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Reply #13510 on: August 28, 2019, 10:12:38 AM

Good description, Dishonored never clicked with me, but neither has any Ass Creed stuff, so I think you put your finger on it. Probably wash it off now.

Anyone have any feelings about Greedfall? I like that it looks like a Gothicy janker, but the pausable combat is what's peaking my interest. Also, I kinda want to make that island great again and oppress some natives. If the character creator is robust enough for weird hair and orange skin tones, of course.

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Reply #13511 on: August 28, 2019, 10:15:44 AM

Greedfall looks like Euro Dragon Age. Sign me up.

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Reply #13512 on: August 28, 2019, 11:11:26 AM

I finally got frustrated with Mutant Year Zero and quit. It's a decent game but the difficulty level is crazy high (even on normal) and it wasn't what I wanted. I expected an RPG with tactical X-Com style combat. What I got was instead a highly punitive stealth assassination game with X-Com like combat. If you don't sneak around the map and pick off guys one by one, you will get swamped and absolutely ROFLSTOMPED by waves of enemies. Save scumming is mandatory (unless you play on Ironman mode, at which point, GOOD LUCK). If you don't mind the difficulty curve, it's a decent game but I just got frustrated by it.

I decided to finally play Dishonored instead. I'm liking it so far, though I have to get used to the fact that it's more Assassin's Creed than Thief.

I don't see the Assassin's Creed in Dishonored. It's more like Splinter Cell, IMO, complete with gadgets and some magical tricks. You can play the game with killing a minimal amount of enemies. I killed maybe a handful in total. Most were taken down through non-lethal means or just snuck by.

Greedfall looks like Euro Dragon Age. Sign me up.

Was Mars: War Logs any good, because its the same dev. I've heard the trailers massively oversell the diversity present in the game.


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Reply #13513 on: August 28, 2019, 11:30:49 AM

No Mars War Logs was good on paper and seemed cool at first, in fact I was pretty hyped, but it was not good. This could easily be the same.

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Reply #13514 on: August 28, 2019, 01:10:35 PM

I called out Gothic intentionally, as it looks like the 'game changes due to your choices' is exactly the faction system from that series. I expect the story choice is simply, "natives or Euros" new world schtick.

But I loved Gothic and adding tactical pause is huge for a game like that.


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Reply #13515 on: August 28, 2019, 03:00:24 PM

I decided to finally play Dishonored instead. I'm liking it so far, though I have to get used to the fact that it's more Assassin's Creed than Thief.
Try playing no-kill style (there's even an achievement for that) if you want something more like Thief.
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Reply #13516 on: August 28, 2019, 03:42:03 PM

Iím going to snag Greedfall at release I think. On PS4 though, my PC is a dog.

Terrible name though.
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Reply #13517 on: August 28, 2019, 04:01:43 PM

I decided to finally play Dishonored instead. I'm liking it so far, though I have to get used to the fact that it's more Assassin's Creed than Thief.
Try playing no-kill style (there's even an achievement for that) if you want something more like Thief.


What I mean by "feels most like Assassin's Creed than Thief" is that with Thief, if you got into combat with more than 1 dude, you were 100% dead. In this, it's possible to take on 4-6 guys and if you handle the combat right, you can expect to survive and kill all of them. Splinter Cell was actually a better comparison than Assassin's Creed.

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Reply #13518 on: August 28, 2019, 04:06:08 PM

Bard's Tale 4 took some time away from Black Desert for me today and that's quite an achievement. The Bard's Tale series is sacred to me, and I was pretty annoyed at how BT4 was when it first came out. After one year I got over it and looked at it with fresh eyes, and the Director's Cut treatment added a broad hand of polish. As a result, I am enjoying it far far more.

Aside from that, at night I am still playing some Apex Legends with my usual friends, and The Cycle which is the competitive quester fps I was talking about a while ago. It's for FPS casuals (ie: old people like me) and because of that we are winning some and having a good time.

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Reply #13519 on: August 28, 2019, 07:35:27 PM

Iím going to snag Greedfall at release I think. On PS4 though, my PC is a dog.

Terrible name though.
Yeah, I'm at the point of buying games on the PS4 unless the controls dictate, my poor 970. I'm scurred for Cyberpunk 2077...first person shooter means PC...I'm not ready to upgrade rn!

And I had completely ignored the game because of the title. A YT vid popped up and thus my sudden interest.

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Reply #13520 on: August 28, 2019, 09:17:19 PM

I decided to finally play Dishonored instead. I'm liking it so far, though I have to get used to the fact that it's more Assassin's Creed than Thief.
Try playing no-kill style (there's even an achievement for that) if you want something more like Thief.

No kill in Dishonored was slightly annoying, due to the occasional tendency of the unconscious bodies to accidentally kill themselves.  Just remember:  water is completely fatal, and if your victim accidentally slides into a gutter and drowns, it will cost you your no kill playthrough.   Also, be careful of where you hide bodies, since packs of rats stumbling upon and unconscious guy you dumped in an alleyway and eating him also counts as a death somehow attributed to you.

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Reply #13521 on: August 28, 2019, 09:21:34 PM

All ya'll have seriously misjudged my patience for doing bullshit. There's no way I'd ever attempt a "No kill" playthrough of a game that has you ostensibly playing an assassin.

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Reply #13522 on: August 29, 2019, 06:53:09 AM

Trying to convince my wife to play WoW Classic. With me.

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Reply #13523 on: August 29, 2019, 08:28:05 AM

I'm proactively turning down the position of SurfD's defense attorney.

"But your Honor....I didn't kill the guy. I merely knocked him out and dumped him in a lake. He may have suffered an unfortunate swimming accident, but that certainly isn't my fault!"

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Reply #13524 on: August 29, 2019, 08:40:22 AM

Went back and reinstalled No Man's Sky. I'm a bit shocked with all the improvements. Back to dicking around in this game for a bit.

In a related turn, my buddy who I used to play GTA5 with on PS4 pretty much abandoned gaming when his daughter was born, about 18 months ago. Now I see a note on my PS4 feed he has been fairly active on GTA5 again. Come to find out they released the casino DLC... hence his drive to play again.

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Reply #13525 on: August 29, 2019, 11:49:47 AM

I'm proactively turning down the position of SurfD's defense attorney.

"But your Honor....I didn't kill the guy. I merely knocked him out and dumped him in a lake. He may have suffered an unfortunate swimming accident, but that certainly isn't my fault!"

On the other hand, Comstar might soon be needing a divorce lawyer.

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Reply #13526 on: August 29, 2019, 04:25:06 PM

Trying to convince my wife to play WoW Classic. With me.

Why do you hate your wife?

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Reply #13527 on: August 29, 2019, 05:56:31 PM

Trying to convince my wife to play WoW Classic. With me.

Why do you hate your wife?

Sickness and in health... richer for poorer... that sorta thing. I assume, at least

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Reply #13528 on: August 29, 2019, 08:09:28 PM

Have to admit my will to not get stuff from the Epic Store is starting to crumble. I could play stuff on the PS4 but then I kind of cut into my wife's watching time. I dunno.
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Reply #13529 on: August 29, 2019, 08:13:53 PM

Have to admit my will to not get stuff from the Epic Store is starting to crumble. I could play stuff on the PS4 but then I kind of cut into my wife's watching time. I dunno.

mine isn't

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Reply #13530 on: August 29, 2019, 09:58:25 PM

The two free games a week thing is annoying, feels both desperate and hard to pass on when they hand out a game you like. This week Celeste and Inside, both good games.

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Reply #13531 on: August 30, 2019, 03:26:11 AM

I will probably hold off on FF8 remaster for a while...too many people suggesting it won't even live up to the modded version of the current FF8 game, so I will wait and see.

In the meantime, I bought FFX13 parts one and two.  Just because.  Never finished the first, didn't really know there even sequel.  And it's not like my pile of unplayed games can't get higher, because of course it can.

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Reply #13532 on: August 30, 2019, 08:25:09 AM

packs of rats stumbling upon and unconscious guy you dumped in an alleyway and eating him also counts as a death somehow attributed to you.

I think it works this way in Real Life as well, for what it is worth.

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Reply #13533 on: August 30, 2019, 12:15:52 PM

I will probably hold off on FF8 remaster for a while...too many people suggesting it won't even live up to the modded version of the current FF8 game, so I will wait and see.

In the meantime, I bought FFX13 parts one and two.  Just because.  Never finished the first, didn't really know there even sequel.  And it's not like my pile of unplayed games can't get higher, because of course it can.

I find it really interesting that FF8 seems to be the remaster that's getting everyone talking bout Final Fantasy.  There's actually 2 sequels to FF13. Final Fantasy Lightning Returns is waiting if you still can't get enough Gran Pulse.  I kind of get the feeling that we won't see any kind of new on a Final Fantasy 16 until we make it through this whole FF7 remake ordeal.

Outer Wilds is the one thing on the Epic store that I really want to try out.  It already has a Steam page though, so I can wait.
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Reply #13534 on: August 31, 2019, 12:59:30 AM

I went ahead and grabbed the Humble Monthly for Slay the Spire but also got Squad. I figured I'd be in the mood for some squad shooty thing so I tried Squad first.

Do you jerk off to copies of Soldier of Fortune magazine underneath your R. Lee Ermey bed sheets? Then this is the game for you. Take Battlefield 4, make it butt ugly like it was released about 3 generations ago, then remove all in game UI queues that show you where the enemy is because realism is everything. Now prepare yourself to spend hours wandering around the battlefield with really obtuse controls, getting shot by enemies you can't even see (because camouflage works) then waiting to respawn. All while listening to the dulcet tones of every other jackoff within local vocal range AND your squad mates. Yes, this game is in alpha, but no, I don't think it's for me.

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Reply #13535 on: August 31, 2019, 02:32:18 PM

Glad the traditional F13 game review has made a return.

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Reply #13536 on: August 31, 2019, 09:31:50 PM

No Man's Sky was already seeming way more fun but now it seems really fun, except maybe the insane complexity of some of the recipes for making shit.
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Reply #13537 on: September 02, 2019, 04:48:33 AM

I don't know.

The actual story content is still pretty sparse. There's still the same 5 types of random building spawns. Inventory is still very limited and resource gathering is still tedious. The game now feels like an actual 1.0 release but after another 40 hours invested into it after the beyond update hit it is still tedious to play and I haven't even unlocked half of the recipes. In fact with the addition of power generators the game has become even more tedious because half of your shit is now not working half of the time and the cable routing is ugly and only half baked.

It is exceptionally hard bordering on impossible to build a nice looking base with the elements and controls available to you. Buying resources is also still much more efficient than farming. I have so much money that I could buy half a star system and an amount of resources that would take me days to farm. I also don't need to visit 5 different star systems and kill a bunch of sentinels to get it.

It also still has a lot of issues

- button prompts are still sometimes wrong
- the 'upload everything' button on your discoveries page still does nothing. I always have to upload any discovery item by hand
- quest progress is only tracked on your active quests when your quest log grows beyond a certain number of quests
- you can't multiple-buy or sell a variety of items and have to go through the whole NPC dialog over and over again
- you still can't repair your frigates from your capital ship interface and have to fly to every damaged one individually
- damaged frigates don't show up on your ship radar
- ship radar in and of itself is pretty bad
- you can't use the multi tool scanner implement when you're on a rover and there's no suitable replacement for it
- the whole base teleporter system is still a mess. Would be nice to actually see system information or tags like "last system visited"
- too many unskippable animations and events. Every time I see 'anomaly detected' on the galaxy map for example, which is a 10 second unskippable animation, for an Atlas interface I've already seen I get a little more sad.
- why are the default interactions - learn a word, practice language and give item - coupled to such a slog of unskippable dialogue
- learning language is still a slog even though they've added translator upgrades to your biosuit

- The game lacks an option to level out an area of terrain so that you can actually build a neatly arranged base on a level grid. Terrain manipulator only makes ugly holes and deformed speher and cube structures
- underwater bases are pointless because there are no meaningful resource spawns underwater (thank god btw because swimming and diving is terrible)

I also don't like how the spawning system works because it always places the spawns 400 to 1000 clicks from your current position - probably so that spawns don't "pop in" and the system doesn't work very well when you're in your ship so you have to walk a lot or build a rover summoning pad on every planet. Getting 1000 chromatic metal (standard upgrade material) from resource spawns to repair my ship took me two hours of running - or about 5 minutes just buying it from the galactic network.

It's good enough for me to have spent probably close to 200 hours on the game over all of the major upgrades but rather than spending so much time on VR and a pretty pointless multiplayer expansion I would have hoped that they tackle a lot of the major annoyances and ideosyncracies of the game.
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Reply #13538 on: September 02, 2019, 11:15:09 AM

I'm generally having fun with NMS and agree, this is the 1.0 launch we needed three years ago. The algorithm is very apparent and some parts of the game are hidden behind the out of game wiki, which is unfortunate.

The next needed step is a major content patch - story, curated or crafted worlds/stations, more things.
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Reply #13539 on: September 02, 2019, 06:49:57 PM

Yes. But it feels pretty close to what I thought we were getting. I doodled around the other night just killing Sentinels on a high security planet and it felt reasonably organic, a not-bad way to spend some time. I'm impressed they didn't just throw in the towel and walk away.

I don't mind that it's easier to buy shit than make it. That's great.
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Reply #13540 on: September 02, 2019, 11:58:26 PM

Finished Trails of Cold Steel 1.  Didn't see where that was going.  76 hours of play time, jeebus cripes.  I will take a break before grabbing number 2, need a change of pace.

So I dived into the FFX13 port for PC.  It seems an okay port - I guess it was a disaster originally - but there are still some dumb issues.  I cannot play it fullscreen no matter what I do, and windowed mode only goes to 1080p.  The normal fixes for these issues do not seem to work for me.  But whatever, I can live with it.  It still looks pretty nice in 1080p.  There is also a strange stutter in the graphics ever now and then, seems to happen when it is trying to load something new, like when you are in a new area and move the camera around.  FPS doesn't actually dip, but it stutters anyway.  Annoying.  Looks better than FFX15 in most ways, IMO.  Gameplay wise....man, I remember it being endless corridors, but it is even more pronounced than I recalled.  Even so, I find it enjoyable enough.

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Reply #13541 on: September 03, 2019, 05:23:08 PM

The FF8 remaster is a hard pass until it gets the machine learning treatment on its prerendered backgrounds that FF7 and 9 have gotten.

The character models look great. Everything else looks like hot garbage.
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Reply #13542 on: September 03, 2019, 07:36:54 PM

Witcher 3 for PS4. Passed on it a while back during a sale, been thinking about snagging it since. Miss the nicer graphics, like the convenience. Already played almost halfway through, so I'll likely peter out again this time...

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Reply #13543 on: September 04, 2019, 03:11:24 AM

Some Division 2. Ubi launched their game pass with a first month free kind of deal so I finally convinced some of my friends to play this without paying. It's as good as its predecessor and better in many tiny ways. My only gripes, no New York and no snow.

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Reply #13544 on: September 04, 2019, 07:33:55 AM

Been looking at S.T.A.L.K.E.R. anomaly mod and watching a streamer play it. A free update to the original games that adds a load of gameplay modes and new weapons. And you dont need to own the original games as it includes all of them in a 10 gig DL. Probably going to make the Jump on it as I find I miss the Bleak hostility of the zone compared with the malevolent hostility of Real life.

https://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-anomaly
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