Played Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters on Steam (store.steampowered.com)
Lead humanity’s greatest weapon, the Grey Knights, in this fast-paced turn-based tactical RPG. Root out and purge a galaxy-spanning plague in a cinematic, story-driven campaign, using the tactics and talents of your own personalised squad of Daemonhunters.

This is much more than XCOM: Enemy Unknown in the grim dark future of Warhammer 40k. The fundamentals of the game play, and even the interface, are identical but this offers so much more than that… IF you want it.

XCOM: EU is an exceptional game and, while it can be very hard, it’s also relatively straight forward. This is a tricky balance to hit. Daemonhunters, however, is not trying to be as accessible. XCOM directs you neatly through the campaign. This does not. You are at much more liberty to explore and progress at your own pace. The talent trees for your Knights are MUCH more complex and, as in the source material, min/maxing your team is possible. Your research and construction choices are yours alone. However, not everyone will enjoy this.

The removal of the randomisation mechanics in battle and very long timelines (months not days) removes most of the temptation to save/load your way to success. It’s hard to foresee the impact of some decisions and by the time you do, you won’t want to go back.

As for the setting, I’m not sure a 40k game has been better realised. The attention to detail is off the chart. The Knights are gloriously rendered and the environments are packed with features you might recognise. The sound is excellent, from the sparkly psychic noises to the squishy, sloppy Nurgle-ness. The supporting cast are also very well realised and there is a strong under current of humour, which stops the story descending into a dreary melodrama.

If you like XCOM and 40k, you should love this. If you like one or the other, you might love this. For anyone else, it’s a great real-time strategy game but it might be a bit too crunchy for some people’s tastes.

Played Firewatch: Out now for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Mac, and Linux (Firewatch)
Firewatch is a first-person single-player mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.

I played this back in August 2021 and just found some screenshots. I enjoyed it as a game but my over-riding memory is this:

Julia gets offered a job at Yale. Yale is in Connecticut, two thousand miles away. It's a great job: associate department chair. She wants to move. You absolutely do not.  A) Convince her not to take the job. B) Agree if she commutes back and forth.

Basically, the protagonist is a shit.

Also, very, very lazy effort on the stars:

They've tiled an image for the stars...