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A world to fall in glove with.

Hob, a beautiful action-adventure from the creators of Torchlight, is now available DRM-free, on GOG.com.
Is Hob a wanderer? A savior? Just another cog in life's sprawling machine? All you know is he has a task: to explore the serene landscapes, fiddle with enigmatic machines, fight or befriend the local wildlife and do his best to repair the planet. There is a vibrant open world for him to tame, filled with puzzles and danger, but also silent beauty and well-kept secrets. Bet his grappling mech-arm will likely come in handy, too.

Watch the trailer.
Post edited October 11, 2017 by maladr0Id
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groze: I don't want to spoil the game at all, but I can say at least this: Hob is not a robot. There's an event very early in the game (quite an emotional one, at that) that clearly shows us he is organic. I don't know about artificial being, in the broader sense of the term, since when the game starts he already exists "as is" (minus one... "detail"), and I haven't come across anything that sheds light on his past, yet. I guess it basically boils down to a matter of perception? To me, he always "felt" male, even in terms of design. Either way, I'm the one who could be wrong, I'm just assuming Hob's gender based on how he looks, to me, his name and how he behaves in terms of gameplay. And, mind you, I was wrong before, Nintendo did pull the same trick on me with the original Metroid. :P I'm not sure Runic will even disclose Hob's past, but I believe they should make his/her gender clear, at least... or don't, actually, as long as you're having fun with the game, I guess Hob can be whatever gender the player wants them to be, we don't even know if Hob's species has genders. To me, though, he's male, even if this assumption turns out to bite me in the ass. :D

As for Larian, well... I just don't like them. I don't like the games they make, I don't like their brand of humour, I think that even their best games are quite overrated and I don't really believe they deserve all the attention and praise they've been getting for the Original Sin games. You're right to say these are not even the same genre of games, and my comment was unfortunate and misplaced, based on personal feelings that have nothing to do with action-adventures, Hob or Runic games. I just get a bit flustered because this is a really good game (within its genre, of course), and it doesn't seem to be getting any attention on its release day, whereas Larian could release a turd and, as long as it was a turn-based CRPG turd full of Monty Python and Hitchhiker's Guide references, "gamers" would still be praising it and lauding Larian as the lords and saviours of the video game industry.
I don't know, something about the character's face and clothing seemed feminine to me, but I have only seen the promo art and screenshots. As far as I can tell the devs don't mention that the character is male, so GOG seems to have randomly made that up for the description text, unless they know more. ( If I remember correctly, they also thought the main character of the Ys series is female, and his sidekick is a dog... ) As far as I know the gender of the player character of Undertale is never specified either, so it might be the same here, and entirely intentional.

I haven't actually played any of the Original Sin games, but I suspect Western RPGs are simply a more popular genre on PC, and they're more appealing for GOG's crowd of traditional PC gamers. A game like Hob will probably do much better on consoles and handhelds, such as the Switch. Or, for that matter, on a platform like Steam, with a lower average user age.
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Ragnarblackmane: Blahblahblah...when are you guys going to get the rights for the rest of the Star Trek games like Elite Force, Bridge Commander, Birth of the Federation, and Armada? Those are good old games, the kind you used to be known for acquiring the rights to and selling.
You mean how GOG was known for peddling abandon ware for cash to people too dumb or thought of too highly of "them copyrights" to simply download it for free? I much prefer this GOG of today that is getting brand new games released day 1 on Steam and GOG, the GOG of old would've died trying to do what it did, actually I think we need to be honest and realize no matter what GOG did without the Witcher series GOG wouldn't have lasted but a few years before going under.
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Ogdin: You mean how GOG was known for peddling abandon ware for cash to people too dumb or thought of too highly of "them copyrights" to simply download it for free? I much prefer this GOG of today that is getting brand new games released day 1 on Steam and GOG, the GOG of old would've died trying to do what it did, actually I think we need to be honest and realize no matter what GOG did without the Witcher series GOG wouldn't have lasted but a few years before going under.
Actually I think we must be honest and have to admit you probably have no clue of what you are talking about (either on the abandonware side or the GOG business model) since it's something that only the people running the company could know.

Sorry if it sounds harsh but I'm just being fed up with all the naysayers...
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Ogdin: You mean how GOG was known for peddling abandon ware for cash to people too dumb or thought of too highly of "them copyrights" to simply download it for free? I much prefer this GOG of today that is getting brand new games released day 1 on Steam and GOG, the GOG of old would've died trying to do what it did, actually I think we need to be honest and realize no matter what GOG did without the Witcher series GOG wouldn't have lasted but a few years before going under.
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cal74: Actually I think we must be honest and have to admit you probably have no clue of what you are talking about (either on the abandonware side or the GOG business model) since it's something that only the people running the company could know.

Sorry if it sounds harsh but I'm just being fed up with all the naysayers...
People using the term "abandonware" usually don't know anything of what it means and just use it as an excuse to pirate games they could buy.
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GOG.com: And the 10%. I wanted to wait for reviews but now I'll wait for a bigger sale (if it's good).

Too bad.
I was waiting for exactly the same. I think the promotion didn't have a good description apart from giving away the other game.
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zambrey: Notice: A controller is strongly recommended to play this game.
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PaterAlf: Played a bit of it and so far it is awesome. Did use keyboard and mouse and it was quite ok. It's probably even better with a controller, but I wouldn't say that you absolutely need one.
OK, thanks, to the wishlist it goes :)
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CharlesGrey: Thanks for the detailed summary of your first impressions. I'm actually tempted to buy a copy, but as October is coming up, I'll probably be busy playing Horror games for the next month or two. Besides, I'm hesitant to buy new releases on GOG, because of the mess with game updates. I might buy Hob during the Winter sales.
I think the update mess is a lot better than it used to be. If you don't mind using Galaxy, the developers already have capability to update at the same time as on Steam (as seen for example with Planet Nomads and their rock solid update schedule), the rest is about how much you trust the dev to do the right thing. Offline installers usually follow soon after, but it seems the process is manual for those.
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huan: I think the update mess is a lot better than it used to be. If you don't mind using Galaxy...
That's the problem right there. I don't want to use it, and if I have to use a gaming client anyway, I'd rather just use Steam. And without Galaxy, updates are very much still a messy affair, so it's safer to only buy old games on GOG, or buy new games a few months after release, so they already have all the important patches. But that's not really the topic of this thread, and I don't want to take the focus away from this nice little game here. I've already made a thread regarding updates and Galaxy a while back.
Nice deal and the price is fair here, still don't know if I want it right now. Playing through other titles, I'll look at later date to purchase Hob.
Been waiting for this for years now, will be snagging it as soon as payday rolls around!
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CharlesGrey: That's the problem right there. I don't want to use it, and if I have to use a gaming client anyway, I'd rather just use Steam. And without Galaxy, updates are very much still a messy affair, so it's safer to only buy old games on GOG, or buy new games a few months after release, so they already have all the important patches. But that's not really the topic of this thread, and I don't want to take the focus away from this nice little game here. I've already made a thread regarding updates and Galaxy a while back.
I think this is still on topic: I've been watching the updates more closely this time and every one of them was available for normal download within few hours of Galaxy availability. I think the fears of "update mess" were unfounded in this case, unless you consider releasing game in a state where it needs updates at all a mess too. Runic seems to treat GOG customers right, and so is the store itself (in this case at least).

By the way I already finished it. It's very nice, took me 18 hours and I'm still missing quite a few secrets. There are still few problems: glitch through terrain into places where you shouldn't have access yet (potentially game breaking because there is a savepoint inside, I managed to get into the last titan control room without properly clearing the way, but I manged to glitch out too). Bonus health from ancient cloak disappears if you use a teleporter. One invisible enemy who can hit you but you can't hit back. If you want already polished game, wait a while longer.