Much obliged for the awesome suggestions. Lots of great recommendations in here.
When I'm that far out of my own skin I usually plop on some television, the ultimate low-impact entertainment. If you have Hulu, Baskets is a total romp.
You know, I've been on a The Expanse kick lately on Amazon Prime. Surprisingly good show. It's gritty, the tech isn't too absurdly beyond where we are now, and there's an interesting interplay. I think it's prompting me to head back to Stellaris. I think a Stellaris playthrough with either The Expanse or Babylon 5 going is about the height of indulgence.
As far as games, I just tried Anno 1800 last weekend while it was up for free trial on the Epic Game store, and I found it pretty enjoyable. But I wasn't tempted on the $30 sale price.
I enjoyed Anno 1800, but didn't get nearly enough replayability out of it as I got from Anno 1404 or 2070. The production chains got a little too convoluted near the end, and if I'm looking for a deep-dive into OCD-territory, it's RimWorld or Satisfactory.
Honestly given the track record with Epic, I really recommend people keep an eye on their weekly free offerings. Something for everyone, there is.
Not to derail the thread too much, but a quick hot take on this - the frequent free games is the smartest darned thing ever. Gamers are now just jumping into the launcher, grabbing the free game (or games!) and popping off. Sometimes, every so often, it's a game you absolutely want to play. But the result of the whole thing is that gamers are building up these portfolios of "ugh, I really, really, really should play some of these games..." the same way we have a Steam library. It adds a whole pile of value to keeping an account there, reduces the barrier to entry, and gives a reason to keep logging in to check what's free to play this week. Way more clever than scooping timed exclusives, I think.
I've always viewed the Assassin's Creed games as "bright" for some reason... they generally don't require a lot of emotional investment and have really great environments.
I could never bring myself to give the AC games a go. I think the various reviews of the slow-walk follow missions highlighted ad nauseum have turned me off of them. I get that's doubtless not the gist of the gameplay, but it's such bleh. Though...I do see that one of the AC's is free to play right now...
Southpark: The Fractured But Whole was just on sale for for super cheap, like $8. Totally worth it. It's still on sale for $12.49 and I would say that's still a pretty good deal. It doesn't matter if you've played the The Stick of Truth.
I LOVED Stick of Truth. I was a little put off by The Fractured But Whole gameplay. It felt as though they took the original gameplay (JRPG style) and went too heavily into the tactical. Kind of just wanted more of Stick of Truth gameplay, but new material. I couldn't get through more than a few hours of But Hole. Does it improve past the first bits?
I've been dividing my time between that and Kingdom Come: Deliverance.
You're a more patient man than I.
could be of interest.
Great recommends! Both are on my queue for next-up. Though I've heard one can get a little into the weeds in Starbound, no?
If you like Rick and Morty and the writings of Justin Roiland I'd like to suggest Trover Saves the Universe
I do. Is it anything like Accounting? I someone envision Justin Roiland screaming vulgarity at you and clumsy claymation wobbley gameplay. What's the run-time like? 10+ hours?
The first t hing that springs to mind? Brutal doom.
Newp, can't. I one of those that get queasy. I'd love to! But for some reason Doom is one of the only handful of games that makes me ill. That and the old 360 shooter Descent.
Overlord and Overlord II was awesome. I do wish they'd make a new one.
Finally, the game that has brought me the most joy in recent memory is Super Mario Odyssey.
Burn the heretic!
(I'm kidding, half of you are playing Animal Crossing right now.)