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Reply #12005 on: August 14, 2017, 07:14:23 PM

I've had Dark souls 1 sitting on my steam account for aces. I think now is the time to die. Heaven help me.
Yeah, I should really get around to that, too...

It's one of those games that I've been meaning to get around to some day, too, but I never made a dent in my previous attempts.
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Reply #12006 on: August 14, 2017, 08:53:56 PM

I felt there was some good variety to the planets, acidic planets felt toxic, burnt out planets were appropriately desolate, etc. That I liked the game doesn't mean I think it's perfect. Like, yeah, no game has touched what minecraft has done. Period. So, you kinda have to strike that comparison and just look at what it is against other procedural games (minecraft itself is boring and samey when compared to modded minecraft, as well). Note my played hours in NMS are nothing compared to 7 Days, because that's a better game on almost every level.

But just because there aren't massive volcanoes on burnt planets, or really much in the way of sensible flora and fauna anywhere, doesn't mean it's not a relaxing experience to putter around aimlessly. Procedural has to be laid upon a solid gameplay foundation, or it doesn't really work well. You get something like NMS, which is ultimately a bland, samey experience. But at the same time it can still be pretty and fun to zoom around in.
I put a decent hunk of time into NMS before just suddenly never logging in again, so I'm not implying its all bad.  But the game doesn't have all the extra stuff most procedural games do (crafting, base building, ect.).  So exploration then IS the primary focus.  So when its far blander than vanilla Minecraft, its deeply annoying to me.  Because there is nothing special about Minecraft.  A random asperger dude made it.  If you have anything like a real budget, then there is no excuse for not being able to look at what he did and make something equal or better.  As wasted put it, "so much is just randomness smoothed out to a bland average."  I probably enjoyed NWS more than most here (and just like you, I'll say that doesn't mean I consider it a good game), but for a game that revolves solely around exploration and some survival, not having more diverse landscapes, environments, and special features is a big crime.

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Reply #12007 on: August 15, 2017, 10:52:19 AM

It does have base-building now. I haven't tried it yet, but people like it. The combat is better also; there's a bit more of a storyline. There's missions--I haven't gotten those either. There's a way to buy blueprints from aliens.

I still haven't run into a radically different looking planet but some people are seeing them--there do seem to be some new biome seeds. I do see some interesting variations on caves, canyons, etc. on some planets--different shapes and topographies.

It's definitely better than it was. But I think it's a major iteration or two away from being actually good.
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Reply #12008 on: August 15, 2017, 12:43:42 PM

Did they add any ability to search for specific materials by planet(s) that you've found them on? The concept of just going ever-forward and hoping to RNGesus to find whatever material you needed was a huge PITA, instead of being able to check the data THAT YOU ARE SUPPOSEDLY COLLECTING ON EACH PLANET to find out where you last saw it.

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Reply #12009 on: August 15, 2017, 03:34:53 PM

If you want me to find that planet with six-legged bear-crabs, I can do that.  Not sure which one has all the gold, though.

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Reply #12010 on: August 15, 2017, 06:19:12 PM

Right? It drove me mad about NMS at launch and until they fix it, I'm staying away on principle.

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Reply #12011 on: August 15, 2017, 07:05:21 PM

The planet details after you discover it now tells you what resources are available on the planet.  You can also build a scanner thing that can search for various features including ore deposits.
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Reply #12012 on: August 15, 2017, 08:26:00 PM

I think I have just given up on the updated version after the second planet in a Survival game (second one!) has no plutonium and extreme Sentinels that grease you in seconds. yeah, the planet you *have* to land on to progress the story, e.g. you can't get a hyperdrive unless you listen to the signal. Maybe that's someone's idea of procedural-generation fun but it's not mine.
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Reply #12013 on: August 16, 2017, 01:39:44 PM

Heard a great term for it: Relaxploration.

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Reply #12014 on: August 19, 2017, 02:29:41 PM

Picked up Deep Silver's new thing, Agents of Mayhem, it's kind of a mixed bag so far.

The story is pretty terrible so far.  I think it's trying to be some kind of parody of old 80s Saturday morning cartoons, except that a lot of the time it forgets about the "parody" part and just ends up being intentionally schlocky and lazy writing.  Which is a problem, because I can't recommend this story to kids since it uses a fair amount of adult humor (one of the main characters is a former porn star, for example) but I also can't recommend it to adults since much of it feels like it was written for an eight year old.  It's like watching old episodes of GI Joe where someone has inserted some scenes with hardcore gore and nudity or something, I just have no idea who is supposed to like this.  It's got moments where it's funny, but so far it's mostly just really tiresome to sit through.  It's an open world game, so the story isn't really that important, but they do throw it in your face an awful lot for how terrible it is.

The gameplay has been pretty fun so far, though.  It's kind of a cross between Saint's Row and Overwatch, taking place in an open world, near future Seoul which is all holograms and robots (which I think is really cool, not enough sci-fi open world games for my tastes) but instead of designing your own character, you choose from a roster of several characters with unique special abilities.  I don't think the character design is as tight as Overwatch so far (most characters are just "person in a purple jumpsuit wearing ballistic armor and carrying a gun" with a dash of cultural and racial stereotyping for flavor) but it's interesting and fun.  

I am really liking this "copy Overwatch" fad so far, seems a lot more fun than the "copy Warcraft" or "copy Hearthstone" ones.
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Reply #12015 on: August 21, 2017, 02:37:40 AM

As much as I liked Saints Row 2-4, I think I'm going to wait until AoM has a price drop before buying just based on what I've seen so far.

Aside from PUBG, played some Dead Cells, which is a pretty fun platforming rogue-lite - sort of a more self-serious Rogue Legacy.  Still early access, but I don't regret owning it.

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Reply #12016 on: August 21, 2017, 09:30:00 AM

MechWarrior Online.  A LOT of MechWarrior online.

The changes have actually made it a lot better and the tech advances have helped enormously.  Indeed, one of the main complaints about the Clans 'owning' (which I always thought were shite) have now been almost placed on their head, as the IS tech now owns to a very large degree.

The new Skill system, now I understand it a lot better, is actually a lot better than the previous system - however, it's costly as fuck financially, which brings me to my main criticism.

It's hard as FUCK to make money and EVERYTHING costs a metric fuckton.  There's two ways out of this - 1 have a good group/guild that you regularly drop with. 2 - Buy premium time.

While I get WHY this is the case, it's hard to an anti-social fucker to get on, but it's fun when you do.

For those that maybe haven't played about with the new systems but used to love it, do check back in again.  Tell me you don't enjoy owning a fucking clanner with your new rotary cannons. 

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Reply #12017 on: August 21, 2017, 02:51:01 PM

Took the plunge and finally purchased GTA 5 for the PC. It will be my first GTA ever, so I'm quite looking forward to it (although I played other open-world games, for example Just Cause II). Now I just have to wait a few more hours 'til it finishes downloading the remaining 66GB :P

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Reply #12018 on: August 22, 2017, 10:23:11 AM

I go back and mess with GTA V every two months or so. Invariably I quit after a few missions because I hate all the characters so much. I just can't stand spending time with them, and I can't even remotely care about their stories. By comparison, I kind of liked Niko (not his cousin).
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Reply #12019 on: August 22, 2017, 11:59:05 AM

I love GTA V, one of my favorite games. Been in rotation since it came out. But I play slowly, so it takes me literally years to finish most games. My current rotation, usually 2-3 months at a pop, is Minecraft, GTA V, 7 Days to Die (current), Witcher 3, Rocksmith. Project Zomboid is hovering just outside the main rotation, as is SWTOR (I've been getting a network disconnect bug).

Other things pop in and out, but that list is the stuff that I look forward to playing the most.

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Reply #12020 on: August 22, 2017, 07:47:19 PM

I blew through GTAV pretty quickly, but still drop in now and then for Online.

Great game, and Online has its own entertainment value.

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Reply #12021 on: August 22, 2017, 08:19:10 PM

Lots and lots and lots of Zelda: BOTW. 
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Reply #12022 on: August 22, 2017, 10:44:16 PM

I blew through GTAV pretty quickly, but still drop in now and then for Online.

Great game, and Online has its own entertainment value.
Instead of copying over my save to the new hdd, I started over...and I'm still not done. Heck, I only played GTA 4 75% of the way through...twice... I think I made it halfway through San Andreas...after finishing it once...

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Reply #12023 on: August 28, 2017, 08:56:45 AM

I think I have just given up on the updated version after the second planet in a Survival game (second one!) has no plutonium and extreme Sentinels that grease you in seconds.

The guide says very firmly that the various basic fuels are available on every planet.  I'm finding that while plutonium is indeed present, it is neither plentiful nor above ground.

Besides some NMS, I'm mostly playing Fortnite Daily Reward Get and FFXII remake.

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Reply #12024 on: August 28, 2017, 09:23:41 AM

Picked up a Switch and a few games.  I've been playing some Breath of the Wild and so far it's a good time.  I can't imagine how long it will take me to finish though.  I've already put in a number of hours and I've barely dented a few areas.  Even from just the first few hours though it's definitely a way better Zelda game than the last.  I could barely make it 2-3 hours into Skyward Sword before dropping it (tried like 3 times).
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Reply #12025 on: August 28, 2017, 10:31:07 AM

Breath of the Wild is very fucking sweet.

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Reply #12026 on: August 28, 2017, 01:31:30 PM

Just finished a LP of SOMA (from the folks who did Amnesia) - it was lengthy but one hell of an interesting experience.
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Reply #12027 on: August 28, 2017, 02:37:26 PM

Picked up a Switch and a few games.  I've been playing some Breath of the Wild and so far it's a good time.  I can't imagine how long it will take me to finish though.  I've already put in a number of hours and I've barely dented a few areas.  Even from just the first few hours though it's definitely a way better Zelda game than the last.  I could barely make it 2-3 hours into Skyward Sword before dropping it (tried like 3 times).

I'd guess that I dropped anywhere from 70-100 hours on it. Had fun all of the way through. Fantastic game once you get past the initial awkwardness. I even finished all of the shrines, but balked at trying to get all of the Korok seeds.  That would be pure insanity.

I haven't been playing much lately. Probably going to pick up Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.


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Reply #12028 on: August 28, 2017, 07:08:59 PM

I've gotten hooked by No Man's Sky; it was easy to ignore last time by comparison. There's enough of a story hook, enough purpose--and the planets are feeling somewhat different enough. Still needs maybe one more tweak/update to be genuinely good, but it's much closer to what was advertised.

Waiting for XCOM's latest DLC tomorrow, though.
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Reply #12029 on: August 28, 2017, 08:41:21 PM

I'm ironically waiting for it to go on sale. I was willing to pay (and get refunded) $60 once.

I shan't pay $60 again. That well hath been spoiled.
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Reply #12030 on: August 28, 2017, 10:19:14 PM

Yeah, it's still not a great game. But it is more fun--there is more of a hook, more things to do, more ways to switch up and try something else.
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Reply #12031 on: September 04, 2017, 04:27:10 PM

Just finished tadpole treble; fun, simple, and short but affordable rhythm game.
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Reply #12032 on: September 05, 2017, 11:52:27 AM

I started getting a little burned out on my last big build in 7DtD (I'm no Bzalthek) and haven't played anything but Rocksmith a couple times in the last couple weeks.

Meant to log into SWTOR while they offer a free month to see if whatever network issue I had is still there.

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Reply #12033 on: September 05, 2017, 12:04:03 PM

Meant to log into SWTOR while they offer a free month to see if whatever network issue I had is still there.

If you do log on, let me know how it is.  The way I read the "free month" was that you got a free month for buying a month.  Perhaps I misread the email before trashing it.

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Reply #12034 on: September 05, 2017, 02:31:51 PM

Ok, if I do remember to update it. I've mostly been in the studio or, as of this weekend, playing Massive Darkness.

I won't put any money into a sub until I'm sure it won't crap out on me again, and it takes a while to act up (usually at an extremely inopportune time).

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Reply #12035 on: September 05, 2017, 02:50:59 PM

Is the BOGOF offer only valid through the email? I didn't receive one, and I've thought about subbing to experience Knights of the Fallen Empire + Throne. Haven't played since I managed to get one character through Shadow of Revan.

Edit: Checked reddit - surprised I didn't get an email since I was subbed for one month during a previous May 4 promotion - guess I miss out!
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Reply #12036 on: September 05, 2017, 05:48:55 PM

Yeah, it's bogo. And logging on I was immediately disconnected, knocked my wifi offline, even. So....I guess I may as well uninstall.

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Reply #12037 on: September 05, 2017, 06:03:08 PM

I'm playing Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battles and this game is much better and more well polished than it has every right to be given the topic.

It's Mario does XCOM and it's cute and funny and actually a lot of fun to play even though it's not as deep mechanicallly as XCOM or XCOM 2.
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Reply #12038 on: September 08, 2017, 09:39:41 PM

I started getting a little burned out on my last big build in 7DtD (I'm no Bzalthek) and haven't played anything but Rocksmith a couple times in the last couple weeks.

Meant to log into SWTOR while they offer a free month to see if whatever network issue I had is still there.

I was wondering if the new 7DtD patch messed you up, since it invalidated previous saves. As for me, the day before the big horde finally hit, I carefully checked over my supplies and defenses and battle plans, and then logged out and went over and started playing Kerbal Space Program again. As I've mentioned before, I may not be cut out for the whole Seven Days thing.

So are connection issues with SWTOR a thing? That was why I never played long, but for me it would always flag any login attempt as high risk or something, and force me to verify that I was me.

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Reply #12039 on: September 08, 2017, 11:07:14 PM

Dunno, it started up for me around when I went to Win10 and also got new network gear around the same time. *shrug*

I tried to seriously troubleshoot it previously, and I really do enjoy the game in my annual rotation, but I just can't waste time troubleshooting shit for one game anymore.

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