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

  1. Rean Codex Grammar Police Patron

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    I like Alyx.
     
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  2. Dayyālu Arcane

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    I do somewhat agree, but I played it long after Bioshock 1 and it didn't felt too tiresome. The thing is, while Infinite is a complete shitshow both in gameplay terms and plot/design terms, Bioshock 2 feels like, i dunnow, someone truly started thinking seriously "how we salvage this messy shitty cargo cult pseudoartsy game and make it borderline fun and good-looking". Credit where credit is due.

    Then we need to duel to the death. Half Life 2 Deathmatch or the traditional Unreal Tournament?

    I have an unending hate for Alyx. She's nerd bait and Committee Waifu, adds nothing to the game, to the plot or to the gameplay, and I endlessly got that uneasy feeling that late age Valve truly wanted to completely focus on the cute, relatable mixed-race STEM-focused girl as THE REAL protagonist. Nothing wrong with women or tiddies in games, but when something is so clearly a focus group creation thrown in YOUR FACE endlessly.... well, let us say I liked more the Barneys from HL1. At least they promised me a beer.
     
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  3. Puukko Magister

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    My experience when replaying Bioshock was that its depiction of the ideology was incredibly hamfisted. Libertarians are dumb, but this is like a petty child would write them as big poo poo heads, very little nuance involved. Not surprising in retrospect now that I know Levine is a hack fraud. Still, I think it's a fine game for the setting and atmosphere alone and 2 was a very solid sequel.
     
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  4. the_shadow Arcane

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    Replaying XCOM: EW, this time with the Long War mod on Classic, and... wow, Long War has turned a decent strategy game into one of the best I've ever played. It ratchets up the difficulty to Xenonaut levels, where ground fights against the aliens go how you would expect in real life. If your soldier isn't in cover, beginning plasma weapons will tear through them like tin foil with one shot, whereas even starter aliens require a few shots with ballistic weapons. Being in half-cover without hunkering down is almost the same as being in no cover at all, it's essentially a coin flip as to whether you are hit. Full cover is the only one you can sort of rely on, and even then it's no guarantee unless you hunker down. Sectoids can Mindflay and Panic troops from the beginning, and troops can panic just from getting hit, or from someone dying.

    Enemies also show way more tactical common-sense. They will always move towards cover, and often move to flank you, and floaters and thin-men with their extra mobility are nightmares to fight when you don't outnumber them due to this. Seekers don't just rush you to get gunned down, then will go invisible until another pod of aliens trigger and you get distracted fighting them, before unstealthing and strangling. Starting aliens can also suppress with plasma pistols (unfair!), which is real annoying, and they are great at using overwatch to pin you down. You'll go into a UFO to clear it, and pods of aliens will suddenly activated from outside and swarm you. Every ground battle is like a game of chess in that the rules are clear and rather simple, but the possibilities are endless. Long War also adds a lot of new items and class upgrades with opens up other tactical options.

    UFO battles are changed, too. It's impossible (?) to take down a UFO with one interceptor in the beginning, you need to hit them with at least 3, and repair times are quite long.

    Ironically the council missions have been the easier so far, as enemy drop patterns are predictable and scripted. Even terror missions are doable (although difficult) in that they contain lots of Cryssalids who have poor tactics and can be handled with AP grenades. The worst are the regular UFO missions, because pods are randomly located, and you can often activated one only a few steps from the dropship before you can even find decent cover, where you are caught with your pants down.

    The game is right up there with Civ 2 or Jagged Alliance 2 as a time-sink tactics/strategy game.
     
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  5. PulsatingBrain Huge and Ever-Growing Patron

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    Finally playing the Gothic series for the first time. Took a while to get it to even launch, but now I got the DX11 patch etc. it's running well and looks great. Took a while to get the controls to my liking too, they're a little strange. Anyway seems cool. Any tips for which faction is best or anything else?

    Also Space Hulk Deathwing Enhanced Edition. Holy fucking shit this is brilliant. Nails the atmosphere and the action so well. I was heartbroken when I heard how bugridden and crashy the original version was, but this one seems to have sorted that shit right out. Got it on sale earlier
     
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  6. the_shadow Arcane

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    I remember someone on the Dex saying that their friend remarked they wished they could lose their memory, so they could experience playing Gothic 2 for the first time again. It really is *that* good.
     
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  7. laclongquan Arcane

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    I am guessing you mix Paladin in sorcerer to get the paladin reward in Lost Follower quest. It would be a bad decision because that reward is most important Strength stat, which is (almost) useless for sorcerer. You pay for it by letting Sorc fall behind one level of caster which is bad.

    If you insist on sorcerer, get pure sorcerer. Their firepower will be unimpeded. One fire, one acid probabbly.

    With Dreadmaster of Bane, you also dont need monk mix in. That would ruin caster role.

    With wizard, a general wizard is best. I assure you the specialist wizard dont get rewarded enough for the limit, way expensive. General wizard is best for that caster role.

    With cleric of ilmater mix in with paladin. Paladin 8 is for Lost Followers reward, and Fiendslayer perk. Cleric of Ilmater is for more healing out of that build. But only Pal8/Cx or otherwise that meatshield would be lacking.

    FRBD mix also get no comment since I have no idea what you are going to do with it. You look like lacking in meatshield, in which case I suggest fighter4/dreadmaster to get weapon mastery, and late game/HoF get more heal to use in front line. In HoF this f4C is better than Pal8C.

    My suggestion is a Deep Gnome RogueXFighter4 specialized in Bow. His disabling traps is in use, and bow can provide covering fire for others.
     
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  8. v1rus Arcane

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    Have you tried Minervas Den? It certainly feels like the most refined of the whole Bioshock franchise, especially since its short, so it doesnt overstay its welcome. Its also has best level design in the series prob, and the plot (with a BioshockTM plot twist!1!) that isnt a huge stretch. Dont get me wrong, its more of the same, but it feels like the most thought out part of the pretentious samey mess that Bishocks are.

    Now, on an unrelated topic - Im considering running BG2 again, need tips with the player party.
    Ive been thinking of the next setup -

    PC - Kensai (who I might dual class into wizard, just cuz its such a meme, but probably wont)
    Edwin
    Jan
    Viconia
    Haerdails
    Korgan (replace him with Saverok in ToB)

    Edwin is the only absolute must. I primarily wanna go with cool fluff, and cool party banters, but I'd also like to have a functioning party for higher difficulties. Any tips?
     
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  9. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Pick whichever one you like, just remember that Old Camp has buttsex.
     
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  10. Achiman Arbiter Patron

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    Playing Deaths Gambit which is another of those 2d souls like games. or supposedly, the only one that feels like it somewhat is Salt and Sanctuary imo.
    Before that i was playing Sekiro, which although enjoyable for sections, felt too bare bones and unbalanced for a Fromsoft game.

    I really am in a rut after beating Underrail, nothing has sucked me in like that in the month or so since playing.
     
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  11. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    Wrong assumptions. All the way.

    If you don't know why someone who throw in 1 level of Paladin in a Cha-based caster, then I'd expect that your advice is pretty useless.

    Going Pal 8 pretty much proves it.

    Crying about a lack of meatshields when you have 3 druid/cleric in the party is also pretty funny.

    Suggesting a Deep Gnome Archer is about as hilarious as it gets, too.
     
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  12. laclongquan Arcane

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    Nahda. no. nope. zip. zero.

    If all you have is negativity without some explaination it just shows you dont know shit~

    And it's better something good to explain why you would pay for -20% xp punishment for going one level paladin only. The itty bitty resistance and itty bitty lay on hands aint gonna cut it.

    To go further about why I say Pal8Cx. This is to make the best of a paladin build. Since we are not going to mix fighter for mastery, we can only get Fiendslayer to increase efficiency against bosses. Any more than that is throw xp away. Why Cleric? Because we are not going to need paladin spellcasting. It's really really shit. We get Cleric so that we can cast more Heal on front line. One Lay on Hands, however good it is, is not going to cut the mustard.
     
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  13. hexer Arcane

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    I'm late to the party and am playing MGS V only now.
    Crazy mechanics!
     
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  14. Chainsmokers Barely Literate

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    Age of Empires 2
    Oh, this game vs 5 AI on an epic-sized map won't take that long at all.
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    5 hours later: WHERE ARE YOU HIDING ALL YOUR UNITS?!?!
    I just found out its mobile version on Apknite.
    But the experiment is the same af!!!!
     
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  15. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Kensai/Mage is the most boring character I ever played in an IE game.
     
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  16. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    You really don't know the mechanics of the game, do you? Humans have Favoured Class: Any. The sorcerers in the drow party don't have paladin levels.

    As for the other, you saw 1 level of Paladin and assumed that it is a Paladin, and not a Cleric capable of wielding the Holy Avenger.

    As I said, your advice ain't worth shit.
     
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  17. Sukhāvatī a.k.a. ManjuShri Patron

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    They switched up the name, but here's a quick look of it, (also sweet write-up bro [​IMG]):
     
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  18. laclongquan Arcane

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    You want a warrior wielding Avenger on frontline or an amateur?

    If it's an amateur, aka, Pa1ClericX, he would be too BUSY to bash others with Avengers. Buffing, Debuffing, Summons, Direct Spell Damage etc... Using Pal1CleX for bashing is a criminal waste. Either a waste of Avenger, or a waste of spellcasting.

    If it's anything more than 1 level of Paladin, that affect Cleric spellcasting a little bit too much, so might as well get the full Paladin 8: more HP, more benefits, and fiendslayer for bosses. Which is the reasoning of Pa8ClericX. That was a frontline warrior (extreme meatshield) that at later level can cure on the side.
     
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  19. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    ... I really don't know how to respond to the idiocy that your post represents. Cleric can't be a frontliner... Why? Because it has 5 less BAB at level 20, presumably, because that is all that is different between a Pal20 and a Cle20. Nevermind the plethora of buffs a Cleric can throw on himself, or that the most powerful frontliner AND archer in 3.5 is a Cleric. And with a +5 weapon, the lesser BAB is hardly even felt.

    But, nevermind, into the pigeonhole you go, Healbot.

    Seriously, laccy, you have never given a single piece of advice that is useful to me in any game. Our playstyles are extremely different, and you always make wrong assumptions and have very little idea of the actual mechanics of the game you are talking about. Please. Just stop.
     
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  20. laclongquan Arcane

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    You didnt refute that was a criminal waste of either Avenger or spellcasting either. If your build cast all the necessary buffs before going to the frontline, it's still weaker than a proper warrior Paladin build with all the same buffs. And if he bash with Avengers in battle, he can not cast spell in battle.

    But fine, have it your way~ There's a saying: you can lead a donkey to water, but you cant make it
    drink.
     
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  21. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    How can it be, when you don't have pure fighter-types in the party? I would say that that one level of Paladin made the Avenger useful instead of being vendor trash.
     
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  22. laclongquan Arcane

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    Pure fighter in IWD2 is unable to provide themselves near-instant heavy healing, such as Cleric's Heal or Paladin's Lay On Hand. At high level, their HP loss can be as much as 150+, so even critical cure is impossible to serve the demand of a frontliner being surround by two or three two-hand weapon wielders, each can bash as much as 80 damage per hit. They need that kind of healing desperately.

    Separately, the multitude of boss-like figures like Slayers of Xvim and various cleric/druid builds can dish out special damage in the form of harm-like abilities. Such as them can make battles very interesting indeed.
     
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  23. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    And your point? This has nothing to do with my Cleric wielding a Holy Avenger other than the fact it allows him to do a fast Heal if required by level 12 instead of waiting until after the game at level 20. What it does allow is for me to have Cha as a dump stat.

    Each one of the members of the Human party has a role:
    The Barb1/Ranger1/Fighter2/Druidx is the main tank. His role is to cast a Static Charge and/or Call Lightning and then run into melee combat. 2 levels of Fighter help him get the elemental feats earlier (delay the levels until you can get the feats) for extra resistances and survivability.
    The Pal1/Clex is an off-tank. He can tie people up as required, with a +5 weapon with unlimited dispel to compensate for lower BAB and getting rid of enemy buffs.
    The Mnk1/Clex is the scout and off-tank. With a high Dex and Wis, he is hard to hit and you can do the Evasion-Fireball trick if required. He can also suck up all the Mnk only items which gives him fun stuff like extra attacks.
    The Pal1/Wizx is to make a specialist that doesn't have an opposed school. Pal/Drd/Brd/Cle all cancel opposed school for specialists. Pal1 gives him bow proficiency, amongst other things, which is good for keeping the wizard out of melee range; 1 level of another caster is not worth the second casting stat (which is usually a dump stat for a wizard).
    The Pal1/Sorcx is obvious.

    And ALL of them can nuke with varying strength for a massive alpha strike if the situation calls for it and/or allows it, which, if you have a good scout, is most of the time.
     
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    Split this to the Aspergers IWD2 Character party guide for pedants.
     
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    Recently beat Max Payne 3 in a single afternoon. I’ve owned it for years on Steam but I heard it wasn’t great and it’s a 30 gb download. My internet has finally caught up to where the size isn’t so much a big deal so I figured I’d at least close out the series.

    I doubt there’s much to say that hasn’t already been said other than, on hard, the schizo blend of Max Payne’s traditional mechanics with a cover shooter leaves a game that isn’t really all that great at either. Death comes too fast to ignore cover and bullet time lasts maybe 5 seconds when maxed out, so run and gun is right out. Maybe I should use bullet time and shoot dodging to open angles between cover? Kinda, but Max can’t go directly from grounded to in cover without popping his head out for a free hit by enemies. So endless pop-a-mole it is.

    There’s a cutscene every few minutes and Max constantly switches or outright drops guns during them, sometimes literally leaving you to fight off a half dozen enemies with that sawed-off you were stashing when you had an assault rifle 15 seconds ago. Fighting multiple enemies at a distance like in certain levels is essentially an attrition battle to see how many painkillers you stocked since no amount of moving around is going to put more cover between you and them - maybe realistic but not particularly fun.

    The game does still look pretty good for something nearly 10 years old, but it’s also always-online and still has reminders everywhere that you really should be buying multiplayer DLC for a moribund mode nobody cared about in the first place. Top it all off with a story that thinks it’s better than it is with none of the charm of the first two and you get this 30 gb pile of crap.
     
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