchestrate your defense as a team through intense close-quarters combat. Whether you play as an enforcer or a revolter, master your nifty gadgetry, customize your powerful weaponry and beat your opponents in stunning environments. Intuitive to grasp. Endlessly playable.” Wow, wow, wow. This officially launched and is such a polished game. With multiple maps, intuitive movement and full lobbies, this game is simply spectacular. Despite the difficulty curve in being good at the game, it’s still a fun time even if you’re not the best, which is something special that few games manage to pull off. Where this game especially shines is with friends. If you can muster up a team of five to take on other random players, you’ll be playing this game for months. Give this a go, and if you're not any good, that's okay, because you'll still be better than the bots and a welcome addition to someone's team.
  21. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Outcast (Sidequest mod) Free Demo on Quest / $9.99 (Full Game on Steam) My quick take: Come for the lightsaber play, stay if you can tolerate the puzzles. From the store page: “JK XR is a standalone VR port of the popular Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast game by Lucasarts and Raven Software. Brought to VR by Team Beef & Friends. There are lots of mods and access to the free demo level available through the JK XR Companion App, which is automatically also installed alongside JK XR on your headset.” I never played this game when it first came out on flatscreen in 2002, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first part of the game you’re playing essentially as a Han Solo type - a smart talkin’ gun slinger. The next part, you’re a cool Jedi chopping off limbs. Absolutely great execution as always by Team Beef, and you can’t beat the price. There is even a free demo to try out to see if you like it. All that being said, the game’s old puzzles, navigation and gameplay felt every bit of 20 years old. After dying multiple times because of missing an exact jump, getting lost and backtracking because I didn't see an obscure elevator and wasting time trying to navigate odd puzzles, I just found it to be too much to overcome to continue to the end. This is no slight on Team Beef and the great work they did with this port, the game just hasn’t aged the best.
  22. CoasterMania $9.99 Quest My quick take: Early days, but still some fun to be had. There could be something special here after a few updates. From the store page: “CoasterMania is a physics-based VR rollercoaster game where you create the ride of your life! Use wacky contraptions and elements to fly through the sky, then experience your creation by jumping in the front seat. Sandbox mode: Build your dream rollercoaster without any rules but the rules of physics. When you're done, share your coaster or experience the engineering marvels of others. Design your own rides and upload them online.” You know, this game is just silly fun. It's early days for sure, and the tracks don't twist and come together as easily together as I’d hoped, which makes for a difficult time creating exactly what you want. It is satisfying though to have a roller coaster leap from one track to another over a gap. At this point the game is more of a sandbox than a full game with objectives (which is coming). The coasters other people have created are fun, so if you’re not into creating, there is that option to play with other people's designs, plus you can ride them in first person. I look forward to more updates and think it's worth looking at for sure, but if you’re looking for something a bit more fleshed out currently you can try Stunt Track Builder.
  23. David Slade Mysteries: Case Files $9.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: You’re a forensic cop, here are your tools. Good luck dummy. From the store page: “Take to the dark and violent streets of downtown Riverside, where you investigate gruesome and violent homicides using a range of Forensic tools and your wits! Inspired by the classic Police Quest adventure series, reborn & reimagined for VR. Includes two epic episodes!” Slade is a murder mystery game that is ruthless in it’s difficulty. Honestly, there are several play throughs of this game on YouTube and none have beaten the first case because it was too hard, they all gave up. This game offers no hints, is super abstract and insanely difficult. Why did I keep playing? Well, the game’s tools were implemented quite well, the story was compelling, and I just felt I had to see this through to the end for my own sanity. Despite being as hard as nails, I somehow managed to finish the first case, then moved on to the second. No real spoilers, but the second case does a complete 180 and essentially becomes a horror game where you’re only weapon is your wits. A real departure from the first case. Again, I found myself frustrated, confused and turned around, but again, I had to power through it because something kept pulling me in. If you’re a masochist for puzzle games, I’d recommend this game.
  24. Home Detective Free w/IAP - Quest My quick take: Fun use of AR, but pretty basic. From the store page: “Use your own living room to solve the crime! Using passthrough, the crime scene is overlaid onto your play area, leaving you free to explore and find clues. Use the patent-pending Residual Heat Scanner to detect the criminals' recent movements, and then dust for fingerprints or try to find evidence left behind. With your wits, and your trusty sidekick Steve Dobbins' snarky comments, you're sure to get to the bottom of these confusing crimes.” I appreciate the interesting use of passthrough and AR in this game. The first case is free to try, so if you’re into AR and passthrough, it’s worth a try. It's $3.99 for another case if you’re into it, but right now, it’s a pretty basic, but solid idea. My biggest complaint is that all my tools were on a shelf that was inaccessible because they were in my wall. I guess AR is still not quite there yet.
  25. Vertigo Remastered $24.99 Steam My quick take: A fun and wacky ride from start to finish. From the store page: “It's a classic premise - a massive subterranean scientific facility full of mysteries, with aliens bursting in from alternate universes to wreak havoc. The twist? You're one of those aliens. But you're not here to wreak havoc (collateral damage disregarded), you're just trying to get home. A difficult endeavor, as it turns out this facility is more than prepared to deal with extraterrestrial threats.” Because I heard such great things about Vertigo 2, I thought I’d try out this game before I played the sequel. I was really blown away by how fun the game was and pleasantly surprised that it holds up so well. Considering its a 2016 remake, and VR was still figuring out a lot of things like movement, this still felt fresh. With lots of unique ideas, upgrades and areas to play in, I heartily recommend this one and am looking forward to playing the sequel.
  26. Playin’ Pickleball $19.99 Quest My quick take: Solid physics, but really only for pickleball fans, or a group of four friends. From the store page: “Playin’ Pickleball is an authentic reproduction of Pickleball in Virtual Reality! Physics, sounds and mechanics have been carefully mapped from actual Pickleball game play. Even the scoring and rules are based on the USA Pickleball Association’s Official Rulebook.” Pickleball is sweeping the nation and if I recall correctly, even ForeVR is getting in on the game with an upcoming title. I’m much more of a tennis than pickleball guy, but I have to say, this game has pretty solid physics. Like most games, this is exponentially better with one or better yet, three other people you know. The AI players can be pretty uninteresting hitting it back and forth without much variance. Also the environments are a bit basic. I have to applaud the movement, physics and customizable items though as they all felt very well implemented. If you want something a bit less daunting than tennis, this might be what you're looking for.
  27. Pong $6.99 Quest My quick take: A neat take on Pong, but you’ll have more fun with Cybrix. From the store page: “Classic paddle game reimagined for VR. Destroy all the bricks. Use your paddles to swing at the balls and the balls have built-in assistance to return back toward you. Take advantage of the pistol and magneto power-ups to cause major damage. Or just swing hard at the balls to create large blast radius. Oh and watch out for those mines going for your head. Lean left/right or crouch to avoid.” I appreciated the ideas the developers had in this modern take on Pong, but it was ultimately quite short and not nearly as fun as Cybrix. That being said for the price, I got my money’s worth and would love to see it get a bit more polish and levels in an update.
  28. Extreme Escape $4.99 Quest / Steam (Early Access) My quick take: One of those special games where you really feel like you're in the environment. From the store page: “Have you ever wondered how it would feel to travel in a hot air balloon and fly above clouds? Have you ever wanted to face your fear of heights and enclosed spaces? Perhaps you wanted to become a pilot and test your critical thinking skills. Looking for a breathtaking experience? Try Extreme Escape.” The game says “early access,” but honestly I believe this has been abandoned. For the price, you get an extremely short, but fun and unique escape room experience. You’re not going to find this game too hard, but I was brought into its world and completely immersed - I had a true sense of dread and panic. The even shorter “demo” inside the game puts you on a sinking submarine and was extremely memorable. Seldom have I felt so immersed in a game. I’d recommend it for this price, just because of how it made me feel, but it’s a real shame about the very short length and that it’s abandoned.
  29. The Last Worker $19.99 Quest / Steam My quick take: Gaming with a heavy message, but mediocre gameplay. From the store page: “The Last Worker is an immersive narrative adventure centered around a lone worker’s last stand in an increasingly automated world, The Last Worker is a unique blend of work simulation and stealth strategic gameplay. The game is set in a lonely, oppressive but strangely beautiful environment, with characters designed by comics legend Mick McMahon. Kurt works for the world’s largest retailer and is forced to choose between capitalism or activism. Having dedicated his life to work, Kurt’s loyalty is put to the test when a group of activists ask him to dismantle Jüngle from the inside.” I really wanted to like this game. It had an interesting concept, but navigating, fail states and some very annoying bugs frustrated me to the point where I just said it wasn’t worth my time. That and the story wasn’t speaking to me. It’s well rated, so I’m probably on the opposite side of this one from most people. It's unique in many ways, so check out the teaser and see if it might be for you.
  30. Shadow Point $19.99 Quest My quick take: Fisherman’s Tale vibes with an excellent story and puzzles that makes you feel smart. From the store page: “Built for VR, Shadow Point is a story-driven puzzle game set between a mountaintop observatory and an ever-changing fantasy world. Explore a vibrant kingdom, cast shadows and solve mind-bending puzzles as you uncover the mystery of missing schoolgirl, Lorna McCabe who vanished from Shadow Point Observatory twelve years ago. As your adventure unfolds, you will manipulate gravity, play with your own reflection, walk on walls, peer through a magical lens to reveal an alternate reality and much more.” I had this game on my wishlist forever and finally pulled the trigger, and boy am I glad I did. I really enjoyed the story, gameplay and ended up marathoning it in one session (which I don't recommend doing). It is a few hours long, and there are extra puzzles to go back to if you’d like. It had some serious Fisherman’s Tale vibes, so if you like those type of puzzle games, this is for you. The puzzles make you stop and think, and more importantly, progress nicely. I was never stuck, but certainly had to really contemplate how to solve some of them. It is slightly finicky with having to line up the shadows exactly to progress, but that is a minor complaint. Give this one a go for sure.
I hope you find a few games on this list that you might not have heard of, or that you might find worth revisiting. Let me know here or on the Ruff Talk Discord channel if you have a game you enjoy that I should try, I'm always open to recommendations. Until then, I hope your next VR experience is a memorable one.
Also, the week this is posted, I'm hosting a contest where one winner gets a $29.99 or less, Quest game of their choice. You can enter on the discord channel above, but will need to have five posts on the discord channel within a week to enter, so if that interests you, feel free to join. The Ruff Talk guys usually have giveaways every week and it's some solid VR chat if you're looking for like-minded individuals in a non-toxic space.
TLDR: Top five games to check out - Ark and Ade, Pin City, Breachers, Shadow Point, Vertigo Remastered
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2023.06.05 16:24 GallopingLifeDeer New releases of Mario Party Netplay for Dolphin allow for cross-compatibility with Mac, Linux, and Steam Deck

New releases of Mario Party Netplay for Dolphin allow for cross-compatibility with Mac, Linux, and Steam Deck
Mario Party 5 capsules on every space from the start of the game (to enable this code, right click game in Dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes)
Link to the builds in the #howto channel here: https://discord.gg/marioparty
What do Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Steam Deck have in common? Now, they can all run netplay for Mario Party!
Let's take a look at what we've got in store:
  • Proper Mac builds for both PJ64 and Dolphin, for out-of-the-box netplay without having to run the emulators through Wine!
  • A Linux build for Dolphin, featuring 100% compatibility with Steam Deck! After seven years in development, hopefully it will have been worth the wait.
  • A brand-new Mupen build for Android lets you netplay Mario Party 1, 2 and 3 on the go! Our recommended Always On codes won't be enabled by default, so be sure to enable them after tapping Settings > Cheats.This build is not cross-compatible with our Windows and Mac builds, so we're introducing a new role to ping.
Other important new features:
  • In Dolphin, the game will keep running even if someone leaves
  • A new netplay button for ease of use when matchmaking
  • Cool new cheat codes for Mario Party and other games, such as item space customization in Mario Party 4, 200cc in Mario Kart Wii, and simultaneous multiplayer in Super Monkey Ball 1 and 2 ( to use these codes, right click game in Dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes)
Super Monkey Ball 2 simultaneous multiplayer (to enable this code, right click game in Dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes)
tl;dr: New PJ64 and Dolphin builds for Macs, new Dolphin build for Linux usable on Steam Deck, new Mupen build for Android devices that isn't cross-compatible with the others.
Link to the builds in the #howto channel here: https://discord.gg/marioparty
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