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I have not finished all the quests in this, but I have finished the "main" game. So let's have an entry.

If you've spoken to me lately, you've heard me go on about this because I fricking love it. If you haven't, let me go on about it a while, because I fricking love it.

Jazztronauts is an add-on module for popular dicking-about simulator Garry's Mod, and to my surprise it has a legit plot. While exploring a fairly generic Half-Life 2 map, you discover a gang of literal cat burglars hanging out chatting about their latest scheme. They take you back to their interdimensional headquarters/bar and quickly conscript you into being their latest dimension-diver. You fiddle with a machine, it sucks a world up (from the Steam workshop) and you and your magical item-stealing superbaton charge in there to yoink everything. Furniture, people, wall textures, etc.

It beautifully re-contextualizes the maps away from shootman adventures to a playspace where you can just run around, do urban exploration, suck all the light fixtures off the walls, and have genuine fun.

Then you pull a lever back at base and get money to upgrade your stuff, all while running fetch quests for your new feline employers. Could you in fact... find a partner among them?

Well probably not, or at least I'm not sure how. But they're a fun bunch to hang out with and really well-characterized for a fan mod.

Plus, Jazztronauts is near-infinitely replayable, because of the sheer scope of maps you can find on the workshop. Every mistake or someone's first map is a new adventure, every mess of godawful texturing mistakes is something you can yank down and sell off. If you've been a FPS dork for years, you probably have all the Half Life games, maybe Counter Strike Source, and Garry's Mod. If so, I really advise you to try out Jazztronauts. This thing's gonna show up in my game of the year awards for sure.

And if you do try it out, give me a yell and I'll join you in stripping the walls off the wall.

Date: 2018-08-04 04:01 am (UTC)
kjorteo: A deliberately poorly-drawn portrait of Celine in the style of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff. (Celine: SBaHJ)
From: [personal profile] kjorteo
Because I'm allergic to almost every FPS I've ever played except Faceball 2000 of all things, I have made it this far in my life without ever acquiring any of the prerequisite software for this game, except 2/5 of the Orange Box (Steam apparently gave Portal and TF2 to me at some point or another and I never noticed.)

This has made me go back and wishlist Garry's Mod and the Half Lives and everything else I have no business ever playing but I need to run this game, because this sounds amazing and I would love to come dink around kuso maps with you.
Edited Date: 2018-08-04 04:03 am (UTC)

Date: 2018-08-04 07:57 am (UTC)
swordianmaster: beyond description. hurrrrr (ultimate comeback)
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Edited Date: 2018-08-04 07:57 am (UTC)

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