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Ghulgothas

Arcane
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My resolution for this American Summer is to play through some of the Squad-Tactics/TRPGS/MilSims/Autism Enablers this place holds sacrosanct, starting with Silent Storm.

Fun stuff, I will admit that as someone who'd only really played both Nu-XCOMs before touching this that the Point Bank, Fire Mode and Stance System took a few hours to integrate into muscle memory. There's also some inherent jank with audio mixing and sightlines; several fireplaces are so loud I thought the buildings containing them were on fire and the Wehrmacht have mastered the art of blending in among the corpses of their fallen comrades. Hasn't stopped me from enjoying my time with it, though I'm beginning to wonder if it's possible to mod a save mid-campaign; the Swiss Factory with those walking refrigerators and my incompetent engineer are making me rethink some things. Guess I'll save that for the Axis run.

I think Steam updated the listing for S2 and S3 sometime after I bought them, rolling the latter into the former as part of their Gold Edition, no idea how to access Sentinels from that but I'm assuming it'll unlock after I beat the first campaign.

Wondering if I oughtta begin with Jagged Alliance or Jagged Alliance 2 after that, the two look worlds apart.
 

Ninjerk

Arcane
Joined
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Messages
14,198
My resolution for this American Summer is to play through some of the Squad-Tactics/TRPGS/MilSims/Autism Enablers this place holds sacrosanct, starting with Silent Storm.

Fun stuff, I will admit that as someone who'd only really played both Nu-XCOMs before touching this that the Point Bank, Fire Mode and Stance System took a few hours to integrate into muscle memory. There's also some inherent jank with audio mixing and sightlines; several fireplaces are so loud I thought the buildings containing them were on fire and the Wehrmacht have mastered the art of blending in among the corpses of their fallen comrades. Hasn't stopped me from enjoying my time with it, though I'm beginning to wonder if it's possible to mod a save mid-campaign; the Swiss Factory with those walking refrigerators and my incompetent engineer are making me rethink some things. Guess I'll save that for the Axis run.

I think Steam updated the listing for S2 and S3 sometime after I bought them, rolling the latter into the former as part of their Gold Edition, no idea how to access Sentinels from that but I'm assuming it'll unlock after I beat the first campaign.

Wondering if I oughtta begin with Jagged Alliance or Jagged Alliance 2 after that, the two look worlds apart.
I never played any of JA before 2. For antiquarian purposes you could play those and then vanilla JA2, but make sure to experience the 1.13 fan patch of JA2. It is pure autism in its most blissful form.
 

Utfärd

Augur
Joined
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For the first time in my life I actually beat the buffed Harran's Pass fight. 18 Imperial Guard strongmen vs 1 praetor? Should've brought more men. :lol:


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Build was meant to be hammer block but I was drunk when I made the character, in Teron I was wondering why my THC was so low, in Maadoran I finally realised I'd been playing hammer dude while having pumped axe skill in character creation by mistake. Somehow synergy still made it viable. Anyhow, decided to go with axes then and soldier on, and lo and behold, blessing in disguise. Gotta say, the axe is way stronger than it's perpetuated to be. Now I'm gonna push forward and see Meru. Plan is to use the Grifter background to circumvent the smartsy talker skill check and get access to the star room so I can use Dariusz' helmet. No idea if it'll work yet but I'm about to find out.
 

Morpheus Kitami

Liturgist
Joined
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Messages
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My resolution for this American Summer is to play through some of the Squad-Tactics/TRPGS/MilSims/Autism Enablers this place holds sacrosanct, starting with Silent Storm.

Fun stuff, I will admit that as someone who'd only really played both Nu-XCOMs before touching this that the Point Bank, Fire Mode and Stance System took a few hours to integrate into muscle memory. There's also some inherent jank with audio mixing and sightlines; several fireplaces are so loud I thought the buildings containing them were on fire and the Wehrmacht have mastered the art of blending in among the corpses of their fallen comrades. Hasn't stopped me from enjoying my time with it, though I'm beginning to wonder if it's possible to mod a save mid-campaign; the Swiss Factory with those walking refrigerators and my incompetent engineer are making me rethink some things. Guess I'll save that for the Axis run.

I think Steam updated the listing for S2 and S3 sometime after I bought them, rolling the latter into the former as part of their Gold Edition, no idea how to access Sentinels from that but I'm assuming it'll unlock after I beat the first campaign.

Wondering if I oughtta begin with Jagged Alliance or Jagged Alliance 2 after that, the two look worlds apart.
My advice would be to play JA2, then Deadly Games, and if you liked the latter, the original. The original's approach to time and the map is slightly awkward and doesn't really function as a great introduction to the series.
 

Bigg Boss

Arcane
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Messages
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I bought Total War: Warhammer for 15 bucks. I don't feel the need to buy the DLC or upgrade to 2 and 3. I am annoyed I did not nab the game for free on Epic but I would have to boot Epic for that to work too so it evens out.
 

jackofshadows

Magister
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Messages
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For the first time in my life I actually beat the buffed Harran's Pass fight.
Remind me please why "buffed"? I took a look at my screenshot
and I don't remember any "unbuffed"/different versions of this fight. Although ^ might be still from the EA so it could be different in other ways anyway.[/quote]
 
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Sigourn

uooh afficionado
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I'm enjoying Ashes: Afterglow, much, much, much more now. And I have to say it is one of the best looking games I've ever played. Sure, some edges may be a bit rough (I find the 3rd person look very goofy, and I wish the skies looked more detailed in the night maps), but other than that it is mindblowing. I really don't want to post pictures because I don't want to spoil the experience.

The best way to describe how this game looks is CHARACTER. A lot of love went into it. I don't exaggerate when I say this feels like how Fallout would look like if it had been an early 90s shooter. Short of 50's aesthetic (which, pardon me, I find frankly overrated after playing Ashes), it is everything that makes Fallout Fallout: gritty, gory, atmospheric, and when needed, funny.
 

Zenithsan

Novice
Joined
Dec 6, 2021
Messages
83
I finally organized my game room to have all the consoles connected at the same time, so I'm playing a lot of PS games.

My biggest discovery was the Choro Q saga. Racing games with rpg elements and really well-designed tracks. For example, you can complete a track with default parts, or use aquatic or flying parts to take alternative routes. Changing the tires or tuning your car for certain terrains really makes the difference. And all of this is bought with currency that you win in races, so you can grind the first course to build the ultimate car if you want.

The second game in the Ps2 series was made by another company and is another kind of beast, really unique game. Big open world with no restraints, quests, you have a team of cars, secrets, minigames, etc. Also, you have a few radio stations with awesome jazz and chill music, and in the jap version even a talk radio! Wish that was dubbed.


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smaug

Dumbfuck!
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Dumbfuck
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Texas
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I started Fallout: New Vegas (more like a test play rather than an actual dedicated playthrough, we’ll see).

It’s so hard to play. Everything is completely different compared to F1/2. There’s so much shite everywhere, and it’s triggering me. Music, graphics, and gameplay. Playing with JAawyer’s patch.

WHERE IS GIFTED AT, HUH?
 

Spukrian

Savant
Joined
May 28, 2016
Messages
286
Location
Lost Continent of Mu
I'm replaying the Dishonored games, just finished the first game on Very Hard and started Knife of Dunwall on Master Assassin. I've played Dishonered on Normal and Hard before but somehow Very Hard feels easier, I must've gotten good at stealth.

Being discovered by guards in Knife of Dunwall on Master Assassin often leads to my immediate death, nice!
 

samuraigaiden

Magister
Joined
Dec 28, 2018
Messages
1,801
RPG Wokedex
Ultima 4 is a wacky ass game.

I answered the question earnestly and ended up with a ranger. Not sure this is a good thing or not. I entered Skara Brae, talked to everybody, couldn't get anyone to join me, gave money to the bums, figured out the mantra thing, talked to the ankh and got the hint. No idea what to do next. Waited around for a moongate. I wonder about in a continent, killing orcs and thieves, find a town called Valern or something. I bought some gems, I hope those are peer gems. No hecking idea what I'm supposed to be doing.

THIS is an RPG. :5/5:
 

asper

Arcane
Joined
Nov 14, 2007
Messages
2,177
Project: Eternity
Just finished Mission Critical. It was excellent. See the Adventure game forum for my review.

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Now going though American McGee's Alice, which is a blast. The level design and music are superb.


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Naraya

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Tuono-Tabr
Bit the bullet and bought Quake Enhanced. "Machine" map packs are simply glorious and once again reaffirm my opinion that Quake is THE best FPS game ever created.

I've now also almost completed The Punishment Due map pack and jeez, the title is so apt... Monsters DO hurt and I'm pretty sure their behaviour is tweaked in this mod to be more deadly. For instance, Ogres are even more ridiculous than usual in lobbing grenades, Vore homing missiles are more intelligent and Death Knight's ranged attack covers wider arc so it's harder to dodge. I highly recommend this pack!
 

Sigourn

uooh afficionado
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Messages
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Finished Ashes: Afterglow on Survival difficulty.

Friendship ended with Fallout. Now Ashes is my best friend. :love:
 

Zlaja

Arcane
Joined
Aug 17, 2006
Messages
3,145
Location
Swedex
Now tossing up whether to purchase Risen 2 or have another crack at Gothic 3.

If you've already played Gothic 3, then you should skip Risen 2 and get Risen 3 instead. Risen 2 is by far the worst in the series. Risen 3 on the other hand is decent and underrated on the Codex. Not as good as the first half of R1, but an improvement over R2. Game also has a few really hilarious moments, like the one where you can use voodoo to mind control a guard and then interrogate a prisoner and prank him. Had me in stitches.
 

curds

Prophet
Joined
Nov 24, 2019
Messages
884
Now tossing up whether to purchase Risen 2 or have another crack at Gothic 3.

If you've already played Gothic 3, then you should skip Risen 2 and get Risen 3 instead. Risen 2 is by far the worst in the series. Risen 3 on the other hand is decent and underrated on the Codex. Not as good as the first half of R1, but an improvement over R2. Game also has a few really hilarious moments, like the one where you can use voodoo to mind control a guard and then interrogate a prisoner and prank him. Had me in stitches.
I've heard mixed reports about R2/R3. Some agree with you, but others say R2 is the underrated gem while R3 is the turd. Besides that, if I'm playing a series I would never skip over an entry based purely on word of mouth (like what often happens to DS2 and STALKER Clear Sky). I like to find out for myself if something is shit.
 

Zlaja

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Swedex

ghostdog

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Now tossing up whether to purchase Risen 2 or have another crack at Gothic 3.

If you've already played Gothic 3, then you should skip Risen 2 and get Risen 3 instead. Risen 2 is by far the worst in the series. Risen 3 on the other hand is decent and underrated on the Codex. Not as good as the first half of R1, but an improvement over R2. Game also has a few really hilarious moments, like the one where you can use voodoo to mind control a guard and then interrogate a prisoner and prank him. Had me in stitches.
I've heard mixed reports about R2/R3. Some agree with you, but others say R2 is the underrated gem while R3 is the turd. Besides that, if I'm playing a series I would never skip over an entry based purely on word of mouth (like what often happens to DS2 and STALKER Clear Sky). I like to find out for myself if something is shit.
If you haven't played The Chronicles of Myrtana: Archolos, do it now. It's on par with G1 & G2 NOTR and far better than anything else Piranha bytes has made.
 

curds

Prophet
Joined
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Messages
884
If you haven't played The Chronicles of Myrtana: Archolos, do it now. It's on par with G1 & G2 NOTR and far better than anything else Piranha bytes has made.
I started it the other day. Played for 9 hours straight in my first session. I was originally waiting for a mate to finish G2 so we could experience Archolos for the first time together, but in the time he's taken to start G2, I beat that game, had a solid crack at G3, and beat Risen. So fuck him.

It is indeed very good, though I rate it below the original Gothics. Might be just as well crafted as those games, if not better, but I think nostalgia wins in the end. It just doesn't quite reach the atmosphere of the originals, IMO. It's better than Risen, though.

It's amazingly content-rich, which I adore. I know some people find it un-immersive when you can't walk 10 steps without bumping into a quest, but that's something I love in an RPG. That first 9 hour session was spent almost entirely within one village.

Also, the secret-behind-the-waterfall approach of Piranha Bytes is cranked up to 11 in this game.
 

elverkongen

Educated
Joined
Apr 17, 2020
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Just finished Mission Critical. It was excellent. See the Adventure game forum for my review.

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Now going though American McGee's Alice, which is a blast. The level design and music are superb.


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I can't seem to find Alice anywhere - Steam, GOG.. is it PC?
 

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