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

  1. the_shadow Arcane

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    Finished Shadowrun Returns: Hong Kong, including the bonus campaign. Overall I'm pretty impressed, it's easily the most enjoyable of the trilogy. They improved the Matrix sections to focus more on stealth and puzzle solving instead of just mindlessly engaging in combat that you can't skip. The story is as good (or even better) than Dragonfall, in that it keeps you guessing, although I prefer the Cursed City theme rather than a dragon one. I really enjoyed how the backstories of each of your companions is fleshed out. They have far more interesting backstories than those in Dragonfall, with the exception of Glory.

    The game could get a bit bogged down by dialogue at times, although it can be spread out over multiple runs. You don't miss anything if you don't talk to NPCs for a few runs.

    One thing I noticed is that the companion characters are way more powerful than those in Dragonfall. The Decker is an absolute powerhouse. Her pistol hits like a hand cannon, and if that's not enough, she gets a grenade launcher with heavy area of effect damage. Racter and his bot are also overpowered, although riggers in general are pretty powerful since your PC's 2 AP for 8 (!!!) AP at high levels. The final boss fight in the original campaign is pretty easy, but the one in the bonus campaign is tricky.
     
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  2. Ivan Arcane

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    cuck detected
     
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  3. Ezekiel Savant

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    Pac-man 256. I've never played any version of Pac-man. It's hard, but I like it.
     
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  4. gaussgunner Arcane

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    That dinky little flechette pistol is OP as hell by the end, does more damage than a high powered rifle. It's some compensation that she only has a mid-range deck and no AoE attack programs, but that's sufficient for every matrix encounter in Hong Kong. I guess you might need top-flight decker to rescue the MK-ULTRA victims in the undersea lab on Hard mode. Nu Matrix is decline.. all it "adds" are sneaking and the simon-says "hacking" minigame, both realtime in an otherwise pure turn-based rpg. Near the end I discovered by accident that you don't even have to get the 6-7 digit numbers, just do the easy 4-5 digit ones and go on to the second stage. :argh:
    All in all these are fun games, but Hard mode feels like Normal, and I was wrong in my last post, there's nothing like an Ironman mode. To make it harder I guess you'd have to create your own encounters in the editor.

    After that I fired up Divine Divinity for the first time in a year. Not bad for an ARPG. Thought I'd just try playing as a warrior for half an hour... 4 hours later I've cleared the catacombs. I'll probably switch to Easy mode now because the combat is just a chore. RTwP isn't as bad with only one PC (so you don't have to pause that much) but it's still shit. Maybe I'll finish the game this time. Or maybe not; it seems endgames were never Larian's strong suit.
     
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  5. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    The moment you become the divine and get to "the orange area" - uninstall. There is zero point whatsoever to slog through that shit.
     
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  6. Ovplain Arcane Patron

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    Played 'A Link to the Past' for 7 hours today! Good stuff.
     
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  7. Great Deceiver Arcane

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    Finally getting around to Dishonored 2. Can't maintain 60fps on a GTX 1070 at 1080p, what a badly optimized piece of shit engine. Looks only marginally better than the first game.
     
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  8. Zed Codex Staff Patron

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    Started playing Tokyo Dark. Horror-vibey jappy adventure game. Noticeable low production value, and some highly skippable dialogue. Has some sort of sanity meter system, not sure how that will play out yet.
     
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  9. the_shadow Arcane

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    Yeah, I found Is0bel a more than adequate decker, and you can buy her an AoE attack program, although I never bothered. She's arguably a better decker/fighter than you could make your own PC, since you'd have to spread the karma points pretty thin.

    I think it's incline, but still only an average experience. In the previous games you *had* to beat all enemies in the Matrix before activating the data, whereas there are a lot of workarounds in the Hong Kong version.
     
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  10. gaussgunner Arcane

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    Oh I see (looking at a walkthru), that's the endgame proper. I almost got that far the first time. That place you get teleported to with all the bees, that was some bullshit too. I did screw up a lot of the quests though.. the quest scripting is buggier than VTMB and worse, there are a few timed quests. FFFFFFFUUUUU----

    If you want to see "hacking" done right, play Deus Ex or VTMB. Push the "hack" button, lol. That's what it's coming to in real life, just run some automatic penetration testing tools, no brain jacks. I can't see brain jacks ever happening as long as computers are that easy to hack; hackers of all people would know it's suicide.
     
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  11. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    No, if you want to see hacking done right, play Severance: Blade of Darkness.
     
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  12. Orobis Arcane Sychophantic Noob

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    Xcom Enemy within - Long War, can't stop playing, haven't been this hooked to a game in a long time. Couldn't get into Xcom vanilla, found it a bit too easy and things went by too fast, long war changes all that and more. It's fucking brutal on the difficulty scale but i love it.

    Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a tactical turn-based challenge.
     
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  13. Jacob All Men Are King Kong Patron

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy
    This reminds me of magic, in RPGs your average mage knows throws fireball, yet in "real life" (By that I mean folk tales about witches and sorcerers) are usually more subtle. "Magic Armor" is the one that is more in line with the witches' supposed capabilities, some practitioners are said to be immune to flesh wound.
     
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  14. mastroego Arcane

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    I agree, I got burned out the first time, since I did the mistake of savescumming... now I'm going through it again, with a self-imposed bronzeman: restarting a mission is allowed, reloading mid-mission only for glitches and the like.
    Had to abandon a couple of missions I really felt I couldn't get through without savescumming or incredible losses.

    I'm not cut out for Iron Man (spent too much time making each soldier unique), but even this way the game has become super-intense and super-engaging gain. After almost 600 hr I feel like I'm learning basic tactics and tricks yet.
    Having to do missions the "honest way" forced me to really learn how to best exploit the peculiarities of each soldier.
    For instance, I've just learned the power of a PROPERLY timed "command" from an officer: have your rocketeer fire TWICE in the same turn, have your elite sniper start ANOTHER ITZ chain right after he ended one, perform some suicidal action knowing that you'll get an additional yellow move to fall back... and so on.
    I've also planned for the most fitting PSI soldiers from the beginning this time, and am finally making some good use of the psi abilities.

    And I still have to develop the habit of using the Shadow Device!
    Incredible mod, really.
    Just a tad too long, true, but amazing.
     
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  15. Orobis Arcane Sychophantic Noob

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    Yea i'm 80 hours in this campaign and it feels like i'm not even close to mid-game yet (may, still using laser weapons no carapace armor). This is my 3rd campaign attempt, still really noob, first 2 attempts ended in complete disaster before even hitting september.
    1st attempt i failed horribly at the tactical game, lost too many soldiers, second attempt i got shellacked at the air game, lost my satellites cause i had no interceptors to defend them with. I have a much better grasp on how to play the air war this time around and laser cannons should help. The phoenix cannon seems p. crap, i regret buying 2 of them but i don't think i'm using them right, probably better to go def/bal than aggressive. You can not fuck around with the air war, i feel it's one of the most important things to master in this game.

    As far as glitches go i haven't ran into anything game breaking though, seekers double moving and firing on the same turn on revealing them is really fucking annoying even though they don't hit really hard but can be devastating in the right circumstance (chain panic). Really not sure if it's actually a bug or working as intended.
    Excellent tip, definitely gonna try that. I thought that ability only allows you to move and not perform another action.
    Yea idk what that is lol.

    My biggest fear right now is getting into a fatigue/wound spiral, not sure if i have enough soldiers trained, only 1 loss so far but most are fatigued or wounded, a back to back terror plus council mission could really fuck me over.
     
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  16. unfairlight Self-Ejected

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    I'm thirsty for some decent shooter campaigns, so I just torrented Return to Castle Wolfenstein, CoD 2, CoD: World at War and Mafia 2. I might replay Risen 2 soon because it's 2 weeks to ELEX and despite all the shit in Risen 2 I still really loved the quests and world. Might play Oblivion again soon, maybe this time with some sort of overhaul and some more major modding because I have only played the game vanilla with minor mods for graphics and whatever.
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    Fuck you I love Oblivion.

    Speaking of shooter campaigns, is there anything like Crysis that I should play? I completed the Crysis trilogy this year and there doesn't really seem to be a lot like it, I loved the campaign of that game, it was a great shooter series.
     
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  17. mastroego Arcane

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    Well yes the campaign is a LOT longer than that.
    One thing my previous "cheating run" was useful for, was prepare me for what comes after. Hard to set a correct PSI squad if you have no idea how psi works. Hard to prioritize the best technologies for your tactical style, if you've never seen them before. And so on.


    Honestly I don't care much for the air game so I set the Friendly Skies options. Still difficult of course but more manageable.
    Anyway, I also don't like phoenix cannons but they might be useful for the lower chance of outright destruction of the UFO.
    Also there's a foundry project to improve them, but I never took it as I have just a couple of those cannons, so it'd be an inefficient expense.
    Lasers and sting-rays and a few Foundry projects will have to do, like it or not, for a long time. The EMP cannon arrives much, much later.


    Yeah but I also mean crashes (had just a few but with landed barges, base assaults and so on... you don't want to lose a 3 hours mission when it's almost done), and minor things like mis-clicks, which sadly happen to me now and then. And in this game, a mis-click likely spells death.


    Me too, since in the UFOpaedia it states (IIRC) that it gives a "yellow move", but it's actually anything you can do when you can yellow-move.
    The paedia can be criptic like that. For instance it says that MECs "cannot use cover" - obviously they can "use" props that block LOS but they cannot peek from cover to fire. Anyway I'm not a hotshot player, so I do suggest to read the paedia carefully for some nice tips and insight. Especially the class builds, nice stuff there.

    In my experience you want most of those subclasses covered to face diverse situations, but definitely you cannot do without a couple of HEAT Gunners with Rapid Fire (Mechtoids and Cyberdiscs, and later Sectopods, are easy to hit but can take A LOT of punishment), and reliable ITZ finishers supported by sappers and/or rocketeers. I once almost decimated the entire complement of EXALT ambushers in a single round, with a well placed grenade and the ITZ sniper finishing them all off in the exact order of their remaining HPs (and only because I decided at the last moment to equip the Enhanced Beam Optics... that single added point of damage made the whole chain possible!).
    Also make a couple (or more) of Infantry Tanks. Equip them with Reinforced Armor, give them Iron Skin and the best armor... if you can add a PSI support buffing them with Mind Merge, they will laugh at the damage.
    I've had regular enemies hitting them like 4 times in a row and cause NO damage! Sure the big robots will harm them still, but they'll survive at least, a couple of shots even perhaps.
    Just make sure you handle cover and the defense scores of your team in such a way that the TANK will be targeted, not the others.
    You also want 2-3 Concealment Scouts to set up proper ambushes - no other clean way to do them. Bioelectric Skin is very useful here.
    Oh, and Crit Infantry soldiers become slaughterers eventually, especially with Pulse weapons.


    It's a stealth bomb, makes the targeted friendlies vanish for a turn ;)


    I created a roster with 5 soldiers per class at the start (theoretically 5 full teams of 8 specialized soldiers), then completed it with the 6th team with the arrival of Van Doorn, Annette, the Furies and a couple of fulfilled council requests.
    I feel it's now more or less enough since I've finally got rid of Exalt... it was a real pain before that, but I managed to make every single soldier to appear and sound unique, so I needed to make do with these few.
    Seven teams might be better perhaps.
    Oh, I generally use 1 SHIV per mission, occasionally 2. The hardest missions requires real soldiers in every slot though.
     
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  18. Ivan Arcane

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    Batman: Arkham Asylum - incredibly gorgeous, but with atrocious world mission design (no design).
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    Just Cause 3 - Just Cause 2 HD. It's gorgeous, controls well, and it's just my kind of dumb fun. I love it.
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    Hitman - gorgeous, much more signposted missions. not sure if this is to the game's benefit.

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  19. sullynathan Arcane

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    Ivan That's Arkham Knight
     
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  20. Great Deceiver Arcane

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    Isn't that Arkham City?
     
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  21. pippin Guest

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    No, it's Knight. Or at least I think it is. City has a different font and color scheme, this one looks as if it had an instagram filter applied to it.
    Also, is Knight playable now or it will remain as a broken piece of shit forever? Sad how the series ended... it was enjoyable AAA stuff.
     
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  22. Jensen Novice

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    It is Knight. Scarecrow is main villain in it.
    Good Batman game, except too much batmobile action.
     
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  23. Azalin Arcane Patron

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    It's Arkham Knight,the scarecrow that appears on the screen it's how it appears in Knight(his appearance in Asylum was different)and the scenery is Gotham form Knight,you can see Oracle's Clocktower

    I played it a few months ago without any problems,my rig is i7 3770,gtx 970 and 16gb of ram.I have an ssd btw which might have helped too(I remember something about the game running better from an ssd when it was released).Only problem I had was with the Harley Quinn dlc,a bug just froze me in place and just could play the damn thing.

    Finished Bioshock Infinite and its Burial at Sea DLC.Mediocre and inferior compared to previous games,the setting is inferior as is the story and the stupid ending.They try to add a couple of new gameplay mechanics like the hook/skylines and the tears but the level design is even worse than Bioshock's so in the end the result is just inferior .The first Burial at Sea dlc is the same as the main game just in Rapture but the second one pulls a twist and changes the protagonist to Elizabeth and the gameplay changes form a fps to a more stealth focused game,nice attempt for something fresh but it doesn't really work.Not really recommended
     
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  24. anvi Cipher Village Idiot

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    I got Arkham Knight with my graphics card and it seems ok but I just can't motivate myself to play it... I completed Ark City, but this time I just get bored every time I play and quit. I've played it about 90 times and still only about an hour into it.
     
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  25. Rean Instructor Patron

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    I forced myself to complete Arkham Knight. There was some good stuff in there, mixed in with a lot of decline. It is different from, say, Fallout 4, which is a complete shit sandwich with nothing positive to be found anywhere.

    I've just started playing Commandos again. I have very fond memories playing it when it first came out in 1998. Each mission seemed fiendishly difficult. I can't remember whether it was the expansion to the first game, or Commandos 2 that had the Colditz mission. I felt damn proud when I completed that without any help from my brother.

    Playing it again all these years later, it still feels like the same game although much of the challenge is gone. Still, I'm only a few missions into Norway, I think it does get fiendishly difficult later on.
     
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