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What game are you wasting time on?

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

  1. eXalted Cipher

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    Heroes 3

    Started playing some fan-made scenarios (with some recommendations by octavius ). Rediscovering the game as a whole with these. Got so used collect resources and kill enemies type of Heroes, these are like a new game.

    The Imp
    This was a very good S map. Provided some fair challenge. Really liked the "1 unicorn vs 1 titan and 1 dread knight" battle. Surrender at the last battle and thus teleported myself to the castle and won. Then I saw that this is actually not the way and it's beatable so I tried it a couple of times and won.

    Bug Hunt
    A very weird map. Sci-fi theme poured all over the Heroes 3 fantasy world. Didn't like it that much. I can fight only so much flies before I get bored.

    Fairy Tale
    Another very good S map. Nice fairy atmosphere and Snow White lore. Was pretty surprised by how much content there was in such a small map. Fights provided a good challenge until I got the Fire Wall spell. Didn't know what to do with that released from prison Sharpshooter - he died two battles later. The final fight was pretty hard too.
     
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  2. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I used him as a squire (pick up resources and hold all the but the fastest stack when you hit End of Turn to make the main hero as mobile as possible) and for converting the elf troops to Sharpshooters.
     
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  3. Curratum Liturgist

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    Did 13 hours of Spyro Reignited over the last three days. I haven't had this much pure fun with a game in a while.
     
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  4. eXalted Cipher

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    I don't think I want to be this hardcore. This doesn't sound fun at all.
    That's weird. I couldn't find any elf archers.
     
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  5. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I like to use as little time as possible for a better score. Helps me "stay sharp".

    It's possible I confuse Elves with Archers. There was at least one stack you could convert.
     
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  6. Dux Erudite

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    Thief 2: The Metal Age

    An almost impossible game to rate. 3/4 of it is an undisputed masterpiece. The final part, however, is pretty horrible and the very definition of anticlimactic. You have two missions (Casing the Joint and Masks) which really should have been morphed into one. I had already gotten tired of the level by the time I was done "casing" it, so when I actually got to the proper mission afterwards I was just frustrated and bored. Then there's the final mission (Sabotage) which is such an ungodly clusterfuck of robots, cameras and Karras' endless garbled speech, most of which I never really could understand. Honestly, I got really tired of hearing that shit all the time.

    Come to think of it Thief 2 is quite similar to System Shock 2 - not just in terms of their overall design. Both of these games are masterpieces when it comes to atmosphere, sound and gameplay, but they are also blighted by really weak endgames as well as an abrupt and unsatisfactory plot resolution. It's a shame because the ending is supposed to validate the journey in a way. Thankfully Thief 2 has enough going for it that it scarcely matters.

    It's just not as good as The Dark Project, in my opinion. I'll take zombies and ghosts over loud robots any day of the week.

    I remember the first time I did the Constantine's mansion in TDP and my mind was just completely blown. It was fucking fantastic. Thief 2, sadly, doesn't really have that equivalent. The mission in the police station was probably my favourite because it really is vintage Thief: go in, sneak around, take stuff, leave stuff, get out - all unnoticed.
     
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  7. Curratum Liturgist

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    I usually just ctrl-alt-shift-end Casing the Joint. :(
     
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  8. JackOfOwls Liturgist

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    Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain. Stealth/tactical/run & gun amusement park open world with lots of goofy as well as serious shit to do, but I need to mod it. Just little things like hearing a loud fucking musical TA-DUM! every time you get into a vehicle can fray a player's nerves. Feels like it has incredible depth, or maybe because it has a fairly high & complex learning curve with resource management/crafting at your base, it just seems that way. Appears there are a large number of ways to subdue a foe (you can hold a gun on him to prevent him from sounding alarms, knock him out, kidnap him for your own army, interrogate or cut his throat). The extensive Infinite Heaven mod doesn't want to work nicely with my particular build.
     
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  9. J_C One Bit Studio Patron Developer

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    I can second this. For a long time I was on the opinion that T2 is better than T1. But then I realized that T2's endgame is pretty terrible. Although I only had a problem with the final mission, not with the ones before it. It is just boring and unimaginative. Still a fantastic game, but I like TDP better now.
     
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  10. Curratum Liturgist

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    Thief 2 is only better than Thief 1 because of the colored lighting and the FMs.
     
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  11. eXalted Cipher

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    I completely forgot that he can convert human archers too. That makes the last battle not that hard anymore.
     
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  12. eXalted Cipher

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    Gremlins & Titans

    I'm really starting to waste time with this one. It's the first map of that guy but he sure can play a thousand times better than me because I'm stuck 10 minutes in.
     
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  13. HansDampf Prophet

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    Outer Wilds, aka Groundhog Day in space.
    This is one of the few adventure/exploration games where progress is tied to knowledge. You never get new tools or abilities. Everything is available from the start. The only thing that changes is your knowledge. If you knew what to do, you could finish the game during the first cycle. That's unlikely to happen, but I could imagine someone playing through this game while missing 50% of the content. Progression is non-linear. But there are some clues that lead you down certain paths. It's well designed in that way. Many of the riddles are solved by being in the right place at the right time. Some require a bit more thought.
    My biggest complaint is the story and how it's presented. Take every sci-fi trope you can think of, black holes, teleportation, artificial gravity, quantum shit, time travel, supernovae, ..., warp them into a fairy tale shape, and throw everything into a miniature star system. Welcome to Outer Wilds. The planets are tiny. In a time span of just 22 minutes your home planet goes through multiple day/night cycles, and you can watch the sun turn into a "red giant" and then into a supernova. I understand why everything is scaled down. It's a necessary concession. Nobody wants to explore realistically sized planets that are 99.9% desert, or wait a million years for the cycle to repeat. But I found it difficult to actually care about any of this. When grandpa is chilling on the moon and complains about being lonely and nobody visiting him, I'm like, dude, if you jump high enough you're almost home. I don't know how you could improve this without hurting the gameplay. Maybe this story just isn't the right fit for this type of game. Astronomy and physics are shown from a rather naive perspective, like how a clueless child would imagine them. This also extends to the writing (when science = magic). I'm not asking for 100% hard sci-fi accuracy, just a little more respect, if I'm supposed to take this seriously.
    The game has its trippy moments though. The main premise and mystery is interesting. Every planet has some crazy properties that offer cool set pieces. And the final stretch, when you take the required item to the end, is satisfying. One minor missed opportunity on the ending:
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    You need a warp core to power up a space ship. But the only warp core you can find is powering the the machine that is responsible for your time loop. Once you take that warp core out of the machine you are no longer immortal. And the path to the ship isn't that trivial. If you die now you will get a Game Over instead of a new cycle. But the devs didn't have the balls to actually delete your save file. It's really a minor thing, but I thought this would have been a nice touch. No real progress would be lost anyway. You could just start a new game and go directly to the warp core. The only thing that you would lose is your ship log (and achievement progress, I guess [​IMG]), which is irrelevant at that point. In the old days you would have had to take notes yourself anyway.

    Oh, btw, I must have had 10 or so crashes overall. But I'm not sure if I can blame this entirely on the game... :M
    I'd wait for a sale. Best played when high.
     
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  14. Onionguy Educated

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    Sabotage isn't nearly as bad as people make it to be, its problem is that it comes after that doubled mission, and as such it may feel a bit dull and overwhelming. All the busy work that you do in the beginning, things like find a number ingredients, insert them in a specific order into a machine- that's the bad part. But the moment you leave it behind, that's when things start to get more interesting. There is an unique feeling of descending deeper and deeper into some dehumanized maze of madness. That's at least how it felt to me.
     
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  15. Apostle Hand Learned Possibly Retarded

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    playing Max Payne

    I played this game several years ago but couldn't past one tough encounter.
     
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  16. Abu Antar Tweet, tweet Patron

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    I tried The Witness. I've activated 5 lasers, I think. It's a good change of pace when you just want to chill from Bravely Second, Persona 5 and Underrail.

    I also completed The Journey Down Chatpers 1 and 2, which puts me at approximately 50 beaten games in 2019.
     
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  17. Vincente Learned

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    Playing Splinter Cell for the first time, i need to laser-mic a glass elevator atm. Really fun game, probably gonna play the other entries in the series when i finish 1.
     
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  18. eXalted Cipher

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    Completed Max Payne 1 a few months ago, then completed Max Payne 2........... and then installed Max Payne 1 and completed it again. What's wrong with me?
     
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  19. Wyatt_Derp Scholar

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    Nothing. Better to a good thing a thousand times than a bad thing once. After all, variety is the spice of life.
     
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  20. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Diablo 2, 1.09 Patch.

    Battling The Ancients with a bow wielding Amazon on Nightmare. Holy shit, this was the most difficult fight so far. :shredder:
    Hit and run seems to be the only valid tactic. Fortunately my Amazon has about 40% extra movement (would have been 65% with her previous bow), so after some reloads I learnt to avoid the Leap Attacks and Whirlwinds. One direct hit with a LA would be fatal.
    I watched some YouTube videos to compare, and as usual I was disgusted. Seems the Valkyrie and Merc are near invincible with the newer patches, while in 1.09 they have a very short life expactancy. The merc dies right away, while the valk lasts maybe a minute if lucky. And of course the YouTubers are 20-40 levels higher than my lvl 51 character.
    Also noticed that with newer patches you can buy mana potions. With 1.09 you can't.

    Seems in general damage from special attacks and auras was reduced in the newer patches.
    I kind of miss Classic D2; less micro-management of Charms, and I felt I had a chance of collecting a Set. A remote chance, but still a chance.
     
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  21. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    I thought you could always buy mana pots. They are standard items at the alchemist/magic item dude back in the cities.

    The Bowazon had always been about hit and run. That was the problem with a solo archer. Always had been. You always needed the pets to tank for you.
     
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  22. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Apparantly it was introduced in the 1.10 patch.

    True. But I'm not playing a pure Bowazon. On Normal I found it easier to tank the bosses before Diablo, but I haven't been able to find a better spear weapon to socket than a 4 socket Pike. I used a javelin + shield with resistances against Nightmare Diablo.
    Getting the Valkyrie also changes things.
     
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  23. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    Ugh. I haven't played that game for far too long. I am currently doing a nostalgia run of Master of Magic. Probably going to do a fame run with 6 heroes with the Legendary or Legendary* skills. Either that or wizard supreme with 6 caster heroes adding to his casting skill.
     
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  24. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    That's one game I regret never playing back in the days.
    I love the Age of Wonders games which are inspired by MoM, but when I tried MoM some years ago I found myself wanting to play AoW instead.
     
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  25. Achiman Arbiter Patron

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    I was playing Catherine on PC but rage quit it at the sixth day. once they started to introduce puzzles where I was fighting the camera and giant ants, that was enough.

    Other games I've got going are
    Blasphemous - Spanish kickstarted hollow knight/salt and sanctuary/darksouls 2d rip off. (has insta-kill spikes) which is just fucked in a game that involves backtracking to collect your 'souls'
    Same deal with Death's gambit, bought this ages ago, probably a bit more player friendly.
    Last weekend I smashed out Spec-ops the line in one sitting. It's a popamole cover shooter, but was worth playing for the story imo.
     
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