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What game are you wasting time on?

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Trash, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Krivol Liturgist

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    Ok, I finished first playthrough of ELEX few days ago and it's great.

    I would say it's a bit better than Risen 1 (I've never finished R1 due to boring second half of game, and I just want to play ELEX again) and worse than G2NotR. Story is quite good - number of treasons is quite fun and main character is not that dumb (well, just sometimes).

    I still don't get motivations few characters (like father of Jax, won't spoil it here) but worldbuilding seems ok.

    Exploration is good as allways in PB games, but it seems 99% of items are just crap for sale, and after you got some kind of ultimate weapon (War Bow, unique Plasma Rifle etc) and jewelery, there is almost nothing to find anymore (well, gems and few quest items), still walking to old buildings feels a bit Stalker-ish, which is fine.

    I love how they put into the same game Gothic, Mad Max, Stalker and Mass Effect and created something that actually works.

    It's really quite easy to break the game tough and money is all you need as traders are respawning they stuff as soon as you re-enter their shops, which is weird design decision (you really can brew 100 medium elex elixirs in few hours of game).

    Oh and it's a bit dissapointing that your stats mean almost nothing (just skills you can get and eq you can wear).


    Oh and few words about fights and bugs.

    Fights are ok, I mostly used ranged weapons (that unique plasma gun) and it was a bit too OP - plasma ball was putting all enemies on the ground making most of the fights piece of cake. Meele - on the other hand - seems much harder (stamina and chain of attacks) but more satisfying. Still I don't imagine meele fighter taking all those alp battles on Ultimate difficulty, maybe Berserk magic is more helpful in this aspect than Cleric Psi power.

    Bugs - really don't remember anything gamebreaking, once my chracter was moving forward without me touching any key (reload did the job), there were minor issues with polish localization (different text written and spoken) and game seems well optimized - my old GTX 970 was able to take all batlles with alps and friends without any noticable issues.

    Anyway GJ PB! IMO Elex is better than Skyrim.
     
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  2. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    So I restarted The Kreegan Alliance with the Ore and Lumber bonus, and waited some turns until I had a big enough force (including Vampire Lords) to defeat the non-magic Garrison with minimal losses.
    But the hero - Melodia - you have to defeat to win the map is just too strong. She seems to be expert in all magic skills, has 190 spell points, and has about the same stats as Sandro otherwise. But Sandro only has 80 spell points (Intelligence would have actually been useful for this map), so this became an impossible battle when she knows Resurrection and Summon Air Elemental.
    So I decided to reload an older save, and to arrange matters so that Sandro would gather another to weeks' production of creatures, and appear at the enemy castle on Day 1, with a full contingent of Vampire Lords. Unfortunately I was a day too late, but fortunately Melodia had parked her elven arse right next to the teleporter exit, and I was able to defeat her.

    Definitely the hardest HoMM 3 campaign map I've played so far! :shredder:

    But also one of the most annoying ones. I just learnt that the secondary heroes do not transfer to the next map, despite what the map info said. :argh:
     
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  3. YoungGrumpyMan Literate

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    Finished the last episode of the Spider-Man DLC, "Silver Lining". The story was fine, not quite hitting the highs of the main game. Really enjoyed the story of the first episode, with the introduction of Black Cat, one of my favorite characters. Hope to see more of her in the eventual sequel!

    It was hard as fuck, I was playing NG+ on the hardest difficulty, though.

    Enviado do meu SM-N960F através do Tapatalk
     
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  4. rusty_shackleford Arcane

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    My biggest gripe with elex is a PB problem in general: they seen to have no interest in their fanbase/supporting a game after it launches.
    I think it got like two(?) small patches and they just left it. Really would have liked some work on things like melee combat, companions just standing around doing nothing while you're attacked, etc.,
     
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  5. Maculo Prophet

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    I give you props, because I always lose steam at some point during the campaigns. I enjoy HoMM3, but there are certain campaigns or missions I find so tedious.
     
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  6. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I think my playing style - complete in as short time as possible - helps. Back in the days when I suffered more from OCD I also lost steam or interest sooner.
     
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  7. Maculo Prophet

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    Honestly, I don't play optimally and I think that is part of it. I like to explore the map and fight unecessary stacks.
     
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  8. Okagron Erudite

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    I'm honestly enjoying the first game (i have been playing it on and off for the last week or so). The voice acting is surprisingly solid for a game made in 2000.

    And i'm fucked. Can't see anything underwater (most of the screen goes black) and i have been trying to find a fix for well over an hour. Literally can't beat the level i'm at because there's underwater sections.

    Just found a solution. I can see in underwater sections now, so i can finally continue playing.
     
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  9. DalekFlay Arcane Patron

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    I got through the super hard puzzles like "monkey wrench" by asking my mother, who somehow knew all. She's the one who moved me to PC after the SNES and got me into adventure games specifically. Whether she was finding answers on the super early days of home internet or actually figured all that shit out on her own, I don't know.
     
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  10. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Finished the last (mini) campaign of HoMM 3: The Shadow of Death, and what an anti-climax it was after a promising first map. A small map with lots of teleporters. Oh frabjous joy!
    And after winning, Sandro ended up ina jail? :? Is it some "cliffhanger" for HoMM 4?

    Anyway, SoD was overall the best HoMM 3 game, as in being the most challenging ones, especially The Kreegan Alliance and some of the starting maps.
    But it lacked any really memorably moments or epic fights, which was disappointing. And resetting skills make the first four mini campaigns rather pointless.
     
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  11. Dux Savant

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    "You no longer bear the burden of prophecy. You have achieved your destiny. You are free. The doomed Dwemer's folly, Lord Dagoth's temptation, the Tribunal's seduction, the god's heart freed, the prophecy fulfilled. All fates sealed and sins redeemed. If you have pity, mourn the loss, but let the weeping cease. The Blight is gone, and the sun's golden honey gilds the land. Hail savior, Hortator, and Nerevarine."

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  12. Krivol Liturgist

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    I gave you agree button, but I actually didn't see any problems with companions - they are a bit ignored by enemies (in group fights mostly) but still active during fights. But yeah, some patches or maybe even DLC or two could be nice.

    I also don't see a reason of improving meele fights - difficulty options are grat - you want to get rid of stamina? You can! You want to enemies be more challenging by doing more damage to you but avoid HP bload? You can do it too! You can even make chains of attacks as easy as in Skyrim (spam LMB and Q from time to time).

    I've heard it was introduced in some patch(es).

    But bug with infinite-money-by-spamming-enter-in-the-shop-and-refunding is still there. Annoying if you are glitch-prone like me...
     
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  13. BANANA CONDUCT Savant

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  14. Unkillable Cat Prestigious Gentleman LEST WE FORGET Patron

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    Codex 2014 Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy
    What about the Heroes Chronicles? Are they up next?
     
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  15. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I've completed all of them except Sword of Frost.
     
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  16. Gregz Arcane

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    This thread isn't for microupdates. If you need to post every time you finish a chapter then start an LP thread please. Every time you bump this thread with that crap I get notified, and it's very annoying. I'm subbed here to learn about games the community is playing, not for incremental progress updates through some shitty LP.
     
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  17. Kem0sabe Arcane

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    Playing gears of War 4 on Xbox game pass. Afterwards I'm probably try to finish some of my ps4 backlog, have two yakuza games I want to see through.
     
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  18. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    Men, is it time for alert Gregz month?
     
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  19. Grauken Arcane Patron

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    You stalk people on Steam for that, much more efficient
     
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  20. Sceptic Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    Divinity: Original Sin
    SoD is a prequel to RoE actually, that last minicampaign sets up the Kreegan/Nighon alliance and the death of the King of Erathia (Catherine's father), events whose consequences are shown in RoE. Throwing him in jail was probably written in to explain why he's not there during RoE itself. I don't think he's ever mentioned again after this, which is kinda anticlimactic.
     
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  21. Beggar Learned

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    Warhammer 2 and Rocksmith 2014 :bro:
     
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  22. Abu Antar Tweet, tweet Patron

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    Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    Been playing a few games.

    Final Fantasy VIII. I started this after the Final Fantasy VIIIR announcement during E3. I’ve finished disc 2, and my opinion is the same as it has always been: The junction system sucks and drawing is also a crap mechanic. I’ve never done a 100% run, so that’s what I’m doing now. In general, it’s probably one of my least favorite mainline FF’s, only beaten by FFIV and FFXIII.

    The socond game was Natural Doctrine on PS4. The general idea behind the combat system actually appeals to me a lot. The problem is that the balancing is totally messed up. It’s a difficult game in all the wrong ways. It makes me wonder if they even Q&A’d the game. I tried to keep up going but in the end, the shitty balancing made me give up on the game. I can live with poor plot, writing, characters AND graphics as long as game systems are solid. Here, the game is bad in all departments and wants to frrustrate you at every corner.

    Tale of Wuxia: The Pre-Sequel is the best of the three games that I am currently playing. I’m enjoying it a lot. Party based (up to six members in combat), turn based and it uses hex grids. You don’t really ”level up” in the regular sense. You get combat skills (active and passive) that you level up. Those in turn raise different stats. You also gain perspective points from doing different things in the world. You allocate these points to raise your attributes. You can also craft potions to raise your attributes, but you need to find herbs to do that.
    You have three equipment slots. Weapon/Armor/Accessory. Accessories can have all kinds of effects. Weapons raise attack and might have some extra effects. Armor raises Health and sometimes offer resistance to different types of damage types. Equipment can also be crafted.
    Combat is fun. I’ve gotten my ass handed to me a few times. That also has to do with the fact that it is a bit of freeform in exploration. You’re free to roam the world map as you please, which means that you might face some encounters on the world map that will ground and pound you into the ground. Not all locations are open to you at the start, but you’re still free to to roam. Some locations open up thanks to story progression, others open up after you hear a rumor and last, some locations open up when you accept some side quests. And hoo boy, there are a lot of those. Can’t complain about lack of content.

    The negatives are poor localization and fairly poor optimization. Despite that, I think this is a very solid rpg that a lot of codexers should at least try.
     
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  23. the_shadow Arcane

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    Just finished the game. Further thoughts:

    1. Chapter's 2 and 3 are the best, Chapter 1 has a pretty weak beginning but picks up half-way through. Chapter 4 is decent.

    2. The weapons in all four chapters are quite fun to use, but overpowered. In a game like Quake or Doom you might need a dozen or more shots to take down tougher monsters, here you can rip them to shreds with a couple of shots from even the basic weapons.

    3. The game is most difficult in Chapter 1, and then drops significantly.

    4. Doors are your worst enemy. If you get trapped by a door, you'll will constantly lose health. And almost all doors close automatically by themselves after a short time. For some reason this is most troublesome in Chapter 1, where getting caught by a closing door seems to gib you or your companions a lot of the time.

    5. Ladders suck. I still don't know how to 'grip' onto a ladder to descend it. I usually have to fall and grab onto it mid-flight.

    6. Most temporary powerups are worthless, since they don't last long enough.

    7. It was a waste of time leveling up the Daikatana, since your ranged weapons are almost always a better choice. I should have used that exp to level up my character stats instead.

    8. The game is notorious for game-breaking bugs, but I didn't encounter any, and I was playing version 1.2. Probably the most annoying glitch is when companions get stuck on an obstruction or while crouching, and you have to run into them or shoot them with a propulsive weapons to get em moving.

    Overall a decent game, it would be great if they remastered it.
     
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  24. pakoito Arcane

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    I'm playing Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark and it's a pleasant surprise in the TRPG department. No long dragged-out tutorial, no massive lore dump before jumping into action, and the menuing is quite pleasant. Now let's see if the game's any hard.
     
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  25. Tavernking Don't believe his lies Shitposter

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    NOTHING! I am fucking free

    NO GAMES OVER HERE

    NO GAMES ANYWHERE

    MY life is getting the real restart it's always desired. I'm going to have a car! I'm going to have a house! I'm going to have a wife!

    Things are looking up up up

    YOU ARE DOWN

    but no

    I need help

    The the undying passion of my soul beats me off
     
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