Two great video games I played through in 2023

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I managed to find time to play Desperados III and Lost in Play (and Before Your Eyes too a bit).

Table of contents

Desperados III

Screenshot of Desperados III.

(Screenshot taken from the game's official website.)

Desperados III is a story-driven, hardcore tactical stealth game, set in a ruthless Wild West scenario.

  • ✅ Great visuals
  • ✅ Nice gameplay (tactical stealth game)
  • ✅ Plenty of content – Steam shows that I spent 27.5 hours playing the game

I have previously also played the game's predecessor, Shadow Tactics, which is from the same game studio and has a samurai theme. It was a great game too.

Looks like the game studio has released a third similar game last year – Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew – which has a "cursed pirate crew" theme. Maybe not the best theme for me, but at least the gameplay should be great.

➡️ Official website of Desperados III

Lost in Play

Screenshot of Lost in Play.

(Screenshot taken from the game's official website.)

Solve puzzles, riddles, and embark on an exciting journey of discovery! Join Toto and Gal as they explore dreamscapes and befriend magical creatures. Lost in their imagination, the brother and sister must stick together and solve puzzles to find their way home.

  • ✅ Fantastic music – when I first opened the game, I got stuck in the main menu for a while because I was jamming to the music! (The characters' voices are also excellent)
  • ✅ Fantastic visuals – I really like this kind of art; the game feels like a great cartoon movie, except you are in control
  • ✅ Fun puzzles that got me thinking, but not too hard
  • ✅ Good, childish humor

Steam shows I spent 4.7 hours playing the game, so it's a short game, but excellent!

➡️ Official website of Lost in Play (actually the game studio's website, but it doesn't have any subpages as of now)

Also: Before Your Eyes

Screenshot of Before Your Eyes.

(Screenshot taken from the game's official website.)

Embark on an emotional first-person narrative adventure where you control the story – and affect its outcomes – with your real-life blinks. With this innovative technique you will fully immerse yourself in a world of memories, both joyous and heartbreaking, as your whole life flashes before your eyes.

My bro gifted me this game as a birthday present (PS thx!).

Controlling the story with your "real-life blinks" means that you need a webcam (optional). Cool and likely quite unique technique, but a bit wonky and unreliable in the end, so I disabled it after a while.

I played this game a few times but dropped it eventually because it felt somehow felt so depressing. :D Maybe too much black all around (see the screenshot), and because spoiler (read backwards or ):

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➡️ Official website of Before Your Eyes (stupid site because there's zero textual information about the game, and the <meta name="description"> is empty too!)