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Title: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 09, 2010, 03:07:59 PM
Well the old thread was on the old forum, so have to start again! :D

I am currently playing Heavy Rain which is alot like Indigo Prophecy, where it works almost like a puzzle game or perhaps a choose your own adventure where you playing several different characters try to track down a boy taken by the origami killer.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51biBRAp2-L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

In the past few months, I've played God of War 3, Mass Effect 2 both of which IMO are perfect games, highly satisfying, and had mixed opinions about Dragon Age: Origins.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61kacRM2GOL._AA300_.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511t4hVscgL._AA300_.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ygbr2aw6L._AA300_.jpg)

What have you been playing recently? :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 09, 2010, 03:30:16 PM
Lol, I knew you wouldn't find the thread.

I haven't played much in a while... just 2 games in the last year.  :-\


(http://www.gamecyte.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/xenogears_box.jpg)
Just finished this a month or two ago.
(i borrowed it from a friend since its OOP at ~$100 a copy, except I was impatient and only actually played 1/3 of the game and watched the rest on youtube).

This game, is literally, a freak show. What I mean is that (and I don't know how this didn't instantly become my favorite game because of these two reasons) this is the possibly the most EPIC and DEEP game I've ever played, and more so than any show I watched, book I've read, etc. It just brings these two things to ridiculous proportions (not to mention 80+ hour gameplay).

The beginning (first ~3 hours) may actually be the best part of the story... the last part of it didn't quite pull it off like it could've, but let's just say there was a lot going on.  ??? All I remember is the main character had some physical manifestation of himself called "Id," which was exactly represented Freud's conception of the Id- and this "Id" was a badass.  :o

And there is a loooooooooooot of flashbacking and reminiscing...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTeBQnJGtig&feature=related
2:46 hehe

(http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/1/931851_73371_front.jpg)
Played this last summer. FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great graphics and gameplay. Actually, I liked this one better than Xenogears just because it was so much fun.

Only 2, but at least I played some really good ones!  :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 09, 2010, 03:40:28 PM
Oh boy you're going old school with a ps1 game!  Coolness. :)

Yeah you're right Greg, I couldn't find it.  And then I'm like oh...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 09, 2010, 03:53:01 PM
Haha, I think I'll be able to get a PS3 by the time the PS5 comes out, in 20 years.

By then, games will be crazier than this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPIbGnBQcJY&feature=channel
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 09, 2010, 04:00:43 PM
That is incredible, and I bet natal is coming soon. :)  I have to say that the highest rated comment was what I had in mind too. >:D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 09, 2010, 04:05:47 PM
I guess it is.

On this page:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/projectnatal/

it says "Coming Holiday 2010." Hopefully people will actually be able to afford it.

I bet the pedophiles will be lining up for it after watching that video, though....  :D

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 09, 2010, 04:41:53 PM
Seriously Greg. You are dangerously close to full fledged weaboo territory. I'd try to cut it down with your wapanese fixation if i were you.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 09, 2010, 04:44:46 PM
In the past few months, I've played God of War 3, Mass Effect 2 both of which IMO are perfect games

The Mass Effect series is anything but perfect. What RPGs have you played in the past? Ever tried some of the old school classics?

and had mixed opinions about Dragon Age: Origins.

You didn't find the gay sex to your satisfaction?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 09, 2010, 04:52:32 PM
Seriously Greg. You are dangerously close to full fledged weaboo territory. I'd try to cut it down with your wapanese fixation if i were you.
But we're all craaaaaaaaaaazyyyyyyyyyy...
aren't we..............
Josquin?
 ???
 :P


aren't we?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 09, 2010, 05:18:06 PM
But we're all craaaaaaaaaaazyyyyyyyyyy...
aren't we..............
Josquin?
 ???
 :P


aren't we?

I swear man, this is your future:

(http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/1/11/Sepiroth_american_flag.png)

 ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 09, 2010, 05:46:21 PM
Lol  :D
Looks like fun, though I can't imagine myself doing that.

Anyways, I guess the reason I appreciate Japan so much is that it's the only place where I see any "art" at all that actually tries to emulate certain things of that Germany used to do. The same spirit may be there sometimes, and the intelligence level may be close at best, though I don't think they'll ever consistently do what Germany did (some of the highest levels of human achievement IMO). I guess, maybe, they may be smart, but not quite as smart? Also, the ancient Greeks are probably to credit with stuff like this- Germany pulling itself out of the darkness and on to the Renaissance and onward, keeping in mind their great achievements, while Japan pulled itself out from being not quite a prosperous country to something greater.


I think if Germany/Austria had the soul + intelligence that it had (from Bach-Schoenberg, before the war), plus the technology of today with new mediums of telling stories, and ahem... a certain art style, I would drop everything and figure out how to live in Germany or Austria today. I would regret that my ancestors ever came to this country from Germany.  :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on May 09, 2010, 05:57:05 PM
(http://)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 09, 2010, 07:59:59 PM
Begone with that lowbrow stuff, now this is where its at: 

(http://www.retrogamer.net/users/103/thm1024/elitebbc.jpg)

(http://elite.acornarcade.com/ims/logo.gif)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on May 09, 2010, 08:13:44 PM
You have Atari? You suck! I have Coleco!  :P
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Papy Oli on May 10, 2010, 10:12:11 AM
Pinball...  ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 10, 2010, 10:33:47 AM
The Mass Effect series is anything but perfect. What RPGs have you played in the past? Ever tried some of the old school classics?

Oh I bet you like those old games like Baldur's Gate 2... ah man not for me I like more cinematic games.  There have been many concessions to make games appealing to the casual gamer, and that's for me I'm a casual gamer! :)

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You didn't find the gay sex to your satisfaction?

I don't care either way about that, I didn't like the buggy AI, uneven difficulty, framerate issues and broken skills.  Usual problems bioware had with Neverwinter Nights.  I also didn't like that I chose the wrong version, bioware is much too slow about fixing problems with the ps3 version, or should I say port. :P
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 10, 2010, 10:49:57 AM
Oh I bet you like those old games like Baldur's Gate 2... ah man not for me I like more cinematic games.  There have been many concessions to make games appealing to the casual gamer, and that's for me I'm a casual gamer! :)

The problem is that they don't make games for real enthusiasts anymore. What you call concessions i call dumping down for mass consumption.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 10, 2010, 12:32:35 PM
I don't care either way about that
So they did have that in there?  ???

(glad i didn't play it)  ::)


The problem is that they don't make games for real enthusiasts anymore. What you call concessions i call dumping down for mass consumption.
I wonder how true this is...  I'd probably have to actually have new games to know.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 10, 2010, 12:56:55 PM
So they did have that in there?  ???

(glad i didn't play it)  ::)

Well it's not forced on you! :D  You have to actively role play a gay character, and hit on the other gay character in the game.

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I wonder how true this is...  I'd probably have to actually have new games to know.

Oh I think it's very true, JdP is right about that.  More and more games are designed to have mainstream appeal and complexity and difficulty are reduced, I've seen it in sequel games of every series that I've played.  As I've said, it works for me, but serious gamers that want a challenge are left with nothing to play.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 10, 2010, 01:03:38 PM
So they did have that in there?  ???

(glad i didn't play it)  ::)

http://www.kakigamersmy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/52938__468x_dragon-age-origins-hot-sex-4.jpg(http://)

Look, and weep.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 10, 2010, 02:31:09 PM
I think I'll pass on that picture...


Oh I think it's very true, JdP is right about that.  More and more games are designed to have mainstream appeal and complexity and difficulty are reduced, I've seen it in sequel games of every series that I've played.  As I've said, it works for me, but serious gamers that want a challenge are left with nothing to play.
hm that sucks to hear. I thought only Nintendo was doing that with their Wii games. I guess not, though.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on May 10, 2010, 02:36:18 PM
I abandoned computer games excluding intermittent bouts of WoW around 2003, and already couldn't play the newest games at that time due to a crummy PC, so I am catching up at the moment. I played Deus Ex 2 a while ago and was pleasantly surprised that it had a lot of the fun qualities of the original. From the bad press it had got I had assume it was an all-out action shooter, but it retained some of DE's atmosphere and exploratory fun, albeit with a worse plot and generally every aspect other than graphics also being slightly worse. I was most surprised by the leap in graphical quality that took place in the years between DE (which at the time was a bit ugly) and DE2 - surely one of the biggest shifts in the history of the medium. If DE2's textures were higher res it would still look servicable today, and the ragdoll physics on the bodies were a lot of fun. I suppose I represent the archetypical gaming delinquent in shooting around some of the alien bodies just to see them somersault through the air impressively.

The gameplay was markedly inferior to the original, though. The areas were less freeform and expansive, the plot of the original was daft but also enjoyable, the one of DE2 felt like an ill-thought-out hash. There were some balance improvements (no longer being able to take out security cameras with one shot from an upgraded scoped rifle), but generally it was more geared towards action. This meant that I died a lot more in DE2 from things like being stuck in a tight area with a tank-sized robot until I realised the only way to deal with this was to use the machine invisibility aug, which I hadn't been putting points in to. This lack of option in a game known for its multiple choices is kind of a pain, but overall it more or less fulfilled my requirement for more of the same.

Oh I bet you like those old games like Baldur's Gate 2
No way, Baldur's Gate and all computer games are an arm of the Liberal Media which water down western culture until we all die ;)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 10, 2010, 02:38:40 PM
I don't know if you guys know already, but there's a good website that sells old games with a price range of five to ten dollars, all in electronic format:

http://www.gog.com/en/frontpage/

Of course you can probably get the same games for free from a torrent site, but when you grow up playing some of those titles its a good feel to have them in a neat little package.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 10, 2010, 02:46:22 PM
No way, Baldur's Gate and all computer games are an arm of the Liberal Media which water down western culture until we all die ;)

You got that right, this is what real conservatives play:

(http://nitros9.lcurtisboyle.com/rogue-graphics.gif)

 ;D

Baldur's Gate 2 is a good game due to the size and scope, but the writing leaves a bit to be desired. The first Fallout and Planescape: Torment are much better in that respect, even though both games are pitifully short in comparison. You should give it a try David, they are not really that hardcore, you just have to get used to reading a lot of text. It isn't that hard, and once you get sucked in the atmosphere you'll realize just how limiting the "cinematic" style of Mass Effect really is, with that fake dialog wheel and all the spoken speech, which of course had to be kept to a minimum to avoid jacking up the price to astronomical levels.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on May 10, 2010, 03:17:30 PM
JDP: you might like Dwarf Fortress (http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/) (freeware, alpha, no UI yet, but still works) - it is the most overtly complicated and painful game I have ever played - I have lost as often from my retinue killing each other from me not micromanaging each guy's needs (they each have a gradually progressing life story, emnities, quirks, pets and food requirements - not bad for a single ANSI character) than from enemy attacks.

(http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/6536/dwarffortressbig.png) (http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/6536/dwarffortressbig.png)

I think the greatness of it can be summed up by these:

(http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/9784/1211390339624.jpg) (http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/9784/1211390339624.jpg)
(http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/1673/aaafn.jpg) (http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/1673/aaafn.jpg)
(http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/7411/72812365.jpg) (http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/7411/72812365.jpg)

It does keep track of  every possible variable throughout meaning the larger maps require a good PC even though it has no graphics. Any other "in-depth" strategy games are just pretenders :P I like how the guy developing it admits that at its current rate of progress, it will not get far into beta before his lifespan ends, but I admire him for sticking to his ideals.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: WI Dan on May 10, 2010, 10:43:43 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/3046730597_8b89cdd701.jpg?v=0)

I like a game that doesn't interfere with my drinking.   (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/SoLoSMiLeYS1/cool.gif)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 12, 2010, 06:29:50 PM
JDP: you might like Dwarf Fortress (http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/) (freeware, alpha, no UI yet, but still works) - it is the most overtly complicated and painful game I have ever played - I have lost as often from my retinue killing each other from me not micromanaging each guy's needs (they each have a gradually progressing life story, emnities, quirks, pets and food requirements - not bad for a single ANSI character) than from enemy attacks.

I tried dwarf fortress before, but the ASCII simply murdered my optic nerve. I tried a few graphical interfaces, like the following:

http://mayday.w.staszic.waw.pl/df.php

But for some reason i couldn't get it to work, and after a while i gave up. I'm not hardcore enough for this game.  :(
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: The Six on May 12, 2010, 07:09:39 PM
Dragon Quest V - Nintendo DS
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 12, 2010, 07:19:37 PM
I tried dwarf fortress before, but the ASCII simply murdered my optic nerve. I tried a few graphical interfaces, like the following:

http://mayday.w.staszic.waw.pl/df.php

But for some reason i couldn't get it to work, and after a while i gave up. I'm not hardcore enough for this game.  :(
I tried just now and it wouldn't work for me, either.

Strange stuff, though... I don't think I've even played a game like this before. I'm not even sure I understand what Dwarf Fortress is.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Bogey on May 12, 2010, 07:33:55 PM
(http://base1.googlehosted.com/base_media?q=http://www.elecnelec.com/images/CompGallery/CM10THEDITIONJC-f.jpg&size=20&dhm=c51f97d3&hl=en)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on May 12, 2010, 07:54:13 PM
Well, what do you know, i just fixed it right now. All i had to do is change the resolution in the ini file. How silly of me. New title set doesn't look as eye gauging as basic ASCII

Strange stuff, though... I don't think I've even played a game like this before. I'm not even sure I understand what Dwarf Fortress is.

You can get some information here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slaves_to_Armok_II:_Dwarf_Fortress

Back in the early 80s, there was a game called Rogue:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_%28computer_game%29

It was a simple dungeon crawler, very basic D&D stuff. Visually, it was essentially an ASCII based title composite. Eventually, this game spawned many clones and different versions usually referred to as "rogue-likes" (the most popular rogue-like of modern times is Diablo). Dwarf Fortress is an insanely detailed building/fortress simulation game which uses a graphical interface similar to that of Rogue. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play the most insanely complicated video game ever convieced, this is it. Essentially, this is the Brian Ferneyhough of video games.  ;D

BTW, here's a link to the original Rogue if you want to start with something less daunting:

http://www.dosgamesarchive.com/download/rogue/

Infinitely less daunting in fact.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: The new erato on May 12, 2010, 11:29:51 PM
Since baiting Rob Newman on this site; none.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 13, 2010, 04:51:25 AM
Since baiting Rob Newman on this site; none.
That game was a tricky one. No matter how well you did or how right you were, the game would never acknowledge anyone as a winner.  ???
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 13, 2010, 05:06:30 AM
Well, what do you know, i just fixed it right now. All i had to do is change the resolution in the ini file. How silly of me. New title set doesn't look as eye gauging as basic ASCII

You can get some information here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slaves_to_Armok_II:_Dwarf_Fortress

Back in the early 80s, there was a game called Rogue:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_%28computer_game%29

It was a simple dungeon crawler, very basic D&D stuff. Visually, it was essentially an ASCII based title composite. Eventually, this game spawned many clones and different versions usually referred to as "rogue-likes" (the most popular rogue-like of modern times is Diablo). Dwarf Fortress is an insanely detailed building/fortress simulation game which uses a graphical interface similar to that of Rogue. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play the most insanely complicated video game ever convieced, this is it. Essentially, this is the Brian Ferneyhough of video games.  ;D

BTW, here's a link to the original Rogue if you want to start with something less daunting:

http://www.dosgamesarchive.com/download/rogue/

Infinitely less daunting in fact.
Lol, the "Ferneyhough of games," eh? Well, I'm not much for difficulty in games, but I'll try it (the original ASCII)  8).
I actually remember reading about "Rogue" and "rogue-likes..." good refresher.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 13, 2010, 05:20:42 AM
That game was a tricky one. No matter how well you did or how right you were, the game would never acknowledge anyone as a winner.  ???

The Newman game is like the games from the 80s, if you beat it you just start over at a harder level. ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on May 13, 2010, 05:50:54 AM
Lol, the "Ferneyhough of games," eh? Well, I'm not much for difficulty in games, but I'll try it (the original ASCII)  8).
I actually remember reading about "Rogue" and "rogue-likes..." good refresher.

I was a big fan of Nethack, which was the "open source" or community developed extension to Hack, which succeeded Rogue.  For the primitive interface, the interplay of the items, characters and situations managed to surprise even the most jaded of veterans with novel situations.   there are some different GUI versions (tile, isometric and 3D available.) 

Anyway, the overview is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nethack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nethack)


And an article (admittedly a decade old) that describes some of the bizarre permutations that were possible.

http://web.archive.org/web/20080113042211/http://archive.salon.com/tech/feature/2000/01/27/nethack/ (http://web.archive.org/web/20080113042211/http://archive.salon.com/tech/feature/2000/01/27/nethack/)


 One of the most interesting characters you could play in the game was a Tourist with a handful of darts, a wallet full of cash, an annoying flash camera, and your only armor was a loud Hawaiian shirt.  If you survived long enough to get to the first shop, you could do pretty well.  Nethack had more than a dozen character types. 

I'm not that big into "shooter" games, but when my kids got an Xbox, I got Fallout 3 and really enjoyed it.  Not only was the nuclear survival vault where the game starts located pretty close to where I grew up, but it was a wonderfully open ended game.   (You could finish the main story line in 10 hours, but you'd miss all the fun, like the perky, cheerful cult of incestuous cannibal Republicans in the remains of Annandale VA, some of the radioactive flesh eating zombies on the Metro, and the Republic of Dave, and the having an insane psychologist trap you in a black and white, 1950s Suburbia acid flashback Virtual Reality nightmare.). Some complained that there wasn't enough guidance from place to place, but you can wander all over and explore endlessly and still stumble into unexpected situations.   It's not really a "shooter"-- some situations require negotiation, is sneakyness.   I'd have to confess that the ending of the scripted part was underwhelming, but as a whole I really dug it.  Not that I can make many comparisons to other "shooter"/RPG games.

The game I'm wasting most of my time on now is Sega Total War Medieval 2.  It's like a Civilization game with a far more detailed overlay for battles, where you can zoom in and command battles in real time from  any angle you want, and zoom down  see combat at the individual level.  Although released in 2006, it's a graphics pig, but on a decent machine the battles are too much fun, and the financial/character/diplomatic framework and be pretty engrossing.  I'm still having trouble with Tamurlane shows up with his war elephants.   For 20$, it's a steal.  Some of the history and scale elements don't work, but on the whole it's hugely addictive if you a strategy game or history buff.


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 13, 2010, 06:43:22 AM
Tried playing Dwarf Fortress... got the ASCII running, but (maybe it's my computer's fault) it was pretty laggy and slow. Not only that, but I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I set it on Adventure mode and just moved my charater ("@" sign, i think it was) across my world, and nothing happened. When I got the game to shut down, it froze up my Windows Explorer bar and I had to restart my computer just to use it.  ???


Fallout 3 looks and sounds cool, btw.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Scarpia on May 13, 2010, 06:45:03 AM
Tetris.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 13, 2010, 06:47:06 AM
Jowcol, I'm tickled to see from your post that they tried to seriously do some geography matching in Fallout 3, I didn't know.  It's a fun game and I need to go back to it and play it through, only played part of it. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: The Six on May 13, 2010, 06:56:27 AM
Top Ten RPGs

Xenogears - The greatest.
Star Ocean 2 - Lots of innovations, and the voices are so bad they're good. HEEERE'S MR. ENEMYYY!
Dragon Warrior 7 - I'm a sucker for job systems. Characters were pretty funny, too.
Grandia 2 - Might be the single best game as far as awesome quotes go.
Skies of Arcadia - One of the few RPGs that really had a world, as opposed to just a "world map."
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter - Criminally underrated.
Final Fantasy X - Something about this FF above the others that I like. It just came together so well.
Lunar: SSSC - What a magical experience. Pretty much perfect.
Arc the Lad 2 - The two heroes' stories coming together is pretty unique amongst RPGs.
Valkyrie Profile - I just can't get tired of that battle system.
Disgaea - Had a special camaraderie that its developer has struggled to reproduce.
Etrian Odyssey - This game is a clinic on how to update the old dungeon crawler system.
Final Fantasy Tactics - Great soundtrack, and a nice take on the strategy genre.

If I had played more of DQ6 and Mother 3, they might have made it. If I were to include a Tales game, it'd probably be Eternia.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on May 13, 2010, 07:03:39 AM
Tried playing Dwarf Fortress... got the ASCII running, but (maybe it's my computer's fault) it was pretty laggy and slow. Not only that, but I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I set it on Adventure mode and just moved my charater ("@" sign, i think it was) across my world, and nothing happened. When I got the game to shut down, it froze up my Windows Explorer bar and I had to restart my computer just to use it.  ???
It's an absolute resource hog on larger maps. It is also rather merciless with the learning curve. I haven't played the latest update (which added an arena, etc), but ignore adventure mode - I can't recall what it 's any good for - fortress mode is the core of the game.

There are some guides here: http://afteractionreporter.com/2009/02/09/the-complete-and-utter-newby-tutorial-for-dwarf-fortress-part-1-wtf/
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 13, 2010, 07:21:19 AM
It's an absolute resource hog on larger maps. It is also rather merciless with the learning curve. I haven't played the latest update (which added an arena, etc), but ignore adventure mode - I can't recall what it 's any good for - fortress mode is the core of the game.

There are some guides here: http://afteractionreporter.com/2009/02/09/the-complete-and-utter-newby-tutorial-for-dwarf-fortress-part-1-wtf/
Cool, thanks!




Top Ten RPGs

Xenogears - The greatest.
Star Ocean 2 - Lots of innovations, and the voices are so bad they're good. HEEERE'S MR. ENEMYYY!
Dragon Warrior 7 - I'm a sucker for job systems. Characters were pretty funny, too.
Grandia 2 - Might be the single best game as far as awesome quotes go.
Skies of Arcadia - One of the few RPGs that really had a world, as opposed to just a "world map."
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter - Criminally underrated.
Final Fantasy X - Something about this FF above the others that I like. It just came together so well.
Lunar: SSSC - What a magical experience. Pretty much perfect.
Arc the Lad 2 - The two heroes' stories coming together is pretty unique amongst RPGs.
Valkyrie Profile - I just can't get tired of that battle system.
Disgaea - Had a special camaraderie that its developer has struggled to reproduce.
Etrian Odyssey - This game is a clinic on how to update the old dungeon crawler system.
Final Fantasy Tactics - Great soundtrack, and a nice take on the strategy genre.

If I had played more of DQ6 and Mother 3, they might have made it. If I were to include a Tales game, it'd probably be Eternia.
Have you played Chrono Cross? (that one is my favorite game of all time, even though I acknowledge its flaws)
Chrono Trigger? (classic!)  8)

Another one of my favorites is a game called "Legend of Legaia" for the PS1. It had such a unique style- if anything, I'd call it "eastern" in general, though it's pretty much impossible to describe its personality. Unfortunately, this is the game I was referring to in this thread that is OOP, on sale for over $100 a copy. (something I'd never sell)

Interesting to see Xenogears as your favorite RPG. I'm still not sure what to think of it. It was definitely mindblowing, though I didn't really care for maps/scenery/world, mecha, etc....

This thread got my appetite going.... so I played a little Twisted Metal 2 yesterday.   ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on May 13, 2010, 07:30:59 AM
I've recently picked up Robot Unicorn Attack again after a forced hiatus (the song was driving me insane), it's worth a go as for a free game it actually has fun mechanics (free arcade style games often have controls that feel like your character is drunk) and is a god way to waste a few minutes:

http://games.adultswim.com/robot-unicorn-attack-twitchy-online-game.html
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on May 14, 2010, 02:39:57 AM
Drakensang II (Am Fluß der Zeit)
Eschalon Book II (soon :-)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on May 14, 2010, 03:02:22 AM
I bought a ps3 in February along with:

(http://i.neoseeker.com/boxshots/R2FtZXMvUGxheXN0YXRpb25fMy9BY3Rpb24vU2hvb3Rlcg==/call_of_duty_4_modern_warfare_frontcover_large_2wro3UFbAzsK9Oj.jpg)

(http://www.gaanza.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Metal_Gear_Solid_4_US_Box_Art.jpg)

Just started playing MGS4. Loving it so far.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 14, 2010, 12:25:39 PM
My favorite games
1. Chrono Cross
2. Final Fantasy 9
3. Final Fantasy 7
4. Beyond Good and Evil
5. Legend of Legaia
6. Half-Life
7. Resident Evil 5
8. Chrono Trigger
9. Twisted Metal 2
10. Gran Turismo (any)
11. Jet Moto (original)
12. Final Fantasy 10
13. NBA Jam (Sega Genesis)
14. Dead or Alive (hehehehe the only game with a "bouncing breasts" option)


There are a few others that would probably make the list if I had played the whole thing, such as Kya, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy 6, Resident Evil 1, etc.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CD on May 15, 2010, 04:50:34 AM
If I had played more of DQ6 and Mother 3, they might have made it.

I'm re-playing Mother 3 at the moment, in fact. I like it a lot but I still don't think it has quite the scope of EarthBound, but the different battle engine is a lot of fun and the smoother animation looks great.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on May 17, 2010, 10:34:10 AM
I see nobody has mentioned the ultra-tasteless and un-PC game Postal 2-- which allows you to privilege of urinating on Gary Coleman-- although he's usually packing heat and will kill you for that. 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 17, 2010, 03:53:12 PM
I see nobody has mentioned the ultra-tasteless and un-PC game Postal 2-- which allows you to privilege of urinating on Gary Coleman-- although he's usually packing heat and will kill you for that.
I've heard about that one somewhere... looking it up and watching a video, it looks crazy and fun.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on May 18, 2010, 08:57:49 AM
I've heard about that one somewhere... looking it up and watching a video, it looks crazy and fun.

I only  played the demo.   (I couldn't justify paying them for it).  My favorite weapon was the shovel-- it made a satisfying "Klonnggg" when you hit someone, and many times the head would come off.  You could kick it into a crowed of innocent bystanders and watch them freak out.  One interesting thing about the game is that you were not required to go postal, but people will keep annoying you until YOU JUST WANT TO..... never mind.


The original game (equally tasteless, banned in two countries and denounced by Sen. Liebermann),  used a 3rd person isometric projection, and was not as open ended, but had great sound editing.  Your victims would writhe in agony for minutes after bringing them down.  There was also a great opportunity to take out a high school marching band with a molotov cocktail that was hysterically funny no matter how many times you played that level.

Uhh.. naturally I'm viewing this as a profound satire about modern society...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on May 18, 2010, 09:02:03 AM
Uhh.. naturally I'm viewing this as a profound satire about modern society...
Sounds to me like the proper perception of something like this.  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Renfield on May 18, 2010, 09:51:48 AM
My favorite weapon was the shovel-- it made a satisfying "Klonnggg" when you hit someone

Hah! That is exactly the sound.

Yeah, I've played Postal 2. I think I even own it; which is hardly a surprise, as I used to collect PC games much like I collect music. Sadly, the demise of my gaming PC a couple of years ago has made things difficult...


That said, I have not failed to notice this thread, and will eventually, when I've the time and proper mood, post about the console (omg, n00b) games I've been playing, as well as a few good RPGs, just 'cause (2?). ;)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 06, 2010, 09:47:49 AM
There is a walkthrough to Fallout 3 on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHln6wgJe_U&feature=related

I've watched the first 2 videos, wow, it is fascinating!  :o
I probably shouldn't watch them all in case I ever get to play the PC version, but I'm not sure I can help myself.

Now... I just need to find some game just like this, but in a setting that's not futuristic, but instead starts off with a traditional JRPG opening village.  :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on June 06, 2010, 11:48:42 AM
Now... I just need to find some game just like this, but in a setting that's not futuristic, but instead starts off with a traditional JRPG opening village.  :D

Oblivion, same devs made that game, but it is in a fantasy setting instead of a scifi setting.  I really love that game and have spent way too much time playing it. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 06, 2010, 12:56:35 PM
Awesome. Looking up a youtube walkthrough right now.  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on June 07, 2010, 09:53:33 AM
There is a walkthrough to Fallout 3 on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHln6wgJe_U&feature=related

I've watched the first 2 videos, wow, it is fascinating!  :o
I probably shouldn't watch them all in case I ever get to play the PC version, but I'm not sure I can help myself.

I'm not even an RPG buff, but Fallout 3 completely floored me.   I just haven't  had the time to develop a character along the evil axis, or one of the many other types.  And I know there are several places I've never visited.

I'm afraid to look at Oblivion -- sounds like too much fun.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 07, 2010, 01:12:48 PM
I'm having too much fun being completely floored just watching a walkthrough of the game!

The possibilities seem endless. There's one scene where, in the village outside of the Vault, there is a bomb that could blow up any minute and kill all of the villagers, but no one does anything about it. So, the Sheriff asks you to help fix it, so it doesn't go off. In the video I watched, he agrees to it. Then, there is a shady guy in the bar who asks you to make it go off- he offers a reward for it, and in the video I watched, he agrees to, and gets a device that'll make the bomb go off. Then he goes back to the sheriff and chooses to tattle-tells on the guy. The sheriff gets mad and goes to the bar to talk to the guy. He tells him he is going to arrest him, but turns his back for a minute, and the guy shoots and kills the sheriff. (Then you can shoot him, of course). What's amazing is that this scene only happens if you follow several decisions, and you can end up blowing up the village or simply disarming the bomb, depending on what you choose to do and say.



Also looked at the beginning of Uncharted 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7BAelqlxwI

with an incredible train escape scene!  :o
(hard to believe this is by the same people who made Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on June 07, 2010, 01:49:37 PM
Uncharted 2 is loads of fun!  But it has only a few hours in it, Fallout 3 has dozens of hours in it + expansions + replay value. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on June 07, 2010, 06:12:57 PM
I'm having too much fun being completely floored just watching a walkthrough of the game!

The possibilities seem endless.


There's a couple adventures where you need to try to talk your way through.  And you really need to see the virtual reality portion-- it's like being in the evil, acid-inspired parallel universe to "Leave it to Beaver".

I spent, easily, 100 hours on teh first play through, and only visited about 2/3 of the sites, and I know I missed a lot in the ones I visited.

There is also something about dueling fire-breathing ants while listening to swing that is very surreal.  And was it the pasta factory that was the front for the Chinese zombies? And the one vault you explore where there are hallucinogens in the air?  And the other with the clones?    Too much!


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 07, 2010, 06:28:54 PM
Don't give it all away!  :D
I'm thinking that whenever I get to play it, I might just might make my character evil right away, since I'm already watching what a good-ish scenario would turn out to be.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on June 08, 2010, 04:26:35 AM
BTW- I had mentioned how the game Postal 2 allowed you to urinate on Gary Coleman.  (Or at least to try...)  Given his recent passing, I just wanted to point out that Mr. Coleman was an active supporter of Postal 2, and the Running with Scissors Website has posted its condolences for its loss.

It makes me wonder if they'll need to get Danny Bonaduce for Postal 3....
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 08, 2010, 05:22:42 AM
I'd like to see Jim Carrey in there. He'd be the crazy guy running around in the street with a green mask on.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Scarpia on June 09, 2010, 01:20:35 PM
I was at a party and saw a Wii game where you ride a Segway and try to pop balloons being held by some sort of weasel.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on June 10, 2010, 01:46:52 PM
I recently stored my PS3 and games at a relative's house for personal reasons so no PS3 for me for a while. I do however still have my non-PCI Express six year old PC that doesn't have a graphics card!

About six months ago I played the original Half Life after hearing people go on and on about it for years (I was never a PC gamer.) I gave it a chance and loved it and I played both expansion packs (which were nearly as good). I can't play Half Life 2 because my system can't handle it so I'm looking for older games. I recently bought this on Steam:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/4/43/Deus_Ex_Logo.jpg)

I'm playing it on medium difficulty and I find it to be pretty hard. One thing -- it's pretty jarring going back to a game that has this sort of graphics after growing accustomed to PS3 graphics. I often wonder: is an older game that's held to be "great" really great or does that estimation merely stem from the nostalgia of the people who played it? 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 10, 2010, 01:58:25 PM
Another Half Life fan- excellent!  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Renfield on June 10, 2010, 02:03:26 PM
No, Deus Ex really is really great. It's veritably titanic, one of the greatest achievements of the PC as a gaming platform so far, in terms of gameplay innovation still unmatched on any platform. But you need to explore it quite a bit to notice.

Plainly put, this is a game three people can play, compare notes, and wonder if they were playing the same game at all. Its structural depth and multiple-approach design are far beyond anything Fallout 3, or the recent Alpha Protocol has to offer.


I know I sound like James here, but DE really is the Bach of modern PC gaming, if any game is.

Everyone is still catching up to what it was, despite graphics having gotten a lot prettier in the interim!


Edit: And it kills Half Life dead. :P

Sorry. I see why people admire it, but I got bored at the half-way (:P) mark back in the day, and I don't feel it's aged well, either. :(
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on June 10, 2010, 02:09:02 PM
Wow! I'll definitely continue to play it.

Edit: Another game I recently bought is the original Starcraft. Windows XP keeps giving trouble though. Also: I can't believe I paid $20 for a game that's 12 years old.  :o
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Renfield on June 10, 2010, 02:24:26 PM
Wow! I'll definitely continue to play it.

Edit: Another game I recently bought is the original Starcraft. Windows XP keeps giving trouble though. Also: I can't believe I paid $20 for a game that's 12 years old.  :o

Starcraft is timeless. It doesn't matter when you buy it, it simply 'is'. ;D


I still remember reading all the lore in that large manual it came with, and thinking how great 'modern' games were becoming. But all the reverence aside, the solidity of gameplay that Starcraft afforded us back in '98 really is another of those singular cultural artefacts of PC gaming.

That said, Starcraft II should one-up it. I wish my PC wasn't dead. :(


Edit: The way this is going, you're going to mention Diablo II next, and I'll have to deliver a third such eulogy!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 10, 2010, 03:26:43 PM
Has anyone ever played Beyond Good and Evil?
I couldn't really explain any aspect of it that was significant, but it was just an all-around wonderful playing experience. Just a well-rounded game, I guess.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Renfield on June 10, 2010, 06:32:11 PM
Has anyone ever played Beyond Good and Evil?
I couldn't really explain any aspect of it that was significant, but it was just an all-around wonderful playing experience. Just a well-rounded game, I guess.

It's supposed to be one of those brilliant games that failed to sell, and most people don't know about, like Tim Schäfer's Psychonauts.

Certainly, the majority of game critics I respect (and who are serious journalists) rate it highly. But I haven't played it myself. I guess I wasn't in the mood for something like that when it came out: Max Payne 2 had just come out back then, if I recall correctly.


On a tangent, there's a game, Max Payne 2. Not brilliant in the gameplay innovation, and/or social statement, and/or psychological exploration sense that some of these games I'm discussing were, but it was beautifully made, genuinely 'noir', and deeply touching - for me, at least.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on June 11, 2010, 06:22:47 AM
Has anyone ever played Beyond Good and Evil?
I couldn't really explain any aspect of it that was significant, but it was just an all-around wonderful playing experience. Just a well-rounded game, I guess.
I liked BGAE and it was very well-made, but I can't really get into the family-friendly genre/gameworld it's part of. It beats any comparable game in the style dead, though.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 11, 2010, 08:00:53 AM
Yeah, there are several games that "nobody plays" that are thought to be brilliant- besides Psychonauts and Beyond Good and Evil, Okami and Ico could be included on the list (I've never played them, though they seem pretty cool).

I'm also wondering what might be some good PC games out there... I'm not interested in MMORPG, RTS, sports, or racing right now. Maybe some FPS, RPG, or action games. Just curious...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on June 11, 2010, 08:27:23 AM
There may be some minor problems running a few of these, as they're all old games, but they are some of the best I have played:

System Shock 2, Thief 1 & 2 (both sneaker-shooter/horror hybrids - really nice gameworlds and very well-made). Deus Ex has already been mentioned, but it's essential. DE2 is also very good, worse in many ways but still excellent and less ugly.
No One Lives Forever (a very underrated sneaker/action franchise set in an Austin Powers style universe).
Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 (these can be quite hard, but are the most atmospheric Forgotten Realms PC RPGs I have played. There are non-game breaking cheats you can use if you find them difficult such as extra gold, because it's worth playing them through just for the stories).
Fallout 1 & 2, Planescale Torment (great plots, unique gameworlds). If you like these, try Arcanum - it's more flawed than these three, but along the same lines and has a strong fanbase which have probably made fixes for its biggest issues.
If you are okay with puzzle games, try Grim Fandango and The Longest Journey. I dislike these type of games (I'm an idiot who finds them very difficult :P), but these two won me over due to their great style and setting.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Renfield on June 11, 2010, 08:34:42 AM
There may be some minor problems running a few of these, as they're all old games, but they are some of the best I have played:

System Shock 2, Thief 1 & 2 (both sneaker-shooter/horror hybrids - really nice gameworlds and very well-made). Deus Ex has already been mentioned, but it's essential. DE2 is also very good, worse in many ways but still excellent and less ugly.
No One Lives Forever (a very underrated sneaker/action franchise set in an Austin Powers style universe).
Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 (these can be quite hard, but are the most atmospheric Forgotten Realms PC RPGs I have played. There are non-game breaking cheats you can use if you find them difficult such as extra gold, because it's worth playing them through just for the stories).
Fallout 1 & 2, Planescale Torment (great plots, unique gameworlds). If you like these, try Arcanum - it's more flawed than these three, but along the same lines and has a strong fanbase which have probably made fixes for its biggest issues.
If you are okay with puzzle games, try Grim Fandango and The Longest Journey. I dislike these type of games (I'm an idiot who finds them very difficult :P), but these two won me over due to their great style and setting.

Yes, yes, yes, [...] yes!

Every one of them a classic, except perhaps Invisible War (DE2); and I'm glad to meet another one of the 100 people in the world who liked Arcanum. ;D And the sequel to No One Lives Forever was also memorable, if suffering a little from kitchen-sink-sequel syndrome.


Incidentally, Planescape: Torment is my favourite RPG ever made, and my game equivalent of that Karajan/VPO Bruckner 7th.

Edit: It's also the game that convinced me beyond all doubt that games can be art, in the philosophical/aesthetic sense.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 11, 2010, 09:20:52 AM
Well, sounds like I'll have to look up that Planescape Torment!  :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: The Six on June 14, 2010, 08:10:14 AM
Dragon Quest IX is coming for DS in English soon. This should be as big as any FF game but the series has never quite caught on outside Japan. I haven't gotten far in it but if you like class/job systems, and lots of postgame content, you want this game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on June 19, 2010, 07:47:52 PM
I recently splurged on games for the PS3. I bought the system in early February and bought along with it "Modern Warfare 2" and "Metal Gear Solid 4." I'm midway through the latter and the substance of the former is the multilayer, which I've enjoyed. I also at the time picked up "Resistance: Fall of Man" for cheap, and I just managed to beat it today. So, there was actually a substantial backlog of games I missed out on which I bought last week (mostly used):

Quote
BioShock
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition
Fallout 3
God of War: Collection
Katamari Forever
Killzone 2
LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition
Super Street Fighter IV
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

And from the PS Network:

Quote
PixelJunk Monsters
PixelJunk Shooter
Super Stardust HD
Flower

Any thoughts on any of these games?

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on June 19, 2010, 07:54:18 PM
I'm playing it on medium difficulty and I find it to be pretty hard. One thing -- it's pretty jarring going back to a game that has this sort of graphics after growing accustomed to PS3 graphics. I often wonder: is an older game that's held to be "great" really great or does that estimation merely stem from the nostalgia of the people who played it?

You are playing Deus Ex, which is a great game. You can figure it out on your own. When the demo of the game first came out i finished it seven times, thanks to all the different approaches and techniques the gameplay afforded in order to defeat all the challenges. I got more entertainment from one level of this game then an entire linear, modern shooter.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on June 19, 2010, 08:04:01 PM
No One Lives Forever (a very underrated sneaker/action franchise set in an Austin Powers style universe).

NOLF was a buckload funnier then Austin Powers. The farcical conversations between the guards, fake accents and all were just hilarious. I spent just twice as long finishing each scenario just by listening to those.

IMHO, the most underrated shooter of all is Jedi Knight. I don't usually like Star Wars but this game had some of the best level design i ever saw in a shooter, or any game period.

Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 (these can be quite hard, but are the most atmospheric Forgotten Realms PC RPGs I have played. There are non-game breaking cheats you can use if you find them difficult such as extra gold, because it's worth playing them through just for the stories).

I don't know, the writing was pretty bad on both games. I far prefer the original Fallout games and Torment in terms of story and writing. Baldur's Gate just felt like i was reading some third rate fantasy novel. Baldur's Gate 2 had some intense gameplay sections though. Mage battles in particular were awesome, easly the most entertaining part of the game.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on June 19, 2010, 08:14:29 PM
1) BioShock

Poor man's version of System Shock. Similar in principle, but very dumped down If you take it as a straight shooter its actually not that bad though. Nice atmosphere.

2) The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition

Poor man's Morrowind, which in itself was a poor man's Daggerfall. Inherited all the problems of Morrowind (bland writing, no notable characters, dead world), while taking away the things that made that game enjoyable (a large world filled with various areas each with its own unique aesthetic and atmosphere). The only good portion of the game was the thief path, which was suprisingly well written and designed compared to the rest of the game.

3) Fallout 3

Poor man's Fallout. Oblivion with guns. Terrible writing and story, combat system is cluncky and inefficient. More entertaining then your average modern shooter,  but that's about it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on June 24, 2010, 11:48:57 AM
Playing Half-Life at the moment. Given that it is 12 years old it has aged well. However, it is less perfect than I remembered.

The graphics engine is a huge problem when rendering deep chasms, textures disappear into blackness after a very short distance, and the torch cannot illuminate that blackness, meaning that even if it has a bottom, you can't discern it.

It relies sometimes on the "ha-ha, you died because you are not psychic" formula (bridges falling underneath you in set-pieces that you are supposed to be witnessing unfold in front of you but walked too fast, etc).

The zombies are stupidly under-powered, they are slow but also hit badly. The groups of green beam aliens tend to do less damage than a same-numbered group of headcrabs, the shotgun is worse than the pistol, etc. A zombie taking 15 seconds to break down a door may have been scary when it was new, but now it is tedious.

But ignoring all that stuff, it achieves the remarkable feat of still being worth playing. Games such as Quake can't pull this off unless the person is on a retro-trip.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on June 24, 2010, 05:29:45 PM
Excellent! What system are you playing on? (i played it on the PS2).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on June 24, 2010, 05:33:26 PM
PC - It's fun that I don't even have to use my gaming PC because no matter how bad this PC is, it cannot fail to perfectly run something so old.

At the moment I am stuck on my first Gargantua (after the first tentacle boss) - I think my hits aren't counting because I'm firing from a concealed place rather than in the open and I've run out of ammo. Guess it's time to reload and retry.

Edit: Oh, it's an un-killable set-piece, you need electrify some rails with a power generater elsewhere. Cool beans.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 02, 2010, 01:47:41 AM
(http://illbethejudgeofthat.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/3399788.jpg)

Ign.com awarded Uncharted 2 its "Game of the Year Award" for 2009, so rather than just dive into that one I am playing the original which is also well regarded. I'm surprised at how much I'm liking it (I've put Metal Gear Solid 4 aside to play it.)  The graphics are gorgeous and the action fast and enjoyable. One annoying thing though: Nathan Drake is clearly a psychopath. He is merely after treasure yet kills hundeds of people. At least in most other action games/first person shooters your killing of endless bad buys is morally justified (you're trying to save the world, you're in Word War II, etc.) But no. Nathan Drake just keeps killing "bad guys" who might have only picked up guns because they're trying to feed their families.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: drogulus on July 02, 2010, 03:10:19 AM
Playing Half-Life at the moment. Given that it is 12 years old it has aged well. However, it is less perfect than I remembered.

The graphics engine is a huge problem when rendering deep chasms, textures disappear into blackness after a very short distance, and the torch cannot illuminate that blackness, meaning that even if it has a bottom, you can't discern it.

It relies sometimes on the "ha-ha, you died because you are not psychic" formula (bridges falling underneath you in set-pieces that you are supposed to be witnessing unfold in front of you but walked too fast, etc).

The zombies are stupidly under-powered, they are slow but also hit badly. The groups of green beam aliens tend to do less damage than a same-numbered group of headcrabs, the shotgun is worse than the pistol, etc. A zombie taking 15 seconds to break down a door may have been scary when it was new, but now it is tedious.

But ignoring all that stuff, it achieves the remarkable feat of still being worth playing. Games such as Quake can't pull this off unless the person is on a retro-trip.

     How dare you? (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/angry.gif)

     (http://cynicwithagamepad.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/quake3_3.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 02, 2010, 06:30:34 AM
:P

To be fair I gave up on HL towards the end, it got very tedious. I noclip and godmode cheated my way through the final two areas as it just stopped being fun. The first 4/5ths of it remain very entertaining, though.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 02, 2010, 06:50:25 AM
I'm surprised at how much I'm liking it (I've put Metal Gear Solid 4 aside to play it.)  The graphics are gorgeous and the action fast and enjoyable. One annoying thing though: Nathan Drake is clearly a psychopath. He is merely after treasure yet kills hundeds of people. At least in most other action games/first person shooters your killing of endless bad buys is morally justified (you're trying to save the world, you're in Word War II, etc.) But no. Nathan Drake just keeps killing "bad guys" who might have only picked up guns because they're trying to feed their families.

I did the same thing back a couple of years ago, set aside mgs4 to play Uncharted.  I thought that that the Gears of War inspired shooting sections were tedious and repetitive and not done well, same complaint with Uncharted 2, but in that game it takes up even more game time.  Still overall I liked those games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 03, 2010, 09:07:27 PM
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHJVolaC8pw

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 03, 2010, 09:09:45 PM
I did the same thing back a couple of years ago, set aside mgs4 to play Uncharted.  I thought that that the Gears of War inspired shooting sections were tedious and repetitive and not done well, same complaint with Uncharted 2, but in that game it takes up even more game time.  Still overall I liked those games.

Beat it this morning. I can wait to play the sequel (but I do want to play it since it's supposedly better.)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 04, 2010, 04:47:39 AM
Beat it this morning. I can wait to play the sequel (but I do want to play it since it's supposedly better.)

The sequel captures a cinematic feeling much better than the first game (actually much better than most games), despite my rant about the shooting sections, it's one of the best ps3 games that I've played.  I hope that you enjoy it. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on July 04, 2010, 11:16:52 AM
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHJVolaC8pw
Same here.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 05, 2010, 01:54:45 AM
The sequel captures a cinematic feeling much better than the first game (actually much better than most games), despite my rant about the shooting sections, it's one of the best ps3 games that I've played.  I hope that you enjoy it. :)

I'm sure I will, given the unanimous strong praise.

This weekend I made progress in Metal Gear Solid 4 (I've so far been playing 21 hours on Big Boss Hard. I think I'm about to finish the 3rd act as I was fighting a boss (a flying creature) when I saved the game last. Also, I made the decision on the 3rd act to start skipping the cut scenes because the story/scenes are so self-indulgent. )

I also started to play Super Stardust HD. I think I'll have a blast trying to complete the arcade mode (which requires you to clear the 25 stages without saving.)





   
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on July 06, 2010, 07:13:26 AM
Drakensang - River of Time /again. Love it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Brian on July 06, 2010, 07:40:38 PM
Out of the Park Baseball 11. This game lets me become general manager of a baseball team and, although I can't actually take swings or throw pitches, I am in charge of trades, transactions, promotions and demotions, deciding who goes in the rotation and lineup, meeting payroll, setting ticket prices, and developing the minor league system. Call it a baseball game for geeks!

I started with the Opening Day 2010 Milwaukee Brewers, gutted the roster, and currently have my Brew Crew on pace to win the division in June 2012:

(So far my biggest blunder has been trading for Ryan Dempster. Since the deal went through, he's had a 9.18 ERA for me. He only cost me one mediocre prospect, but that's still a bad return.)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on July 09, 2010, 09:18:36 AM
Just bought the special edition of Monkey Island on Steam. I just got a massive nostalgic kick just by listening to the main theme again. PC gaming was so much better back when it was an exclusive hobby for basement nerds, some of those games actually had heart: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoT5qK6hpbw&feature=related

God i'd give anything to go back in those days.

[EDIT] Original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjvD3C_nvBk&feature=related
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 17, 2010, 08:45:04 AM
I tried Monkey Island, but like basically all games in that genre the puzzle solutions were all too obtuse and I had no nostalgia to make me put up with it.

An excuse for a bump:

(http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/6017/1279381858371.png)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: karlhenning on July 17, 2010, 08:48:44 AM
Playing "Genius." Rules here (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,16802.msg431158.html#new).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on July 17, 2010, 10:15:11 AM
I tried Monkey Island, but like basically all games in that genre the puzzle solutions were all too obtuse and I had no nostalgia to make me put up with it.

Sometimes they can be obtuse, other times they can be rather clever. Puzzles are only a part of the game though. The writing and story, not to mention atmosphere, make it a well worth the experience even when the puzzles are at their most illogical. Even after so many years the writing and humor still hold the same amount of charm, there really is no comparison with modern games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 17, 2010, 11:06:59 AM
Like the cartoon Lethe, so true especially brings back memories of Doom. ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on July 17, 2010, 11:12:41 AM
Like the cartoon Lethe, so true especially brings back memories of Doom. ;D
And it reminded me of Tomb Raider...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on July 17, 2010, 01:21:18 PM
Playing "Genius." Rules here (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,16802.msg431158.html#new).

Interesting game, except that it seems to have no end, but except to perpetuate itself.  Also, since each replay seems nearly identical, I'm not sure about the replay value over time.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Carnivorous Sheep on July 17, 2010, 02:44:10 PM
Playing the Starcraft II Beta, and gearing up for the release of the real deal on the 27th.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on July 17, 2010, 05:32:41 PM
Interesting game, except that it seems to have no end, but except to perpetuate itself.  Also, since each replay seems nearly identical, I'm not sure about the replay value over time.
Kind of like "discussions" with Teresa or Saul. Reading that analogy makes me wonder why I even spent time talking to them when I could be playing a good video game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CD on July 17, 2010, 06:03:38 PM
I started playing Ecco the Dolphin for Sega Genesis recently and was reminded of why I would always end up throwing that chunky controller at the TV screen in a rage. ;_;

The music is good, though.

http://www.youtube.com/v/h-ti2_KZr-Q
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on July 17, 2010, 11:05:20 PM
Kind of like "discussions" with <Poster A> and <Poster B> Reading that analogy makes me wonder why I even spent time talking to them when I could be playing a good video game.

Actually, those circular discussions remind me a lot of Pong, except that no one keeps score.

(http://blogs.theage.com.au/screenplay/archives/pong.bmp)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 18, 2010, 04:00:43 PM
Replaying Deus Ex with some texture packs to make it look acceptable. The engine has such horrible limitations that it makes me smile over how it was considered revolutionary at one point - it seems barely a step up from Quake. The texture packs are a great asset though - they replace the horribly blurry item models with remade ones (the crates now have 3D struts rather than simply being textured cubes, etc). They definitely bring the game's environments up to scratch - the character models and faces are still nasty, but it's not too bad. The biggest flaw is the engine itself - it is almost totally unable to render shadowed areas properly, and they always look very washed out even with high definition textures. The night vision goggles essentially just turn the screen green rather than enhance any light because the engine can't do that. But whatever, I love this game. The following just happened:

I sneak and dodge my way down a booby-trapped alley to see what was at the end of it, I am confronted by this scene:

(http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/6436/clipboard01.png)

It is the end of an L-shaped corner. I had just snuck past a gun turret, so I am pinned in (there are always multiple ways to deal with them if you do ever get stuck, but you'll waste an item or some health) and think "oh, it's an inanely simple video game puzzle, how cute", so I leave one small box on the ground, and lift the other on top of the explosive barrels to make some steps over the fence. I do this, and discover that the fence is ever so slightly too tall to jump over using this method.*

Rather than backtrack, I decided to suicide and reload my save from before the alley, so I shot the barrels to die in the explosion, but survived marginally. Then I noticed that the fence was actually destructable, and it had a hole in it that I could now get through. It's super cool stuff like this that makes DE amazing - it doesn't require you to do things like these for you to progress - there are always obvious paths through the missions - but despite being 10 years old, modern games still can't produce this level of variability or surprise. Barely any modern FPS has destructable scenery that is actually useful (outside of set-pieces) rather than cosmetic, and Deus Ex did it frequently on an engine that wasn't particularly designed for that. Super coolie.

*In hindsight, I could have crouched and lifted the second small crate up to the top, then put it half on the other small crate to use them both as steps, but it'd be fiddly.

I started playing Ecco the Dolphin for Sega Genesis recently and was reminded of why I would always end up throwing that chunky controller at the TV screen in a rage. ;_;
I think that the classic side scrollers just aren't fun anymore - at their worst even the best ones can be psychotic. I can see what their appeal was in a situation where this was all a kid had to do at the weekend, and they were stuck with it to recoup the large amount of money that they had paid for the game, but nowadays you have so much to choose from that who wants to invest weeks of work into a hard as hell platformer just to get a "YOU HAVE WON THE GAME: WELL DONE!" message on a blank screen at the end :-\ Maybe I'm lazy :P
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on July 18, 2010, 05:52:53 PM
@ Corey

Ecco is an awesome game. It's well worth the trouble to get to the end.

@ Lethe

Well Deus Ex, as I recall it, was never considered revolutionary in a graphical sense, but more in the sense of its plot development, and it's integration of different game genres into a workable form. Saying that, I prefer Invisible War to it, as the gameplay was a lot more open, and the storyline was more realistic.

As to the game I'm currently playing, it's easily the greatest game I've ever played, and it's called Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on July 18, 2010, 06:41:36 PM
Saying that, I prefer Invisible War to it, as the gameplay was a lot more open, and the storyline was more realistic.

No freaking way. IW was a disgrace, plain and simple.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 19, 2010, 12:35:01 AM
Well Deus Ex, as I recall it, was never considered revolutionary in a graphical sense, but more in the sense of its plot development, and it's integration of different game genres into a workable form. Saying that, I prefer Invisible War to it, as the gameplay was a lot more open, and the storyline was more realistic.

As to the game I'm currently playing, it's easily the greatest game I've ever played, and it's called Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura.
I meant the Unreal engine itself - I agree, DE was considered ugly even at the time (although in part because it required high specs not to run like a dog at high settings). Unlike many people obsessed with DE1 I was okay with Invisible War's more action-like approach, and I found enough of DE in there to enjoy, but for some reason I found the plot to be a gabled mess. If DE1 was like a compendium of established conspiracy theories tied loosely together, DE2's ideas seemed to have little rhyme or reason (spoiler: for example, discovering MJ12 in the UNATCO base in DE1 was "omg" to me at the time, but DE2's "revelations" such as the two antagonist factions being led by the same people don't really draw an interest - ignoring the coffee war ones, of course - those were awesome). In particular the whole background of DE1 with newspaper clippings, news reports, etc was effective, but DE2 just threw random out of context statements originating from JC's actions in DE1, or new fluff for DE2 on the loading screens and it gave an unnecessarily patchwork feel, which is odd given how short it is. But still, if DE3 can at least be as good as DE2 (maybe dumbed down in some ways, but learning from mistakes in others) I will be pretty satisfied.

I tried Arcanum but for some reason got stuck for a while at the people guarding the first bridge into the next town, and when I finally reached the next town it was all copy-pasted shoebox houses and I lost all motivation to continue :-\
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on July 19, 2010, 12:23:12 PM
@ Lethe

In regards to Arcanum: I'll admit that the houses in the first town all look pretty similar, although that isn't fully true as you explore it. I'd encourage you to give it another shot though. It's easily the most engrossing game I've ever played. It's one of the few games where I actually enjoy walking around in the world.

In regards to Deus EX and IW: Oh?! Well then I agree, I don't think Deus Ex really utilized the engine all that well. I'll agree that Deus Ex worked a lot better in how it constructed its plot structure, but I don't agree with your assessment of IW. I think that IW's story actually was built better, and I think the situations, contextually, were more realistic in the universe. IW was more open and gray, while Deus Ex was much more black and white. The only real flaw in IW, was that they tried to implement all of the endings from the first game, instead of simply selecting one. I felt like this could have been handled better, like how KOTOR II handled KOTOR, with some key dialogue options.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 19, 2010, 08:15:08 PM
Thanks, I'll give Arcanum another shot sometime.

Invisible War did make more improvements to the original than it is given credit for. Ths DE playthrough I found it particularly absurd how you can hack everything (even personal computers right in front of their owner sitting at the desk) without consequences. If I recall correctly, even attacking an ATM gets you attacked by nearby guards in IW. The AI is also much beter, although that isn't saying much, DE's AI was quite bad although at least they don't just stand and shoot. It also removes some of the overpowered elements like the silly dragon sword which can break open basically any door and chest, and the upgraded sniper rifle destroying cameras and turrets.

It's biggest legacy issue (and the same with DE3) is that it is un-moddable, so people can't even correct the elements they dislike (the shared ammo pool being one of the worst).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on July 19, 2010, 09:05:47 PM
The greatness of Deus Ex was based on the multiplicity of options you had at your disposal to deal with each situation of the game. Combined with a strong level design it made for a good gaming experience. IW was too restricted in that respect, which is why everybody felt it was a disappointment.

Arcanum is a great game BTW, but it has many flaws, mainly balancing and bugs. Its still a great overall experience though.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on July 20, 2010, 04:05:33 AM
@ Lethe

I do agree that it did suffer from modding issues, but that is of course because it was essentially built for the console. I'd still say I enjoyed the game experience more in IW than DE. My one true complaint, and it applies to both games, was the lack of NPC characters, but I know that FPS aren't really known for that, so it's a minor one, at best.

@ Josquin des Prez
While I agree that DE did allow more room for free play on the small scale (i.e., on separate level design) overall I would disagree, as DE forces you down one path. For me IW was the better experience. I love both games. I simply enjoyed the second more than the first, for reasons expressed in previous posts.

Also, fully agree about Arcanum, although I'm very biased towards the game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 23, 2010, 07:16:43 AM
I just found the first flash game that I considered worth playing for more than 5 minutes.

Bloons Tower Defense 4 (http://www.ninjakiwi.com/Games/Tower-Defense/Play/Bloons-Tower-Defense-4.html)

It's like Red Alert's unit building and upgrading crossed with a more arcade style like Space Invaders/Bomberman - very compulsive, and if you register a free account you can save your progress/scores. No way am I paying for the premium features, but great work for the designers making the game so playable.

Edit: Btw don't play for 5 mins and consider it unchallenging - it's one of those games that cannot be won, you can only try to hold out as long as possible. Once you reach 50 you can choose to continue (and you should - it's the most fun part of the game) - I have yet to reach round 100, but came annoyingly close a few times.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on July 23, 2010, 07:28:17 AM
Trailer for Starcraft 2 is out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_E83GfWM-A&feature=player_embedded#

Its horrible. 100% Hollywood with no thought behind it whatsoever. I had to watch the intro to Brood War again to cleanse my eyes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GMOTrIjVao
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 27, 2010, 02:50:56 PM
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/542658

This is amazing. Best 3 minute game ever.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on July 27, 2010, 05:12:11 PM
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/542658

This is amazing. Best 3 minute game ever.
Haha. That was... interesting.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 13, 2010, 09:45:39 PM
I just finished episode 2 of Doom, beating my first cyberdemon ;D

(http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/6665/doomboxart.jpg)

I hadn't played the game before and was concerned it would be too archaic, but it is actually still an excellent game. With a little tinkering, it plays well with mouselook, the level design remains good, the enemies pretty fun - especially the environmental things (explosive barrels, them fighting each other if they accidentely hit one of their own with an attack). The tilesets were also surprisingly diverse from the POV of someone who was used to seeing screenshots of only the very brown first few levels.

I actually had almost no complaints, it simply remains fun to play and very compelling even after playing games 17 years younger, and it even gave one or two scares.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on August 21, 2010, 07:26:30 PM
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ils-NolTIAg&feature=related

 :o
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: bwv 1080 on August 21, 2010, 07:47:38 PM
been playing a PBEM game of this: http://www.hpssims.com/Pages/products/PZC/PZC_minsk44/PZC_minsk44.html (http://www.hpssims.com/Pages/products/PZC/PZC_minsk44/PZC_minsk44.html), since November of last year
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Diletante on August 22, 2010, 02:32:52 PM
I've just finished Okami in its Wii version. What a great game! The music was nice (still humming some of the most memorable tunes), the whole art was awesome, the gameplay was great, it was funny and it kept me interested from beginning to end. Obviously a lot of work was put into this.

(http://i33.tinypic.com/29de5xv.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on August 22, 2010, 02:39:01 PM
I always thought Okami looked cool. It's considered a great game, anyway...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 24, 2010, 03:49:50 AM
I finally understand what the South Koreans get from e-sports. This Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/HDstarcraft) has some fun Starcraft 2 matches, and unlike real sport, they tend to be over in 10-20 minutes.

This one should appeal to anyone who has played games online and is familiar with how a fast-paced and fun game, if something statistically unlikely occurs, can become so drawn out and the game mechanics are almost unable to deal with it to allow the match to be resolved. What makes this worth watching is not just the stalemate in the second half, but the funny twist at the end of part 4 (I won't embed them all because apparently some people's PCs don't like many Youtube clips in a browser window):

http://www.youtube.com/v/qEV9niTmeOU Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aLBqeKd_lk) Part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww_w7sh6NWY) Part 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOY2ve7zHb4)

This is a more conventional match. I really like the way that the best SC players are able to fully manage up to five areas of the map simultaneously during combined attack/offense runs - sometimes the commentator misses major bits and he's only having to follow units around rather than plan and execute everything:

http://www.youtube.com/v/xRY9yflKTeY http://www.youtube.com/v/InG1qXJORBs

Edit: Also, I spy something potentially significant:

(http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/6054/waty.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on August 24, 2010, 05:49:22 AM
Starcraft 2 is serious decline, and the new Battle.net is an abomination. Personally, i would wait at least until they fix the latter, if they ever do. Blizzard really dropped the ball on this one.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 24, 2010, 06:06:33 AM
Their employees aren't happy with BN2, but it's the companies own fault for selling out to a bigger publisher because this has been forced onto them. Especially silly because I think the sellout occured after WoW came out, and WoW is essentially a licence to print money.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on August 24, 2010, 06:42:59 AM
aha so Karl secretly plays Starcraft....  ;)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: MN Dave on August 24, 2010, 06:47:05 AM
I used to play Civilization all the time but it turns out games are a great time-sucker, just like the Internet.  :-\

I wasn't that good at Civ, but I loved playing it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 24, 2010, 06:52:34 AM
Civ is one of those games that I just don't understand. I loved Alpha Centauri, but for some reason with Civ4 I got really tired of the inevitable point where if I go military the process of mopping up the enemies is so time-consuming for such an inevitable result that it is no fun. The non-military goals are faster, but feel more pointless.

I guess I should try on max difficulty before I complain about easiness, though, but I fear that my inability to fully understand the micromanaging of teraforming and building will get me mauled :-*
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: MN Dave on August 24, 2010, 06:57:06 AM
If I do play a game now, it's on my iPhone.  :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: karlhenning on August 24, 2010, 07:01:31 AM
I won't play games on my Droid. Browsing the Internet is game enough ; )
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: MN Dave on August 24, 2010, 07:04:54 AM
I won't play games on my Droid. Browsing the Internet is game enough ; )

Pretty much.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 26, 2010, 02:15:43 AM
I recently discovered the "Civilization" series. I've been playing Civilization III on the PC. Picked it up for $5 off of steam.

Fun...but I haven't even completed a single game yet! Either things get hopeless too quickly or I simply despair of warfare and quit when invaded.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on September 02, 2010, 04:27:19 AM
"Gameplay is a psychological experience: it's all in your head. The vagaries of human psychology define your game more than the laws of physics or algebra. Egomania, Paranoia, Delusion - these are tools to be wielded with precision and care. For the player, perception is reality and the center of the universe is right here. As we follow this reasoning to its logical conclusion we discover a number of amazing things, among them: everyone is above average, 2/1 is not equal to 20/10, and the player is his/her own worst enemy."

--Sid Meier
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on September 05, 2010, 10:21:21 AM
A friend convinced me to try Ultima 7. I had avoided all old RPGs until now fearing that they will offer nothing of value when contrasted with their many primitive qualities, and this one was right on the edge of being too ugly to play, but fortunately the environments are detailed enough to immerse you - the engine has more interactivity than the later Infinity Engine games, for example.

The graphics are of course pixel-art created 256 colour VGA unlike later 2D RPGs which used 3D generated or painted locations presented as 2D maps, and they do look completely amateurish by modern standards, but in terms of gameplay this has one of the better starts I've encountered in an RPG. No starting dungeon, you get dropped into the game trying to solve a murder. Quite neat.

It's abandonware, so free to download (episode 1 (http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/109/Ultima+VII+-+Part+1+-+The+Black+Gate.html) is 10mb, the standalone episode 2 (http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/438/Ultima+VII+-+Part+2+-+Serpent+Isle.html) is the same), and it worked fine on Windows 7 for me with the Exult mod (dl the binary, not source) (http://exult.sourceforge.net/download.php), which was fan-made to provide a better emulator than DOSbox specifically for Ultima 7. Download both here, unzip Ultima first, then point Exult towards the game's directory during its install. After that, running Exult should play the games perfectly without any further hassle.

Also check the Keyboard Commands section on this page (http://www.the-spoiler.com/RPG/Origin/ultima.7.2.2.html) to find a list of shortcuts (this stuff would've been in the manual for a game this old, but nowadays games are expected to be "intuitive" enough so that manuals are not neccessary).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: mc ukrneal on September 05, 2010, 10:47:03 AM
I recently discovered the "Civilization" series. I've been playing Civilization III on the PC. Picked it up for $5 off of steam.

Fun...but I haven't even completed a single game yet! Either things get hopeless too quickly or I simply despair of warfare and quit when invaded.

You are probably not building enough units early on. I love the CIV series. One of the best thinking strategy games out there.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Guido on September 05, 2010, 12:46:43 PM
I don't play many games these days, but the last one I did play was Machinarium, which is quite simply one of the finest and most beautiful games I've ever played. It's a point and click adventure a la Monkey Island, but the art work and characterisation is just wonderful. Music also amongst the best I've ever heard in a game. I cannot recommend it highly enough... it's not that expensive either.

Other than that I am just patiently waiting for Diablo 3.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: bwv 1080 on September 06, 2010, 05:57:10 AM
getting my ass kicked by the French at Ligny

(http://www.hpssims.com/pages/products/NapBat/waterloo/Waterloo2.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on September 06, 2010, 07:59:00 AM
A friend convinced me to try Ultima 7. I had avoided all old RPGs until now fearing that they will offer nothing of value when contrasted with their many primitive qualities,
Really? But old RPGs have soul!  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on September 11, 2010, 04:19:57 PM
I just bought a 1gb HD 5770 graphics card which should keep me reasonably up to pace for the next year or two (the similarly-priced but more powerful 4670 lacks directx11 support, so in the long-term will actually be slower).

It will be nice to get back into online shooters. Most women are missing a trick when they only play stuff like Farmville and Wii - blowing up online people is both satisfying and theraputic.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 19, 2010, 08:18:43 PM
Currently playing through Beyond Good and Evil on the Xbox. It's a truly quality game. Wonderful plot, but it's not really an intuitive game. It suffers from 'Myst' syndrome, where things really aren't clear, in which order they should be done, where the clue is, the importance of the clue, etc. The camera is also a bit annoying, but the writing is so good that one can easily overlook all of those quibbles.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on December 19, 2010, 08:44:34 PM
If this is your first time playing it- have fun, man!  8)
One of my favorite games of all-time- sucks you into a world like no other while being extremely fun at the same time.  :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 19, 2010, 09:01:45 PM
If this is your first time playing it- have fun, man!  8)
One of my favorite games of all-time- sucks you into a world like no other while being extremely fun at the same time.  :)

Well this is my first time actually trying to get through the game, and I'm having a lot of fun, save the issues I stated earlier. I don't really enjoy games that sort of force you to look at a faq to get through it, but I can easily overlook that because of the story and the wonderful lead character. I also love the camera aspect of it. It does add that element of immersion that I really do enjoy.

It does suck you in, but not like no other, I can think of Arcanum and Fallout for that do that sucking in ability better, but on a console, I think this might be the best yet.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on December 19, 2010, 11:40:51 PM
I might have to give it a second try - I enjoyed it for a while but gave up halfway through.

I played Resident Evil 4 for the first time a few weeks ago - lots of fun. I liked the idea of the earlier games but mostly found them too difficult to play with my kind of item hoarding personality "omg I used 4 bullets on that zombie, reload reload" etc.

RE4 is more arcadey and really fun. It's also easy, which is handy.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on December 20, 2010, 04:16:37 AM
Currently Multitasking between Total War Napoleon.  (Where my French generals are dropping like flies) and Fallout New Vegas.  If you liked Fallout 3, this has more of the same-- no breakthroughs with the game engine, but an insane amount of open ended content, and it's clear you will need to play this game at least twice to perform the majority of the quests.  I'm having a lot of fun with that  as well.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 20, 2010, 05:23:19 AM
I might have to give it a second try - I enjoyed it for a while but gave up halfway through.

It's definitely worthwhile, even if you only go around photographing the different species, but be prepared to look at a faq or a playthrough, because not everything is all that clear cut in how it is presented.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on December 20, 2010, 05:29:17 AM
If you liked Fallout 3, this has more of the same

New Vegas is a lot better then Fallout 3. Better writing, more consistent quests, lots of tweaks and refining of gameplay mechanics which made little sense in the original. Of course, its not like Fallout 3 was that great to begin with, so it was easier to fix. Incredible how such an appallingly inept developer team like Bethesda have grown so successful. Marketing over quality i guess.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on December 20, 2010, 06:36:28 AM
I might have to give it a second try - I enjoyed it for a while but gave up halfway through.

I played Resident Evil 4 for the first time a few weeks ago - lots of fun. I liked the idea of the earlier games but mostly found them too difficult to play with my kind of item hoarding personality "omg I used 4 bullets on that zombie, reload reload" etc.

RE4 is more arcadey and really fun. It's also easy, which is handy.
lol I still haven't played through the second time to get infinite rocket launcher bullets.
What do you think about the girl, Ashley? I like telling her to wait in the garbage can. Sometimes I wish I could just leave her there.  :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: MN Dave on December 20, 2010, 06:37:34 AM
CIVILIZATION: REVOLUTION for iPhone.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 20, 2010, 06:38:19 AM
New Vegas is a lot better then Fallout 3. Better writing, more consistent quests, lots of tweaks and refining of gameplay mechanics which made little sense in the original. Of course, its not like Fallout 3 was that great to begin with, so it was easier to fix. Incredible how such an appallingly inept developer team like Bethesda have grown so successful. Marketing over quality i guess.

Well Daggerfall was one of the most astonishing games ever created, so that probably allowed them a fair amount of street cred, and that they could develop Morrowwind on a console, was also fairly impressive, even though I find their games quite lacking. It was still quite a feat.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on December 20, 2010, 06:54:41 AM
Well Daggerfall was one of the most astonishing games ever created, so that probably allowed them a fair amount of street cred, and that they could develop Morrowwind on a console, was also fairly impressive, even though I find their games quite lacking. It was still quite a feat.

Daggerfall was created by an entirely different team thought. I'm talking about the current iteration of Bethesda led by that retard of Todd Howard. Julian Lefay and company wrote a truly wonderful system and its sad to see it being raped like that.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: bwv 1080 on December 20, 2010, 07:35:07 AM
looking forward to this arriving

(http://www.matrixgames.com/images/3dbox/170x220/WITE-3dBox-170x220.gif)

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Gary Grigsby’s War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945is the spiritual heir to the great Eastern Front board and computer wargames of the past; a turn-based World War II strategy game down to the division and brigade level, stretching across the entire Eastern Front at a 10 mile per hex scale.  Gamers can engage in massive, dramatic campaigns, including intense battles involving thousands of units with realistic and historical terrain, weather, orders of battle, logistics and combat results.  As with all the award-winning titles made by the 2by3 Games team, factors such as supply, fatigue, experience, morale and the skill of your divisional, corps and army leaders all play an important part in determining the results at the front line. Gary Grigsby’s War in the East comes with 4 massive campaigns as well as many smaller scenarios all with different strategic and operational challenges.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: MN Dave on December 20, 2010, 07:38:44 AM
looking forward to this arriving

When I was younger, I belonged to this wargaming/role-playing group. In one room, we'd be playing D&D, while in the other, the older gents had this huge WWII wargame laid out that took just forever to play.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 20, 2010, 07:39:55 AM
Daggerfall was created by an entirely different team thought. I'm talking about the current iteration of Bethesda led by that retard of Todd Howard. Julian Lefay and company wrote a truly wonderful system and its sad to see it being raped like that.

Yep, that's true. They were developed by different teams, but I wouldn't go as far as you go. Morrowwind had some really nice elements. It was just too unwiedly. I think they wanted to do everything all at once, and in so doing, failed in the project as a whole. If they had been a bit more rational in their approach, Morrowwind had the chance to be a brilliant game. One would think with the world they created, that you could get lost in the fantasy of it, but I just got sleepy.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on December 20, 2010, 07:50:35 AM
lol I still haven't played through the second time to get infinite rocket launcher bullets.
What do you think about the girl, Ashley? I like telling her to wait in the garbage can. Sometimes I wish I could just leave her there.  :D
I found the way she moves around really clever - you climb the ladder, then press action to catch her when she jumps, very fluid, although it does make you wonder why she can't climb herself. In practice it's kind of annoying keeping an eye on her as well as fending off mobs :-\
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on December 20, 2010, 07:53:46 AM
I've been playing Donkey Kong Country Returns and Metroid: Other M on Nintendo Wii. I have also been playing Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on December 20, 2010, 08:52:52 AM
I wonder how Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet are...
I tried playing LittleBigPlanet at Best Buy before, but I couldn't figure it out. Very, very interesting graphics in that game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 20, 2010, 10:34:33 AM
On a note, generally unrelated, I'll finally be picking up a 360, next year, when Beyond Good and Evil 2 is released.

Here's some early gameplay footage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVwTrjwautQ
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on December 20, 2010, 06:19:04 PM
Wow, I didn't know they are making a sequel!  :o
Looks cool, too... I hope they have a good story, though (not just good graphics). Maybe they'll have her uncle return, too.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 20, 2010, 06:21:17 PM
Wow, I didn't know they are making a sequel!  :o
Looks cool, too... I hope they have a good story, though (not just good graphics). Maybe they'll have her uncle return, too.

The "official" teaser trailer stars him.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on December 20, 2010, 07:27:20 PM
The "official" teaser trailer stars him.
Nice!  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 20, 2010, 08:21:38 PM
Nice!  8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkCXE1l5MVI

The game looks gorgeous, and the gameplay looks to be very exciting. So I'm pretty pumped about the game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on December 20, 2010, 11:09:50 PM
When I was younger, I belonged to this wargaming/role-playing group. In one room, we'd be playing D&D, while in the other, the older gents had this huge WWII wargame laid out that took just forever to play.

I must have been one of the older gents or one of the cross generational groups that did both. Almost sold a design in my teens, but the company that was going to release it collapsed.  SIgh.

I have a great love for those old hex-based board wargames-- and remember very much enjoying the Barbarossa scenario from the 4-map, many thousand-piece version of SPI's War in the East.  The scale to teh computer game looks similar, if memory serves me.

We also did take over someone's basement for the 9-map War in Europe-- I don't think we got much past 1941.

I exchange emails with James Dunnigan a while back (the designer of Panzerblitz, the "War in the East" system, and god knows how many other games.)  It was a pleasure to thank him.  He said that the growth of D&D and computer gaming made the decline of such board games inevitable.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 21, 2010, 12:14:25 AM
Just heads up to everyone--the Steam Holiday sale has began.



Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 21, 2010, 12:17:21 AM
I finally understand what the South Koreans get from e-sports. This Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/HDstarcraft) has some fun Starcraft 2 matches, and unlike real sport, they tend to be over in 10-20 minutes.

This one should appeal to anyone who has played games online and is familiar with how a fast-paced and fun game, if something statistically unlikely occurs, can become so drawn out and the game mechanics are almost unable to deal with it to allow the match to be resolved. What makes this worth watching is not just the stalemate in the second half, but the funny twist at the end of part 4 (I won't embed them all because apparently some people's PCs don't like many Youtube clips in a browser window):

http://www.youtube.com/v/qEV9niTmeOU Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aLBqeKd_lk) Part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww_w7sh6NWY) Part 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOY2ve7zHb4)

I saw this the other day. So suspenseful and hilarious!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 21, 2010, 12:22:52 AM
I've been playing Donkey Kong Country Returns and Metroid: Other M on Nintendo Wii. I have also been playing Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet on PS3.

The original Donkey Kong Country games for the Super Nintendo contained some of the most inspired videogame soundtracks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73n7HTcmb5g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v2WJi6RHj4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXQHYkB0CPI
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on December 21, 2010, 02:48:48 AM
I saw this the other day. So suspenseful and hilarious!
Thanks for reminding me of this - I find professional Starcraft matches much more fun to watch than to play...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on December 22, 2010, 09:53:57 AM
Bought Gothic 2 from http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/gothic_2_gold_edition

(http://www.kreis-kleve.de/c12570cb0037ac59/files/gothic_2_-_die_nacht_des_raben.jpg/$file/gothic_2_-_die_nacht_des_raben.jpg)

Everyone knows it's maybe THE BEST role playing adventures ever, but I never played it due to lack of time. Now I started. At the moment I'm in the first town talking to many people... Yeah, I like it. BTW, will I get a map somewhere?

I like the immediate consequences of things you do. Drag your sword, and friendly people will soon kill you :)

I tried to play Risen Demo on my Notebook, but it's a bit too hard for my W500 Thinkpad. That's why I got Gothic then.

BTW, the imho best rpg forum (many very knowledgeable people there) is on rpgwatch.com
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on December 22, 2010, 09:58:16 AM
BTW, I recommend everybody to play Riven, it's the best in the Myst series if you ask me. It's sooooo lovely.
http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/riven_the_sequel_to_myst

(http://www.mysterium.ch/riven/pictures/riven_03.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidRoss on December 22, 2010, 10:03:00 AM
I liked it.  Enjoyed the look and the puzzle solving.  This and Fallout 3 held my attention. 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidRoss on December 22, 2010, 10:14:18 AM
On a note, generally unrelated, I'll finally be picking up a 360, next year, when Beyond Good and Evil 2 is released.

Here's some early gameplay footage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVwTrjwautQ
That does look good.  Hmmm.  Haven't checked into gaming in a couple of years, not since Crysis & Fallout 3. 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Brian on December 22, 2010, 10:26:39 AM
That does look good.  Hmmm.  Haven't checked into gaming in a couple of years, not since Crysis & Fallout 3.

Hey, maybe you could help me with MY game. I'm doing a baseball sim called Out of the Park, where you play as the general manager rather than one of the athletes. My 2012 Brewers are first in the NL Central at the all-star break, but they've lost 8 of their last 11.

My starting rotation looks like this:
Zack Greinke
Yovani Gallardo
Cliff Lee
Rick Porcello
Ryan Dempster

But Dempster's walking about 1 guy per inning and posting an 8.01 ERA (opponents are batting .310 off him), and Cliff Lee just tore something or other and is out for six months! This season's gonna be a nail-biter... Porcello is absolutely fantastic (sub-2.00 ERA), so I am thinking that if I can crawl into the playoffs, my three-man rotation would definitely be fantastic. But is it worth panicking and trading for starting pitching now?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 22, 2010, 10:41:14 AM
BTW, I recommend everybody to play Riven, it's the best in the Myst series if you ask me. It's sooooo lovely.
http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/riven_the_sequel_to_myst

(http://www.mysterium.ch/riven/pictures/riven_03.jpg)

I fully agree with you there.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 22, 2010, 10:42:58 AM
That does look good.  Hmmm.  Haven't checked into gaming in a couple of years, not since Crysis & Fallout 3.

I'm impressed with what I've seen so far, and the man behind the game is a rather inventive fellow, so I have rather high hopes for it.

New Vegas is another game that I'll be considering, a friend of mine who has similar tastes, extolls the virtues of this game above all others from this new generation of games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidRoss on December 22, 2010, 10:48:15 AM
New Vegas is another game that I'll be considering
That's the next Fallout, right?  Same engine.  Looks as if there were some pre-order enticements for those plugged into the gaming world:
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Fallout: New Vegas had 4 different pre-order bonuses, the Classic Pack, Caravan Pack, Tribal Pack, and Mercenary Pack. As the game has already been released, they are no longer available. Each one had a unique suit of armor and a unique weapon not found in-game, along with a few other items that are available in-game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 22, 2010, 10:50:37 AM
That's the next Fallout, right?

Yes, but with Obsidian behind the game, which for me, essentially means that it will be a fantastic game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on December 22, 2010, 11:12:09 AM
Yes, but with Obsidian behind the game, which for me, essentially means that it will be a fantastic game.

I've been playing New Vegas for the last couple weeks.  I'm sure this is easily 150 hours per play-through.

The engine and graphics are much the same as Fallout 3, with a couple minor tweaks.  Maybe not the most cutting edge, but the ambience is nice.   The setup in the beginning gets you into the action quicker, but doesn't let you develop your character as much.  The biggest change in play is the factions-- instead of deciding to be good or evil, you need to choose among 3 large factions for allegience (or else try to go your own way) and numerous small factions.  As I recall, the number of side quests here is much larger, and many are mutually exclusive, so you'll probably be tempted to play at least three times just to do all (or most) of the quests.

Many more potential followers as well

Hardcore mode makes you have ammo count against your weight, and keeps track of your sleeping, eating and hyrdration.  I'm a wimp.  The new Survival skill seems to only really be useful for hardcore mode.  (Sorry I took it) If you want, you can collect plants to make potions, and spent ammo to fashion new stuff.  Not sure if its worth the time.   Many of the skill books and aids are only temporary, and wear off.


 Early releases have been buggy- save often and sometimes bad guys are trapped by clipping errors.  Funny, I crashed a lot in the beginning, but once I got to a higher level I've not had problems.  Some reports made this sound a lot buggier than Fallout 3.

On the whole?  In terms of content, its pretty staggering, as I've hardly done any of the main quest-- i'm just wandering around on side quests and building up my level (About to turn 17).  It's also clear that the replay value will be higher, if anything in Fallout 3, just to you can explore 4 major allegience paths.  The writing is pretty interesting in terms of the scope, but the wording can be awkward.


Oh yes, just to make life special, there are new and improved Deathclaws.   


If you liked Fallout 3, and want a LOT of content for a pretty wide open experience, I wouldn't hesitate to get it.  If you're looking for a major upgrade to the Fallout Franchise, this would not be it. 

For me-- I'm a happy camper.  And I still haven't made it to the strip in New Vegas.

I'm loving the voice of Wayne Newton on one of the inane radio channels.  Also the Super Mutant Radio station is very entertaining.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidRoss on December 22, 2010, 11:36:28 AM
Shoot--I'm tempted.  Fallout 3 was the most immersive gaming experience I've had.  Played the main quest with multiple side quests en route, loved exploring the world, and was challenged by a couple of the levels and wondered if I would ever find my way out of that circa 1960 small town America simulation.  Enhanced Deathclaws?  Good Lord! 

I bought it and Crysis just to check out the state of the art at the time and to give my college aged boys something to mess with while they were home for the holidays that year.  All three of us enjoyed it, me for the problem-solving aspect, the boys for the RPG and FPS elements.  Then I played it for about three solid weeks, varying the character skills and replaying quests with different strategies/weapons choices.  And then I paired up with the super-mutant sidekick and ran around with full-tilt armor and a chain gun killing everything in sight.  Afraid Vegas would suck me in again, but I'm tempted.

And I doubt I could resist the next gen engine for more than a minute or two!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 22, 2010, 11:51:43 AM
@ DavidRoss

If you liked the feel of Fallout 3; you might want to look at the Bioshock series.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidRoss on December 22, 2010, 12:18:54 PM
@ DavidRoss

If you liked the feel of Fallout 3; you might want to look at the Bioshock series.
Yes, I was interested, but the SecuROM issues made it no-sale as afar as I'm concerned.  I won't support a system that penalizes honest folks instead of punishing the crooks.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 22, 2010, 01:58:53 PM
Yes, I was interested, but the SecuROM issues made it no-sale as afar as I'm concerned.  I won't support a system that penalizes honest folks instead of punishing the crooks.

I feel you on that. The game is supposed to be pretty amazing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on December 22, 2010, 02:26:29 PM
Its a good shooter, but its not exactly a masterpiece. The System Shock games were much better.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on December 22, 2010, 03:02:16 PM
Its a good shooter, but its not exactly a masterpiece. The System Shock games were much better.

While that is quite true, given his liking for Fallout 3, and its setting, I suggested Bioshock, because it does share some parallels.

But the System Shock games were quite a thrill.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on December 22, 2010, 04:01:09 PM
BTW, I recommend everybody to play Riven, it's the best in the Myst series if you ask me. It's sooooo lovely.
http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/riven_the_sequel_to_myst (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/riven_the_sequel_to_myst)

(http://www.mysterium.ch/riven/pictures/riven_03.jpg)

Another fan here. I also like the soundtrack a lot. I listen to it very often. Myst IV, Revelation, is also good.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on December 22, 2010, 04:02:05 PM
While that is quite true, given his liking for Fallout 3, and its setting, I suggested Bioshock, because it does share some parallels.

Well, Fallout 3 is a free roaming sandbox RPG with crappy dialog, crappy quests, crappy combat system, crappy visuals and, well, crappy everything really, but which somehow is still capable of engrossing people due to its scope. Bioshock is a railroaded shooter mixed with RPG elements, average combat and decent visuals. So what you get is a lot less freedom but a bit more quality. Frankly, he's better off with New Vegas. Same as Fallout 3 but with better writing and a few gameplay refinements.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on January 05, 2011, 05:44:10 AM
Installing WoW Cataclysm.

I am like a fish on a hook :'(

Edit: Golly, this fellow named King Greymane turned out to be a werewolf? What a startling bolt from the blue.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: drogulus on January 13, 2011, 09:54:58 PM

     Only games I understand are FPS....the word "quest" gives me the heebie-jeebies.

     Could I have Neanderthal DNA?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on January 13, 2011, 10:43:12 PM
     Only games I understand are FPS....the word "quest" gives me the heebie-jeebies.

     Could I have Neanderthal DNA?

That is a little like my best friend - she can only "grasp" FPS with very minimal action - i.e. something close to real life in terms of both viewpoint and setting. Sadly this means that there's almost nothing for her to play :P Everything else she finds boring.

But, yes, your inability to carry out epic deeds for the king and his city by way of clearing mines of kobolds, seeking out the ghost pirate's lair and collecting stolen coins from the stomachs of boars for the reward of improved armour and weaponry do mean that you are in some profound way a girly man ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: drogulus on January 14, 2011, 03:08:09 AM
    I do like Luxor: Quest for the Afterlife. That has "quest" in it. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/grin.gif)

    (http://games.bigfishgames.com/en_luxor-quest-for-the-afterlife/screen1.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: John Copeland on January 14, 2011, 07:49:06 AM
    I do like Luxor: Quest for the Afterlife. That has "quest" in it. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/grin.gif)

LOL  drogulous is a living Conquestador!

Thread Duty:  er...I'm not playing anything...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: drogulus on January 15, 2011, 09:09:27 AM
     Does anyone here have fond memories of old games like Unreal Tournament, Quake or any of their offspring? I do, naturally. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif) Speaking of which....I might seek out a DL of UT from somewhere. It's been awhile...(dissolve)

     (http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/3368/unrealtournamentlogo.jpg)

     Ah....I found the old demo I used to play. It works on Win 7 in XP compatibility mode, a minor miracle!

     
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on February 01, 2011, 02:06:50 AM
This is gonna be a great year:

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Duke Nukem: Forever never ever released
The legend of Zelda: Skyward sword.
Portal 2.

Just one question: When will Valve release Half life 2: episode 3?! Or, actually it really is more like Half Life 3: episode 3.

P.S. Oh, and by the way, FF VI is IMO way better than FF VII or FF IX.
P.P.S. Sam & Max Season 4, when will I laugh again?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on February 01, 2011, 06:14:58 AM
I've played the beginning of FF VI, and it seems great. I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up liking it as much as the others.

I tried installing two games on my computer yesterday: Silent Hill 2 and Bioshock. The first works fine, but the second... my laptop can't quite handle it. I guess high-end video games are the only reason to buy a powerful desktop (or, preferably, putting together a customized PC, which is cheaper).

But, I don't like sitting down on the computer- I like laying down and using my laptop, so I don't know how I'll be able to play Bioshock like this...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on February 01, 2011, 06:22:55 AM
I hope you like SH2, IMO it's the best of the series.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on February 01, 2011, 06:28:40 AM
That's the general impression of what I've read. "Silent Hill 2 is the best and has the best story" and "Silent Hill 3 is the creepiest and most disturbing." I might have to try 3 as well, then.  :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on February 01, 2011, 06:34:04 AM
1-3 are all very good, 4 is okay, and interesting for trying something different. The biggest change was between 2-3. 1 and 2 had a lot of outdoor environments, 3 was almost exclusively indoor, with mandatory sewer levels, and that made it much less fun for me. The first I'd definitely suggest playing too, as it allows you to explore the town in a way the second doesn't.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on February 01, 2011, 08:06:59 AM
I've played the beginning of FF VI, and it seems great. I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up liking it as much as the others.

That's my favorite RPG, and the best FF (though VII comes close.)

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on February 01, 2011, 12:26:14 PM
That's my favorite RPG, and the best FF (though VII comes close.)

Because of that line Kefka spares your life. All hail Kefka!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on February 02, 2011, 08:36:43 AM
Because of that line Kefka spares your life. All hail Kefka!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hqmeDtVEoE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hqmeDtVEoE)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on February 02, 2011, 10:33:26 AM
The orchestral version sounds cooler.

http://www.youtube.com/v/i0diTY8Ex14&feature=related

Though in terms of themes, Sephiroth's theme is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more evil sounding (especially the orchestral version).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on February 02, 2011, 07:16:10 PM
Greg, do share your thoughts about the game after you finish it. I'm reluctant to talk about it lest I spoil anything for you.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on February 03, 2011, 01:12:42 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YyNSVUqEao

If by Sephiroth's theme you mean one winged angel... then you must compare it with Kefka Dancing Mad, not with Kefka's theme. Kefka dancing mad begins after Kefka's theme in 1:19, goes through four phases. Second and third phase are my favorites, that uh-uh-uh-choir is badass and I would love to hear that organ part in church :P

And in case some of you didn't know, FF VI has also opera scene. :P

And Sephiroth: you tried to destroy the world and you failed. Kefka tried to destroy the world... and succeeded!   >:D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: greg on February 03, 2011, 07:25:14 AM
Greg, do share your thoughts about the game after you finish it. I'm reluctant to talk about it lest I spoil anything for you.
Can you wait several years?  :D
Really, I don't have tons of time to invest in stuff like this. I just played SH2 for about 15 minutes, and then turned it off and felt guilty about even playing it when I need to be working.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on February 17, 2011, 03:39:24 PM
http://greatgatsbygame.com/

Raging so hard at the boss. Even with the "standing at edge" tactic I can't hit it without being hit ;_: I suck at platformers.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on February 17, 2011, 05:30:23 PM
I haven't played many video games in awhile. The last games I played were from last month or so and they were the following:


(http://www.wingdamage.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/donkey-kong-country-review-snes-3.jpg)


A classic in my book. I loved the second installment of the series as well: Diddy's Kong Quest

(http://loyalkng.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/screwattacks-video-game-vault-ninja-warriors-taito-for-super-nintendo.jpg)


A very hard to find game now, this game is the SNES adaptation of the arcade game. This is such a fun game. Great action.

(http://cdn1.gamepro.com/box/box_111001-hd.jpg)


I almost have this game beat. I was very surprised by how good this game was even after reading all the negative reviews. It's essentially an advanced version of Resident Evil 4, but with different characters. Thankfully, I never played that game and I loved this one.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on February 17, 2011, 05:42:57 PM
I wonder how Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet are...
I tried playing LittleBigPlanet at Best Buy before, but I couldn't figure it out. Very, very interesting graphics in that game.

Sorry for the late response, Greg, but I love Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet. Both games are great and really were apart of my reasons for buying a PS3 along with the series Uncharted, which is one of the most amazing gaming experiences I've had on any of the Playstation systems. Sony is coming out with a third installment to Uncharted, so I will be buying that one when it comes out. There is also another game that is keeping my interest peaked and it's The Last Guardian, which is from the innovative team who created Ico and Shadow of the Colossus for the PS2. If you haven't played these two games, then you should definitely see if you can't download them or buy them from a second-hand shop. They are so much fun and addicting!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 17, 2011, 07:08:05 PM
http://greatgatsbygame.com/

Raging so hard at the boss. Even with the "standing at edge" tactic I can't hit it without being hit ;_: I suck at platformers.
I played Level 1 of that. Silly stuff, there, jumping over butlers and drunk guys throwing wine bottles...
I liked the Game Over screen because it was appropriate, "Game Over, old sport."


Sorry for the late response, Greg, but I love Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet. Both games are great and really were apart of my reasons for buying a PS3 along with the series Uncharted, which is one of the most amazing gaming experiences I've had on any of the Playstation systems. Sony is coming out with a third installment to Uncharted, so I will be buying that one when it comes out. There is also another game that is keeping my interest peaked and it's The Last Guardian, which is from the innovative team who created Ico and Shadow of the Colossus for the PS2. If you haven't played these two games, then you should definitely see if you can't download them or buy them from a second-hand shop. They are so much fun and addicting!
Cool... I've also heard good stuff about Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, though I haven't heard about The Last Guardian.

Right now, having fun playing a bit of Silent Hill 2 on and off. I'll probably take months to beat it, since I'm not playing much.
It's fun playing it in the dark, in complete silence...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on February 17, 2011, 07:16:13 PM
Cool... I've also heard good stuff about Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, though I haven't heard about The Last Guardian.

Right now, having fun playing a bit of Silent Hill 2 on and off. I'll probably take months to beat it, since I'm not playing much.
It's fun playing it in the dark, in complete silence...

Sony will be releasing Ico and Shadow of the Colossus on the PS3 in HD format sometime this year. Even though I've played (and own) both games, I can only imagine how great the games will look with an HD picture enhancement. I suppose Sony is releasing these titles, as they did with the previous God of War games, to wet our appetite for the main course coming later this year (hopefully).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: chasmaniac on February 18, 2011, 03:18:53 AM
Gary Grigsby's War in the East.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 21, 2011, 06:49:25 PM
Here's a cool article about the guy who got the source code of Half Life 2 before it was released:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-02-21-the-boy-who-stole-half-life-2-article?page=1
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on February 22, 2011, 05:50:23 PM
Sorry for the late response, Greg, but I love Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet. Both games are great and really were apart of my reasons for buying a PS3 along with the series Uncharted, which is one of the most amazing gaming experiences I've had on any of the Playstation systems. Sony is coming out with a third installment to Uncharted, so I will be buying that one when it comes out. There is also another game that is keeping my interest peaked and it's The Last Guardian, which is from the innovative team who created Ico and Shadow of the Colossus for the PS2. If you haven't played these two games, then you should definitely see if you can't download them or buy them from a second-hand shop. They are so much fun and addicting!

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are greating re-released on the PS3 in HD format on the same disc. It'll be called the Team Ico collection. Haven't played either and I'll eventually buy that compilation as people speak highly of those games. =D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: John Copeland on February 23, 2011, 05:46:19 AM
It is grim.  I sold my XBox360, steering wheel, the lot, so I could concentrate on writing instead of frittering away playing games.  But I miss games!   :(
On my laptop right now I have ressurected a game made 10 years ago, called Grand Prix 4.
 :( :'(
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on February 23, 2011, 06:48:23 AM
Gary Grigsby's War in the East.

Curious what you think of it-- I'm a old military board gamer (which was probably at it's height in the 70s), and have been wondering about computer games that can scratch the same itch.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 23, 2011, 06:58:51 AM
It is grim.  I sold my XBox360, steering wheel, the lot, so I could concentrate on writing instead of frittering away playing games.  But I miss games!   :(
On my laptop right now I have ressurected a game made 10 years ago, called Grand Prix 4.
 :( :'(
Arrrghh... somehow this reminded me of a game I used to play up until around 7 years ago- a racing game called "Pod." Now I'm going to have to play this again...

Anyways, I'm not sure selling that stuff was a good idea- maybe just learning how to play for a very short time each day (and only if you have a strong urge to play in the first place)?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: bwv 1080 on February 23, 2011, 08:52:21 AM
Gary Grigsby's War in the East.

How are you liking it?  I have it, but have not been able to find the time to play it much. 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: John Copeland on February 23, 2011, 12:45:05 PM
Arrrghh... somehow this reminded me of a game I used to play up until around 7 years ago- a racing game called "Pod." Now I'm going to have to play this again...
Anyways, I'm not sure selling that stuff was a good idea- maybe just learning how to play for a very short time each day (and only if you have a strong urge to play in the first place)?

Thank you Greg.  I never did try Pod, but everything in me wants to race...almost all the time...and race...and win....and race...and race...online racing with F1 2010 was gobbling up my days.   :(  The only way to cure myself was to get rid of the darn thing.   :(
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on February 24, 2011, 06:00:47 AM
I'm currentlt playing Dead Space.
(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR619iYAZMk9OOXSgk5N6a42mT7Zq1ZrDwJ-7P75RH1uHPYd7B7PQ&t=1)

Funny thing is that I bought it a year ago, but "unfortunately" bought one of the Sega Total War series at the same time.  End result is that I ended up buying all of the Sega Total War series, and playing them pretty compulsively.  Got back into console gaming with Fallout New Vegas, and after about 150 hours, I'm willing to let it go.  (For all of it's warts, I still love the open endedness of FNV, and I must admit it was a game where you'd spend hours away from the console wondering about what to do with your virtual life).

Anyway, since Dead Space 2 is coming out, I figured I'd give the original a try.  THis is definitely one to play on a big screen with headphones and the lights out. 

Graphics are pretty sharp for a 2008 release- much better than FNV.  Atmosphere is phenomenal.  Pretty much imaging being on the Nostromo from the movie Alien, except that it had 1000 crew members originally, but they have died and mutated into voracious creatures patterned after the creature in John Carpenter's remake of the Thing.   The monsters are definitely creepy, crawl in the ductwork, and came at you from all angles in 3D.  ANd better yet, you can't kill them with headshots-- you need to employ the tactic of strategic dismemberment.

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRBunV3Es4X-mVPbOZQB59B0dyqFd-aWMsXpcEmoflNWDi6Blc1ig)

They also used an "over the shoulder view" that removes the need to have an HUD all the time.   For these alone, it's worth the ride if you like survival horror along the lines of Doom.  Pop ups for inventory and such are rendered as holographs, and are cool.  Nice creepy sounds and mumuring voices in the background.

What's not to like?  It's unbelievably linear.  Go there, get this part, fix that.  If you need help finding your objects, you can have the game display a straight line for where you need to go.  You get to interact with a few other living crew members, but there are no dialog trees.  I'm also not a big fan of puzzles-- and there are a few that may not tax your brain, but I don't get the point of punishing a  player with boredom.  When you replay the game, you can take some of the neat weapons you build with you to start over (and then jack up the complexity), but it will be the same path every time.

So, for the moment, I'm definitely enjoying it.  If you liked Alien, the remake of the Thing, and Doom, it will definitely give you some thrills, but there really isn't much strategic thought beyond getting through the next room alive.  I don't see this getting as much replay from me. 

Also, in mid March, the next Total War release is coming out, and a campaign in that will take a month or two of my gaming time.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: John Copeland on February 24, 2011, 06:30:44 PM
Can you believe this?
I AM 45 YEARS OLD.
I am playing this.
I like it.
WTF?   ???

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 24, 2011, 06:54:54 PM
Can you believe this?
I AM 45 YEARS OLD.
I am playing this.
I like it.
WTF?   ???
That's good. It means you are fun and interested in new things...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on February 25, 2011, 01:04:43 AM
Can you believe this?
I AM 45 YEARS OLD.
I am playing this.
I like it.
WTF?   ???

I got my father hooked to Warcraft II once. He was 52 at the time and had never played a video game before (except for a few old arcade classics as a teen). I guess its never too late to be a kid.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on February 25, 2011, 01:54:28 PM
I guess its never too late to be a kid.

Amen.  And as I frequently say, "If you can't be childlike, you can always be childish."
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: chasmaniac on February 26, 2011, 12:13:06 PM
Curious what you think of it-- I'm a old military board gamer (which was probably at it's height in the 70s), and have been wondering about computer games that can scratch the same itch.



Also to bwv 1080:

My comparison is to SPI's War in Europe, now DG's CWiE-win. The GG game does what the old one never quite did. Retains the scope and an essentially simple combat/movement system, while providing a gorgeous map, detailed and accurate OOBs, and a great deal of chrome in the form of detailed supply, air and support units, and command. Moreover, you can ramp up your play by letting the game handle air and support functions while you concentrate on pushing units. It has an AI that is capable on defence, and graduated difficulty levels. The UI can be clunky, but you get used to it. IMO, it is the definitive eastfront game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 26, 2011, 04:41:53 PM
I have a vague idea for the game that I want to design in the future.

<Plot>
I'm thinking it should start off in a world that is almost heavenly. There will only be women in this game that make up the entire population (20 or so years old and hot)- however, they are not sexual or anything, so it's not just a bunch of lesbians running around  ::). They don't (can't) reproduce, but can't die, either, and they also have no idea where they even came from and can't remember the beginning of their lives.

The world is an amazingly fun, innocent place until things slowly go downhill. People start dying, one by one, from some type of unknown illness until finally, your character is the last one. She is on her deathbed, and at the end of the game, accepts her death. She dies and that is the end of the game.
</Plot>

While looking at my wallpaper, I was listening to the second movement of Beethoven op.109, and imagined the character the player controlled looking like Mikuru (light brown-haired girl on the left), walking through a European-style town. While she runs around (the way girls hold their hands up when they run), the wind blows through her hair gently and discovers a pianist playing that Beethoven sonata outside, and you have the option of just standing there and listening, or leaving whenever you want.
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Swi448MKCec/TVMiXj1JXEI/AAAAAAAAOAw/maantumrDpU/s1600/suzumiya_haruhi_scan_4f9eaee1.jpg)



Of course, this is just a current idea. Most likely I'll never make a game just like this, but maybe it'll have some elements.  :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on March 01, 2011, 07:33:02 AM


Also to bwv 1080:

My comparison is to SPI's War in Europe, now DG's CWiE-win. The GG game does what the old one never quite did. Retains the scope and an essentially simple combat/movement system, while providing a gorgeous map, detailed and accurate OOBs, and a great deal of chrome in the form of detailed supply, air and support units, and command. Moreover, you can ramp up your play by letting the game handle air and support functions while you concentrate on pushing units. It has an AI that is capable on defence, and graduated difficulty levels. The UI can be clunky, but you get used to it. IMO, it is the definitive eastfront game.

Thanks for the description-- my knees still haven't recovered from a couple of campaign games from SPI's War in Europe.  (For those who aren't familiar, SPI was one of the leading companies making board wargames in the 70s, or IMO, THE leading company).

Sort of tangent, but if any of you were part of that scene, you might find it interesting.  I was doing some research a couple of years back on Situation Awareness in decision support systems, and the name of one of the authors on a paper I was reading was Al Nofi-- one of the writers to Strategy and Tactics magazine. I wrote him, primarily about the paper, but also about the old days, and got a very nice reply. After that, I took a chance and looked up Jim Dunnigan (the guy who developed most of their games), and got a really nice reply in about an hour. 

Okay, nostalgia aside, it would be nice to keep the map and pieces on a hard drive instead of devoting a room to it for several months.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Marc on March 19, 2011, 12:37:01 PM
Deeply inspired by the Formula 1 thread ànd by Bach's Die Kunst der Fuge, I played an exhibition game with NHL 2004: Atlanta Thrashers vs Calgary Flames. As it turned out, after a tough battle I myself scored the only goal of the night for the Flames, in overtime!

;D

(http://i51.tinypic.com/351s93l.jpg)

GO FLAMES, GO!!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CD on March 19, 2011, 02:56:41 PM
Last video game I beat was Super Metroid — engaging, epic length and genuinely creepy atmosphere. The music is good too.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on March 19, 2011, 02:59:12 PM
HIPSTER! :)

Edit: actually, I am one to talk - the last game I played through was Valis: The Fantasm Soldier, which was stupidly easy and annoying. The cutscenes took up almost as much time as the gameplay, and they were beyond dire - this seems a good example (skip to near the end, then it carries into the next one):

http://www.youtube.com/v/jfsw2vRQpig

After a few minutes I just went to make lunch :\
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CD on March 19, 2011, 03:04:01 PM
u_u
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on March 19, 2011, 03:59:28 PM
Playing through Arcanum (as a dwarf technologist) and Spycraft (learned about a totally new ending).

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on March 19, 2011, 04:10:25 PM
HIPSTER! :)

Edit: actually, I am one to talk - the last game I played through was Valis: The Fantasm Soldier, which was stupidly easy and annoying. The cutscenes took up almost as much time as the gameplay, and they were beyond dire - this seems a good example (skip to near the end, then it carries into the next one):
Lol... that was... quite pathetic...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: drogulus on March 20, 2011, 08:15:11 PM
     I was an Avalon Hill gamer back in the early '60s. I had D-Day, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.


 The cutscenes took up almost as much time as the gameplay, and they were beyond dire - this seems a good example (skip to near the end, then it carries into the next one):



After a few minutes I just went to make lunch :\

     Yeah, that's pretty stupefying.

     My niece likes to play board games with her uncle and (http://pested.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2009-10/fireant.jpg) when we go visit. Some of these games give me trouble because I'm supposed to act out something or draw a picture. I prefer rolling dice and moving a piece or answering a question from a card. Oh well, she turned 13 a couple weeks ago so this phase won't last much longer.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: John Copeland on March 20, 2011, 09:19:57 PM
(http://www.gamexchanger.co.uk/images/B001CN8LUA/main.jpg)

Aye.
If anyone ever plays this, I'll race their sorry asses clean off the map.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on March 24, 2011, 11:49:09 AM
Just had a shot at Homefront - well worth avoiding. The average to good mainstream reviews were no doubt bribe money - all the indies I've enountered seem to hate it for the same reasons I do: it's a rubbish game and not fun as a shooter.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on March 25, 2011, 12:59:43 PM
(http://images.wikia.com/falloutsuomi/fi/images/c/c1/Fallout2cover.jpg)

After a long pause, it's time to restart maybe the greatest RPG of all time.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on March 25, 2011, 01:01:27 PM
(http://images.wikia.com/falloutsuomi/fi/images/c/c1/Fallout2cover.jpg)

After a long pause, it's time to restart maybe the greatest RPG of all time.

After Arcanum.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CD on March 25, 2011, 02:41:33 PM
nah, it's EarthBound! :3
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on March 25, 2011, 07:01:32 PM
But who has played every RPG to know which one is the greatest?...  :-X
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on March 25, 2011, 07:06:03 PM
But who has played every RPG to know which one is the greatest?...  :-X

I have a friend who has, essentially. And he says that Planescape: Torment is the best.

... but it's really Arcanum.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on March 25, 2011, 07:18:14 PM
I have a friend who has, essentially. And he says that Planescape: Torment is the best.

... but it's really Arcanum.
Has he went to Japan and played all of the obscure RPGs that haven't been released elsewhere, as well?  ;)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on March 25, 2011, 07:19:12 PM
Has he went to Japan and played all of the obscure RPGs that haven't been released elsewhere, as well?  ;)

He hasn't gone to Japan, but he has planed most of the jrpgs. Let's just say he doesn't have much of a life...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on March 25, 2011, 07:31:05 PM
He hasn't gone to Japan, but he has planed most of the jrpgs. Let's just say he doesn't have much of a life...
Well, if he gets to play video games all day, that sounds like a fun life. I surely had more fun back in the days when all I did was play video games and guitar all day compared to now. Of course, if he has no social life at all, that's not a good thing, either.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on March 25, 2011, 07:33:48 PM
Well, if he gets to play video games all day, that sounds like a fun life. I surely had more fun back in the days when all I did was play video games and guitar all day compared to now. Of course, if he has no social life at all, that's not a good thing, either.

Well... he likes the things he likes. More power to him, he's where I get all of my anime recommendations from.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on March 26, 2011, 01:55:31 AM
Well, no. Best RPG is actually FF VI.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on March 26, 2011, 08:53:44 AM
Well, no. Best RPG is actually FF VI.

That is so far from the truth. It isn't even the best Final Fantasy.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on March 26, 2011, 01:46:43 PM
That is so far from the truth. It isn't even the best Final Fantasy.
Which is your favorite FF, out of curiosity?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on March 26, 2011, 02:10:13 PM
Which is your favorite FF, out of curiosity?

My favorite is No. 4/2, but I don't really care for that series at all (at least the playing of it).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CD on March 27, 2011, 07:24:20 AM
Playing this:

(http://www.mariowiki.com/images/thumb/4/4e/Superstars.PNG/250px-Superstars.PNG)

Really cute and fun so far — a lot like the Paper Mario games but less trippy and weird.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on March 28, 2011, 08:49:40 PM
Anyone been bitten by the Minecraft bug? It seems the ultimate mess around for a while, leave, then return to again and again kind of game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Renfield on March 29, 2011, 09:58:40 AM
This thread makes me happy whenever I return to it. :D

Re: Minecraft, I've even seen people in lecture theatres play it. Yet... Call me contrarian, but I get a Portal reaction to it: not yet.


And the best cRPG of all time is definitely Planescape: Torment, Philo's friend is right.

(The same way Mahler's 9th is unequivocally the best symphony, and other such indisputable universal truths. ;)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on March 29, 2011, 11:35:06 AM
(The same way Mahler's 9th is unequivocally the best symphony, and other such indisputable universal truths. ;)
And that's why I take this man seriously.  ;)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on March 31, 2011, 08:24:52 PM
Re: Minecraft, I've even seen people in lecture theatres play it. Yet... Call me contrarian, but I get a Portal reaction to it: not yet.

Bear in mind that it doesn't really work as a singleplayer game unless you have a plan for something (like some replica city/building) - SP is sort of like the tutorial. In survival mode online it's much more fun, collaborating to make things and dicking around in general - it's like WoW guilds but without the feeling that you're forced to do anything useful.

I recently played: You Are Empty. The terrible reviews of it are right in a lot of ways but miss the point - this is a throwback game and anyone who has played stuff like Redneck Rampage will see the charm of this old-style gameplay mechanic. The graphics aren't an issue either - the urban environments had very impressive scale and depth in their background scenery, and despite being a corridor shooter felt quite nicely expansive on rooftop parts. It is a bit of a genre game, and after the first area isn't particularly scary - more of a very slightly creepy shooter than horror. The worst thing about it was how it had a perfectly good plot, but revealed it in oblique and uninteresting ways. The artsy between-level videos should've been dropped and cutscenes added, and at least allow for some eavesdropping.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 08, 2011, 04:01:36 AM
Somehow the makers of Silent Hill 2 expect me to able to read this code.

(http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz257/ibanezmonsterg/SilentHill2-CodeforCinderellaMusicBox.jpg?t=1302267600)

And I need to in order to progress through the game. Maybe they didn't actually test through all of the possibilities?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 09, 2011, 02:46:40 PM
The word was "down." Apparently, other positive combinations people get include "doom" and "lose."  ::)
Well, I beat Silent Hill 2 and it was a pretty good game!

Now I got Half-Life 2 up and running- a little jerky on my computer, but still playable. I have high expectations for this one.  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 09, 2011, 02:57:01 PM
SH2 was a nice game, but WTF was that ending clip. Just when I thought the script had finished it had more and more and more lines of silly wiffle stuff.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 09, 2011, 03:05:13 PM
I finished it late at night and had to go to sleep. That letter at the end was so painfully tedious, "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh James!!! I miss you, darling" blah blah blah just shut the f*** up. Getting through that letter was nearly torturous.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on April 11, 2011, 12:40:47 AM
Now I got Half-Life 2 up and running- a little jerky on my computer, but still playable. I have high expectations for this one.  8)

Hopefully you have played the first one too (and Opposing force and Blue shift). Nothing beats running around in research facility complex, killing aliens because of invasion that was caused by resonance cascade and beating the shit out of highly trained soldiers as mere scientist, while The Smoking Man from X-files stalks you.

...Ok, Xen might be little annoying to some people.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 11, 2011, 02:01:33 AM
Hated Xen, not enough ammunition. I had to cheat through it :\
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 11, 2011, 05:31:45 AM
Hopefully you have played the first one too (and Opposing force and Blue shift). Nothing beats running around in research facility complex, killing aliens because of invasion that was caused by resonance cascade and beating the shit out of highly trained soldiers as mere scientist, while The Smoking Man from X-files stalks you.

...Ok, Xen might be little annoying to some people.
The original was one of my favorite games. I kinda like Xen, because it was really out there. I was thought it would have been suitable to play some Xenakis electroacoustic music in those levels.  :D

Anyone ever watch the "Freeman's Mind" channel?
http://www.youtube.com/user/freemanmind?blend=3&ob=4#p/a/u/0/JF8Kj7JB7mM

It's basically some guy making his way through Half-Life while voicing over what Freeman's thoughts are (it's professional, and pretty funny). The unfortunate thing is how long you have to wait for new videos, though.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 11, 2011, 06:31:45 AM
I've played possibly one of the worst rpgs ever: FF XIII.  Well I did for 8 hours anyway.  There is a limit to how much time I can spend walking in a straight line, going through attacks by spamming the x button, and watching angsty cut scenes.

I enjoyed Dragon Age 2, but it froze up my ps3 several times over.  And I guess the haters make valid points, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 11, 2011, 03:16:13 PM
It's really sad to hear all of that about FF XIII. Not many people like it, and it seems to be going downhill. I haven't played it, but I'm not even interested in it after having watched quite a bit on youtube. It looks stupid, and the being "too linear" thing doesn't sound promising.

Hopefully Square Enix can get their act together by the time XIV (... uhh, wait, that's an MMORPG)... I mean, XV, comes out. Or they could make a long-awaited sequel to Chrono Cross or Chrono Trigger, which they should have done years ago.

It would be cool to have a first person RPG. Think of the interactivity of Half-Life 2 mixed with the environment, story line, side quests, etc. of a Final Fantasy game...  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 11, 2011, 06:20:16 PM
It looks stupid, and the being "too linear" thing doesn't sound promising.
Yeah talk about too linear-- I walked down a small corridor for 8 hours!  Sheesh!!

Hopefully Square Enix can get their act together by the time XIV (... uhh, wait, that's an MMORPG)... I mean, XV, comes out.
The next one is actually going to be XIII-2, stupid numbering systems. 

It would be cool to have a first person RPG. Think of the interactivity of Half-Life 2 mixed with the environment, story line, side quests, etc. of a Final Fantasy game...  8)

I think that was called Fallout 3. ;D Well actually Oblivion is a first person rpg as well... and hey Skyrim comes out in Fall.  Speaking of which these are the three games I'm really looking forward to:

Skyrim
Mass Effect 3
Portal 2

And one of those comes out this month!! :)  Anyone looking forward to any of the new gamers... or am I surrounded by retro gamers?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 11, 2011, 06:47:55 PM
Ah, yes... I see what you mean about Fallout 3. I meant to say "a first person JRPG", though...

I guess I'm a semi-retro gamer.  :-[ PS1, PS2 games, etc., but not much more after that for me. Probably a good thing I don't have that distraction, though.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 11, 2011, 07:32:44 PM
I am waiting on DLC for Fallout NV, and trying to suppress the futile dream that Deus Ex 3 won't suck :c
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on April 12, 2011, 10:48:48 AM
IMO this is one of the funniest web comics ever.

http://www.hlcomic.com/

BTW, what do ya think about Red dead redemption? I personally love it, even though many might say that it is overrated (IMO, if something is overrated, it's GTA 4) and along with Vice city and San Andreas it is my favorite Rockstar game. Maybe it has something to do with my admiration concerning westerns.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 12, 2011, 12:22:43 PM
I didn't care for GTA 4 but I've enjoyed Red Dead when I rented it, want to buy it.  I feel like I'm in the wild west and I'm like wow!  In gta 4 I feel like I'm in a generic city driving a car that handles like a wet bar of soap.  It's just not my thing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on April 12, 2011, 09:01:40 PM
I've never played an MMO in my life yet from what I seen of "Guild Wars 2," it might be a game worth checking out, especially since it isn't subscription based.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5wBIPF8bGA
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on April 14, 2011, 04:48:04 AM
I am waiting on DLC for Fallout NV, and trying to suppress the futile dream that Deus Ex 3 won't suck :c

Supposedly, Avellone was in charge of that (the guy who was in charge of Torment). Its supposed to be very good, better then New Vegas at least in terms of writing. Waiting for a PC release myself.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on April 17, 2011, 07:13:06 PM
The best in the series:

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 17, 2011, 08:07:39 PM
Getting all geared up for the new Deus Ex game?

I'm playing Fable 3, like the other Fable games really goofy, it's fun.  Fun enough I can excuse the stupid replacement they have for menus. ::)

I don't even get why they thought that any gamer demographic, including casual, disliked menus??  Menus as in the thing in all of our computer programs?  The thing that everyone knows how to use?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on April 18, 2011, 01:46:46 AM
(http://s3-llnw-screenshots.wegame.com/9-3432065224079888/3432065224079888_l.jpg)

Its going to be prophetic. Mark my word.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 18, 2011, 04:40:52 AM
Getting all geared up for the new Deus Ex game?

I'm playing Fable 3, like the other Fable games really goofy, it's fun.  Fun enough I can excuse the stupid replacement they have for menus. ::)

I don't even get why they thought that any gamer demographic, including casual, disliked menus??  Menus as in the thing in all of our computer programs?  The thing that everyone knows how to use?
So what do they use instead of menus? I couldn't imagine a game of any complexity being playable without menus.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 18, 2011, 05:13:38 AM
Starcraft 2 player Jinro returning home for a few days to compete in a tournament. It's cute to see a professional gamer who has parents who are actually interested in what he does - his dad watches all his matches, etc. Often parents tend to all but disown their kids if they try to go down this career path.

(http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/9582/jinroparonen.jpg) (http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/spela/article12860418.ab)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 18, 2011, 05:25:08 AM
So what do they use instead of menus? I couldn't imagine a game of any complexity being playable without menus.

It's called the sanctuary, when you hit start you go there and it's like a house filled with rooms.  For instance want to change your weapon, you click start to go to the armory and then either you hit left on the D-pad or you walk into the armory go up to the weapon you want to equip, select a, then select a again.  Then you can hit start again to go back into the game.

With a menu system it would take 10-20 seconds, with the sanctuary it takes closer to a minute. ::)

(http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/11/119398/1656567-fable_iii_screenshot__sanctuary__super.jpg)
(http://gamingbolt.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/fable3-sanctuary.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 18, 2011, 05:26:07 AM
Its going to be prophetic. Mark my word.

Wow!  It's not even out yet!  I'll play it anyway but if you're right, dang I'll admit it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 18, 2011, 05:30:54 AM
It's called the sanctuary, when you hit start you go there and it's like a house filled with rooms.  For instance want to change your weapon, you click start to go to the armory and then either you hit left on the D-pad or you walk into the armory go up to the weapon you want to equip, select a, then select a again.  Then you can hit start again to go back into the game.
Lol, that's a really dumb idea.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on April 18, 2011, 01:18:23 PM
I don't even get why they thought that any gamer demographic, including casual, disliked menus??  Menus as in the thing in all of our computer programs?  The thing that everyone knows how to use?

Must be a console thing. Lowest common denominator, and all that.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 18, 2011, 01:29:27 PM
Must be a console thing. Lowest common denominator, and all that.

You laugh now... but most of the pc games these days are just console ports.  That's why I put my desktop away.  The console demographic is the only demographic devs care about these days.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on April 18, 2011, 02:13:29 PM
(http://s3-llnw-screenshots.wegame.com/9-3432065224079888/3432065224079888_l.jpg)

Its going to be prophetic. Mark my word.

That picture should be flipped.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 18, 2011, 02:22:36 PM
I'm reminded of this, and even though I liked DA 2, it's pretty true:

(http://i55.tinypic.com/25stp40.jpg) (http://i55.tinypic.com/25stp40.jpg) (click on it to see a bigger version of the picture)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on April 18, 2011, 05:37:31 PM
I'm reminded of this, and even though I liked DA 2, it's pretty true:

(http://i55.tinypic.com/25stp40.jpg) (http://i55.tinypic.com/25stp40.jpg) (click on it to see a bigger version of the picture)

I don't think that's true at all. If you want obnoxious dialogue trees, just go the Elder Scroll route.

Also, there is this:
http://www.youtube.com/v/_CaSKhrURIw
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on April 18, 2011, 09:59:25 PM
Elder Scrolls don't have dialog threes, just wiki style topic windows. Worked fine on Daggerfall, not so much in the rest of the series.

And i hope you are not hinting that Torment dialog system was in any way "obnoxious". Even disregarding the atrocious amount of dumping down, Bioware's new wheel system is just plain stupid. Half the time the character's dialog line doesn't even reflect the choice you made. Not that it matters of course, since the outcome is the same regardless. 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 19, 2011, 04:56:14 AM
Glad to see I'm not the only one that dislikes Bioware's tree.  Choosing between good, evil and sarcastic is not much of a choice.  Perhaps I would like a chance to choose an actual different response other than three shades of "I'll do it".
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on April 19, 2011, 01:39:08 PM
Elder Scrolls don't have dialog threes, just wiki style topic windows. Worked fine on Daggerfall, not so much in the rest of the series.

And i hope you are not hinting that Torment dialog system was in any way "obnoxious". Even disregarding the atrocious amount of dumping down, Bioware's new wheel system is just plain stupid. Half the time the character's dialog line doesn't even reflect the choice you made. Not that it matters of course, since the outcome is the same regardless.

Elder scrolls tree is definitely structured like an encyclopedia, but it is still a tree.

It was obnoxious, but in a good way. I adore the insane amount of choices available.

I will agree with your last statement, mostly.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Renfield on April 20, 2011, 11:45:17 AM
Without wanting to be 'that guy', I think you gentlemen may be selling Bioware's dialogue system a little short. The 'wheel' was put to use by Obsidian in Alpha Protocol, and had little issue coping with a wide variety of choices there*. Ditto for Bioware's own DA2, to a greater extent than the Mass Effects.


Contemporary gamer here, BTW. :P Just not always with enough time on my hands to post in a timely fashion!

Re: Deus Ex 3, it will either work, or it won't. At worst, it'll be a well-engineered fan tribute, a la Heroes V. I honestly don't think they'd risk the brand with a game that is bad per se; what the audience will claim, however, is another issue. DA2 reminded me how dumb the PC Gaming Master Race really is!

And that's speaking as someone who didn't own a console until 10 years after I played my first PC game. 8)



*Unless by 'wide' you mean 'Fallout 2' (or New Vegas) - a niche experiment on player choice, despite my being very much in that niche.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 20, 2011, 12:01:00 PM
Even ignoring the idiot wheel, DA2 was depressingly unacceptable. The texture work was also horrible, the weren't even pretending that this wasn't an Xbox game. The opening is as bad as I can recall in any modern game, thrown into a shitty brown desert with a cohort of idiots with no personality and a plot scrawled on the back of a napkin.

(http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/9224/ragei.jpg)

I am of course kind of biased against this even more than its badness warrants as I was witness to what a bullshit company Bioware now is. 4chan's /v/ was basically ruined for the runup to release due to their attempts at marketing, which in turn created a backlash, which basically led to the most intense trolling shitstorm which locked the whole place down. Taking advantage of social media is one thing, but realising you have a turd on your hands and instead of listening to fan feedback,* scrambling to make fake positive feedback on every aggregator you can find is just behaviour that indicates this is a company gone badly astray.

*From people on the official forums with accounts dated years old and lengthy posting records - not same-day signups. They just locked every thread trying to discuss it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 20, 2011, 12:43:57 PM
Without wanting to be 'that guy', I think you gentlemen may be selling Bioware's dialogue system a little short. The 'wheel' was put to use by Obsidian in Alpha Protocol, and had little issue coping with a wide variety of choices there*. Ditto for Bioware's own DA2, to a greater extent than the Mass Effects.

I haven't played Alpha Protocol since the previous Obsidian games I've played were buggy, broken and incomplete.  But I've played all of those Bioware games and I've noticed in DA 2 and ME 2 you really don't have any options other than karma related.  I mean you have

* I won't do it (if an optional side quest).
* I'll do it because I'm an angel.
* I'll do it for gold.
* I'll do it because I'm evil.
* Sarcastic joke and I'll do it.

... and it's always a fetch quest in DA 2.  That's not choice.  In other rpgs like Dragon Age 1, Oblivion, Knights of the Old Republic etc you faced moral dilemmas, or an inability to complete the quest if you took another quest, and they involved diplomacy, solving a mystery, theft, murder other neat things. 

In DA 2 the only real choices you have are at the end of the game... and they result in the same boss battles anyway!  In ME 2 I don't think you really have any choice in the game.  Contrast that with Vampires: Masquerade Bloodlines in which you had four different endings and great replay value.  Or constrast with Dragon Age 1 where just your choice of race led to a different beginning game!

Not only are options not present... but in Dragon Age 2 being able to persuade people is not a present skill.  I really enjoyed being able to talk someone into revealing information with a high persuade skill in many other rpgs.

Bioware's devs realized that to tell a story you have to do it Final Fantasy style, and not offer choice, and they admitted in an interview! (well they didn't say FF style because they don't consider FFs to be rpgs).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 20, 2011, 12:49:25 PM
Without wanting to be 'that guy', I think you gentlemen may be selling
And that's speaking as someone who didn't own a console until 10 years after I played my first PC game. 8)

Sounds like me too.  I went from nes as a kid to not having a console until the 360.  I completely missed out on the ps1, ps2 and the xbox generations.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on April 20, 2011, 10:35:41 PM
I haven't played Alpha Protocol since the previous Obsidian games I've played were buggy, broken and incomplete.  But I've played all of those Bioware games and I've noticed in DA 2 and ME 2 you really don't have any options other than karma related.  I mean you have

They are not as buggy, broken or incomplete as they are made out to be. The problem with Obsidian is that they are trying to play second fiddle to Bioware because they are too afraid of making the game they would really want to make, since there is no market potential for a real RPG. They made a small attempt with Mask of the Betrayer, and that expansion must have not sold a lot because the next one was pure action. You should try it, BTW. Its a very good expansion.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Renfield on April 21, 2011, 12:42:27 AM
I haven't played Alpha Protocol since the previous Obsidian games I've played were buggy, broken and incomplete.  But I've played all of those Bioware games and I've noticed in DA 2 and ME 2 you really don't have any options other than karma related.  I mean you have

* I won't do it (if an optional side quest).
* I'll do it because I'm an angel.
* I'll do it for gold.
* I'll do it because I'm evil.
* Sarcastic joke and I'll do it.

... and it's always a fetch quest in DA 2.  That's not choice.  In other rpgs like Dragon Age 1, Oblivion, Knights of the Old Republic etc you faced moral dilemmas, or an inability to complete the quest if you took another quest, and they involved diplomacy, solving a mystery, theft, murder other neat things. 

In DA 2 the only real choices you have are at the end of the game... and they result in the same boss battles anyway!  In ME 2 I don't think you really have any choice in the game.  Contrast that with Vampires: Masquerade Bloodlines in which you had four different endings and great replay value.  Or constrast with Dragon Age 1 where just your choice of race led to a different beginning game!

Not only are options not present... but in Dragon Age 2 being able to persuade people is not a present skill.  I really enjoyed being able to talk someone into revealing information with a high persuade skill in many other rpgs.

Bioware's devs realized that to tell a story you have to do it Final Fantasy style, and not offer choice, and they admitted in an interview! (well they didn't say FF style because they don't consider FFs to be rpgs).

And this is where I have to politely disagree.

Clearly, like I said above, Bioware does not aim for Troika-style RPGs. Their narrative have always been linear-plus-minor-permutations.

Much like a lot of classical era composers (and thank goodness this is a forum I can make that comparison in :D), they work on pre-determined narrative frames, but it's in the involving presentation of the familiar narratives that they excel, when excel they do (e.g. DA: O).

The reason I invoked DA2, to which both you and Lethe reacted as I was afraid you would, is precisely because I am still at a loss to explain why so many people, otherwise thoughtful and thorough commentators, judge it based on a form it was never intended to represent! DA2 is certainly very self-consciously 'different'. Its art style is different, and clearly that's a perfectly valid reason to complain, if one does not appreciate the change. But as a narrative, it simply is not a fantasy RPG anymore.

Its plot is as see-through as - extreme example - Crime and Punishment: tension exists, shit happens, consequences are pondered. To that extent, I don't think the story is the point at all. There's no One Ring. What there is, rather, is a somewhat unrefined (by the standards of literature and cinema) attempt to explore moral conflicts in a fantasy wrapping, packaged with absolutely superlative real-time tactical combat mechanics*. The main difference with DA:O is that it no longer cares to dress its goals in Tolkien-love-letter wrapping.

In some ways, DA2's problem is the reverse of New Vegas', which really is Troika's Fallout 3, but that was lost on many people due to how much it looked like Bethesda's. DA2 tries so many new things that its actual goals, and how well it meets so many of them (IMO), are very easy to miss in the cacophony of unfamiliar elements.


This post is reaching Seanian lengths, so I'll close with two examples:

Persuasion is not gone. It's simply manual. They have completely excised the game-mechanical aspect of persuasion, in favour of picking the right dialogue options. Does this happen often? No. But it's there, and I prefer it to [Speech 100%] These aren't the droids you're looking for. Ditto the issue of choice, which Bioware have finally honestly framed the way they've always gone about it: you play a pre-established heroic archetype, and have to choose things through the prism of this narrative role. [The male] Hawke is a macho stereotype, and he acts like one. What the player considers and engages with is how their particular brand of macho-stereotype-Hawke deals with certain crucial issues. Peripeteia, catharsis and all that. That's Bioware.


And yes, Troika games are still better. But for decency's sake, bad? No, DA2 is not bad. It's as bad as Schönberg's Verklärte Nacht is, at being a symphony.



*Play it on Nightmare. No, really. There is a qualitative difference, more than any other game I can remember.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 21, 2011, 05:44:09 AM
They are not as buggy, broken or incomplete as they are made out to be. The problem with Obsidian is that they are trying to play second fiddle to Bioware because they are too afraid of making the game they would really want to make, since there is no market potential for a real RPG. They made a small attempt with Mask of the Betrayer, and that expansion must have not sold a lot because the next one was pure action. You should try it, BTW. Its a very good expansion.

I liked Mask of the Betrayer, but it was REALLY HARD. 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 21, 2011, 06:00:40 AM
Renfield, I think you've misread my post.  I liked DA 2, I just didn't like the lack of choice in conversations.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 22, 2011, 05:37:25 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/P3Ci09GwAmg

:) I keep going back to watch this every week or two. Dat terrifying scream ;_:
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 22, 2011, 06:01:20 AM
Man I'm loving Portal 2!! :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on April 23, 2011, 12:03:53 AM
Man I'm loving Portal 2!! :)

The cake is still a lie.

How much u wanna bet that Skyward sword has Ganondorf as villain? Although it was stated that in zelda timeline it happens before ocarina of time, maybe even before Minish cap. But that doesn't necessarily change anything. Two separate timelines are already enough confusing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CD on April 23, 2011, 05:22:21 AM
I just wish they'd continue with the Ocarina storyline. Wind Waker was cool though.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on April 24, 2011, 08:37:43 PM
Maybe this thread should be stickied?  8)

I went to an internet cafe the other day and I noticed that a bunch of kids were playing the Defense of the Ancients clone "League of Legends." It's a free game and I would so try to really give it a chance and learn were it not for the fact that my multiplayer focus right now is Starcraft 2 and seriously picking up another RTS would be too strenuous.

Blizzard however is coming out with a free DOTA Starcraft 2 mod, perhaps as a response to Valve trademarking "DOTA 2." Maybe that'll rope me in. DOTA was originally a mod created by Warcraft 3 players, and Valve is seen by some as trademarking community property. But from the Warcraft 3 mod (actually maybe going back to the original Starcraft), we now have League of Legends, Heroes of Newarth, and pretty soon DOTA 2, all of them a hit (and guarenteed to be a hit, in Valve's case.) Interesting seeing the evolution of a genre of RTS.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on April 24, 2011, 08:45:44 PM
I've been playing the new Mortal Kombat game. Not bad at all. I'm still learning the fatalities though.

(http://www.gamersmint.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/xHzst.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on April 24, 2011, 08:49:08 PM
^But how are you coping with the Playstation Network outage?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3544727/Sony-PlayStation-net-game-KO-hits-day-5.html
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Sandra on April 24, 2011, 11:10:00 PM
Last night I played the original Contra!

:)) Very primitive. But it reminded me of my childhood, so I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 25, 2011, 06:34:34 AM
^But how are you coping with the Playstation Network outage?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3544727/Sony-PlayStation-net-game-KO-hits-day-5.html

IT SUCKS!!!  At least I can still use netflix after I read a trick to get it to load.  No vudu=no watching new releases.  Can't play co-op on Portal 2.  Can't compare trophies with my friends.  Can't download demos.  Or get new wallpaper.  Several times a day I check to see if it's up... sadly...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on April 25, 2011, 09:35:12 AM
^But how are you coping with the Playstation Network outage?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3544727/Sony-PlayStation-net-game-KO-hits-day-5.html

Sandra, you like classical music and play video games? Are you a married woman? :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 26, 2011, 04:11:01 PM
(http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/5262/kgrhqmokkue0tplw0hbnzdf.jpg)

Moar classical/gaming meetings :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on April 26, 2011, 09:06:41 PM
The Playstation Network outage is a big deal.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-26/sony-says-network-hackers-may-have-stolen-users-personal-data.html

Quote
PlayStation Hackers May Have Stolen Data on 75 Million Users, Sony Says

Including credit card info.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 27, 2011, 05:48:12 AM
Thank God I never bought anything off of psn!  I have to warn my friends.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on May 01, 2011, 10:10:01 PM
So, I have given the DOTA clone League of Legends a chance--I've played about ten games, and my verdict is that it's an excellent and fun game.

And it's free, so don't hesitate to give it a chance if you are the least bit intrigued. Game play footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV2rRcskn4Y&feature=related



Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on May 05, 2011, 11:13:32 AM
PC Gamer's contributers list what they consider to be the top 100 pc games of all time:

http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/02/16/the-100-best-pc-games-of-all-time/

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Post by: Philoctetes on May 05, 2011, 11:17:54 AM
PC Gamer's contributers list what they consider to be the top 100 pc games of all time:

http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/02/16/the-100-best-pc-games-of-all-time/

Didn't see Arcanum on the list, so that immediately invalidates it.  ;D
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Post by: DavidW on May 05, 2011, 11:19:48 AM
Didn't see Arcanum on the list, so that immediately invalidates it.  ;D

Also saw several crappy console ports.  I call thumbs down! ;D
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Post by: Lethevich on May 05, 2011, 11:21:21 AM
3 Valve and 3 Blizzard games in the top 10. What a shock ::)
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Post by: Coco on May 05, 2011, 11:28:22 AM
Have been having fun with this for the past week:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GMKNSJ9GL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

The graphics and gameplay are primitive of course, but the battle engine is familiar to me (the developer was formerly known as APE inc., who worked on my favorite game ever, EarthBound) and the endless grinding makes for a comforting backdrop while I listen to music. :)
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Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 05, 2011, 11:49:14 AM
3 Valve and 3 Blizzard games in the top 10. What a shock ::)


No Myst, Riven, Zork Nemesis!  >:( But - miraculously - a text adventure I like very much: Anchorhead (67).
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Post by: ibanezmonster on May 05, 2011, 12:32:22 PM
Have been having fun with this for the past week:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GMKNSJ9GL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

The graphics and gameplay are primitive of course, but the battle engine is familiar to me (the developer was formerly known as APE inc., who worked on my favorite game ever, EarthBound) and the endless grinding makes for a comforting backdrop while I listen to music. :)
The endless grinding is the game!   :D

Yeah, when it first came out, I had to choose between Red and Blue, and I think I chose Blue... very addictive, fun game with lots of great memories, many of which involved trading Pokemon with friends. I'm not sure how you would catch 'em all nowadays, though, since nobody plays the original versions anymore.
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Post by: The Six on May 05, 2011, 08:08:11 PM
diglett dig trio trio trio (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCsayJJg4iQ#)

This is still pretty badass.
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 05, 2011, 08:20:10 PM
^But how are you coping with the Playstation Network outage?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3544727/Sony-PlayStation-net-game-KO-hits-day-5.html

I tried signing up with PS3 Network at one point so I could play some multiplayer on Unchartered 2, but each time I try to sign on it says the network is busy. I know it's not my connection as I test my connection and everything is working properly. I can surf the net with no problem (not that I actually use a PS3 to do, I have my own computer), but the network just won't let me play the multiplayer, so I quit trying. Other than this, I never have bought or will buy from the PS3 store. I have no need for it. I just wanted to play multiplayer and I'm getting pretty frustrated that I can't get on just to play my game.

It's a bummer that people hacked into the network. I thought it was more secure than that.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on May 05, 2011, 10:26:52 PM
And I wanted to to log on to the Playstation Network for that reason too--to play Uncharted 2. Up until yesterday I could also still log onto Netflix and stream films and tv shows, but now that's blocked too.

I don't think having access to the store matters all that much, it's just losing online multiplayer that's really frustrating for a lot of people.

Quote
It's a bummer that people hacked into the network. I thought it was more secure than that.

Sony REALLY screwed up the security. Key parts of their network had no firewall.

http://techland.time.com/2011/05/05/security-expert-sonys-network-unpatched-and-had-no-firewall-installed/



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Post by: DavidW on May 06, 2011, 06:12:43 AM
Yeah I gave up on psn and bought a Samsung blu-ray player for all of my streaming.  I'm thinking of giving up on sony, I have a 360 after all.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on May 07, 2011, 12:11:54 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GMKNSJ9GL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Playing it right now, moving to Gold after that.

Straight english translation from Pokemon Crystal's vietnamese version may gather some laughs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ_bhwCgtXg

I had explosive laugh attack at 8:30.

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Post by: drogulus on May 18, 2011, 07:27:31 PM

     (http://www.thereaderseye.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/angry-birds-game-logo.jpg)

     
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Post by: DavidW on May 19, 2011, 06:39:31 PM
Super Mario Brothers Wii for me, enjoying the feeling of nostalgia! ;D
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 19, 2011, 06:42:12 PM
Super Mario Brothers Wii for me, enjoying the feeling of nostalgia! ;D

That's a cool game for sure. Have you played the Mario Galaxy games? I love these too. I'm patiently waiting for the new Legend of Zelda game to come out. A person can only play the Twilight Princess so much. :) I hope it does sometime this year.
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Post by: DavidW on May 19, 2011, 06:44:08 PM
I've played Super Mario Galaxy 2 and that's very fun.  I haven't played the first one though.
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 19, 2011, 06:46:03 PM
I've played Super Mario Galaxy 2 and that's very fun.  I haven't played the first one though.

I prefer the first to the second.
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Post by: DavidW on May 20, 2011, 04:49:15 AM
I prefer the first to the second.

I will definitely play it!
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Post by: Mn Dave on May 20, 2011, 04:57:29 AM
I've been playing these on my iPhone:

Neuroshima Hex

Dungeon Raid
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Post by: Coco on May 24, 2011, 05:39:33 AM
Playing:

(http://images.wikia.com/egamia/images/9/96/Golden_Sun_GBA.jpg)

Catching up on this generation of 2D games, which I completely missed-out on when they were new as I never had any of the handheld consoles (post plain ol' GameBoy). The character and world design in this are cute, and interest in the story is set up immediately from the first frame. I'm sure most RPG nuts know this, but it seems like fans of the old-school SNES Final Fantasy games would like this a lot.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on May 26, 2011, 05:54:34 PM
Anyone else think it's a good idea to be a few years behind in gaming in order to save money? New games these days almost always cost $60. Yet waiting just mere months brings down the price considerably, and eventually to less than $10. For instance, last winter Steam had a sale in which I spent $35 but snagged about twelve well received games. Just picked up the original Far Cry for $2.50 today off Steam.

Currently playing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2

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Post by: Mirror Image on May 26, 2011, 05:59:34 PM
A few nights ago, I played some multiplayer on Uncharted 2. Pretty cool, but I need more practice as I keep dying. Anybody got any interesting strategies to add?
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Post by: lisa needs braces on May 26, 2011, 06:03:37 PM
Getting killed is unavoidable. Do you mean that it's happening to you more so than your teammates?

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Post by: Mirror Image on May 26, 2011, 06:18:26 PM
Getting killed is unavoidable. Do you mean that it's happening to you more so than your teammates?

Yes, I'm trying not to get killed so much. Even if I hide somewhere where I think is a good spot, I still get shot in the back. I'm hopeless.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on May 26, 2011, 06:57:47 PM
Yes, I'm trying not to get killed so much. Even if I hide somewhere where I think is a good spot, I still get shot in the back. I'm hopeless.


I think I recall a poster on a gaming forum claiming that Uncharted 2 now has a lot of veteran players and no steady influx of newer players. Basically, everyone who was going to buy the game has bought the game and the casual players have left the multilayer scene.

When I play the game, I don't worry about the number of times I die. I just try to get as many kills as I can and even when my team is losing I try to compete with my teammates to be the guy who gets the most kills.

By the way, the game has two-co op modes you can select from the "playlist." I played one of these modes a couple of times and found it less intense but as much fun as the cut-throat deathmatch mode. Basically, you and another human controlled player take on a lot of AI controlled units. They designed special missions for this co-op mode that are based on the settings of the regular levels. Check it out if you haven't.

Something else I noticed is "The Lab" where they sometimes implement experimental rules, like classic team vs team deathmatch but with only RPGs.  :)
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 26, 2011, 07:44:00 PM

I think I recall a poster on a gaming forum claiming that Uncharted 2 now has a lot of veteran players and no steady influx of newer players. Basically, everyone who was going to buy the game has bought the game and the casual players have left the multilayer scene.

When I play the game, I don't worry about the number of times I die. I just try to get as many kills as I can and even when my team is losing I try to compete with my teammates to be the guy who gets the most kills.

By the way, the game has two-co op modes you can select from the "playlist." I played one of these modes a couple of times and found it less intense but as much fun as the cut-throat deathmatch mode. Basically, you and another human controlled player take on a lot of AI controlled units. They designed special missions for this co-op mode that are based on the settings of the regular levels. Check it out if you haven't.

Something else I noticed is "The Lab" where they sometimes implement experimental rules, like classic team vs team deathmatch but with only RPGs.  :)

Thanks for the tips and the information. I'm about to try this out now.
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Post by: Lethevich on June 02, 2011, 01:42:40 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51NVPCJbOnL._AA300_.jpg)

Despite the average reviews, this is a very good game. It somehow manages to be faithful to the original, despite being in 3D free-roaming city distrcts rather than a 2D platformer. The grappling lets you move around in the same way Spiderman does, and it doubles as a weapon, a quick way to pick things up, etc. The graphics really make the game - very detailed environments, good variety of areas and enemy types and the dialogue and plot is fun because of how over-the-top hardassed it is.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on June 02, 2011, 04:07:08 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41uaelymndL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
This one is completely different from the first two Jet Motos. Extremely fast, unrealistic physics, and I just won on two different tracks holding down the gas pedal all the way through and turning.  ??? Part of the game strategy is literally hovering over the walls while turning. It's fun, though.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on June 04, 2011, 02:59:01 AM
You're quite the retro gamer, Greg.

I remember playing Jet Moto 1 or 2 back in 97 or 98.

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Post by: DavidW on June 04, 2011, 06:12:09 AM
I've been playing Sam and Max Season 1.  Favorite quote so far "your unbridled cynicism is like a breath of fresh air in the subway." ;D
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Post by: ibanezmonster on June 04, 2011, 03:36:17 PM
You're quite the retro gamer, Greg.

I remember playing Jet Moto 1 or 2 back in 97 or 98.
Yeah, I still have some of the early PS games, like Jet Moto and Twisted Metal 2 (Singeltrac games), among others. Me and my little brother were playing Jet Moto and I decided to try a rom of 3.

I'm unable to play stuff that is somewhat new because of my laptop's limitations and my parents not buying a new-generation system, but... if I move in with my friend, I'm sure he'll buy a PS3 or XBox 360, and I might get a couple of games. Probably Fallout 3 and Bioshock to start with.

Have there been any good Japanese RPGs within the last 5 or so years (stuff on the new generation systems)? I haven't heard of any, sadly.
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Post by: Coco on June 04, 2011, 03:46:22 PM
The English hack of Mother 3 came out in 2006, if that counts, but you haven't played EarthBound through have you?
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Post by: ibanezmonster on June 04, 2011, 04:22:16 PM
Nope. I gave up on that village area not far from the beginning, where I couldn't get past the gangsters. That's about the time when I decided to absolutely not play any games for a while. I may resume, but I don't know when.

I'm looking for something with the graphical capabilities of a new system, but a JRPG, or close to one. And something good, because I get the impression that FF is dying.  :-\
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Post by: lisa needs braces on June 04, 2011, 05:18:50 PM
Have you ever played Deus Ex, Greg?

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Post by: ibanezmonster on June 04, 2011, 05:26:45 PM
Nope. But I looked it up and it looks like an FPS (or is it an FPS with RPG elements)?
Why is it that nowadays so many games are FPS or war games? It's like they're taking over the market.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on June 04, 2011, 05:53:30 PM
Nope. But I looked it up and it looks like an FPS (or is it an FPS with RPG elements)?
Why is it that nowadays so many games are FPS or war games? It's like they're taking over the market.

Yea, it's an FPS with RPG elements. I downloaded it through Steam a while back ago, stuck in the second level. It's a game that's really adored to this day by the people who played it when it originally came out. Thought you'd be familiar with it.

As for your question...it's simple: gaming companies are running out of ideas. It's as if all the ideas for games have already been conceived and new systems can only offer prettier iterations. I mean, if it isn't a war FPS, then it's a zombie one or a sci-fi one.
 

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Post by: ibanezmonster on June 04, 2011, 06:05:02 PM
Well, I can imagine how it might be hard to be original nowadays.
Still, though, I can talk to people and between me and them, we can come up with something that is pretty original. I can think of several cases right now, and I could talk about all of them in detail.

Or maybe game companies are getting lazy and trying to be safe by giving people what they think they want? (either shoot-em-ups or sports games?) If I can think of several original video games, and I'm not being a game developer. It seems like game developers should be able to outdo me, in terms of originality, and yet they don't.  ???
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Post by: Lethevich on June 04, 2011, 06:18:22 PM
Definitely try it if you can - I'd swap several of my favourite games for another game as good as Deus Ex...
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Post by: lisa needs braces on June 04, 2011, 06:19:35 PM
Well, I can imagine how it might be hard to be original nowadays.
Still, though, I can talk to people and between me and them, we can come up with something that is pretty original. I can think of several cases right now, and I could talk about all of them in detail.

Or maybe game companies are getting lazy and trying to be safe by giving people what they think they want? (either shoot-em-ups or sports games?) If I can think of several original video games, and I'm not being a game developer. It seems like game developers should be able to outdo me, in terms of originality, and yet they don't.  ???

it's Activision that's really guilty of the inundating the market with FPS games.

They are determined to publish a Call of Duty game every year. Cod: Modern Warfare 2 was released in November 09, then followed Black Ops in 2010, now Cod: Modern Warfare 3 is mere months away. It's as if Activision knows that the time frame in which they can exploit this property is limited and are making sure to reap as much money as they can. Then they'll abruptly stop making this franchise. They did the same thing with the Guitar Hero games.

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Post by: lisa needs braces on June 04, 2011, 06:22:21 PM
I'll be giving Deus Ex my undivided attention after I complete the final five levels of the Diablo-clone Torchlight! :)
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Post by: Lethevich on June 04, 2011, 06:24:35 PM
I gave up on Torchlight when I reached the "this zone contains four portals, you must go within each portal to an identical looking area to get a key, then combine them to progress" kinda bits. I don't think I'm cut out for that kind of gameplay :( It had a really nice vibe in the first two town and its mines, though.

Edit: typo.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on June 04, 2011, 10:03:10 PM
I gave up on Torchlight when I reached the "this zone contains four portals, you must go within each portal to an identical looking area to get a key, then combine them to progress" kinda bits. I don't think I'm cut out for that kind of gameplay :( It had a really nice vibe in the first two town and its mines, though.

Edit: typo.

I like its art style and graphics, though the gameplay is a tad too repetitive. But there are only 35 floors. Too make it a bit more challenging I am playing under the "very hard" difficulty. I am using the minions tech tree available to the Alchemist. So in addition to my pet I have a group of 8 minions running around assisting me. Quite fun...

I also happen to own Titan Quest and its expansion, which I should be getting around to a year or two from now.

After that I'll take a break from dungeon crawlers and in 2017 hopefully get the Diablo 3 Battlechest for $15 or something.
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Post by: Hilltroll73 on June 16, 2011, 04:27:39 PM
Well, I have been playing the male dominance game - with little success. Um, you folks are talking about something else?
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Post by: Coco on June 16, 2011, 06:15:54 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/ErNgypoAKxg
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Post by: drogulus on June 16, 2011, 09:24:31 PM


     (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fSBFsgjfCvM/TaN7q5oVr_I/AAAAAAAAAwI/eRul19a3mr4/s400/angry-birds-holiday_news.jpg)

     No, wait. I can explain.


     
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Post by: Coco on June 17, 2011, 11:09:26 AM
Finally beat Golden Sun. The ending took me completely by surprise in that... it didn't feel anywhere near being over! I've heard that the sequel is kind of disappointing. Has anyone played it?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on June 24, 2011, 10:55:31 PM
Steam has made "Team Fortress 2" free to play forever.

Why?

The company make a killing from players buying virtual cosmetic items.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on June 25, 2011, 07:18:35 AM
Probably to compete with EA's Origin (just a guess). :)

I'm paying LA Noire and really liking it.  Gotta watch those facial expressions closely!! ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: drogulus on June 25, 2011, 10:54:16 AM
     I bought Half Life 2 in a used book store. Nope, Steam won't let me register it. The game is legit, but the product key is used, so apparently you can't play a used game. I have a support ticket pending, but the way this goes is a used product key is treated as illegitimate even though it isn't.
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Post by: Lethevich on June 25, 2011, 10:57:55 AM
More reasons to pirate. Fuck Valve :) Console gamers don't have to deal with this crap.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on June 25, 2011, 11:00:05 AM
     I bought Half Life 2 in a used book store. Nope, Steam won't let me register it. The game is legit, but the product key is used, so apparently you can't play a used game. I have a support ticket pending, but the way this goes is a used product key is treated as illegitimate even though it isn't.

It might be that the previous owner didn't uninstall and deauthorize the game.  You can play used games on steam, you can even buy, sell and trade used licenses for digital downloads.
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Post by: Lethevich on June 25, 2011, 11:02:36 AM
It might be that the previous owner didn't uninstall and deauthorize the game.  You can play used games on steam, you can even buy, sell and trade used licenses for digital downloads.

Srsly? I had similar problems with a game and they wouldn't fix it, assuming it wasn't legitimate.

I guess that system seems to imply you can only really trade real copies between friends - trusting a stranger not to be lazy/to be aware of this is a gamble against bad odds :\
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on June 25, 2011, 11:06:28 AM
Srsly? I had similar problems with a game and they wouldn't fix it, assuming it wasn't legitimate.

I guess that system seems to imply you can only really trade real copies between friends - trusting a stranger not to be lazy/to be aware of this is a gamble against bad odds :\

That's why it's too much of a hassle, I wrote off pc gaming a few months ago.  EA games if you buy them used you can't play multiplayer.  If you play certain games like the Bioshocks you have to have the disc in, be connected online *continuously* to be checked by both windows live and another server. 

If I get the 360 or ps3 version I have to put the disc in, that's it.  Keep it simple.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on June 25, 2011, 11:12:21 AM
That permanent connection DRM for singleplayer is stupid, as I DL quite heavily and it often squeezes my connection enough for it to close the game because it thinks I'm offline. Not that I find the concept acceptable even in theory, let alone practice.

My solution to that, as ever, is to pirate, because those copies lack this feature. Publishers are morons and they don't seem to realise how much they hurt themselves by destroying the PC market.

Oh, I forgot my </nerd_rage> tags.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on June 25, 2011, 06:10:11 PM
     I bought Half Life 2 in a used book store. Nope, Steam won't let me register it. The game is legit, but the product key is used, so apparently you can't play a used game. I have a support ticket pending, but the way this goes is a used product key is treated as illegitimate even though it isn't.
Just get a torrent that bypasses Steam. I got one that works fine like that.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 03, 2011, 05:28:05 PM
I don't know if you guys are aware, but the Steam summer sale is ongoing right now. Pretty much everything they is on sale.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 03, 2011, 05:32:13 PM
For instance, you can get every game Valve made for $50:

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/7930/

That includes Portal 2, which was released mere months ago and retails for $40 on Amazon.


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Coco on July 03, 2011, 05:32:53 PM
I've been playing a Super Mario World fan hack called The Essence Star (http://smwc.hostzi.com/SMWiki/wiki/SMW2_3__The_Essence_Star.html). The levels are surprisingly well-designed and there's even a cute story that attempts to retcon the other Mario storylines. It's like the original SMW but made into a platformer RPG.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 07, 2011, 03:52:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/hHmzO2RI1fs

I WISH I was playing it, but I don't have the skill level to get beyond half of level 1.
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Post by: Mirror Image on July 07, 2011, 05:15:47 PM
One of the great games of all time.

Absolutely, when I first played this game and I found the first colossus, my jaw actually dropped at, not only how huge this thing was, but how amazing the detail was given to it. As I said, the concept of the game was just so simple, but where it excelled was in strategy and gameplay. I didn't really understand the storyline, but then again, I never played Ico which I heard is tied into SOTC. Anyway, yes, this is one of the great games of all-time. I have been thinking of replaying The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as this game was amazing as well.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 11, 2011, 07:25:42 PM
Bought these two games the other day:

(http://jailbreakscene.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Super-Street-Fighter-IV-Arcade-Edition-cover.jpg)

What the first Street Fighter should've been on the PS3. This edition has all the characters unlocked.

(http://www.gamesddl.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Red-Dead-Redemption-PS3.jpg)

I've played this game a little bit so far and I'm very impressed. I think this may be the best Western-themed game to come out on any system (not that there has been many of them mind you).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 12, 2011, 05:54:20 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/eS6iw.jpg) ;)

In other Blizzard-related news, I am finally caving in and buying Starcraft 2 for multiplayer laddering. I want to test myself to see how high I can get against great players.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on July 12, 2011, 10:45:07 PM
^What is your experience with Starcraft?

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Post by: Lethevich on July 12, 2011, 11:44:06 PM
^What is your experience with Starcraft?

The single player campaign of SC1 a loooo-ng time ago and nothing else. I came to follow SC2 as an e-sport, which I subsequently became slightly addicted to, and kept finding myself wondering "why didn't they do such-and-such" leading me to wanting to see if I could do this myself. I'm aiming for gold league for now, I think.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on July 14, 2011, 12:55:26 PM
(http://www.gamesddl.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Red-Dead-Redemption-PS3.jpg)
I've played this game a little bit so far and I'm very impressed. I think this may be the best Western-themed game to come out on any system (not that there has been many of them mind you).

Trust me, it's awesome, pretty damn close to perfect. My only minor complaints are that it felt shorter than many GTA games (although that was possibly because this game's missions are much easier because there are checkpoints during them) and the fact that there isn't PC version.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 14, 2011, 05:49:12 PM
The single player campaign of SC1 a loooo-ng time ago and nothing else. I came to follow SC2 as an e-sport, which I subsequently became slightly addicted to, and kept finding myself wondering "why didn't they do such-and-such" leading me to wanting to see if I could do this myself. I'm aiming for gold league for now, I think.

I'm in Gold. Took me a long time to get there as well (an embarrassingly long time) because I didn't fully grasp these three key points: Use hot keys, always make workers, and scout. I could probably get to diamond league if I get better at those things but I have avoided playing the game since April because I find it too engrossing and can't give it the time required.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 14, 2011, 08:15:30 PM
Trust me, it's awesome, pretty damn close to perfect. My only minor complaints are that it felt shorter than many GTA games (although that was possibly because this game's missions are much easier because there are checkpoints during them) and the fact that there isn't PC version.

This is good to hear. Hopefully, I'll be able to play it in more depth as the days progress.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Brian on July 16, 2011, 03:52:32 AM
Slightly off-topic: I haven't played the game since maybe 2002, but all of a sudden I have the Rollercoaster Tycoon theme song stuck in my head.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 16, 2011, 03:23:51 PM
RCT is swell - I also have precise memories of the exact "scream" sound of people going around a loop and the vomit sound too.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on July 16, 2011, 03:44:53 PM
The Cat & The Coup (http://coup.peterbrinson.com/)

(http://i53.tinypic.com/1zqrngj.jpg)

Highly recommended, especially in these circles – many classical (and well-placed) choices in the soundtrack.

It's Alley Cat (http://Alley Cat) meets Persepolis.

In other news, the fabulous Zeno Clash is on Steam for a bargain (http://store.steampowered.com/app/22200/).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 18, 2011, 03:59:47 AM
(http://files.g4tv.com/ImageDb3/177045_S/TGS-09-Battlefield-Bad-Company-2-Hands-On-Preview.jpg)

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

I'm coming to love this game. It's so visceral and thrilling and considerably deeper and more satisfying than COD.

I bought it December 2010 from steam on a sale, and only truly got into it past couple of months (after resovling some driver issues with my videocard and upgrading my cpu to a 4 cores which this game runs best on.)

The franchise is developed by a firm in Sweden but they're unfortunately owned by EA, which seems bent on turning this game series into a cash cow like Activision's COD. Battlefield 3 is coming out late October...I hope people don't abandon Bad Company 2 en masse.

This introductory video for those new to the game illustrates the main differences from Call of Duty games:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p4fkH9qC4M

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 18, 2011, 06:40:59 AM
I installed BC2 recently but my PC doesn't run it quite well enough for it to be enjoyable (it meets the spec, so maybe I will need to tinker with my video card), and as it's a console port the graphics customisation options are limited although not as ridic as some, such as Brink, which only allows you to change resolution iirc.

I srsly raged at the unskippable scene that the game starts with. Why do FPS devs think that I care about their stupid "war buddies rubbing up together in a van/boat/plane" cutscenes - Medal of Honor: Allied Assault began this, I think. I'm sure it's very impressively atmospheric the first time you see it, but I have gotten to the point where I want to skip this rubbish and games are increasingly not letting me.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on July 18, 2011, 09:44:49 AM
Sweatshop (http://www.crazygames.com/game/sweatshop), from the same minds that conjured the brilliant Curfew (http://www.thecurfewgame.com).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 18, 2011, 11:55:54 AM
I installed BC2 recently but my PC doesn't run it quite well enough for it to be enjoyable (it meets the spec, so maybe I will need to tinker with my video card), and as it's a console port the graphics customisation options are limited although not as ridic as some, such as Brink, which only allows you to change resolution iirc.

I srsly raged at the unskippable scene that the game starts with. Why do FPS devs think that I care about their stupid "war buddies rubbing up together in a van/boat/plane" cutscenes - Medal of Honor: Allied Assault began this, I think. I'm sure it's very impressively atmospheric the first time you see it, but I have gotten to the point where I want to skip this rubbish and games are increasingly not letting me.

The single player campaign is dead weight. I played an hour or so when I first got the game then moved on to the multiplayer, which is the heart of the game.

Also: my performance with the game really improved when I got this cpu:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

My video card is an Amd 5770, which is the best budget video card around.


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 18, 2011, 12:20:48 PM
The single player campaign is dead weight. I played an hour or so when I first got the game then moved on to the multiplayer, which is the heart of the game.

Also: my performance with the game really improved when I got this cpu:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

My video card is an Amd 5770, which is the best budget video card around.

Indeedie, after seeing online gameplay I picked it up hoping for something with the feel that Soldier of Fortune 2 had online (not that anybody took that game seriously, but it was actually amazing, like a more accessable Counterstrike with far nicer graphics).

Worryingly, a friend said that as a rule of thumb: if changing resolution improves framerate, then it's the card, if it remains bad no matter what resolution, then it's the CPU (my problem was the first - but even lowest ran poorly). I was hoping it was the CPU because a Radeon HD 5750 really should run the thing at over 15fps.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Coco on July 18, 2011, 06:26:34 PM
(http://bulk2.destructoid.com/ul/157570-final-fantasy-vi.jpg)

Not for the first time, but let's see how far I can get this time.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 18, 2011, 06:49:59 PM
Indeedie, after seeing online gameplay I picked it up hoping for something with the feel that Soldier of Fortune 2 had online (not that anybody took that game seriously, but it was actually amazing, like a more accessable Counterstrike with far nicer graphics).

Worryingly, a friend said that as a rule of thumb: if changing resolution improves framerate, then it's the card, if it remains bad no matter what resolution, then it's the CPU (my problem was the first - but even lowest ran poorly). I was hoping it was the CPU because a Radeon HD 5750 really should run the thing at over 15fps.

According to this chart you should always be getting a frame rate at least in the 30s with that card:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gts-450-gf106-radeon-hd-5750,2734-11.html

And those benchmarks are for higher resolutions as well.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 25, 2011, 06:44:51 AM
I'm replaying Bioshock 2. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on July 29, 2011, 03:59:17 AM
L.A. Noire finished. I loved it, even though truth/doubt/lie-system wasn't always perfect. They should make sequel starring Roy Earle: Dirty cop edition. That magnificent bastard rose quickly to my top 10 Rockstar game characters. Loved Biggs and Rusty also and homicide cases were easily the best ones.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 29, 2011, 04:12:33 AM
My reaction for LA Noire ended up being meh because you didn't really do anything besides collect clues and read facial expressions.  I would have preferred real mystery solving.  I didn't play completely through the game, but on most mysteries I could figure out what happened before I left the first scene.  Not fun enough.  If it gets much more challenging, or the murders less predictable, than they were taking too long to get there.  But A+ on atmosphere, music, and acting.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 29, 2011, 06:59:20 AM
L.A. Noire finished. I loved it, even though truth/doubt/lie-system wasn't always perfect. They should make sequel starring Roy Earle: Dirty cop edition. That magnificent bastard rose quickly to my top 10 Rockstar game characters. Loved Biggs and Rusty also and homicide cases were easily the best ones.

L.A. Noire didn't seem like a good game to me. I haven't played it, but many of reviews I've read called it "boring." Now reading David's opinion of the game only reinforces this fact.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 02, 2011, 09:20:13 AM
Diablo 3: well gee, yet another game I can't buy if I wish to retain any dignity. It's truly impressive how developers are managing to make games unplayable due to biohazard levels of monetisation and intrusive "features" - Blizzard have actually managed to take these damaging trends to new lows, including a real-world money auction house in which they take a cut of the profit at three seperate stages not including Paypal's fees. Spectacularly this manages to simultaneously make such an endeavor unprofitable for anybody who might want to use it, yet retain the "this ruins the entire game" experience for those who won't.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on August 02, 2011, 10:54:43 AM
(http://www.gamerdna.com/public/images/xd/covers/drxx00/xx05/xx05036.jpg)

Nostalgia boost after so many years. It's even better than I remembered! About halfway through disc 3 right now.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 02, 2011, 05:58:46 PM
Diablo 3: well gee, yet another game I can't buy if I wish to retain any dignity. It's truly impressive how developers are managing to make games unplayable due to biohazard levels of monetisation and intrusive "features" - Blizzard have actually managed to take these damaging trends to new lows, including a real-world money auction house in which they take a cut of the profit at three seperate stages not including Paypal's fees. Spectacularly this manages to simultaneously make such an endeavor unprofitable for anybody who might want to use it, yet retain the "this ruins the entire game" experience for those who won't.

I heard about this.

Can't you just play the game and ignore that aspect of it all together?

I play "League of Legends" and manage to have a lot of fun without spending a cent.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 02, 2011, 10:53:37 PM
The difference between this and LoL is that the people I play can buy power in Diablo 3. I can get beaten by rich kids who can just buy all the gear they like. Why should people put up with this behaviour from developers when it will only get worse? What's so unacceptable about a game being luck or skill-based nowadays.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 03, 2011, 03:22:16 AM
As Extra Credits had to say:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/extra-credits/3689-Microtransactions (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/extra-credits/3689-Microtransactions)

Never, ever sell power.  And they explained exactly what happens when you do, people stop playing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 05, 2011, 04:29:56 PM
L.A. Noire didn't seem like a good game to me. I haven't played it, but many of reviews I've read called it "boring." Now reading David's opinion of the game only reinforces this fact.
It looks cool to me:
http://www.youtube.com/v/jeYym1U226M

though who knows... never played it...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 11, 2011, 02:04:44 AM
n__n More nostalgia'ing:

http://www.youtube.com/v/ggB33d0BLcY http://www.youtube.com/v/HtvIYRrgZ04
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 11, 2011, 04:40:01 AM
I like the Leroy Jenkins thing, but that's so well known I don't think I even have to post a link.

I've been playing Lego Harry Potter years 1-4, pretty fun... easily the most polished lego game yet.  Have not run into any frustrations, just fun. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 13, 2011, 06:04:45 AM
Sampling some games in a batch of 299 Nintendo 64 games...


(http://www.geeksetconline.com/pdshoppro/images/southpark64.jpg)
Surprisingly not bad, but if this gameplay keeps on, it will be repetitive very quickly.


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/61/Papermario.jpg)
I've known about this game, but didn't know it was an RPG. I would play through it if I really loved the Mario series. Looks like potentially a really good game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Coco on August 13, 2011, 06:08:21 AM
^_^ Paper Mario is so fun — more lighthearted than most JRPGs (duh, it's Mario), but it has to be one of my favorite games. The sequel for GameCube was great too.

Currently about halfway (I think?) through FFVI — liking this a lot more than I had expected. Definitely up there with Chrono Trigger and EarthBound for me as far as 2D RPGs go.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 13, 2011, 06:49:58 AM
I played half of Lego Harry Potter until I got bored.  It's actually pretty fun... just to repetitive.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 13, 2011, 08:00:40 PM
You astound me, Greg. How old most of the games you play are! :)

In that spirit, I'm playing the original Max Payne for the first time.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Coco on August 14, 2011, 11:31:25 AM
Old games are better. They just are.  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 14, 2011, 12:38:03 PM
Old games are better. They just are.  8)

You old farts! ;D  Give me the newer games anyday, they are much more polished and balanced in design. :P 8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 14, 2011, 01:02:18 PM
You old farts! ;D  Give me the newer games anyday, they are much more polished and balanced in design. :P 8)

The thing that often stops me when I go through pre-2000s games is super repetitive mechanics. A lot of modern games are bad like that too, but at least have been forced to be visually interesting and diversified.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 14, 2011, 01:06:30 PM
Yeah like grinding in rpgs... oh I hate that!  And for every game that featured unique, interesting varied levels like Super Mario Bros 3 there are ten games that are just cut and paste.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Coco on August 14, 2011, 01:36:10 PM
If there was a game that mixed modern dynamic play, a charming, engrossing story and well-designed graphics that won't look horrible in 10 years, then I would play it. I think I dislike games that go for "realism" in general as that realism is always relative and doesn't hold up well. But now games are designed to be replaced in a year by endless expansion packs and new graphics i.e. Modern Warfare 2898b. Because who cares about longevity?  ::)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 14, 2011, 02:33:16 PM
I agree with you that many games show a poor or nonexistent visual aesthetics.  As you can see I love extra credits because I'm going to post this: ;D

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/extra-credits/3201-Graphics-vs-Aesthetics (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/extra-credits/3201-Graphics-vs-Aesthetics)

I really don't like the brown, bland aesthetic of many modern shooters too.  The shooters I do like visually though are the Bioshock and Crysis games.  They both manage to use a richer color palette and avoid the excessive use of brown. ;D  In particular Bioshock went into alot of effort to make a 50s esque setting.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 14, 2011, 02:48:53 PM
One of the many annoying things about Duke Nukem Forever was how much of a pointless brown 'em up it turned out to be compared to the original. Bulletstorm was another that went in the right direction, Brink too. Not super bright, but pretty and with a coherent style and colour palette.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 14, 2011, 03:52:02 PM
NBA Live 08

This is probably the "newest" basketball game my computer can run. Very fun, but I can't win because the controls are so insanely difficult to memorize and master, even with my custom control setting. What I like doing is setting up a simulation to make it as realistic as possible.
No create a player feature, though... not good.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on August 14, 2011, 06:15:56 PM
If there was a game that mixed modern dynamic play, a charming, engrossing story and well-designed graphics that won't look horrible in 10 years, then I would play it.

Okami.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 14, 2011, 06:34:09 PM
Almost everything will look horrible in 10 years, though... just the nature of technology.

Probably the exception would be anything that is cell-shaded or from a Super Nintendo/Sega Genesis console (for example, Super Mario World or Sonic). That's because, unlike, say, PS1 games, they aren't trying to look realistic and end up failing. 

I'd like to see games get as realistic as real life one day (Crysis can be pretty close sometimes), but also still have many different art styles depending on the game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 14, 2011, 06:45:39 PM
NBA Live 08

This is probably the "newest" basketball game my computer can run. Very fun, but I can't win because the controls are so insanely difficult to memorize and master, even with my custom control setting. What I like doing is setting up a simulation to make it as realistic as possible.
No create a player feature, though... not good.

Greg, have you played the NBA 2K11? I've heard good things about it. I've been a fan of this franchise since the first 2K game, which was on Dreamcast I believe.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 15, 2011, 06:21:14 PM
Greg, have you played the NBA 2K11? I've heard good things about it. I've been a fan of this franchise since the first 2K game, which was on Dreamcast I believe.
I wish I could. I also hear that it's one of the best basketball games ever. Maybe if I can convince my friend to get that and a PS3 sometime before long, we'll have an NBA (pretend, so what?) "season" this year instead of a lockout.  ::) :D

I read a youtube comment where some guy says that they should have David Stern on the cover of NBA 2K12, and no gameplay. I'm thinking it would be extra funny if he were holding a basketball and had a smug look on his face, looking at you while money is raining in the background. Then you can have the all of the regular options in the main menu, except the "NBA Season" and "Play Now" options would be greyed out. You can practice alone in either a playground or a gym, but you have to have bodyguards surrounding you. The franchise is mainly about realism, so why not?  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Coco on August 15, 2011, 06:26:48 PM
The Splinter Cell series of games.

Probably not. Not into shoot'em-ups.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 15, 2011, 06:35:17 PM
I've played a demo of (i think) the original Splinter Cell. It was the beginning where you were on a train.
Freaking impossible to beat the demo... anyways, it's more like Metal Gear Solid, I think.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 15, 2011, 06:43:50 PM
Ah, okay. I've never played the full Metal Gear Solid, either- just the (long) demos of the first one and another one. I liked the gameplay, and I think it was the first one to be a "spy" or "stealth" or whatever-type game. I think Splinter Cell came after that, and I've never heard of the Thief series.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 15, 2011, 06:52:03 PM
Metal Gear Solid was never a 'spy' or 'stealth' game. Although, many folks did try to sell that line.
Then the course of the game must have changed after the demo section. I don't remember ever using my gun- if I did, I'd be dead.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 16, 2011, 04:03:04 AM
Metal Gear Solid was never a 'spy' or 'stealth' game.

Yeah it's really a soap opera! ;D 

But kidding aside, the Metal Gear Solid games are better than stealth games, they are shooters that you can play as stealth games or as shooter games.  You can also play it as kill 'em all, or only use tranq darts or some combo in the middle.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 17, 2011, 02:19:15 AM
My goodness, it' so pretty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tZmUZxhJ08&feature=player_embedded

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 22, 2011, 07:27:04 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/eTlWBtz62Z0

I am not doing quite as badly as this guy :3

Also, Firefall is coming into open beta soon and looks amazing. Free to play, no buying power and so far is looking more fun than most for-pay games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 22, 2011, 09:03:23 AM
Ha!  That reminds me of the bear Condemned 2 vid!

http://www.youtube.com/v/Ixvh-8W1OS8
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 22, 2011, 10:42:21 AM
Quote
64 Hanafuda: Tenshi no Yakusoku
64 Ozumo
64 Ozumo 2
64 Trump Collection: Alice no Waku Waku Trump World
AI Shogi 3
Air Boarder 64
Animal Crossing
Bakuretsu Muteki Bangai-O
Bakusho Jinsei 64: Mezase! Resort O
Bass Hunter 64
Bass Rush: ECOGEAR PowerWorm Championship
Bomberman 64 (JP, 2001)
Centre Court Tennis
Choro Q 64 2: Hachamecha Grand Prix Race
Chokukan Night: Pro Yakyu King
Chokukan Night: Pro Yakyu King 2
Custom Robo
Custom Robo V2
Daikatana
Dance Dance Revolution Disney Dancing Museum
Densha de Go! 64
Derby Stallion 64
Dezaemon 3D
Doraemon: Nobita to Mittsu no Seirei Ishi
Doraemon 2: Nobita to Hikari no Shinden
Doraemon 3: Nobita no Machi SOS!
Duke Nuken: Zero Hour
Eiko no Saint Andrews
F-1 World Grand Prix
F-Zero X
F-1 Racing Championship
Famista 64
Fushigi no Dungeon: Furai no Shiren 2: Oni Shurai! Siren-jo!
G.A.S.P!! Fighters' NEXTream
Getter Love!!
Goemon Mononoke Sugoroku
Hamster Monogatari 64
Heiwa Pachinko World 64
Ide Yosuke no Mahjong Juku
Iggy's Reckin' Balls
Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1
J-League Dynamite Soccer 64
J-League Eleven Beat 1997
J. League Live 64
J-League Tactics Soccer
Jango Simulation Mahjong-do 64
Jikkyo GI Stable
Jikkyo J. League: Perfect Striker
Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 4
Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 5
Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 6
Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 2000
Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu Basic-ban 2001
Jinsei Game 64
Kira tto Kaiketsu! 64 Tanteidan
Last Legion UX
Mahjong Horoki Classic
Mahjong Master
Mario no Photopi
Masters '98: Haruka Naru Augusta
Morita Shogi 64
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
Neon Genesis Evangelion
New Japan Pro Wrestling: Tohkon Road Brave Spirits
New Japan Pro Wrestling: Tohkon Road Brave Spirits 2, The Next Generation
Nintama Rantaro 64 Game Gallery
Onegai Monster
Pachinko 365 Nichi
Parlor! Pro 64: Pachinko Jikki Simulation
PD Ultraman Battle Collection 64
The Powerpuff Girls: Chemical X-traction
Premier Manager 64
Pro Mahjong Kiwame 64
Pro Shinan Mahjong Tsuwamono 64: Janso Battle ni Chosen
Puyo Puyo Sun 64
Puyo Puyo~n Party
Rakugakids
Robot Ponkottsu 64: Nanatsu no Umi no Caramel
Saikyo Habu Shogi   
San Francisco Rush
SD Hiryu no Ken Densetsu
Sin and Punishment: Hoshi no Keishosha
Stunt Racer 64
Super B-Daman: Battle Phoenix 64
Super Robot Spirits
Super Robot Wars 64
Susume! Taisen Puzzle Dama: Tokon! Marutama Cho
Tamagotchi 64: Minna de Tamagotchi World
Taz Express
Tetris 64
Turok: Rage Wars
Ucchan Nanchan no Hono no Challenge: Denryu Ira Ira Bo
Virtual Chess 64
Virtual Pro Wrestling 64
Virtual Pro Wrestling 2: Odo Keisho
Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey
WCW Nitro
Wonder Project J2: Koruro no Mori no Josette
Yakochu II: Satsujin Koro
Zool: Maju Tsukai Densetsu
I still have quite a few N64 games left before I have every single one ever published... these are the ones I need to find next...


Well, my plan is to buy this:
http://www.amazon.com/May-Flash-Controller-Adapter-Nintendo-64/dp/B002B9FIUU/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1314030991&sr=1-1

which enables you to connect up to 2 N64 controllers to your laptop. Then, I'll get a connection to my TV and play as if it were a normal Nintendo 64.  :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 22, 2011, 06:18:52 PM
Ha!  That reminds me of the bear Condemned 2 vid!

Woah, that is neat - hadn't seen it before :3

I just saw a preview of Space Marine, and this may be the first Warhammer action game licence that hasn't been a letdown for me. It has some of crunchiest combat I've ever seen, and yet looks very fluid too. Next up: waiting for independent reviews of Deus Ex 3 that haven't been bought out by the publishers.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 22, 2011, 06:41:10 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/83/Blast_Corps_Coverart.png/250px-Blast_Corps_Coverart.png)
This is very fun.
The whole purpose of the game is to go around, destroying buildings within a time limit. Although in style it's nothing like it, it has the same feel for fun as Katamari Demacy.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Coco on August 22, 2011, 08:26:48 PM
I had no idea there were that many games for N64! I had a Zool game for SNES — pretty good platformer but difficult as hell.

I'm still playing FFVI — just after the beginning of the World of Ruin section of the game. So far I can tell this will become a favorite.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 23, 2011, 04:35:07 AM
 FFVI is one hell of a game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 23, 2011, 04:48:13 AM
Woah, that is neat - hadn't seen it before :3

I just saw a preview of Space Marine, and this may be the first Warhammer action game licence that hasn't been a letdown for me. It has some of crunchiest combat I've ever seen, and yet looks very fluid too. Next up: waiting for independent reviews of Deus Ex 3 that haven't been bought out by the publishers.

Reviews on Deus Ex 3 I'm wanting are Jim Sterling and Yahtzee.  But it's on my queue at gamefly, no harm in renting it even if it turns out to not be good.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 23, 2011, 04:59:56 AM
I'm still playing FFVI — just after the beginning of the World of Ruin section of the game. So far I can tell this will become a favorite.
Awesome!  :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on August 23, 2011, 05:02:09 PM
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is absolutely brilliant, most of the time on par with the original and surpassing it when it comes to stealth and hacking.

Can't wait to see its cover system implemented in the new Thief (same company).

And speaking of Thief, if you like open-ended games, keep an close eye on Dishonored (http://www.gameinformer.com/p/dishonored.aspx), which shares some of its gameplay and aesthetic elements. The legacy of Looking Glass Studios / Origin lives on.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 23, 2011, 05:38:12 PM
Four games I eagerly await:

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo Wii) - Release date: Nov. 20th
Batman: Arkham City (PS3) - Release date: Oct. 18th
The Last Guardian (PS3) - Release date: TBA - maybe next year?
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3) - Release date: Nov. 1st
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on August 25, 2011, 02:01:40 AM
DE3 SPOILERS (from very early into the game and not major):

It looks like the developers were just as cowardly as I suspected - the opening area and setup is a Metal Gear Solid-style interactive movie. The first zone has a few similarities to UNATCO (music included), but the difference is that you cannot explore at your own pace, the game proceeds as a series of "atmospheric" POV walk-and-talkathons which demonstrate a total contempt for player control or individual experience. Just as terrible, very early on a "boss" character emerges and it includes a cut scene of you being ambushed and taken down without any control over the matter - and all in the aid of a sickly "they stole mah girl" plot. There's the little things too - talk to a secretary from behind their desk and the cutscene shows you talking to them from the front - the game actively dislikes you not playing on the rails. I'll pick this back up if reviews indicate the start was all just a terrible misjudgement (with its total lack of alternate routes because of the scripted scenes playing out in front of you - even DE2's near-identical intro did not do this quite so badly iirc), but atm rage mode is stuck on ;)

It's as if developers can't even visualise what a good game of this type is like, they are so corrupted by all the silly, cheap tricks available to them :( If they can even claim to enjoy the original, then its qualities flew right over their pea brains.

Edit: a friend has been playing it in the background, and the next area seems a bit more open, which is good - but I do object to the developers deciding when or where you should go into "adventure mode" and "corridor mode" - it's contrary to the core style of the game. I feel that the target market for the original DE were somewhat inquisitive people looking for something very different and radically slow-paced and text-based, but the next two games were produced to try to appeal to people with shorter attention spans. While this is a nice idea, it's just not going to result in a game that is as worthy - and as long as the franchise retains the name of the original I don't see any reason not to hold it up to the standards of that game.
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Post by: Rinaldo on August 25, 2011, 09:13:51 AM
It's as if developers can't even visualise what a good game of this type is like, they are so corrupted by all the silly, cheap tricks available to them :( If they can even claim to enjoy the original, then its qualities flew right over their pea brains.

Calm down. It opens up when you reach Detroit. They sort of had to ease players that never experienced the original into it.
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Post by: Lethevich on August 25, 2011, 12:23:07 PM
I'm feeling pretty content irrationally hating it right now, but I'll inevitably continue it sometime soon. I've even played DE2 through about three times for wont of any other acceptable games in this abortive genre... I am being silly, though - of course :)
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Post by: Lethevich on August 29, 2011, 01:40:25 PM
Meh, DE3 turned out to be okay but not worth finishing. The cover system is completely misguided and design decisions often change the experience to something I am not looking for in a DE game. There wasn't a moment where I felt like it was me walking through the areas because this illusion isn't just broken all the time, it seems to be discouraged. It just felt like I was playing yet another video game with the same old plastic bloomy environments.

Moving onto Crysis 2 on Xbox, it's great. I didn't get the PC version because the visuals were disappointing once you took the time to examine anything for more than 1 second. It's surprising how the developers managed to combine a rail shooter with unusually open areas which allow you to do your own thing to some extent - it combines an illusion of freedom with a very tight progression, good stuff. I hope there will be a sequel, whether on a next gen console (wishful thinking) or not.
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Post by: DavidW on August 29, 2011, 02:00:28 PM
Lethe are you criticizing 3rd person view?  I think that is the only real solid way to do anything involving cover. :-\

I thought this was funny, an alignment but from the escapist magazine:

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Post by: Lethevich on August 29, 2011, 02:13:38 PM
Lethe are you criticizing 3rd person view?  I think that is the only real solid way to do anything involving cover. :-\

The previous games didn't need cover, though. This is the thing that I don't understand about games that go away from pure FP - it doesn't just break immersion, but in the obvious desire for fluid, movie-style firefights, the whole concept stops making sense to me. For example, being able to pick your target's exact bodypart and then pop out, fire two shots and go back down in a second. It looks impressive but it's working against immersion for me because it's an eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head thing which feels like game-logic and not real (and a realistic approximation of real-life perception is the primary reason for utilising a FP viewpoint). Any move from pure first person results in a game that becomes more about artfully using the mechanics of the specific game rather than just doing what comes naturally - for example, I tried to take cover around a corner at one point, but it covered me on the wall before the turn where I was exposed. Any such system can never have all those "clunky" parts ironed out and even if they could it seems unneccessary given how elegant pure FP is. I could've just run around the corner myself and used lean, making flashy cover systems unneccessary.

It's not just that, though - in the original DE's the main characters, whether intentional or not (I lean towards the former considering DE2 followed the same line), were wooden and faceless. In DE3 I can only view my character as a bearded greaseball with a pre-designated girlfriend. In the previous two they were rather more anonymous, somewhat sexless entities which didn't distract as much from my perception of the gameworld.

These points probably only apply to myself, but they really grated on me :-[ I get the Metal Gear experience from DE3 - I'm not playing me, I'm playing Solid Snake.

Edit: some of this made no sense.
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on August 29, 2011, 03:10:40 PM
Haven't played a console game in years, which really saddens me... :'(  thinking of buying "Portal 2" for my computer, the original "Portal" is one of my favorite games.

But I've been playing "Plants vs. Zombies" on my iPad which is fun. Otherwise, Gin Rummy, all the time, sort of became my game.
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Post by: DavidW on August 30, 2011, 04:11:50 AM
Portal 2 is alot of fun Greg! :)

I played Bulletstorm (good, stupid fun) and as of this weekend I'm now playing Deus Ex 3. :)
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Post by: Lethevich on August 30, 2011, 04:20:27 AM
Bulletstorm is so cool - I love the mostalgic feeling of gaming circa 1996 with all of its "you can't jump over this waist-hight obstruction" stuff ;D
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Post by: DavidW on August 30, 2011, 07:19:57 AM
Bulletstorm is the most fun I've had in a game in along time!  I miss the days of high momentum run and gun shooters!!  I would like to see the whole genre come back and the tactical shooters take a back seat. :)
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Post by: Lethevich on August 30, 2011, 07:47:04 AM
Indeedie, the whole tacticool genre is a nice idea for an multiplayer experience, but the market is beyond saturated (and watching people run around in full field warfare gear knifing each other like in Action Quake is kind of painfully retarded). I blame Half Life for ruining the Quake 2-style singleplayer experience :P Sure games like Q2 were a bit plain, but it was the same kind of action that Doom offered and the obsession with realistic weapons that came with HL seems to have moved the genre to an ever more faux realistic playstyle.

It's strange how I never really got into Serious Sam, considering how much I like straight-up action shooters. Even the minigun-type weapons felt light as a feather and there wasn't a lot of satisfaction in taking down countless waves of dudes with that lack of impact and weight. I'm looking forward to Space Marine precisely because of how ridiculously weighty the combat appears to be.
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Post by: Rinaldo on August 30, 2011, 08:06:31 AM
Meh, DE3 turned out to be okay but not worth finishing. The cover system is completely misguided...

Interesting. I remember hating the inclusion of 3rd person camera in the third Thief (and never used it) but I absolutely loved the cover system in Human Revolution and thought it was one of the game's highlights.
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Post by: Rinaldo on August 30, 2011, 08:09:59 AM
I absolutely loved the cover system in Human Revolution and thought it was one of the game's highlights.

(and I mean HIGHLIGHTS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y414Q7vVgYU))
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Post by: DavidW on August 30, 2011, 08:21:45 AM
I thought the cover system needed work.  It's not fluid like in Gears of War... because the control scheme doesn't work right. 

In most shooters you would push lt to aim, rt to fire (on the 360).  You push A to grab cover.  You push A again if you want to jump over the obstacle.  This is a very intuitive overloading of the A button since the second action is really the extension of the first action.

So I play DE 3, I push lt and... I grab the nearest wall!  How do you unlearn lt to aim since every other game uses it??  Not only that but aim is lt+left analog, seriously!?  While the A button is still used for jumping over obstacles or switching walls, there is a weird disconnect that it had nothing to do with finding cover.

After a little bit of playing you get used to it, but still... I wouldn't call it a highlight of the game.
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Post by: Rinaldo on August 31, 2011, 08:34:07 AM
After a little bit of playing you get used to it, but still... I wouldn't call it a highlight of the game.

I see. I've played the PC version using mouse + keyboard so I didn't have to deal with something like this.

Thread duty: playing Driver: San Francisco and I'm having quite a lot of fun. It's nowhere near the original in terms of atmosphere but still a blast thanks to the shift mechanic, which allows you to jump from car to car, astral projection style. As crazy as that sounds - it works flawlessly.
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Post by: DavidW on August 31, 2011, 08:44:26 AM
Maybe the PC version is the one to play.  I'm playing on the 360.  What about you Lethe?
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Post by: Lethevich on August 31, 2011, 08:51:10 AM
360 too - it was a friend who bought it, I'd have waited a lot longer to get it myself if it was my own money, but it would be for the PC, as I vastly prefer mouse and keyboard for FPS.

Edit: I suck at writing.
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Post by: DavidW on August 31, 2011, 08:56:31 AM
Gamefly is rolling out an unlimited pc gaming plan soon, I might give DE 3 another play through on the pc when that happens.

Did you accidentally grab walls when you meant to just aim like me or were you luckily not as retarded? ;D
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Post by: Lethevich on August 31, 2011, 09:00:42 AM
Did you accidentally grab walls when you meant to just aim like me or were you luckily not as retarded? ;D

Yeah,* but once or twice (far more annoyingly) the system grabbed the wrong bit (often at a corner) which left me in the firing line.

*Although this part is more to do with me not being very good with gamepads in complex action games, it feels almost like a masochistic exercise at times.
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Post by: DavidW on August 31, 2011, 09:49:05 AM
That's what happened with me too.  How stupid do you feel to be hanging on to a wall while being riddled with bullets? :D
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Post by: Lethevich on September 03, 2011, 11:07:25 PM
Tedious update #29883:

I've decided to just pretend cover doesn't exist in DE3, and the more I play it, the more I notice it at least bothering to include stuff that DE2 removed. It has an inventory, real ammunition, and even huge areas to get lost in (mein Gott). While melee in the original wasn't great, I don't see why in this game it's been removed all together and only seems to be a special move that requires energy. It seems unusual that in a game that has at least tried to offer various ways to complete objectives, from silver-tonguing to shooting, that fists would not be considered an acceptable option. The worst is when you want to break stuff without using ammo - why won't it let you :'( The continual jumps into third person are still bad (such as the slow fall ability) but I am becoming more and more impressed by the game not forcing you to kill everything. It also has a surprising amount of optional creeping and burglary, which is one of the very key Deus Ex things that I look for in a game. Maybe the best part of it so far: getting lost in China. The game doesn't scream where you should go, it allows you to get annoyed and bored if you lack the interest in exploration, without the devs fearing you writing them angry letters. Which is a nice and essential touch for a game with any ambition. The dialogue is still very poor, but one of these days a game like this will get a real writer on board - especially given how cheap they are in the face of ever-expanding budgets for modern triple-A titles.
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Post by: Rinaldo on September 04, 2011, 04:49:56 AM
One of these days a game like this will get a real writer on board - especially given how cheap they are in the face of ever-expanding budgets for modern triple-A titles.

They actually had one, Mary DeMarle.
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Post by: Lethevich on September 04, 2011, 06:48:21 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/8Hi225wWHnw

This is looking pretty impressive, in a Bulletstorm kind of way - visually it's super too. My PC in its current state won't be able to run it though ;D
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Post by: DavidW on September 04, 2011, 08:49:55 AM
one of these days a game like this will get a real writer on board

Crysis 2 had Richard Morgan for the writer... and it was one of the worst stories I've seen in a game for awhile!  Having a real writer wouldn't be a guarantee of anything sadly. :-\
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Post by: DavidW on September 04, 2011, 08:52:08 AM
They actually had one, Mary DeMarle.

Huh?  Who?  Real writer = bestselling writer of novels and short stories in my book. ???
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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 04, 2011, 11:49:34 AM
Almost halfway through Half-Life 2... this is going to take forever to beat.
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Post by: DavidW on September 04, 2011, 04:17:18 PM
Almost halfway through Half-Life 2... this is going to take forever to beat.

Awesome!  One of my favorite games!! :)

Rinaldo, thank you for the heads up about the pc controls on DE 3.  I bought the pc version and it rocks! much more fluid than the console version.  Will be selling my 360 copy next week. :)
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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 04, 2011, 05:13:58 PM
It was actually voted "Best PC game ever" according to a PC Gamer reader poll.
One thing I really love about the series is the distinct personality of it- the combination of having the protagonist as a physicist and the whole alien, mysterious, detached, feel of the series.

Just one thing that is ruining the whole game for me at the moment: headcrabs. Especially the black ones. They are so frustrating that I'm constantly feeling like yelling at them. Hopefully, once I make it past this messed up city (Ravenholm), there won't be quite as many. ?...  ::)

As for the positives, I could go on endlessly. There are some mind-blowing, incredible experiences in this game.
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Post by: DavidW on September 04, 2011, 06:05:46 PM
Yeah Greg it doesn't get much better than throwing chainsaw blades at headcrab zombies! ;D

Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/v/XhD-vd7PXY4
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Post by: DavidW on September 04, 2011, 06:06:27 PM
Oh Greg did you pick up the game of the year edition which has Half Life 1 included?  That game rocks even harder!! 8)
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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 04, 2011, 06:20:15 PM
Yeah Greg it doesn't get much better than throwing chainsaw blades at headcrab zombies! ;D

Check this out:

That's exactly why I like doing that, but making sure they line up 3 in a row- I'm only putting them out of their misery, so it's a good thing.  ;)

They make that noise while they are slowly burning to death...

http://www.youtube.com/v/sd4jlnh-oo4
I didn't think it could get any more disturbing, but now that I know what they are really saying...  :-\

I'm pretty sure my edition is the regular one... and I won't elaborate on why I'm not 100% sure.  :-X
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Post by: Rinaldo on September 04, 2011, 07:44:16 PM
Half-Life 2 isn't even the best Half-Life game.

Glad I'm not alone on that one.

Playing Bastion right now, which is lovely. Clever narration, great visual style & fabulous soundtrack.

(http://i53.tinypic.com/33accjm.jpg)

And if anyone feels the new Deus Ex isn't hardcore enough, E.Y.E. might be a viable alternative for you. It's über complex, user unfriendly and bugged as hell. Just like the old days.
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Post by: Lethevich on September 04, 2011, 07:45:59 PM
Heaven forbid we can punch enemies without requiring a cutscene, that would be user-unfriendly ;)

Edit: recent mentions of HL2 are giving me the urge to go back to the original. I never played the expansions, so maybe now is the time.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 12, 2011, 08:48:54 AM
Well, I was originally planning to post how great a game Half-Life 2 was, but there are certain section which are near-impossible. Right now, I'm playing a section that truly is impossible, and it's on easy.
I think the amount of enemies you get and how many grenades they throw are up to chance, and I just happen to be unlucky. I watched a youtube video of someone playing this section, and there are way less enemies.

It is the part near the end of Entanglement where you have to set up the turrets and have probably about a hundred guys coming after you and at least 6 or 7 spinning blades (that's how much I could survive). So, the game is ruined, and now I can't finish it.
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Post by: DavidW on September 12, 2011, 12:39:42 PM
I don't remember where that is in the game.  Did you get to the part with the full on assault of the city?  It's epic but hard.

As for most of those turret sections... those are tough!  I don't remember the game well enough, but I think I kept righting the turrets if they got knocked over.

I want to replay Knights of the Old Republic, but it won't run on windows 7 so I bought the xbox version and it is fun and cool playing it on the console. :)
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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 12, 2011, 01:12:56 PM
Okay, David, here's where it is:


http://www.youtube.com/v/LiyOt2FLt2U&feature=related
I set up the turrets pretty much like this, but when I'm playing there are so many more soldiers that they end up knocking all 3 down at the same time. If I go to pick them up, by the time I set them up, I'm halfway dead and they knock down whatever I've just set up anyways. At the point where the turrets become useless, I've tried to hide in a dark room and shoot from there. However, despite being able to shoot fairly well, I run out of ammo (which I've had tons of) and die, because they just don't stop coming.



I might have to try this:

Quote
there's a more preparation intensive way to do this, but it's so easy. there's a balcony on the one side that leads back into a close hall. stack up crates to form stairs. then toss the turrets and some items up there. climb up and set up the turrets. sit back and let them handle the soldiers for you.

occasionally they may knock a turret out with a grenade, but they can't climb up there, and they can't hit you unless you come to the edge. this worked flawlessly the first time i tried it.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 12, 2011, 05:25:49 PM
I tried the box strategy on the left side of the hallway. I made a pyramid of 6 boxes and a barrel at the top. I climbed on top of the barrel and was literally level with the railing. I tried jumping over the railing, because I was in position to do so. Apparently, it was preprogrammed to not allow you to jump onto the second story, because there was an invisible force that wouldn't let me cross over.

Before that, I watched another video of someone setting up the turrets. I tried to imitate what he did- keep them closer to me (halfway inside the room) and to use the gravity gun to pick them up and set them up again, instead of the A button. Same thing, though- it was so chaotic I couldn't do anything without dying instantly.

The only thing left to do to progress in the game is try to jump onto another area of the railing and hope it's not also invisibly blocked.
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Post by: DavidW on September 12, 2011, 05:40:12 PM
Oh god I remember that now... I think I blocked it out.  That is crazy, crazy hard even with the turrets to help you.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on September 15, 2011, 12:48:02 AM
Assassin's creed 2 finished, now moving to Uncharted.

Huge improvement over Assassin's creed 1, and like Desmond said: "The subtitles, definitely a big plus!"
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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 15, 2011, 04:00:58 AM
Oh god I remember that now... I think I blocked it out.  That is crazy, crazy hard even with the turrets to help you.
I'm going to see if it can fit on my friend's flash drive Monday or Tuesday and let him take it home. If he can get me past that part, I'm going to give him a tip. That's the only way.  ::) >:D
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Post by: DavidW on September 15, 2011, 04:15:51 AM
Greg, I bet you can also get other people's saves files online...
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Post by: jwinter on September 15, 2011, 04:18:58 AM
I just finished Fallout: New Vegas and have moved on to Divinity II.  Pretty good so far, though I'm largely killing time until the new Elder Scrolls game comes out...

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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 15, 2011, 04:50:16 AM
Greg, I bet you can also get other people's saves files online...
I didn't think of that. Good idea.  :)
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Post by: DavidW on September 15, 2011, 06:08:06 AM
I got past a corrupt save on a game once that way. ;D

though I'm largely killing time until the new Elder Scrolls game comes out...

That's how I regard my game play right now as well.  I've even contemplated replaying Oblivion yet again! :D
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Post by: jwinter on September 15, 2011, 08:45:33 AM
That's how I regard my game play right now as well.  I've even contemplated replaying Oblivion yet again! :D

I played it all the way through three times, did the same with Morrowind -- only times I've ever done that on an RPG.  Awesome series...
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Post by: Mirror Image on September 16, 2011, 07:48:53 AM
(http://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/zelda_skyward_sword_boxart.jpg)

I'm seriously looking forward to this game as I was a big fan of The Twilight Princess. I'm really anxious to see what kind of dungeons are in this one. I've always liked the Lake Bed Temple in The Twilight Princess. Any other Zelda fans out there?
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Post by: DavidW on September 16, 2011, 08:09:01 AM
I played a bit of the first one... that was a long time ago!  It had was a gold cartridge. :D

Edit: stupid correction + I'm talking about Zelda for the original Nintendo if it's not clear.
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Post by: jwinter on September 16, 2011, 08:52:25 AM
I received Twilight Princess as a gift, haven't started it yet.  I played Ocarina of Time back in the day...
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on September 16, 2011, 09:09:44 AM
(http://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/zelda_skyward_sword_boxart.jpg)

Any other Zelda fans out there?

o/
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Post by: Mirror Image on September 16, 2011, 07:01:35 PM
I played a bit of the first one... that was a long time ago!  It had was a gold cartridge. :D

Edit: stupid correction + I'm talking about Zelda for the original Nintendo if it's not clear.

Yes, Dave. I played some 8-bit Zelda myself back in the day also. :)
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Post by: Mirror Image on September 16, 2011, 07:04:55 PM
I received Twilight Princess as a gift, haven't started it yet.  I played Ocarina of Time back in the day...

Twilight Princess is my favorite Zelda game so far. It exceeded my expectations. I was incredibly happy with it overall, although I did find some parts of it annoying like having to change into a wolf, but that's just a small gripe. All great games have weak points, but thankfully the stronger ones outweigh those weaker moments.
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Post by: Mirror Image on September 19, 2011, 12:54:02 PM
I'm really looking forward to playing the newly remastered Shadow of the Colossus on PS3. This will be the first of four game purchases I'm going to make. The other three being Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
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Post by: Rinaldo on September 19, 2011, 05:03:43 PM
Replayed LIMBO, the Steam version. Even better than the first time (on XBLA). Maybe the fact that I remembered solutions to some of the puzzles helped me immerse myself in the atmospherics more. I love how they intertwined its distinct art style with the gameplay itself.. it's not just a platformer with German Expressionism splashed over it.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on September 20, 2011, 12:04:37 AM
I'm really looking forward to playing the newly remastered Shadow of the Colossus on PS3. This will be the first of four game purchases I'm going to make. The other three being Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Pretty similar list to mine, except I would add also Skyrim. From what I have seen about that game it looks almost too good to be true.

Btw, Uncharted kicks ass! Who said that Naughty Dog can only do games for kids?
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Post by: DavidW on September 20, 2011, 04:06:25 AM
I'm really looking forward to playing the newly remastered Shadow of the Colossus on PS3.

Sony exec 1: Now that we've eliminated ps2 compatibility in ps3s let us resell the biggest sellers on the ps2!

Sony exec 2: Brilliant!!

MI, why are you looking forward to replaying a game you've already played on upscaled graphics?  I paid $5 to play that game, now it's going to be what $40-60?
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Post by: DavidW on September 20, 2011, 04:07:02 AM
I'm still playing DE 3, but Gears of War 3 releases today.  Darn I game too slowly.
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Post by: Mirror Image on September 20, 2011, 10:24:46 AM
Sony exec 1: Now that we've eliminated ps2 compatibility in ps3s let us resell the biggest sellers on the ps2!

Sony exec 2: Brilliant!!

MI, why are you looking forward to replaying a game you've already played on upscaled graphics?  I paid $5 to play that game, now it's going to be what $40-60?

I heard the playability is much more smoother, which the original was pretty rough around the edges, plus I NEVER played Ico. It will be nice to see all the improvements that were made to it this time around. I'll probably wait until it comes down in price from $40. I could probably get it second-hand if I just wait on it.

I'm one of those people who can either fall head over hills for a game or it can just have a total negative effect on me. There's no inbetween. Shadow of the Colossus was one of those games I never got tired of, because I feel in love with it instantly. Not many games have done this for me, but this one had me from the very beginning, especially when you fight the first colossus. Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, both for the SNES, were two games I loved instantly and I still continue playing to this day. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is another game I continue to play over and over, because I love it. It's an engrossing experience. I really can't explain it.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 22, 2011, 08:15:30 AM
Finished Half-Life 2.
I ended up keeping the invincibility that I had from the online save files, because I wanted to get the game over with and didn't feel like being under stress.
The ending was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen. If you can bypass some of the outrageously difficult parts, it really is one of the best games ever made.
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Post by: Lethevich on September 22, 2011, 09:18:10 AM
Replaying Thief 2 (I still refuse to play 1 as it's too scary) - it's still super enjoyable.
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Post by: Rinaldo on September 22, 2011, 10:25:33 AM
Replaying Thief 2 (I still refuse to play 1 as it's too scary) - it's still super enjoyable.

One of my all time favourites. I love the world it conjures and its aesthetics, both visual & aural.

The company that did Human Revolution is working on a fourth installment in the series.. I wonder if they'll be able to retain the original vibe.
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Post by: Lethevich on September 23, 2011, 08:59:28 AM
I must say, though, the original Thief games can be somewhat confusing. Take this:

(http://i.imgur.com/X1XSv.jpg)

This map is unusable to me. The character knows his way around, after all, it's his home quarter, but the repetetive textures make memorising the layout myself a nightmare. I'd have greatly preferred to take a hit to the realism and get a "you are here" marker ;)

Good news about the DE4 sequel, I hope they don't feel the need to "streamline" it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on September 23, 2011, 12:19:21 PM
I must say, though, the original Thief games can be somewhat confusing. Take this:

(http://i.imgur.com/X1XSv.jpg)

Oh, the good old "where the hell am I?" map. I sort of liked that approach back in the day but yeah, it WAS confusing.

Quote
Good news about the DE4 sequel, I hope they don't feel the need to "streamline" it.

Actually, it's a Thief sequel - I've phrased it wrong. They're keeping it under wraps so far.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on September 23, 2011, 12:22:49 PM
Oh, I see. I haven't even played Thief 3 yet :-\ I really should work on that :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on September 23, 2011, 12:31:56 PM
Oh, I see. I haven't even played Thief 3 yet :-\ I really should work on that :)

Thief 3 has its moments.. but if you find the first one scary, then you should definitely stay away from The Cradle - voted as one of the scariest levels in videogame history.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on September 23, 2011, 12:49:24 PM
Aww not fair. Even the bug-guys in Thief 1 freaked me out.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on September 23, 2011, 07:31:58 PM
Thief 2 spoilers follow:

The first time I played the eavesdropping level (where you go into the Mechanist church and listen in on how they make the robots when the bell chimes), at one point in the conversation this line comes up:

"A most unfortunate guttersnipe who waits just outside."

The first time I played when I heard this I thought that it was scripted for me to be discovered listening through the door so ran like hell, so I have never heard the rest of the dialogue - but this time I remained and it turns out there was another character in behind the door that they were referring to and the dialogue continues. Hehe :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on September 25, 2011, 04:01:11 PM
I just started Planescape: Torment.  8)
I really never liked the whole point & click style (you know, Baldur's Gate, Starcraft, Warcraft, etc.), but it seems to me to somewhat of a visual novel in a way. The conversation with Dhall was interesting. Now I'm on my first mission.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on September 25, 2011, 04:15:01 PM
it seems to me to somewhat of a visual novel in a way.

Prepare to be blown away.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on October 12, 2011, 03:04:12 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/IynbP.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on October 12, 2011, 03:18:20 PM
Its not that confusing. All you have to do is draw your own map. I used to do that all the time in Daggerfall, and Thief was a lot easier in that respect. Great game BTW, one of the absolute best. Too bad Thief 3 sucked ass.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on October 13, 2011, 04:44:10 AM
I'm going on a Mario marathon in preparation for the release of Mario 3D Land next month.  I've recently ran through Mario 64, 3, NSMB on Wii and DS and I'm currently working on 2 and Super Mario Land.  Will start the Galaxy games next.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Coco on October 13, 2011, 06:18:42 AM
I'm going on a Mario marathon in preparation for the release of Mario 3D Land next month.  I've recently ran through Mario 64, 3, NSMB on Wii and DS and I'm currently working on 2 and Super Mario Land.  Will start the Galaxy games next.

No love for the Paper Marios? u_u
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on October 13, 2011, 07:05:09 AM
No love for the Paper Marios? u_u

I don't have those on hand.  Come to think of it, I also need to complete Mario RPG!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 13, 2011, 07:53:29 AM
I'm going to make one more purchase this year and it is this game:

(http://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/zelda_skyward_sword_boxart.jpg)

Can't wait to play it. I've been waiting many years for a new Wii Zelda game to come out.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on October 13, 2011, 09:44:47 AM
I'm going to make one more purchase this year and it is this game:

(http://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/zelda_skyward_sword_boxart.jpg)

Can't wait to play it. I've been waiting many years for a new Wii Zelda game to come out.


Very nice! The last Zelda I played was WindWaker, which was fun.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on October 13, 2011, 12:02:16 PM
Finished RAGE. It actually turned out to be quite a memorable experience. It's still just a straightforward shooter but its design shows lots of love poured into it. Lots of nods towards Doom as well. The overall feel is brilliant. My major gripe with the game are all those invisible walls. Conjuring such stunning landscapes and not allowing the player to explore them? Boo.

Also, the problems surrounding the PC version are a disaster, although I've been spared as the game works just fine on my system.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on October 13, 2011, 01:11:18 PM
It is a really good game, and quite brutal to compare to a worse title like Duke Nukem Forever - especially as both are surprisingly unforgiving on high difficulty, made by old devs and have lengthy driving sections.

Id are ridiculous, though. I have a friend whose PC copy choose the un-tweakable "optimal" settings for him and it ran at 10fps. I've played it on 360 because a friend bought it, but if they hadn't I'd have picked it up secondhand to make sure that id got none of my money after all the foolishness :-\ I feel like a sucker for being one of the few supporting them on messageboards throughout all the "it looks like Borderlands", "it's brown lol" kiddy complaints from people who were too young to feel the impact of Quake 1, 2 and 3. Sadly the company seem to have forgotten how to make PC games, and ironically, also how to market their engines (which arguably Rage was the showcase for) with very mechanically and graphically stable releases.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 13, 2011, 07:41:01 PM

Very nice! The last Zelda I played was WindWaker, which was fun.

Yes, Skyward Sword looks very promising or at least from the video clips I've seen of it. What a minute, you didn't play The Twilight Princess? ???

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0zsddJYDFBI/TmU8D7ERPrI/AAAAAAAAAMs/LgoTY_y0oH0/s1600/928519_67607_front.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on October 13, 2011, 08:49:40 PM
Yes, Skyward Sword looks very promising or at least from the video clips I've seen of it. What a minute, you didn't play The Twilight Princess? ???

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0zsddJYDFBI/TmU8D7ERPrI/AAAAAAAAAMs/LgoTY_y0oH0/s1600/928519_67607_front.jpg)

No,  :-[ 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 13, 2011, 09:01:48 PM
No,  :-[

Do you own a Wii, Greg? If yes, then I highly recommend Twilight Princess. I'm not a big video game player and there are only a few titles I've enjoyed from childhood until now, but The Legend of Zelda series has always been one of the favorites. N64's Ocarina of Time changed Zelda forever and if you've followed the series up to Wind Waker, then you will be thrilled by how far it has come with Twilight Princess.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 22, 2011, 01:39:47 PM
I still have not gotten a reply back from Greg as to whether he owns a Wii or not? Well, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be available Nov. 20th, so I hope you're prepared for this great event. Also, please bare in mind, that this new Zelda game requires a Wii Motion Plus for your Wii Remote, so for those who don't have one, you will need get one. To those who already have one, ROCK ON!!! 8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on October 22, 2011, 02:41:37 PM
I have been finding myself increasingly experiencing the urge to replay this game - one of my favourite childhood experiences, so... I am. Shame the series didn't survive, the first 1.5 were pretty special.

(http://i.imgur.com/ls93S.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 22, 2011, 06:51:05 PM
Could you imagine how awesome it would be to play video games all day?...  :-\

(putting Planescape: Torment on hold- might be a while).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 22, 2011, 07:35:49 PM
Could you imagine how awesome it would be to play video games all day?...  :-\

(putting Planescape: Torment on hold- might be a while).

I couldn't play video games all day. I don't have that kind of patience.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 22, 2011, 08:04:42 PM
I couldn't play video games all day. I don't have that kind of patience.
I think I would find it a challenge, too. My parents would limit me to an hour a day when I was a kid, though when I was a teenager, I had a Playstation in my room for a few years, I could get away with more (sometimes necessary, considering save point distances).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 22, 2011, 08:11:42 PM
I think I would find it a challenge, too. My parents would limit me to an hour a day when I was a kid, though when I was a teenager, I had a Playstation in my room for a few years, I could get away with more (sometimes necessary, considering save point distances).

I enjoy video games, but there is a world outside of one's house whether we want to embrace that world is entirely up to the individual. This said, I wasn't particularly sociable growing up, but I was enough of an extravert to deal with boring people. I had to create my own fun most days.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 22, 2011, 08:15:36 PM
I enjoy video games, but there is a world outside of one's house whether we want to embrace that world is entirely up to the individual.
I wish this were true...  ::)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 22, 2011, 08:19:14 PM
I wish this were true...  ::)

Then who is up to? Who makes the choices in your life? You or your aunt?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 23, 2011, 01:04:37 AM
I have done the unthinkable: paid $50 for a new game.

I have a huge backlog that would take me six years to finish were I to complete a single game a month (a pace I don't even keep as I usually only play multiplayer...not falling for those Steam sales again) so I don't normally feel the compulsion to spend money on new games as I got a bunch of untouched ones but I couldn't resist the pc version of Battlefield 3.

My FPS multiplayer for the next couple of years:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRqfFfuVuNE


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on October 23, 2011, 05:23:40 AM
I have done the unthinkable: paid $50 for a new game.

What about the $1000+ upgrade needed in order to play the actual game?

Battlefield 3 looks awesome though. Finally a game that actually feels like it was made for the PC first and foremost. Well, at least the visuals and the multiplayer do. Single player looks like typical Call of Duty consolized crap, but hey, can't have everything.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 23, 2011, 07:23:30 AM
Then who is up to? Who makes the choices in your life? You or your aunt?
You can't "live in your parent's basement" forever is what I mean (what parent would let you?). Though, honestly, it beats many (though not all) alternatives.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on October 23, 2011, 07:00:37 PM
Not playing this atm, but ran into this nicely made video and remember that I never did find that swing (I never bothered following a guide or anything):

http://www.youtube.com/v/1vyHRK1E1Ww
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on October 24, 2011, 04:28:44 AM
I'll play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call Of Pripyat soon. I've seen a lot of Youtube videos, it seems to have an incredibly dark and creepy atmosphere, is open world, is a bit like RPGs and together with some available mods just great in graphics. Really looking forward.
He.. Because of the post Chernobyl setting, it seems to have complete day/night cycles in short moments?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmIXK35rm-U&feature=related

Great mood here:

http://www.youtube.com/v/pxWvt297aC8
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 24, 2011, 08:44:04 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FktL2pu2wE&feature=related

Battlefield 3 is coming out soon and has the most realistic graphics of any game I've seen yet.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 24, 2011, 10:39:08 PM
Battlefield 3 went live here on the East Coast two hours ago. It feels quite different from the Battlefield game "Bad Company 2" in terms of movement. Your character more heavier and more bound by gravity. It actually feels like you're running instead of skating, and the sound is spectacular.  I'm playing the game's most neglected mode--death match--to get used to it.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on October 25, 2011, 12:48:03 AM
I hope my new PC will soon be delivered. It'll be an Intel Core i7 Sandybridge 2600K 4x 3.40 GHz based computer with enough RAM and a GTX580 GPU and -yay- I'll install Win7x64 onto an SSD, which will hopefully be fun. The only thing I couldn't buy is enough time for gaming.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 25, 2011, 03:36:44 AM
I hope my new PC will soon be delivered. It'll be an Intel Core i7 Sandybridge 2600K 4x 3.40 GHz based computer with enough RAM and a GTX580 GPU and -yay- I'll install Win7x64 onto an SSD, which will hopefully be fun. The only thing I couldn't buy is enough time for gaming.

That's going to be a beast of a PC. It would run BF3 like a dream. :)

Unrelated, here is a great SC2 match from this past weekend's Blizzcon. It's the final game in the championship series and it's quite epic and entertaining:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrQ-_qDnekI&feature
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 25, 2011, 03:40:49 AM
And here's a much shorter Protoss vs Protoss match (recorded from the perspective of one of the players)  that shows just how skilled professional players can be. The comments might spoil the result:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyKYoQgiYHs

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mn Dave on October 25, 2011, 12:22:04 PM
Oh no! I am playing computer games again!

Civ III, role-playing, board and card games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on October 25, 2011, 12:34:58 PM
That's going to be a beast of a PC. It would run BF3 like a dream. :)

Unrelated, here is a great SC2 match from this past weekend's Blizzcon. It's the final game in the championship series and it's quite epic and entertaining:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrQ-_qDnekI&feature

That one just made me cross. I am not usually a conspiricy theorist, but WTF was NesTea doing - players as good as him don't do that.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 25, 2011, 01:10:19 PM
Going to trade in some Wii and PS3 games that I don't ever play and buy this:

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on October 26, 2011, 08:46:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/Xx38tIF_3Ps

Ignore the horrible voice. The second clip is beautiful Q__Q
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on October 28, 2011, 01:09:28 AM
Got a chance to spend three hours with Skyrim. Customizable dual-wielding is ace.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 30, 2011, 06:34:47 PM
Purchased this tonight:



Traded in 5 games I never play and wound up with a $65 in-store credit, so I paid nothing for the game and still have a $5 credit. I'll probably trade in some more games and hopefully I'll get enough credit to get Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mn Dave on October 31, 2011, 03:49:47 AM
http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 31, 2011, 08:21:15 AM
Wow....



I played this game for three hours last night, which is something I seldom do, but I couldn't help myself. This game is outstanding so far. The graphics, the gameplay, and the whole atmosphere is fantastic. Unlike Arkham Asylum, Arkham City is free roam, which I think helps the game much more. You're not confined to one area. This game has 500 something trophies as well and not to mention all of the side missions. I would wager this game is definitely game of the year, but Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword haven't been released yet. Those two games look very promising.

Anyway, Arkham City is the first Batman game I've played that made me really feel like Batman. Can't wait to start playing it again.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on October 31, 2011, 09:18:49 AM
Wow....



I played this game for three hours last night, which is something I seldom do, but I couldn't help myself. This game is outstanding so far. The graphics, the gameplay, and the whole atmosphere is fantastic. Unlike Arkham Asylum, Arkham City is free roam, which I think helps the game much more. You're not confined to one area. This game has 500 something trophies as well and not to mention all of the side missions. I would wager this game is definitely game of the year, but Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword haven't been released yet. Those two games look very promising.

Anyway, Arkham City is the first Batman game I've played that made me really feel like Batman. Can't wait to start playing it again.

I consistently hear positive comments on this game, and let's hope the new Zelda is good, Nintendo has been hurting, sales are way down.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 31, 2011, 10:24:21 AM
I consistently hear positive comments on this game, and let's hope the new Zelda is good, Nintendo has been hurting, sales are way down.

The look and feel of Arkham City has really impressed. I haven't been this positive about a game since Super Mario Galaxy, LittleBigPlanet, and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The first installment, Arkham Asylum, was decent but so much has been corrected, improved, and added that it clearly is left in the dust. The graphics are also much better this time around. I've recently hooked up my PS3 using an HDMI cable so I could play in high definition and this has greatly improved my experience.j

All of this said, I'm not a big gamer, but there are always a few titles that come out through the year that look interesting to me. Both Uncharted games so far have been really fantastic, let's hope the third installment is just as good.

By the way, what systems do you own Greg?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on October 31, 2011, 11:26:40 AM
By the way, what systems do you own Greg?


Used to own an XBOX360, but sold it shortly after I had my son, had no time to play it, so I've just been sticking with computer games. It's a shame because I've been missing some great titles.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 31, 2011, 12:03:47 PM

Used to own an XBOX360, but sold it shortly after I had my son, had no time to play it, so I've just been sticking with computer games. It's a shame because I've been missing some great titles.

I never have liked the Xbox 360 or any Xbox system. I've always been a loyal Playstation and Nintendo fan. I've heard a lot of people who have had issues with the Xbox (i. e. red ring of death). Playing games on a PC just never felt right to me. I do like to play the occasional chess game on my computer though.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on November 01, 2011, 07:32:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/Xx38tIF_3Ps

Ignore the horrible voice. The second clip is beautiful Q__Q

It became pretty fashionable to fully investigate the users computers to watch out for copyright infringements etc. Here EA's origin.exe at work as logged by Sysinternals Procmon... I know file searches etc. induce a lot of file IO,,, but anyway, that origin.exe seems at least "curious". Usually you'd call that "spyware".

http://www.youtube.com/v/6lGUOFjMuQA
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on November 01, 2011, 09:02:24 AM
I heard EA just copied its entire American EULA for Germany and is now in conflict with that country's software laws.

Anyway, regarding the game itself, turns out the IRNV scope is pretty over powered:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBUKpwkXTj0

It would be cheating if a lot of people weren't also using it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on November 02, 2011, 07:39:24 PM
I've been playing this...



Played this game for about 2-3 hours last night and I have say this game is amazingly well conceived. When Arkham City came out and was receiving one rave review after another, I was, needless to say, pretty skeptical. I thought perhaps this is one of those cases where the game magazine critic overhype machine was in full steam ahead mode. When I sat down and started playing AC, I was immediately impressed with how fluid the controls were. Whether I was running, walking, using the grappling to latch onto a building, it was done responsively and in a smooth motion. This alone gets a big plus from me. This engaged me, as a gamer, to continue playing the game. The graphics are the second thing I noticed. The city and overall atmosphere is dark and dingy just like it is in the comic books and movies. I really feel like Batman in this game. The first game Arkham Asylum achieved this, but not to the effect this game has. Honestly, the first game and this game shouldn't even be put on the same level. This one blows it's predecessor out of the water. This game certainly is one of those rare games that live up to that notorious media hype.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on November 11, 2011, 04:39:15 PM
This is why we can't have nice things (NSFW) (http://i.imgur.com/H4lRX.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on November 11, 2011, 04:45:49 PM
They forgot the box of delivery Domino's pizza.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on November 11, 2011, 04:48:01 PM
Ah, yes, that would truly set the Ham-Beast-O-Meter into the red.

Edit: I've watched a lot of Amnesia playthroughs, idk why, it's compulsive, but Day[9]'s recent one was ridiculously fun:

http://www.youtube.com/v/8fGHJMeTGwg

Skip to 2:20 for the most increasingly scared person you have ever seen :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on November 14, 2011, 02:18:07 AM
You know, I try not to be cynical but maybe Day9 was hamming it up for his considerable audience.  ::)

Anyway, I finally reached Platinum League in SC2 in 1v1. I would love to go higher but I simply never feel like practicing (like doing APM drills, practicing builds against computer, etc.)  and that is exactly what it would take to move up (and in fact to probably stay in Platinum.)

And in the single player department I finally started playing this game due to a recommendation:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/0d/Titan_Quest_Immortal_Throne.jpg/252px-Titan_Quest_Immortal_Throne.jpg)
 
It's a dungeon crawler that came out in 2006 which continues to have a fairly devoted fandom:

http://www.titanquest.net/tq-forum/forum.php

It's more substantive than Torchlight and I find its classes and setting (ancient Greece) more interesting.  :)

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on November 14, 2011, 07:53:58 PM
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released on Sunday and it's already been getting rave reviews. Metacritic gave it 9.5 out of 10, IGN gave it a 10 out of 10, Game Informer gave it a 10 out of 10, and some have heralded it as the Wii's crowning achievement. We'll see if it lives up to the hype. I've always been such a big Zelda fan. I mean my history with the game goes back to the very first one released on NES. N64's Ocarina Of Time was, however, a game changer. It completely energized and revamped the entire franchise. For me, the next big change came with The Twilight Princess whose dark textures and environment gave the franchise a serious prodding. I hope Skyward Sword delivers on all the promises Nintendo have made to us fans who have had to wait 5 years for a new game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on November 14, 2011, 08:54:29 PM
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released on Sunday and it's already been getting rave reviews. Metacritic gave it 9.5 out of 10, IGN gave it a 10 out of 10, Game Informer gave it a 10 out of 10, and some have heralded it as the Wii's crowning achievement. We'll see if it lives up to the hype. I've always been such a big Zelda fan. I mean my history with the game goes back to the very first one released on NES. N64's Ocarina Of Time was, however, a game changer. It completely energized and revamped the entire franchise. For me, the next big change came with The Twilight Princess whose dark textures and environment gave the franchise a serious prodding. I hope Skyward Sword delivers on all the promises Nintendo have made to us fans who have had to wait 5 years for a new game.


Nothing beats Koji Kondo's theme....

http://www.youtube.com/v/6SiCb-6b-Zw&feature=fvst
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on November 17, 2011, 11:47:05 AM
(http://www.gamerspot.de/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Skyrim-Logo.jpg)

Huge world and amazing beauty. I think you could play it 1000 hrs. in order to see everything... And what a time waster!  ;D If I play Skyrim, I cannot practise the clarinet :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on November 21, 2011, 01:46:12 PM
Then there's the mods... :) I want some simple fix ones first (no third person criticals, no bleeding eyes, etc).

(http://i.imgur.com/XM9zi.png)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on November 25, 2011, 09:31:08 PM
I've been playing Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but I bought this game tonight and played it some and it's really fun:

(http://greleases.com/bg_bilder/rayman-origins-ps3-boxart.jpg)

For those not familiar with this game, it's a 2D platformer. The graphics, while obviously cartoon-like, are fantastic. The gameplay is excellent. It's been released for all systems: PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. I bought it for PS3, because I wanted the full HD quality. Glad I did too. This game reminds me of Donkey Kong Country for the SNES. Obviously not graphically, but the way the game handles and it has that DKC feeling, which sadly I think the Wii game Donkey Kong Country Returns severely lacked.

I traded in several games today: Super Smash Brother Wii, Endless Ocean, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Street Fighter: Arcade Edition. With these games I received an $80 store credit. I bought, obviously, Rayman Origins, and I also bought the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword collector's edition strategy guide. You can't play Zelda without a strategy guide IMHO. While I know many who have, they go through the game haphazardly, which maybe okay for some, but I would like to be able to collect, at least, all the items and hearts I need.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on November 28, 2011, 06:16:45 AM
(http://www.gamerspot.de/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Skyrim-Logo.jpg)

Huge world and amazing beauty. I think you could play it 1000 hrs. in order to see everything... And what a time waster!  ;D If I play Skyrim, I cannot practise the clarinet :)

I just took the plunge with Skyrim-- loving it so far. I'll need to sleep less to balance job and family-- I think it wlll be worth it.  No shortage of side quests and adventures. 
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Post by: lisa needs braces on December 14, 2011, 08:46:40 PM
Someone noticed this in Battlefield 3:

(http://i.imgur.com/tnU9w.jpg)
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Post by: Lethevich on December 15, 2011, 04:32:42 AM
;D

I am currently playing Gabriel Knight 1, and going to replay The Longest Journey after that.
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on December 15, 2011, 06:49:57 AM
Had a child = no more console game  :'(

But have been playing some great iPad games, for example Tiny Towers, Machinarium and Infinity Blade.
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Post by: Lethevich on December 15, 2011, 07:09:42 AM
I am not old enough to have played the early generations of adventure games like Gabriel Knight, Broken Sword, etc - I'm only catching up now - but now that you mention Machinarium, a game that I also enjoyed, I did notice some mild parallels between that game and Beneath a Steel Sky if you're looking for more of that type. Its age makes it less stylish, but that kind of game remains quite fun, and BASS isn't too hideous to be unplayable nowadays (although it's quite bad).

If you're interested, GOG.com (http://www.gog.com) offers it for free once you sign up to an account. If you like it, there are similar classics available in their Christmas sale for $3 each. They should be undemanding enough to run on an iPad.


I just realised, that site is Windows only :'( But if anyone else is interested, do try that site out. Ultima IV is another of the freebies, although it's too primitive for me despite being constantly recommended by the fanbase. The Longest Journey is the best adventure game I've played and it's only $5.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 15, 2011, 07:49:00 AM
Haven't been playing many games at all lately, but I do have this game coming in the mail:

(http://thesilentchief.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/The-box-art-of-the-Uncharted-3-Drakes-Deception.jpg)
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Post by: jowcol on December 15, 2011, 08:41:48 AM
About 40 hours into Skyrim.  Wow.  Similar to other Bethesda games-- the physics of the game engine is a bit spastic, and it walks a line between FPS and RPG.  For openness, however, this seems about 3  to 4 times as expansive as the last two Fallout releases, and is every bit as immersive.   Maybe moreso.   I'm finding the quality and writing in the side quests (I've hardly touched the main) to be better in most cases than the last two Fallouts as well. 

Although the rendering is still not as sharp as other games, for an overall artistic/immersive impact, the game is amazing, and I'll lose 10-20 minutes at some sites just soaking in the beauty at some vista I've just uncovered -- assuming some bad-ass troll doesn't come out of the quiet, snow draped landscape to tear me a new one. 

I was in the middle of a moderately "Harry Potter" like storyline at the Wizards college when I went back to my home town just to stock up on supplies.  Dropped by the tavern and took up a drinking contest with a very friendly fellow.  Blacked out and woke up to a true WTF moment that took about 10 hours of game time to unravel.  Don't want to provide spoilers, but, I woke up on the other side of Skyrim (one I knew nothing about), and was told I'd been blathering about my upcoming marriage plans and a goat.   


Although I thought the main storyline was better in Fallout NV than Fallout 3, many of the side quests were just running messages back and forth between mulitple parties.  I'm really enjoying my side quests more here.   Although some of the bizarre humor is missing, I'd say that Skyrim is having a much stronger immersive factor than I either of those two Fallouts-- and that is saying a lot.   


There are many more options for playing styles and races-- this is a lot of game for the price.     I'm sure the final main plot line will be a let down after all of this, but I don't care.  this was just what I was looking for.   too bad most of my playing is at obscenely early times in the AM before I wake up the kids, and that I have a family and professional life that stops me from getting fully lost... 



On another note-- for more of a turn-based strategy game, I'm a big fan of the Battle of Wesnoth open source game which is available in IPad for 5$.   This is actually the closest thing you can get to an old hex-based wargame on the IPad, but is more like fantasy small/unit and Individual flavor, and it comes with an obscene amount of content.   The only thing I miss from the PC version (which is free, and worth checking out), is that you can't use the cheat console, and some campaigns have a couple really hard battles , and you can only set the difficulty at the start of a campaign.  I started developing a scenario in WML (Westnoth Markup Language) , as it's very configurable on the PC, but then got crunched for time.  I'm assuming you'd need to buy the IPad App to add new content-- although the author is bringing new campaigns in from the community.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 15, 2011, 08:47:39 AM
About 40 hours into Skyrim.  Wow.  Similar to other Bethesda games-- the physics of the game engine is a bit spastic, and it walks a line between FPS and RPG.  For openness, however, this seems about 3  to 4 times as expansive as the last two Fallout releases, and is every bit as immersive.   Maybe moreso.   I'm finding the quality and writing in the side quests (I've hardly touched the main) to be better in most cases than the last two Fallouts as well. 

Although the rendering is still not as sharp as other games, for an overall artistic/immersive impact, the game is amazing, and I'll lose 10-20 minutes at some sites just soaking in the beauty at some vista I've just uncovered -- assuming some bad-ass troll doesn't come out of the quiet, snow draped landscape to tear me a new one. 

I was in the middle of a moderately "Harry Potter" like storyline at the Wizards college when I went back to my home town just to stock up on supplies.  Dropped by the tavern and took up a drinking contest with a very friendly fellow.  Blacked out and woke up to a true WTF moment that took about 10 hours of game time to unravel.  Don't want to provide spoilers, but, I woke up on the other side of Skyrim (one I knew nothing about), and was told I'd been blathering about my upcoming marriage plans and a goat.   


Although I thought the main storyline was better in Fallout NV than Fallout 3, many of the side quests were just running messages back and forth between mulitple parties.  I'm really enjoying my side quests more here.   Although some of the bizarre humor is missing, I'd say that Skyrim is having a much stronger immersive factor than I either of those two Fallouts-- and that is saying a lot.   


There are many more options for playing styles and races-- this is a lot of game for the price.     I'm sure the final main plot line will be a let down after all of this, but I don't care.  this was just what I was looking for.   too bad most of my playing is at obscenely early times in the AM before I wake up the kids, and that I have a family and professional life that stops me from getting fully lost... 

You make Skyrim sound interesting. :) I've heard good things about it. I'm just not so sure about it. I don't know but something inside of me is telling me "DON'T BUY IT!!!" I've spoken with several people about the game and their responses were quite enthusiastic. I'll probably pick it up (eventually). I'll definitely consider it when it drops in price which may be a little while, but I have plenty of other games to hold my interest until that time comes. 8)
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Post by: jowcol on December 15, 2011, 09:23:06 AM
You make Skyrim sound interesting. :) I've heard good things about it. I'm just not so sure about it. I don't know but something inside of me is telling me "DON'T BUY IT!!!" I've spoken with several people about the game and their responses were quite enthusiastic. I'll probably pick it up (eventually). I'll definitely consider it when it drops in price which may be a little while, but I have plenty of other games to hold my interest until that time comes. 8)

For hours of playing time per dollar, it's a steal at its current price.   But it won't hurt to wait for some patches to come in.  I've had a couple minor glitches and one crash.  For the complexity, that's not bad.

It won't appeal much to the hardcore FPS/Multiplayer crowd, like Halo, or Rage (which I considered getting, but turned down for Skyrim.)
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 15, 2011, 07:25:51 PM
For hours of playing time per dollar, it's a steal at its current price.   But it won't hurt to wait for some patches to come in.  I've had a couple minor glitches and one crash.  For the complexity, that's not bad.

It won't appeal much to the hardcore FPS/Multiplayer crowd, like Halo, or Rage (which I considered getting, but turned down for Skyrim.)

I'm not a FPS fan, but I'm not much for RPGs either. Is it safe to call this game an adventure game?
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Post by: Rinaldo on December 15, 2011, 11:55:32 PM
I'm not a FPS fan, but I'm not much for RPGs either. Is it safe to call this game an adventure game?

Skyrim is an open world RPG, through & through, but it's all about adventure and the way you shape your own hero / story. For a fan of the genre (and the series), I'd say it's a must, otherwise.. it might not be your thing.

I've been playing L.A. Noire recently, as it finally came out on the PC. Cherishing every minute. Solving even the weaker cases is tons of fun and I just love the fact that I can be the "good" guy in a game for a change. I used to be a huge fan of the Police Quest series so this one is a dream come true, even if it's basically a rehash of L.A. Confidential. The technology that drives the virtual acting is fantastic.
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Post by: jowcol on December 16, 2011, 08:18:58 AM
I'm not a FPS fan, but I'm not much for RPGs either. Is it safe to call this game an adventure game?

To me, it's like living in a novel for several months.  It intrudes in your real life, and when you are caught in traffic, you find yourself  worrying about half a dozen threads going on-- some of which you know who won't get to for weeks if you're only playing an hour a day.  I'm not sure if "game" really captures the feeling.   

It does take a certain mindset-- some sessions you'll be wandering over bleak landscapes and managing your logistics and finances.  Other sessions, can be pretty hairy when yo have to clean out a complicated underground necropolis, get caught in a civil war, stage a jail break, etc.  A few times I just find myself wandering in a subterranean grotto or wantering a snowy ridgeline at night and I'm so caught up in the beauty that I don't really do anything rather than be there. 

(If I decided to abandon job and family, the XBox comes with me!)


For the record-- most of my gaming time in the Total War series by Sega-- both turn and real-time strategy games.  I'm not typically into FPS or RPG that much, but the type of games that Bethesda dishes out are something I can't turn down.  Although the dialog choices at each branch are still pretty limited, the way the myriad lines and interactions keep expanding exponentially, and the trully open freedom to explore is something hard to find elsewhere.

I'm curious about LA Noire-- I love the James Ellroy LA quartet.
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Post by: stingo on December 16, 2011, 08:49:56 AM
I just finished Arkham Asylum last night so I could purchase Arkham City with a clear conscience. Awesome game with high production values. I can't help but think the sequel will follow suit.

I also saw Titan Quest mentioned - I have the game on Steam so if anyone wants to play let me know.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 16, 2011, 09:12:34 PM
I just finished Arkham Asylum last night so I could purchase Arkham City with a clear conscience. Awesome game with high production values. I can't help but think the sequel will follow suit.

Arkham City is a fine game that has a ton of replay value. There are a lot of side missions that will keep you busy after you've beaten the main story. This game is much more of a sandbox game than Asylum with many interesting plot twists along the way. I read one review where the person complains that they didn't know where to go. THE GAME GIVES YOU DIRECTIONS! I mean how dumb someone has to be to not be able to make any kind of progress in this game. The gameplay is almost identical to Asylum so no surprises there except you can use your environments against your opponents now (i. e. slamming someone's head into a rail). Arkham City is a completely different game than Asylum and you'll notice this world of difference in a matter of minutes.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 20, 2011, 08:21:50 PM
Last night, I played some Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception for a couple of hours and really enjoyed it:

(http://thesilentchief.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/The-box-art-of-the-Uncharted-3-Drakes-Deception.jpg)

From the opening scene, I knew I was in for another great Uncharted experience. I really enjoyed the last two installments, so I was eagerly anticipating this game. The game is damn fluid and the story seems to be very good as well. What's interesting is we get to go back in time when Drake was a kid and how he met Sully. I love the way they have incorporated the past into the present in this game. Anyway, I won't bore any of you any longer other than to say I'm very impressed with the game so far.
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Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on December 21, 2011, 04:46:15 AM
As for Skyrim, it's attractiveness is basically because of the world. You can wander around for hours. I love the bleakness of mountains, or if you walk around in the north... The different moods of different parts of the day... You get a lot for your money.

But still, many quests are boring and disappointing, or even dumb.
[spoiler]For instance, in Windhelm, there's a slaughterer who's killed a girl. It all sounds hopeful, but the quest immediately ends after you found some information in your house and spoke to a woman and the Jarls companion. He says "Windhelm ist safe now - and that's it.
Same as with the war against Solitude (with Ulfric) - you win, everybody goes home, finished.
[/spoiler]
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Post by: Lethevich on December 21, 2011, 09:13:12 AM
I agree, Bethesda have always been quite poor with quests :\
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Post by: stingo on December 21, 2011, 09:24:17 AM
The majority of quests are dumb/mundane which is probably why the quest givers pay you the pittance they do.

I started in on Star Wars: The Old Republic yesterday and it seems pretty good so far.
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Post by: stingo on December 22, 2011, 01:38:54 PM
Great sale at Steam if you're into PC gaming.
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Post by: Lethevich on December 28, 2011, 01:01:09 PM
Replaying Baldur's Gate 2. Despite being able to pick some flaws, it's still the best RPG I will probably ever play - although I do have a mild preference to D&D's Faerûn over other settings I have encountered (other than Warhammer, which I like equally), as it feels richer and less arbritrary than most. The AD&D2 mechanics drove me insane initially, as they do with many, but I'm finding myself enjoying it even more this time, and they offer a lot of depth to the combat options to have. It's a pretty long game, and it ticks all the boxes I expect in an adventure RPG - a huge explorable city full of little secrets, faraway villages with strange secrets, even a pirate island :P I am usually unwilling to play games that I am nostalgic about, because I know that they will no longer be as enjoyable, but BG2 holds up exceptionally well and hasn't been bettered by another game of this style.
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Post by: stingo on December 28, 2011, 06:46:56 PM
Thanks to Steam I picked up (and started) Arkham City, Saints Row The Third and Skyrim. Also added some other Dawn of War II add-ons as well. Good times. (This is in addition to Star Wars: The Old Republic)
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 28, 2011, 07:07:21 PM
Still playing:

(http://thesilentchief.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/The-box-art-of-the-Uncharted-3-Drakes-Deception.jpg)

What a game this is! I love it. For those who played the first two installments, Uncharted 3 is a must. There's a good bit more action in this game than from what other people have been saying about it. If you don't like stories, then don't play this game or any Uncharted game for that matter. The game features more hand-to-hand combat than the last one, which is always fun and I especially love bashing an enemy's head into the wall. 8) I'm really enjoying this game and feel that I'm getting my money's worth out of it.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on December 28, 2011, 07:48:20 PM
Never got past the beginning of Planescape:Torment, because of it crashing yet again, so I'm putting it aside for sometime later in the year.

Just started today:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61OBazJh9RL._AA300_.jpg)


We all got these games for Christmas:
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I've played a little of Little Big Planet and it's fun.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 28, 2011, 07:54:43 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61qAVZayaZL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61SP1LXPRaL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Uncharted 2 is an amazing game. Have you played the first one? I haven't played LittleBigPlanet 2 yet, but I loved the first one. Fun game.

If you like 2D platformers, you should definitely try Rayman Origins. This is such a fun game. I think it's one of the best games to come out in 2011.
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Post by: Lethevich on December 28, 2011, 09:26:15 PM
Never got past the beginning of Planescape:Torment, because of it crashing yet again, so I'm putting it aside for sometime later in the year.

I had the same problem when I played some years back (did it happen outside the front of some building on the north of a zone you were in?) I forgot how I fixed it, though - but some version of it will work. Did you try with XP compatability?
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Post by: ibanezmonster on December 29, 2011, 09:31:06 AM
Uncharted 2 is an amazing game. Have you played the first one?
Nope. Is it good?

I had the same problem when I played some years back (did it happen outside the front of some building on the north of a zone you were in?) I forgot how I fixed it, though - but some version of it will work. Did you try with XP compatability?
I use Vista... I don't remember if I had to adjust some settings or what.
The area was at the beginning- talk to that one guy who seems to know everything, loop around, and walk up to this place that's either a gate or something that leads you upstairs... I'm sure there's a solution out there if I google it.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 29, 2011, 07:45:18 PM
Nope. Is it good?

The first game has all the hallmarks of the other games, but one thing that sets it apart is the dialogue isn't as strong in the first installment as it is in the next two, which means there's much more action, which can never be a bad thing. Each game offers a unique gaming experience. You will enjoy this one a lot I think.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on January 03, 2012, 04:55:44 PM
Bioshock is like a Disney ride from hell.  ;D
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Post by: Josquin des Prez on January 05, 2012, 08:12:28 AM
Why i hate skyrim:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwUwiHnhjVc

Ok, jokes aside, seems like Bethesda has been improving quite a bit. This game doesn't seem to be the disaster Oblivion was, but its still Bethesda. Expect bad writing and bland dialog.

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Post by: Josquin des Prez on January 05, 2012, 08:19:34 AM
Bioshock is like a Disney ride from hell.  ;D

That's quite pertinent actually. The problem with Bioshock, and most other FPS games this days, is that they feel more like a theme park ride then an actual game. In some of them, like in the Call of Duty series, you get warnings if you attempt to step out the path the developers set out for you. There worst, i think, is the single player portion of Battlefield 3 (the multiplayer is apparently surprisingly good, or so they say). Some parts of the game have so little interaction it feels almost like you are watching a movie.
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Post by: jowcol on January 05, 2012, 02:17:12 PM
Why i hate skyrim:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwUwiHnhjVc

Ok, jokes aside, seems like Bethesda has been improving quite a bit. This game doesn't seem to be the disaster Oblivion was, but its still Bethesda. Expect bad writing and bland dialog.

Hmm, this guy said that the women were too butch.   I must admit that my real life wife is acting a bit jealous of my virtual wife Aela the Huntress, since I do have a thing for her.
 
(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSubV9X79SNTZeB8rJMgAqJXeZRc0Ia0OvuxeeIgG6Ch2J4yVAzbQ).(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ0ARSEzxpo0NVMEqwAVlfLq0hizY3k6YsUnL9iuMAV0x6AhUPdHQ)

  None of the NPCs you hang with that long are  going to surprise you with their dialog after a while, but I must admit that Aela is my favorite follower.  I once gave here better armor, but she wasn't as much fun to look at.  So she's back in light armor.

I fully agree about the dialog, and the heavy use of exposition, but I haven't seen a video game that ever really blew me away in that regards.

Something I am liking about Skyrim (About 100 hours so far, just made 50th level, have only done about 1/2 of the main quest, and still am in no hurry to finish...), is that many of the dungeons have a theme or story to make them different.  (Even though you can count on finding the journal of the doomed party as you start).   So there are at least some narrative threads to follow, and many of them are in visual terms, not dialog, which fits the medium better.

Really, the scope of the game, and its strengths, is like a Bildungsroman, where your development is the major  story, and the quests are just a a part of this larger arc.  On the whole, I've found some of of the quests more interesting than Fallout New Vegas (where many of them devolved into relaying messages between two parties, back and forth, back and forth), but still, some of them are still pretty lame, although the relative rate of klunkers seems lower to me.

I would say that for content and gameplay,  it offers twice as much as the last two Fallout installments.  If you like the basic Bethesda approach, you will have a blast, but a lot of the major weaknesses from those two are evident as well.

I've got no regrets other than the loss of sleep as I'm trying to balance job and family with this beast.

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Post by: jowcol on January 05, 2012, 02:18:57 PM
That's quite pertinent actually. The problem with Bioshock, and most other FPS games this days, is that they feel more like a theme park ride then an actual game. In some of them, like in the Call of Duty series, you get warnings if you attempt to step out the path the developers set out for you. There worst, i think, is the single player portion of Battlefield 3 (the multiplayer is apparently surprisingly good, or so they say). Some parts of the game have so little interaction it feels almost like you were watching a movie.

This is a good point-- the replay value in a game, to me, is tied to how many different ways you can attack it.  I tend to find cutscenes intrusive, and also don't like it when there is only one way to attack the game. .
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Post by: Rinaldo on January 05, 2012, 05:59:03 PM
In some of them, like in the Call of Duty series, you get warnings if you attempt to step out the path the developers set out for you.

True & although I enjoy many modern games, this trend is a disgrace to the whole medium and its potential. Sadly, it sells. A lot.

Hope remains with developers trying to fight this cancer - the team behind Dishonored & I'd list Irrational's new Bioshock Infinite as well. It might be another theme park ride but at least it has themes that are worth riding.
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Post by: Lethevich on January 06, 2012, 01:45:07 AM
Serious Sam 3. Slightly better than my already positive expectations. I was concerned about the inclusion of iron sights, but you can ignore them, yay!
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Post by: ibanezmonster on January 06, 2012, 04:35:10 AM
The problem with Bioshock, and most other FPS games this days, is that they feel more like a theme park ride then an actual game.
I know the main reason why: they are overusing the technique of "stuff just happening for the first time right in front of you". The first time I remember seeing that was in the first Half-Life, and it was amazing, but barely used, so it was more believable.

The other factor is simply the environment in Bioshock. The underwater city, malfunctioning lighting, etc. just has that feel to it.
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Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on January 08, 2012, 10:13:37 PM
Ok, jokes aside, seems like Bethesda has been improving quite a bit. This game doesn't seem to be the disaster Oblivion was, but its still Bethesda. Expect bad writing and bland dialog.

Did you play the civil war with Ulfric against Solitude? The ending is just sooo... useless and disappointing.
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Post by: Josquin des Prez on January 09, 2012, 02:52:18 AM
I haven't finished the game yet. I'm about to buy a new desktop so i'm saving the game for when i can play it at maximum graphical detail.
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Post by: jowcol on January 09, 2012, 03:32:57 AM
Did you play the civil war with Ulfric against Solitude? The ending is just sooo... useless and disappointing.

I haven't reached that yet-- I've been avoiding it so far (122 hrs) .  As much as I dig the Bethesda releases, the main story lines are inevitably a letdown. 
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Post by: DavidW on January 12, 2012, 11:58:52 AM
I haven't reached that yet-- I've been avoiding it so far (122 hrs) .  As much as I dig the Bethesda releases, the main story lines are inevitably a letdown.

That is the most boring part of the game (imperials vs stormcloaks).  I've put in about 70 hours into Skyrim.  20 hours with a shifty mage character named Quick Ben, and 50 hours with a hero melee warrior named Whiskeyjack.  Erikson fans will get the references! ;D

I love Skyrim it is now officially my favorite video game.  I just never run out of fun things to do, and I'm still discovering new places. 8)
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Post by: jowcol on January 13, 2012, 06:50:16 AM
That is the most boring part of the game (imperials vs stormcloaks).  I've put in about 70 hours into Skyrim.  20 hours with a shifty mage character named Quick Ben, and 50 hours with a hero melee warrior named Whiskeyjack.  Erikson fans will get the references! ;D

I love Skyrim it is now officially my favorite video game.  I just never run out of fun things to do, and I'm still discovering new places. 8)

I can see why some people don't like it.  In addition to the graphics engine, the "openness" and sheer scale makes it hard to craft a strong narrative.  And, even though they claim they recorded 60,000  lines of dialog, they could have done more.  I hear the same lines form different shopkeepers- that gets old. 

One problem I have with the story trees is that, 99% of the time, things will wait until you get there.  (I left Delphine waiting for me at Kynesgrove for about 50 hours of playing time.)   It would have been cool to have a model where the war goes on without you-- and unless you get involved, different holds would change allegiance, etc.  And better yet, have that determined randomly for EACH GAME, so that, strategically, no two games would be the same, and every time you entered a hold you'd get the chance to influence what happens.   Althouigh, the possible logic issues with other quests, etc would be formidable.

136 hours (I'm Scrotum the Nord, warrior/thief) , and I've just found ANOTHER major dwarven complex that took the whole evening to get through.    Another thing I like about it is that, after a while, to level up, you need to change your playing style.  I'm level 54,  and I've needed to avoid archery and heavy armor, since I've taken them all the way.  Which means that I need play differently if I want to grow.   I can still pick parts of the map and wander and keep finding new stuff. 

This is sick, but I'm already looking forward to starting my next game-- but I need to finish this one and work out my sleep deficit.



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Post by: DavidW on January 13, 2012, 10:10:55 AM
I love those dwarven complexes!  But they're so huge you could sink a whole afternoon exploring one of them.  I especially like it when you follow ghosts that were there... and the whole steampunk vibe to those places, very cool, very refreshing change from the rest.

I think my favorite stuff to do are those daedric and divine quests.  My biggest disappointment was the Bard's college.  I was expecting/hoping for alot more than just 3 fetch quests.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 13, 2012, 10:15:18 AM
Fetchquest!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on January 13, 2012, 02:32:39 PM
It would have been cool to have a model where the war goes on without you-- and unless you get involved, different holds would change allegiance, etc.  And better yet, have that determined randomly for EACH GAME, so that, strategically, no two games would be the same, and every time you entered a hold you'd get the chance to influence what happens.

Mount & Blade (http://www.taleworlds.com/). It's pretty rough around the edges but its medieval combat system (including horseback fighting) is amazing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on January 13, 2012, 02:58:38 PM
Started Limbo this week. Really good game.
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Post by: Josquin des Prez on January 17, 2012, 05:42:37 AM
Hmm, this guy said that the women were too butch.

He was just being facetious. His main point was about the fact the nationalist side was somehow the "bigoted" side, reflecting a politically corrected mindset (I.E., you can't really chose a side in the game, the developers already did that for you). It was actually worst in the Witcher, where the issue was given a far grayer tone, that is, there was no clear good or bad side between the humans and the other races, yet, you could tell which was the "evil" option, mainly due the fact the humans had no redeeming quality whatsoever. This is not to say the dwarves or the elves didn't have their share of nasty qualities but the humans were thoroughly evil in almost every respect. The most amusing thing is that the protagonist was a human, but they tried to dodge the paradox by implying that the Witcher was somehow "raceless" due to his mutations.

I fully agree about the dialog, and the heavy use of exposition, but I haven't seen a video game that ever really blew me away in that regards.

Far for me to imply one should expect great dialog in a video game, but frankly there's no excuse for the level of juvenile, unprofessional writing most games contain today, not considering the amount of money some of those companies make. Better writing and storytelling is and has been possible in the past, and that often coming from developers, not even dedicated professional writers.

That said, Bethesda is known for making decent sandboxes and it seems this is what most people want today, even if some of the toys included aren't exactly among the most entertaining or well crafted.
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Post by: jowcol on January 17, 2012, 12:02:19 PM
Mount & Blade (http://www.taleworlds.com/). It's pretty rough around the edges but its medieval combat system (including horseback fighting) is amazing.

If you want to get deep in medieval warfare (strategic and unit  level) check out Sega Total War Medieval II.  That series supports turn based strategic, and real time tactical resolution of battles where you can view the action at most any angle you please.   I've spend more time gaming in that series over the last few years than all of the time I've spent on video game combined.   But I'm typically more into the strategy thing than FPS or RPG.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Ataraxia on January 17, 2012, 12:04:18 PM
If you want to get deep in medieval warfare (strategic and unit  level) check out Sega Total War Medieval II.  That series supports turn based strategic, and real time tactical resolution of battles where you can view the action at most any angle you please.   I've spend more time gaming in that series over the last few years than all of the time I've spent on video game combined.   But I'm typically more into the strategy thing than FPS or RPG.

Sounds interesting. Do you play Civilization?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on January 17, 2012, 12:13:46 PM
Sounds interesting. Do you play Civilization?

I played FreeCiv for a while- (the open source version), and it was fun, but got old after a while for me.

The Sega Series follow periods like Rome, Medieval, Fuedal Japan, etc.  My favorite is Empire-- global level of teh 18th century.  It has some issues (slow run times, etc), but the interaction of financial planning, military strategy, technology development, and government mixed with very colorful battles on a global scale is utterly mind-bending.  There are also so many other competing factions that you will never have the same game twice.  The next release was on the Napoleonic era- they cleaned up a lot of the mechanics and made it run much more efficiently, but it still isn't half as much fun as Empire, despite the latter's warts.

Think of these games as as Civilization focused on a given era, but when you fight battles, you get to lead units of individual soldiers and view from any angle.   You don't get the same sweep of history, but you get into the campaigns in far more detail.  And the Elephants are something to dread.
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Post by: Ataraxia on January 17, 2012, 12:15:22 PM
Thanks. Sounds like something I'd like if I had the time.
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Post by: Rinaldo on January 17, 2012, 12:19:07 PM
If you want to get deep in medieval warfare (strategic and unit  level) check out Sega Total War Medieval II.

I'm familiar with the Total War franchise, loved the first Shogun. Good to see a series that retained its quality over the years.
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Post by: Josquin des Prez on January 17, 2012, 01:12:27 PM
I'm familiar with the Total War franchise, loved the first Shogun. Good to see a series that retained its quality over the years.

Sort of. There's been a steady decline in the quality of the artificial intelligence and other things starting with Rome, but it seems Shogun 2 was a return to the right direction, at least according to many. Never tried it myself.

My favored is still the first Medieval.

And on the line of Civilization/Real Time Strategy hybrids, i still rank Rise of Nations among the best. This one was actually designed by Brian Reynolds, one of the leads in Alpha Centauri and Civilization 2, and it shows. It leaves games like Age of Empires in the dust, that's for sure.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on January 17, 2012, 01:17:58 PM
Sounds interesting. Do you play Civilization?

I wouldn't compare Civilization to it. There's a top view, turn based strategy element to the game, but its very light. The real meat is in the actual battles. This isn't your average command and conquer clone. It simulates actual ancient battle tactics.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: jowcol on January 17, 2012, 03:08:14 PM
I wouldn't compare Civilization to it. There's a top view, turn based strategy element to the game, but its very light. The real meat is in the actual battles. This isn't your average command and conquer clone. It simulates actual ancient battle tactics.

I'd say in later games like Empire, there is a LOT more meat at the strategic level-- sometimes I stay there.  (Although the automated battle resolution is weighted against you.)   I've not played the most recent Shogun, but I wish they'd take the mechanics they improved in Napoleon and retrofit them to Empire.

I'll need to check out Rise of Nations. 

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on January 17, 2012, 06:18:52 PM
And on the line of Civilization/Real Time Strategy hybrids, i still rank Rise of Nations among the best. This one was actually designed by Brian Reynolds, one of the leads in Alpha Centauri and Civilization 2, and it shows. It leaves games like Age of Empires in the dust, that's for sure.

Agreed. And Alpha Centauri is one the select few games that never leaves my hard drive.
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Post by: Lethevich on January 18, 2012, 04:16:24 AM
Agreed. And Alpha Centauri is one the select few games that never leaves my hard drive.

Dem endless drone riots :(
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on January 19, 2012, 09:42:44 AM
I feel like I am missing out - why don't I encounter cool bugs like this, only boring standard gameplay.

http://www.youtube.com/v/zb8w8yiSUA4
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Post by: DavidW on January 19, 2012, 10:50:59 AM
I didn't take you Lethe for one of those multiplayer shooter type of player! :o
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Post by: Lethevich on January 19, 2012, 11:10:18 AM
I didn't take you Lethe for one of those multiplayer shooter type of player! :o

Hehe, I usually suck at them and don't find many games fun, but some of my formative gaming experiences were with online FPS (Soldier of Fortune 2) and they've kind of stuck with me. In the right environment/game, good matches can feel so much more direct than the many layers of obfuscation that RPGs and the like involve - it can be really refreshing. I'd never try online FPS on a console, though - such a bad reputation.
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Post by: jowcol on January 19, 2012, 11:35:28 AM
Hehe, I usually suck at them and don't find many games fun, but some of my formative gaming experiences were with online FPS (Soldier of Fortune 2) and they've kind of stuck with me. In the right environment/game, good matches can feel so much more direct than the many layers of obfuscation that RPGs and the like involve - it can be really refreshing. I'd never try online FPS on a console, though - such a bad reputation.

I used to work in an R&D department in the 90s where, without knowledge of management, set up a dedicated network to play "Marathon".  Every day at lunch time, half the doors would close, and we'd go after each other.  I agree-- a good match with the right people has the immediacy factor.  Its also easier to walk away from a game like that. 
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Post by: Lethevich on January 29, 2012, 10:28:23 PM
http://www.omiod.com/games/fastkat.php
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on February 01, 2012, 08:09:31 PM
I like the things that I can keep discovering in Deus Ex 1. You can get a tip from a child by giving them a chocolate bar, but I just discovered that if this child were to die in mysterious circumstances when he turns his back on me, I can get the chocolate bar back. Valuable life lessons!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on February 01, 2012, 11:54:26 PM
One problem I have with the story trees is that, 99% of the time, things will wait until you get there.  (I left Delphine waiting for me at Kynesgrove for about 50 hours of playing time.)
A necessity. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to ever finish that game. Or start/continue quests.

But it's a valid point: the game is far too easy. You can solve any puzzle with only one brain cell, in dungeons you usually just walk through - no Labyrinth at all. I remember when I played the first Myst game, and Riven later. There was some really hard to crack stuff. Exactly the opposite of Skyrim.
But I still love it because of the mood. BTW I now play it with uGrids=9, which makes the landscape sooner much more complex, it looks so much better than with the original settings.
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Post by: jowcol on February 02, 2012, 03:42:06 PM
A necessity. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to ever finish that game. Or start/continue quests.

But it's a alid point: the game is far too easy. You can solve any puzzle with only one brain cell, in dungeons you usually just walk through - no Labyrinth at all. I remember when I played the first Myst game, and Riven later. There was some really hard to crack stuff. Exactly the opposite of Skyrim.
But I still love it because of the mood. BTW I now play it with uGrids=9, which makes the landscape sooner much more complex, it looks so much better than with the original settings.

Frankly, I've never cared for the puzzles-- as they tend to punish you with tedium.   A tactical situation that gets increasingly hairy unless you come up with an acceptable approach would appeal more to me.   After the first couple block turning puzzles I just went to the web.

I'd like to see a Skyrim game which took the Radiant Quest line to the extreme, where more of it is randomized, only  differnent cultures and NPCs would take different paths, and not just wait for you to show up.  For example, the Skyrim Civil war would be ongoing, and you attacking a fort may change the balance of power.   Or, if you  do nothing, your house in WHiterun is overcome by Stormcloaks.   NPCs would not be nearly so predictable, although they would certainly have particular traits. 


The drawback of course, is that the long, more elaborately scripted story lines could not be supported,-- so many things could happen.   You would get more vareity in dialog-- but you would still get more "do this, get that" guidance.   But, as you pointed out, with Skyrim and the last couple fallouts, its the mood and immersion more than the story lines and dialog, anyway. 

Have you played Dark Souls? SOunds like they've mixed the open fantasy ethos of skyrim with more of a survival horror feel, and it's not supposed to be too easy...  I havent; taken the plunge yet.


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Post by: lisa needs braces on February 03, 2012, 08:04:32 AM
I am finally playing the original DEUS EX after having bought it quite a while ago (I remember posting about it here.) I have been exposed to a lot of hype surrounding the game, so my expectations were quite high. Nonetheless, having just completed the Hong Kong section, I can finally say I find this game to be engrossing. Well, certain plot developments a bit earlier than that did win me over, but now I'm looking forward to taking my time in the next week or so completing the rest  :)

 I am also loving this game's music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er4Kx7rqRn0

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Post by: Lethevich on February 03, 2012, 04:22:01 PM
It does have great music - I keep hoping for new games with soundtracks in this spirit, but they tend to go down the fake orchestral route. Frozen Synapse came close, but that was more IDM-oriented. I was impressed by this remix, you might like:

http://www.youtube.com/v/lOddfPsN_70

One thing that impressed me this DE1 playthrough was how well the Unreal engine upscalled. The shadows are still awful, but the textures at 1440x900 are surprisingly crisp, and the dialogue boxes only just avoid being too small.
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Post by: jwinter on February 03, 2012, 04:33:52 PM
Skyrim is crack.  Just sayin'...

I too have heard good things about Dark Souls.  I picked it up a couple of weeks ago, but haven't broke the shrink-wrap yet.  I may give it a try this week...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on February 03, 2012, 04:36:04 PM
Dark Souls reminded me so much of certain mid-90s PC games - I'm amazed that they didn't port it, I wanna play :c

Edit: hehe

(http://i.imgur.com/cp3Mo.jpg)
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Post by: mariawrites on February 04, 2012, 07:31:31 AM
I haven't performed much in a while... just 2 game titles in the last season.
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Post by: DavidW on February 12, 2012, 08:40:54 AM
Game Music from Extra Credits, as usual very informative.  I'm making a note here, huge success 0:)

http://youtu.be/CKgHrz_Wv6o (http://youtu.be/CKgHrz_Wv6o)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on February 13, 2012, 01:24:09 AM
I too have heard good things about Dark Souls.
meee2. I've got a new computer, full of gaming power, but problem is, I have no time for playing currently  :(
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Post by: ibanezmonster on March 07, 2012, 11:29:29 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61OBazJh9RL._AA300_.jpg)
Finished today.
Very good game, though I wouldn't rank it among my top favorites. I think the reason why is that it just didn't feel dynamic enough for me, perhaps because of the environment completely being an underwater city. Pretty much the same things are used throughout and it didn't feel like there was enough variety.

I saved the Little Sisters throughout the game, but I'm curious about what happens if you either harvest them all or split it up.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on March 07, 2012, 12:30:33 PM
That's a fair criticism.  Corridor crawl is a bit boring. 

If you harvest just one sister you get the evil ending, everything else is the same.  You find the evil ending on youtube.

I started Mass Effect 3 yesterday.
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Post by: Rinaldo on March 08, 2012, 03:42:05 AM
Cart Life (http://richardhofmeier.com/cartlife/).

To quote Electron Dance:

Quote
Cart Life depicts life as a street vendor. Each of the three playable characters (only two available in the free version) have a different business and a different life. This is the crucial point. Cart Life breaks out of its narrow confines as a “retail simulation” and bulldozes into bigger questions about personal ambition, determination and work-life balance.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on March 11, 2012, 05:41:54 AM
A WTF moment: I was looking into some games I was vaguely aware of but knew nothing about (scouting for what to play next), and when reading up on Enemy Zero (an obscure Sega Saturn survival horror), it turns out that the soundtrack was specifically written by... Michael Nyman ??? It's the same guy, and apparently he only agreed because he had his arm twisted, but it's pretty cool. More games should throw some of their massive budgets at getting real music written for them, as in many instances it's still quite lacking.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on March 11, 2012, 08:32:42 AM
A WTF moment: I was looking into some games I was vaguely aware of but knew nothing about (scouting for what to play next), and when reading up on Enemy Zero (an obscure Sega Saturn survival horror), it turns out that the soundtrack was specifically written by... Michael Nyman ??? It's the same guy, and apparently he only agreed because he had his arm twisted, but it's pretty cool. More games should throw some of their massive budgets at getting real music written for them, as in many instances it's still quite lacking.

Oh, if only. There are masterpieces here and there (Outcast is one of my favourite OSTs across all modern media) but so much dull rubbish trying to emulate the Hollywood oomph. And I really wish developers / producers started digging into the classical archives - so many re-usable gems there that are so cheap to license!
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Post by: stingo on March 11, 2012, 10:57:04 AM
I've found this recording very enjoyable...

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Post by: Josquin des Prez on March 11, 2012, 02:29:05 PM
Oh, if only. There are masterpieces here and there (Outcast is one of my favourite OSTs across all modern media) but so much dull rubbish trying to emulate the Hollywood oomph. And I really wish developers / producers started digging into the classical archives - so many re-usable gems there that are so cheap to license!

Speaking of old gems, for those who may not know, there is a place where you can buy old games at low cost, all fixed up and ready to work on modern machines:

http://www.gog.com/

Its a great repository for forgotten treasures.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on March 11, 2012, 02:36:30 PM
Here's an interesting review to one of my favored games of all times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuuWxlj0EZM

This rageholic guy has some anger management issues, but he is on the mark most of the times.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on March 12, 2012, 02:54:55 PM
Here's an interesting review to one of my favored games of all times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuuWxlj0EZM

This rageholic guy has some anger management issues, but he is on the mark most of the times.

Indeed he is. I love all three Thief games (and hope the fourth one will manage to retain at least a fragment of the series' charm) but Metal Age is my favourite as well. The world it conjures is one I could explore for endless hours. Just hearing the brief string interlude that plays in the Docks (http://aaraaf.net/temp/swells2.mp3) (and which reminds me of Busoni's Nocturne Symphonique, btw).. goosebumps, every single time.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on March 13, 2012, 01:01:13 AM
Is it wrong that I prefer #2 soley because #1 is too scary for me :P
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josquin des Prez on March 13, 2012, 02:31:22 AM
Both games are masterpieces in their own right and they are pretty much largely identical. And yes, Thief 1 has some truly terrifying moments. 

Thief 3 i consider to be the lesser game but its still entertaining.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on March 13, 2012, 03:58:26 AM
Is it wrong that I prefer #2 soley because #1 is too scary for me :P

That is a thoroughly valid reason as well.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on March 13, 2012, 05:08:00 AM
Lands of Lore - Throne of Chaos. Still luvin' it.
(http://h9.abload.de/img/lolfelwy.jpg)
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Post by: Lethevich on March 13, 2012, 12:31:49 PM
Wheey, an oldie! :)

In related news, I just contributed to the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2). More than many of these prospective projects, finally a Kickstarter offers the potential for a real game, and a valuable addition to the medium.
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Post by: Mirror Image on March 22, 2012, 05:55:59 PM
A game I'm seriously looking forward to...

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Post by: drogulus on March 22, 2012, 08:44:01 PM
     
     (https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmseY4QPltWx6Cg1zVr39kEdNIbTJV-hzQmUJNI6dxJIyYYQWORg)

     (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/cheesy.gif)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on March 26, 2012, 05:21:41 PM
Nobody here is outraged by the Mass Effect 3 ending!?  No discussion at all!?  C'mon people, put the old nostalgia games aside for a second and play something new. ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 26, 2012, 07:44:53 PM
Nobody here is outraged by the Mass Effect 3 ending!?  No discussion at all!?  C'mon people, put the old nostalgia games aside for a second and play something new. ;D

Dave, why do you keep deleting your profile?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on March 27, 2012, 01:22:54 AM
Nobody here is outraged by the Mass Effect 3 ending!?  No discussion at all!?  C'mon people, put the old nostalgia games aside for a second and play something new. ;D

I elected not to play it - as much as I like a good story-driven experience, it seems to have become too much of a contrived excuse for an intergalactic romance simulator. While that kind of stuff is optional, it was given such weight of importance by both the fanbase and devs that it sometimes seemed that this was all they cared about. The ending in some sense might have been a sign of that :P

Edit: this is the most reasonable article on why the ending sucks that I've bumped into so far:

http://doycetesterman.com/index.php/2012/03/mass-effect-tolkein-and-your-bullshit-artistic-process/

Edit: by coincidence, two in one day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBETU-uOGh8

I didn't really care about the matter before, but it does iffy.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on March 30, 2012, 11:04:59 AM
This time in the right thread ::)

$5 for the major D&D games of the Baldur's Gate generation:

http://www.atari.com/buy-games/action-adventure-fighting-rpg-strategy/dungeons-amp-dragons-anthology-master-collection
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on April 05, 2012, 06:21:01 PM
Playing Legend of Grimrock (http://www.grimrock.net), a modern revival of the dungeon genre, and as you can see

(http://i41.tinypic.com/6s5iyo.jpg)

I'm having a blast. A must-have for old school gamers.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 06, 2012, 05:21:35 AM
I hadn't played any of the predecessors, and was fully expecting this to be incompehensible fan service, but I was surprisied at how playable it looks, even the combat. I pre-ordered and will give it a go when it comes out/I have time.

In related news, there are now kickstarters for Shadowrun and a Gabriel Knight 1 sequel.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on April 06, 2012, 06:38:50 AM
Playing the original Mass Effect for the first time. Good game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 06, 2012, 06:51:07 AM
Playing the original Mass Effect for the first time. Good game.

I kind of wish they would (optionally) patch out the item management that they streamlined in later games - it's a bit of a hassle in the original. It's a really good experience, though, and I love that impossible to control buggy thing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on April 06, 2012, 07:47:30 AM
I kind of wish they would (optionally) patch out the item management that they streamlined in later games - it's a bit of a hassle in the original. It's a really good experience, though, and I love that impossible to control buggy thing.

Agreed - especially when it's spread out over 6 or so different characters.

I've yet to flip the buggy but that's not through lack of trying. :)

Still trying to figure out squat tactics though.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on April 07, 2012, 11:19:59 PM
Returning to Dragon age origins, I love that game!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 08, 2012, 05:01:46 AM
Returning to Dragon age origins, I love that game!

Awesome!!

I played much more of DE Human Revolutions and I got way further than I did before.  I used an augments guide though to make sure I didn't choose duds and got the best ones to be able to explore.  I really enjoy hacking in and reading through emails, and finding strange routes, I also like using the social aug in conversations to always score a win.

But what I don't like are the combat intensive sections which are too linear and time intensive if you want to use stealth.  It takes three times longer to move unseen through these levels than it does to just simply kill everyone.  There was one point where I was extracted by helicopter, and presumed that I would have a break from the main storyline, but was instead immediately pushed to another linear corridor crawl.  These two types of gameplay really stand out as being at odds with each other!!

For me the hacking, exploration and probing conversations are full of win, so much so I would like the game more if I could actually play that way throughout the whole game.  DE: HR is a bit too hard for me, but I do appreciate it more than I do... but I'm casual about playing games and this game is for gamers.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 08, 2012, 08:07:29 AM
@David: I think you would like the original - it hasn't aged amazing well, but it's eminently playable. The augs are less balanced (and less important) than in DE3 so might be worth looking up first - also the combat is so terrible that stealth is the preferred option in every area.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 08, 2012, 07:59:52 PM
Not playing, but watching: the IPL4 Starcraft 2 finals. It's creepy to think that two young kids are making career-changing decisions within the space of just an hour or so - the difference in prize money between first and second place is $13,000 (edit: actually $24k difference it seems - winner is 40).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on April 10, 2012, 12:58:51 PM
Not playing, but watching: the IPL4 Starcraft 2 finals. It's creepy to think that two young kids are making career-changing decisions within the space of just an hour or so - the difference in prize money between first and second place is $13,000 (edit: actually $24k difference it seems - winner is 40).

How has your laddering been going for that game? I've peaked as a Plat Toss and a Gold Terran.  :(

I would have to exert a lot of effort and sweat to raise my skill to Diamond and beyond. I'm trying to do daily exercises on this map ( http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=124983 ) so hopefully I can make the jump to Diamond finally.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 11, 2012, 07:20:54 AM
How has your laddering been going for that game? I've peaked as a Plat Toss and a Gold Terran.  :(

I would have to exert a lot of effort and sweat to raise my skill to Diamond and beyond. I'm trying to do daily exercises on this map ( http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=124983 ) so hopefully I can make the jump to Diamond finally.

I gave up around gold, I wasn't finding it fun to play at all, so currently I just watch. Once my PC is in a happier state I am probably going to focus on Tribes as something to really build skill at, as it was mostly the indirect control that I didn't like with SC2, or RTS in general, but was hoping I could overcome it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on April 15, 2012, 07:40:26 PM
Gaming while listening to classical. Yay or nay?  :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on April 15, 2012, 07:45:29 PM
Gaming while listening to classical. Yay or nay?  :D

It was the only thing that made WoW enjoyable while I played it -_-
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on April 15, 2012, 07:47:11 PM
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Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 16, 2012, 04:50:14 AM
Gaming while listening to classical. Yay or nay?  :D
All depends...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on April 22, 2012, 11:32:20 PM
Playing Legend of Grimrock (http://www.grimrock.net), a modern revival of the dungeon genre, and as you can see

(http://i41.tinypic.com/6s5iyo.jpg)

I'm having a blast. A must-have for old school gamers.

I also play it, got it from gog.com, lovely and difficult afaics. Currently searching for a key like crazy...

BTW, as for usage of magic: Do I really need 3 clicks? 1. Rightclick Hand 2. Leftclick speel 3. Rightclick the big button in order to cast the spell. ??
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 08, 2012, 08:01:24 PM
I've been playing Silent Hill: Downpour and really liking it.  Puzzles, atmosphere and baddies you can either attack or simply run away from!

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on May 09, 2012, 05:04:22 AM
ArmA II combined Ops. Getting it from Steam. Very curious about that kind of Genre (Tactical Shooter).
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5164M8lyZhL._AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on May 09, 2012, 09:00:18 AM
I am tempted by Arma 2 mostly for an online-mode zombie mod being made for it - kind of like Stalker but with permadeath.

Edit: http://crudepixel.com/2012/05/oh-my-dayz/
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on May 09, 2012, 11:46:19 AM
Ugh, pretty difficult to learn, but I was prepared for that. I played it in 1920x1200 on pretty high settings and ohh... - fans are permanently working (GTX-570 here).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on May 10, 2012, 12:38:26 PM
No excitement for Diablo III?  ???
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on May 10, 2012, 07:21:08 PM
Non :( It's made by a completely different design team and doesn't seem as fun as D2 - with free alternatives like Path of Exile, and the botched lack of multiplayer, it doesn't seem worth paying for.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes on May 10, 2012, 07:39:05 PM
Non :( It's made by a completely different design team and doesn't seem as fun as D2 - with free alternatives like Path of Exile, and the botched lack of multiplayer, it doesn't seem worth paying for.

Yes, but a better team. One of the leads was instrumental in crafting the best game ever made: Arcanum.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on May 11, 2012, 10:12:22 PM
Yes, but a better team. One of the leads was instrumental in crafting the best game ever made: Arcanum.

But the creator of my favourite game of all time (Deus Ex 1) went on to dedicate two decades of his life to the "Epic Mickey" series. Most developers from that era are now involved in terrible mobile games. I'm not too swayed by reputation, as much as I like Arcanum (the only game where playing a 1 int ogre actually has dialogue benefits as well as downsides).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: chasmaniac on May 12, 2012, 03:41:03 AM
Settlers Online. Suits my low energy lifestyle.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on May 18, 2012, 08:39:02 AM
X³ Terran Conflict. Also bought Albion Prelude, a newer Addon with some refinements, but as I'm a newbie I first want to have some solid plot lines (basically it's a simulation / sandbox game - you can do whatever you want). You can get it from Steam. http://store.steampowered.com/app/2820/
On my new computer it's running very decent (constant 60 FPS@1920x1200 plus VSync on, 4 Frames precalculated)... It's CPU intensive and supports only one core, so it's good if you have a powerful cpu. I've got that 3.4 GhZ fastest Sandybridge CPU.

I was new to the genre; and I'm completely fascinated. Veeeeery time consuming. No time for real sunlight, also I won't play Arma II as I've planned before...

(http://ui01.gamespot.com/2238/x3terranconflict_2.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Brian on May 18, 2012, 12:22:05 PM
Gaming while listening to classical. Yay or nay?  :D

My favorite computer game of all time, Europa Universalis II (http://www.paradoxplaza.com/games/europa-universalis-ii), which I played more or less every day of my life from age 13-16, featured a soundtrack entirely licensed from BIS. Every century of gameplay (1419-1819) featured BIS recordings of music from that century.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 18, 2012, 01:54:44 PM
Has anyone here played Max Payne 3 yet? I was just curious. It looks like a cool game. I've read reviews of it which seem generally favorable, but I'd like to hear from someone here.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 18, 2012, 03:02:11 PM
Has anyone here played Max Payne 3 yet? I was just curious. It looks like a cool game. I've read reviews of it which seem generally favorable, but I'd like to hear from someone here.

I was waiting for you! :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 21, 2012, 03:28:28 PM
Max Payne 3 is so awesome!  It's the best shooter I've played in years. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 21, 2012, 03:54:33 PM
Max Payne 3 is so awesome!  It's the best shooter I've played in years. :)

That's it...I'm buying it tomorrow! I've got a $20 gift card from Gamestop, so I'll soon be joining you, Dave. By the way, have you played any of the multiplayer yet?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 21, 2012, 06:35:30 PM
That's it...I'm buying it tomorrow! I've got a $20 gift card from Gamestop, so I'll soon be joining you, Dave. By the way, have you played any of the multiplayer yet?

Awesome!! 8)

I haven't played the multiplayer, not really into that kind of thing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 22, 2012, 09:35:15 PM
Sadly, I didn't pick up Max Payne 3 today. I think I'll just wait for it to become a Greatest Hits or for the price to be lowered to $39. I've got some unfinished business to take care of with Uncharted 3, which I haven't even beat yet and I still need to finish Rayman Origins. Red Dead Redemption is another game I own that I've hardly played at all. With all of this going on, I really want to replay Batman: Arkham City, which is the best comic book game I've played.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 23, 2012, 11:16:51 AM
I also own Red Dead and haven't played it nearly enough.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: PaulR on May 26, 2012, 10:25:25 AM
I just finished ME3.  It truly is a beautiful game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 31, 2012, 05:40:56 AM
I just finished ME3.  It truly is a beautiful game.

Awesome!!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on May 31, 2012, 06:46:19 AM
Sunk about 20 hours into Diablo 3. Not a fan of the series but I've enjoyed this one, it's simple & clichéd but pretty engrossing nonetheless and the 'story' (if you can call it that) managed to grip me. I wish the higher difficulty was there from the beginning, though - it makes the game much more interesting. But that's how Diablo is meant to work, I guess: you play it once to learn it, then you start over and the 'real' game begins.

But I hate, hate, HATE the fact you need to be online to play even the singleplayer.

I've also finished Rock of Ages and had tons of fun. A pythonesque game where you control Sisyphus' rock to roll over historical figures to the sound of Mozart's Dies Irae? Instant win!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on June 05, 2012, 07:05:41 PM
Bought this new for $18 today:

(http://games.kitguru.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/nba2k11_ps3-wamary_fob.jpg)

This is supposedly one of the best NBA games of all-time. We shall see. I've always been a fan of the NBA 2K series.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on June 06, 2012, 04:35:33 AM
Arma II + http://dayzmod.com/

(http://geek.pikimal.com/files/2012/05/DayZ_thumb.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on June 06, 2012, 06:53:04 AM
Bought this new for $18 today:
I would buy NBA 2k12 and Twisted Metal right now if games weren't so expensive. By the time 2k12 is a price I'd like, 2k13 will be out.  ::)
(Twisted Metal I'll get eventually, though...)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on June 06, 2012, 07:33:06 AM
I would buy NBA 2k12 and Twisted Metal right now if games weren't so expensive. By the time 2k12 is a price I'd like, 2k13 will be out.  ::)
(Twisted Metal I'll get eventually, though...)

I just want one basketball game for the PS3 and 2K11 seems like a safe bet. 2K12 looked interesting but 2K11 was a lot cheaper and had more positive reviews than 2K12.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philoctetes3 on June 06, 2012, 08:03:08 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516uREHuifL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
(http://cdn.steampowered.com/v/gfx/apps/34010/header.jpg?t=1317241396)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on June 06, 2012, 10:10:40 AM
Looking forward to: Carmageddon remake. The original is one of the few racing games that didn't feel low on content for me, as there was a lot of room to just mess around in the levels rather than race the same tracks over and over. In a way it was a precursor to GTA's level of driving for fun.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on June 07, 2012, 05:04:50 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51D4yVUR9mL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Played most of it so far...

Seems like the levels are a mixture of previous Sonic levels. They remain somewhat familiar, yet mixing disparate elements together gives them a more elusive character. Also, the 3D-ish elements happen to be pretty useless. Overall, I like it, though the springs are frustrating. I ended up turning it off after this one level with a giant maze that won't let you go in the right direction.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on June 15, 2012, 10:02:10 AM
(http://media.pcgamer.com/files/2010/08/dwarf-fortress-2.jpg)

Dwarf Fortress (http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/), I must be crazy. Took me some hours to actually be able to understand 1/1000 of what it's capable of... That game is teh arts. I play it with Phoebus graphics set btw. So funny :) One of my dwarves got visited by a female dwarf: "Hi I'm your old love from the mountains - lets discuss our situation".

"The brilliance of Dwarf Fortress" (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/magazine/the-brilliance-of-dwarf-fortress.html?pagewanted=all) - on NYT.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on June 17, 2012, 05:14:34 PM
Dwarf Fortress (http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/), I must be crazy.
Anyone who plays that game is crazy.  ;)


I've been playing this all day:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51C2yV-CpBL._AA300_.jpg)
Man, this is so fun.  :o
The last SimCity I used to play was SimCity 2000, many years ago (and the original before that).

SimCity 5 should come out next year, and it looks like it'll be amazing. This stuff brings to mind so many possible game/simulator scenarios...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: bwv 1080 on June 18, 2012, 09:49:22 AM
did yall see this - 10 year game of Civilization II

Quote
http://imgur.com/a/rAnZs
I've been playing the same game of Civ II for 10 years. Though long outdated, I grew fascinated with this particular game because by the time Civ III was released, I was already well into the distant future. I then thought that it might be interesting to see just how far into the future I could get and see what the ramifications would be. Naturally I play other games and have a life, but I often return to this game when I'm not doing anything and carry on. The results are as follows.
The world is a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation.
There are 3 remaining super nations in the year 3991 A.D, each competing for the scant resources left on the planet after dozens of nuclear wars have rendered vast swaths of the world uninhabitable wastelands.
-The ice caps have melted over 20 times (somehow) due primarily to the many nuclear wars. As a result, every inch of land in the world that isn't a mountain is inundated swamp land, useless to farming. Most of which is irradiated anyway.
-As a result, big cities are a thing of the distant past. Roughly 90% of the worlds population (at it's peak 2000 years ago) has died either from nuclear annihilation or famine caused by the global warming that has left absolutely zero arable land to farm. Engineers (late game worker units) are always busy continuously building roads so that new armies can reach the front lines. Roads that are destroyed the very next turn when the enemy goes. So there isn't any time to clear swamps or clean up the nuclear fallout.
-Only 3 super massive nations are left. The Celts (me), The Vikings, And the Americans. Between the three of us, we have conquered all the other nations that have ever existed and assimilated them into our respective empires.
-You've heard of the 100 year war? Try the 1700 year war. The three remaining nations have been locked in an eternal death struggle for almost 2000 years. Peace seems to be impossible. Every time a cease fire is signed, the Vikings will surprise attack me or the Americans the very next turn, often with nuclear weapons. Even when the U.N forces a peace treaty. So I can only assume that peace will come only when they're wiped out. It is this that perpetuates the war ad infinitum. Have any of you old Civ II players out there ever had this problem in the post-late game?
-Because of SDI, ICBMS are usually only used against armies outside of cities. Instead, cities are constantly attacked by spies who plant nuclear devices which then detonate (something I greatly miss from later civ games). Usually the down side to this is that every nation in the world declares war on you. But this is already the case so its no longer a deterrent to anyone. My self included.
-The only governments left are two theocracies and myself, a communist state. I wanted to stay a democracy, but the Senate would always over-rule me when I wanted to declare war before the Vikings did. This would delay my attack and render my turn and often my plans useless. And of course the Vikings would then break the cease fire like clockwork the very next turn. Something I also miss in later civ games is a little internal politics. Anyway, I was forced to do away with democracy roughly a thousand years ago because it was endangering my empire. But of course the people hate me now and every few years since then, there are massive guerrilla (late game barbarians) uprisings in the heart of my empire that I have to deal with which saps resources from the war effort.
-The military stalemate is air tight. The post-late game in civ II is perfectly balanced because all remaining nations already have all the technologies so there is no advantage. And there are so many units at once on the map that you could lose 20 tank units and not have your lines dented because you have a constant stream moving to the front. This also means that cities are not only tiny towns full of starving people, but that you can never improve the city. "So you want a granary so you can eat? Sorry; I have to build another tank instead. Maybe next time."
-My goal for the next few years is to try and end the war and thus use the engineers to clear swamps and fallout so that farming may resume. I want to rebuild the world. But I'm not sure how. If any of you old Civ II players have any advice, I'm listening.
Edit: -Wow guys. Thanks for all your support. I had no idea this post would get this kind of response. -I'll be sure to keep you guys updated on my efforts. Whether here on Reddit, or a blog, or both. -Turns out a whole subreddit has been dedicated to ending this war. It's at /r/theeternalwar
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: PaulR on June 18, 2012, 10:00:58 AM
Anyone who plays that game is crazy.  ;)


I've been playing this all day:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51C2yV-CpBL._AA300_.jpg)
Man, this is so fun.  :o
The last SimCity I used to play was SimCity 2000, many years ago (and the original before that).

SimCity 5 should come out next year, and it looks like it'll be amazing. This stuff brings to mind so many possible game/simulator scenarios...
i always sucked at that game....
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on June 18, 2012, 02:04:23 PM
did yall see this - 10 year game of Civilization II

It was curious seeing this story explode last week. I read reddit/gaming section sometimes, so I saw it posted with a few replies. A couple of hours later it was on the main page, and then on Andrew Sullivan's blog and then it even made it on Mexican news.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: eyeresist on June 18, 2012, 05:14:35 PM
Non-Australians might be interested to hear that we're finally getting an R18+ rating for games here. Previously, the highest possible rating was MA15+ (unlike films, books, etc.), which meant a number of important games had to be censored, or else banned. For things on the border, it also occasionally meant rating quite "mature" stuff as suitable for children. Glad they finally got that sorted out....

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/games/gamers-get-adultsonly-r18-classification-20120618-20kiw.html
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on June 19, 2012, 03:37:10 AM
Stressing about how unlikely I am to get into the Planetside 2 beta.

"The brilliance of Dwarf Fortress" (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/magazine/the-brilliance-of-dwarf-fortress.html?pagewanted=all) - on NYT.

Thanks for this. I don't bother visiting video game articles on old media websites because they're almost always very poor (for a variety of reasons) - but this one was exceptional.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: bwv 1080 on June 20, 2012, 06:05:19 AM
(http://media.pcgamer.com/files/2010/08/dwarf-fortress-2.jpg)

Dwarf Fortress (http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/), I must be crazy. Took me some hours to actually be able to understand 1/1000 of what it's capable of... That game is teh arts. I play it with Phoebus graphics set btw. So funny :) One of my dwarves got visited by a female dwarf: "Hi I'm your old love from the mountains - lets discuss our situation".

"The brilliance of Dwarf Fortress" (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/magazine/the-brilliance-of-dwarf-fortress.html?pagewanted=all) - on NYT.

Thanks for posting this (i think) downloaded it last night and spent the good part of an hour learning to dig a hole
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on June 22, 2012, 04:12:32 PM
i always sucked at that game....
There's a trick to this game, surely. I haven't built a big city from scratch yet, but I have built a town of around 10,000 while getting rich at the same time and maintaining a positive income each month. I basically made a slave wage state with little education and health care, where I'm the only one with any money, yet retarded Sims keep on demanding to move into my little ghetto, so maybe it's not that great.  :-\
I'm sure building a big city (or whatever your goal is) is just a matter of reading about how to do such a thing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on June 23, 2012, 07:55:25 PM
Lately, I've been replaying this:

(http://www.fabbl.de/Bilder/Nintendo/SNES-Donkey-Kong-Country2.jpg)

They don't make games like this anymore. There's no telling how many times I've beaten this game. It never grows old. I feel the same way about it's predecessor: Donkey Kong Country.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: North Star on June 24, 2012, 01:15:15 AM
Lately, I've been replaying this:

(http://www.fabbl.de/Bilder/Nintendo/SNES-Donkey-Kong-Country2.jpg)

They don't make games like this anymore. There's no telling how many times I've beaten this game. It never grows old.

A great game, I remember playing it years ago, when my SNS still worked.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on June 24, 2012, 05:32:04 PM
A great game, I remember playing it years ago, when my SNS still worked.

I think the SNES was one of the best gaming systems ever created. The games were so much fun from the Donkey Kong series to Super Mario World (one of my favorite Mario games along with the first Super Mario Galaxy on Wii) to Super Metroid. What a great, fun system.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on June 24, 2012, 07:07:32 PM
Lately, I've been replaying this:

(http://www.fabbl.de/Bilder/Nintendo/SNES-Donkey-Kong-Country2.jpg)

They don't make games like this anymore. There's no telling how many times I've beaten this game. It never grows old. I feel the same way about it's predecessor: Donkey Kong Country.

A great game indeed! It was favorite of my childhood years and has been something of an obsession of mine since its release.

I also think it, and its predecessor, contain some of the best music of that gaming generation. An example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v2WJi6RHj4



Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on June 24, 2012, 07:55:33 PM
A great game indeed! It was favorite of my childhood years and has been something of an obsession of mine since its release.

I also think it, and its predecessor, contain some of the best music of that gaming generation. An example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v2WJi6RHj4

Totally agree there, -abe-! That was a nice selection from DK2. I always liked this one from DK1:

http://www.youtube.com/v/wAPpVplHiDE
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on June 26, 2012, 07:29:12 AM
Once again played Arma II DayZ, but ugh it sucks pretty hard if you don't find weapons in stables, but only ammo; if you walk thousands of miles and finally get eaten by zombies because real life postman rings ;) The game before I was the king for a minute with my sniper rifle, but got shot by a nasty coward player waiting outside the building.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on June 27, 2012, 10:30:10 AM
I dislike the system for many reasons, but never thought to add all the points together, as this article does:

http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/131615-diablo-3-the-blizzard-sweatshop

It reads like a million miles away from the playful, no-pressure escapism that gaming of this nature might (should?) be expected to be, and paints a fairly unpleasant picture of the current culture of games developers.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on June 27, 2012, 01:19:00 PM
I avoid games like these like the plague.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidRoss on June 27, 2012, 02:32:31 PM
I avoid games like these like the plague.
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lsnyscrdQq1qeksb7o2_400.gif)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on June 28, 2012, 03:53:06 AM
Oh, how disappointed I am with Diablo 3!

It is game burdened by an irritating scheme to easily rake in money.

Basically, it retails for $60 but has the dynamics of a free to play game.  One of the pleasures of playing action RPGs is finding good items for your character, but in D3, item drop rates are rigged so as to encourage you to use the auction houses. So much about the game is rigged towards encouraging the player to spend real money on items. It effectively has a pay to win option. It's short sighted on Blizzard's part.

Moreover, it is a cartoonishly written game with atrocious and cheesy dialogue.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: The Six on June 28, 2012, 10:27:40 PM
Can Metroid take off his gun, or is it permanently attached to his arm?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on June 29, 2012, 03:29:01 AM
Can Metroid take off his gun, or is it permanently attached to his arm?

Samus cannot take off her gun, it is permanently attached to her arm.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on June 29, 2012, 05:32:41 AM
Oh, how disappointed I am with Diablo 3!

It is game burdened by an irritating scheme to easily rake in money.

Basically, it retails for $60 but has the dynamics of a free to play game.  One of the pleasures of playing action RPGs is finding good items for your character, but in D3, item drop rates are rigged so as to encourage you to use the auction houses. So much about the game is rigged towards encouraging the player to spend real money on items. It effectively has a pay to win option. It's short sighted on Blizzard's part.

Moreover, it is a cartoonishly written game with atrocious and cheesy dialogue.

I think people would sell gold and items anyhow on other venues. Why shouldn't Blizzard try to get some of that action?

If the pleasure of playing action RPGs is finding good items, you're more than welcome to do so without having to look at the auction house. Or am I missing something?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on June 29, 2012, 08:14:13 AM
I think people would sell gold and items anyhow on other venues. Why shouldn't Blizzard try to get some of that action?

If the pleasure of playing action RPGs is finding good items, you're more than welcome to do so without having to look at the auction house. Or am I missing something?

But the existence of the auction house appears to effect the rate at which good items drop for your character, thus you have no choice but to go to the Gold auction house to get items. Or, you can just go the auction house and get items for gold or real money.

I have played about 21 hours, and only in a handful of occasions did I find items that were suitable upgrades for my character. Everything else that dropped was trash or appropriate for another class (thus encouraging me to sell it on the auction house.) The only alternative to avoiding the auction houses is to endlessly grind.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on July 06, 2012, 07:17:35 PM
Given the back-and-forth that Mirror Image and I have been having in the latest purchases thread bumping this thread seems appropriate.  I finally gave in and ordered a PS3 (came in yesterday) and after some monetary terror about having to wait several more days to use it due to thinking the AV cord was broken I was saved by Google and realized that I had to do a long reboot because it was currently set for HDMI cables.  Up until tonight I've been playing the Sly Cooper Collection, which is a lot of fun, but I was looking for a PS3 game to really give the system a go.

Fortunately, Demon's Souls came in today.  I've done a lot of reading on the game over the past couple of weeks and it seemed right up my alley:  An action RPG aimed at having a sense of realism, in particular in how the combat is executed, and being quite challenging as a result.  I quickly tossed together a character (Hunter class) and decided to dive in.  The fact that it's published by Atlus and can be purchased for $20 with the soundtrack included didn't hurt matters.  (Atlus games typically have excellent soundtracks.)  I was very surprised to see that the servers were still online given that the game has been out for three years and a pseudo-sequel has been released (Dark Souls) and I'm glad.  You cannot communicate directly with others, nor do you play directly with others often (and part of that time they're invading your game to attempt to kill you), but there is a distinct mystique to playing online.  You can click on blood stains on the ground to view ghosts of other people rushing to their death and attempt to glean knowledge their sacrifice -- or pride, in some cases, that you survived a battle that cost others their life.  The various messages along the ground add to the mystique...most of the time.  A combination of ambush warnings, advice about items you should have on hand, and smart ass comments are everywhere.  I've only had an hour of play time, but this looks like a long, painful, fascinating journey.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 10, 2012, 04:04:34 PM
(http://www.gadgetreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Max-Payne-3-for-PS3-650x746.jpg)

When buying this game, I considered the positive/negative aspects of it and just totally went with my gut. As turns out, I'm glad I did. This is turning out to be one of the better PS3 games I've played. There really haven't been that many IMHO. What impressed me so much is the intense story this game carries throughout. I haven't beat the game (yet), but I just wanted to tell Dave (DavidW) wherever you are that you're totally right on the money with your opinion of this game. I'm glad I listened to your high praises about Max Payne 3.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on July 12, 2012, 08:21:59 PM
Hey gents, there's a massive Steam pc games going on for the next few days. Heads up.

And looks like I got into the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta.  8)

It's coming out in about seven weeks.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on July 17, 2012, 11:44:22 AM
I just picked up the full GTA games bundle for £5 ^_^ And a bunch of others, but this is more notable for being a super price.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on July 18, 2012, 03:08:32 AM
Demon's Souls was an amazing experience, but it's on hiatus for now.  1up's week of Metal Gear Solid articles (http://www.1up.com/features/cover-story-metal-gear-turns-25) did me in.  In particular the stuff on the greatness of Snake Eater, given that I've never played it.  I grabbed the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection off the shelf and played through MGS2 over three days and have now started Snake Eater.  If all goes well I'll also be playing 4 and Peace Walker.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 18, 2012, 03:23:51 PM
Working on a list of games I'd like to play for spring. I'll pretty much have to work on the weekends and take 5 classes at school, so for the little free time I have, screw everything else- I'm having fun. There are quite a few RPGs I'm not aware of, but when it comes to 6th generation console gaming (PS2, Gamecube, Dreamcast), I kind of have to wait and see if the laptop my brother is going to get will be able to play the games at a good frame rate.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: John Copeland on July 18, 2012, 04:19:27 PM
If anyone fancies a race with an utterly superb F1 driver (me) we can have a race, though you may be on bended knee in wonder at my outrageous speed.

(http://www.formula1-game.com/uk/files/2011/06/thegame_pack1.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 18, 2012, 04:56:19 PM
Working on a list of games I'd like to play for spring. I'll pretty much have to work on the weekends and take 5 classes at school, so for the little free time I have, screw everything else- I'm having fun. There are quite a few RPGs I'm not aware of, but when it comes to 6th generation console gaming (PS2, Gamecube, Dreamcast), I kind of have to wait and see if the laptop my brother is going to get will be able to play the games at a good frame rate.
Whoa! I got Dolphin (my Gamecube/Wii emulator) to run Baten Kaitos at nearly full speed! I just used minimal graphic settings and something called Game Booster, which shuts down unnecessary services while gaming.

When my brother gets his laptop, he's basically going to get something like what I have (cheap), but 5 years newer, so I would imagine it should run it at full speed.


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51mQTs6JslL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Played the first ~10 minutes of this game and can already tell this is EXACTLY my type of game. Oh, I am looking forward to this so much.  Looks like a classic JRPG masterpiece with decent graphics in the vein of Chrono Cross or Final Fantasy, but slightly newer than some of the ones I'm thinking about (7 or 9) and music that may be just as good.
This is too long to play now, but it just looks soooooo good!  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 21, 2012, 05:07:34 AM
I just stumbled upon this Amiga CDTV game. What the...?  What is this? ???

http://www.youtube.com/v/J1wddGf2EYY
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 23, 2012, 10:16:42 AM
(http://chib.enjoyjocel.com/wp-content/plugins/rss-poster/cache/2e147_129327_v1.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/cxIyMhOu_ZE

THIS I recommend people to play. By far the weirdest game I've ever played. It's Japan-only, though, so you'd probably just have to run it on an emulator like I did.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Ataraxia on July 23, 2012, 10:19:55 AM
THIS I recommend people to play. By far the weirdest game I've ever played. It's Japan-only, though, so you'd probably just have to run it on an emulator like I did.

Does it come with the LSD or do I have to purchase that separately?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 23, 2012, 10:21:24 AM
Oh, trust me, if you play this game, you won't need it.  ;)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on August 07, 2012, 03:58:36 AM
Still Arma II DayZ, so much Multiplayer fun. Basically its Players vs. Zombies, but often Player vs. Player... You can do so much, you can be a bandit, team up, be lonesome wolf, nasty sniper... some people are helpful medics and cure others with low blood or broken legs...
Typical Elektrozavodzk scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMu2lFkgvII&feature=player_detailpage#t=3335s
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on August 22, 2012, 01:28:01 PM
These:


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on August 23, 2012, 03:58:28 AM
I'm sinking hours & hours Darksiders II and loving every second. Didn't play the first game but this one is a blast: imagine a melting pot of Prince of Persia, Zelda, God of War and Shadow of Colossus and now imagine that such a gaming potpourri actually works (most of the time). The plot is clichéd as hell but nicely executed nonetheless. Great voiceovers & great music by Jesper Kyd. This might be my game of the year.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 27, 2012, 03:58:32 PM
(http://www.gadgetreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Max-Payne-3-for-PS3-650x746.jpg)

When buying this game, I considered the positive/negative aspects of it and just totally went with my gut. As turns out, I'm glad I did. This is turning out to be one of the better PS3 games I've played. There really haven't been that many IMHO. What impressed me so much is the intense story this game carries throughout. I haven't beat the game (yet), but I just wanted to tell Dave (DavidW) wherever you are that you're totally right on the money with your opinion of this game. I'm glad I listened to your high praises about Max Payne 3.

Awesome!  I wondered if you did go there.  Now I guess we're both waiting on RE6. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 27, 2012, 06:03:25 PM
He's back!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 28, 2012, 04:27:26 PM
Yup I'm back!! ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: k.vermont on August 29, 2012, 06:36:13 AM
Lately, I have been playing PSP Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/32/Crisis_Core.png)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on September 01, 2012, 09:30:34 AM
I'm playing the BETA of Carrier Command. It is a remake of a 1980s Atari game. Release is on 28th September. It's a very interesting concept. A mix between Strategy and Action game. You and your enemy have one Carrier which hold 4 Mantas (airial fighters) and 4 Walrusses (drive in water and on land). The task is to either destroy the enemies carrier or to conquer all island (there are 33). You can either control your vehicles remotely (AI takes over then, you see what they do in a top right PIP window) or you can control them directly.

Original Carrier Command:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CyUP-1_boM

Remake/Lets play:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw1jFaN-BEc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW6GGnkey_s
[that guy has 3 more parts]

(http://www.carriercommand.com/newweb/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/sd54f56sd4sd4s-fdafsd54fs45sdf.jpg) (http://www.carriercommand.com/)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on September 01, 2012, 04:42:26 PM
Ha, nice to se Carrier Command getting some love. I've played the original a lot as a kid and twenty years later, I did interview the fellow Czechs who are developing this remake. Lots of genuine enthusiasm on their part. Hope the final product lives up to its potential.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on September 01, 2012, 05:47:53 PM
Awesome!  I wondered if you did go there.  Now I guess we're both waiting on RE6. :)

Welcome back, Davey Boy! I haven't beat Max Payne 3 yet, but I did just get this with an in-store credit:

(http://getps3games.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/mv1.jpg)

Looking foward to playing this one.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on September 02, 2012, 05:32:44 AM
Given all the hype that Darksiders II has been getting I decided to return to the original to play through it first. A great game but I'm having a hard time controlling it via keyboard, so I'm looking at getting a wireless receiver for my xbox 360 controller or getting a wired one.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on September 02, 2012, 07:30:37 AM
Ha, nice to se Carrier Command getting some love. I've played the original a lot as a kid and twenty years later, I did interview the fellow Czechs who are developing this remake. Lots of genuine enthusiasm on their part. Hope the final product lives up to its potential.
I didn't play the original game. I hope the game won't be too repetetive - simply because there are many islands, but basically the same buildings and tansks. They should make the enemy hard to crack, and the enemy AI variable, interesting, with random elements...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on September 09, 2012, 07:02:49 AM
So I googled my Starcraft 2 account name, and it turns out that two guys casted a game I played on the 4th of July and uploaded it to youtube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQSp0wJvGcQ

Since I, the terran, lose, it's likely that the other player uploaded the replay and asked them to comment on it. Haha. I just wish I didn't play so bad. :(
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on September 21, 2012, 08:23:50 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61dkRpQHWBL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
(from PS network)

Played an hour of this today, since my brother bought it. Very fun, silly game. I suppose that in this world, it's okay for police to shoot a kid to death for vandalism. Lol...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on September 21, 2012, 08:29:53 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61dkRpQHWBL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
(from PS network)

Played an hour of this today, since my brother bought it. Very fun, silly game. I suppose that in this world, it's okay for police to shoot a kid to death for vandalism. Lol...

For this game to make any sort of sense, you would have had to been a teenager in the 1990s and actually be able to recall what aggressive inline roller blading is.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on September 21, 2012, 08:36:09 AM
For this game to make any sort of sense, you would have had to been a teenager in the 1990s and actually be able to recall what aggressive inline roller blading is.
None of those fit me.  :D
Became a teenager at the end of the year 2000 and never got into any type of skateboarding or roller blading. I like the game, though- fun, fast, arcade-style, almost like a style between Crazy Taxi and Katamari Demacy. Also notable for being the first cel-shaded game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on September 21, 2012, 08:39:52 AM
None of those fit me.  :D
Became a teenager at the end of the year 2000 and never got into any type of skateboarding or roller blading. I like the game, though- fun, fast, arcade-style, almost like a style between Crazy Taxi and Katamari Demacy. Also notable for being the first cel-shaded game.

Well that might explain why the 'rebellion' element really doesn't come across as clear. I think the game is super fun. Love the music, and the crazy antics you can pull off whilst playing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on September 21, 2012, 09:15:38 AM
Given all the hype that Darksiders II has been getting I decided to return to the original to play through it first. A great game but I'm having a hard time controlling it via keyboard, so I'm looking at getting a wireless receiver for my xbox 360 controller or getting a wired one.



Picked up a wired controller and am loving Darksiders. 3 bosses down and at least two to go.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on September 21, 2012, 11:44:29 AM
I hadn't played video games for a month or two (other hobbies got in the way) but I found myself thinking about Metal Gear Solid 3 so I booted up the PS3 with the HD Collection.  I made a no-kill run (my first) through 3 on normal mode focusing on collecting the various plants and animals that I haven't found before (I'm a trophy collector :D) and getting all the cool camo (and one awesome weapon) that you get when you run through the bosses with tranquilizers.  I'm sure I'll be going back to make a second run on that save to finish off the animals and plants I wasn't able to find previously and to hone my sneaking skills before I move onto harder modes.  In the meantime I've started Peace Walker.  Long game with plenty of opportunities to replay missions to level your weapons and your crew.  That should last me a while.  One of these days MGS2 will draw me back in, too:  I was in the process of doing a dog tags run on easy mode when cooking got in the way of gaming.

By the way, good call on Jet Grind Radio.  I never had the opportunity to play it, but I've had a lot of fun with the sequel Jet Set Radio Future, which is supposed to be inferior to the original.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on September 23, 2012, 04:22:51 AM
What game are you playing? Dark Souls.

Dark Souls.

Dark Souls.

Dark Souls.

Dark. Souls!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on September 23, 2012, 04:58:06 AM
I'm going to play Silent Hill: Homecoming and then we should be in October when the games start releasing again.

In October (if I have free time sigh) I plan on playing: Resident Evil 6, Dishonored and the remastered Doom 3.

I tried replaying DA: Origins but find that I'm not into the game like I was when it came out.  I think I'll continue my Mass Effect replay with #2 soon.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on September 23, 2012, 09:57:40 AM
These:



Holy cow was the last boss in this game irritating. I loved the Arcanum-like conclusion though, and will definitely be replaying this a few times through. Really good stuff.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on September 23, 2012, 10:44:28 AM
Holy cow was the last boss in this game irritating.

Oh yes!  An update removed the difficulty spikes though, apparently that wasn't a virtue of the game but a technical bug. :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on September 23, 2012, 10:45:46 AM
Oh yes!  An update removed the difficulty spikes though, apparently that wasn't a virtue of the game but a technical bug. :D

Lol, and I get why the boss had to be so tough, but there wasn't even a hint at how tough. The battle also wasn't hard, it was just long, but the reward of the ending was totally worth it. This is probably the best rpg of this generation of games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on September 23, 2012, 10:49:14 AM
This is probably the best rpg of this generation of games.

It's also worth noting that it is the last classic western rpg of this time, perhaps of all time.  The genre has been transformed so much that it no longer resembles it's roots.  More current rpgs play more like action rpgs.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on September 23, 2012, 11:17:57 AM
It's also worth noting that it is the last classic western rpg of this time, perhaps of all time.  The genre has been transformed so much that it no longer resembles it's roots.  More current rpgs play more like action rpgs.

Perhaps not... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Eternity
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on September 23, 2012, 11:25:22 AM
Anyone else looking forward to the Wii U? I'll probably get it once they get a new Zelda epic out (I hated Skyward Sword on Wii). Other than this, Assassin's Creed III looks good. Resident Evil 6 is another one I'm looking forward to playing. I'm still digging Rayman Origins. What a great, fun game. I'm also still playing Max Payne 3.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on September 23, 2012, 11:45:06 AM
Anyone else looking forward to the Wii U? I'll probably get it once they get a new Zelda epic out (I hated Skyward Sword on Wii). Other than this, Assassin's Creed III looks good. Resident Evil 6 is another one I'm looking forward to playing. I'm still digging Rayman Origins. What a great, fun game. I'm also still playing Max Payne 3.

Are you sure you don't want to Facebook message me this question?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on September 23, 2012, 01:33:43 PM
Finished Darksiders - great game. Going to wait before jumping into Darksiders II so deciding what to play next.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on September 23, 2012, 03:21:11 PM
Perhaps not... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Eternity

Awesome!!!!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on September 23, 2012, 03:25:58 PM
Anyone else looking forward to the Wii U? I'll probably get it once they get a new Zelda epic out (I hated Skyward Sword on Wii). Other than this, Assassin's Creed III looks good. Resident Evil 6 is another one I'm looking forward to playing. I'm still digging Rayman Origins. What a great, fun game. I'm also still playing Max Payne 3.

I am!  I'm looking forward to Zelda, and having third party games on the console, and finally having a 1080p console.  Those that are saying the graphics will be the same as the current gen 360, ps3 are idiots.  I've already seen preview material that demonstrates that the graphics on the Wii U is superior to the 360 and ps3 on Arkham City and Mass Effect 3.  But that does make me wonder how jaw dropping the next gen ms and sony consoles will be...

You make me feel better that I didn't wait for Skyward Sword before selling my Wii.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on September 24, 2012, 03:40:56 AM
Awesome!!!!

I know, and they got their initial funding in under 5 days, which is so nuts. I'm pretty pumped to see an Arcanum-like rpg come to the PC. I also like how they aren't bringing it to the consoles, who seemingly cannot appreciate a good rpg (Here I'm looking at Alpha Protocol).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on September 24, 2012, 08:21:37 AM
Carrier Command Beta 3
AND
Arma II on Elektro Deathmatch servers.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on September 25, 2012, 03:12:37 PM
I'm still digging Rayman Origins. What a great, fun game.

A true gem. And the next one looks amazing as well - I've had the chance to try the multiplayer on the WiiU and while I'm not that interested in the console itself, it was double the fun.

Aaaanyway, Steam is telling me I've already sunk 100 hours in Dark Souls? And I'm still barely halfway through the game :o It's the Ring des Nibelungen of gaming.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on September 27, 2012, 07:19:10 AM
What game are you playing? Dark Souls.

Dark Souls.

Dark Souls.

Dark Souls.

Dark. Souls!

:D

Demon's Souls took over my life for a while and I'm sure it will again when I'm ready to move away from Metal Gear.  And then after Demon's Souls I'm sure Dark Souls will follow the same route.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on September 27, 2012, 10:14:23 AM
A true gem. And the next one looks amazing as well - I've had the chance to try the multiplayer on the WiiU and while I'm not that interested in the console itself, it was double the fun.

Yeah, the next Rayman looks fantastic. I'm only interested in the WiiU if they release a Zelda game that harkens back to The Twilight Princess. Skyward Sword was the worst Zelda game I ever played. I disliked it so much I sold the game along with that stupid Wii Motion Plus attachment that is required just to play the game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidRoss on September 27, 2012, 12:42:29 PM
Disc golf.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on October 13, 2012, 09:43:33 AM
Finished Dishonored. You should too.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on October 31, 2012, 03:28:28 PM
After getting the platinum in Metal Gear Solid 2 (time consuming and very difficult) I've decided that I've earned the right to take a break from that series for a while.  I've moved onto a task that is only moderately ridiculously hard (Maximo: Ghosts to Glory) and the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus collection.  I never had the opportunity to play Ico last generation -- it was always too expensive used due to its rarity -- so I've been very excited to try this.  Thus far it's great, though I do find the combat tedious.  The atmosphere is great, the scenery is beautiful, and the puzzles are fun.  I'm also very impressed by the way the game maintains a good pace and remains interesting in spite of being so minimalistic.  At this point I don't think it quite stands up to Shadow of the Colossus, but that's an extremely high bar to set. 

By the way, Okami was re-released on PSN yesterday. :D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 31, 2012, 03:43:21 PM
At this point I don't think it quite stands up to Shadow of the Colossus, but that's an extremely high bar to set.

A very high bar most certainly. Shadow of the Colossus is one of my all-time favorite games. Thankfully, I caught it when it was released on PS2 the first time around and have loved it since the first time I played it. This game could very well be considered ground-breaking in it's gameplay.

Right now, I've been alternating between these three great games:

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8O4UeweQpek/UF-WTNavAKI/AAAAAAAARo4/yvGrXJFbZXQ/s1600/super+mario+galaxy+box+art.jpg)

(http://diehardgamefan.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/loztpcover.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eWfkZxxBnzk/UDduC1hjw9I/AAAAAAAADOk/frOTkRkFMR8/s1600/rayman-origins-playstation3-cover.jpg)

All three of these games are amazing. If you don't own them, buy them now! They are fun games, which is what gaming is all about. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on October 31, 2012, 03:47:33 PM
A very high bar most certainly. Shadow of the Colossus is one of my all-time favorite games. Thankfully, I caught it when it was released on PS2 the first time around and have loved it since the first time I played it. This game could very well be considered ground-breaking in it's gameplay.

Right now, I've been alternating between these three great games:

All three of these games are amazing. If you don't own them, buy them now! They are fun games, which is what gaming is all about. :)

I caught Shadow the first time around, but not Ico.  I've loved Shadow of the Colossus dearly since then and even have the soundtrack.  I certainly agree with you about Mario Galaxy but haven't played enough of Twilight Princess yet to make the call...and yes, Rayman Origins is on the buying list when I can get some money together. :)  By the way, if you like borderline masochistic, very old school platformer/action games, Maximo is available for $10 on PSN.  I've always felt that game (and the sequel) were two underrated classics (perhaps minor classics, but classics nonetheless) on PS2.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on October 31, 2012, 04:26:02 PM
Finished Dishonored. You should too.

I've started it but haven't gotten very far.  Not enough free time.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 31, 2012, 04:27:52 PM
I bought NBA 2K10 at Gamestop today for $3. After playing it for a while, I think it's enjoyable enough to not feel like spending the extra money for 2K13. Mainly I preferred the rosters during that time, anyways (the Magic were good a few years ago), and the graphics are still great.

Christmas and my birthday... hmm... Twisted Metal, Mirror's Edge, and Okami, perhaps? For me, those games will last all year.  ::)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 31, 2012, 06:34:06 PM
I caught Shadow the first time around, but not Ico.  I've loved Shadow of the Colossus dearly since then and even have the soundtrack.  I certainly agree with you about Mario Galaxy but haven't played enough of Twilight Princess yet to make the call...and yes, Rayman Origins is on the buying list when I can get some money together. :)  By the way, if you like borderline masochistic, very old school platformer/action games, Maximo is available for $10 on PSN.  I've always felt that game (and the sequel) were two underrated classics (perhaps minor classics, but classics nonetheless) on PS2.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a game you'll either love or hate. For me, I hated it at first, but I was patient with it and it really picked up after that slow beginning. Once you enter that first dungeon, it's pretty much non-stop action and puzzles. The game isn't too difficult. I remember there were a few places where I became frustrated, but what's the point of a game if it doesn't challenge you? I don't know if I'll buy any more games right now. I'm having a lot of fun with the three I mentioned. The new Assassin's Creed III looks great. I especially like the time frame it takes place in: the American Revolution. Sounds quite promising. There are still a few games I'm waiting on: The Last of Us, The Last Guardian, Tomb Raider, and Hitman: Absolution. All of these games look promising.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on November 01, 2012, 05:24:04 PM
Skate 3
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Nier
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Post by: Geo Dude on November 04, 2012, 10:09:23 AM
I don't know if I'll buy any more games right now.

You may not, but I have!  I downloaded Okami HD yesterday. :D  (And Crash Bandicoot 2 with the money left over.)  Currently I'm playing Shadow of the Colossus, but as soon as I'm done I'll be diving straight into Okami.

Skate 3
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Nier

Let me know what you think of Nier.  It seems to be a love-or-hate game.
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Post by: CaughtintheGaze on November 05, 2012, 10:57:52 AM
Let me know what you think of Nier.  It seems to be a love-or-hate game.

I absolutely adore it. It's easily one of the most depressing games I've ever come across.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on November 07, 2012, 03:40:14 PM
Having fun with Postal 2.

Here's my collected pile of violent video game protesters (had to kick them across the hall to meet up with each other, but a couple were stuck under doorways and couldn't move them):
(http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz257/ibanezmonsterg/Postal2Pile.jpg)


Here's me peeing on their charred corpses:
(http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz257/ibanezmonsterg/Postal2Pile2.jpg)

 >:D >:D >:D ;D
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Post by: Rinaldo on November 08, 2012, 10:27:47 AM
Stuck at the final boss of Hotline Miami and while I hate the fight, the whole game is tremendous. It's been labeled as a top down fuck 'em up and rightly so. It's Drive crossed with The Wild Bunch and David Lynch. And the soundtrack (http://soundcloud.com/devolverdigital/sets/hotline-miami-official) is ace.
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Post by: Geo Dude on November 08, 2012, 05:16:43 PM
I'm nine hours into Okami and it's delightful.  The game is still strikingly beautiful nine hours in and contrary to most games I'm just getting started at this point.  (Think of how many games take nine hours to finish.)  I love grand, Zelda-style adventures.
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Post by: Rinaldo on November 08, 2012, 05:39:41 PM
I'm nine hours into Okami and it's delightful.  The game is still strikingly beautiful nine hours in and contrary to most games I'm just getting started at this point.  (Think of how many games take nine hours to finish.)  I love grand, Zelda-style adventures.

Well, you're in for one GRAND adventure. The game is HUGE.

And absolutely amazing, of course.
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Post by: Geo Dude on November 08, 2012, 06:25:44 PM
Well, you're in for one GRAND adventure. The game is HUGE.

And absolutely amazing, of course.

Indeed. :)

I originally played Okami on PS2 but never made it all the way through (I'll make sure to rectify that this time) and when I heard there was an HD remake coming out I downloaded it, of course.  This is the third time I've bought the game and have no regrets.  I hope this new release gives Okami a second-wind as it was heavily under-rated back in the day.
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Post by: stingo on November 09, 2012, 11:52:59 AM
Speaking of long games - still on Darksiders II.
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Post by: Geo Dude on November 19, 2012, 05:58:10 PM
the Assassin's Creed Trilogy came in today and I've started on Assassin's Creed 2.  I've been hearing a lot about this series for a while and was looking forward to this.  It's pretty impressive up to this point.  I can see why people (or at least Metal Gear Solid fans :)) like it.
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 19, 2012, 06:08:50 PM
the Assassin's Creed Trilogy came in today and I've started on Assassin's Creed 2.  I've been hearing a lot about this series for a while and was looking forward to this.  It's pretty impressive up to this point.  I can see why people (or at least Metal Gear Solid fans :)) like it.

I don't like Assassin's Creed. Any of them...well I haven't played the new one. I never was impressed with the game's controls. Ubisoft makes some good games, but the best game they ever made, IMHO, is Rayman Origins, but, when I buy a Wii U, I'll definitely be getting Rayman Legends.
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Post by: stingo on November 19, 2012, 06:37:12 PM
Started with the original Assassin's Creed - pretty good so far (going through Damascus now).
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Post by: Geo Dude on November 20, 2012, 11:18:55 AM
I'll go back and try 1 at some point in the future.  I'd heard many great things about 2 (in comparison to 1) and decided to start there.  It didn't hurt that a trilogy pack was being released for $40.
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Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on November 20, 2012, 11:37:50 AM
XCOM Enemy unknown
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2012, 12:07:09 PM
I'm definitely going to be buying a new Wii U, but only when all this hoopla and shortage mayhem settles. I'll probably buy one around March (my birthday month). I'll definitely take a week off from work to test drive and tweak this new Nintendo.
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2012, 12:40:56 PM
These two Wii U games will definitely be purchases along with the new system:

(http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2012/09/NewSuperMarioBrosUBoxart610.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/archive/f/f6/20120816071747!Rayman_Legends_Box_Art.jpg)
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Post by: CaughtintheGaze on November 20, 2012, 12:50:21 PM
I'll go back and try 1 at some point in the future.  I'd heard many great things about 2 (in comparison to 1) and decided to start there.  It didn't hurt that a trilogy pack was being released for $40.

Ending of No. 2 will leave you speechless.
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Post by: Geo Dude on November 20, 2012, 04:08:45 PM
Ending of No. 2 will leave you speechless.

I'm looking forward to it.  What I've read indicates that it's a Metal Gear Solid 2 level of mind-screwery and I love MGS2. :D  That said, with so much to do in the game I feel comfortable taking my time.
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2012, 04:46:54 PM
Anyone going to get the Wii U? I know you're probably not Geo Dude since it hasn't been long since you bought a PS3. :)
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Post by: stingo on November 20, 2012, 04:48:58 PM
Anyone going to get the Wii U? I know you're probably not Geo Dude since it hasn't been long since you bought a PS3. :)

Probably not - not that it's not a good system, I just have a huge pile of shame (unplayed games) and Steam's Holiday Sale will definitely add to the pile.
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2012, 05:03:51 PM
Probably not - not that it's not a good system, I just have a huge pile of shame (unplayed games) and Steam's Holiday Sale will definitely add to the pile.

Really? Not at all? Hmmm....I think once I see some more goods on the table, I may take the plunge in March. A new Legend of Zelda title will, no doubt, help me make a decision.

But, like you, I have many games that I haven't completed yet. I'm still trying to beat LittleBigPlanet! :) That's how much I play video games. When I was a kid, I played them a lot more than I do now, but there are so many other things I'm interested in that take up much more time than video games.
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Post by: Geo Dude on November 20, 2012, 06:02:56 PM
I'm somewhat interested in Wii U but as you noted I bought a PS3 about six months ago and have the backlog of games I own and backlog of games I need to buy to worry about... :P

That said, what I really want to do is wait a little while and see how the game library pans out.  Nintendo insists that this is the console they're going to use to try to bring back the hardcore gamer crowd and I want them to put some real effort into demonstrating that before I shell out.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Wii, but much like the GameCube (and N64 for that matter) one really does have to search out the gems amongst the shovelware and I'd like to see them back up their claim.  (Come on Metroid Prime 4.... :D)

Speaking of Zelda, playing through Okami really has me hankering for some Zelda awesomeness.  I suspect that I'll be buying OOT 3D next month so I can ease the withdrawal symptoms.

EDIT: 1Up has a great article (http://www.1up.com/features/our-wii-wish-list-11-games) which ties well into the Wii U library comment in my post.  Some great ports certainly wouldn't hurt.  Also, speaking of Metroid Prime... (http://www.1up.com/features/metroid-prime-vs-fusion-texans)
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Post by: stingo on November 20, 2012, 06:18:30 PM
Really? Not at all? Hmmm....I think once I see some more goods on the table, I may take the plunge in March. A new Legend of Zelda title will, no doubt, help me make a decision.

But, like you, I have many games that I haven't completed yet. I'm still trying to beat LittleBigPlanet! :) That's how much I play video games. When I was a kid, I played them a lot more than I do now, but there are so many other things I'm interested in that take up much more time than video games.

As far as I know, Bayonetta 2 is slated to be a Wii U exclusive. That might be able to get me to purchase the system.
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2012, 06:38:07 PM
I'm somewhat interested in Wii U but as you noted I bought a PS3 about six months ago and have the backlog of games I own and backlog of games I need to buy to worry about... :P

That said, what I really want to do is wait a little while and see how the game library pans out.  Nintendo insists that this is the console they're going to use to try to bring back the hardcore gamer crowd and I want them to put some real effort into demonstrating that before I shell out.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Wii, but much like the GameCube (and N64 for that matter) one really does have to search out the gems amongst the shovelware and I'd like to see them back up their claim.  (Come on Metroid Prime 4.... :D)

Speaking of Zelda, playing through Okami really has me hankering for some Zelda awesomeness.  I suspect that I'll be buying OOT 3D next month so I can ease the withdrawal symptoms.

EDIT: 1Up has a great article (http://www.1up.com/features/our-wii-wish-list-11-games) which ties well into the Wii U library comment in my post.  Some great ports certainly wouldn't hurt.  Also, speaking of Metroid Prime... (http://www.1up.com/features/metroid-prime-vs-fusion-texans)

Yeah, the Wii was pretty much a disappointment from a gaming perspective. All the gamers had to wait until the next Mario or Zelda adventure to come out just to justify owning the system. Too much junk and not enough solid titles. The system itself was quite good, but I don't think it was the best Nintendo has to offer. Hopefully, the Wii U will deliver more games that will keep fans anticipating their every move.

Re: Zelda

Did you ever play Twilight Princess? For me, this is one of the greatest games of all-time. I absolutely hated Skyward Sword. I thought this was weakest game in the series. It certainly was too gimmicky as you had to have a Wii Motion+ attachment in order to play the game. A definite disadvantage to the overall gaming experience.
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Post by: Geo Dude on November 20, 2012, 07:28:07 PM
I had the benefit of picking up Wii late in the game which meant plenty of great stuff was out but I have read from gamers who were waiting for a long period of time between say Mario Galaxy 2 and Xenoblade (one of the few third party works of brilliance) and Donkey Kong to...well....like you said, there were long dry spells.

I have Twilight Princess on GameCube and I've played a little but never properly ventured into it.  I'm really missing OOT and will likely head into Twilight Princess afterwards.
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 20, 2012, 08:08:05 PM
I had the benefit of picking up Wii late in the game which meant plenty of great stuff was out but I have read from gamers who were waiting for a long period of time between say Mario Galaxy 2 and Xenoblade (one of the few third party works of brilliance) and Donkey Kong to...well....like you said, there were long dry spells.

I have Twilight Princess on GameCube and I've played a little but never properly ventured into it.  I'm really missing OOT and will likely head into Twilight Princess afterwards.

Twilight Princess starts off slow, but give it time. It's like one giant metamorphosis. It goes from stale to non-stop action where there's so many things to do. It will keep you busy for awhile.
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Post by: stingo on November 22, 2012, 05:39:24 AM
Steam's Autumn Sale has begun! Darksiders II is available at a substantial discount, and XCOM is a 33% off. There are other deals - these are the two I took most interest in.
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 22, 2012, 07:10:01 PM
Just bought:

(http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/wiiublack.jpg)

Bought the deluxe set which you can checkout what it comes with here: http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/buynow/

The beautiful thing about this sell is I got 20% of the system because at my place of employment we get a one time only discount on anything in the store. Some people may put this discount towards a television, iPads, etc., but I felt the Wii U is what I wanted to use this discount on since it's something I've wanted since I heard it was going to be released. It already comes with a game, NintendoLand, but I'm definitely going to be buying New Super Mario Bros. U.

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Post by: Geo Dude on November 22, 2012, 08:24:57 PM
Glad to see that you picked it up!

This thread reminded me that one of these days I need to get around to downloading Majora's Mask on the Wii.  I've actually never played it. 

Meanwhile I continue to love Assassin's Creed 2.  I'm loving all the history they've worked into the game that you can find out about just by clicking.  I'm a fan of this period of history anyway and odds are that this is going to drive me to picking up a book or two on the subject when I can find something that fits the bill.  I also love the expanding world and all the different things I can do.  Hell, I love spending time just admiring the architecture.  Speaking of architecture, I have put some serious effort into infrastructure at the villa (I sacrificed more advanced weapons and armor entirely until I had everything in the Villa maxed out) and it is paying off!  Things only get better as I buy extra weapons, armor, paintings, etc. since they create a feedback by adding value when I purchase that stuff.
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 22, 2012, 08:51:27 PM
Glad to see that you picked it up!

This thread reminded me that one of these days I need to get around to downloading Majora's Mask on the Wii.  I've actually never played it. 

Thanks, Geo Dude! I look forward to playing it!
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Post by: Geo Dude on November 27, 2012, 09:51:01 AM
Thanks, Geo Dude! I look forward to playing it!

I certainly hope you've had some time to play it by now. :P
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 27, 2012, 07:41:31 PM
I certainly hope you've had some time to play it by now. :P

Nope, I haven't even taken the unit out of the box yet. I hope to set it up and play it in the next couple of weeks. At least before Christmas, that's my goal right now anyway.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on December 05, 2012, 07:54:36 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512HTSW5ATL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Postal 2
Really enjoyed this game.  8)

A very cynical game with juvenile humor. The gameplay takes place in five days: Monday through Friday. Each day consists of 4 or so separate missions. One day, you try to get an autograph from Gary Coleman but a shootout happens. Another day, you make people sign a petition to get whiney Congressmen to play violent video games. Another day, you go to the library and a group protesting books ("Burn a book! Save a tree!") burns down the library. There are also scenes where you kill butchers for witnessing that they are throwing live humans into their cutting machines while laughing; where you meet a mascot named "Krotchy" which is just a pair of testicles; another where you piss on your dad's grave, but get abducted by rednecks and made to be a gimp; another where terrorists attack your church after you confess your sins; too much fun!  8)

Since I have a few weeks of no school, I started up Final Fantasy 8... the first 5 minutes work in the epsxe emulator, and the game should keep on working fine. It will take quite a while to beat it, though.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 06, 2012, 07:52:56 AM
I've decided to take my Wii U back for a refund. Honestly, I just don't think I'll ever play it. I barely play my PS3 or Wii now. To be honest, I don't think the Wii U will be the next generation console, but I've been wrong before. I just don't see much attention getting paid to the Wii U which a lot of it has to do with so many weak launch titles. There aren't enough Nintendo exclusives that have caught my eye. New Super Mario Brothers U is nothing but a rehash of a rehash of a rehash. The only title that looks good is Rayman Legends and it's not even out yet.
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Post by: stingo on December 09, 2012, 04:22:01 PM
Finished Assassin's Creed. Started Assassin's Creed II. What a leap forward in the series.
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on December 10, 2012, 04:24:47 AM
"The Walking Dead" on Ipad. Great game design, plays like an episode of the TV show, you have to make decisions that affect the actions and thoughts of AI characters with you, sometimes given mere seconds to make a decision such as who to save during an attack, or how to respond to someone's question. The atmosphere is the right amount of creepy, along with great sound editing, especially on headphones. And above-average to great voice talents which is always a must when having to listen to characters talk so much.

I think it's available on some other platforms such as XBOX and PS3, and it just won Game of the Year on Spike TVs VGA...not that means anything other than just a little bragging rights.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 10, 2012, 08:54:35 PM
I was at a mall today and there was some Nintendo Wii U people demonstrating the system and it's capabilities. Kind of glad I returned mine now. The system doesn't seem that impressive to me. It doesn't have much going for it and the lack of the Nintendo exclusives during the system's launch was just disappointing to me. I know, I know if I waited around more games would come out eventually, but Nintendo had a weak launch this time around IMHO. I'll reconsider the Wii U once I see some heavy hitters hit the market.
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Post by: mc ukrneal on December 10, 2012, 08:59:29 PM
Finished Assassin's Creed. Started Assassin's Creed II. What a leap forward in the series.
I only ever played II, but what an amazing game. It just gets bigger and bigger and the graphics are phenomenal.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 10, 2012, 09:02:01 PM
Never thought much of the Assassins Creed games. One thing that always bothered me about the game were the controls. You can have a visually nice looking game all day long, but if the mechanics of the game are poorly executed, then the game is a failure IMHO.
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Post by: mc ukrneal on December 10, 2012, 09:16:05 PM
Never thought much of the Assassins Creed games. One thing that always bothered me about the game were the controls. You can have a visually nice looking game all day long, but if the mechanics of the game are poorly executed, then the game is a failure IMHO.
Never had an issue myself once you learned what was what, which admittedly took a little while. Once I got it, boy was it fun.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 10, 2012, 09:30:54 PM
Never had an issue myself once you learned what was what, which admittedly took a little while. Once I got it, boy was it fun.

I'm very critical of video games. I can play a game in 10 minutes and if my reaction to the gameplay is negative then I'll probably never return to it. In all honesty, there have only been a handful of games that I have thoroughly enjoyed playing and continue to play to this day.
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Post by: Rinaldo on December 11, 2012, 06:09:58 AM
I never warmed to Assassin's Creed but I applaud its ambition and I did enjoy exploring Istanbul in Revelations.

Right now, I'm playing the Karateka remake, a small but enjoyable game.
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Post by: mc ukrneal on December 11, 2012, 07:19:11 AM
I'm very critical of video games. I can play a game in 10 minutes and if my reaction to the gameplay is negative then I'll probably never return to it. In all honesty, there have only been a handful of games that I have thoroughly enjoyed playing and continue to play to this day.
Wow! I give them at least an hour, often substantially more before evaluating them. But I don't buy that many games either. Some are fun right away, but can't sustain that interest. On the other hand, some games start slow, but then get hugely fun as you get into it.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 11, 2012, 08:27:52 AM
Wow! I give them at least an hour, often substantially more before evaluating them. But I don't buy that many games either. Some are fun right away, but can't sustain that interest. On the other hand, some games start slow, but then get hugely fun as you get into it.

There are some games I have more patience with like for example one of my favorite games of all-time The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess started off real slow, but it did finally pick up and it was an amazing gaming experience. The only reason I gave the game more rope is because it's Zelda. I make special exceptions for this series. This said, I HATED Skyward Sword. I thought it was quite possibly the worst Zelda game I ever played, although Majora's Mask was right up there with it.
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Post by: stingo on December 11, 2012, 03:25:04 PM
I typically go through 2 play throughs - the first gets a bit into the game and then stops. I eventually return to the game, start a new session from scratch and wonder why the first playthrough was so much more difficult.
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Post by: CaughtintheGaze on December 11, 2012, 03:52:48 PM
Never had an issue myself once you learned what was what, which admittedly took a little while. Once I got it, boy was it fun.

Same boat. Plus the end of the second one is truly epic and had me rolling. It was a really fun game.
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Post by: Geo Dude on December 12, 2012, 05:26:59 AM
Never had an issue myself once you learned what was what, which admittedly took a little while. Once I got it, boy was it fun.

I never had an issue with the controls in 2, myself.
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Post by: Geo Dude on December 16, 2012, 08:36:36 PM
In today's gaming news Mass Effect was blamed for the mass shooting and Bioware was harassed on Facebook. (http://www.destructoid.com/mass-effect-and-more-attacked-over-school-shooting-240657.phtml#WZBqW4YpEAk2vyOj.01)

Ironically I just bought a copy of the Mass Effect Trilogy for PS3.  I'm currently playing God of War 3 while I wait for Mass Effect to arrive.  I've been curious about how the story plays out for five years (since God of War 2 came out) and I have to say, while some may criticize the game play for being simple hack-and-slash they really nail down the presentation.  The music is great, the graphics are impressive, and the art style itself is beautiful.  It really builds a world around you and leaves you on the edge of your seat.
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Post by: CaughtintheGaze on December 16, 2012, 08:44:46 PM
In today's gaming news Mass Effect was blamed for the mass shooting and Bioware was harassed on Facebook. (http://www.destructoid.com/mass-effect-and-more-attacked-over-school-shooting-240657.phtml#WZBqW4YpEAk2vyOj.01)

Perhaps Deus Ex: Invisible War might be a more apt target.
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Post by: Geo Dude on December 18, 2012, 11:17:45 AM
I'm almost finished with God of War III and really enjoying it, though -- and this will seem an odd statement about a God of War game -- there's a bit too much combat for my taste.  Don't get me wrong, I understand that the combat is a fundamental part of God of War's formula, but there are times when I think 'okay, okay, enough with the combat, I want to get back to getting things done!'
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 18, 2012, 11:20:50 AM
I'm almost finished with God of War III and really enjoying it, though -- and this will seem an odd statement about a God of War game -- there's a bit too much combat for my taste.  Don't get me wrong, I understand that the combat is a fundamental part of God of War's formula, but there are times when I think 'okay, okay, enough with the combat, I want to get back to getting things done!'

Personally, I never cared much for the God of War series. Not enough adventure for me, but, then again, these games are just button-mashers to me anyway. Not particularly fun to play. Mentally, these games are dumbed down and aimed at the lowest common denominator (no offense BTW). Just my general assessment.
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Post by: Geo Dude on December 18, 2012, 11:32:41 AM
Personally, I never cared much for the God of War series. Not enough adventure for me, but, then again, these games are just button-mashers to me anyway. Not particularly fun to play. Mentally, these games are dumbed down and aimed at the lowest common denominator (no offense BTW). Just my general assessment.

If I was to base my assessment of the game entirely on the game play (some of the puzzles and more challenging enemies with good AI aside) I would agree with you.  My main interest in the God of War series is in the storyline and the world building and music, though some of the QTE stuff is a lot of fun, too.  That's why my biggest complaint is an over-abundance of the basic button-masher combat.  I can see why it wouldn't have enough adventure for you, though, it is quite linear.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 18, 2012, 12:30:37 PM
If I was to base my assessment of the game entirely on the game play (some of the puzzles and more challenging enemies with good AI aside) I would agree with you.  My main interest in the God of War series is in the storyline and the world building and music, though some of the QTE stuff is a lot of fun, too.  That's why my biggest complaint is an over-abundance of the basic button-masher combat.  I can see why it wouldn't have enough adventure for you, though, it is quite linear.

The linearity of the game doesn't bother me. I love the Uncharted series and it's very linear and one could argue one-dimensional, but it plays out like a movie, which in the 2nd and 3rd installments made it even more linear in scope. The first game was more open, but I really enjoyed the adventure of it all.
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Post by: Geo Dude on December 18, 2012, 02:07:17 PM
The linearity of the game doesn't bother me. I love the Uncharted series and it's very linear and one could argue one-dimensional, but it plays out like a movie, which in the 2nd and 3rd installments made it even more linear in scope. The first game was more open, but I really enjoyed the adventure of it all.

Ah, I see what you mean.  Seeing as you like the feeling of adventure/cinematic elements, how do you feel about the Metal Gear series?
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 18, 2012, 05:12:21 PM
Ah, I see what you mean.  Seeing as you like the feeling of adventure/cinematic elements, how do you feel about the Metal Gear series?

I liked the first one on PS1, but lost interest in the series after MGS: Sons of Liberty. Haven't bothered keeping in touch with the series. This new one they're working on looking pretty...ah....dumb.
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Post by: CaughtintheGaze on December 18, 2012, 10:05:10 PM
Dragon Age II

Thus far enjoying it more than the first.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on December 20, 2012, 05:08:38 PM
Beat Dragon Age II. Extremely enjoyable. Better than the first, in my opinion. Really cannot wait until the third. Hopefully it doesn't go the way of KOTOR III.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on December 20, 2012, 11:54:41 PM
Recently played a lot (but only finished a few): Dishonored, Demon's Souls, Planetside 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Embric of Wulfhammer’s Castle, Metro 2033, Pathologic
Recently played but gave up on or didn't have the patience for: Europa Universalis III, Syberia, Skyrim, Hitman: Blood Money

I liked the first one on PS1, but lost interest in the series after MGS: Sons of Liberty. Haven't bothered keeping in touch with the series. This new one they're working on looking pretty...ah....dumb.

Same for me - I freaked out as a kid over how good the first MGS was.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on December 21, 2012, 08:42:47 AM
Beat Dragon Age II. Extremely enjoyable. Better than the first, in my opinion. Really cannot wait until the third. Hopefully it doesn't go the way of KOTOR III.

Given the fact that Old Republic turned out to be a financial catastrophe, the chances of Dragon Age venturing online are quite slim.

Just finished the second ending of Waking Mars (on PC), brilliant game! Developed by ex-Looking Glass folks (notably Randy Smith and Terri Brosius) and it shows.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on December 21, 2012, 10:13:12 AM
Given the fact that Old Republic turned out to be a financial catastrophe, the chances of Dragon Age venturing online are quite slim.

Just finished the second ending of Waking Mars (on PC), brilliant game! Developed by ex-Looking Glass folks (notably Randy Smith and Terri Brosius) and it shows.

What I meant is its never happening.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on December 21, 2012, 02:45:30 PM
I've started Mass Effect (1) and I'm about twenty hours in.  I'm really enjoying it.  There are some really annoying elements (occasional frame rate hitches on PS3 version and CUT SCENES PRIOR TO A BATTLE THAT YOU CAN'T SKIP THROUGH IF YOU DIE) but they tend to be pretty rare.  The classes and party members are interesting and so are the conversation options (good voice acting, too).  I'm really liking the world, too, which is important in this kind of game.  It's also just started to lay some heavy choices down on me that really make me think about the moral consequences of those decisions.  The driving sections are a bit uneven, but what the hell? I don't expect everything to be perfect the first time around in a game this ambitious.  In any case, it seems like a pretty solid start to what is supposed to be a great series.

What I meant is its never happening.

Dragon Age 1 and 2 both sold pretty well so I'm reasonably certain that Dragon Age 3 will materialize.  There's been a steady stream of information coming on the game, too.  According to the latest news it will be a next generation game, but I don't mind.  They can take their time and make sure they put out something brilliant.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on December 21, 2012, 02:56:24 PM
On the 5th and final episode of The Walking Dead game on my iPad. It's just as intense, creepy and dramatic as the TV series, the decisions the gamer has to make are becoming more grand and increase the replay value, I'll definitely want to play again and see the different outcomes.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on December 25, 2012, 09:14:14 AM
Got the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus collection for Christmas.
Played an hour of Ico and watched my brother play some of Shadow of the Colossus. I like Team Ico's style. Ancient and mysterious.

So... I have 5 games I want to complete this year- a year that will include little free time. Luckily, the longer games are more accessible (on my laptop) and the others are shorter.

Rough estimates of gameplay in hours from howlongtobeat.com:
Ico: 7 (PS3)
Shadow of the Colossus: 10 (PS3)
Mirror's Edge: 7 (PS3)
Final Fantasy 8: 40 (PC/emulator)
Planescape: Torment: 25 (PC)

I should be getting Mirror's Edge and Twisted Metal (PS3) for my birthday on Friday.
What games to play next year? Okami...? Earthbound...? Another Final Fantasy...? Panzer Dragoon...? The #1 game I am looking forward to play won't come out for quite a while: Beyond Good and Evil 2.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on December 26, 2012, 05:01:04 PM
I hope you enjoy Planescape: Torment ^__^ If you like it, fortunately the main developer of it is currently producing a spiritually similar game (albeit one set in a more generic fantasy world) which will be out in 2014. (Project Eternity.)

I am playing way too much Planetside 2, although sometimes my aversion to VOIP can make it a bit impersonal at times.

http://www.youtube.com/v/HgbiA_Pq_90
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on December 26, 2012, 07:53:55 PM
I hope you enjoy Planescape: Torment ^__^ If you like it, fortunately the main developer of it is currently producing a spiritually similar game (albeit one set in a more generic fantasy world) which will be out in 2014. (Project Eternity.)
I was confused by this at first... looking them up, Black Isle Studios != Obsidian. But this Feargus Urquhart guy is who you must be referring to. Anyways, good to hear about this. (though I don't plan a computer upgrade for quite a while, possibly not even 2014 lol)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Lethevich on December 26, 2012, 08:06:44 PM
I was confused by this at first... looking them up, Black Isle Studios != Obsidian. But this Feargus Urquhart guy is who you must be referring to. Anyways, good to hear about this. (though I don't plan a computer upgrade for quite a while, possibly not even 2014 lol)

It's Chris Avellone who was/is the lead developer of both, I think - I hope he makes PO as non-combat oriented (as a possibility) as PS:T, but it's looking unlikely. It should still be very wordy, though, which can only be a good thing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on December 27, 2012, 12:13:40 AM
Replaying Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on December 27, 2012, 09:08:28 AM
Still on Assassin's Creed II, but picked up Tropico 4 in Steam's Holiday Sale for a change of pace.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on January 03, 2013, 08:56:33 AM
Some Mil sims. After Arma II, now a great Flight/Mil sim, DCS (Digital Combat Simulator) with A-10C Warthog.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0LFTRENPw4
Steep learning curve. Visually probably the best looking flightsim today. And it's much more efficient on ressources than e.g. X-Plane. Maybe its because it's programmed for Windows only, whereas X-plane is somewhat multi platform. The A-10C is said to be very deeply simulated.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on January 12, 2013, 10:16:47 PM
My current view of the Nintendo Wii U originally posted on the Amazon Wii U forum:

I honestly don't see what's so great about the Wii U, but before the Nintendo fanboys start giving me tons of unhelpful votes, understand this: I have been a Nintendo fan since it's inception. I have all the main consoles until now. My problem with Nintendo is they felt the need to compete with Playstation and Xbox when there is no competition. Playstation and Xbox doesn't have Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, or Metroid. Instead of capitalizing on these now iconic characters with new, innovative games we got nothing at the release date except for "New Super Mario Brothers U," which is a rehash of a rehash. Graphically, the Wii U looks nice, but so did the PS3 and Xbox 360 when they were released. Graphics should always take a backseat to the actual gameplay and fun factor of the game itself. They're what I would call the "icing on the cake." Anyway, just thought I would share my two cents.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on January 13, 2013, 03:41:16 PM
Well, it looks like I'm not going to be playing Planescape: Torment. I've spent so many countless hours trying to fix the problem of the game crashing on the first flight of stairs that I'm done wasting more time.

I've tried every fix and patch available, even following long, detailed guides for installing them. I'm following every little tip. I've searched for every mention of this error (not many), and people asking about this either get no response or none that is applicable to mine. My suspicion is that it is the autosave feature, but there's no way to disable it (and yes, the installation directory is not on C:\Program Files).


Almost done with Twisted Metal (should finish tomorrow, with only 2 matches left). New list, with PS:T dropped:
1. Mirror's Edge
2. Shadow of the Colossus
3. Final Fantasy 8

Will be playing (3) on my laptop and 1 and then 2 on the PS3. Trying to finish these games soon, so I can get back to learning more programming.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Henk on January 14, 2013, 04:39:38 AM
Lethevich, do you play games on your mobile phone? Greg? I have Nokia, I don't know any nice game, but you can invite me.  >:D No new metal album purchased lately, will look after some. I think it's all rubish however, but of course if you need some preparation... ;)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on January 14, 2013, 07:54:36 AM
Lethevich, do you play games on your mobile phone? Greg?
Nope. I don't have a smart phone because I can't really afford the $40 a month (minimum) that it would be.

No new metal album purchased lately, will look after some. I think it's all rubish however, but of course if you need some preparation... ;)
Try BTBAM... not their old albums, but anything from Colors on to their newest stuff. It's about half metal, half other genres.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on January 14, 2013, 06:06:22 PM
Here I am in FF8, after becoming a SeeD; just watched the Squall and Rinoa dance scene.

http://www.youtube.com/v/J5ye7GQEuh0

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Henk on January 15, 2013, 12:57:13 PM
Nope. I don't have a smart phone because I can't really afford the $40 a month (minimum) that it would be.
Try BTBAM... not their old albums, but anything from Colors on to their newest stuff. It's about half metal, half other genres.

You can't afford it?? And you can afford to pay these games or are they cheap or something?

BTBAM sounds good to me. Just checked some samples.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on January 15, 2013, 06:36:59 PM
You can't afford it?? And you can afford to pay these games or are they cheap or something?

BTBAM sounds good to me. Just checked some samples.
Well, technically I could afford a smartphone, but I don't need one enough to merit $40+ a month. I have to be tight on my money, since I go to school and work part-time (and don't get paid much). The games I mentioned are ones that I either got for Christmas or download for free online.
 
Good to hear that about BTBAM.  :) Whenever you get an hour free, I would recommend you to listen to the full album of Colors in one sitting, since it is really just one piece of music divided into sections for convenience. Here it is one video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-OagFHpYYs
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Henk on January 16, 2013, 03:21:41 AM
Well, technically I could afford a smartphone, but I don't need one enough to merit $40+ a month. I have to be tight on my money, since I go to school and work part-time (and don't get paid much). The games I mentioned are ones that I either got for Christmas or download for free online.
 
Good to hear that about BTBAM.  :) Whenever you get an hour free, I would recommend you to listen to the full album of Colors in one sitting, since it is really just one piece of music divided into sections for convenience. Here it is one video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-OagFHpYYs

You said you earned a "decent amount of money"? Thanks for the tip, will probably do.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on January 16, 2013, 08:15:20 AM
You said you earned a "decent amount of money"?
If I said that, I was referring to the extra financial aid money for school (Pell Grant) I received that I am saving up.  ;)


Thanks for the tip, will probably do.
Cool.
btw, I just saw a comment you made on one of my pictures on FB last week- but you wrote it over a year ago! It was the one were you noticed how different my music and my mom's music is. I'm not sure why FB didn't give me a notification.  ::)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on January 19, 2013, 07:57:58 PM
Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Just an amazing game.

Stranglehold: Like Max Payne on steroids.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: goboenomo on January 22, 2013, 01:54:53 AM
(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i193/goboenomo/kingdomofwin_zps661e60c3.jpg)
Minecraft!
and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb1R6o_9d7Y&list=UU5nSQGTHBiNTa19sDICGykw&index=3
Stepmania!

and
(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i193/goboenomo/Borderlands_2_-_Assassin_zpsdd460e17.png)
Borderlands 2!

and
Hey guys
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on January 22, 2013, 08:59:01 PM
Whoa. How many years since you've last posted here?  :o
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: goboenomo on January 22, 2013, 09:59:10 PM
About 5 or 6 years. I guess you could say I'm getting back into the "forum scene" again. I have started posting again at discusscooking after about just as long a break. How have you been Greg?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on January 23, 2013, 08:03:32 AM
In school now... should finish fall 2015. Musically, I guess the major thing is I've been listening to a lot more metal the last few years.
Good to see you back- hope you stick around. There should still be a few people who you know here.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: PaulR on January 23, 2013, 08:21:35 AM
Recently finished L.A. Noire.  Solid game, wish the ending was altered a bit.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: goboenomo on January 23, 2013, 12:14:45 PM
In school now... should finish fall 2015. Musically, I guess the major thing is I've been listening to a lot more metal the last few years.
Good to see you back- hope you stick around. There should still be a few people who you know here.

Yea same here. My brother's band has been getting a fair bit of shows lately, and I have so much metal on my stepmania now. Kind of wish there was a least a bit more classical, but nooooooo.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on March 06, 2013, 03:49:36 PM
A game everyone on GMG can enjoy! (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/611760)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on March 21, 2013, 09:58:34 AM
Got my hands on Bioshock Infinite. It's the original Bioshock and then some.

And by "some" I mean "A LOT".
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 15, 2013, 07:18:11 PM
Here I am in FF8, after becoming a SeeD; just watched the Squall and Rinoa dance scene.
Three months later, I am done with Final Fantasy 8!  ;D
~55 hours of game time. I got all of the GFs, but never played the card game, and the chocobo thing is only fully playable if you buy this device that is only sold in Japan.

Anyways, fantastic game. I didn't like it quite as much as FF7 or FF9, but I would still probably rank it between 5th and 7th favorite game of all-time.

You guys have to watch the 5:50-10:00 segment of this video. It's the first part of the ending sequence of the game.
To put it in context, it's right after you beat the final boss, and Squall is trying to connect with Rinoa, while all his memories from previous events in the game are causing the distortions. Possibly the most awesome 4-minute video sequence of anything that I've seen.

http://www.youtube.com/v/-qy1GLPOtmY
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on April 15, 2013, 07:21:15 PM
Seriously looking forward to this next installment of the Batman Arkham series:

(http://imagery.playerattack.com/BatmanArkhamOrigins-Logo.jpg)

Some stills from the game:

(http://www.gamepur.com/files/imagepicker/6/batman-arkham-origins-screen-3.jpg)

(http://cdn3.wccftech.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Batman-Arkham-Origins-6.jpg)

(http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/batman-arkham-origins-2.jpg)

(http://www.cinemablend.com/images/gallery/s54499/Batman__Arkham_Origins_13656012394705.jpg)

(http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/batman-arkham-origins-1.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on May 07, 2013, 05:57:43 AM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/e2/62/1123225b9da0cfc4706e2110.L._SX342_.jpg)

(played on Jnes emulator)
Final Fantasy stripped to its bare minimum. No Cid, no chocobos, no sidequests. Annoying sound, all the villages look the same, no direction (strategy guides are a must to get through it), and no named characters (just choose a party of 4 at the beginning of the game).

I played the game with a Fighter, Thief, Black Mage and White Mage. Luck is a big part of getting through dungeons, unfortunately. I guess back then it was considered great, but there really weren't many great games back then, either.


Now to see if FFXI will work on my laptop...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on May 07, 2013, 07:00:36 PM
(http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/object/042/042602/Final-Fantasy-XI-Ultimate-Collection_US_ESRB-FINAL_PCboxart_160w.jpg)
Got this installed and have just started playing!  :)
It isn't "supposed" to work for my system according to systemrequirementslab (because of my graphics card), but I figured it's such an old game that it must be a mistake. I took the gamble and yes, it runs completely fine.

The installation and setup is the most convoluted insanity I've seen in a game, and I wouldn't be surprised if it were the worst process for any game, period. It took several hours of figuring stuff out with no really clear instructions (just piecing together info from various sources because they are constantly changing the whole process), and then the very last step was an update that was supposed to take 10 hours. Luckily, it was less- started it at 3:30, went to work at 5, and when I got home at 10:30 it was done.

I created my character: a female Hume Red Mage, named "Redrumage." It looks cool, and I'm very glad I played the original Final Fantasy first, mainly to get used to the class types. I still feel like I have A LOT to learn.

I will probably only play this for 3 months (this summer semester, basically), and have the first month free. Not sure if I'll have time to play the expansion packs that came with the game, though they are nice to have just in case.


The game actually features a disclaimer:
(http://socksmakepeoplesexy.net/images/ff11/warning.png)
Uh-oh.  ???
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on May 17, 2013, 12:19:57 PM
A whole slew of games starting next week, upon a recently purchased Xbox:

KOTOR I and II, being the first up.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on May 18, 2013, 03:21:08 AM
I urge anyone to go & play Starseed Pilgrim (http://starseedpilgrim.com/).

It's Tetris meets Mario meets Minecraft meets Dark Souls. It's mysterious and clever and challenging and beautiful.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on May 21, 2013, 07:09:29 PM
Just beat Dragon Age 2 again. God I love this game. Easily the best boss fights in any game I've ever played, especially the last one. So epic.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on May 21, 2013, 07:20:22 PM
FF 11
Level 13 Rank 2 Fame 2  San d'Orian Red Mage

After doing my 13+ hours of homework for the week today, ready to log in again. Hopefully I can visit Bastok soon.  8)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on May 26, 2013, 10:58:50 AM
Just finished Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and was thoroughly surprised by the amount of fun I've had! It's a potpourri of all the favorite westerns, it's an unabashed shooting gallery and it cleverly injects narration right into the action, with the narrator actually changing events of the game on the fly. The shooting itself is very old school without feeling outdated. Good, very good stuff!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: CaughtintheGaze on May 31, 2013, 05:42:09 PM
Bouncing between two games:
NFS:U
2003 World Series Baseball
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on May 31, 2013, 07:40:00 PM
Man, some of you guys play old ass games.

(See: Greg and his Playstation 1 games.  ;D )

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on June 01, 2013, 02:47:25 AM
Albion.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Axn36IMiOQ/Tb8nMJM54AI/AAAAAAAADwc/UNTrL3vJ9dk/s1600/Albion_PC_065.png)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on June 03, 2013, 11:36:09 AM
Albion.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Axn36IMiOQ/Tb8nMJM54AI/AAAAAAAADwc/UNTrL3vJ9dk/s1600/Albion_PC_065.png)

Oh, the memories.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on June 11, 2013, 08:27:56 PM
I've been stuck in FF11 well over a week, but decided to travel all the way to Windurst either yesterday or the day before via ship.

Although at least as big land-wise, it's the complete opposite of San D'oria. It's a mystical and primitive land which seems to be carved out of nature and filled with easy-going inhabitants. The Taru-taru are the main residents here, a race that is only about 1-2 feet tall and talks in a cutesy-wutesy manner.

Through the vast majority of the land in Windurst, you won't find a single player running around. You'll pretty much only see them at the edges of the kingdom. The auction house in San D'oria might be packed, but twice I went to the auction house in Windurst, and there was no one there. I can imagine it's the least popular of the three kingdoms to start the game in.

Such an odd an interesting place. Great to explore if you want to experience something new. Their homes are so inviting- during night time, I wish I could jump into the game and go to sleep in their house.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on June 30, 2013, 08:27:22 AM
Just beat Dragon Age 2 again. God I love this game. Easily the best boss fights in any game I've ever played, especially the last one. So epic.

I thought I was the only one that liked that game!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on June 30, 2013, 08:34:39 AM
This past year I've played

Bioshock Infinite-- awesome.
Dead Space 3-- I liked the part in space, I became bored on planet
God of War Ascension-- this is not that good of a game
Gears of War Judgment-- this is crap
God of War-- Hd remastered, finally played it and it is awesome!  Until late in the game where I get frustrated and progress becomes slow
Journey-- an amazing experience

I'm currently replaying Mass Effect 2 (my quest to replay all of my fav games in honor of a generation coming to a close).

I'm disappointed in the lack of must have games for the Wii U, I was excited to see the next gen start early but it fizzled with Nintendo.  After alot of soul searching I'm going to explore the option of giving away my rights to resell to game on a PC with steam and gog.  I upgraded my power supply and video card and plugged the pc into my home theater.  Picked up an xbox receiver and wireless keyboard and mouse.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Bogey on July 16, 2013, 06:02:26 PM
(http://www.gamehead.com/sites/default/files/images/article/inline/stratego-50-year-ed-product-shot.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 16, 2013, 06:12:08 PM
This past year I've played

Bioshock Infinite-- awesome.
Dead Space 3-- I liked the part in space, I became bored on planet
God of War Ascension-- this is not that good of a game
Gears of War Judgment-- this is crap
God of War-- Hd remastered, finally played it and it is awesome!  Until late in the game where I get frustrated and progress becomes slow
Journey-- an amazing experience

I'm currently replaying Mass Effect 2 (my quest to replay all of my fav games in honor of a generation coming to a close).

I'm disappointed in the lack of must have games for the Wii U, I was excited to see the next gen start early but it fizzled with Nintendo.  After alot of soul searching I'm going to explore the option of giving away my rights to resell to game on a PC with steam and gog.  I upgraded my power supply and video card and plugged the pc into my home theater.  Picked up an xbox receiver and wireless keyboard and mouse.

The Next Gen consoles don't look very promising, but I've been finding myself going back to older systems (Playstation 2 and back). My favorite system is my beloved Super NES. It doesn't get much better than this IMHO. This is when graphics looked pretty decent (16-bit) but the main object of the game was to have fun and that replay value was necessary. Of course when I speak of replay value, I talk about games like Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Super Mario World, among others. These games are classics. Of the newer systems like Wii and PS3, I have enjoyed Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Mario Kart Wii, Rayman Origins, Uncharted, and LittleBigPlanet.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 16, 2013, 06:53:27 PM
Taking a short break this week from FF11 to play FF13 (on chapter 4/13 now). Aiming to finish it by Friday.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 24, 2013, 06:05:19 AM
I agree MI, it will be awhile before there are a bunch of fun games to play on the new consoles.  They have to play it safe with boring crap that will move units like Call of Duty and Battlefield.  blah!!

I upgraded my PC and bought all of my favorite games from the past 10+ years on the recent steam sale.  Will be keeping myself busy with older games during the long drought (there is nothing that I want to play for the rest of the year and for a big chunk of next year as well).

I think that the first round of interesting games are coming this fall to the Wii U, I'll pick that up to play the new Mario game and a few others.  But as for the ps4 and xbox 1, I'm not excited yet.  What can I say?  I'm not an early adopter.

In the meantime I'm real excited to play System Shock 2 which I never played before.  Picked it up on the steam sale.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Daimonion on July 24, 2013, 10:54:21 AM
I don't have much time to play, but two games I have spent some times playing are:

Europa Universalis III:

(http://www.sztab.com/tapety/galeria/europa-universalis-iii-8.jpg)


Hearts of Iron II:

(http://img7.gram.pl/20080607204646.jpg)


Grand strategy games developed by Paradox Interactive, in general, are just awesome. Much recommended! (If you prefer more to on industry and politics and/or if you want to win World War I you can go into Victoria; for American Civil War you can choose Victoria II Civil War, the number of further possibilities is just great - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Paradox_Interactive_games)

P.S. One more is World of Tanks:

(http://www.grasz24.pl/media//galerie/W/world_of_tanks/world_of_tanks14.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on July 24, 2013, 06:37:09 PM
Even those these games cause me to rage at times, I'm currently replaying through the first three games in the Splinter Cell series. (Not on the PS3, on the original Xbox, but this was the first image that had all three in the shot)

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Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on July 31, 2013, 06:02:09 PM
When I picked up Bioshock Infinite on PS3 it came with the original Bioshock, which I never got around to, so I decided to start with that.  I'd guess that I'm half to 2/3rds of the way through and it's been an interesting ride.  Also, I feel compelled to listen to Django Reinhardt after playing.:P  I'm also looking forward to The Last of Us when I get around to picking that up.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 01, 2013, 05:47:57 AM
GeoDude, would you so kindly post your impressions of Last of Us? ;)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 01, 2013, 05:55:34 AM
When I made my post about the Super NES, I should of mentioned my love of this game as well:

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Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 03, 2013, 06:55:23 AM
I'm approaching hour 34 of my rerun of Mass Effect 2.  I think that is what happens when you have nearly all of the DLC and are trying to gain every upgrade available in the game.  I was starting to get cocky because of the high level and massive upgrades... until I nearly walked into somebody with a flame thrower.  I AM ON FIRE!  AHHH!!!  I'M RUNNING INTO ANOTHER GUY WITH A FLAMETHROWER!!! AWE THE PAIN!!!! ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 04, 2013, 01:25:36 PM
What difficulty? I had a blast playing through ME2 under the difficulty right above "Normal."

I like the "Suicide Mission" theme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2z28mutY1E

That last mission was especially memorable to me as I lost multiple characters, Garrus among them.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 05, 2013, 05:19:36 AM
Normal, which is a step up for me, my first play through when it first came out was easy, and half of my crew died.  As a casual gamer it's taken me along time to get my skill up to normal (I don't play alot unlike many gamers).  Gears of War 3 and Arkham City were my first forays out of easy mode.

So I completed the game in 41 hours and nobody died!  I was striving for completionist but avoided all pay dlc except Lair of the Shadow Broker.  What I turned down was about 7 more hours of gameplay.  Looks like I have an average runtime (compared to how long to beat website).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 05, 2013, 08:57:12 AM
I think there's pleasure to be had from challenge, within reason of course. There were several sections in ME2 & 3 that were truly aggravating under Veteran difficulty, but overcoming them made the game all the more entertaining, mainly because it forces you to use all those skills and talents correctly and you have to focus in every fight, and when you use your talents/skills correctly, the thrill is that it makes you feel OP and like a cheater.

I haven't played a single one of the DLCs. I think the games are meaty enough as they are.


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 05, 2013, 01:34:33 PM
I played on the 360, when I play again on the pc I'll have to up the difficulty to compensate for the precision of keyboard and mouse making things easier.  Abe, did you micromanage your team?  I didn't have to on normal, excepting Miranda who would like a complete idiot at times.  I'm like where are you going?  Even Grunt is taking cover!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 05, 2013, 05:39:20 PM
Yes, you kind of need to, though they do take cover automatically if they have cover. But in some instances you'd have to keep them from straying and getting themselves taken out, which would mean game over because you really need their abilities for pulling off power combinations.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 06, 2013, 06:09:24 PM
Dark Souls is the most engrossing game I've played in years. It's a third person fantasy action RPG that's seemingly* very difficult. Moreover, the mythos and story of the game are vague and the game is opaque about many of its rules. There is no hand holding. Really, those things sound like a negative, but they just add to the game's atmosphere and make getting it through it feel like a genuine adventure of discovery. A neat community has formed around the game, because it's a game where you need the insight and advice of other people to make things easier for yourself.


*Seemingly, but through sheer persistence you learn what to expect and become more skilled...thus what was once difficult becomes manageable.

Here is an article on Slate that is critical of the game but only convinced me to buy it:

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/gaming/2012/02/dark_souls_review_is_a_100_hour_video_game_ever_worthwhile_.html
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 06, 2013, 06:18:11 PM
Probably going to pick this up tomorrow, the premises intrigues me immensely.

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Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 06, 2013, 06:25:08 PM
I picked that up on the Steam Summer Sale.  (Spec Ops The Line)

I look forward to playing it, but up next is Remember Me.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 06, 2013, 06:29:51 PM
I picked that up on the Steam Summer Sale.  (Spec Ops The Line)

I look forward to playing it, but up next is Remember Me.

That's another game on my list. Been hyped about Remember Me since its announcement.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 07, 2013, 07:09:20 AM
Dark Souls is the most engrossing game I've played in years. It's a third person fantasy action RPG that's seemingly* very difficult. Moreover, the mythos and story of the game are vague and the game is opaque about many of its rules. There is no hand holding. Really, those things sound like a negative, but they just add to the game's atmosphere and make getting it through it feel like a genuine adventure of discovery. A neat community has formed around the game, because it's a game where you need the insight and advice of other people to make things easier for yourself.


*Seemingly, but through sheer persistence you learn what to expect and become more skilled...thus what was once difficult becomes manageable.

Here is an article on Slate that is critical of the game but only convinced me to buy it:

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/gaming/2012/02/dark_souls_review_is_a_100_hour_video_game_ever_worthwhile_.html
The same thing could be said of FF11, and I've heard it compared. You have to work for everything, though you don't have to be a genius; you just have to read about what to do. That might go for any game, though; once a strategy is figured out and read about, you don't have to figure things out for yourself.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 07, 2013, 08:17:56 PM
The same thing could be said of FF11, and I've heard it compared. You have to work for everything, though you don't have to be a genius; you just have to read about what to do. That might go for any game, though; once a strategy is figured out and read about, you don't have to figure things out for yourself.

The thing is that Dark Souls seems to have in part been designed around an intention for it to be a communal experience, as if you are supposed to get tips and hints from others. For instance, there is a weapon that makes the game's first stages easier, but getting it requires a tip to do this, which may never occur to you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS0x5OpEt8M

It's a game that brings people together to crack it, and I think that's neat.  :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 08, 2013, 06:53:58 AM

It's a game that brings people together to crack it, and I think that's neat.  :)

Fez was like that too, don't know if you've played it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 09, 2013, 06:21:20 PM
Finished:
Final Fantasy 2.

Don't play this game. Absolutely horrible; story isn't bad for its time (much better than 1) and it introduces important things such as Chocobos and Cid, but those are the only good things about the game.
If you want to contemplate jumping off a cliff, play this game on the original Nintendo (meaning no emulator saves states) with no strategy guide and no "cheating." Yeah, I used the select-cancel trick and attacking my own characters to boost my stats, so what?  ::)

This article sums it up- and interesting read:
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/finalfantasy/ff2/ff2-2.htm


Now starting:
Final Fantasy 3 (Nintendo DS remake)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 09, 2013, 06:24:48 PM
What I'll refer to as "the list":
(my favorite Final Fantasy games, in order)

1. 9
2. 7
3. 8
4. 10
5. 11
6. 12
7. 4
8. 10-2
9. 1
10. 2

haven't played: 3, 5, 6, 13-2
haven't finished: 13
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 09, 2013, 06:34:46 PM
I absolutely hate FF 13.  In fact it turned me off of jrpgs.  Walking along a corridor, no choices, anything other than autoattack is a waste of time.  There are no choices even for leveling up, you get everything anyway.  What is the point of that stupid game!?!  It is the exact opposite of what a roleplaying game should be.  How do you roleplay when you have no choice in anything in the game!?!?!  You are just watching a movie with cuts for walking in a straight line and autoattack.  And I played it for 10 hours hoping something would change!!

Sorry rant over.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 09, 2013, 08:59:11 PM
Greg is one confusing dude. He's supposedly crazy about the Final Fantasy games but hasn't played the single greatest Final Fantasy Game -- the 6th one, or the 3rd as it was known in the U.S at the time.

Here is my experience with this series.

FF 6 & 7 = masterpieces.

6 was the last FF of that era (mid 90s and earlier) and they really poured their heart into it. The music is wonderful, the artwork is charming, and the story is spectacular.

It also has plenty of funny moments. 7 basically brought a lot of the charms of the 6th game to the Playstation, substituting an equally involving story and premise. The game though lacked one interesting feature of its predecessor. In FF6, all the characters you could play (I forget the count, but maybe something like 12) were treated pretty equally in terms of importance and back-story. There's no one you can say is actually the main character. This really adds to the game's scope and makes it feel very expansive.

In 7, everything revolves around Cloud. Still a great game though.

The series lost me after that point. Their subsequent iterations didn't seem to have the heart, charm and sense of fun as 6 and 7. I remember in 1999 playing FFIX and getting absolutely bored with its endless dialogue.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 10, 2013, 05:55:53 AM
I absolutely hate FF 13.  In fact it turned me off of jrpgs.  Walking along a corridor, no choices, anything other than autoattack is a waste of time.  There are no choices even for leveling up, you get everything anyway.  What is the point of that stupid game!?!  It is the exact opposite of what a roleplaying game should be.  How do you roleplay when you have no choice in anything in the game!?!?!  You are just watching a movie with cuts for walking in a straight line and autoattack.  And I played it for 10 hours hoping something would change!!

Sorry rant over.
Probably shouldn't expect it to be an RPG. It really isn't; more like an action game with random battles. I stopped at the point where you finally get out of the longest hallway in game history; will resume later.




Greg is one confusing dude. He's supposedly crazy about the Final Fantasy games but hasn't played the single greatest Final Fantasy Game -- the 6th one, or the 3rd as it was known in the U.S at the time.

Here is my experience with this series.

FF 6 & 7 = masterpieces.

6 was the last FF of that era (mid 90s and earlier) and they really poured their heart into it. The music is wonderful, the artwork is charming, and the story is spectacular.

It also has plenty of funny moments. 7 basically brought a lot of the charms of the 6th game to the Playstation, substituting an equally involving story and premise. The game though lacked one interesting feature of its predecessor. In FF6, all the characters you could play (I forget the count, but maybe something like 12) were treated pretty equally in terms of importance and back-story. There's no one you can say is actually the main character. This really adds to the game's scope and makes it feel very expansive.

In 7, everything revolves around Cloud. Still a great game though.

The series lost me after that point. Their subsequent iterations didn't seem to have the heart, charm and sense of fun as 6 and 7. I remember in 1999 playing FFIX and getting absolutely bored with its endless dialogue.

I'm saving 6 for last because I'm playing the last few I haven't played in order (3, 5, 6) and because it's supposed to be one of the best ones. I played only about 5 hours or so of 6 a few years ago, and it was very promising.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 10, 2013, 06:40:07 AM
Are there any jrpgs that offer exploration, character customization and an interesting story?  I'm not being sarcastic, I'm aware that I shouldn't let one bad game characterize the entire genre for me.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 10, 2013, 03:28:15 PM
Are there any jrpgs that offer exploration, character customization and an interesting story?  I'm not being sarcastic, I'm aware that I shouldn't let one bad game characterize the entire genre for me.

That really isn't their bag.

As to FFXIII and FFXIII both games are visually sunning but are possessed by stunted gameplay.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 11, 2013, 03:21:29 AM
Are there any jrpgs that offer exploration, character customization and an interesting story?  I'm not being sarcastic, I'm aware that I shouldn't let one bad game characterize the entire genre for me.
Not sure how you can have two and three at the same time (unless no voice acting is involved)...
The first two are an MMO thing, which FFXI does well (except that you can't change your character's physical appearance once they are created).

As for the first and third ones, that would be pretty much any great JRPG; try Chrono Trigger if you haven't (and don't mind SNES graphics).



That really isn't their bag.

As to FFXIII and FFXIII both games are visually sunning but are possessed by stunted gameplay.
You mean "FFXIII and FFXIII-2?"

I actually liked the battle system much more than I thought I would; very quick and smooth, and actually a bit more fun than normal. I can't see myself ever playing the game again, though, due to its linear nature.

Enjoying 3 so far...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 11, 2013, 05:19:21 AM
Not sure how you can have two and three at the same time (unless no voice acting is involved)...
The first two are an MMO thing, which FFXI does well (except that you can't change your character's physical appearance once they are created).

Greg I guess you've never played any western rpgs before then?  You can have character customization by either or both class progression and dialogue options.  Choosing a class and how you level up your character doesn't effect the story.  Molding the narrative with dialogue options allows for multiple endings or simply different outcomes in subplots, handled smoothly in all Bioware games.  And exploration is not just for MMOs, take the Elder Scrolls games or even the much more linear Mass Effect games.

It sounds me to that you're confirming what modultralaser is saying, guess I should avoid jrpgs then, what a waste.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 11, 2013, 10:23:09 AM
Which JRPGs have you played before?

Those developments you're talking about came about after most (or all) of my favorite JRPGs. Not sure why you're looking for a strictly specific criteria, unless that's the only type of game you like. To not play them simply because you are attached to those three things only means you're going to be really missing out on some good stuff.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 11, 2013, 01:10:09 PM
How old are your favorite games Greg?  The properties that I speak of (character customization and some narrative control) have been around since Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate (late 90s), and the creation of tabletop rpgs (70s).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 11, 2013, 01:39:09 PM
To answer your question, only two.  FF13 as I spoke of I stopped playing in disgust after 10 hours.  I tried Lost Odyssey a few years before that, but I only made it 4 hours in before I quit in boredom.  It wouldn't let me play the game, it had more cutscenes than game content!  Still a masterpiece compared to FF13.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 11, 2013, 01:48:34 PM
To answer your question, only two.  FF13 as I spoke of I stopped playing in disgust after 10 hours.  I tried Lost Odyssey a few years before that, but I only made it 4 hours in before I quit in boredom.  It wouldn't let me play the game, it had more cutscenes than game content!  Still a masterpiece compared to FF13.

They're very different sorts of gaming experiences. They are more cinematic than the 'normal' WRPG, but they're also trying to hit different sorts of markets. The sort of games that we enjoy, rpg wise, aren't really made anymore. Although, Project Infinity seems to be ramping up to smack it out of the ballpark.

Most JRPGS I can't stand. I enjoyed XIII and XIII-2 simply because of their beauty, but than you have a game like Nier, which while JRPG in it's scope has all of the tendencies of a WRPG outside of the character customization, and might be one of the best games ever made plotwise.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: kyjo on August 11, 2013, 05:05:17 PM
I'm not currently playing any games, but I'd just like to comment on my love for the Mario series. I've loved all the platformer games in the Super Mario series, as well as all of the Mario Kart series. I'm not much for the RPG or sports spinoff games. My top five Mario games are:

1. Yoshi's Island (SNES/GBA). There's something really special about this game. Maybe it's the coloring-book style graphics, which can often be quite haunting (one level's background uses van Gogh's The Starry Night for inspiration). Or maybe it's the catchy and powerful soundtrack (which boasts some heartbreakingly beautiful credits music). I doubt any game will ever supersede this timeless masterpiece as my favorite.

2. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii). I had a hell of a hard time choosing if I preferred this to the original; they're both excellent games. SMG 2 just has an overall more "polished" feel than the original, and the graphics, needless to say, are amazing. The addition of Yoshi (my favorite Mario character) is also a plus. The soundtrack just barely falls short of the original, though.

3. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii). This blockbuster game was a real breakthrough for the Mario series. It is an epic game on all counts, with a powerful storyline and imaginative level designs. The soundtrack is a masterpiece in itself; the use of a live orchestra in many of the tracks really adds to the game. Check out this awesome medley of themes from the game performed by the WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne under Niklas Willen (who recorded an excellent Alfven symphonies cycle for Naxos): http://youtu.be/jk_jQB9Iius (http://youtu.be/jk_jQB9Iius)

4. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U). The New Super Mario Bros. series has been masterfully emulating the style of the old Super Mario Bros. games and transforming it into addicting platformers in which the simplicity of the old games are kept, but is “spiced up” with new elements and colorful graphics. NSMBWU is the best yet from this series, a really addicting game with plenty of challenges and delights.

5. For fifth place, it’s pretty much a toss-up between Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64, later remade for the DS) and Super Mario 3D Land (3DS). The former was a revolutionary game which introduced a “freer” style of gameplay to the series in which the player is able to explore more. The latter is a real gem of a game which uses the New Super Mario Bros. series as inspiration for level layout (e.g. eight worlds with a castle at the end of each) and the Galaxy games as inspiration for the outstanding graphics. My main criticism of it is that it is a bit too easy.

What are some of your favorite games in the Mario series?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 11, 2013, 05:11:59 PM
Don't own a Wii U (don't really have any interest in the Next Gen systems), but my favorite Mario games are: Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Brothers 3, Super Mario World, and Mario 64. I never owned a Gameboy, Nintendo DS, etc. as I'm not a fan of handheld gaming devices.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: kyjo on August 11, 2013, 05:26:32 PM
Don't own a Wii U (don't really have any interest in the Next Gen systems), but my favorite Mario games are: Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Brothers 3, Super Mario World, and Mario 64. I never owned a Gameboy, Nintendo DS, etc. as I'm not a fan of handheld gaming devices.

Yeah, there haven't been that many good games for the Wii U yet, but you should definitely consider getting it. I've heard news of some exciting upcoming Mario and Donkey Kong games for the console (due out in late 2013/2014): Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World.

Many say the recent games in the series can't compare to the original classics, but I find myself enjoying a lot of newer games in the series better than some of the classics. I've never really been a great fan of Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World, to be honest, though they're fun to dig out every once in a while. Have you ever played Yoshi's Island, John?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 11, 2013, 06:01:56 PM
Yeah, there haven't been that many good games for the Wii U yet, but you should definitely consider getting it. I've heard news of some exciting upcoming Mario and Donkey Kong games for the console (due out in late 2013/2014): Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World.

Many say the recent games in the series can't compare to the original classics, but I find myself enjoying a lot of newer games in the series better than some of the classics. I've never really been a great fan of Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World, to be honest, though they're fun to dig out every once in a while. Have you ever played Yoshi's Island, John?

I'll be even more honest here. I don't find myself playing many video games at all these days. They're good to pass the time if you're waiting on something or someone, but I'm just not into them much anymore. Yes, I played Yoshi's Island, but don't remember it and the list of favorite Mario games is nothing more than based purely on memory. I do remember Super Mario Galaxy very well, though, and probably would rank it as one of the best more recent games I've played even though it's not really a 'new' game.

My favorite game for the Nintendo Wii, besides SMG, is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (probably the best Zelda gaming experience I've ever had). I've played this game all the way through (with/without a strategy guide) at least five times. If you haven't played it, I highly recommend it. I also love The Shadow of the Colossus for the PS2 (recently remastered in HD for PS3 of course). A simple game in terms of storyline and not complicated either, but this game kept my interest from the time it began to the time I played it all the way through. The sheer size of the world you're exploring is just mesmerizing to me. I also loved hunting down these colossi and the fact that they all require different strategies to defeat them. Absolutely love this game.

As far as getting a Wii U, I'll consider it once I see a new Zelda game released and particularly a Zelda game that's free from gimmicks and just offers the gamers some solid storytelling and gameplay.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 11, 2013, 06:13:04 PM
They're very different sorts of gaming experiences. They are more cinematic than the 'normal' WRPG, but they're also trying to hit different sorts of markets. The sort of games that we enjoy, rpg wise, aren't really made anymore. Although, Project Infinity seems to be ramping up to smack it out of the ballpark.

Most JRPGS I can't stand. I enjoyed XIII and XIII-2 simply because of their beauty, but than you have a game like Nier, which while JRPG in it's scope has all of the tendencies of a WRPG outside of the character customization, and might be one of the best games ever made plotwise.

Thanks I'll give Nier a try.  I'm looking forward to Obsidian's new game too.  I agree with you that FF 13 and 13-2 are beautiful!  A couple of the best looking games this generation.  So you can't say I didn't positive about those games! ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 11, 2013, 06:16:02 PM
Thanks I'll give Nier a try.  I'm looking forward to Obsidian's new game too.  I agree with you that FF 13 and 13-2 are beautiful!  A couple of the best looking games this generation.  So you can't say I didn't positive about those games! ;D

Yeah, but I get the complaints, especially for someone who was groomed on the classic WRPGs. It's a very hard shift, and as Greg points out, a lot of it is more like timed action sequences. Lightning though might be the best FF protagonist, story wise. I'm pretty pumped for her return.

Nier, to give you a fair warning, is an extremely long game, and it might possess the most depressing plot ever put to the video game screen. The musical score is amazing though, and the game has a lot of replay value.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 11, 2013, 06:17:09 PM
What are some of your favorite games in the Mario series?

Super Mario Brothers 3, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Mario Kart.  I've heard great things about Paper Mario but have never played it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 11, 2013, 06:19:47 PM
Super Mario Brothers 3, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Mario Kart.  I've heard great things about Paper Mario but have never played it.

I was more of a Sonic boy, so the normal Mario platformers were never my bag, but Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario are both amazing games. I also really enjoyed Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 11, 2013, 06:20:58 PM
As far as getting a Wii U, I'll consider it once I see a new Zelda game released and particularly a Zelda game that's free from gimmicks and just offers the gamers some solid storytelling and gameplay.

Same here, but a new Zelda game and not just an HD remake (that will shelves before the brand new Zelda game does).  Or awesome third party games but uh yeah that won't happen until awesome first party games are out and people buy the console.

Dragon Age 3 will be what drives me to pick up a ps4, unless I was mistaken about the quality about some of those launch window games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 11, 2013, 06:24:10 PM
Dragon Age 3 will be what drives me to pick up a ps4, unless I was mistaken about the quality about some of those launch window games.

DA3 is still projected for this generation's system. No need to splurge simply for that game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: kyjo on August 11, 2013, 06:25:17 PM
Super Mario Brothers 3, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Mario Kart.  I've heard great things about Paper Mario but have never played it.

I'm not a big fan of the Paper Mario series, or RPGs in general for that matter. The latest installments in the series, Super Paper Mario (Wii) and Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS), were quite disappointing, especially for those who enjoyed the earlier games in the series. I'll admit I've never played the highly-acclaimed Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for the GameCube, but considering I haven't really enjoyed a single RPG game I've played yet, I think I'll pass on that one.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 11, 2013, 06:29:39 PM
DA3 is still projected for this generation's system. No need to splurge simply for that game.

Awesome!  I thought (incorrectly) that it would be exclusive.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 11, 2013, 06:31:05 PM
Awesome!  I thought (incorrectly) that it would be exclusive.

Not so far, I'm hoping they keep to that. Watch Dogs, the game I'm most excited for, is also being made for this generation. I've not really seen anything exclusive to the next generation that makes me want to purchase them. Maybe KOTOR 3 will be announced...  :o
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 11, 2013, 06:40:00 PM
I'm not a big fan of RPGs in general for that matter.

Nor am I. I'm an action/adventure gamer all the way. I also do not like first-person shooters.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 11, 2013, 06:41:37 PM
Awesome!  I thought (incorrectly) that it would be exclusive.

Remember how Rayman Legends was going to be a Wii U exclusive? Not anymore! A big thumps up for anyone who owns a PS3 or Xbox 360.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 11, 2013, 06:47:03 PM
Not so far, I'm hoping they keep to that. Watch Dogs, the game I'm most excited for, is also being made for this generation. I've not really seen anything exclusive to the next generation that makes me want to purchase them. Maybe KOTOR 3 will be announced...  :o

I think actually it just very well might be.  Bioware has started two new projects, Mass Effect 4 and something mysterious that they're keeping very quiet about.

I've heard of Watch Dogs as in the game where you can use a cell phone or a tablet but that is all I know about it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 11, 2013, 06:48:43 PM
I think actually it just very well might be.  Bioware has started two new projects, Mass Effect 4 and something mysterious that they're keeping very quiet about.

I've heard of Watch Dogs as in the game where you can use a cell phone or a tablet but that is all I know about it.

One can only hope. Disney owns the rights. I think the game would make a ton of cash. It'd definitely be a game I'd purchase new.

One of the highlights of E3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPYgXvgS6Ww
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 11, 2013, 07:00:21 PM
How old are your favorite games Greg?  The properties that I speak of (character customization and some narrative control) have been around since Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate (late 90s), and the creation of tabletop rpgs (70s).
I supposed these aspects weren't more popularized (and practically expected) until the 2000s, as in nearly expected in many modern games.

My favorite JRPGs are mainly the titles produced by Squaresoft before they merged with Enix. When Square merged with Enix to make their first FF title (10-2), the series went downhill. Experiments abounded, which is great, but the newer games aren't nearly as loved as the previous ones. They just lack that magic.

Best Squaresoft JRPGs that I've played:
-Chrono Trigger (1995, SNES)
-Final Fantasy 7 (1998, PS1)
-Xenogears (1998, PS1)
-Chrono Cross (1999, PS1)
-Final Fantasy 8 (1999, PS1)
-Final Fantasy 9 (2000, PS1)

Also, Legend of Legaia (1999, PS1) is one of my favorite games, a non-Squaresoft JRPG.
...but I'm not hardcore gamer, either, so I could be missing out on a bunch of great games.

I think you said you were watching Evangelion?... there's quite an influence on JRPGs from this era, especially Xenogears. The Chrono series is interesting, involving wild plots with dual worlds (Chrono Cross is my favorite game). These games are about getting lost in an epic adventure in another world with twisting and turning storylines, not to mention that it's hard not to fall in love with Uematsu's melancholy tunes in the FF games. And FF8 has the best video game cut scene ever at the ending.



To answer your question, only two.  FF13 as I spoke of I stopped playing in disgust after 10 hours.  I tried Lost Odyssey a few years before that, but I only made it 4 hours in before I quit in boredom.  It wouldn't let me play the game, it had more cutscenes than game content!  Still a masterpiece compared to FF13.
FF13 isn't typical of a JRPG... I wouldn't even call it a JRPG to begin with (the developers were trying to create a new genre). Never heard of Lost Odyssey, though; so, you've only played one JRPG, I suppose.




Yeah, but I get the complaints, especially for someone who was groomed on the classic WRPGs. It's a very hard shift, and as Greg points out, a lot of it is more like timed action sequences. Lightning though might be the best FF protagonist, story wise. I'm pretty pumped for her return.
What I think about Lightning- finally, a "cool" lead character- that hasn't happened since FF8! Some of the concepts of Lightning Returns are intriguing, so it'll be interesting to see how they work (or don't work).
 


Nier, to give you a fair warning, is an extremely long game, and it might possess the most depressing plot ever put to the video game screen. The musical score is amazing though, and the game has a lot of replay value.
Sounds like a winning combo to me!  ;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 11, 2013, 07:04:27 PM
I supposed these aspects weren't more popularized (and practically expected) until the 2000s, as in nearly expected in many modern games.

My favorite JRPGs are mainly the titles produced by Squaresoft before they merged with Enix. When Square merged with Enix to make their first FF title, the series went downhill. Experiments abounded, which is great, but the newer games aren't nearly as loved as the previous ones. They just lack that magic.

Best Squaresoft JRPGs that I've played:
-Chrono Trigger (1995, SNES)
-Final Fantasy 7 (1998, PS1)
-Xenogears (1998, PS1)
-Chrono Cross (1999, PS1)
-Final Fantasy 8 (1999, PS1)
-Final Fantasy 9 (2000, PS1)

Also, Legend of Legaia (1999, PS1) is one of my favorite games, a non-Squaresoft JRPG.
...but I'm not hardcore gamer, either, so I could be missing out on a bunch of great games.

I think you said you were watching Evangelion?... there's quite an influence on JRPGs from this era, especially Xenogears. The Chrono series is interesting, involving wild plots with dual worlds (Chrono Cross is my favorite game). These games are about getting lost in an epic adventure in another world with twisting and turning storylines, not to mention that it's hard not to fall in love with Uematsu's melancholy tunes in the FF games. And FF8 has the best video game cut scene ever at the ending.

FF13 isn't typical of a JRPG... I wouldn't even call it a JRPG to begin with (the developers were trying to create a new genre). Never heard of Lost Odyssey, though; so, you've only played one JRPG, I suppose.

What I think about Lightning- finally, a "cool" lead character- that hasn't happened since FF8! Some of the concepts of Lightning Returns are intriguing, so it'll be interesting to see how they work (or don't work).
 
Sounds like a winning combo to me!  ;D

I loved the Chrono series as it eliminated random battles, which is easily the thing I find most annoying about JRPGs. I think it also has the most interesting ideas associated with it, especially in the ties between Trigger and Cross.

Agreed with you on FF8, love all of the characters in that game, which might have been the best protagonist since FFIV.

Yeah, I'm super hyped for Lightning. I'm hopeful that they handle it well by combining the best elements from the first two games.

You'd love Nier. It's exactly the sort of game for you. I'd liken it to Full Metal in plot and art styling.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on August 12, 2013, 07:06:36 AM
Played a good bit of Pikmin 3 on Wii U, great gameplay and visuals, story mode and co-op challenges are both enjoyable. Also a good example of how the Wii U game pad becomes part of the game with live maps and data constantly available.

Rayman Origins on XBOX 360, easily one of the most fun I've had with a game in a while. So bright and vibrant, a great side scroller game.

Didn't get to complete either one, was staying at a friends house over the weekend that had both.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on August 13, 2013, 06:53:50 PM

Rayman Origins on XBOX 360, easily one of the most fun I've had with a game in a while. So bright and vibrant, a great side scroller game.

One of the more recent games that has impressed the hell out of me. Simplistic? Sure, but it's such a fun game. Right now, I have my eye on The Last Of Us.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on August 13, 2013, 06:58:45 PM
Spec Ops: The Line is amazing (This might be the first game that implements actual morality.)

http://www.edge-online.com/features/spec-ops-lines-moral-dilemma/
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/09/the-darkness-of-the-moral-compass-is-exposed-in-spec-ops-the-line/
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 20, 2013, 08:11:27 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41492GB0APL._SX385_.jpg)

I'm in the final area of the game, but in the same way as when I was playing FF1, the final boss requires a bunch of hours of mindless level grinding to beat that I'm not even going to bother. For now, I may watch the ending scenes on youtube, but I'll keep the save file for when I might want to complete it one day.


Other than the amount of level grinding required in the second part of the game, great game. The job system is very interesting, requiring some very specific strategies to take down some bosses. I ended up switching quite a bit for this, which makes the game more fun.

Story-wise, it should first be noted that there is basically no development on the individual stories of your four main characters. Throughout the plot, you get a fifth character that comes and goes, similar to FF2. Despite this, the story can be fun and I liked it better than how high it is actually regarded (being regarded as one of the worst FF storylines). My favorite part was probably the transition to the second world map, which is at first completely barren and covered in darkness. Also, you get 3 or so airships in this game (lost count). This game should be played with an emulator, too, because dungeons don't have save points, meaning you can play for 2-3 hours, die, and lose all of your progress easily.

The music is great, too. On par with nearly any other FF score.



Next: FF5
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 20, 2013, 08:38:51 AM
You know what, never mind. I need to stop this.
I'll be back to programming and studying Japanese now in my spare time. If I feel like I ever get ahead, I'll play the rest of the Final Fantasy games I haven't, and maybe some other games. Same goes to the anime I want to watch (Shingeki no Kyojin and Legend of the Galactic Heroes). Also, I should cancel my FF11 account.* (just need to somehow make sure my character is kept)

This leaves:
5, 6, 13, 13-2, and 14 unplayed for me (well, except for 13, which 3/4 of the way done).


*well, right after I do the Elshimo Uplands and Lowlands supplies quest, since it's not often that San d'Oria controls both regions at the same time.  :P

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 21, 2013, 06:26:47 PM
Yes, gentlemen. I am a huge nerd.

http://www.twitch.tv/zergfluid/b/449047804
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Todd on August 22, 2013, 05:59:25 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91q8vjgp3qL._SY445_.jpg)


Not a huge gamer, but I like the Splinter Cell series.  This continues the downward slide from the nose-bleed heights of Chaos Theory.  Good to see the emphasis on stealth, but the story so far is weak, and the fact that some fifth-rate actor replaced third-rate actor Michael Ironside in the lead cannot be forgiven.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on August 22, 2013, 06:03:48 PM
Saints Row 4 for me.  Already has some hilarious moments.  A game that can make me laugh is a good game.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 22, 2013, 06:24:30 PM
Also, I should cancel my FF11 account.
Not happening. I realized I needed something to look forward to. But perhaps I'll play the remaining games in the FF series eventually, maybe next year.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 26, 2013, 04:48:14 AM
How NOT to play Final Fantasy 8


http://www.youtube.com/v/HPh1VoJ6TUg
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 27, 2013, 06:36:58 PM
http://squallsdead.com/

Oh, wow, this interpretation of the Final Fantasy 8 storyline is just way too depressing.

Basically, in this interpretation he died at the end of disc 1 and everything else is just a dream. His flashback at the end is everything that could have happened. He fantasized about saving the world and getting the girl (Rinoa), who before disc 1 briefly danced with him but quickly left for Seifer. He didn't know much about the villain Edea, but made up a story about her. It was his own Final Fantasy, in a way, before he died, and the last scene that turns from the nightmare into a sudden happy ending is like some sort of heaven. The last thing frame shown, now that I think about it, is him being stabbed through the chest before it turns into that "heaven" scene. 

It was probably meant to be intentionally vague, but if that is the intended plot... that is some seriously messed up stuff. A young man in the military that dies in combat and has this wild fantasy before he dies?  :-\

Time to read some different theories, I don't feel too good...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on August 27, 2013, 06:54:33 PM
Here's a photo from the ending of FF8:


(http://squallsdead.com/endshot8.jpg)


But you DON't see it. What's so strange is that it is only a split-second long. Back when this game came out, no one saw it because you can't pause while watching it using your PS1. But if you look at the youtube video and pause it, it's there.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 27, 2013, 10:48:48 PM
I found this short video pretty funny. It's about the fall of many notable Starcraft 2 personalities and organizations, and it's all done through a Games of Thrones reference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKWVKC6xz8o

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on September 08, 2013, 05:00:23 PM
Finished Gone Home. Touching. I recommend this to everyone who's given up hope on games as a mature form of art.

Finished Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Not so much. But an enjoyable stealth shooter nonetheless.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on September 16, 2013, 06:12:01 PM
I beat Rayman Origins, although I'm still working on getting 100% in everything, but now I've moved on to it's successor, Rayman Legends:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81%2BGXSOn26L._SL1500_.jpg)

This is such a fantastic game! As good as the first one. I just started playing it tonight but I can tell right away that I was going to enjoy it. There have been some minor changes but it still feels similar to Origins. The basic mechanics seem still intact. For those that love 2D platformers, then check out Legends but be sure to get Origins as well. Legends was well worth the wait and I'm glad that Ubisoft didn't make this game a Wii U exclusive like they originally intended.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on September 17, 2013, 02:05:14 PM
Amidst my Rayman Legends hijinks, I have been considering this game:

(http://d1vr6n66ssr06c.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/gaming-the-last-of-us-cover-art.jpg)

The problem with these types of games is they seem like they don't have much replay value in them. Like, for example, I can play The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess over and over again and still come away from the experience with a sense of fulfillment. The Last of Us looks cool and I dig the post-apocalyptic world, but, still, I don't think I'm going to fork over $60 for this game just yet. I'll wait until it becomes a greatest hits.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on September 18, 2013, 03:40:03 AM
What it's still full price!?  Ridiculous.  It should already be at most $40 by now if not $30.

I see that gta5 is out now.  I wonder if I'll be playing it, I've kind of stopped playing games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: North Star on September 18, 2013, 04:47:26 AM
http://www.hardestgameever.net/
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on September 18, 2013, 05:36:16 AM
What it's still full price!?  Ridiculous.  It should already be at most $40 by now if not $30.

I see that gta5 is out now.  I wonder if I'll be playing it, I've kind of stopped playing games.

Yep, The Last of Us is still full price unfortunately. It'll come down by Christmas time I'm suspecting. Grand Theft Auto V looks pretty lame IMHO. I played Vice City when it came out many years ago and enjoyed but thought the series went downhill pretty quickly. Rockstar needs to work on their graphics too. Truth be told, I haven't been too impressed with many of their games in quite some time. I am, however, looking at picking up this game at some point as well:

(http://image.jeuxvideo.com/images/jaquettes/00046172/jaquette-puppeteer-playstation-3-ps3-cover-avant-g-1364933002.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Geo Dude on September 18, 2013, 10:02:57 AM
I'm currently working on Okami HD and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on September 19, 2013, 12:46:10 AM
What it's still full price!?  Ridiculous.  It should already be at most $40 by now if not $30.

I see that gta5 is out now.  I wonder if I'll be playing it, I've kind of stopped playing games.

Yea...far too many good games are released these days, so much that it's impossible for anyone but hardcore gamers to keep up.

I think the trick is to pick one game...and play nothing else. For instance, I discovered Starcraft 2 (through this forum, in fact) in late 2010 and 90% of my gaming since then has consisted of that game's multiplayer.

Some people find this sort of obsession with games like Civilization V...or Minecraft...or Diablo II, etc. The commonality being: games built to last.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on September 19, 2013, 03:20:57 AM
I have a game backlog now.  Good grief.  You said it Abe.  Not enough time except for hardcore gamers.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on September 19, 2013, 05:20:05 PM
Still enjoying Rayman Legends best game I've played since...well....Rayman Origins! :P
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on September 20, 2013, 07:33:28 AM
Going to play through this series for the umpteenth time:

(http://www.alexismagne.fr/public/DeusEx_mention.jpeg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on September 20, 2013, 08:44:25 PM
^I should play that again someday. I quite enjoyed it. The soundtrack was superb!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_wsxDFRbEk
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on September 21, 2013, 05:35:36 AM
^I should play that again someday. I quite enjoyed it. The soundtrack was superb!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_wsxDFRbEk

I'm having to reacclimate myself to playing a PC game which requires two hands. I'm such a console gamer these days.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on September 29, 2013, 03:15:17 AM
So, I started playing Final Fantasy 6 again...  :P

(Forget about my previous post about the free time thing, since I've found out something and have done stuff to free up a lot of time, so playing games is okay now...)

This game is crazy.  :D Just now got to the point where I had left off on my Playstation years ago. I'm following HCBailley's tutorial on youtube. Currently at video 25/93. Playing the Game Boy Advance version with VisualBoy Advance emulator.


Train suplex...
"Do you like these? I call this one 'Humpty' and the other one 'Dumpty'."...
Kefka killing an entire kingdom by poisoning the water supply...
Figaro castle on fire and sinking into the sand and moving to a distant location...
"There's a reason 'oppose' rhymes with 'dispose.' Kill them all!"...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on September 30, 2013, 04:09:12 AM
I'm following HCBailley's tutorial on youtube.

Um.. what?

Don't have enough time to dedicate to relearn my PC controls well enough to play Deus Ex, so currently I'm replaying this gem:

(http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/2/22269/2185819-mp2.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on September 30, 2013, 05:43:41 PM
Um.. what?
It's more like a video walkthrough with commentary. I'm finding these good video walkthroughs more useful than the text-only ones.

Example:

http://www.youtube.com/v/WGkr3iwW0lg

(Actually, I misspelled his name, too).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on October 01, 2013, 06:26:38 AM
It's more like a video walkthrough with commentary. I'm finding these good video walkthroughs more useful than the text-only ones.

Example:

http://www.youtube.com/v/WGkr3iwW0lg

(Actually, I misspelled his name, too).

So you're letting someone else play for you?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 01, 2013, 09:03:27 AM
So you're letting someone else play for you?
Yes. I also have my own personal butler, driver, and pre-chewer of food. I don't do anything myself but I have everyone else do stuff for me. Jealous?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on October 01, 2013, 10:14:15 AM
Yes. I also have my own personal butler, driver, and pre-chewer of food. I don't do anything myself but I have everyone else do stuff for me. Jealous?

Nope. Still don't understand why you'd let someone else play for you.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 01, 2013, 06:28:00 PM
Nope. Still don't understand why you'd let someone else play for you.
I'd rather finish these long games in a reasonable amount of time, mainly. No strategy guide in a typical Final Fantasy game can mean hours of aimlessly wandering around trying to figure out what to do next (especially the first two). Also, I like to know where a lot of the hidden treasures are. When it comes to battles, though, I just figure them out myself most of the time.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on October 02, 2013, 04:55:39 AM
I'd rather finish these long games in a reasonable amount of time, mainly. No strategy guide in a typical Final Fantasy game can mean hours of aimlessly wandering around trying to figure out what to do next (especially the first two). Also, I like to know where a lot of the hidden treasures are. When it comes to battles, though, I just figure them out myself most of the time.

I suppose that's a generational thing.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: John Copeland on October 03, 2013, 05:46:34 AM
Tomorrow sees the release of F1 2013.  It will also contain retro F1 racing from the eighties in the standard edition, and in a 'classic' edition it will feature the 80's and 90's.

(http://www.formula1-game.com/content/images/logo.png)

I wont be able to get it for a few days.  But by all the Mansells, I'll be on it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on October 09, 2013, 05:18:47 AM
Likely to pick this up today: Dark Souls I

(http://greybackpack.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ds_1.jpg)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on October 11, 2013, 09:47:52 AM
I follow HCBailly too!

Now, GTA V...

I love it. But I still think it is little overrated, most complaints I have are pretty minor things, for ex. it felt too short. Some missions were ridiculously short, like for ex. buying a mask. That's it. My favorite characters are Lester (the smart guy in wheelchair), and Dave (the FIB agent, the one who is not a total asshole).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 12, 2013, 09:50:04 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61cGJ-6TxiL._SX385_.jpg)

Well, this was a great game. In fact, I'd say it turned out to be my third favorite Final Fantasy, after 9 and 7. A slight edge over 8.

There were some great moments- the Kefka poisioning, the opera, the suicide attempt by a certain party member, the negotiation with the empire, etc. The story was quite fast paced and active in the first half; the second half (the World of Ruin) was the complete opposite- totally open-ended, and it felt like a relief in a way at first, but after a while, the story sort of lost its brilliance. At least the game itself, with the spells and characters got more interesting at that time.

I think the main reasons why I still prefer 7 and 9 have to do with the towns, mainly. It seems all Final Fantasies before 7 just had cookie-cutter towns and castles that almost completely look the same. With 7, it completely changed, and I still think about some of the interesting places I haven't visited in years but want to go back to. With 1-6, all the towns are just... bleh. Nothing could beat 9 in mini games, either- that chocobo hunting quest and the card game...

Overall, the game was pretty easy, other than good luck on the Fanatic's Tower without an emulator. The ability to teach anyone any magic and the overpowered spells, like Ultima, is what made it that way. I developed my own strategy for Kefka's Tower: out of the 3 parties, have a "leader" that is ~level 42+ and has Ultima, Osmose, and the Cure spells- I used the females, since they are the best at magic (Celes, Terra, Relm). All other party members should be ~level 35. I used the Dinosaur Forest to level grind at the end for a few hours, which happened to be the only time I level grinded in the game- huge positive for me. Of course, if you don't like to use Ultima and prefer a challenge, this isn't the strategy for you.

Music was great, too. Check out the long ending credits theme. The ending is okay... a joke compared to something like 8, but then again, this is an SNES game, which has way more limitations.

Now, on to play 5 to complete the FF 1-12... (although there supposedly is a sequel to 4 that came out a few years ago that I somehow never heard about until recently that I'm not going to worry about for a while)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 13, 2013, 10:12:23 PM
Glad you enjoyed it Greg!

I played that game for the first time in the summer of 1998 after randomly discovering it. It was one of the first games I completed which also happened to be a great game. I cherish it very much.

I read an interview with one of the designers of the game where he mentioned that, for this installment of the series, they chose to not have a "main" character but instead treated nearly every playable character as a main character. So they all have their moments.

And there are so many great sequences, like the onset of the World of Ruin -- so cinematic and eerie. Graphics don't matter. All that's required is creativity!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 13, 2013, 10:17:23 PM
Did you become aware of this in your play-through, Greg?

http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Vanish-Doom_Bug
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 13, 2013, 10:28:57 PM
Likely to pick this up today: Dark Souls I

(http://greybackpack.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ds_1.jpg)

It's certainly an experience.

It's challenging and,, often,  deceptively hard. So many times I'd end up bashing my head against the wall over a particular sequence only to go "oh, that's how you do it" But it is quite brutal in parts.

Another thing: I'm convinced that it's a game designed in part to be a communal experience. I quite enjoyed talking about it with a friend who was crazy about it and gave me plenty of advice.

I think I've completed about 40% so far. And I have 60 hours logged in.  :-\

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 13, 2013, 10:34:57 PM
Also: The game is beautiful. Its atmosphere, design and the architecture of the settings it depicts are gorgeous. The game is worth playing for those alone.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Fafner on October 14, 2013, 12:23:03 AM
I follow HCBailly too!

Now, GTA V...

I love it. But I still think it is little overrated, most complaints I have are pretty minor things, for ex. it felt too short. Some missions were ridiculously short, like for ex. buying a mask. That's it. My favorite characters are Lester (the smart guy in wheelchair), and Dave (the FIB agent, the one who is not a total asshole).


I'm playing GTA V and it is great. The level of detail is astonishing. I don't have a problem with the length of the campaign. I have already put like 60 hours in the game and I'm still nowhere near finishing it. But I often spend hours just fooling around, doing stuff, without playing a single story mission.

Red Dead Redemption was the same. It kept me occupied for several months, and I was just riding around, hunting animals and playing poker for hours at a time.   8)

http://www.youtube.com/v/iQnCjGiPFnc
http://www.youtube.com/v/CPY_EZCQa6s
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on October 14, 2013, 03:36:15 AM
I picked up GTA V awhile ago but became immediately bored with it, and wished that I had not wasted money on it.

I'm currently playing LEGO Lord of the Rings.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Fafner on October 14, 2013, 03:49:47 AM
I'm currently playing LEGO Lord of the Rings.

I have that for Vita. I have not played it yet. None of the Lego games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on October 14, 2013, 05:26:20 AM
It's certainly an experience.

It's challenging and,, often,  deceptively hard. So many times I'd end up bashing my head against the wall over a particular sequence only to go "oh, that's how you do it" But it is quite brutal in parts.

Another thing: I'm convinced that it's a game designed in part to be a communal experience. I quite enjoyed talking about it with a friend who was crazy about it and gave me plenty of advice.

I think I've completed about 40% so far. And I have 60 hours logged in.  :-\

All super solid points, I won't be able to play it until December likely as my job consumes up most of my time, but I'm super stoked to get a crack at it.

Currently I'm replaying DA:O and DX:HR.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on October 14, 2013, 05:32:13 AM
Currently I'm replaying DA:O and DX:HR.

Awesome!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on October 14, 2013, 06:25:54 AM
Awesome!

I think DX:HR might just be in my top five games of all time. It's simply extraordinary. DA:0 ain't half bad either, love the length, depth, and intrigue of it, but I think DA II was the superior game. I'm super hyped for DA:I.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on October 14, 2013, 06:29:20 AM
And there are so many great sequences, like the onset of the World of Ruin -- so cinematic and eerie. Graphics don't matter. All that's required is creativity!
That was one of my favorite moments.


Did you become aware of this in your play-through, Greg?

http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Vanish-Doom_Bug
Wow lol. That is a pretty serious bug that I didn't even know about.
I played the Advance version, so it says that I wouldn't have been able to do that on bosses, anyways. 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 14, 2013, 07:02:22 AM
My younger brother and I used to refer to this as the break-out theme. It always played whenever anything super dramatic happened and the team got ready to fight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJBMK4EsNuI
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2013, 08:06:39 AM
A little less than 1/3 through FF5 right now, but I just have to say, for now... wonderful game. The music is some of the most consistently great from track to track that I've heard, the job system is great as they say it is (because of the ability to add an ability from other jobs), and the story is a bit better than what people have been saying about it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: modUltralaser on October 16, 2013, 08:51:58 AM
You'd think growing up with the early-1990s era of gaming that quick saving would simply be an instinct...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Fafner on October 16, 2013, 11:41:53 AM
Just started playing Grandia. I've never played the game before, it is quite charming.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on October 16, 2013, 06:10:54 PM
I picked up GTA V awhile ago but became immediately bored with it, and wished that I had not wasted money on it.

Have you played the other Grand Theft Auto games? Surely you knew what you would be getting into?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on October 17, 2013, 04:59:56 AM
Have you played the other Grand Theft Auto games? Surely you knew what you would be getting into?

I've played IV, I thought they would fix the things that I didn't like about it.  They did, I still don't like it.  I don't care for the snide way that you phrased that rhetorical question.  I like other Rockstar games, and I like open world games including ones similar in style and tone to GTA.  I had every expectation of liking it, but I did not.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Josefa89 on October 18, 2013, 06:29:22 AM
I play WoW  :-[ I know I know, but I can't help it
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on October 18, 2013, 06:33:00 AM
I play WoW  :-[ I know I know, but I can't help it

We've all been there, friend.  ;)
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on October 18, 2013, 06:35:29 AM
Thought this was an appropriate place to post this. Came across this track the other day and memories came flowing in like the wind  ;). Always been one of my favorite gaming experiences, and of course as always, great music. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker - Dragon Roost Island from this album...


http://www.youtube.com/v/ZUUll4N3u80
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on October 18, 2013, 09:29:18 AM
I have both volumes those recordings and they are fantastic!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 28, 2013, 12:16:21 PM
Yesterday I finished Final Fantasy 5, so now I have finished 1-12!
I will play the FF13 trilogy sometime next year when FF13:Lightning Returns comes out and would like to play some of the other spin-offs eventually.

Favorites in order:
9
7
6
8
10
5
11
12
4
3
10-2
1
2


I only disliked 1 and 2, btw.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 28, 2013, 12:25:12 PM
I liked the story of FF5 better than most, but some things about it were hard to take seriously- like when you thought you killed ExDeath (a very generic main villain), he reveals that he turned into a splinter and hid on a characters body because his true form was a tree. ::) Wtf, game?

Check this out. This is the wonderful scenery and music I saw to end my Final Fantasy journey. Seriously, a minute into this video, you see them on chocobos and Krile on a Hiryu, journeying across the plains with that grand, adventurous Uematsu score- that's the point I lose it. How can you not love that?  :o I mean, that sums up how I feel about the whole series in a nutshell and what it has done for me- adventures in a world where real adventuring isn't quite possible.

http://www.youtube.com/v/JUqe798LS7g
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on November 12, 2013, 08:37:50 PM
Only playing FF11 right now...


man, there's just something about FF8; I'm not sure what it was, but I think it's really that something that the PS1 Final Fantasies (7-9) had. I think it is the combination of bearable graphics, incredible music and NO voice acting.

Why is that these games create such an intense obsession after playing them? I finished FF8 earlier this year yet already go through times when just thinking about the game gives me a sense of overwhelming nostalgia. Not sure I mentioned on this thread when I first rented FF9 years ago and in-between the few months of returning the game and then buying it, I dreamed about it seven times.

I'm just wondering if there are any games out there that have the soul of something like FF7, 8, or 6, etc.? (I was listening to the OST yesterday of FF8 and really had to umm... hold back). Not that I would play it immediately, but I'm just wondering.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on November 22, 2013, 10:12:03 AM
Finally finished Dawn of War: Winter Assault, and checked out Dawn of War: Dark Crusade. Not sure how I feel about single player campaign map, since it seems to eliminate a lot of the story telling from the previous games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on November 28, 2013, 06:28:05 PM
I think I should quit Final Fantasy 11. I've played enough plenty of the game to say that I've "played" it, though I haven't even done any of the expansion stories. There's a lot I want to do in the game, sure, but if I have free time, I'd kind of rather spend it doing something equally as fun that is constructive at the same time, such as studying Japanese. Also thinking about going to back to drawing after many years.

I really should stop playing games for and watching anime for a long time. So I might not even play the rest of the FF13 trilogy or finish FF13.
Actually, if I'm studying Japanese, I'll be watching plenty of anime while studying the scripts, but not new ones, so probably that wouldn't count.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on November 29, 2013, 06:56:31 PM
Bought this tonight at Walmart for $25 (which was apart of their Black Friday sale):

(http://i2.cdnds.net/12/50/618x780/gaming-the-last-of-us-cover-art.jpg)

Regularly this is a $60 game. Could have bought Arkham Origins for a similar price but backed out of that one based on the fact that the developer Rocksteady had nothing do with the game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on November 30, 2013, 08:03:26 PM
I really should stop playing games for and watching new anime for a long time.
Seems I'm going to make a compromise with myself.

No games on the computer, but console only games- just playing stuff I already have and will get soon on the PS2 (which is in my brother's room) and the PS3 (which is in the living room). Being in these rooms will really put a time limit on to how much I can play them.

This year I ended up gaming quite a bit, though the last several years I'd only play, maybe, 2 games a year. I think it pretty much started in the spring- with the 70 hours a week of work and school, I decided that in my free time I'd just spend time doing what I wanted to do most, which was playing Final Fantasy 8. (I had been wanting to play that game for years). Then the idea of playing all of the other Final Fantasy games came about...  :P
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on November 30, 2013, 09:18:24 PM
Anyone planning on getting the Oculus Rift when the consumer version comes out next year?


http://www.youtube.com/v/eFK1_miZ0eU

This guy has some of the best Oculus Rift game playthrough videos. Often, they are scary, but sometimes they are just crazy, like the last one, where it simulates you being a giant elephant and knocking stuff over.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on November 30, 2013, 09:32:30 PM
Another good one:
in this game, you have to hold down both control keys, while crazy stuff happens to you.

http://www.youtube.com/v/_7xWp2iQDwU
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 01, 2013, 06:50:03 AM
Anyone planning on getting the Oculus Rift when the consumer version comes out next year?


http://www.youtube.com/v/eFK1_miZ0eU

This guy has some of the best Oculus Rift game playthrough videos. Often, they are scary, but sometimes they are just crazy, like the last one, where it simulates you being a giant elephant and knocking stuff over.

The Oculus Rift is a bridge too far in sheer geekery.

I'll let other geeks absorb the early adopter shaming and eventually get on board when it becomes mainstream.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on December 02, 2013, 05:42:36 AM
The Oculus Rift is a bridge too far in sheer geekery.

I'll let other geeks absorb the early adopter shaming and eventually get on board when it becomes mainstream.
Sounds like you care too much about what other people think of you.  :P
I only haven't bought it yet because I'm waiting for the final, complete product; better to wait than spend $300 on something unfinished.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on December 03, 2013, 10:01:41 AM
Seems I'm going to make a compromise with myself.
Even more... going to experiment with ways of playing FF11 that don't consume my time. If that doesn't work, I'll unsubscribe.


*end monologue
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on December 16, 2013, 06:29:00 PM
I finished Beyond Two Souls.  I thought that it was an incredible experience, I don't care what the critics think. I loved it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 16, 2013, 10:40:32 PM
Sounds like you care too much about what other people think of you.  :P
I only haven't bought it yet because I'm waiting for the final, complete product; better to wait than spend $300 on something unfinished.

Stuff like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic The Gathering always struck me as a bridge too far as well. But maybe you're right.  :-\


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: PaulR on December 17, 2013, 05:52:16 AM
Playing KOTOR II again.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Fafner on December 17, 2013, 11:03:26 AM
Terraria.

I picked it up for Vita a few days ago and I cannot stop playing.

Definitely one of my top purchases since I got the handheld.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on December 27, 2013, 10:11:53 PM
Even more... going to experiment with ways of playing FF11 that don't consume my time. If that doesn't work, I'll unsubscribe.


*end monologue
Scrapped that plan and have been playing the game constantly. I'm at the point now where I can solo many of the storyline missions, and they can go by quite quickly. I should be able to "finish" the game (by my definitions) in a reasonable amount of time now. I suppose I just am not the type to give up or quit...

The downside of this game is that one you've got it going, you never want to step outside. Probably more than ever I realize how dull the real world is in comparison. The real world is just crap, simply. It would be nice if it weren't crappy enough to fantasize about staying in and playing video games for the rest of your life...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on December 31, 2013, 12:44:47 PM
I found another awesome game!  I'm thoroughly addicted to Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on the 3DS.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on December 31, 2013, 02:32:56 PM
I found another awesome game!  I'm thoroughly addicted to Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on the 3DS.

I've heard very good things about it so I may pick it up as well.

Got back into MMOs - Final Fantasy XIV:  A Realm Reborn. The art style isn't to my taste, and sometimes the music isn't either, but the jobs/class system is pretty awesome, especially the gathering/crafting professions.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on December 31, 2013, 10:36:26 PM
Got back into MMOs - Final Fantasy XIV:  A Realm Reborn. The art style isn't to my taste, and sometimes the music isn't either, but the jobs/class system is pretty awesome, especially the gathering/crafting professions.
I know some people who have played it (a friend recently took a break from it, though) and was enthusiastic about the job system. He mentioned something about being able to change your class by changing your weapon or something...

If I recall correctly, instead of doing a subjob system as in 11, you only have one job at a time, but you can add abilities from other jobs to your selected job (3 or so at a time?); this reminds me of FF5, where each character has a job but has one additional slot where you can use an ability from another job (of course, which would have to be learned first for that character). And of course, FF5 has one of the most critically acclaimed job systems ever.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on January 14, 2014, 05:45:02 PM
Been playing Call of Duty: Ghosts.  Despite all of the hate poured onto it by the internet... it IS fun!! 
Title: What game are you playing?
Post by: GuybrushThreepwood on January 14, 2014, 06:06:33 PM
For iphone:

1. Hoplite, great roguelike. Pure strategy, real fun.

2. Kingdom Rush Frontiers. Best Tower defence I have ever played on the phone.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philo on February 09, 2014, 03:32:51 AM
Fallout: New Vegas has been my main play with a bit of dabbling in Deus Ex: Invisible War and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 09, 2014, 12:19:23 PM
I've logged about 1050 hours in FF11 and have played probably about 800 or so now... I'm done with about half of the storyline missions, but am way further along than that sounds. I'll almost definitely be done with the stories this month, and from there on there are one or two more jobs that I want to level and gear up nicely so I can help out other members of my linkshell with endgame stuff.

18 hour game day a few days ago...  ???
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 10, 2014, 12:18:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmanAPUcZlw&list=UU-lHJZR3Gqxm24_Vd_AJ5Yw&feature=c4-overview


LOL another avant-garde, weird Japanese game. This is the type of game I wanna play.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 10, 2014, 01:44:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7n5kRRHDpw

This looks fun, if you're ready for a workout. Most immersive gaming experiences to date.
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Post by: Rinaldo on February 10, 2014, 04:24:41 PM
Best strategy game I've played in quite a while: rymdakpsel (http://rymdkapsel.com/) ("space capsule" in Swedish)

http://www.youtube.com/v/5tiip5sJQAE

I'm glued to the recently released PC version. It's a tower defense game mashed up with Tetris and zen meditation. And quite a challenge too, when played in the advanced mode. Great music, too - there are only two extended tracks, one very Neu!-like, the other one straight from the repertoire of Brian Eno, but they both create a wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommended!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philo on February 16, 2014, 03:48:24 AM
Currently replaying Dragon Age I and II. Getting my saves prepped for Dragon Age III.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on February 22, 2014, 04:35:20 PM
Tomb Raider (the new one, the reboot) and I love it!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 22, 2014, 08:02:30 PM
Will be coming to my first stopping point soon in Final Fantasy 11!  :)
By that I mean I won't pick it up for a long time, possibly a few years from now. I'll probably be done in a week or so, just gotta finish up the Wings of the Goddess storyline. After that, I plan to make a long post about my thoughts about the game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on February 28, 2014, 09:58:26 AM
(http://geekstronomy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/final_fantasy_11.jpg)

Final Fantasy 11 (2002-)

I have finished my personal "Stage 1" of this game. My character profile, which includes most (by far not all) of my stats and achievements:
http://www.ffxiah.com/player/Shiva/Redrumage

Basically, I leveled one job which was able to solo 99% of the storyline missions. I finished all of the storyline missions in the game except the new Seekers of Adoulin, which I am part of the way through; this storyline isn't even complete and still being written, so I'll have to complete it one day when it is finished.

Nation Storylines:
There are three nation storylines, and I did all three of them: San D'oria, Bastok, and Windurst. My favorite story was Windurst, though San D'oria is what I started with and it will always feel like a second home to me. Bastok is boring, but at least they have Cid. Windurst is such a peaceful place, a place that would be very nice to live in.

Expansion Pack 1: Rise of the Zilart (2003)
Shortest storyline other than one specific annoying mission. I feel that this is like the prelude to Chains of Promathia.

Expansion Pack 2: Chains of Promathia (2004)
Basically the length of some Final Fantasy games. When this came out, it required massive group play for missions lasting several hours, and everyone had to play perfectly to get through the storyline. Everything about it had an "elitist" air about it.
Excellent storyline and most demonstrative of what a Final Fantasy story is actually supposed to be. Top-notch and epic.

Expansion Pack 3: Treasures of Aht Urghan (2006)
A whole new continent is unlocked in this expansion. The storyline tends to be more humorous than epic, as you're working as a mercenary, aka "Eternal Slave" for your master, Naja Salaheem. Imagine a mideastern feel, but with a touch of blue.

Expansion Pack 4: Wings of the Goddess (2007)
The longest storyline, it takes as many hours to be this as a proper Final Fantasy game; it takes place in the past, 20 years ago during the Crystal War, so it has the same areas you're used to, but slightly different. Probably the best storyline, but it wasn't my favorite, if that makes any sense.


Add-on Scenarios: A Crystalline Prophecy, A Moogle Kupo D'Etat, and A Shantotto Ascension (2009)
I've almost finished all of these; I could literally finish these in a few hours if I wanted to, but I just hate asking for help. Nowadays, there's no reason to do these other than the achievements, or if you want, to experience the silly or mediocre storylines. The gear you get as a reward is simply outdated. And if you fail the final battles (which are incredibly tough), you have to redo the previous mission, which take normally at least an hour to complete. Not highly regarded by many.

Add-on Battlefields: Scars of Abyssea, Heroes of Abyssea, Visions of Abyssea (2010)
All I've done in Abyssea is a worm party, once. These are just areas that people use for finding rare items, leveling up or making money (no story). I got all three of these add-ons for free during a promotion, saving me $30! Worm parties are used for quick leveling, so assuming it isn't your first job, you can level up a job from 30 to 99 in a single day.


Expansion Pack 5: Seekers of Adoulin (2013)
So far, the storyline is completely unmemorable, but then again, I'm only somewhat near the beginning. It introduces a new continent, which is very easy to navigate... unless it's for the first time. Colonization reives are basically road blocks to progress and have been an endless source of frustration. This is where most endgame events normally take place, as you can see many players decked out with gear that drops from the megabosses in these zones. I regret not leveling up a job at this point which is acceptable for joining an endgame event that my linkshell (my group) likes to form parties for.




What I want to do for the next time I pick up the game for a few months or so: level up cooking and fishing crafts; level up (at least) samurai, black mage, thief, corsair, and red mage; focus on samurai the most by acquiring tp sets and/or the most current relic armor, possibly doing something similar with corsair; get at least artifact armor for red mage, possibly black mage as well; participate in things like Voidwatch, Monstrosity, etc. However, before I return to FF11, I may end up picking up FF14 first.  ;)

And that's what I spent 1000+ hours on...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 03, 2014, 08:26:25 PM
Just started up playing Final Fantasy 14: ARR. Got on my friend's server just in case he makes a return to the game. My new system runs it perfectly. However, I might need to run to the store to get a sound card since after many hours today I can only conclude that my onboard sound is dead.

Name: Ibanez Monster
Server: Goblin
Race: Sun Seeker Mi'Qote Female (bluish black hair, she is really lovely)
Job: Pugilist, so starting in Ul'Dah

The UI in this game is just great. I realize now exactly how terrible the UI for FF11 was. (I heard the original FF14 was extremely terrible, though lol).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 05, 2014, 07:22:49 PM
Funniest thread I've read in a while.

http://www.ffxivpro.com/forum/topic/940/signs-of-too-much-ffxiing
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Moonfish on April 05, 2014, 08:22:50 PM
What a fun thread!
I am thinking about getting back to Skyrim, but it is such a time sink.... *shiver*       >:D

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/15/The_Elder_Scrolls_V_Skyrim_cover.png)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philo on April 05, 2014, 11:06:35 PM
Replaying Fallout: New Vegas. Just love that setting and vibe.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 06, 2014, 04:59:02 AM
Picked up the legendary edition of Skyrim for the ps3 now that I no longer own a 360.  Immediately encountered a very frustrating and known bug.  After all this time the ps3 version is still buggy!!?!?!?!?! >:(
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 06, 2014, 07:11:34 AM
My FF14 character:
http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/character/7023811/

Level 12 Pugilist...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on April 06, 2014, 08:59:19 AM
Picked up the legendary edition of Skyrim for the ps3 now that I no longer own a 360.  Immediately encountered a very frustrating and known bug.  After all this time the ps3 version is still buggy!!?!?!?!?! >:(

They should have titled it "The Legendary Bug Edition". :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 06, 2014, 09:26:17 AM
They should have titled it "The Legendary Bug Edition". :)

Yes!  I also hesitate in playing New Vegas on the ps3.  Bugs ahoy!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on April 06, 2014, 10:13:48 AM
Yes!  I also hesitate in playing New Vegas on the ps3.  Bugs ahoy!

It's a shame that there hasn't been a patch offered for Skyrim. I mean it's really ridiculous. If video game companies would invest more time into getting their games right, then rushing it out due to a deadline, there would less problems.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Moonfish on April 06, 2014, 11:19:51 AM
Picked up the legendary edition of Skyrim for the ps3 now that I no longer own a 360.  Immediately encountered a very frustrating and known bug.  After all this time the ps3 version is still buggy!!?!?!?!?! >:(

I have this feeling of that Bethesda always been entrenched in the PC realm and simply expanded to 360 and PS3 for the financial opportunities. It is ridiculous that there are bugs in the PS3 version at this point in time.
Still, the enormous game world (which is one of the attractive aspects of Skyrim) invites the presence of bugs so I guess it is a catch 22?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 06, 2014, 01:52:17 PM
I have this feeling of that Bethesda always been entrenched in the PC realm and simply expanded to 360 and PS3 for the financial opportunities. It is ridiculous that there are bugs in the PS3 version at this point in time.
Still, the enormous game world (which is one of the attractive aspects of Skyrim) invites the presence of bugs so I guess it is a catch 22?

I'm not talking quest breaking bugs.  I'm talking about not being able to save or load a game.  That is nothing to do with the size of the world, and it has everything to do with incompetence and laziness.

It's a shame that there hasn't been a patch offered for Skyrim. I mean it's really ridiculous. If video game companies would invest more time into getting their games right, then rushing it out due to a deadline, there would less problems.

Amen.  We pay to be beta testers.  It used to be pre-internet that games were written to be bug free or as close as possible before being shipped.  Now day 1 patches are common.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 06, 2014, 05:00:55 PM
It's a shame that there hasn't been a patch offered for Skyrim. I mean it's really ridiculous. If video game companies would invest more time into getting their games right, then rushing it out due to a deadline, there would less problems.
People just can't wait. And that's why those who work in the games industry sleep under their desks each night.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on April 06, 2014, 05:10:56 PM
People just can't wait. And that's why those who work in the games industry sleep under their desks each night.

Then people need to learn the value of patience. It's that simple.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 06, 2014, 05:21:56 PM
Then people need the value of patience. It's that simple.
Like that'll ever happen.  :P
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Moonfish on April 06, 2014, 09:11:53 PM
People just can't wait. And that's why those who work in the games industry sleep under their desks each night.

But I bet they get free pizza and beer.....      :P
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Moonfish on April 06, 2014, 09:12:25 PM
I'm not talking quest breaking bugs.  I'm talking about not being able to save or load a game.  That is nothing to do with the size of the world, and it has everything to do with incompetence and laziness.

Yes, no excuse for that....     :'( :'(
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: bwv 1080 on April 09, 2014, 04:02:19 PM
(http://www.hpssims.com/Pages/products/WW1/France14/F14-Cover.jpg)

captures the history well I suppose, because it is a total slaughter
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 10, 2014, 06:00:24 PM
Level 25 Pugilist... halfway there. Although considering how much work is involved in leveling in the 20s and how much is required later on, probably not even halfway there.
Also level 10 goldsmith. Crafting in this game is actually quite fun, whereas in FF11 it was actually quite torturous and I was really amazed to see people get so many crafts up to high levels. And I do plan to get level 50 Goldsmith...

And once I hit level 30 Pugilist, gotta get Lancer to level 15 (which will take ~3 days) also so I can actually make my Pugilist a Monk. Doing Ul'Dah for the main quest and might quit there when I'm done, since I don't know how much time I'll have to do endgame stuff (would like to quit at the end of the month, preferably). Then onto finishing the last few hours of FF13 and playing FF13-2 and FF13-Lightning Returns to have played through FF1-14. I guess FF1-12 wasn't enough for me.  :P
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philo on April 19, 2014, 10:10:26 PM
Still plodding my way through Fallout: New Vegas. Just soaking in all that atmosphere. Also, looking at adventure games, specifically the FMV sort.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Philo on April 22, 2014, 01:06:46 AM
Just completed The Plan, a game much like Journey (free on Steam) - One word: Haunting. The game took me about 5 minutes.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/250600/

Currently playing Beneath a Steel Sky, a classic point-and-click adventure game (free on GoG)
http://www.gog.com/game/beneath_a_steel_sky
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 25, 2014, 06:44:07 PM
Anyone know any good sites for game saves with emulators?

The reason is, I should be done with my list of Final Fantasy games I wanted to play by the end of next month (finishing up 14's main scenario and the 13 trilogy), so I'm not going to be playing any games that are a time sink for quite a while.

However, I want to visit some game worlds in my free time. I realized something while playing through the list of Final Fantasy games several hours each day since last year- I've been feeling unusually happy overall. They're simply the ultimate escape and must be satisfying some sort of psychological need, possibly the most important one. In order to not get caught spending so much time playing more RPG's, though, I'd like saves of some of the older RPG's I've played on the PS1 and PS2, and transferring the saves to PC is no easy task (if I still have them).

I'm starting to envy people with no hobbies or talents that just play video games in their spare time. I could write some music, for example, but playing a game would be much more fun...  :-\
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 26, 2014, 06:14:07 AM
First game I'd play on an Oculus Rift.  ;D

http://kotaku.com/sonic-on-the-oculus-rift-is-a-recipe-for-awesome-puki-1567793059
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 26, 2014, 07:38:16 AM
I think you would throw up Greg!  I would want a roller coaster sim, that would be awesome imo.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 26, 2014, 08:14:35 AM
I think you would throw up Greg!  I would want a roller coaster sim, that would be awesome imo.
Saw this a while ago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6rz45nMa6k

Nah, I don't get sick on spinning stuff; would be fun stuff. Even funner would be if they included the actual rolling first person view of Sonic's spin.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on April 26, 2014, 09:00:26 AM
That was a cool vid!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on April 29, 2014, 03:34:38 PM
Hmmm... thinking I might just stop at my current level of 30 for goldsmithing and mining in FF14 and only getting Monk to 50. This means ~20 more days of playing, but it wouldn't average much more than an hour a day because I'd do duty roulette (1/2 level per day) and the main scenario.

Also seriously considering waiting until I'm done with that to finish the FF13 trilogy. So I could just anticipate being done with this crazy project in a few months instead of one month so that I can have plenty of free time starting now. Drawing and studying Japanese are basically open-ended "projects" without a finish, so I could just focus on that most of the time starting now. Then there would be no stress to quickly finish these projects I create for myself that I rush because they have an end and I wanna get done with them. No finishing games, no writing music, etc... will be very different.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on May 03, 2014, 05:55:09 AM
What is the deal with Skyrim being a timesink when the main scenario only takes 31 hours?

http://www.howlongtobeat.com/game.php?id=9859

I see that a leisurely completist can take over 800 hours to get everything... that's still a lot, but when I have in mind FF11, where the top players who obviously have spent many thousands of hours playing the game don't even have many of the mythic/relic/empyrean weapons, it's not really that much.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 11, 2014, 06:44:27 AM
What is the deal with Skyrim being a timesink when the main scenario only takes 31 hours?

http://www.howlongtobeat.com/game.php?id=9859

I see that a leisurely completist can take over 800 hours to get everything... that's still a lot, but when I have in mind FF11, where the top players who obviously have spent many thousands of hours playing the game don't even have many of the mythic/relic/empyrean weapons, it's not really that much.

Why are you comparing a single player to an MMO?  MMOs are designed to be time sinks revolving around grinding and collecting loot.  Single player RPGs are meant to be narrative driven experiences.  Saying that one is better than the other because you can do the same repetitive work for longer is absurd. 

The deal with Skyrim having a short main campaign is that the guild campaigns and the side quests are the majority of the game.  As it is in every Elder Scrolls game.  Each guild plotline takes usually about as much time as the main campaign.  I remember in Oblivion the plot twists made the fighters guild story more interesting than the main quest.
Title: Re: Game Bonanza!
Post by: Rinaldo on May 19, 2014, 10:51:32 PM
Bought:
The Novelist
Papers Please
The Cat Lady
The Shivah
Micy Roll
Reperfection - Volume 1
Trauma

Free:
Bad Dreams Part 1-5
Mainichi
Mudlarks

Good stuff. Haven't played The Novelist yet but I'm looking forward to it. Papers are ace and I really enjoyed the lucid-dreamlike quality of Trauma.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on May 20, 2014, 10:00:31 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81zPaQXiYwL._SX385_.jpg)

Final Fantasy 13

[Got halfway through the last boss when I accidentally switched the power off. Haven't watched the ending scene yet.]

Finally, after starting a year ago, I finished a few days ago. 65+ hours to get through through this and did almost none of the optional sidequests. I can't really say anything new about this that hasn't already been said, but you have to separate it from other Final Fantasies to really enjoy it. Graphics-wise, it's the prettiest game I know of and the final dungeon is pretty awesome. The music is better than I expected, but the storyline doesn't really inspire much.

Also, this game can be pretty difficult. I can't believe people actually say that you can play the game using any paradigm, etc. Either they're trolling or actually haven't played the game. It gets pretty specific in what you have to do later in the game- just as much strategy is involved as the previous games in the series even though the battle system is entirely different.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on May 20, 2014, 10:13:02 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81Xs4BQNPVL._SL1500_.jpg)

Final Fantasy 14: A Real Reborn

[Okay... technically I have two dungeons (~2 hours worth of gameplay) to finish the main scenario, but I just felt like writing this right now]

I got my monk to the level cap of 50, miner & goldsmith to 30... storyline is honestly pretty disappointing and boring most of the time. It gets better near the end, but doesn't change the fact that throughout much of the main scenario, you are just doing errands for various NPCs.

Graphics = excellent, music = so-so...

It's kinda hard to judge an MMORPG that is so new, but I have two things I don't care for that are permanent features:

1. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of dungeons, which were a new thing to me in a way, since these are... what's the word? "Instanced?" Doing a daily duty roulette is the quickest exp, so that's what I did a lot of.

2. The battle system is simpler than FF11 but quicker-paced. It just feels more "simplistic" with the hotbars, etc.

There will be a ton of stuff added pretty soon and if I decide to quit playing and resume, I still have to play Chronicles of a New Era, Patch 2.1-2.2, and whatever patches come out. Oh yeah, and the expansion pack whenever it comes out.



FF15 comes out Dec.31 and I don't have a PS4...  :-X
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on May 21, 2014, 04:48:10 PM
I picked up the new Wolfenstein game.  Look forward to shooting Nazis.  The school year is almost over, just a couple of weeks left.  I can't wait for a break.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on May 21, 2014, 06:55:08 PM
FF15 comes out Dec.31 and I don't have a PS4...  :-X
My bad... was looking at the amazon page, which is wrong. There isn't a release date yet.

And I forgot to mention that the crafting system in this game is fantastic. Such a huge improvement over FF11's.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on May 21, 2014, 07:08:26 PM
I picked up the new Wolfenstein game.  Look forward to shooting Nazis.  The school year is almost over, just a couple of weeks left.  I can't wait for a break.

I wasn't very interested but it's getting a lot of praise for the Nazi shooting AND the story as well, so I'll probably check it out.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Moonfish on May 21, 2014, 07:42:06 PM
Hmm, pondering jumping into this one (but Skyrim beckons..   >:D)
Was this a good experience?


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 22, 2014, 04:44:00 AM
Hmm, pondering jumping into this one (but Skyrim beckons..   >:D)
Was this a good experience?



What little of it I've played, I've enjoyed, Moonfish. Of course, it's a completely linear game and follows a storyline, so there's hardly any chances of exploration. It's not a sandbox game. But, for what it is, it's enjoyable. I honestly prefer games that have more of a fun factor and where it's more about the gameplay than the ongoing story, which is part of the reason why I never liked RPGs for example. Just to give you an idea of games I do like: one of my favorite games of all-time was Donkey Kong Country on SNES back in the day. :) But The Last Of Us offers a unique gaming experience and it's definitely worth playing, but I imagine it has little replay value once you finish the game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Moonfish on May 22, 2014, 10:51:26 AM
Thanks for your thoughts MI. It does sound enticing, but you are probably right about the replay value. Kind of typical for story-line games....
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 22, 2014, 04:34:58 PM
Thanks for your thoughts MI. It does sound enticing, but you are probably right about the replay value. Kind of typical for story-line games....

You're welcome. Well, in some instances a game with a strong narrative will have replay value. Like, for example, my favorite game of all-time is The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess. With this game, even though I've beat it on numerous occasions, I still find something new when I play through it again and again. I suppose a lot of it has to do with there's just so much stuff to do in this game and it's quite long. Not Final Fantasy long, but long enough. :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on May 23, 2014, 05:07:32 AM
You're welcome. Well, in some instances a game with a strong narrative will have replay value. Like, for example, my favorite game of all-time is The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess. With this game, even though I've beat it on numerous occasions, I still find something new when I play through it again and again. I suppose a lot of it has to do with there's just so much stuff to do in this game and it's quite long. Not Final Fantasy long, but long enough. :)

And same can be said about my favorite game: Majora's mask. If any game has replay value it's definitely that one. And what makes it impressive is that even though the game has only 5 dungeons (4 if you don't count the moon) the 100 % completion can take more time than twilight princess or ocarina of time. You can thank numerous sidequests about that. Even though I love such games as elder scrolls, I find the daily routines of NPC:s in this game even more compelling and interesting. I of course love twilight princess also. I really hope they reveal something about wii u zelda at E3.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 23, 2014, 05:11:56 AM
And same can be said about my favorite: Majora's mask. If any game has replay value it's definitely that one. I of course love twilight princess also. I really hope they reveal something about wii u zelda at E3.

I didn't enjoy Majora's Mask at all, but apart of this had to do with the day/night and three days gimmick. Twilight Princess was a much more mature game overall. Not to say that Twilight Princess didn't have it's flaws, but it's pluses definitely outweighed the minuses IMHO. As for the Wii U, this is the only major console by Nintendo that I've not been interested in at all. To be even more honest, I seldom play video games much these days anyway.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: kishnevi on June 28, 2014, 05:40:15 PM
Found this while looking for something else.  Is that not how it always is?http://www.declarationclothing.com/collections/assassin-s-creed-shop
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on July 01, 2014, 05:47:26 AM
I have changed my mind. Earlier Majora's mask was my all-time favorite game if you had to pick only one. But now I think the first place goes to final fantasy IX. It's just so... humane. There is no other word for it. It's so humane.

Majora's mask has the same kind of humanity which makes me love it so much. And it is definitely the most mature Zelda game. But now maybe just a tiny bit more I love Final Fantasy IX. As much as it is a cliche to pick it. Technically I have many (and I mean MANY) favorite games.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 01, 2014, 05:54:38 AM
I have changed my mind. Earlier Majora's mask was my all-time favorite game if you had to pick only one. But now I think the first place goes to final fantasy IX. It's just so... humane. There is no other word for it. It's so humane.

Majora's mask has the same kind of humanity which makes me love it so much. And it is definitely the most mature Zelda game. But now maybe just a tiny bit more I love Final Fantasy IX. As much as it is a cliche to pick it. Technically I have many favorite games.
Ha! If it weren't for Chrono Cross, FF9 would be my favorite game as well. Such a thrill ride of a story and some of the most interesting places to visit in any game.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on July 01, 2014, 05:56:33 AM
I have to confess I have never played Chrono Cross. Chrono Trigger I have though, many times. And I loved it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 01, 2014, 06:03:05 AM
Chrono Trigger is one of the greats. You may very well end up hating Chrono Cross if you ever play it, as some do (especially if you go in thinking that there will be similarities with Chrono Trigger), or you may love it.

It does also involve using time to jump in between two different eras in the same world, a silent protagonist and an intricate and fascinating storyline with many different endings and characters. The criticisms against the game include the time spent setting up your characters' battle abilities and the lack of character development. I can't really pinpoint why it's my favorite game, but if I had to guess, I'd say that it inspired my imagination the most.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 01, 2014, 06:28:33 AM
I'm replaying Mass Effect 3.  I hate how the journal is nearly useless and clearly broken.  I do like how streamlined inventory management is.  Kind of don't like how little there is in the way of exploration and side missions.  This is the most linear bioware game that I've ever played.  Dragon Age 3 will be a breath of fresh air.  Don't get me wrong I love this game... but with ME each game keeps making it less rpg like and more Call of Duty clone. 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on July 01, 2014, 06:45:36 AM
What I like most in bioware games such as Dragon Age and Mass Effect is that they are extremely well written. The lines are witty, characters complex etc. This is what I feel is lacking in Bethesda games such as Skyrim. They can make a convincing-looking world but the script is often poor.

Oblivion had much better script IMO than Skyrim and overall I like it much better, especially the Shivering isles. The main quests in both games are often much more boring than some of the side quests. At first I thought that poor as Skyrim's main story is, it at least beats the endless oblivion plane runnings in Elder Scrolls IV. But now I think that Oblivion's story, poor as it is, has some kind of charm in it. Skyrim on the other hand managed to make something as cool as fighting dragons boring and irritating. Don't get me wrong, I still like Skyrim but to me it has some flaws, even some major ones. The Quests in Markarth and Riften are often my favorites. However I think Bethesda handled Fallout 3 magnificently (even though I like 2 most). You really feel the post-apocalypse crarm it has, complete with awesome songs in radio.

In short, the perfect western RPG game to me would be combining the writing and characterization of Bioware with environment and gameworld of Bethesda.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 02, 2014, 06:00:40 AM
I think the new Dragon Age should be that fusion between open world Elder Scrolls and narrative driven Bioware.  Fingers crossed.

What I loved about Oblivion is even the smallest side quest was interesting, or had a hook or a plot twist.  I just wish that they didn't simply scale the whole world with you and make every dungeon and every oblivion plane feel the same.

I disagree on Fallout 3.  I thought the stories were threadbare or simply not there.  I became tired of VATS too and wish the game could have been a bit faster paced.  New Vegas is on my backlog, and since Obsidian has a better reputation for story telling, I'm hoping to get my fix there.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on July 02, 2014, 07:02:41 AM
New vegas is a great game. I actually like it more than 3. I even like the widely disliked Dead money add-on.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 06, 2014, 06:17:06 PM
Still playing FF11, but having second thoughts about what I want to accomplish in the game.

I originally returned to it just because I missed Vana'diel and just felt like playing the game more, but then I ended up getting the idea of building several jobs. Currently, I have Beastmaster, Corsair, and Samurai leveled to 99 and plan to level Red Mage to 99- those I consider to be my 4 main jobs. One of the main reasons for building a job is to be able to participate with my linkshell in the highest level endgame content, called Delve. The problem is that vast amount of time required to the appropriate armor... possibly a couple of months of regularly doing once-per day (what they are essentially) "dungeons" (Limbus and Dynamis). This is 2 hours+ a day to do both. I don't have that time, patience and I sure don't enjoy doing the same thing each day. (These two things are also, incidentally, the best way to make money in the game).


We'll see, but I may just consider exploring the jobs and other content the game has to offer now that I know how the systems work, and it'll be more work than fun. And then I'll quit long term. It may be better for me to eliminate that allure and mystery of the game to keep me from coming back, since there is just SO MUCH to explore. Endgame is more about the feeling of achievement through long-term commitment through massive timesinks, and I surely don't need a game for that (too much like real life for me).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 08, 2014, 04:41:49 AM
Oh, boy... I've done something naughty.

Due to my lack of time and desire to continue the game, I've gone to my last resort... buying gil (in-game money for those who don't know). I hate to support RMT companies, but the rate was pretty good and I have a ton of money in the bank, just no time. $20 for 5 million gil is pretty good. That saves (at this point in time for me) probably 30+ hours (at least) of time I don't have, and did buy from the most trusted RMT source out there. Eventually, I'll find a way to make gil easier, though.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on July 08, 2014, 09:00:55 AM
Played through Valiant Hearts: The Great War this weekend. Really good story and engaging play mechanics. Looks and sounds good too.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 08, 2014, 05:23:43 PM
I haven't played a video game in such a long time. I suppose I simply don't need them anymore. If a new Legend Of Zelda comes out that was as remarkable as Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess, then it's possible my enthusiasm for video games may return, but I'm not going to hold my breath for this to happen. The Wii U has been a colossal failure or so it seems.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 09, 2014, 05:04:31 AM
I haven't played a video game in such a long time. I suppose I simply don't need them anymore. If a new Legend Of Zelda comes out that was as remarkable as Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess, then it's possible my enthusiasm for video games may return, but I'm not going to hold my breath for this to happen. The Wii U has been a colossal failure or so it seems.

I feel the same.  I didn't have time to play games from February through May because I was so busy.  So when summer came around, I should have been enthusiastic.  I'm not.  I play a bit of a game, get bored and move on.

I also wonder about the new Zelda game.  But for me, Bioware is the company that got me into gaming.  It's all on Dragon Age 3.  Either it will renew my flagging interest, or it will cause me to give up on gaming altogether.

I was going to buy an Xbox One when I finished my ps3 backlog, but no.  What a boring console.  I'm going to simply sell my ps3, and have only two consoles instead of three.  If the Wii U doesn't pick up the pace soon, I'll sell that too.  And then there will be only one-- the ps4.

Anyway as for gaming, I've only really liked one game that I've played this summer-- Super Mario 2 on the 3ds.  Alot of people have crapped on that game and praised Super Mario 3d Land.  But I'm opposite, I like the elegance and polish of the 2d sidescroller.  And it's not as short as land is, and doesn't suffer from that awful choice to lock levels until you collect enough stars.  Don't make a short game long by forcing the player to replay and replay.  Make a longer game!
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 09, 2014, 05:45:19 AM
I feel the same.  I didn't have time to play games from February through May because I was so busy.  So when summer came around, I should have been enthusiastic.  I'm not.  I play a bit of a game, get bored and move on.

I also wonder about the new Zelda game.  But for me, Bioware is the company that got me into gaming.  It's all on Dragon Age 3.  Either it will renew my flagging interest, or it will cause me to give up on gaming altogether.

I was going to buy an Xbox One when I finished my ps3 backlog, but no.  What a boring console.  I'm going to simply sell my ps3, and have only two consoles instead of three.  If the Wii U doesn't pick up the pace soon, I'll sell that too.  And then there will be only one-- the ps4.

Anyway as for gaming, I've only really liked one game that I've played this summer-- Super Mario 2 on the 3ds.  Alot of people have crapped on that game and praised Super Mario 3d Land.  But I'm opposite, I like the elegance and polish of the 2d sidescroller.  And it's not as short as land is, and doesn't suffer from that awful choice to lock levels until you collect enough stars.  Don't make a short game long by forcing the player to replay and replay.  Make a longer game!

I hear you, Dave. I suppose that 'child' within me that loved video games has simply died. Like you, I get quickly bored with games these days. This, however, isn't to say I don't love playing some classics like Donkey Kong Country or even Super Metroid once in awhile, but, overall, there have been hardly any newer generation games that I've gotten excited about. The last game that I played and fell absolutely in love with was Shadow of the Colossus on PS2, but that's been quite some time back. I just think I'm at that stage now where video games have no relevance or importance in my life anymore. It's sad for me to say this, but it's the truth.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 09, 2014, 07:41:56 AM
I suppose that 'child' within me that loved video games has simply died.
That sounds too sad. Could also just be a phase. I went from about 2008-2012 only playing one game a year, and right now (though I do find some games quite interesting) I'm not excessively compelled to play anything other than FF11. Many new games still don't appear interesting to me.

VR may change a lot, though, long-term.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 09, 2014, 09:54:04 AM
Could also just be a phase.

Yeah that phase is called the Wii U lifetime. :D

As for you Greg, you're tapering off of gaming is consistent with the tapering off of the jrpg.  Ditto MI and Nintendo games.  Maybe you guys didn't change, just your favorite genres are being marginalized.

Come to think of it that could be true for me too.  My favorite genre is the western rpg.  There was a perfect storm of two Bioware games and the great Skyrim all within a few months.  After that both companies were done, and it takes years to develop new games.  So I haven't been able to play what I like the most in a couple of years (except of course by replaying the older games).

This is a bad year for gaming.  Most of the big releases for the ps4 and xbox1 are for 2015 because the studios have to put in extra time making their games work and work well on those next gen consoles.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 09, 2014, 11:12:24 AM
As for you Greg, you're tapering off of gaming is consistent with the tapering off of the jrpg.  Ditto MI and Nintendo games.  Maybe you guys didn't change, just your favorite genres are being marginalized.

Come to think of it that could be true for me too.  My favorite genre is the western rpg.  There was a perfect storm of two Bioware games and the great Skyrim all within a few months.  After that both companies were done, and it takes years to develop new games.  So I haven't been able to play what I like the most in a couple of years (except of course by replaying the older games).
This may be entirely true and was at the back of the mind but not quite articulated yet...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 09, 2014, 04:31:26 PM
That sounds too sad. Could also just be a phase. I went from about 2008-2012 only playing one game a year, and right now (though I do find some games quite interesting) I'm not excessively compelled to play anything other than FF11. Many new games still don't appear interesting to me.

VR may change a lot, though, long-term.

No need to worry. The joy I get from ripping the plastic from a newer acquired CD really gets me excited and that new smell from the booklet is like one of the finest perfumes I know. One whiff and I'm a child all over again.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 09, 2014, 05:33:14 PM
No need to worry. The joy I get from ripping the plastic from a newer acquired CD really gets me excited and that new smell from the booklet is like one of the finest perfumes I know. One whiff and I'm a child all over again.
;D
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: DavidW on July 21, 2014, 06:12:39 AM
I've been playing Infamous 2.  Like the first game it's pretty fun.  Has the same uninspired design of the first game too though.  As you progress through the game introducing enemies that take different tactics to defeat would be interesting.  But too often the designer instead just throws more and more baddies at you instead.  More baddies does not equal more fun, it equals irritating.  Could you imagine if the approach to Mario was to keep repeating the same level but with more and more goombas?

Which brings me to another point, for every large open world filled with locales to discover, there is some shitty small town open world which ends up being smaller than a more traditional game.  This game is the latter.  I just don't see the point of having a city to explore if (a) the city is small, and (b) you can't go into any buildings.

Sadly enough this is the best gaming experience I've had all summer.  Also I have less than two weeks left of summer break.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on July 25, 2014, 06:16:17 PM
I just ordered the Oculus Rift DK2. New shipments start in September.

It was $350 + $22 shipping, but considering how much money I have right now, it's a better deal spending it rather than waiting. I hear so much good stuff about the DK2 that I'm wondering what in the world is left for improvements. I mean, it'll be at least 6 months to a year before the commercial release is available, and I check for news about it every single day, so I figured why not just buy one?

Might consider even playing Skyrim on it...  8)
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Post by: stingo on July 25, 2014, 07:27:31 PM
I just ordered the Oculus Rift DK2. New shipments start in September.

It was $350 + $22 shipping, but considering how much money I have right now, it's a better deal spending it rather than waiting. I hear so much good stuff about the DK2 that I'm wondering what in the world is left for improvements. I mean, it'll be at least 6 months to a year before the commercial release is available, and I check for news about it every single day, so I figured why not just buy one?

Might consider even playing Skyrim on it...  8)

Please report back!
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Post by: ibanezmonster on July 26, 2014, 03:40:42 AM
Please report back!
Will do. Waiting over a month for it to arrive is going to be excruciating, though.  :-X
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on August 01, 2014, 01:12:39 AM
I like dragon age origins more. Sten is extremely funny character in his deadpan comments. The real gem is when player finds The Urn of Sacred Ashes. Pretty much all other party members are admiring in their comments about it but Sten says: "Congratulations, you've found a waste bin." At first the part where Loghain betrays Cailan made me think "Oh great, once again the same old eeevvviiiill traitor type" but thankfully the game reveals that he is not nearly as one-dimensionally evil as he first seems. Loghain actually is one of my favorite characters in the game full of wonderful ones although probably no-one beats Sten. He is just hilarious despite being perfectly serious most of the time.
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Post by: DavidW on August 01, 2014, 05:44:11 AM
I've been playing Silent Hill 2.  I had to get over how awful the hd remaster is, and also how clunky the controls are and the camera.  But I have actually forgiven those aspects of the game, and what remains is awesome. 
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Post by: Rinaldo on August 01, 2014, 09:07:52 AM
Speaking of RPGs, Divinity: Original Sin turned out pretty great. I love the way battles incorporate the environment - striking a puddle of water with lightning magic stuns anybody standing in it, casting a chill spell in the rain freezes the wet enemy, etc.

Also, most quests can be solved by different means and the fact that you can control your characters separately makes for interesting situations (e.g. chatting up a guard with one character, picking a lock with the other).
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Post by: stingo on August 01, 2014, 10:37:35 AM
Speaking of RPGs, Divinity: Original Sin turned out pretty great. I love the way battles incorporate the environment - striking a puddle of water with lightning magic stuns anybody standing in it, casting a chill spell in the rain freezes the wet enemy, etc.

Also, most quests can be solved by different means and the fact that you can control your characters separately makes for interesting situations (e.g. chatting up a guard with one character, picking a lock with the other).

I've heard really good things about it - and will get it once I get my new PC.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on August 08, 2014, 05:09:52 AM
A question for anyone who might know.
When MMO's are about to be discontinued, is there usually a notice in advance? (like a year, maybe?)
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Post by: stingo on August 08, 2014, 07:54:46 AM
A question for anyone who might know.
When MMO's are about to be discontinued, is there usually a notice in advance? (like a year, maybe?)

Yes - the community would pitch a fit if they didn't. My only experience with that was when EA shut down Earth and Beyond. They gave ample notice they were going to do it.

Thread duty: new PC, old games running better - Diablo III.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on August 08, 2014, 08:46:32 AM
Yes - the community would pitch a fit if they didn't. My only experience with that was when EA shut down Earth and Beyond. They gave ample notice they were going to do it.
Good to hear, and makes sense. Looked it up and saw that it was a 6-month notice.

Possibly a good comparison to make for FF11 would be EQ. EQ came out 3 years earlier than FF11 and is still active. As long as that game is still going, IMO that's a good sign for FF11. And SE said that they'll continue with the game as long as it makes money (actually, they have been making updates every month recently!).

(Going to try to take a break from FF11 at least for the rest of the year... looks like they should be finishing the storyline of the most recent expansion before too long)... would love to follow the game for many years to come.
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Post by: stingo on August 09, 2014, 05:17:37 AM
Since you're asking about FF XI, have you tried FF XIV? I remember XI being very console-y but XIV isn't. XIV's job system is great (in my opinion) because your character can be anything, and tradeskills are treated as real jobs in that they have their separate abilities etc. As you level in jobs you can use some of the powers from other jobs in your current one.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on August 09, 2014, 06:09:46 AM
Since you're asking about FF XI, have you tried FF XIV? I remember XI being very console-y but XIV isn't. XIV's job system is great (in my opinion) because your character can be anything, and tradeskills are treated as real jobs in that they have their separate abilities etc. As you level in jobs you can use some of the powers from other jobs in your current one.
I'm glad you asked. I noticed that you mentioned you were playing it but I guess you missed when I was posting about it.

My character:
http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/character/7023811/


I played through the main storyline and that was it (will come back one day, of course). I have mixed opinions about the game, though I do like it overall.

What I liked about the game was the crafting, graphics, ease of transportation as well as many other things such as class changing, and balanced leveling system. There is no competition between crafting in FF11 vs. FF14: FF14 is clearly more fun and interesting.

What I didn't like was amount that the game streamlined things. I didn't care for the whole approach being point-and-click rather than keyboard and the job system felt more constrained despite the ability to add four optional cross-class abilities. The subjob system in FF11 just feels much richer to me. Maybe I didn't get into 14 enough to accurately judge the possibilities of the system. Also, since parties are pre-defined in dungeons, there's little room for custom or experimental strategies. And I hate being so pressured to not be able to go afk for 5 minutes because a dungeon is timed. And the main storyline was mainly just taking care of errands for people, though it does get good near the end.

I do prefer FF11 and that's why I went back to it for a while and am just now starting to quit again. I'm curious how FF14 will evolve. Right now, it's a somewhat small world and for me, the bigger the world, the better. They'll probably start up some good storylines when they start releasing expansions. 8)
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Post by: ibanezmonster on August 09, 2014, 07:15:15 AM
Having said that, I'm toying with the idea of making a return to FF14 during my fall semester which starts next Monday. The reason is that I doubt I'll get more than an hour of free time each day, and you simply cannot progress in FF11 with that little bit of free time each day, whereas you can in FF14. I would probably daily roulette my rng/brd to 50 and try out the patches which I haven't done yet. Not sure how a lot of the endgame stuff works, though.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on August 09, 2014, 06:45:01 PM
Having said that, I'm toying with the idea of making a return to FF14 during my fall semester which starts next Monday. The reason is that I doubt I'll get more than an hour of free time each day, and you simply cannot progress in FF11 with that little bit of free time each day, whereas you can in FF14. I would probably daily roulette my rng/brd to 50 and try out the patches which I haven't done yet. Not sure how a lot of the endgame stuff works, though.
Thought about this all day, and...
when I do return, might play White Mage instead, and will probably play Skyrim first, until I get bored with it.
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Post by: DavidW on August 10, 2014, 05:50:10 AM
I finished Silent Hill 2 yesterday.  It is now my favorite game, replacing Knights of the Old Republic.  This is the only time that I can say yes, this video game has a good story and not add (for a video game).  It has a great story, great atmosphere, excellent pacing, a good blend of combat, puzzle solving, exploration and narrative.  The endings are organically developed and depend on how you play the game instead of a decision at the end or a stupid karma meter (Bioware could have learned from that, just saying Mass Effect 3 I'm looking at you).  My only complaints are that the camera is terrible, and the HD remaster is not the best.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on August 10, 2014, 09:30:47 PM
Silent Hill 2 is awesome. Exactly how a horror game should be. The atmosphere is my favorite aspect of the game.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on August 11, 2014, 05:07:00 AM
I still think the first one is best, even if only for Kaufmann and the "Darkness devouring the town? Must be on drugs"-line and the best ufo ending. I have heard some people mock James in second game, mainly for moments like him putting his hand in toilet without hesitating for a moment.

Not to say Harry Mason didn't have his dumb moments. Whose first thought when seeing aliens would be to ask them if they have seen his daughter?
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Post by: Mirror Image on August 11, 2014, 12:09:19 PM
I finished Silent Hill 2 yesterday.  It is now my favorite game, replacing Knights of the Old Republic.  This is the only time that I can say yes, this video game has a good story and not add (for a video game).  It has a great story, great atmosphere, excellent pacing, a good blend of combat, puzzle solving, exploration and narrative.  The endings are organically developed and depend on how you play the game instead of a decision at the end or a stupid karma meter (Bioware could have learned from that, just saying Mass Effect 3 I'm looking at you).  My only complaints are that the camera is terrible, and the HD remaster is not the best.

Here's how far behind I am: my favorite game is still Donkey Kong Country. 8)
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Post by: stingo on August 15, 2014, 10:03:43 AM
Finished Diablo III yesterday as the witch doctor. I think I may have really lucked out on my loot drops, because I felt it necessary to upgrade from Normal to Hard difficulty. I still need to play/finish the expansion (Reaper of Souls) before I can consider it truly finished.
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Post by: bwv 1080 on August 15, 2014, 10:14:11 AM
2048
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Post by: kishnevi on August 15, 2014, 11:56:38 AM
Especially for Greg
http://www.geekinheels.com/2012/08/17/video-game-characters-reinvented-as-traditional-japanese-woodblock-prints.html
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Post by: ibanezmonster on August 15, 2014, 12:12:38 PM
Especially for Greg
http://www.geekinheels.com/2012/08/17/video-game-characters-reinvented-as-traditional-japanese-woodblock-prints.html
Pretty cool.  :)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on August 15, 2014, 02:44:05 PM
I'm really enjoying "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag."

In addition to the traditional AssCreed segments, Ubisoft added a substantial sea piracy simulator element. I don't believe a big boating/piracy game like this has existed since the 2004 game "Sid Meirs' Pirates!"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcU-zrI2Rg8





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Post by: DavidW on August 16, 2014, 05:57:39 AM
I'm really enjoying "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag."

In addition to the traditional AssCreed segments, Ubisoft added a substantial sea piracy simulator element. I don't believe a big boating/piracy game like this has existed since the 2004 game "Sid Meirs' Pirates!"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcU-zrI2Rg8

I like it too, I played it several months ago.  It is the only time that I liked an AC game.  What stops me from loving it is:

* stealth is too simplistic, for a game with assassin in the title this is unforgivable.
* fighting is more tedious than fun, it lacks that rhythm that games like Arkham City have.
* side quests lack any type of narrative, I don't like it when a game tries to be open world by simply putting in fetch quests.  It lacks depth.
* need to ditch the future guy stuff, who cares?

If they could fix those problems they could make something on par with an Elder Scrolls game which would be awesome.  Maybe if they didn't release 1-2 games every year, they could make something amazing instead of merely good.  But yeah don't get me wrong, I liked it.
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Post by: stingo on August 17, 2014, 09:11:17 AM
Finished Diablo III campaign (Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion) as the Witch Doctor. Really good game.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on August 25, 2014, 07:10:47 PM
Finished Diablo III campaign (Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion) as the Witch Doctor. Really good game.


And of course that's the sort of game some addicts continue to play well past the point of just beating the campaign -- Diablo 2 servers are still running. Grinding for great loot and maximizing their character as much as possible compels some people to play these sort of games for years on end. I sort of get the appeal. Couple of months ago I went to a PC cafe in Virginia, and there was a korean dude on the computer to right of me who was dozing off. Some guy there told me this dude would come in to the PC cafe, pay $30, and stay at the place for 24 hours straight, doing nothing but playing Diablo 3 and dozing off when he needed to. Blizzard games tend to bring that out in some people. When this guy came out of his nap I asked him politely to take a look at my Demon Hunter and tell me how I could make the character better, and he switched a few things around and gave me a great build that almost tripled my damage output.  Speaking of Diablo 3, a greatly anticipated patch (2.1) comes out Tuesday.

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Post by: ibanezmonster on August 25, 2014, 07:55:44 PM
And of course that's the sort of game some addicts continue to play well past the point of just beating the campaign -- Diablo 2 servers are still running. Grinding for great loot and maximizing their character as much as possible compels some people to play these sort of games for years on end.
This is precisely what I learned about MMORPG's after playing my first two. For one, in these games, you're never "there" forever. You always have to play catch-up with whatever updates that are implemented.

You ever read this article?
http://www.cracked.com/article_18461_5-creepy-ways-video-games-are-trying-to-get-you-addicted.html


I had to quit FF11 and decided to not get back into MMORPG's for a long time. The addictive qualities I noted:

1) You can feel a sense of achievement every day.
2) The world felt like a secondary home, or perhaps a home you wish were your primary home.
3) The ridiculous amount of time spent accomplishing stuff makes you think, "well, I've invested this much time, why not invest more?"
4) The ridiculous amount of things you learn make you feel like you are fluent in an advanced skill, so it's fun to keep perfecting this skill.

#1 is possibly the most important factor, and it is noted in the cracked article. The problem with real life is that you typically can't get anywhere just by working hard. Maybe some people can, but those people aren't going to be addicted to MMORPG's. Working more hours at my job won't really achieve any goal and school predetermines when I finish. Neither are particularly enjoyable, as well. An MMORPG that is enjoyable and gives you the ability to get "there" as quick as you can spend the time to get there is a recipe for addiction.

It's almost horrifying to realize the feeling of subconscious fulfillment when playing FF11 vs. not playing FF11. The feeling of achievement is what keeps me from feeling empty inside, and FF11 sure helped, basically every day I was able to play it.
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Post by: stingo on August 26, 2014, 03:11:29 AM

And of course that's the sort of game some addicts continue to play well past the point of just beating the campaign -- Diablo 2 servers are still running. Grinding for great loot and maximizing their character as much as possible compels some people to play these sort of games for years on end. I sort of get the appeal. Couple of months ago I went to a PC cafe in Virginia, and there was a korean dude on the computer to right of me who was dozing off. Some guy there told me this dude would come in to the PC cafe, pay $30, and stay at the place for 24 hours straight, doing nothing but playing Diablo 3 and dozing off when he needed to. Blizzard games tend to bring that out in some people. When this guy came out of his nap I asked him politely to take a look at my Demon Hunter and tell me how I could make the character better, and he switched a few things around and gave me a great build that almost tripled my damage output.  Speaking of Diablo 3, a greatly anticipated patch (2.1) comes out Tuesday.

It's not just loot drops, you can also modify existing enchantments which adds a whole other level to the proceedings. While I can appreciate such mastery of a game, that comes at an awfully high cost in life.

Thread Duty: Completed the Easy mode of Fist of Awesome last night, and I've recently completed the first three or so missions of Majesty 2.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on September 12, 2014, 10:47:39 AM
Playing Half-life 2 episode two. Along with the original Half life and it's add-ons this is probably my favorite. Although I am driven crazy by that one achievement, killing all 333 antlion grubs, I managed to get only 325. So frustrating. And it's a great game, one of the greatest shooters ever made, even though original is still even better. I think the reason they haven't continued Half life in 7 years is because they don't know in which direction to take this franchise.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on September 12, 2014, 10:53:31 AM
I think the reason they haven't continued Half life in 7 years is because they don't know in which direction to take this franchise.
That might indeed be the underlying reason. I mean, where do really go from there? Of course, you could explore stuff that is left unexplained in Half Life 2, but the appeal about the game is precisely that it doesn't explain everything, so it feels that much more mysterious.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on September 13, 2014, 06:59:32 AM
After having to replay entire mine sequence to get that one achievement I am getting a bit of sick of it. Maybe I enjoy it more now that I got outside, it's some time since I last played this. More variety and all that. So I think the original Half life (and even the add-ons by gearbox) is by far the best. They just have that unique kind of atmosphere. Even if it is a bit corny at times (many quotes from Black Mesa Scientists come in mind) that's one of the main reasons I love it. Newer Half-life games while still provide excellent action and adventure do not quite reach the atmosphere of the first games. Ah, I dunno. Maybe episode 3 (0r Half life 3), if it ever arrives, brings the kick I need. I guess I shouldn't have replayed the beginning of this episode, I did get even a bit frustrated when playing original I had to start the game from the beginning twice after some game-breaking glitches after having already played several several hours of it.

I really hope Gman is not an alien...

Am I starting to lose interest in video games? I hope not.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on September 25, 2014, 03:12:27 PM
Playing Half-life 2 episode two. Along with the original Half life and it's add-ons this is probably my favorite. Although I am driven crazy by that one achievement, killing all 333 antlion grubs, I managed to get only 325. So frustrating. And it's a great game, one of the greatest shooters ever made, even though original is still even better. I think the reason they haven't continued Half life in 7 years is because they don't know in which direction to take this franchise.

I completed Half-Life 2 (and its mini sequels in 2011), almost 7 years after the game's release and quite enjoyed it and appreciated many of its aspects but, by 2011, it was certainly a series that showed its age.

What I suspect is that there's a special attachment that many people who first played the game back in 2004 (people of a certain age, many of them teenagers or in their early 20s) have to the game, but in 2014 the Source engine is outdated, and Valve would have to do serious work to create a fully modern sequel and they have their hands full with being the most successful digital games store.  ;D

Maybe Valve realizes that there's no way a sequel can live up to the myth that's been built around Half-Life 2?  ;D
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Post by: Artem on September 28, 2014, 10:02:09 AM
I'm also playing Half Life 2 for the first time. I'm on the second part of it. I was a big fan of the original Half Life when it came out long time ago and maybe I'm getting old for computer games in general, but I'm loosing the excitement of playing HL2 the more I'm playing it. There are two many scenes where you have to wait for a conversation to end just to get out of another door.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on October 14, 2014, 09:17:11 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81%2BKEp6nSvL._SX522_.jpg)

Just finished FF13-2 and now just started Lightning Returns.

I liked this a bit better than FF13. More freedom!  :D
Having to choose a monster as a third character was really cool. I liked how the villain in this game actually had some good reasons for turning the world into oblivion, rather than just being evil. The best part of the storyline was somewhat near the end, before the final dungeon. Especially the part where you are controlling Serah and in a dreamworld version of the opening village. Now that is a real Final Fantasy moment- something the series has strayed away from and needs to go back to. Poor Serah and Yeul...

Lightning Returns has gotten very mixed reviews, on par with FF13 (while FF13-2 seems to have gotten the best reviews of the trilogy), so not sure what to expect.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 14, 2014, 03:20:33 PM
I'm also playing Half Life 2 for the first time. I'm on the second part of it. I was a big fan of the original Half Life when it came out long time ago and maybe I'm getting old for computer games in general, but I'm loosing the excitement of playing HL2 the more I'm playing it. There are two many scenes where you have to wait for a conversation to end just to get out of another door.

That is a definite fault of the game.

I think the original (and its expansions) are simply better games.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 14, 2014, 03:41:54 PM
There's a huge controversy going on right now in the gaming world, called "GamerGate."

Basically, there are two issues:

1. Some popular gaming websites (Polygon, Kotaku, etc) have come to be seen as favoring political ideology (of a feminist, leftist sort) over pure gaming content.
2. Some journalists affiliated with these websites have relationships and connections with indie game developers, and this is seen as potentially coloring their coverage of many games.

As an illustration of the second point, consider the game "Gone Home."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gone_Home

I haven't played it but this is a typical reaction to it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwMjXnBWBuQ

There's suspicion that a lot of these young game reviewers (on certain sites) are too chummy with the people they're supposed to be covering. Worst still, when these accusations were first raised, a lot of these critics decided to fight back by declaring "Gamers are Dead."

http://gamergate.giz.moe/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/1409546711940__large.jpg





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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 14, 2014, 05:48:46 PM
Lol, this stuff is exploding.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/10/14/the-only-guide-to-gamergate-you-will-ever-need-to-read/

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Post by: ibanezmonster on October 14, 2014, 07:25:11 PM
Lol, this stuff is exploding.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/10/14/the-only-guide-to-gamergate-you-will-ever-need-to-read/
That's funny, I was just reading a new story about some threats made against her, except no one actually believes them because in the past she has made up stuff.

Isn't she like some sort of feminist that is attacking how video games portray women or something? Which is hilarious, as I go finish up the FF13 trilogy, each game starring a woman hero (Lightning then Serah then Lightning again) or think about the several games in the past I've played featuring female protagonists. I mean, sure, female protagonists aren't quite as common, but male villains are also more common than female villains, and does anyone care?

But meh, I could be misremembering the case- glanced over something about this a while ago. Is this something she actually complains about?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 14, 2014, 09:18:11 PM
What you have is some people of a cultural marxist bent poking millions of video game consumers with accusations of sexism and misogyny. The gamers get irate at these accusations, and a few of them make threats through Twitter that are then used to paint the entire male video game community negatively by those making the "sexism and misogyny" accusations in the first place.
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Post by: Rinaldo on October 15, 2014, 05:50:25 PM
That's funny, I was just reading a new story about some threats made against her, except no one actually believes them because in the past she has made up stuff.

She didn't make anything up. And the authorities take these threats pretty seriously. Especially after Elliot Rodger.

Isn't she like some sort of feminist that is attacking how video games portray women or something? Which is hilarious, as I go finish up the FF13 trilogy, each game starring a woman hero (Lightning then Serah then Lightning again) or think about the several games in the past I've played featuring female protagonists. I mean, sure, female protagonists aren't quite as common, but male villains are also more common than female villains, and does anyone care?

She's doing a feminist critique of the tropes used in videogames, not an 'attack'. And yes, people do care, because it's an important topic, tied into the overall sexism that's pretty prevalent in the gaming industry, as indicated by campaigns like 1reasonwhy (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/11/29/1reasonwhy-we-are-all-responsible/).

What you have is some people of a cultural marxist bent poking millions of video game consumers with accusations of sexism and misogyny.

What you have is a bunch of a-holes, trolls and cynics trying to preserve the boys' club of videogames at all costs.
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Post by: ibanezmonster on October 15, 2014, 07:16:25 PM
She's doing a feminist critique of the tropes used in videogames, not an 'attack'. And yes, people do care, because it's an important topic, tied into the overall sexism that's pretty prevalent in the gaming industry, as indicated by campaigns like 1reasonwhy (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/11/29/1reasonwhy-we-are-all-responsible/).

What you have is a bunch of a-holes, trolls and cynics trying to preserve the boys' club of videogames at all costs.
When people critique IT and such for being a "boy's club," I think they are losing some perspective.

If I had to guess, the main reason why there are far more men in IT and video game development is the extreme number of hours a week that people have to put in for some IT-related jobs (I knew a guy that was working over 100 hours a week). The game industry is absolutely absurd, and that's why I chose not to get into it. 90+ hours a week- not thanks. Nowadays, it's still more often moms that stay at home when couples have kids, so I can imagine this being a strong turnoff for any female who is even considering taking time off from work to be with kids. Thus, males who have historically been expected to work whatever number of hours a week is necessary to provide for their family are more likely to be open to a 70+ hour a week schedule. I'm not saying that I support this, but this is just a common aspect of society. It would be more ideal to have the same number of stay at home dads as moms. So what solution is there other than the government mandating a legal limit for of hours worked? I could just imagine how that'd go over with businesses and small government advocates, not to mention the economic impact, etc.

Anyways, when you are in a territory filled with a different demographic, you should expect there to be some people that'll say stupid stuff. It doesn't say anything about the whole group. The one girl that was in our programming class a few years ago was treated with respect just like anyone else, though there was this one guy who say highly inappropriate stuff to her, but he just said highly inappropriate stuff in general. I remember once being in JoAnn fabric and had to get some fabric cut, and this lady said that I didn't look like I come in there often so it's not my field of expertise- obviously because I'm a guy and you only ever see old ladies in that store. Instead of going on some internet rant about how women don't want me in their fabric stores, I just rolled my eyes.


What you have is a bunch of a-holes, trolls and cynics trying to preserve the boys' club of videogames at all costs.
I'm highly skeptical of any large numbers of guys wanting to do that. Most straight guys are going to want more females to be in the workplace. The IT field is a "sausage fest," which is very much undesirable.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 15, 2014, 11:49:09 PM
What you have is a bunch of a-holes, trolls and cynics trying to preserve the boys' club of videogames at all costs.

A history of women and videogames:

http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/The+road+to+gamergate_513c7b_5308230.png


 :P


Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on October 16, 2014, 04:20:05 AM
If I had to guess, the main reason why there are far more men in IT and video game development is the extreme number of hours a week that people have to put in for some IT-related jobs (I knew a guy that was working over 100 hours a week).

I'd say the main reason is simple history. Less than 100 years ago, there were still universities where women couldn't get a technical degree.

A history of women and videogames:

Fixed: No Girls Allowed (http://www.polygon.com/features/2013/12/2/5143856/no-girls-allowed)
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2014, 05:45:12 AM
I'd say the main reason is simple history. Less than 100 years ago, there were still universities where women couldn't get a technical degree.
Okay, but nothing is stopping them now from getting a technical degree. There were plenty of girls at the technical school I went to. Well, they were all in cosmetology. Cosmetology was basically 90% female, 10% gay dudes. Auto mechanics and welding were 100% male. Our programming class was 90% male, 10 % female. Graphic design and accounting were the only somewhat balanced classes, gender-wise.

They're just choosing what girls are more often interested in- makeup and hair, etc. rather than fixing cars or working on computers. And in that field, it's more family friendly than most IT work, so if you do decide to have kids one day (or already have them) it's easier to see them more.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2014, 07:01:45 AM
Lol, speaking of that lady, I saw something a friend posted on fb...  ;D

https://www.facebook.com/wtfmagazine/photos/a.158496730837565.31194.150601421627096/889697334384164/?type=1&theater
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on October 16, 2014, 11:43:59 AM
They're just choosing what girls are more often interested in- makeup and hair, etc. rather than fixing cars or working on computers.

Because. Of. All. The. Centuries. Of. Women. Being. Denied. Getting. Knowledge. And. Degrees. Not. Only. In. Technical. Fields.

It's social inertia, it's slowly eroding but there's still many stereotypes and glass ceilings left.

We're in a games thread, so let's consider this example, which was part of a study about the way games are marketed: a group of teenage girls was asked about their interest in a game from the Battlefield series. There was none. But then they got the chance to play it and LOVED it. Women are people, you know? And people have different tastes and interests, which are massively shaped by the society they live in.

Lol, speaking of that lady, I saw something a friend posted on fb...  ;D

Well, if you find missing the point of feminists like Anita Sarkeesian funny..
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2014, 12:13:41 PM
Because. Of. All. The. Centuries. Of. Women. Being. Denied. Getting. Knowledge. And. Degrees. Not. Only. In. Technical. Fields.

It's social inertia, it's slowly eroding but there's still many stereotypes and glass ceilings left.
And that's what's preventing them from taking cosmetology in school? Wait...

Of course, oppression is the simple answer. It can't be that they aren't interested in the subject. Just can't be. But who am I to discuss oppression, since I am a white male with special privileges who gets everything handed to him and oppresses people not in his demographic.

If the average person were asked how many males vs. females they know that have built a computer in their free time or worked on a car recently just for fun, would you really expect an even number? And if not, is it because of white males suppressing them?



We're in a games thread, so let's consider this example, which was part of a study about the way games are marketed: a group of teenage girls was asked about their interest in a game from the Battlefield series. There was none. But then they got the chance to play it and LOVED it. Women are people, you know? And people have different tastes and interests, which are massively shaped by the society they live in.
Of course there are plenty of girls who play games. I know a few and there's plenty on my server and linkshell in FF11.

But there's far more men developing the games, and a lot times they are making games for themselves, rather than their audience. 
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: North Star on October 16, 2014, 12:49:52 PM
Of course there are plenty of girls who play games. I know a few and there's plenty on my server and linkshell in FF11.

But there's far more men developing the games, and a lot times they are making games for themselves, rather than their audience.
Just like in the good old days when there were obviously many women undergraduates, but they just weren't interested in professorships and such..
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on October 16, 2014, 12:52:32 PM
And if not, is it because of white males suppressing them?

It's beacuse we suppressed them for centuries. And in certain fields, the suppression continues more subtly through sexism.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2014, 12:55:23 PM
It's beacuse we suppressed them for centuries. And in certain fields, the suppression continues more subtly through sexism.
Oh, okay. Girls are less interested in building computers for fun because of guys because of centuries of sexism. Okay, got it.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: North Star on October 16, 2014, 01:00:25 PM
Oh, okay. Girls are less interested in building computers for fun because of guys because of centuries of sexism. Okay, got it.
Girls are only interested in what happens between the fist and the stove.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2014, 01:06:19 PM
Girls are only interested in what happens between the fist and the stove.
Not sure I get what fist and stove means...
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: kishnevi on October 16, 2014, 01:24:42 PM
Oh, okay. Girls are less interested in building computers for fun because of guys because of centuries of sexism. Okay, got it.
Most accurately, millenia of male dominance have resulted in both society and women themselves thinking cosmetology is more appropriate for girls that software development. 
Go back and read your comment...which I think is a very reasonable one....about how men are willing to work a zillion hours but women are not....and think how much of that is the result of cultural expectations:  that men are still thought of as the ones who bring in the money while women take care of the kids.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2014, 01:54:22 PM
Most accurately, millenia of male dominance have resulted in both society and women themselves thinking cosmetology is more appropriate for girls that software development. 
Not sure how software, which is relatively new, fits into this, but I know that traditionally, since the early 20th century, it's been thought that the man's place is the garage and the woman's place is the kitchen. So that might explain the automechanics proportion.


Go back and read your comment...which I think is a very reasonable one....about how men are willing to work a zillion hours but women are not....and think how much of that is the result of cultural expectations:  that men are still thought of as the ones who bring in the money while women take care of the kids.
Yep... but while it's great that women are encouraged to go to school and have careers, where's the encouragement for men to be stay at home dads? I certainly don't feel like this would be much of a possibility for me or many friends (although I do have one friend who fits this description, married to someone a bit older).
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: North Star on October 16, 2014, 02:48:18 PM
Yep... but while it's great that women are encouraged to go to school and have careers, where's the encouragement for men to be stay at home dads? I certainly don't feel like this would be much of a possibility for me or many friends (although I do have one friend who fits this description, married to someone a bit older).

Perhaps the society isn't in dire need of any stay-at-home parents..
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2014, 03:11:20 PM
Perhaps the society isn't in dire need of any stay-at-home parents..
Maybe, but my point is that there is often a stigma against men staying home and playing the role that women usually do. Maybe it's a bit better in Scandanavian countries (I heard Sweden was the country to introduce paternal leave)? Some might not see a stay at home dad as a "real man" because he is not a "breadwinner." Maybe some men would rather work part-time and see their kids most of the time, but cultural perceptions affect both genders so that people might be more inclined to play traditional roles.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: North Star on October 16, 2014, 03:20:07 PM
Sure, there's paternal leave in Finland too, although the parents can decide not to have it (there's 3 months of maternal leave, and the rest is divided by the parents). A big reason being that in many families the husband has a higher income. There are extremely few stay-at-home parents of either gender in Finland.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2014, 05:43:16 PM
If we get back on topic...

I'm finally getting the Oculus Rift Tuesday!


Also, I made a file to track my Final Fantasy info in a neat little summary. I'm going to try to take it slowly now, though. Going to resubscribe to FF11, since I've realized how it's actually easy (and better, in a way, often) to study Japanese while playing a game. Also, I want to get back into it.

I guess this is one of those odd psychological problems, but... having the goal of progressing as much as possible in a game is the only thing that would consistently get me out of bed after 6-7 hours of sleep, so it's going to be odd trying to keep on doing that when I'm not going to view games as goals, but as just fun instead.  :P


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Favorite to least favorite:
9, 7, 6, 8, 11, 10, 5, 14:ARR, 13-2, 12, 3 (DS), 13, 10-2, 1, 2

To play:
4 (The Complete Collection), 13: Lightning Returns

Finish final boss:
1, 3, 13

-Have played original FF4 up until final boss, did not beat
-11: Completed 3 nation storylines, ROTZ, COP, TOAU, WOTG (+San d'oria quest, but not Bastok or Windurst), Adoulin in progress
-14:ARR: Completed main storyline

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 16, 2014, 06:01:16 PM
Most accurately, millenia of male dominance have resulted in both society and women themselves thinking cosmetology is more appropriate for girls that software development. 
Go back and read your comment...which I think is a very reasonable one....about how men are willing to work a zillion hours but women are not....and think how much of that is the result of cultural expectations:  that men are still thought of as the ones who bring in the money while women take care of the kids.

Or maybe the sexes are innately different psychologically due to evolution and therefore have different average interests and goals. Historically, women, as the weaker sex, were always entitled to more care and protection than men, which meant that far more males than females throughout history have died in brutal warfare or in brutal physical labor. Everybody had it bad in the olden days.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: Rinaldo on October 16, 2014, 06:10:36 PM
Back on topic: Shadow of Mordor! As a fan of the books, I'm very critical of what's been done with the license since the first movie (which I enjoyed) came out. But this is friggin' AWESOME. Sorry for the lack of a better word but this game just oozes AWESOME while not being braindead stupid at the same time. You're playing as an undead ranger, possessed by an elven lord. It's a silly concept, it shouldn't work at all but somehow it does. And did I mention that it's AWESOME? Imagine Assassin's Creed making out with the recent Batman games and spawning a child that still manages to surprise you and has the most entertaining swordplay since Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. The sheer barrage of game mechanics might seem daunting at first but can be mastered soon. GOTY material, folks.
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 16, 2014, 06:16:53 PM
Yep... but while it's great that women are encouraged to go to school and have careers, where's the encouragement for men to be stay at home dads? I certainly don't feel like this would be much of a possibility for me or many friends (although I do have one friend who fits this description, married to someone a bit older).

The problem is that women's innate nature rules out the scenario where there's an equal number of male vs female stay at home parents. Seriously, look at it rationally. Many men would quite naturally opt out of the stress, competitiveness and drudgery of labor for staying home with their kids and doing the household chores if women were willing to accept that. Instead, men basically know that women won't accept that for two reasons:

--Inherent gender relationship dynamics that will make the woman get turned off by a stay at home dad and be more likely to find an assertive male boss or colleague as attractive.
--The simple fact that women strongly prefer that, if anyone gets to stay home, it should be them.

Also, women have a requirement that their potential life partners earn, at the very least, as much as them, but preferably more. So women's own mating choices will only rarely lead to a situation where the dude has to be the one who stays home.

Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: stingo on October 16, 2014, 06:28:17 PM
Back on topic: Shadow of Mordor! As a fan of the books, I'm very critical of what's been done with the license since the first movie (which I enjoyed) came out. But this is friggin' AWESOME. Sorry for the lack of a better word but this game just oozes AWESOME while not being braindead stupid at the same time. You're playing as an undead ranger, possessed by an elven lord. It's a silly concept, it shouldn't work at all but somehow it does. And did I mention that it's AWESOME? Imagine Assassin's Creed making out with the recent Batman games and spawning a child that still manages to surprise you and has the most entertaining swordplay since Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. The sheer barrage of game mechanics might seem daunting at first but can be mastered soon. GOTY material, folks.

It is awesome - I actually defeated Tugog the Guardian and posted about it on my Facebook page.

Could there be a separate gamergate thread?
Title: Re: What game are you playing?
Post by: ibanezmonster on October 16, 2014, 06:37:40 PM
The problem is that women's innate nature rules out the scenario where there's an equal number of male vs female stay at home parents. Seriously, look at it rationally. Many men would quite naturally opt out of the stress, competitiveness and drudgery of labor for staying home with their kids and doing the household chores if women were willing to accept that. Instead, men basically know that women won't accept that for two reasons:

--Inherent gender relationship dynamics that will make the woman get turned off by a stay at home dad and be more likely to find an assertive male boss or colleague as attractive.
--The simple fact that women strongly prefer that, if anyone gets to stay home, it should be them.

Also, women have a requirement that their potential life partners earn, at the very least, as much as them, but preferably more. So women's own mating choices will only rarely lead to a situation where the dude has to be the one who stays home.
If I said anything about "innate nature," I'd be labeled misogynist...

Besides this:
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"--The simple fact that women strongly prefer that, if anyone gets to stay home, it should be them."
which I'm not so sure of (if so, it might be due to the difference in income to begin with), I've observed your points as being valid.

I know match.com might not be an ideal description of people in general, but there was that time when I looked at over 50 profiles of men and 50 of women and noticed that half of the women listed an income requirement while only 2 or 3 guys did. Most of the income requirements were at the same level or greater than the income they made.

Typically, women are attracted to men that are taller, stronger, and have more money than them. The way it's set up is that women are like the employ