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

  1. jasaro96 Educated

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    I started playing The Witcher 1 and the combat felt pretty lame until somehow it began growing on me at the end of chapter 1. Still it feels weird to play but everything else pays off, from the music to the attention to the lore and background from the books. One can see the love from CD Projekt to the books and I love that fanfic feel of the story. I also installed the combat overhaul mod but I soon returned to vanilla (although I appreciate the respect to the original source I feel the changes in the mechanics polarises too much the experience in a "kill quickly or be killed" way).

    It's great to see that ambiguous morality from your actions in chapter 1 of the villagers of the outskirts and that Abigail witch as it remembered me the Lesser Evil short story from the books. Loved that guilty/despair feel of being wrong whatever the conclusion. Also I love that ambient music.
     
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  2. 502 Learned

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    Playing Guild Wars 2 as my fuck around game, as I've been doing for years.

    And currently replaying Arcanum with the newest UAP.

    Went with an ugly melee, dodge and persuasion master elf male plus some utility spells. I don't remember if Raven or the widow can be porked when the beauty modifier is low. We'll see. I have to say, unlocked follower point allocation is a total game changer with so much potential. The game now needs a much higher difficulty to offset this.
     
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  3. Morgoth Arcane Patron

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    Been playing through Dark Messiah this weekend as a backstabbing sneak fuck and enjoyed every single minute of it. It also reminded me (again) how lousy most modern games are.
     
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  4. Puukko Arcane

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    Ah, VTMR. Only you could introduce a modern nights tower of London that looks straight from the middle ages, filled with wraiths and ghoul spiders. That was probably the toughest part of the game so far - wraiths that take almost no damage from physical (but could sometimes seemingly get badly damaged by guns - if only the game provided actual combat information...) and only became manageable once I realized I had a source of aggravated damage in Pink's wolf form. All this and ZERO sources of blood in the entire dungeon, and mediocre loot so I barely had any cash to buy blood. The areas before and after (Setite temple and Nossie sewers) had enemies that were pretty easy to feed on, and the sewers in particular had tons of good loot. Fat xp, too.

    Supposedly the mod makes Serena available in the modern nights too, I wonder when that'll be considering I don't think I have too much of the game left.
     
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  5. Machocruz Arcane

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    Brutal Doom 64 - I couldn't care less about the edgy gore shit (although it seems toned down from Brutal Doom), I wanted the added monsters, enhanced sound, and whatever little extras they put int. Fuck, the classic Doom formula is...it just works. They will never be outdated and I will never stop playing them. So simple and straight forward, but so complete and satisfying. That's what you call elegance. The antithesis of modern game design that is less effective and complete for all its skill trees, crafting, weapon upgrade tiers, etc.
     
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  6. cosmicray Learned

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    I've recently completed my Inquisitor run that I started way back in 2012(yeah...). I have to disagree here. Sure, there is some focus on story parts, but the core part is MMO gameplay. So you basically do MMO stuff most of the time between dialogues which are nothing more than choosing light/dark options. And dialogues... they're barren of any depth, because you're supposed to receive a quest, nothing more. On the surface the game looks good, though. And I scratched that SW itch when I needed it several times, but the fact that I couldn't complete one storyline in several years, while I completed KOTOR almost in one go, speaks for itself.

    Half-Life: Blue Shift - I'm continuing my HL playthrough. Doens't feel as different as Opposing Force, but we'll see.
    Nier: Automata - stil on route C. Haven't played much, because other stuff. I'm keen on upgrading/finding all weapons so it's gonna take a while.
    Football Manager 2020 Demo - Haven't played FM since 2012. Lots of new stuff, which I like(but probably won't make much difference in-game). If I make it through half the season, then I might think about updating to full game. But I doubt it.
    World Of Warcraft - Dunno why, but decided to try. Current 100% XP boost surely helps. Gonna try making in to 120 lvl.
     
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  7. deuxhero Arcane

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    After completing that and its weak post-game, I went back to 2011 to finish more of the post game since I never 100%ed it. 2011 improves on 2010 way more than I remembered. The interface is better, the game runs faster (even when the AI chokes due to a full field), the graphics are better, there's more customization options (both player avatar and additions like sleeves) and easter eggs. Having played most of the ones that follow the real rules at this point, even if briefly, I can safely say that if you want to play a single player YGO game, play the tutorial in Over the Nexus (or learn the rules some other way) then play Stairway to the Destined Duel and actually play Over the Nexus once you're done with that. The others just aren't worth bothering with for single player except maybe Tag Force Special (which I've only touched a bit).
     
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  8. Dramart Learned

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    The shit part about doom is when you have a lot of keys in one level, but the gameplay is good. It's fun but also easy for people without skill, or people that like that classic kind of gameplay.
     
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  9. CootKeeper Learned

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    Just finished playing Quest for Infamy (2004). AFAIK, it's a tribute to the Quest for Glory 1-5 games (1989-1998). Gotta say, it felt like a breath of fresh air after playing through the whole QFG saga. I was worried I would not like it but I thought it turned out way way better than ANY of the QFG games.

    Positives: Funny and clever dialogue, good story, good-looking scenery overall, interesting characters.

    Negatives: Combat was easy, never had to reload. Combat was very similar to what you find in QFG games, but it felt much better to play. Not sure why. Maybe it was a bit less janky? You have to backpedal quite a bit around the map. After a while it felt pretty tedious everytime you get stopped by a creature that wants to fight. Character skills are useless in the game, it's a pity. you can fight anyone and win, or sneak without having any skill in it, etc.

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    Good game. Really liked how it ended in a big party just like in QFG 1.
     
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  10. Krivol Magister

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    I've just finished Atom RPG. It's great game, I haven't played Underrail yet so I can't tell if Atom is the best RPG of last 10 years, but it's definitely close to.
     
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  11. Sad He-Man Educated

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    I have been trying to finish Kentucky Route Zero. For now without success.

    The game has good dialogues and has excellent experimental presentation. It is too long for its own good. Too unfocused in its supernatural presentation. The gameplay is virtually nonexistent. For some reason it is less than the sum of its parts.

    Episodes 1-3: :4/5:
    Episode 4: :3/5:
    Episode 5: :2/5:

    I have earlier written that Disco Elysium does to rpgs what Dear Esther does to FPSes. I feel guilty now. I still stand by my statement, but the extent of Disco's gameplay subordination to story and atmosphere is much less pronounced than in Dear Esther's or KRZ's case.

    I guess I am just not feeling the americana.
     
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  12. baud Arcane Patron

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    RPG Wokedex Strap Yourselves In Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    I wanted some simple action, so I'm playing Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death. I like it, it doesn't try to be more than just a fun brawler (or a GoW clone, at some moments the resemblance is uncanny), but it works rather well.
    It's fluid, being able to send back projectiles to their sender is fun. It doesn't bore too much with the story and I also like how some of the cutscenes are done
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    (should be timestamped, otherwise at 9:10)

    Though if only it could run for longer than 40 min without having a CTD :argh:
     
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  13. Citizen Guest

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    My controller died while I was beating Metal Gear Rising Revengeance last boss :argh: (No, I didn't smash it against the wall, it stopped working due to unrelated reasons) Mega inclined game BTW, best hack&slash action popamole I played since DMC3

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    Now I'm stuck without a controller for a few days tho, so I can't finish Okami and MGR :negative:
     
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  14. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Nearing the end of the Eternal Love user-made campaign for HoMM 3.
    In the penultimate map I have three course of actions, but what shall I do?

    My main hero has the Golden Bow and is an Archer Specialist.

    I can try boldly going forth and whip Ash's ass, but that's an awfully big army he's got and if he's immune to Berserk or Blind things could get ugly:
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    Locate The Grail, but the obelisks are heavily defended and I already have grails in four conquered cities. Besides it's rumoured to be located in Ash's territory anyway. OTOH I got a message telling me not to dawdle with the obelisks, so I suspect the Azure Dragons may drop quest artifacts when defeated, which Seers will trade for +10 in one stat.
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    Go for the even better defended Dragon Lairs and Dragon Utopia. This will probably be most useful in the long run if I can build a dragon army, and the Utopia may gain me some useful artefact, but 1000 big dragons and 4000 of the normal sized ones will be tough.
    I'm leaning towards hitting the 1000 Fairy Dragons first, since they are not immune to spells.
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  15. baud Arcane Patron

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    If you're playing on PC, Okami is playable M+KB, it's not as good as with a controller, but at least it's easier to paint the shapes. I did a good chunk of my playthrough this way.
     
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  16. Squid Savant

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    Playing a lot of Morrowind recently. Might even play Daggerfall one day.
     
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  17. Wyatt_Derp Arcane

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    Doing a renegade Mass Effect run. A full renegade run with 3 is brutal and leaves a lot of empty rooms on the Normandy. Just watched Samara blow her brains out after shooting her last daughter, Tali is becoming an alcoholic in the lounge, Liara's whole planet just got scorched, and Ashley made me pull the trigger over Udina. Jack's still there with her biotics, and I saved Jacob and his koala girlfriend from Cerberus. By the end it might just be me and Garrus taking on the Reapers.

    We all hate the ending, but going full Machiavelli Shepard has its own treats. If only they never did Andromeda and just let the gruesome grim-dark 3 be the final nail in the coffin, it might have given EA/Bioware some long-term cred. As it is, it just seems half-baked fan service and a desperate attempt at tying up loose ends.
     
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  18. Jvegi Arcane

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    I'm still paying ToEE, I'm at what I believe is level 4 of the main dungeon, and after quite a nice journey I'm starting to think this is not a good game. It makes me appreciate aspects of KotC more. It makes me appreciate IWD more. It definitely makes me appreciate Durlag's Tower more, and the worst thing is, it makes me appreciate BG2 with difficulty mods.

    There are a few things this game does better than others, and they are not utilized enough at all. It's unsettling, and I don't think enough criticism has been thrown at this kind of gameplay.

    I only hope KotC 2 will provide us with the experience I want.

    I like it, I hate it. This is the kind of game that makes me think games are not good compared to what real life has to offer.
     
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  19. Apostle Hand Arbiter Possibly Retarded

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    playing Outlast

    scary game like you're in some kind of horror movie
    also difficult you can't use weapons
     
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  20. JDR13 Arcane

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    Outlast is one of my favorite horror games in recent years. The expansion is good too.
     
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  21. Ovplain Arcane Patron

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    Latest Bunch:
    Dishonored 2 (Really liked the first Dishonored game. Bought this as soon as it came out, gave it a go, just didn't grab me. Did this time around though, loved it!)
    Borderlands GOTY Enhanced (Was in the mood for some shooting I guess. Blasted through it in 3 days.)
    Borderlands 2 (This one took like 2 weeks, guess I was kinda spent.)
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Liked it a lot, go through it in a weekend. If it had some kind of 'new game plus,' I would've gone right back in.)
    The Outer Worlds (First game to ever make me feel physically ill! Other than Bad Mojo way back when. Dunno, something didn't quite gel right with my ultrawide display. Managed to get it sorted and finish the game, fun game! Though I seem to have no desire to ever wanna go back.)
    Red Dead Redemption 2 (Loved the original, couldn't wait for this one. Bought it day one, refunded it 1 hour later. Shit ultra-wide support. Poo. Bought again though later on, found an ultrawide mod and had a blast playing it.)
    Dragon Age: Inquisition (Think I had fun here and there, but even though I blasted through it as quickly as I possibly could, still felt like the game was dragging on and on.)
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Was great, liked it a lot. Beat in 2 days.)
    The Sinking City (Really enjoyed it, despite it being pretty janky.)
    Control (Knew pretty much nothing about the game, don't think I even heard about it before it popped up on the Epic Games Store. Liked Alan Wake, bought this on a whim, had a ton of fun.)
    Shardlight (Was in the mood for a point 'n' click adventure, this one was decent enough, nothing too difficult, beat it at a pretty comfortable pace.)
    God of War: Ascension (Still have a couple unbeaten games left on my PS3, wanted to get one out of the way, picked this one. Was OK.)
    Far Cry 5 New Game Plus (Figured it'd look nice @ 21:9. It did.)
    Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones (Backed it on Kickstarter, think it was worth it.)
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Finally got through it, tried several times before, always grew bored. I don't know, these D:OS games. They're good, they're very good, but just not quite my bag or something. Don't dig the whole 'theme park design' thing.)
    Disco Elysium (Game got ultrawide support, was thrilled, couldn't buy it fast enough once I found out. GOTY.)
    Saints Row: The Third (Blasted through it in two days.)
    Saints Row IV (Blasted through it in three days.)
    Batman: Arkham Origins (Wanted to be Batman again. Good game.)
    Carmageddon: Max Damage (Scratched an itch I forgot I had. Loved the original two games as a kid and thought this new one was pretty good! Felt like 'good ol' Carmageddon' to me and that was plenty.)
    Dying Light (Played it a while back, couldn't get through it, but I did this time. Excited about the sequel!)
    Dead Island Definitive Edition (Felt like killing some more zombies. Bit wonky, still hacking up zombies just refused to get old. Hated the city though, Moresby.)
    Wasteland 2: Director's Cut (Beat the original release a while back, finally finished the DC. Bring on Wasteland 3!)
     
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  22. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Completed the Eternal Love user-made campaign for HoMM 3.

    Pretty good, and quite educational. I learnt some new tricks during the eight maps, thanks partly due to high difficulty, and partly due to maps to a degree being designed to facilitate uncommon tactics.

    For example the first map you fill up your hero's spell book by using the Eagle Eye skill. This hero also is expert Scholar and will teach heroes in the next map.

    There's also instances where Hypnotize actually becomes the opposite of the most useless spell.
    I also learnt that Magic Elementals for some reason can't hurt Efreet Sultans at all.

    And against legions of dragons, 3000 Azure Dragons being the biggest battle, one really learns to appreciate the Force Field spell and Ammo Carts.

    The storyline is also quite involved, but sadly the writing is pretty bad. If you can't write well, please make it brief. Verbosity and bad fan fiction level of writing is not a good combo. The Heroes Chronicles really set a bad example in that regard.

    The individual maps are not as pretty as the best single player maps, and there is a tendency towards symmetry and repeating of themes (especially using Water walk to reach stuff) that gives most of the maps a certain multi-player feel. But overall they are pretty good, especially the two last ones but one, which are Extra Large maps with some epic battles.

    I got a bug while playing the penultimate map, which caused the Tactics skill of my main hero to not work anymore, making some battle even harder.

    The main hero starts with Wisdom, Intelligence and Archery, and it is suggested in-game you choose all four magic skills, leaving only one slot, and the obvious choice is of course Logistics, which leaves out Tactics.
    Personally I think Tactics is too useful, especially when your primary hero is an Archery specialist, your tertiary is Gelu, and you need to protect those glass cannon Sharpshooters. And there are lots of battles against huge stacks of Dragons where you really need to position your units before casting Force Field. And you cast only one spell each round anyway, so I went with Earth as the most obvious one (Resurrect is crucial to avoid too much attrition), Fire Magic for Expert Berserker, and Air Magic for Haste and Precision, leaving out Water Magic. Expert Forgetfulness would have been useful a few times, and Mass Bless, Prayer and Cure (but several Blinded stacks can be cured with a painful Death Ripple spell), and Expert Clone, is of course nice, but not crucial.
    So I think I made the right choice.

    Anyway, highly recommended campaign, if you want something more challenging than the lame Chronicles.

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    When Hypnotize is the winning spell. Actually can also be useful when facing Blind immune heroes.
    When I used auto-combat the computer actually cast the most useless spell (in this situation): Counterstrike! :D:roll:
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    When being slim devil gives you a tactical advantage.
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  23. DDZ Red blood, white skin, blue collar Patron

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    What the shit octavius.

    I think I have completed 15 games max in all my life, and I play a lot of games.
     
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  24. Krivol Magister

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    Civ VI is... weird. I haven't played 5 at all, and this Epic giveaway is my first time with new type of Civ and...I don't like it. Graphics look like cheap mobile game, there are more and more mana points, just like in new Paradox game, insignificant bonuses etc.

    Maybe I could live with that and get used to...

    But... there are no roads? Really? Why? Who's idea was this? Are roads part of some DLC?

    Nope, thank you, life is too short for this. Civ 4 with mods is still best Civ experience IMO. With Alpha Centauri on 2nd place and Civ2 on third.
     
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  25. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    You lay down roads by sending traders between cities. Later on you can also get military engineers that have a number of charges for road building like workers.

    Yep, it's pants-on-head stupid. But it's still got nothing on the downright idiotic feature that are the districts, or the generally unimpressive feel of... everything, from research to basic buildings in cities. Civ6 is honestly pretty damn terrible.
     
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