Anonymous: wrote:Black desert is free in steam - downloading to check it out.
You've probably noticed by now, but Black Desert Online is heavily focused around the cash shop. All the cool outfits are locked behind a cash gate, as are cool mounts. If you're feeling underpowered, you can shell out for temporary buffs - for PVP no less. Speaking of which, once you hit level 50 you are automatically added to the PVP environment, and there is no way to decline or turn this off.
If you want to carry a store with you, there's a cash shop item that does that. Want more inventory space? Cash shop. Want to level up faster? Cash shop. You get the idea. And none of these are permanent; you're renting them for one month. If you want to keep using them, you have to keep paying. Calling it "free" is really a misnomer.
Anyway, I've been playing Crosscode. It's a surprisingly well done indie JRPG set inside a VR-MMORPG on a distant planet in the far future. The combat flows well, the platforming is solid, the puzzles do get quite complex but that also makes them satisfying to complete. The environments are pretty varied, there is a wide variety of secrets to find, the art is good and compliments the graphics well, and the plot is interesting. There is also a wide variety of enemies to face, with their own attack patterns, idiosyncrasies, and weaknesses. You can customize your build in a lot of ways, with special attacks, equipment pieces, and occasionally cosmetics. And there is a free demo on both Steam and Gog, so you don't have to pay money to try it! Really, check it out, it's really cool.
I've also played Brigador. It's an isometric mech/tank/hovercraft shooter set in a dystopian future, in the metropolis of Solo Nobre. Great Leader, who used to run the place, is dead, and your employers, the Solo Nobre Concern, want to take the city for themselves. To do this, they're employing Brigadors like yourself with orders to strike at strategic targets to weaken the city's defenders. You have the edge of superior technology, represented as superior armour and shields, but you are badly outnumbered, forcing you to fight smart.
Against you are the city's defenders: the New People's Army with their mechanized divisions. The Corvid rebellion, built on disaffected youths and deserters from the NPA, which fields their own tank companies and mecha platoons. And the Spacers, a vicious band of pirates bent on burning and pillaging their way across the city in the confusion. There is a wide variety of weapons and vehicles to choose from, an even larger collection of pilots and maps to fight over, the graphics can occasionally get a bit murky but it's not so bad that you can't tell what's going on. Quite fun, as long as you don't mind being the bad guy - some of the weapons available are kind of horrifying in their effects, and your superiors will explicitly pay you good money for burning down apartment blocks and trampling civilians waving white flags under the feet of your mech.