The funniest game you’ve (probably) never played

It may be coming up on being three years old but if anyone ever asks me for recommendations on something “light” or “fun” to play on PC, one of my go-to responses will likely always be “have you heard of West of Loathing?”

The initial sell may not be the catchiest – it’s an indie, stick-figure adventure RPG entirely in black and white – but the humour is what draws you in and keeps you there from the very moment you begin your journey into the Wild West.

Now, this is a game which is very much better enjoyed going in blind so I’ll do my best to avoid anything which could be considered a spoiler. The game sees you set off to seek your fortune – after saying farewell to your family, of course – but it has gameplay mechanics to go along with the jokes. Whether you choose to specialise in being a smooth-talking snakeoiler or a fist-first cow-puncher does genuinely affect your experience. And as you level up you can invest skill points into various attacks and abilities and tailor your cow-puncher (come on, we all know it’s the right choice to go with) to your own style.

Once you’re out of the tutorial area the map opens up and you’re free to wander to various locations as you discover them, though some of the game’s wide range of NPCs might give you a warning to steer clear of particular locations until you’ve levelled up a bit. And indeed, levelling up a lot can make the turn-based combat less than challenging, but whether they pose a threat or not, fighting demon cows in the Wild West will never get old.

I had worried that the humour might begin to tire after a while but I have to give credit to the writers, no matter how much I play it still makes me laugh. The humour is written into pretty much every aspect of the game to the extent that in every location you’ll be exploring every inch to see if there’s some hidden joke you might have missed.

It’s childish, silly and I played through the whole thing with a ridiculous grin on my face. If you need a break from improving your K/D or grinding for that perfect armour piece for your build, you will not regret spending a good seven to ten hours in the company of this charming game.

Oh, and one tip I’ll give you. Search every spittoon.

If you’re looking for a community of gamers whose humour level is about the same as that found in West of Loathing, then the Thumbs Up Discord is the place for you. We have never knowingly missed the opportunity to make a childish joke.

Free Game: Civilization VI

We all like free stuff. Especially when it comes to games, free games are great. And free games that are actually worth having are even better. Hot on the heels of the Epic Games Store offering the behemoth GTA V for free last week – a deal so popular it actually crashed their launcher as everyone scrambled to claim their copy – they are now giving away the daddy of the world-building genre, Civilization VI (maybe they just have a thing for games with Roman numerals).

Civ VI may have initially released back in 2016, but it’s no creaking relic as developer Firaxis Games is continuing support for the game. Having already dropped two major expansions in 2018 and 2019, they recently released a ‘season pass’ for content over the upcoming year, which will see six smaller content drops released every over month through to March 2021.

Obviously the ‘Frontier Pass’ as it has been named is not included in Epic’s free offering – instead selling that add-on content to the influx of new players is how Firaxis and publisher 2K Games will make their money on the endeavour. But getting a base game of the quality and polish of Civ VI is nothing to be sniffed at, whether you choose to just the standard version or go on to invest in the upcoming content.

My own journey with Civilization began back in computing class in high school, when a friend managed to sneakily install a copy of Civ II on a couple of the machines. We’d spend lessons trying to build up our worlds while still being able to switch quickly back to whatever work we were actually supposed to be doing if we sensed the presence of a teacher close by. I may not have put serious time into a game in the series since Civ IV, but thanks to this offer from Epic I’ll be jumping back into Sid Meier’s world and reliving the illicit joy of managing to play video games during school hours.

And if leaks are to be believed, this isn’t the last major offering that Epic has planned during their ‘mega sale’. Usually a collection of smaller, indie titles – many of which have nonetheless been very worthwhile picking up for the princely sum of £0 – Epic have swung big with GTA V and Civ VI. And over the coming weeks a Reddit leaker would have us believe that Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (which contains Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel) and Ark Survival Evolved will be next in line. So whether stylised looting or taming dinosaurs is your thing, it looks like there’s going to be plenty of good on offer over the next few weeks.

Civilization VI is free on the Epic Games Store until May 28th and if you’re looking for a group of like-minded gamers to discuss world domination strategy – or any other type of game – then join the Thumbs Up Gamers Discord.

Deep Rock Galactic

Do you love angry, scottish, dwarves? 

Do you love wearing fabulous hats?

This week we threw ourselves into the unknown world of Deep Rock Galactic. My first thoughts of it were that it was simply another space-farming game such as Astroneer; you collect minerals, ore and objects and craft. But boy, was I wrong. 

Deep Rock Galactic is far more than just a mining simulator where you do objectives for the sake of fulfilling a quest that doesn’t really feel all that rewarding. Before you do anything you spawn mid-mission, the intent is to teach you the basics of what the game is all about. You fulfill the quest, you fight waves of monsters and then you escape by the skin of your teeth, anxiety high as you race for your lift out the deepest corners of space. 

Who are the dwarves?

You’re offered a choice of four unique classes; a digger, a scout, an engineer & the gunner. Each class is unique, and none are more favourable than the other. I picked the digger mainly because of the mining suit that was customisable later in the game. 

Each class had their own types of abilities that enabled them to get around the map, fuck as making platforms or zip-lines. The digger used destruction, carving a way through everything in its path to claim victory to the sought after minerals. 

10/10 would bury my robot again

So, What makes this game so different? 

I realised after a few hours of gameplay that it wasn’t as simple as jumping into mission after mission to grind those character upgrades or the fancy cosmetics. I often found myself running around the ship enjoying myself – there’s a minigame, a jukebox that makes your dwarves dance like they’re about to get their first win in Fortnite, and even a good ol’ pub. 

I even began mocking Skiin’s choice in facial hair, as if my dwarves mutton-chops were the latest fashion trend, ginger of course, accompanied by a Witch hat.

While you can jump into mission after mission and it still is enjoyable, the work they put into the hub for your dwarves breaks up the gameplay and offers a cooldown period from menial grinding. 

Deep Rock Galactic is a promising, fun game that has extremely rewarding gameplay. Combined with an amazing procedural map generation and diverse classes, Deep Rock Galactic is shaping up to be an extremely enjoyable game to play with friends. 

Our Discord

Looking for somebody to embark on the most adventurous, adventure that ever did venture? Thumbs Up Community is open to anybody who wants to talk, play games, or simply just lurk and wait for somebody to do something dumb.

RUST – A SURVIVAL TITAN

I’m sure you can tell by the servers ThumbsUp have been hosting, we’re quite the fan of the Survival genre. Well over the past few days the community have been getting stuck into Facepunch Studio’s Rust!

The re-birthed love for Rust has spontaneously inspired us to boot up a Community Rust server which followed in the Community giving away TWO copies of the game via our Twitter. Congratulations to Velociphile and Furrybubble!

Server Details: ThumbsUp Official Community Server – All Welcome IP: 37.187.254.181:7040

What can you expect?

In short form…. death, lots and lots of death. Whether its at the hands of players, wolves, boars, bears, fall damage (FurryBubble), radiation, drowning, stupidity, starvation, scientists… okay, we get it, everything is out to get us.

You start by waking up on a beach, and the map is your oyster! The general premise of the game is to build a base, gather materials and research to obtain better crafting recipes and make the map your own, by clearing out the scientists and lets not forget those pesky Community members!

The Game

The game has always held a place in my heart, having been a very big fan of the original release back in December 2013. Although, it was a fraction of the game it is today, you basically just farmed zombies and bears then shot at each other. The developers then decided zombies were boring, and they wanted to do better. The game was ported over to the unreleased new Unity 5 engine after almost a year of live development.

One look at Facepunch Studio’s YouTube channel will show you the dedication to the game, production of content and the amount of transparency they provide to their players. Amazing work!

Console!?

During Microsoft’s X019 a trailer was displayed announcing Rust will be coming to console in 2020 with no official release date. Due to such a lively development process I would be surprised if cross play was added anytime near the beginning but we can hope! Definitely good news for both Playstation and Xbox owners!

Our Discord

With the boot up of the server, I have been playing around with the plugins, we currently have a integrated chat with the game server and the Discord channel #rust-server! So even if you don’t have the game and fancy being alerted and making fun of the people struggling to survive in the harsh (but pretty!) wasteland of Rust, make sure you jump in and check it out!

Well that’s it from us! Hope to see you in the server soon!