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Post by: Keef Monkey on 11 June, 2011, 09:35:35 am
Struck me there isn't a thread for this in Games, but there is in movies. Thought it'd be nice to be able to post about a game you just played without having to start a dedicated thread to it.

I just finished Amnesia: Dark Descent last night on the PC, was really good. I'd watched a couple of reaction videos online beforehand, which sold it to me as the most terrifying experience imaginable. It's creepy, and absolutely dripping with atmosphere, but is more about a constant state of unease than all out terror, and didn't brown my trousers the way something like Condemned did. There aren't a lot of games with that atmosphere though, and the gameplay/story are really absorbing (ends a bit flat though). Recommend it, I grabbed it for £12 off Steam and definitely got my money's worth.
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Post by: strontium71 on 11 June, 2011, 10:03:49 am
I really ought to be getting back into my 360 - I had a bit of a funk and went off it oddly - but I can't seem to stop playing Bejewelled Blitz on Facebook - Damn that bloody game!!
 Holding out for Batman - Arkham City , Skyrim , COD:MW3 and Final Fantasy 13/2
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 11 June, 2011, 10:21:04 am
Played the Lego PotC demo last night. Addicted to Entanglement on the Chrome browser, and just downloaded Myst on the iphone.
I may be some time...
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Post by: Michaelvk on 11 June, 2011, 10:22:04 am
Call of duty black ops.. Was mkay, just more of the same and horribly anachronistic regarding the weapons.. Put Ghostbusters into the PS3 again..
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Post by: chris_askham on 11 June, 2011, 11:27:29 am
Eternal Sonata. A pretty old 360 RPG. It's pretty simple and basic, but quite entertaining if you look past the sickly sweet cutesy anime style characters. Looks quite pretty.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 11 June, 2011, 11:38:06 am
Currently basking in the High Definition glow of my shiny new telly and its ability to make everything look great except tv programmes.

On the 360, I'm still obsessively trying to finish DeathSmiles without continuing. This is looking like a long term project.

I only discovered a month ago that Wipeout Pulse was released for the PS2. Blasted through the early levels and it's starting to get as reassuringly frustrating and difficult as I'd hoped.

For light relief I'm also replaying the old Amiga game Alien Breed. Can get about halfway through so far. Cracking game.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 11 June, 2011, 12:34:53 pm
Are you playing Alien Breed on an Amiga or through some... other means? I would be... curious... to know how to play it.
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Post by: radiator on 11 June, 2011, 12:38:00 pm
I'm currently playing through LA Noire on the PS3 - though I'm so busy I've only found the time to have three goes on it since I bought it a couple of weeks ago. Very slick, and I'm enjoying it, but it's a little frustrating and feels a bit restrictive and linear compared to other open world games.

Also playing Infinity Blade on the iPhone. It's basically a mixture of an extended QTE, grinding and cutscenes, though it's not as terrible as that sounds. Quite good, and the graphics are amazing, but the play area is tiny - the entire gameworld is about the size of an average level in another game. Very repetitive - I'll probably get bored long before I finish it. But perhaps it's not fair to judge it against other games - for £1.79 it's an absolute bargain!
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Post by: Rog69 on 11 June, 2011, 02:03:12 pm
I just finished Amnesia: Dark Descent last night on the PC, was really good. I'd watched a couple of reaction videos online beforehand, which sold it to me as the most terrifying experience imaginable. It's creepy, and absolutely dripping with atmosphere, but is more about a constant state of unease than all out terror, and didn't brown my trousers the way something like Condemned did. There aren't a lot of games with that atmosphere though, and the gameplay/story are really absorbing (ends a bit flat though). Recommend it, I grabbed it for £12 off Steam and definitely got my money's worth.


I loved Amnesia, for me it was the best game released last year. I sat in my little computer room with the lights out and my surround headphones on and I could barely play for more than ten minutes at a time without having to change my undies.
I agree about the endings though, I did three of the possible four and only one of them felt satisfying.


I'm currently playing my Wipeout HD freebie on the PS3 and loving it and on the PC I have just started Red Faction: Guerilla after having it sitting unloved on my Steam account for months after picking it up in a sale.

I'm just killing time until Deus Ex: Human Revolution comes out which will tide me over until Battlefield 3 lands.
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Post by: Radbacker on 11 June, 2011, 05:57:56 pm
going hard on Battlefield Bad company 2 again in preperation for BF3.  Started my Avatar multiplayer on Shogun 2 : Total War the other week and thats quite adictive, they've added character progression for your comander and you have to earn new troops by capturing regions which gives it a real one more go feel.  New troops just got to try em out. 
Unfortunatly i'm completely addicted to these two games to the detrement of anything else, last new game i bought was Crsis 2 and played that for a while but didn't finish it.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Batman's Superior Cousin on 11 June, 2011, 10:45:28 pm
Gonna start Portal 2 by the end of the week (hopefully) followed by inFamous, inFamous 2, Batman: Arkham City, Resistance 3 & Hitman Absolution. I've already downloaded my free inFamous game AND have pre-orded Batman: Arkham City & Hitman Absolution.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 12 June, 2011, 12:13:21 am
Dragon Age: Awakenings.

Been playing it and the main game (both for the first time) on and off since February.
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Post by: Mudcrab on 12 June, 2011, 12:44:51 am
Good thread. Mothing would play on my PS3 so I dug out the 360 and played R-Type and Speedball 2. Joyous times. All set to catch up on Mass Effect.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 18 June, 2011, 05:24:20 pm
First time here since the forum had a polish, very swish!

Been playing Mafia 2 today, it's pretty decent. The actual movement and shooty mechanics aren't quite working for me, but the characters and setting seem pretty decent. Having spent a ridiculous amount of time in Liberty City, it feels more like LC in the '40s than New York to me, like a retro GTA. In fact it's far closer to the '40s GTA that I think folks may have expected from LA Noire, although it has a similar linearity to Noire. Will see how it pans out, so far it's alright but not really setting my world alight.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 18 June, 2011, 05:46:39 pm
Got a review copy of Child of Eden through today.
It looks wonderful, and is quite and experience, but it is- when you boil it down- a standard on rails shooter. Still a lovely game though.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 18 June, 2011, 06:58:57 pm
A couple of guys in the office were playing that yesterday, looked gorgeous but we only had a short break to give it a try and the opening cutscene was loooooong and unskippable. It mainly made me want to have a Rez session!
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Post by: Misanthrope on 18 June, 2011, 10:07:24 pm
Saints Row 2. Finished the game yonks ago, but I now spend my time making famous people to run around as.
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Post by: Simply Si on 19 June, 2011, 06:43:38 pm
Does it have to be a computer game? Just finished a game of MTG Commander if that counts?!  :-\
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Post by: I, Cosh on 20 June, 2011, 08:28:10 pm
Got a review copy of Child of Eden through today.
It looks wonderful, and is quite and experience, but it is- when you boil it down- a standard on rails shooter. Still a lovely game though.
It kind of is, but so was Rez and that was still great. I foresee the same incessant replaying to get a perfect score on every level.  Favourite bit so far is the giant, luminous space-whale that turns into an even gianter space-phoenix thing.

A couple of guys in the office were playing that yesterday, looked gorgeous but we only had a short break to give it a try and the opening cutscene was loooooong and unskippable. It mainly made me want to have a Rez session!
Really? I don't recall any intro sequence, although I was very drunk when I first put it on.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 20 June, 2011, 08:34:02 pm
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I foresee the same incessant replaying to get a perfect score on every level.  Favourite bit so far is the giant, luminous space-whale that turns into an even gianter space-phoenix thing.

Agree on both counts! It took a couple of goes, but it has really sucked me in.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 21 June, 2011, 12:48:56 pm
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

It's Ocarina of Time that you know and love but with polished 3D graphics, extra garnishing in many scenes, a fabulous touch screen inventory and map  plus some fancy gyroscopic control tricks.

The 3D and polished graphics really work to immerse you better; the lava and fire in Dodongo's Cavern was always a bit flat and lifeless but now you get a good sense of depth and scale.  The extra garnish is great; decorating the shops and the town and teh countryside but without getting in the way.  The touch screen inventory is just brilliant and makes life so much easier and saves a lot of fannying about. 

I'm not quite so sold on the "move your 3DS about to emulate the view" feature mainly because it sometimes takes you out of the 3D sweet spot and leaves you with a blurred double vision (not good when trying to aim) .

Nut overall, best game on the 3DS so far (though I am REALLY enjoying GHOST RECON)  and I'm looking forward to completing it ON MY OWN without children wrestling the Nintendo 64 or Gamecube or Wii controllers from me.

Tiny Tips convinced the kids to club together and get me this for Father's Day (I feel like a fraud).  But then I don't have a 3DS so Tiny Tips has ended up playing more than me. Clever boy.

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Post by: TordelBack on 21 June, 2011, 01:17:40 pm
Played long session of Lego Star Wars III on the Wii last night with the Boy - the missus was at a work thing, and we stayed up way beyond his school-night bedtime and were caught and roundly reprimanded on her return (I am irresponsible 'fun Daddy', apparently - guilty as charged).   But what a game - so much to do, so many ways to do it, so many mildly frustrating puzzles and the elation of discovering their solutions! 

Much like the DS and X-Box predecessors I'm familiar with, the real advantage of this game for playing with little kids is that you can plough through it satisfyingly working out solutions, and then once you have the basic answers for progression you can play it for points, then completeness etc. etc.  There's no danger of wee ones getting utterly frustrated by dying just short of the goal, and no danger of 'using up' the game by blasting through it. The vehicle modes in this one work brilliantly (taking control of a Vulture droid and stomping around the hangar blowing things up had me rolling about with glee), and there's some good intuitive use of the Wii controllers. 

Really great fun. 
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 21 June, 2011, 09:26:44 pm

A couple of guys in the office were playing that yesterday, looked gorgeous but we only had a short break to give it a try and the opening cutscene was loooooong and unskippable. It mainly made me want to have a Rez session!
Really? I don't recall any intro sequence, although I was very drunk when I first put it on.

Yeah, there was a few screens of text explaining the concept, then a film of Lumi in Eden getting overtaken by...badness or something. It may have been skippable, but we tried every button to no avail. Only annoying because we wanted a quick jump in and out, I don't skip cutscenes generally so it wouldn't bother me ordinarily.
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Post by: JamesC on 22 June, 2011, 01:26:55 pm
I'm playing Assassin's Creed Brotherhood at the moment (it's just come out on XBox classics) and I'm loving it.

I played AC2 last year which I enjoyed, but i rushed it a bit because i had other games waiting. Now I feel like going back and playing 2 again and then trying out the first game.

I love the over the top italian accents and the graphics are really lovely. I'll never get tired of burning down Borgia Towers or just galloping down narrow streets on horseback.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 22 June, 2011, 01:41:39 pm
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I'm playing Assassin's Creed Brotherhood at the moment (it's just come out on XBox classics) and I'm loving it.

My favourite game of the past couple of years.
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Post by: Rog69 on 23 June, 2011, 09:54:35 pm
I bought Frozen Synapse a couple of days ago, it's not the usual type of game that I go for but it looked intriguing and a bunch of people I regularly game with all have it so I figured I could have some multiplayer fun.

Unfortunately I suck so badly at it that I'm too embarrassed to challenge any of my buddies to a game  :-[.
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Post by: strontiumdawg on 24 June, 2011, 07:31:25 pm
I'm mainly playing Black Ops at mo multiplayer, its like crack I can't seem to give it up, even though i know BAd Co 2 is by far the better game...  But the new zombies map looks pretty good :)

For Single player I've just returned to GTA4 as I only got a few missions in and other than that Dragon Age which is excellent and ties in nicely when I have just watched that game of thrones...
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 26 June, 2011, 04:06:58 pm
I just finished Call Of Duty 4 Modern Warfare and it was very very good so much so i want to play through it all over again.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 26 June, 2011, 09:48:29 pm
Section 8. A good old fashioned,futuristic, FPS shoot-em-up. Alas the tossers at Micro-fuhrer have decided to lock me out from x-box live until tomorrow,(without which nothing get s saved in the game the w8nkers)  whilst they mull over my attempts to log in. The curse of the password is back...
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 26 June, 2011, 10:19:52 pm
On the 4th 'interval' (of 8 I think) in Fear 3 (or F.3.A.R. if you're pedantic) and loving it. Loved the first two, still up there with my favorite shooters ever made, but have to admit I was sceptical about this. It's a different studio, and the trailers had been a bit cheesy, so it's a huge relief that they've done a great job.

If you hadn't been told it wasn't Monolith you'd never know, because it looks and feels like they've been at the wheel, and if anything the mechanics feel a lot tighter than 2 (and the movement is certainly less spongey). It's not been scary as such yet, just the odd jump here and there, but it is pretty intense and some of the new enemy types show they've been paying a lot of attention to Left 4 Dead and have done a good job re-appropriating that sense of panic. It helps that I'm playing it on the hardest setting, because I usually keep that for a 2nd playthrough but chose it on a whim and it means survival is far less certain which adds a ton of tension. The MP modes are great fun too (Fucking Run is particularly great).

Probably shouldn't praise it too highly without finishing it, but unless things go sorely tits up in the last half then I'd call this a great sequel.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 28 June, 2011, 12:08:01 am
[Child of Eden] I foresee the same incessant replaying to get a perfect score on every level.  Favourite bit so far is the giant, luminous space-whale that turns into an even gianter space-phoenix thing.
Up to 99% clear on the first two levels and I just can't see what I'm missing.

Recalling a drunken conversation with Satanist and Dr X, I grabbed Jetpac Refuelled from the XBLA and been annoying myself with that for the past couple of days. Does exactly what it says on the tin, quite vibrantly.
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Post by: James Stacey on 28 June, 2011, 11:50:00 am
Just finished Assassins Creed Brotherhood  : The Da Vinci Disappearance. Now I have no more to play  :'(
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 03 July, 2011, 10:07:37 am
Finished F3AR and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm a bit of a FEAR fanboy though, played the first couple of games pretty endlessly. I'm happy to call this a worthy sequel and a nice apocalyptic trilogy-finisher. It's not particularly scary, although I did jump a few times and made an embarrassing yelping noise that the missus heard from the bedroom. It's certainly more creepy and tense than the 2nd game, but lacks the impact of the 1st.

Gameplay-wise it's pretty smart, really tight shooter mechanics, an occasionally useful cover system and the joy of slo-mo. The slo-mo doesn't have quite the same kick as it used to (there's a lot less audio and visual feedback to it) but in general it's a very nice looking game, but without the showyness of 2 (playing 2 now it feels like there's vaseline all over your eyes with the amount of motion blur and HDR lighting on show). The ranking/leveling system is fun too, and suggests that co-op is probably the best way to play the game so I'm looking forward to trying that.

Read a couple of pretty negative reviews of this, but I'm really happy with it.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 03 July, 2011, 11:33:33 am
Just Cause 2.   Very good fun though I seem to have wandered off the storyline forever driving, parachuting around simply so I can blow up things, kill Authority figures and innocent by standers. Well it is a Dictatorship though the Freedom loving Reapers I'm fighting with are mostly in it for their own rather than freeing the soon- to- be -massacred, huddled masses.

 It was the Reapers or two other purely criminal gangs you could fight for and of course it's all on behalf of freedom loving Uncle Sam who can't abide the fact that THEIR Dictator was overthrown in a Military Coup. Your a sort of Latino James Bond zipping around with your hookline that can latch onto concrete, flesh anything and if your clever latch two objects together at once something I've yet to achieve. It looks stunning, has a fully destructable enviroment and was just a paltry £3 something or other from STEAM though I think it's gone up in price again. Destructively [is that a word, it is now] addictive!
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Post by: Rog69 on 03 July, 2011, 02:49:16 pm
I grabbed Just Cause 2 and all the DLC from the Steam sale too and it's a blast.

I'm only on the second mission so far (the one with the casino) but it's a lot of fun.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 03 July, 2011, 05:12:31 pm
Just finished Dante's Inferno, and quite enjoyed it. I haven't played a lot of God Of War (only the 1st) but it's just a clone of that really. Advantage of not playing much God Of War is that I wasn't bothered by that. Not my genre really but love the Dead Space so wanted to give another Visceral game a pop, it's no Dead Space but still a lot of fun. Very button bashy (but that's the genre I guess) but runs for just the right length so I didn't get bored. Some good epic moments too, and I'm way too low-brow to find all the clitoral/cock based stuff offensive. I'd play a sequel but that doesn't seem to be on the cards, despite a 'To Be Continued...' at the end credits.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 04 July, 2011, 08:13:33 pm
Dungeons and Dragons Daggerdale. It's ok but a bit limited. Not too great menus etc but good  fun all the same. At £6 from Steam can;'t complain really but I will anyway!
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Post by: Mudcrab on 06 July, 2011, 01:19:51 pm
On a similar note (maybe not), I'm currently addicted to Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes. Very cartoony in that Japanese way but the fighting is more like a puzzle game. Turn based, line up 3 units for attacking/defending, link attack units etc etc. Apparently it's like Final Fantasy Tactics if you've seen that. In any case I'm thoroughly hooked cos of the fights. Demo/game on 360 and PS3. Oh and the DS, for those of you that way inclined  ;)

http://mightandmagic.uk.ubi.com/clashofheroes/



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Post by: Richmond Clements on 06 July, 2011, 02:48:33 pm
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I grabbed Jetpac Refuelled from the XBLA and been annoying myself with that for the past couple of days. Does exactly what it says on the tin, quite vibrantly.

After reading this I also downloaded it. It's great.
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Post by: Hegel on 06 July, 2011, 05:14:02 pm
On a similar note (maybe not), I'm currently addicted to Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes. Very cartoony in that Japanese way but the fighting is more like a puzzle game. Turn based, line up 3 units for attacking/defending, link attack units etc etc. Apparently it's like Final Fantasy Tactics if you've seen that. In any case I'm thoroughly hooked cos of the fights. Demo/game on 360 and PS3. Oh and the DS, for those of you that way inclined  ;)

http://mightandmagic.uk.ubi.com/clashofheroes/

Great game - I've clocked up 20 hours and still have one of the 5 main campaigns to do. Multiplayer is fun also (xbla). The puzzle mechanics work brilliantly.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 10 July, 2011, 01:51:09 am
Had a pretty epic split-screen co-op session on Fear 3 the other night, me and a mate got about halfway in. It's fantastic fun, him as Pointman and me as Paxton. It's interesting how differently it plays as Fettel (Sniper on high? Instead of fighting your way to him just possess him and the snipee becomes the sniper!) and the competitive elements of the co-op make it a good laugh. It's obviously not that scary when you're both on the couch bantering through it, but in terms of fun and the excitement of the action it's turning out to be possibly my favorite Fear since the 1st game.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 12 July, 2011, 09:43:52 am
Finally got round to playing Tomb Raider Underworld. It's bloody great.

Anyone who says riding a big motorcycling around in a Mexican tomb and shooting jaguars is not very very cool is a liar. A dirty rotten liar.
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Post by: bluemeanie on 12 July, 2011, 09:47:52 am
Other than games mentioned in other threads I'm now sadly addicted to Flight Control HD on the ipad. Also found out MyBrute is free on there so I'm... well I was gonna say "playing that" but you dont really play MyBrute. You just watch it and wonder why the fuck you cant stop
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Post by: mogzilla on 12 July, 2011, 04:05:00 pm
asides from the excellent buletstorm and still new vegas i'm not averse to having a go on nintendogs ! while shes at school!!!
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Post by: Satanist on 12 July, 2011, 06:27:57 pm
Completed Shadows of the Damned last night. Reminds me of an old PS1 game called Nightmare Creatures.

Very short but has one of the best levels of its type (stripper dreamscape) and some crazy 2d shooter levels just for the hell of it.

No exploring really and no replay value whatsoever but its a blast all the same. Rent or buy cheap.

Traded it today for Child of Eden.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 15 July, 2011, 07:06:18 pm
Been playing Infamous from off of that free PSN thingy. It's actually very, very fun. The karma system is pretty lightweight (the choices are all ridiculously black and white) and the free-running is a bit twitchy/fiddly, plus it's got a real lack of polish. BUT the presentation is really cool (all comic book-style cutscenes), the side-missions are all enjoyable and varied and the powers are a lot of fun, and you feel a real superhero after a few hours when you've mastered a ton of stuff, whereupon all the wee niggles fade away pretty much. Just mopping up the second island and (I assume) one more to go, but so far I'd say this is the most I've enjoyed a PS3 game (and yes, I've played the Uncharteds).
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 16 July, 2011, 11:19:57 am
D& D Daggerdale still. Completed  it as three of the stock characters and now I'm belting Undead/Zhents/goblins as a dwarf cleric.! See goblin! kill goblin! Um.. :-[

At least it isn't taking over my life though. As I'm a firm believer in repeating a lie often enough and loud enough until I believe it...a career with the 4th estate beckons!  :)
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Post by: M.I.K. on 19 July, 2011, 04:56:47 pm
Jacked : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3UpR_qhhhE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3UpR_qhhhE)

Got it from The Works along with Rag Doll Kung Fu. A solitary pound for the two of them.

Didn't expect much for 50p, but it's actually rather good. Seems a bit difficult to begin with, but quite addictive once you get the hang of it, (which doesn't take long).
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Post by: [Carl] on 19 July, 2011, 05:27:20 pm
I just finished Half Life 2 for the umpteenth time :)
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Post by: Hegel on 19 July, 2011, 08:49:03 pm
Earth defence Force 2017 as an appetiser to this friday's release of the sequel Insect Armageddon!!!!!
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Post by: Chris Fain on 20 July, 2011, 05:14:23 pm
I have Red Dead Redemption on heavy rotation. There is no feeling like murdering someone online, and then stealing their Zebra.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 23 July, 2011, 02:10:23 pm
Finished Infamous on PS3. Really, really enjoyable and a great ending that has me dying to get onto the sequel. Definitely the most enjoyable game I've played on PS3, and the only PS3 exclusive I've played which I would stick on my shelf of minor classics. I can't put it on my shelf though because it was a download. Sometimes the digital age makes me sad.

Have moved onto Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood on 360, not feeling it so far. I hated the 1st game, but am persevering as I quite enjoyed the 2nd but this just isn't clicking for me yet.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 24 July, 2011, 12:55:32 pm
Just Cause 2 is taking over my life!

I'm such a fascist when I play massacering the poor civilian inhabitants of the Panuan Islands with merciless abandonment. My favourite 'trick' is too steal a sports car  from some unhappy resident and then ram it at high speed into the petrol tanks beneath the Petrol stations where the Panuan security Forces sometimes gather, leaping clear just before impact to save my worthless hide and machine gun/grenade any survivors.

It's good to be so bad! ;)
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Post by: I, Cosh on 24 July, 2011, 02:07:03 pm
Super Meat Boy, an addictive and frustrating platformer. I thought I was never going to get past the last part of level 3.

Still banging away at Child of Eden too. Notched up my first five star rating the other day.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 24 July, 2011, 04:32:25 pm
Sent AC Brotherhood back to lovefilm, might give it another pop sometime, but in the 2 hours I played it I didn't enjoy it at all. For some reason while I'm playing it I can't at all remember why I enjoyed the 2nd one, the controls are awful and it's a real chore to get around in which I find is the biggest barrier for me with open world sandboxy games. It has to feel really satisfying to get around, but with AC it's just fiddly. Annoyed that I won't get to see what happens in the story mind you, I find that sc-fi side of it intriguing (even if I don't really get into all the Ezio stuff).
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 24 July, 2011, 06:24:01 pm
Sent AC Brotherhood back to lovefilm, might give it another pop sometime, but in the 2 hours I played it I didn't enjoy it at all. For some reason while I'm playing it I can't at all remember why I enjoyed the 2nd one, the controls are awful and it's a real chore to get around in which I find is the biggest barrier for me with open world sandboxy games. It has to feel really satisfying to get around, but with AC it's just fiddly. Annoyed that I won't get to see what happens in the story mind you, I find that sc-fi side of it intriguing (even if I don't really get into all the Ezio stuff).

Oddly- I felt the exact opposite! I'd not played any of the others, so can't compare, but I loved this game. I thought the controls where brilliantly intuitive, but will say that it did take a while before I tumbled to them.
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Post by: HatefulCactus on 26 July, 2011, 04:55:46 am
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Post by: JudgeDevlin on 27 July, 2011, 09:05:57 am
Been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops alot, trying to beat it on veteran and playing it online.
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Post by: mogzilla on 27 July, 2011, 10:32:58 am
 black ops but on casual ...
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Post by: JudgeDevlin on 27 July, 2011, 10:51:10 am
black ops but on casual ...
For what console? I have it on PS3.
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Post by: Noisybast on 27 July, 2011, 01:33:56 pm
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensionson Xbox 360.
Good fun. I'm especially enjoying the Spider-Man Noir levels (although I will concede they're a blatant swipe from Arkham Asylum).
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Post by: HatefulCactus on 27 July, 2011, 11:36:31 pm
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensionson Xbox 360.
Good fun. I'm especially enjoying the Spider-Man Noir levels (although I will concede they're a blatant swipe from Arkham Asylum).

The 2099 levels were my favorite. Counting the days until Spider-Man: Edge of Time comes out.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 27 July, 2011, 11:40:18 pm
Sent AC Brotherhood back to lovefilm, might give it another pop sometime, but in the 2 hours I played it I didn't enjoy it at all. For some reason while I'm playing it I can't at all remember why I enjoyed the 2nd one, the controls are awful and it's a real chore to get around in which I find is the biggest barrier for me with open world sandboxy games. It has to feel really satisfying to get around, but with AC it's just fiddly. Annoyed that I won't get to see what happens in the story mind you, I find that sc-fi side of it intriguing (even if I don't really get into all the Ezio stuff).

GTA IV gave me this feeling. I could appreciate it, but I couldn't play it
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Post by: JudgeDevlin on 28 July, 2011, 08:57:15 pm
Got Dynasty Warriors 7 today, loving it so far.
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Post by: Radbacker on 29 July, 2011, 02:36:32 am
Child of Eden, absolutly mindblowingly arsom.  I love Rez but this just takes it to another level.  Motion controls that work and feel completely natural its almost like the Kinnect was made for this game.  My heart rate definatly increases as i play this, when i finished the first level i was breathing like I'd just ran 100m. Cant wait for the new Panzer Dragoon game thats secretly in production for the Kinnect.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 29 July, 2011, 10:50:21 pm
Just blasted F3AR Insane difficulty in the face with both barrels. Which is to say that I finished it on Insane mode. Wasn't too tough actually, or maybe being my 3rd playthrough my F3AR chops are just awesome. I reckon it's that.
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Post by: bluemeanie on 01 August, 2011, 11:34:47 am
Global Agenda.
Its another of these big "free to play" MMO's that steam are pimping now, same as Champions Online. This one is like a futuristic tech city surrounded by wasteland type thing.

Loads of fun so far. Plenty of solo missions of dubious morals to complete and it made me do some 4 player co-op with strangers which I would normally have shied away from but actually quite enjoyed.
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Post by: HatefulCactus on 02 August, 2011, 05:06:56 am
American McGee's Alice. Need to buy a better PC if I wanna play Alice: Madness Returns.
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Post by: radiator on 07 August, 2011, 11:52:41 am
Last night I downloaded Bastion on XBLA. I'd been intrigued by a preview video I'd seen, and when I noticed Edge had awarded it 9/10 I was sold.

It's great! Highly recommended. Sort of like a modern take on the old isometric adventure games. Gorgeous graphics and a neat postmodern sensibility (the fourth wall-breaking voiceover is superb, amazed that it's - as far as I know - never been done in a game before!).

(http://gamesareevil.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Bastion.jpg)

Tend to prefer downloadable titles these days. The lower average price, shorter playing time, instant access and more playful, experimental nature of them suits me down to the ground. I've adored the likes of Shadow Complex, Limbo and Trials HD in recent years. I tried to get into LA Noire, but it's so long-winded and didn't have that immediate, addictive, pick-up-and-play quality I want from my games.

Quite excited about the forthcoming Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and of course Gears of War 3...
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 07 August, 2011, 06:22:59 pm
Just had a lovely Sunday gaming, thanks to Amy popping out for the afternoon. Some Borderlands with workmates (we used to play it a lot and the sequel announcement has got us back into it) then a successful run through Dark Carnival in L4D2 where no man was left behind. It was a bit hairy towards the end but there's nothing like pulling through by the skin of your teeth in that game :)

Been playing Fable 2 on and off since it was accidentally free that one time, and not really feeling it. Feels really unpolished and just a bit meh really. Just looking to rattle through the story quests and draw a line under that one.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 13 August, 2011, 09:26:21 pm
i finally tried a point and click game "The Clockwork Man" and rather enjoyed the whole thing. Seemed very short but some simple puzzles and helpful hints from sidekick robot Sprocket made it seem fun rather than a chore.

It was- well not a word I normally associate with the sort of  games I play-charming.

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Post by: Tiplodocus on 27 August, 2011, 01:44:30 am
RESIDENT EVIL - THE MERCENARIES on my lovely new 3DS.

Cracking fun - but I'm crap at it.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 27 August, 2011, 05:32:32 pm
(the fourth wall-breaking voiceover is superb, amazed that it's - as far as I know - never been done in a game before!).

Bruce Campbell narrated a few Spider-Man games directly to the player.  I think my favorite was whatever Spider-Man game (SM3, I think) had him comment "The last last guy who ignored my advice was Matthew Perry, and right after that he went into rehab.  You think about that."  The Simpsons Game did this, too, and Death Spank.

Lego Star Wars 3: Clone Wars.  Excellent.  I never even cottoned how huge the hub area was until I accidentally took a starfighter out for a spin and realised it wasn't just a starship-sized hub, you could actually land on an enemy starship and explore that, too.  Some really obtuse puzzles, but that might be my own fault for not realising the levels had a specific playing order, even though you can play any of them at any time.

Captain America: Super Soldier is a pretty good Arkham Asylum knock-off, just nowhere near as good.  Nothing about it is particularly sub-par, though the script is almost offensively poor.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 29 August, 2011, 05:51:31 pm
I did hear that Captain America game was surprisingly fun, might give it a rent.

Just finished Infamous 2 and found it utterly fantastic. I found the first game exceeded my expectations (I figured it would just be Prototype again, which I found pretty mediocre) but had the odd niggle, so it's brilliant to see that every single element has been improved on in the sequel. Instead of taking a while to get awesome like the first game, it just starts awesome then gets exceedingly more awesomer as it goes on. Loved it, definitely the best thing I've played on PS3 by a mile, and I'd happily put it up there with my favorite games of the generation.

I can't actually think of a better superhero game right now, although it's a while since I played Arkham Asylum and that was ace. Then again, Batman probably doesn't count, so I'll happily crown Infamous 2 the Best Superhero Game Evah.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 31 August, 2011, 01:01:03 pm
Quote
(the fourth wall-breaking voiceover is superb, amazed that it's - as far as I know - never been done in a game before!).

Dunno if it quite counts as 4th wall breaking but there was a really elegant solution to you dying (endlessly in my case) in one of the Prince of Persia games. If I recall, the voiceover went "No, that's not what happened" and let you know you were part of a story being told and here was another chance to get it right.


In other news, I strangely excited whenever I get a STREET PASS hit on my 3DS.  If you leave it on wireless then it exchanges little bits of data with other 3DS users that you pass. You might not even know it happens at the time, just get a notification when you fire up your 3DS next.  You can then swap puzzle pieces or play mini games with them.  I remember reading about it and thinking "So what?" but now I've had a few connections with random strangers it's bizarelly addictive.  In particular, one chap called JAMEZ who was at the Grant Morrison SUPERGODS talk in Edinburgh  last weekend and also in Glasgow Central Station last night.
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Post by: mogzilla on 31 August, 2011, 01:33:06 pm
BULLETSTORM!!!!!  got my own  shiny copy for £12!!! :D
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Post by: Professor Bear on 31 August, 2011, 01:49:09 pm
I am still playing the hell out of Fallout New Vegas to the point that I feel I should be ashamed of it.  It's one shoddy update to the far better-realised Fallout 3, but I can't help myself, it's just so damn huge and I have to play it as a goody two-shoes, then an evil bastard, and then as a chick so when I level up I can pick the option to make my character a lesbian so she can lez up with certain characters in the game.

Don't like the ammo switcheroo stuff, though, or the way you get overloaded with aid items so easily, or the quest items you pick up without knowing what they're for (weapons shipments, supply caches, character's heads, brains, or ears) and have to lug them about forever because there's no way to get rid of them.  Lots and lots of niggles and nitpicks, really, but it's still Fallout and I love it.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 14 September, 2011, 09:41:12 pm
Question for Keef.

I'm sure you posted something recently about a game you'd played from the folks who did Okami but I can't find any trace of it. Can you fill me in?
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 15 September, 2011, 10:22:46 pm
Might have been Shadows of The Damned, think that was the last game I was enthusing about on here! It's a Grasshopper/Suda 51 game, not sure if they had anything to do with Okami but they may well have. It's a really fun game, a lot of areas that could have done with more polish or a rethink but the crazed invention of the whole thing and the sheer amount of mental ideas keeps it rolling nicely. You've just reminded me Okami is another supposed classic that I've never played and should really get round to.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 16 September, 2011, 12:19:02 am
Will have a look at that.

I think Okami was Clover. Not sure where I got the idea you were comparing the two. Anyway, I loved Okami but I've never actually finished it. I'd read somewhere that once you went into the final boss level you couldn't come back out to finish up anything that was left over so I spent ages running around trying to collect everything missing, managed to get about 99% of it then left it to long so when I went back I couldn't remember what I was still looking for. This is not the only game I've done this with.

It's worth playing just for the sections where you find and feed various animals and it cuts to a really soothing cutscene. And the fact that they managed to nail a really distinctive visual style for the game which is something I always appreciate.
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Post by: judge cooper on 27 September, 2011, 11:13:06 am
last game i played was call of duty black ops ds
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 27 September, 2011, 12:38:58 pm
OKAMI is pretty cheap on teh Wii these days - I'm thinking I might just accidenatlly pick it up next time I see it in tesco/Asda.
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Post by: judge cooper on 27 September, 2011, 01:27:46 pm
has anyone played duke nukem forever
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 27 September, 2011, 01:33:49 pm
has anyone played duke nukem forever

No they usually stop after a couple of hours.


BAMMM!
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Post by: judge cooper on 27 September, 2011, 01:35:03 pm
has anyone played duke nukem forever

No they usually stop after a couple of hours.


BAMMM!
ha ha very funny!
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 05 October, 2011, 10:03:15 am
Orcs must die! demo. Fabulous. Like a cross between looney tunes and warhammer.
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Post by: radiator on 05 October, 2011, 12:19:31 pm
Currently playing:

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (Xbox 360) - I've gone on about this enough on the dedicated thread - in short, I love it!

Slam Dunk King (iPhone) - really fun, charming flick-basketball game - if you have an iOS device, get it - it's free!

Shadowgun  (iPhone) - Graphically impressive Gears of War clone - bit pricy at £5.49 - haven't played it much yet but seems pretty solid.

Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition (iPhone) - Never played this game when it first came out - still striking to look at and utterly unique, way ahead of it's time in many ways. Bit frustrating though!
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Post by: Goaty on 05 October, 2011, 12:29:10 pm
Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition (iPhone) - Never played this game when it first came out - still striking to look at and utterly unique, way ahead of it's time in many ways. Bit frustrating though!

Another World on iPhone?? Used to play it about 20 years ago! oooh must looks for it on Apps....

always love Another World poster, that why I remember the game...

(http://griffinriffs.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/anotherworld_poster.jpg)
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Post by: Greg M. on 05 October, 2011, 08:04:22 pm
Another World... wonderfully atmospheric, but agonisingly tricky. I remember repeatedly mistiming jumps and being scoffed by those bastard things in ground with the rings of teeth. I am probably just rubbish, but I only ever completed that by playing the SNES version on an emulator and saving it constantly. Great ambience though, felt like some spooky late night european cartoon of the sort once beloved of BBC2.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 05 October, 2011, 08:09:15 pm
Aw man, Another World! Absolute classic, got a ton of nostalgic memories of turn-abouting that with my mate. So good. Can't remember if it was an official follow-up, but Flashback was pretty amazing too and was out around the same era I think.
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Post by: radiator on 05 October, 2011, 08:38:29 pm
Yeah, I loved Flashback (not a sequel, but same developer). Was quite shit at it though - could never get past level 3 so just used to play the first two levels over and over.

I bought the follow up, Fade To Black, on PSX. It was pretty mind-bogglingly hard and confusing. They don't make 'em like that anymore!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7kzKG4-kxI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7kzKG4-kxI)
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Post by: Rog69 on 07 October, 2011, 09:02:20 am
I've just bought the team Ico collection for the PS3. I never owned a PS2 but I always wanted to play Ico and Shadow of the Colossus and now they have been released together on one disc and updated to run on the PS3 in HD.

I've played about 45 minutes of each so far and they are both terrific games, I have a couple of minor niggles with the camera and the lack of a proper save system on both games but that aside they are great.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 08 October, 2011, 07:25:23 am
Me and my co-op buddy finished Gears of War 3 the other night, and I have to say I'm pretty blown away. The story was the usual Get The Thingumy So We Can Use It To Wipe Out The Thingumys that every Gears has been essentially, but after playing through this war for 3 games I was actually really invested in what happened to the characters and was desperate to see how the war concluded itself.

It also looks stupendous and the actual campaign gameplay never lets up, it's just brilliant moment after brilliant moment. I guess that's what having your game delayed by a year for marketing purposes does, that year must have gone largely into just polishing the thing until it gleams. The multiplayer is also compelling and enjoyable in a way I've never found CoD or Halo, and I'm pretty hooked on it and will be playing for a while yet.

I'm a big Gears fan, and this is easily the best Gears game, very happy with it!
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 09 October, 2011, 12:33:24 pm
Played through Dredd Vs Death in it's entirety yesterday as part of my 24hr marathon. I always quite enjoyed it but time has not been kind to that game! It broke on me a couple of times too when progress was halted by scripted events not triggering, plus I got locked in the Fear boss fight with no ammo and there weren't any pickups :( I still reckon Rogue Trooper holds up brilliantly though, so I'm not ragging on Rebellion.

Still, it was short and meant I could get some 2000AD into the marathon. It went really well thanks to a bunch of mates keeping me company for chunks of it (Borderlands, L4D2, Gears 3) and I attempted to play through Resident Evil from start to finish from midnight onwards but come 6am I still hadn't cracked it. That game is way more obtuse than I remember, or my mind was just going by that point.

Bit gutted I failed that particular challenge, but raised £305 so pretty chuffed with it overall :)
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 09 October, 2011, 01:38:57 pm
Well done Keef Monkey on your marathon!
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Post by: Ghastly McNasty on 09 October, 2011, 05:22:04 pm
Started Dead Island today. Only playes for an hour but it seems really cool. Looking forward to getting proper stuck in
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Post by: Professor Bear on 09 October, 2011, 11:57:02 pm
Rage - terribly disappointed by this.  It looks great, but invisible walls, poor design, and zero investment in your character (no levelling up, XP system, modification options, not even any motivation or story beyond "wake up and do stuff just because") cripple it.  It could have been epic, but as it is, it's either a massively flawed shooter or one really dumb RPG.
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Post by: Devons Daddy on 10 October, 2011, 02:24:35 pm
Currently on GOW3 which was a brillant purchase, and enjoying Mass effect 2, as i wish to remind myself of its brillance before ME3 in the new year,

this is due to the fact i see, BATMAN,Assasins Creed, and MW3 taking up rather a large amount of my spare time in the coming weeks.
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Post by: SpetsnaZ99 on 14 October, 2011, 08:02:05 am
Playing Rogue Trooper on my mac at minute thanks to Wineskin for that.
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Post by: judge cooper on 14 October, 2011, 11:18:38 am
Played through Dredd Vs Death in it's entirety yesterday as part of my 24hr marathon. I always quite enjoyed it but time has not been kind to that game! It broke on me a couple of times too when progress was halted by scripted events not triggering, plus I got locked in the Fear boss fight with no ammo and there weren't any pickups :( I still reckon Rogue Trooper holds up brilliantly though, so I'm not ragging on Rebellion.

Still, it was short and meant I could get some 2000AD into the marathon. It went really well thanks to a bunch of mates keeping me company for chunks of it (Borderlands, L4D2, Gears 3) and I attempted to play through Resident Evil from start to finish from midnight onwards but come 6am I still hadn't cracked it. That game is way more obtuse than I remember, or my mind was just going by that point.

Bit gutted I failed that particular challenge, but raised £305 so pretty chuffed with it overall :)
well done on your marathon and there is a law master shotgun inbetween or behind the buildings during the fight
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Post by: Mardroid on 17 October, 2011, 02:34:50 pm
I downloaded Knights of the Old Republic last night. Quite an old game now, I know. (My computer wouldn't take the more recent games anyway.) I'm still very early in the game, but it's proving quite enjoyable so far although I'm finding the controls a little unusual to get used to. As selection is based around the mouse, I'd have preferred them to have based movement around it too, (i.e. click the floor destination or map in a WoW style) but it's not too awkward when you get used to it.  Much as I like games with special powers, etc, I find the shere amount to choose from (I'm basing this on the manual, I don't have much yet, having just started)  a bit daunting, but I'm sure it won't be all that complicated.
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Post by: davethomson on 17 October, 2011, 02:57:01 pm
Currently getting my ass kicked at Dark Souls and loving every minute of it! :D
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Post by: Devlin Waugh on 17 October, 2011, 11:08:07 pm
Fifa 12, can't stop playing it.
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Post by: brendan1 on 18 October, 2011, 09:09:07 am
I downloaded Knights of the Old Republic last night. Quite an old game now, I know. (My computer wouldn't take the more recent games anyway.) I'm still very early in the game, but it's proving quite enjoyable so far although I'm finding the controls a little unusual to get used to. As selection is based around the mouse, I'd have preferred them to have based movement around it too, (i.e. click the floor destination or map in a WoW style) but it's not too awkward when you get used to it.  Much as I like games with special powers, etc, I find the shere amount to choose from (I'm basing this on the manual, I don't have much yet, having just started)  a bit daunting, but I'm sure it won't be all that complicated.

KOTOR is absolutely fucking marvellous. I can't comment on mouse issues, because I played it on the XBox.

Just wait until you finally get your grubby mitts on a lightsaber. Lordy!
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Post by: mogzilla on 18 October, 2011, 05:03:34 pm
spider man end of time ...not bad not great but something i can play in the earshot of mini...
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Post by: Mardroid on 19 October, 2011, 02:00:31 am
Just wait until you finally get your grubby mitts on a lightsaber. Lordy!

I look forward to that. Still very early days yet as I'm still a low level scout with my trusty blaster(s) at my side. I won three fights in the arena (actually I lost one fight then had a rematch.) and managed to use up my med packs! Thankfully they're not too expensive.

Oh, and I have a date with a sith lady coming up.  (I notice they use the word 'sith' very broadly in this story to include everyone in the Sith empire rather than the Sith Lords specifically. Which actually makes sense.)
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Post by: I, Cosh on 20 October, 2011, 11:56:28 pm
Shadow Complex off Xbox live arcade. Decent side scrolling platform shooter in the mould of Stryker's Run and such. Ludicrously easy, but it looked good, was pretty fun and only cost a fiver so it was all good.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 23 October, 2011, 09:42:35 am
Grabbed Shadow Complex myself while it was cheap, haven't fired it up yet though.

Been whipping out the psp on the train lately, played through Resistance: Retribution. Never played a Resistance game before but it was pretty fun. Not sure if it's supposed to be funny or if the dialogue is just dreadful but I'd like to think it's very tongue in cheek (hopefully). Controls made a good fist of trying to overcome the single analogue stick issue, and for the most part it worked a treat but towards the end the game starts lazily just throwing more and more enemies at you and the controls have trouble keeping up. It also means it starts to drag a lot in the last couple of hours. Still, was better than reading the Metro over and over again.

Also just finished Resident Evil on the gamecube! Used to play this on PS1 back in the day, and it's still fantastic. Granted it's been tarted up a wee bit, but because of the painted backgrounds and fixed angles it'll always look beautiful in it's own way. It's still surprisingly scary in places too, with a great ominous atmosphere that a lot of modern horror games can't touch. Got 2 lined up, which I remember as my favorite of the series (I reckon 4 and 5 lost a lot of the Resident Evil factor) but reckon I'll wait a bit before popping that on.
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Post by: mogzilla on 23 October, 2011, 04:37:40 pm
spider man end of time ...not bad not great but something i can play in the earshot of mini...

EDGE of time! wanted to enjoy this but got bored and why does spidey not web his enemies up anymore?
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Post by: Professor Bear on 23 October, 2011, 08:52:40 pm
Never played a Resistance game before but it was pretty fun. Not sure if it's supposed to be funny or if the dialogue is just dreadful but I'd like to think it's very tongue in cheek (hopefully).

Just terribly writing, I'm afraid.  I've tried to finish this multiple times, but it feels like it's been going on forever.

X-Men: Destiny, which is appalling.  Cliched story and a limited choice of characters and powers just reinforce that you can't play as any of the X-regulars.  I could understand if there was enough customisation options to justify billing it as an RPG or something in that vein, but you only get three pre-created characters and three basic and largely similar combat powers to choose from.  The visuals would be okay if this was on a PS2, I guess, but the dialog is grimace-inducing, and the 'choice' system is irrelevant and slows the pace of combat down rather than adds to the story.  I'm also pretty sure that someone like myself who does not have a great deal of investment in X-Men shouldn't be able to pick holes in continuity, like the Welsh character who here speaks with a Valley Girl accent.

I have no idea who this game is aimed at - it's too basic as a beat-em-up, RPG or fanservice exercise to appeal to any one group of fans, and not good enough as a whole to entice casual gamers and renters.
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Post by: Radbacker on 24 October, 2011, 04:50:00 am
Heroes of Might and Magic 6 on the PC, well they haven't changed much up from the last one but these games really dont need to change things too much as they'll loose the fan base if they make it too different.  I love me these old turn based stratagey games and been playing this series since the original Kings Bounty, no time at all for the normal Might and Magic games though give me a world to conquore not a shitty dungeon to clear.

oh and Battlefields 3 is out this Thursday, bye bye any free time I have for the next couple of months.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Spaceghost on 24 October, 2011, 12:04:30 pm
As a lowly Wii owner, I don't have access to all these new-fangled brown looking games featuring grimacing, muscle-bound men wielding huge guns, striding round brown landscapes shooting at other grimacing, muscle-bound men.

I have to make do with jolly, colourful games brimming with innovation and joy.

I've just finished Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (a bit late I know) and it was excellent. It was very similar to the wonderful Ocarina of Time from the N64 days but featured enough in the way of improvement and new features to ensure it fell on just the right side of loving update.

I've never played a Zelda game that I didn't enjoy and this one didn't dissappoint. It didn't have the same feeling of something brand new like the recent Spirit Tracks on the DS but it was just what I wanted as a Zelda fan.

There's the familiar set-up of a hub world to gallop around on my trusty steed, progressively harder dungeons in which you will often find a new item or weapon which in turn is used to beat the boss in a, typically, exciting battle.

I enjoyed it but I'm ready for something different now and apparently, the new Wii Zelda; Skyward Sword, has shaken up the formula somewhat. I can't wait to play it.
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Post by: radiator on 24 October, 2011, 12:28:49 pm
It's crunch time for me and Zelda - I might buy Skyward Sword, might not - depends on reviews (can't even remember when I last bought a Wii game - probably around two years ago...?). I enjoyed Twilight Princess, but it just felt like same old, same old, and the dark/light dual-world mechanic wasn't satisfying in the way it was in A link to the Past, or the way the past/future worked in Ocarina of Time. It's a series in desperate need of a shake-up, and I really hope SS delivers.

Early videos I've seen look great and the combat sword-swinging looks really fun - this is exactly the sort of thing we were promised when the Wii launched which has never been delivered on.

Currently playing through Dead Space on the iPhone. It's not bad, and looks stunning for an iOS game, but it quickly becomes apparent that there is a lot of repetition in the levels and it gets boring quite quickly - you're essentially playing the same bits of level over and over. The controls are also an issue - it works better than I expected, but crucially it always gets fiddly when you're under pressure. If only someone would manufacture a sort of clip-on joypad for the iPhone - would make playing these types of games so much more fun.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 24 October, 2011, 09:09:48 pm
I've never played a Zelda game that I didn't enjoy and this one didn't dissappoint.
You should try Wind Waker. Only one I've ever played and it was really rather tedious.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 24 October, 2011, 09:15:21 pm
I've never played a Zelda game that I didn't enjoy and this one didn't dissappoint.
You should try Wind Waker. Only one I've ever played and it was really rather tedious.

I thought Wind Waker started well but it went downhill about half-way through. I remember hearing rumours that it was rushed to meet a deadline
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Post by: Greg M. on 24 October, 2011, 09:26:58 pm
I've never played a Zelda game that I didn't enjoy and this one didn't dissappoint.
You should try Wind Waker. Only one I've ever played and it was really rather tedious.

I thought Wind Waker started well but it went downhill about half-way through. I remember hearing rumours that it was rushed to meet a deadline

I believe that's true - it's at least a dungeon shorter than it ought to be. That said, I still absolutely love it - it's a gorgeous-looking game and still plenty of fun. As a side note, Ganon remains my all-time video game nemesis - not Link's, mine. I got so into trying to beat him at the end of 'Link to the Past' on the SNES that I forgot I had food in the oven. Many video game bad guys have proved dastardly, but only Ganon has ever burnt my dinner. Bastard.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 24 October, 2011, 10:11:03 pm
It's definitely the most beautiful Zelda game I've ever played
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 25 October, 2011, 01:20:11 pm
I recall TWILIGHT PRINCESS having a really slow start but livening up considerably with some fantastic dungeons.  And the reveal of Midna and the final speechless joke were the perfect ending.

WINDWAKER troubled me for a while because I had a real problem getting past the first dungeon (pirates fortress) and working out the mechanics of the sea and the side quests. But once all of that slotted into place in my head it was great. And the art style is beautifully effective. Definitely short though - one of the bosses was just the previous 5 bosses rolled into one!

I really enjoyed PHANTOM HOURGLASS on my (Frank Quietely Batman) DS Lite. Probably because I actually got to play it ALL BY MYSELF without children snatching the controller from me.  The repeated visits to the temple of time got a tad tiresome though.

SPIRIT TRACKS was just too similar to PHANTOM HOURGLASS (and too soon) so I haven't really given it much of a chance yet.

But really loving the chance to do OCARINA OF TIME in 3D all by myself.  It really is fabulous stuff and the polish to the graphics adds extra character to an already characterful game!
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 25 October, 2011, 01:26:27 pm
Dunno where else to post this - don't want to start a new thread...


Did anybody see the BATTLEFIELD 3 simulator that they built on the Gadget Show last night?

Looked fantastic! 180 degree vision (that moved so you never had a gap in the reality), an omni directional treadmill for movement, ambient lighting, surround sound, kinnect controls for jumping and crouching and the iphone shooter app for pointing and shooting. Not forgetting the dozen paint ball guns that fired at you when you took incoming fire in the game.

You do wonder why
a) this sort of "experience" isn't available at movie theme parks
b) why HM armed forces don't use this sort of thing in training (but with more realistic scenarios - Andy McNab was shrugging off RPGs)?
c) Suzi Perry. Yum.
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Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 25 October, 2011, 04:02:41 pm
Adrian got me playing some rounds of the X box kinetic adventures... Was surprised at how good I was initially but I'm hardly lady-like in the amount of sweat I produced...
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Post by: radiator on 25 October, 2011, 11:15:42 pm
Just finished reading Edge's review of Skyward Sword, and I'm well up for it now! It'll be nice to use the Wii for something other than occasionally weighing myself!

It got a 10/10, and while that's not quite the mark of quality it once was (I have very much disagreed with the last few 10s they have awarded - Super Mario Galaxy, Bayonetta, Rock Band 3, Little Big Planet all hugely overrated imo), it's still more than enough to reassure me that this will be something special. If only more games like this had been made for the Wii...
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Post by: I, Cosh on 28 October, 2011, 12:01:11 am
Super Meat Boy, an addictive and frustrating platformer. I thought I was never going to get past the last part of level 3.
I am now on the second last level of this and it is teeth-grindingly hard. I can't even get up into the main bit of the level and I've been trying for about an hour.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 28 October, 2011, 12:49:04 am
And whenever I've been in need of some light relief over the past few months, I turn instinctively to a quick game of Vorpal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROhtwtwXGqk). A cool little indie shooter with a neat look which is well worth 80p of anybody's money. At least half of the appeal is in the cheesy trance soundtrack though.
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Post by: Satanist on 28 October, 2011, 12:28:35 pm
Super Meat Boy, an addictive and frustrating platformer. I thought I was never going to get past the last part of level 3.
I am now on the second last level of this and it is teeth-grindingly hard. I can't even get up into the main bit of the level and I've been trying for about an hour.

I know exactly how you feel!

I'm not afraid to say when I finished the last level I hugged my son and almost wept tears of pure joy/relief!

It was about 2 in the morning and he came down stairs to see what all the swearing noise was about.


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Post by: Mister Pops on 05 November, 2011, 09:35:24 pm
I played Pokemon Fire Red today. Had to kill a few hours during a dull shift. The battle mechanics in pokemon games can be tedious, but I find it strangely satisfying. Naming your pokemon using swear words can is as fun as ever.
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Post by: Robert Frazer on 09 November, 2011, 08:45:18 pm
I've been having an outrageous retrogasm with the X-Box Live re-release of Treasure's Guardian Heroes, surely one of the most vivid and vibrant, fluid and formidable, bright and bounding brawlers ever coded. I could barely walk afterwards.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 10 November, 2011, 06:08:41 pm
Uncharted 3 - a solid and accessible platformer elevated by great graphics, fantastic setpiece action sequences, inventive level design, and some great character writing in the script that goes beyond making you just want to kill the hell out of the villains (though you definately will) and makes you really side with the playable characters and get bummed out by one of them biting the dust in the third act.  The script made me think about how games can create spectacular longform and involving narratives in a way that films and television can't because of time and budgetary restraints on either, and like Uncharted 2 it feels like a watershed moment in home entertainment.
Standout moments are the sinking boat, crashing plane, exploding convoy and crumbling city that make you wonder how the main character is allowed to travel anywhere, ever, by any means.  Some minor niggles - we've seen the crumbling city and convoy sequences in the previous game - but the only major one would be that it takes too long to get past the opening flashback sequences into the game proper, though starting with a pub brawl is at least novel.  Great end boss fight, too - not difficult or frustrating, just something to give you closure before the end sequence.

Great game.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 16 November, 2011, 09:10:19 pm
Super Meat Boy, an addictive and frustrating platformer. I thought I was never going to get past the last part of level 3.
I am now on the second last level of this and it is teeth-grindingly hard. I can't even get up into the main bit of the level and I've been trying for about an hour.
I know exactly how you feel! I'm not afraid to say when I finished the last level I hugged my son and almost wept tears of pure joy/relief!
Imagine my delight incandescent fury on finally finishing this a couple of weeks ago only to be confronted with another twenty ultra triple-hard levels all in a sickly shade of pink. Well, I finally made it through those last night and celebrated by dancing a merry jig round the living room and entertaining happy thoughts of buying Arkham City at the weekend.

Then tonight, I found myself idly flicking back through the early worlds replaying the levels I hadn't got the gold medal time on. Only 120 to go...
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Post by: judge cooper on 17 November, 2011, 11:13:06 am
predator concrete jungle
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Post by: radiator on 18 November, 2011, 01:20:33 pm
Currently playing Superman on the iPhone.

Quite a charming little game - very simplistic, but soaring up into the air, through the clouds and into space is guaranteed to put a smile on your face - well worth 69p of anyone's money!

(http://www.iphonetunes.net/images28/superman.jpg)
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 19 November, 2011, 12:00:55 pm
Played a couple of hours of Saints Row The Third, and it's just so much damn fun! Was sitting with my headphones on worrying I'd wake Bea any minute I was belly laughing so often. I'm struggling to think of another game (certainly in this generation) that's caused me to laugh like that. The sense of humour is about as juvenile as it gets but I'd hesitate to call it dumb because it's a very well crafted game with a lot of smarts under the hood. It's already obvious that it's a much more technically sound game than SR2, which was fun but mechanically on the edge of breaking at any moment.

So far I love this game, and the Kanye West moment (you'll know it if you've played it) has been one of the best displays of badass awesomeness in a game.
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Post by: JamesC on 19 November, 2011, 01:26:15 pm
Finished the last of the side missions on Arkham City yesterday - now that I have 100% on both the main story and side quests I don't feel guilty about putting it back on the shelf for a bit while I tackle Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Played about 3 hours so far and I'm loving it - there's just so much to do!
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Post by: Ancient Otter on 20 November, 2011, 05:57:02 pm
Picked up Paradroid on the Wii Virtual Store. This is tough, C64 gamers must have been a right hardcore lot!
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 21 November, 2011, 06:48:24 pm
Hydrophobia a sort of cross between Tomb Raider and Die Hard. Good environment destroying fun and some nice easy, hijacking of cctv cameras and frying "terrorists" by remote.
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Post by: von Boom on 21 November, 2011, 08:18:11 pm
I'm splitting my time between Halo CE Anniversary and Arkham Asylum (I know, late to party). The updated Halo is pretty good, certainly great graphics, but AA is fantastic. I bought Arkham City at the same time and I can't wait to play it.

JvB
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Post by: Satanist on 22 November, 2011, 01:02:06 pm
Picked up Paradroid on the Wii Virtual Store. This is tough, C64 gamers must have been a right hardcore lot!

Yes we were! Quazatron on ye olde speccy was better but similar to Paradroid though, give it a whirl if ye can find it.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 22 November, 2011, 02:06:47 pm
Picked up Paradroid on the Wii Virtual Store. This is tough, C64 gamers must have been a right hardcore lot!

Yes we were! Quazatron on ye olde speccy was better but similar to Paradroid though, give it a whirl if ye can find it.

Kids today. Spoon fed everything, and everything is easier.

It's like exams. They were much harder when we were young.

And I remember when this was all fields.
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Post by: brendan1 on 22 November, 2011, 02:53:03 pm
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Yes we were! Quazatron on ye olde speccy was better but similar to Paradroid though, give it a whirl if ye can find it.

Not sure it was better - and this is from a Spectrum fanboy - but Quazatron is available on the fabulous World Of Spectrum website for instant Java goodness.

And it's really, really ace.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 22 November, 2011, 03:29:22 pm
Kids today. Spoon fed everything, and everything is easier.
People who whine about how difficult it is having to make it to a "save point" make me sick.
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Post by: brendan1 on 22 November, 2011, 04:06:06 pm
Kids today. Spoon fed everything, and everything is easier.
People who whine about how difficult it is having to make it to a "save point" make me sick.

I don't recall ever completing a Spectrum game. I got absurdly good at Match Day 2, and I can't have been been far away from clocking Quazatron, but the hundreds of others?

Not a chance.
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Post by: JamesC on 22 November, 2011, 05:04:03 pm
Kids today. Spoon fed everything, and everything is easier.
People who whine about how difficult it is having to make it to a "save point" make me sick.

I don't recall ever completing a Spectrum game. I got absurdly good at Match Day 2, and I can't have been been far away from clocking Quazatron, but the hundreds of others?

Not a chance.

Did you ever play Bruce Lee?

Easiest end of game boss ever!

I'm pretty sure my brother completed Sabre Wulf and Knightlore. Got about 98% on Attik Attak too.
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Post by: Satanist on 22 November, 2011, 10:52:55 pm
Castle of Terror was one of the first games I got for my C64. I could finish it with 98% but could never kill Dracula. I tried and tried and even years later it would haunt me that I never got 100%

Then I read recently online that 98% was the max score and that you couldnt actually get 100% or kill Dracula. The guy programmed it that way so you would keep replaying it.

 :o

MOTHER FUCKER!

Oh and C64 rules.

...and my last game played is MW3, its a bit meh.
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Post by: brendan1 on 23 November, 2011, 08:43:17 am
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Did you ever play Bruce Lee?

Easiest end of game boss ever!

I'm pretty sure my brother completed Sabre Wulf and Knightlore. Got about 98% on Attik Attak too.

No, Bruce Lee seemed to be one of those yank games that played far better on a C64.

I played Sabre Wulf, Knightlore, Atic Atic and many, many other arcade adventures but without access to a proper playing guide, real instructions (hello C90!), and the fact that I was probably between the age of 10 and 14, meant that I didn't have the playing chops, patience or skills to get anywhere.

I think I probably spent most time on Batman and Starquake (both of which I still play now and then on WOS java) but I never got very far on either.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 23 November, 2011, 09:43:10 pm
Can't decide what to play now. I want Arkham City, but might wait until next year and the inevitable collected with the DLC edition.

Been downloading a bunch of demos but still can't make up my mind. Bastion looks alright, Radiant Silvergun will be grand but I'm not in the mood so maybe something like Geometry Wars or the Alien Breed remake...?

Might just read a book instead.
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Post by: radiator on 23 November, 2011, 09:43:46 pm
I really enjoyed Bastion.
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Post by: Satanist on 24 November, 2011, 12:29:54 pm
Beyond Good and Evil is on sale on Monday and thats a brilliant game. I think it'll cost 240 msp, a fecking steal!

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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 24 November, 2011, 02:53:06 pm
Tried to get into Saints Row 3, but it's not for me.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 26 November, 2011, 12:18:17 pm
Finished Deus Ex a wee while back but don't think I posted my thoughts.

Took me a couple of hours to get into, mainly because I've never been a stealth guy so had to tune into the gameplay, and despite what the marketing said about it being playable as a shooter or a stealth game if you go in guns blazing you're pretty much done for!

Once it clicked it clicked pretty hard though, it's like a mash up of Ghost In The Shell, Mass Effect and Blade Runner and immensely satisfying. A lot of folk hated the boss fights, and they were very poor but thanks to upgrading my Typhoon system first thing I got through every one of them with two button presses so they were ignorable.

Ending feels very rushed, with the last chunk not playing to it's strengths and the multiple endings basically amounting to "press this button for ending 1, this button for ending 2...etc." which felt like a waste. Alternate endings are only really satisfying when your playthrough shapes which one you get, just getting the option at the last minute suggests it was shoehorned in with haste.

Didn't come close to ruining it though, and overall definitely one of my favorite games of the generation for both gameplay and aesthetics.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 28 November, 2011, 06:58:31 pm
Super Mario 3dLand.

The levels are way too short and easy but this is still a Mario platformer and therefore still fun as shit with some inspired moments. I would love to play a 15 minute version of the musical platform level.

Beyond Good and Evil is on sale on Monday and thats a brilliant game. I think it'll cost 240 msp, a fecking steal!

If you want BG&E2 buy Rayman Origins cos Ubi are all like "yo, if you buy enough copies of RO we'll give Ancel a bunch of money."
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 04 December, 2011, 02:23:24 pm
Halo ODST

Played through this over the weekend after getting it off lovefilm, can't have been more than about 4hrs long.

I've played the first 3 Halos and to be honest didn't enjoy them, but they get so much hype that I feel like maybe I'm playing it wrong, so everytime I get a chance to play another I give it a go on the off chance it'll be the one where I see what all the fuss is about.

Shockingly, all the negatives I can think of from even the very first game are still here.

Ropey checkpointing (they seem to use environmental trigger boxes to mark checkpoints, but they only cover particular routes around the level, so even walking the wrong way past a tree can be the difference between a checkpoint and no checkpoint), very stilted and disjointed scripting (I always find I'm a step ahead of what the game wants me to do, and wind up waiting awkwardly for the next set-piece to kick in, wandering backwards and forwards until it triggers seemingly at random), almost non-existent enemy AI (apart from a pretty flimsy morale system the 2 behaviors seem to be "Run at player" or "Stay in position and side-step every few seconds), some of the worst cut and paste level design in the business (the last hour consisted of wandering through about a dozen identical rooms, then back again, then a driving section where you went along a stretch of road, went through a gate, went along the same stretch of road, went through a gate, repeat to fade), and some very poor visuals for what's such a highly regarded AAA franchise. I spent half the game thinking it was a really brave move to use an unnattractive character model for the woman, before realizing it was Tricia Helfer's likeness.

Also, it didn't explain a great deal about it's own mechanics. I still don't know if there's recharging health, health packs or an awkward combination of both.

As always with Halo though, the music was really good and anything involving Nathan Fillion inherits a bit of cool.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 05 December, 2011, 03:13:05 am
I'm on the "special" (read: for grown-ups) levels of 3dLand and you can scratch what I said about this game being too short and easy. This isn't SMG good but I like it more than NSMB, and it's a great reminder of why Nintendo design is the best there is.

Halo will always be about the MP, as it is fun incarnate. I played Reach solidly for about 3 months and barely got a third of the way through the campaign.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 05 December, 2011, 06:44:20 pm
Skydrift -the demo only. A plane flying blast 'em race game. I'm rubbish yet hooked.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 17 December, 2011, 06:31:31 pm
Played through the new Gears 3 dlc today, Raam's Shadow. It's not particularly long but at 3 or 4hrs and with a great deal of new locations and assets it feels like you're getting your ms worth. It's set before the 1st game and story-wise is pretty much a prequel to the graphic novel (which I enjoyed a lot, so it was nice to see the connections). Raam is still a dick to fight, but you do get to play as him for a bit and it's pretty cool to see things from the Locust perspective, particularly getting a better idea of how they use the Seeders and stuff. Good fun, and for me more Gears is always welcome.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 17 December, 2011, 09:33:54 pm
Mario Kart 7. Wwwwaaaayyyyy better than MK Wii with it's wide-ass tracks and an improvement even on MK DS. Just an incredibly fun game, the new tracks are brilliant. It's a bit boring on 50cc though.

Rayman Origins. Over the past couple of years, I've wondered if I was getting bored of games. In truth, I am only really bored with shooters. In Godpletonia, there would be more games like this. I strongly recommend that you purchase this game so that Michael Ansel gets to make more games like this. 3D Land is a shade better but this offers a stronger challenge.

Warioware Inc. Got this in the Ambassador pack. It is fun as shit and is a truly enduring classic.

Gonna start Metroid Fusion next.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 22 December, 2011, 10:06:03 pm
After first starting it 13 years ago, and playing versions of it on 4 different consoles, I have finally finished LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME!  On my own. Without a small child wrestling the controller from me.  In your face, Ganondorf!



(Mario Kart DS was fantatsic - so glad I bought MK7 for Tiny Tips' Christmas!)
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 23 December, 2011, 12:33:17 am
Just finished Dragon Age 2, and I really enjoyed it.

This year I have played Dragon Age, then Awakenings, and then this. Plus Portal 2.
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Post by: Van Dom on 23 December, 2011, 12:59:49 am
Playing Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword at the mo. As usual with Zelda games, its bloody great and incredibly immersive.  The "gimmick" this time is the flying around on the bird thing and it works really well. Just flying around amongst the sky islands is great fun and very relaxing. The dungeon levels are very well put together as well. And the little beetle thing you get that you can launch and remote guide across the terrain to see whats ahead or collect/activate things is inspired. This is my Christmas sorted I reckon!
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Post by: Devons Daddy on 01 January, 2012, 05:05:42 am
Assasins creed, Revelations.

good graphics more depth of colour, decent story line.
if your into the series its good and not to button moshing heavy or all out fire fight.
son and I are enjoying it.

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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 01 January, 2012, 12:03:35 pm
CRYSIS 2. Very good graphics and Gameplay with Aliens invading New York storyline written by Richard Morgan of Altered Carbon fame. You can up grade your suit, harder Armour etc though this can be a little problematic since you have to walk over the Alien Ceph dead to get the nano somethin' or other stuff to enable you to upgrade. I didn't realize this till I was about half way through the game. Whoops!

Good but some of the levels are sneak through's since your kick ass suit doesn't always seem that capable of kicking ass so that's the only complaint I have for it so far.
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Post by: mogzilla on 01 January, 2012, 04:48:08 pm
after a little poke around the sales picked up a few for pounds

splinter cell double agent £2.98! the buggers scratched so thats getting swapped next week
dark messiah might and magic £3 first persony oblivion rip off very twitchy controls so thats going
dungeon seige 3 £5 rented it when it came out and thought it was ok and worth a further punt for a fiver just cannot get into it so thats gouing

judge dredd dredd vs death£3 had to give this a blast agian gord bless xbox backwards compatibility
still fun once you get over the next gen graphics loving the hospital and mall levels .


i havent played skyrim for two days!!!
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Post by: Batman's Superior Cousin on 01 January, 2012, 05:30:20 pm
I'm currently playing Resistance 3, after which I'll be playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link!!!
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Post by: DoomBot on 01 January, 2012, 06:17:19 pm
Got batman:arkham city for christmas so playing that. So at dead impressed. Just swinging and gliding around the city is fun in itself. Normally I go for games with rocket launchers rather than sneaky cloak and dagger games so not sure it'll grip me to the end. Great start though
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 01 January, 2012, 10:19:35 pm
I got that too Doombot! Found it pretty daunting at first, the city isn't huge but there's so much content crammed into it that you can't move without tripping over another sidequest or collectible or Riddler challenge...

Since I got into the swing of it though I've been utterly blown away by it, it's a great sequel and even better than the original which was pretty spanking to begin with. Still the best fisticuff combat in a game ever too.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 03 January, 2012, 01:11:31 pm
Started on Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and my goodness it's a fabulous little bag of tricks.  The control method for fighting and flying is utterly delightful and satisfying and it has so many elements that I've never seen in a Zelda game before mean that it's very familiar yet fresh at the same time (not entirely sure of the "upgrade" thing).

Just Dance 3 - has a really, really poor movement recognition thing going on (i.e. it keeps marking me down!) but is eight drunk mates around the telly fun at it's very best.  Disappointed that the routine for A-hA Take on Me and Donna Summer I feel Love won't easily translate to me dancing on a night out...but hey, that Scissor Sisters routine could easily be nicked...
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 03 January, 2012, 01:21:14 pm
Finished Arkham Asylum, well that is to say I finished the story. There's still a ton of stuff to do so I'm looking forward to scooping up all the riddler challenges and playing through again on New Game + (where the difficulty goes up but collectible/side mission status carries over, yay!). Plus, I've only really dipped into the score attack challenges that are separate to the campaign, and they're very addictive. Great story, great design, once again just a brilliant Batman game that I couldn't be happier with.

Now onto Skyrim...
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Post by: radiator on 03 January, 2012, 06:03:02 pm
Currently back on Fruit Ninja on iPhone - engaged in a high score battle with my girlfriend on Arcade Mode.

I'm currently winning with 807...
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Post by: Professor Bear on 04 January, 2012, 02:16:21 am
Saints Row 3, which finally catches up with San Andreas a mere 8 years and one generation of consoles later.
Fantastic game.  Fixes a lot of what I disliked about GTA4 and goes for enjoyment over realism.  "Jumping a military humvee packed with strippers over a bridge into a city district overrun by zombies as the theme from Karate Kid plays on the stereo" has now overtaken "setting myself alight in a schoolyard" as the way I want to go out.

Battle: Los Angeles, which I finished in about thirty minutes.  An ugly, sluggish COD clone based on the film of the same name, available for download for four quid, which I suppose is reasonable for what you get.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, which started fun with a few spectacular splosion bits, but then seemed to consist of missions that dragged on forever with combat that feels a bit arbitrary.  Throws cheevos at you if you're into that kind of thing, mind.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 04 January, 2012, 03:01:12 pm
Jetpack on the iphone. Brutally simple and very addictive.
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Post by: radiator on 04 January, 2012, 03:24:22 pm
Do you mean Jetpack Joyride?

There's a game called Jetpack on the App store but it looks like a knock-off of the former, which is better and free.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 04 January, 2012, 07:46:18 pm
Do you mean Jetpack Joyride?

There's a game called Jetpack on the App store but it looks like a knock-off of the former, which is better and free.

Aye, that's the one!
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 January, 2012, 09:08:16 pm
Finished Dead Rising 2 last night, which I actually sat down to it quite excited having very fond memories of the first game. It was fun for a couple of hours but became a slog when I realized it was exactly the same game, and that I'd ignored a lot of the original's flaws just because I was chuffed to be beating up hundreds of zombies on my nice new 360 at the time.

I still felt compelled to see it through to the end, but was groaning quite often at the ropey boss fights and clunky systems. Any game that makes fighting zombies seem like a chore and an inconvenience in the way of your 50th fetch quest is just criminal, because everyone knows zombies are arsom. Plus it's odd that the series focuses so much on bosses because they really don't have a clue how to do them right. A good boss fight is almost like a puzzle to be overcome, in DR they just throw you in a room with a guy more powerful than you with unavoidable attacks and hope you've gone into it with enough orange juice to make it through the fight. They'll need to make some pretty big changes if I'm going to bother with DR3.
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Post by: Durendal on 06 January, 2012, 09:29:59 pm
I picked up Dark Souls today. I heard it's pretty tuff to play and it certainly is seeing as I get a disc read error.
God damn pre-owned junk
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Post by: Satanist on 10 January, 2012, 02:47:14 pm
I’m playing Dark Souls just now and it’s a strange one. The graphics are great, story is non-existent, combats basic and the enemies are dirty fucking bastards! I’ve played for about 10 hours and still seem to be farting about right near where I started and yet I cannae wait to get stuck back in.

I think it’s the knowledge that I CAN beat that knight dude if I just take my time and he MIGHT drop something good at the end of it. The whole risk vs. reward thing it has going on is very enticing while making the whole experience extremely tense.

To sum up I am loving it.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 10 January, 2012, 07:48:00 pm
Just bought Alien Breed and Alien Breed: Tower Assault from GOG for $5.99, whatever that is in Real Money. All ready to play on a modern PC. Downloading it now!

Wonder if the dark bits are as bloody hard as I remember on the Amiga.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 10 January, 2012, 08:11:58 pm
I misread that and thought you'd got the 'new' Alien Breed stuff, which is actually pretty fun for what it is. So many great memories of those classic Amiga ones though, brilliant!
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Post by: radiator on 12 January, 2012, 10:56:58 pm
Drop7, an addictive little iOS puzzler. It's sort of like a cross between tetris and sudoku. As far as I can tell there's not a huge amount of difference between the free and paid versions so it's well worth a look.

The only problem is that I can only get so far before it just spams you with 1s, the equivalent of those bastard zigzag blocks from tetris, and then it's game over.

Also Muffin Knight, again on ios. Fun platformer, reminds me a little of the original (pre-NES era) single screen arcade Super Mario Bros.
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Post by: chris_askham on 13 January, 2012, 12:02:42 pm
Finished Dead Rising 2 last night, which I actually sat down to it quite excited having very fond memories of the first game. It was fun for a couple of hours but became a slog when I realized it was exactly the same game, and that I'd ignored a lot of the original's flaws just because I was chuffed to be beating up hundreds of zombies on my nice new 360 at the time.

I still felt compelled to see it through to the end, but was groaning quite often at the ropey boss fights and clunky systems. Any game that makes fighting zombies seem like a chore and an inconvenience in the way of your 50th fetch quest is just criminal, because everyone knows zombies are arsom. Plus it's odd that the series focuses so much on bosses because they really don't have a clue how to do them right. A good boss fight is almost like a puzzle to be overcome, in DR they just throw you in a room with a guy more powerful than you with unavoidable attacks and hope you've gone into it with enough orange juice to make it through the fight. They'll need to make some pretty big changes if I'm going to bother with DR3.

Completely agree with you Keef. Everything that was wrong with the first DR is still wrong with DR2. I'm stuck on the last battle with TK, and just can't kill the cunt. Think I'm going to have to just give up on it, but I feel extremely pissed off that I'm not going to be able to complete it. And I refuse to restart the game again just so I can level up a bit more and get an extra couple of health boxes. Pile of shit.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 13 January, 2012, 09:41:08 pm
And I refuse to restart the game again just so I can level up a bit more and get an extra couple of health boxes. Pile of shit.

While I agree there's a shitload wrong with DR2, the leveling-up problem (which makes DR unplayable until your character hits at least level 15) has been addressed with the Free Play option, which is just you running around the entire playing area killing zombies as you see fit without any of the timed missions to distract you, then you can load your character into the regular game once you've leveled him up sufficiently.  I recommend Free Playing and then hitting that area in front of the hotel with a little path cut down the middle of the island out front (the one that has a maintenance room right next to the door where you can save your game in the middle of the path) and grabbing the grass trimmer and knives nearby and combining them on the workbench, then load a new area by entering a building nearby, then come back through the door - to where the trimmer and knives have respawned - while killing all around you with the knife/trimmer combo for 400xp per kill.  If you can have a magazine in your inventory that extends the lifespan of knife weapons you can repeat this process (killing loads of zombies in one area using good weapons and then leaving and re-entering the area so those weapons respawn) in other places and jump levels really easily.  Just have a look about for somewhere you can rack up a good headcount.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 14 January, 2012, 08:49:47 am
For what it's worth Chris, I beat TK by running up and hitting him with a 2x4 or similar weapon, then doing the roll dodge before he could hit me. It took a while and was very dull, and you still have to run down the bit at the side to grab more health/weapons at least once (without stopping long or fire shoots out the floor at you).

You're right at the end so you might want to see it through just for closure, but I wouldn't blame you for walking away, that fight is just shoddy.
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Post by: SquashedFly on 16 January, 2012, 09:19:47 pm
Dead Rising was a game I really should of hated.

It takes a shitload of grinding to even be able to progress storywise but twatting zombies with a 2x4 never got old. So it never felt like a "grind". Once you get past a certain level it's brilliant but it is one you have to stick with, and for that reason It's not for everyone. DR2 was alright but it didn't grab me in quite the same way. Still enjoyable though.


As for the last game played, Half-Life 2 for me.

It's been a good year and a bit since I last had a bash. After my 360 broke The Orange Box was one thing I was gutted I couldn't play. My sister has a new 360 now and I had a whirl of Half-Life 2, and I was reminded why I still think of it as one of, if not definitely my favourite game of all time. Some of the sequences in haven't been bested in terms of excitement and fulfillment. The attempts to escape the Combine from the beginning, Ravenholm. Just brilliant. Definitely still the best pacing I've experienced in a game.
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Post by: radiator on 16 January, 2012, 09:41:45 pm
Run Roo Run - a cool one-button platformer on iphone from the makers of Scribblenauts.

It's really very good, and well worth the 69p.
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Post by: SpetsnaZ99 on 17 January, 2012, 12:55:51 pm
Shaun White Snowboarding on my Mac.

Anyone got any clue what im supposed to do?
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Post by: NorthVox on 18 January, 2012, 01:27:22 am
Marvel Ultimate Alliance and SimCity 4.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 18 January, 2012, 09:56:49 pm
Finished Max Payne 2 (again) last night.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 20 January, 2012, 02:57:10 am
MInecraft.

The game that's not really a game. More like a toy. Digital Lego.

For those that aren't savvy, it's a sandbox game in its purest form. You spawn in a randomly generated, blocky world. the only instructions are 'Press 'E' to access inventory'. It's impossible to play without consulting the wiki. I would normally call that cheating, but this game is very different to other games.

The basic idea is this: Ye get wood(careful now, down with that sort of thing), make a workbench, use the workbench to make tools then use said tools to gather resources and build a shelter before night falls. Monsters come at night. Monsters like Zombies, Giant Spiders and Skeletal Archers. There are things called Creepers, they're basically penis shaped hedgerows that blow up if they get too close. And Endermen. Whovian abominations from another dimension who only attack if you look directly at them. Wouldn't be a a problem if they didn't keep using their powers of teleportation to appear right in front of you.

There are no rules and no real goal. There's an end game involving a dragon fight, but it has little to do with the spirit of the game. You make your own rules. Youe make your own fun. Once you have yourself set up with a secure shelter and reliable food source, you start looking around the landscape and thinking:

I don't like that mountain, I'm gonna craft me some TNT and blow the bitch up.

Or:

Y'know what, I'm going to fill this crevice with lava.

Or:

Holy shit, I can make minecarts and tracks. FUCKIN' ROLLERCOASTER

And it goes on and on....

And before ye know it it's three in the morning and ye should have been in bed hours ago
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Post by: Satanist on 20 January, 2012, 03:12:35 pm
Seen a video a while ago of a guy that had built a replica of starship enterprise using minecraft.

The scale of the thing was fucking mind boggling.

Impressive and totally pointless all at the same time! :lol:
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Post by: radiator on 20 January, 2012, 03:16:49 pm
I think that Minecraft is one of those things that I'll never understand the appeal of.
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Post by: Rog69 on 20 January, 2012, 06:43:36 pm
For me it's one of those games that will never get a look-in because I know it will swallow me up for weeks and I have so many other games to play as it is :).
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Post by: Radbacker on 21 January, 2012, 04:32:07 am
Yeah I simply fdont have the time to waste on something as epic as Minecraft, kudos to the dude that built an actual working computer though, sure it was just a big calculator but still genius.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: NorthVox on 24 January, 2012, 08:06:07 am
For me it's one of those games that will never get a look-in because I know it will swallow me up for weeks and I have so many other games to play as it is :).

This pretty much. I've been playing SimCity 4 non-stop since its release. Minecraft is exactly the kind of game that I need to avoid should I wish to retain any sense of freedom.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 12 February, 2012, 06:50:09 pm
Finished The Darkness 2 in a couple of sittings over the weekend, it's a pretty short game. Played it on hard and a couple of fights took a few tries, but the whole thing was over in about 5hrs maybe. I loved every minute of it though and there's a separate co-op campaign which I hear is pretty substantial.

I loved the original game, despite the gunplay being really clunky it had some brilliant character work and a story that was genuinely involving and upsetting in places as a result. This is a different studio though and I'll admit I didn't expect it to match up, but the combat is way tighter (pretty fiddly to learn but hugely satisfying once you do), the writing is still great with the somber tone of the first game carrying over, and the visual style is just gorgeous. A little like Borderlands and a perfect fit for a comic book adaptation, I found myself just soaking it all up at points. Story-wise it might lack the same unexpected punch of the first games twists, but does some similarly interesting things with the game mechanics to make you really feel involved in the love story at the core of the whole thing, and there were times where I felt conflicted and hesitant about a pressing a button on the controller, and if a game can invest a simple act like pressing X into something that twists your gut a bit then it's doing something very right.

Oh, and Mike Patton sounds terrifying throughout, as expected.
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Post by: Durendal on 13 February, 2012, 08:21:33 pm
Gotham City Impostors. It's like call of duty multiplayer except it's fun and you are a guy in a homemade batman/joker costume, with a cardboard mask and possibly on rollerskates.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v1qrY0ctPY
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Post by: Mister Pops on 13 February, 2012, 09:03:39 pm
Jet-pack Joyride is so addictive, I think if I have a game, instead of a cigarette, I may finally kick my nicotine dependency
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Post by: Professor Bear on 25 February, 2012, 05:47:42 pm
Jak and Daxter Trilogy collects the three PS2 Jak games made by Naughty Dog (makers of the Uncharted series) before it got lost in sub-par spin-offs like Jak X, Lost Frontier and the okayish Daxter, and it is one hefty slab of gaming for your twenty-odd pounds.
A smooth upgrade from the PS2 version, you'd have a time pegging J&D1 as a ten year-old game as it's a solid and polished platformer with a well-judged difficulty level.  Jak 2 is more of the same, only with more variety in the style of challenges it throws at you and a higher - but still well short of impossible - difficulty level and some GTA stylings thrown in for good measure in the open world sections, while Jak 3 - despite some random scripting to accommodate a great variety of minigames, challenges and unlockable in-game content - is still one of the finest last-gen platformers you'll find.  I've already played these games inside out on the PS2 and on my last speed-playthrough of Jak 3 (the shorter game of the trilogy) I clocked in 7 and a half hours before finishing it, so a conservative estimate is that you'll get between fifteen and twenty hours of play from a basic run through the story modes on this even if you're a platforming master, which is better than you'll manage with most games in terms of value for money.
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Post by: Durendal on 25 February, 2012, 11:45:15 pm
Syndicate
Yes I am old enough to remember the first and jaded enough to be bitter about an attempt to re-imagine it as a fusion of call of duty and deus ex.
But I bought it anyway.
The single player is pretty meh and the bloom levels have damaged my eyes, it's only redeeming feature is the totally sweet guns.
Co-op is awesome though
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Post by: Radbacker on 26 February, 2012, 07:27:05 am
Rayman Origins is totally f'n arsom.  Haven't enjoyed a game so much in a long time, even better with two player co-op but gets a bit messy with 3 or 4 players.  Some of the nicest 2D graphics i've ever seen and music is sublime.  Had problems finding it though, whats with teh big retailers only holding biggest titles?
Asura's Wrath is kooky anime fun, any game where you punch a planet has got to be worth a look.  The between fighting is a bit lame but the boss battles rule and the story's quite enderingly bonkers, lots of screaming from the main character (and when he gets really angry he sprouts extra arms), one of the boss characters has a 14000km long katana.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 26 February, 2012, 11:02:39 am
Jak and Daxter Trilogy

Cheers for the recommendation. I loved the first one but never played the sequels so I'll get on this.
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Post by: NorthVox on 26 February, 2012, 11:38:04 pm
Was feeling a bit nostalgic and sci-fi-ey yesterday, so I hammered my way through Dredd vs Death on laptop. Nearly finished the whole thing without dying, then BAM, right outside the museum where you face Judge Fear some death cultist with a grenade launcher goes and takes my head off!
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Post by: TordelBack on 04 March, 2012, 12:17:41 pm
Realm of the Mad God.  Other than Urban Dead, this is my first MMO experience - and as I always feared I can't stop playing it.  While it's free to play, it's taking all my will-power not to throw a few shekels at buying 'extras', particularly storage space for all my cool gear...

My only issue with what is a deeply compelling game is the (player community) use of the term 'rape train' for a combined XP-gathering exercise.  Other than that, it's pure simple brilliance.

http://www.realmofthemadgod.com/
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 04 March, 2012, 08:08:33 pm
Been playing Neverdead, but after getting a couple of hours in I'm not feeling it massively so am shelving it for now I reckon. It's got a lot going for it (I particularly like a lot of the comic booky UI and some of the enemy designs are very different, at least visually) but a lot of the time during fights is spent rolling around re-attaching things and it gets a bit fiddly and breaks the pace of the action a bit. I may go back to it at some point (I always want to support Rebellion's games and generally enjoy them) but I'm finding more and more that I struggle to find the time to play the games I'm loving as much as I want to, so when something isn't quite blowing me away I'm a bit quicker to move on nowadays.

Right now I'm maybe being overly choosy as I want a reasonably clean slate for Mass Effect 3 on Friday :)
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 04 March, 2012, 08:56:13 pm

Right now I'm maybe being overly choosy as I want a reasonably clean slate for Mass Effect 3 on Friday :)

Yep. I finished Portal 2 last week and am tinkering with the end of Portal. But, really, I'm just waiting to kick some Reaper arse.

Miranda or Ashley?
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 04 March, 2012, 11:26:31 pm

Right now I'm maybe being overly choosy as I want a reasonably clean slate for Mass Effect 3 on Friday :)

Yep. I finished Portal 2 last week and am tinkering with the end of Portal. But, really, I'm just waiting to kick some Reaper arse.

Miranda or Ashley?

Definitely Miranda, sadly Ashley is no longer a concern in the ME universe I've made for myself!
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Post by: I, Cosh on 04 March, 2012, 11:34:33 pm
Haven't had the X-Box on since before Christmas. I think I was just about on the last level of Bastion but I'd gotten sort of bored with it. Dug out the Gamecube last weekend and have been playing Pikmin 2. It's a fairly cutesy puzzle game in a Lemmingsy vein. Generally pretty easy but fun and later levels are sufficiently tricky to keep me occupied.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 04 March, 2012, 11:53:30 pm
Liara is better than Infertile Miranda and Speciesist Ashley. This is my opinion so therefore it is the objective truth. You may now go about your business.
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Post by: Satanist on 05 March, 2012, 07:36:37 am
I went with Tali because I wanted a peek under her gasmask, shame my spunk will probably kill her!
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Post by: brendan1 on 05 March, 2012, 09:42:23 am
Jak and Daxter Trilogy

Cheers for the recommendation. I loved the first one but never played the sequels so I'll get on this.

I don't really go for those type of games, preferring RPGs and FPSs, but I remember having an unplanned week off work back in about 2001 or so, and playing Jak & Daxter - The Precursor Legacy every day, all day, with the help of a mound of gak, until I'd completed it, and also collected every single one of the....things you were supposed to collect.

It was beautiful and great fun
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Post by: von Boom on 16 March, 2012, 02:41:54 pm
Been reading Hitchhiker's again lately so I've been playing The Hitchhiker's Adventure Game from 1984. I'd forgotten how devious and addictive this game is. I have the Infocom version that I can play through the Frotz emulator, but mostly I've been playing the updated flash version on the bbc website.

If you've never tried it before go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml) and give it a try. Be sure to consult the guide on things and double click on the items you have on the right hand side for some info about those.

I've been searching the internet for a cheap 8086 pc with a mono screen so I can play this game in it's original, cursor blinking, textual glory.

JvB
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Post by: radiator on 21 March, 2012, 05:15:51 pm
Had a quick blast on Journey (PS3) the other day.

Bit of a 'meh', really.

Gorgeous visuals, but tbh it's more of an interactive screensaver than a game - little in the way of challenge or excitement.

If there was actually something to get your teeth into - perhaps some form of combat or puzzles - it'd be something special. As it is, it's just a bit dull.

(http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/110/1100163/journey-20100617072956515.jpg)
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Post by: Durendal on 21 March, 2012, 05:32:23 pm
My friend insists on talking to me about Final Fantasy XIII-2? Something about pokemon. Hasn't been a good FF since 7/8.
To celebrate his inability to pick up on body language and subtle hints such as 'SHUT UP OR I WILL HURT YOU' I am playing Resonance of Fate. Also known as 'oh god, there are more barrels on my gun than actual gun'. http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/8819/sgb226ca.jpg
ROF was released round about the same time as FFXIII so the corridor/hair simulator stole some of the attention.
ROF is JRPG by Tri-Ace and it is awesome and also very silly, like a Japanese John Woo simulator. The fights are OTT gun based shenanigans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-uQ9uYoIsw and the script if hilarious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVibNKrp8sQ
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Post by: Professor Bear on 21 March, 2012, 05:43:18 pm
Played the demo for I Am Alive, which seems a bit rubbish.  What it reminds me of most is Terminator: Salvation, as there's a nice post-apocalyptic look and feel to things, but the tech issues and gameplay shortcomings cripple it.  Mind you, I got one playthrough out of T:S after I picked it up for buttons second hand, so IAA might be worth downloading as it's only a tenner.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 22 March, 2012, 04:35:03 pm
Just started Kid Icarus: Uprising, which is pretty rad so far. The controls are a lot better than I'd been led to believe and the sliding scale difficulty is neat.
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Post by: Noisybast on 22 March, 2012, 05:32:45 pm
I'm back on Lego Batman. Strangely, it's a lot more fun this time around. I seem to recall having much more difficulty with camera angles and odd bugs the first time I attempted this. I'm guessing there have been patches.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 22 March, 2012, 07:19:38 pm
April 18: TRIALS EVOLUTION, BITCHES.
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Post by: GordyM on 29 March, 2012, 01:03:52 pm
Had a quick blast on Journey (PS3) the other day.

Bit of a 'meh', really.

Gorgeous visuals, but tbh it's more of an interactive screensaver than a game - little in the way of challenge or excitement.

If there was actually something to get your teeth into - perhaps some form of combat or puzzles - it'd be something special. As it is, it's just a bit dull.

Personally I loved Journey though I appreciate it was more of an emotional, umm, journey than a typical game. It's really dividing gamers between love and hate.
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Post by: radiator on 29 March, 2012, 01:20:06 pm
I dunno, I didn't hate it, just thought it was a bit pointless. I feel the same way about Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery - incredible visuals and music - but the 'game' element is so slow and tedious.

I've really liked previous arty-farty type games like Rez - but then at the core of Rez is a challenging score attack shooter mechanic - something to actually engage my brain (and trigger finger). Pretty visuals alone just aren't enough.

Imo Bastion really nailed the balance between art and game - lovely visuals and atmospherics, but married to a rewarding and satisfying game experience.
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Post by: Durendal on 01 April, 2012, 11:40:49 am
Hell:After The End aka hatemoo.
H:ATE is a MOO, which is a fancy name for a MUD which is a multiplayer text RPG.

In the beginning there was HellMOO, a post apocalyptic RPG, and grief and good times were had by a small majority at the expense of the masses and admin popularity. The admins became outraged that a game designed for deviants and griefers would attract the scum of the internet and so closed it down and handed a copy of the game core to some other dudes who didn't care that much I guess.
So all the scum went to hatemoo and hellmoo retained the kind of players who enjoy touching each other and themselves while admins stare at them and also touch themselves while doing so.

The features list for H:ATE is pretty impressive, it's like a text Grand Theft Fallout.

and crap loads more

The game is not child friendly or work friendly. It has some rather unorthodox features so if you are offended by a complete stranger pissing on you, spitting on you, farting on you, raping you, tricking you into eating harmful drugs and then dragging you off to their secret underground rape lair or being pushed down stairs by blind people then you might want to steer clear.

Much of the fun comes from interaction with other players and then murdering them.
Greenjester faces immediate justice http://pastebin.com/nbVVuYvh
Hulk Hogan holds a job interview http://pastebin.com/f231ca5be
Notorious DRS corp break into a guys apartment and are so sad that there is nothing to steal that they call in admin favours and redecorate his apartment http://pastebin.com/f290ef2a8
Charlatan challenges Lexi to an apple eating contest http://pastebin.com/f65325407

More info here http://aftertheend.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
To connect you can either telnet://aftertheend.org:7777 but telnet is not so great. Use a mud client like MUSHclient and connect to aftertheend.org port 7777

I'm Zenith in game
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Post by: Mister Pops on 06 April, 2012, 12:34:34 am
The Secret of Monkey IslandTM

I got this game for my Iphone. Reminded me of the days when the Lucasarts label meant something fun.

Insult sword-fighting is one of the greatest game mechanics ever.
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Post by: radiator on 23 April, 2012, 11:39:01 am
I'm absolutely manic at the moment painting the new flat and packing etc, but in the last week I have downloaded Fez and Trials Evolution and have managed to grab an hour or two on each.

Seriously, if you own an Xbox 360 you really, really should buy both these games. Fez is an adorable 8-bitesque platform/puzzle game with a novel twist, and Trials Evolution is the sequel to the excellent physics-based 2.5D motorbike racer Trials HD*.

(http://gamereuphoriacom.ultranerds.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/FEZ_Screenshot_1-e1334492930119.jpg)

(http://i1.cdnds.net/12/09/618x347/redlynx-trials-evolution-13.jpg)

*Despite it's fearsome reputation as a hard as nails gaming experience, my girlfriend's young nieces and nephews - aged between 5 and 7 - adore Trials, and it keeps them glued to the screen when we have family visiting. There's something very intuitive about the controls that appeals to all ages.
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Post by: Rog69 on 23 April, 2012, 05:45:12 pm
I just finished the excellent Trine 2 last night after picking it up in the Steam sale a couple of weeks ago.

For anyone unfamiliar with the series, its a very cool physics puzzle / platform game with some pretty lush graphics. It's pretty much more of the same from the first game but looking slightly prettier and having the inclusion of multiplayer this time around.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 April, 2012, 06:42:55 pm
Finished Kid Icarus last night. Best visuals this year, and the storyline is ridiculously awesome.
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Post by: Mudcrab on 23 April, 2012, 07:28:25 pm
Trials Evolution is the sequel to the excellent physics-based 2.5D motorbike racer Trials HD*.

(http://i1.cdnds.net/12/09/618x347/redlynx-trials-evolution-13.jpg)

*Despite it's fearsome reputation as a hard as nails gaming experience, my girlfriend's young nieces and nephews - aged between 5 and 7 - adore Trials, and it keeps them glued to the screen when we have family visiting. There's something very intuitive about the controls that appeals to all ages.

Ooooh, I like the look of that. Just finished Mass Effect 2 (they killed Mordin, the bastards!) so will check that out before 3 arrives!

Was always disappointed there's never been another Dave Mirra BMX game, loved that. This looks like it'll have a similar feel, despite being a proper bike as opposed to a BMX obviously.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 April, 2012, 07:57:15 pm
It's more of a physics-based platformer as opposed to a "bike game." One of the best games this year, I reckon.
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Post by: radiator on 23 April, 2012, 07:57:33 pm
Quote
Ooooh, I like the look of that.

It's ace, but be aware that Trials is more of a platform game that a 'racing' game. You must use carefully-judged acceleration and the weight of your rider (via the analogue stick) to propel yourself through increasingly difficult courses. And it gets teeth-gnashingly hard in the later stages - proper old-school, throwing the controller across the room in a fit of rage hard.

Evolution comes with a suite of multiplayer modes and also an improved level editor if you like that sort of thing - imagine Little Big Planet but actually good. I don't much go for creating my own levels but it's a breeze to download other people's creations - the best ones are spotlighted and rated, and the level editor is extremely versatile - people have even created crude shoot 'em ups and even FPS'es using it (don't ask me how!).
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Post by: Mudcrab on 23 April, 2012, 10:21:56 pm
Gave it a trial (boom boom) and it's arsom! In Dave Mirra there was a lot of tricky hopping about on things and very painful looking crashes (basically like any of the skateboard ones), which this has in abundance! Had loads of fun on the rollercoaster and of course, many a restart! Great physics too. Only 1 stage off the end of trial so looks like I'll be buying it. I can see it getting pretty insane later.

Speaking of insane tricks/jumps and crashes, there's a new SSX out soon (or 3 years time knowing game hype) which I'm looking forward to, always loved those.

Aaaaah, reminds me of Kick Start  :lol:
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 23 April, 2012, 10:52:33 pm


Ooooh, I like the look of that. Just finished Mass Effect 2 (they killed Mordin, the bastards!) so will check that out before 3 arrives!


Ooh. You may want to try to save Mordin. Jus' sayin'. He makes a lot of missions in ME3 easier, although he doesn't join your squad.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 April, 2012, 10:57:39 pm
Mordin generally seems to die randomly holding back the Collector forces while you're off fighting the Larvae. To be on the safe side, either take him with you or send him back to the Normandy with the crew.
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Post by: radiator on 23 April, 2012, 10:59:09 pm
If Trials Evolution is anything like Trials HD, some of the later levels are going to take hundreds of restarts to reach the end of...
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 24 April, 2012, 08:20:13 am
Mordin generally seems to die randomly holding back the Collector forces while you're off fighting the Larvae. To be on the safe side, either take him with you or send him back to the Normandy with the crew.

Yes, I sent him back with the crew from the Normandy.
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Post by: chaingunchimp on 24 April, 2012, 12:15:57 pm
currently playing Dead island
only really put in 20mins gameplay but loving it so far
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Post by: Mudcrab on 24 April, 2012, 01:16:24 pm
Splendid, cheers for the Mordin advice, I did fancy going back to rectify that, if only to be an achievement whore, but that sounds like good advice. One day I'll go back and keep Ashley alive too!
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Post by: Noisybast on 24 April, 2012, 01:51:19 pm
Back on Fable 2, mopping up the last few achievements.
Don't suppose anybody's got a Garth or Hammer Hero Doll knocking around their inventory that they can bung me on XBox Live...?
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Post by: mogzilla on 24 April, 2012, 08:54:43 pm
in between flitting between amalur and the witcher 2 ,i've been reliving the genius that is worms!
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Post by: Mudcrab on 26 April, 2012, 10:39:04 pm
Well, finished ME2 again, twice (the end that is). Saved Mordin but also kept the collector base, which didn't seem right for my Shep, but at least I've got different saved to try out. Aside from Mordin being useful I'd have missed him singing Gilbert & Sullivan, well worth it  :lol:

See you in the ME3 thread...
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Post by: Satanist on 29 April, 2012, 04:25:16 pm
The Walking Dead ep1 on 360 - Based on Comic not TV show so you bump into comic version of some characters and not the annoying TV versions. Also the graphics are done to look like the comic, except in colour.

You get to make choices (who dies,who lives) which supposedly carry over to next eps so could get interesting for those of us who cant help but try every decision.

Really reminds me of Heavy Rain on PS3. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next ep as this ones only about 2 hours long.
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Post by: mogzilla on 29 April, 2012, 07:59:46 pm
played the demo for that awesome! only quibble, can you invert the controls we wacking zombs? i'm used to inverted so died a lot on my first encounter!
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Post by: bluemeanie on 30 April, 2012, 08:40:13 am
Yeah, I did that one last night too.
Not really a fan of the comic or tv show, got it for the wife as she loves both. I really liked the game though and am def up for episode 2

Like the Jurassic Park one before this it is a lot like an interactive movie a lot of the time, but unlike Jurassic Park I wasnt bored at all working through this one.
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Post by: Noisybast on 02 May, 2012, 12:27:13 pm
Guess everyone's left Fable 2 way behind, huh?
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Post by: Mister Pops on 07 May, 2012, 08:31:22 pm
The Bank Holiday and bad weather has conspired to give me time to finally play some Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Bloody good fun it was, I love the Zelda formula.

This game brings a lot of fun new game mechanics. The navigating with flying and sky-diving is satisfying, the 1:1 motions of the sword/controller* are implemented beautifully.

So far I've hopped and skipped all over the place, slashed up everything, finished the first Temple, and kicked the shit out of some No Account Bangkok Ladyboy. It'll be at least 2 month's until I get the 'Big TV' time to properly enjoy this again, but I've loved everything about it so far.

*this is one thing about the Wii that vexes me. It's the first time I've used the Wii Motion PlusTM, and it's annoying that this technology wasn't used as the default
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Post by: Satanist on 12 May, 2012, 03:33:40 pm
played the demo for that awesome! only quibble, can you invert the controls we wacking zombs? i'm used to inverted so died a lot on my first encounter!

Just checked and theres no invert option far as I can tell.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 12 May, 2012, 05:14:28 pm
STARFOX 3DS on my 3DS - picked up from Asda for £15.    Not sure about the gyro controls (tend to just use them for minute last second adjustments rather than for full steering) but it's a hugely fun and shiny update of the N64 game. But I still find it rock hard.
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Post by: radiator on 12 May, 2012, 09:06:57 pm
Haven't played the 3DS version, but the N64 original is one of my favourite games of all time.
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Post by: judge cooper on 19 May, 2012, 05:25:23 pm
has anyone got a ps3
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Post by: Goaty on 19 May, 2012, 07:19:59 pm
Just play first Commandos: Behind The Lines, totally love it as did when it first out years ago!
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Post by: radiator on 19 May, 2012, 07:55:23 pm
Ah, that takes me back. Commandos was a great game! Rock hard though.
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Post by: Goaty on 19 May, 2012, 08:06:09 pm
Ah, that takes me back. Commandos was a great game! Rock hard though.

Yep, lot of stabbing by knife, got all 1 to 3 in package on steam.

Commando 2 was best of all, as many of sneak and ways to less the German soldiers.
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Post by: judge cooper on 19 May, 2012, 08:13:38 pm
Ah, that takes me back. Commandos was a great game! Rock hard though.

Yep, lot of stabbing by knife, got all 1 to 3 in package on steam.

Commando 2 was best of all, as many of sneak and ways to less the German soldiers.
i could never stop using the bury technique to sneak past soldiers
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 26 August, 2012, 04:27:27 pm
Just finished Dead Island, which has the Best Videogame Trailer Of All Time Ever. The game is massively meh though, like a zombie Borderlands (which sounds amazing right?) but the combat's really poor and the missions are all dull fetch quests (I stopped doing the side-mission entirely which is rare for me with an RPG-ish game).

It's also not very slick, obviously a fairly low budget game that got hyped to high heaven because of That Trailer (which was outsourced to another company).

Didn't enjoy it much, but battered through it anyway, mainly because it has some of the funniest voice acting out there.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 05 September, 2012, 10:05:53 pm
Just played through Syndicate (the Starbreeze reboot, not the great old school one).

I really enjoyed it, very cyberpunk which is an aesthetic that floats my boat. The shooting is pretty solid and the hacking powers make things a little different. It's rough around the edges so seems to have been rushed a bit, the art direction itself is gorgeous but there are some very unpolished moments and twice I thought I was stuck at a puzzle when actually a scripted event just wasn't triggering (and did once I rebooted).

A shame it wasn't shown more love, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'll take any sci-fi/horror-ish FPS over a million gritty military efforts. If you like sci-fi and enjoyed the F.E.A.R. games this is probably for you.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 05 September, 2012, 11:08:24 pm
The Walking Dead (XBL/PSN).  Not sure what the point of it is: you walk about, interact with something, then spend long minutes in conversation with other characters, then a zombie does something, then you spend another half hour in conversations that lead nowhere and resolve nothing.  Is this really what people would expect of a game based on The Walking Dead?

Saints Row: the Gangsters In Space, Apocalypse Genki and Trouble With Clones DLC.  GIS and TWC are really fun, especially getting super-powers and doing fireballs and running around Steelport with super-speed, but Apocalypse genki is just more of the same Genki bowl arena combat stuff.  Good, mad fun.

Lego Batman 2: in-level save points are long overdue for the increasingly-huge playing areas in these Lego games, but like Lego Batman 1, a lot of the levels can still feel overlong and the puzzles a little abstract.  What some of it has to do with Batman or his world is also open to question (different suits=different powers is an odd mechanic, for instance).  Still good fun, but I get the impression - as with many of the more recent Lego titles - that younger players aren't the intended audience.

Skyrim: finished it, then it keeps going.  And going.  Despite this, your actions don't seem to impact much upon your reputation or on how you can play the game, making your actions feel increasingly irrelevant.  I don't like this mechanic - I like to play as a character, especially if it's one I've created myself, and what that character is and how it acts in a world should have an impact on that world for better or worse.  Fallout 3 managed this mechanic with it's one-reputation system all the way back in 2008, but New Vegas and now Skyrim move away from that little by little to the point it becomes irrelevant if you act morally or otherwise, so why does it matter what you do, or to who?  Despite this, you're still locked into one side or the other in a civil war storyline that spans the main questline of the game with no option to switch sides, again making your decisions seem irrelevant and ultimately pointless, though fair enough it's only a videogame and is ultimately pointless anyway...
Enjoyable, all told, but unlike other immersive RPGs, I can't see myself replaying this one as a different character.
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Post by: judge cooper on 06 September, 2012, 05:48:17 pm
judge dredd on psn
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Post by: GordyM on 06 September, 2012, 06:53:03 pm
Dark Siders 2: a lot of fun despite all of its over familiar game mechanics (Prince of Persia style platforming, God of War style combat etc). Decent length too - took me around 20 hours and I didn't bother my arse with any of the side quests.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 06 September, 2012, 08:48:29 pm
I'm playing Halo Wars. It's bloody great.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 September, 2012, 11:36:25 pm
Just played episode 3 of Walking Dead. Dear lord, that was stressful (and mighty depressing). Absolutely fantastic though.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 15 September, 2012, 01:24:34 pm
Finished FEAR 3 yesterday. Great fun but The Shortest Game Ever.
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Post by: NapalmKev on 26 September, 2012, 11:45:07 am
Just played Demo for Resi Evil 6. Not overly amazed but at least there are proper Zombies in it again as opposed to the Ganados (they still appear within the game).

Loved the originals but the series seems to be on a decline. Too much emphasis on 'buddy' combat mechanics and not enough scares!

Cheers  :)
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Post by: radiator on 26 September, 2012, 11:58:30 am
I just finished Dust: An Elysian Tail.

Marvellous little game - highly recommended. Like a blend of Metroid, Castlevania and Dog Tanian and the Muscahounds. IIRC the only game I've ever unlocked every single achievement for.

I'm now playing Fez again. A very charming, perplexing little game. Extremely clever, but perhaps a little too clever for it's own good as some of the 'puzzles' are batshit insane hard. I'm finding navigating the world very confusing and frustrating - basically ending up going through random doors until I find a new area I haven't visited yet. I can't tell if it's designed to be this disorienting or if I'm just stupid.
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Post by: grthink on 26 September, 2012, 12:57:15 pm
Started 'Sleeping Dogs' -- it's more of the same GTA "walk around the city, beating people up" but with a similar fighting style to the Arkham Asylum/City games. It's OK so far. It kept me up until 2pm so it must be doing something right.

Before that I finished Lego Batman 2, which was OK-ish. The only other Lego Game I played in earnest was The Complete Star Wars and I think that was much better executed. Lego Batman 2 dragged a little once the story was finished, and so many of the collectible figures were useless, it felt like an anti-climax to collect them. Oh, and every time you fly as Superman it plays the Superman theme, which I found really, really irritating.

And before that was Assassin's Creed Revelations, which is more of the same Assassin's Creed. Wasn't a fan of the new 'den defence' minigame, but otherwise it was OK. Still have a few missions to go that I've not gotten around to doing, but I'll be glad to move off from Ezio's story when AC3 rolls out.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 26 September, 2012, 02:10:28 pm
I've been really struggling to find any games to hold my interest lately. I've tried demos of, among others, Deadlight, Dust, Fez and Spelunky. Didn't like any of them, although I did find Mark of the Ninja reasonably fun so might buy that at some point.

A mate was over the other weekend and, after a couple of beers, he got me to download Tony Hawk HD which is great fun but essentially replaying games we loved fifteen years ago with a worse controller.

Who can help me?
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Post by: radiator on 26 September, 2012, 02:12:59 pm
Have you played Trials HD or Trials: Evolution?

Limbo?
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Post by: JamesC on 26 September, 2012, 02:18:25 pm
I played Ghost Recon Future Soldier and really liked it. It's sort of 'Rainbow 6 lite' - a squad based third person shooter with a bit of light strategy thrown in - the co-op multiplayer is supposed to be fun but I haven't tried it yet.

If you like action shooters I'd recommend Vanquish. One of my favourite games this generation - very fast paced and just great fun. Single player only though.

Sleeping Dogs is also quite fun. I like the story and the Hong Kong vibe is great.

For a quick five minute blast I really like NHL 2011. I'm not normally a big fan of sports games but hockey doesn't seem to have many rules and it's very fast paced. NHL 2013 is supposed to be ace.

As for XBLA you can't go wrong with PacMan Championship Edition DX. It's a totally different game to traditional Pacman and is really addictive.
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Post by: Satanist on 26 September, 2012, 03:32:24 pm
Cosh - That adventure game on steam is called Resonance
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Post by: I, Cosh on 27 September, 2012, 01:07:40 am
Have you played Trials HD or Trials: Evolution? Limbo?
Didn't like the first Trials at all. Think I have Limbo on Steam, might give it a try again.

My favourite games are still shootemups while the things I've enjoyed most in recent memory are Child of Eden, Super Meat Boy and Arkham Asylum. Actually, I still haven't gotten round to getting Arkham City. That's worth a try.

Cosh - That adventure game on steam is called Resonance
Nice one. Sounds pretty cool. Will give it a go once I sort out a computer with a proper screen and the internet again.
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Post by: radiator on 27 September, 2012, 12:21:25 pm
Shadow Complex?

Bastion?

Rez HD?

I like the look of Mark of the Ninja - I usually despise stealth games, but this looks like stealth done right.
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Post by: grthink on 27 September, 2012, 12:45:34 pm
Cosh - Arkham City is definitely worth a go. Whether you pay extra for the Catwoman content is up to you though.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 27 September, 2012, 02:07:52 pm
Shadow Complex?
Finished that. Liked it quite a bit as it reminded me of some of my favourite BBC Micro era arcade adventure type games. Had actually thought Deadlight was going to be in the same vein but it didn't seem to be.
Bastion?
Quite liked that, despite the grating narration. However, I did the thing I'm always doing of getting to the stage just before the last showdown then going back to try and get all the extras and side missions then losing interest and forgetting about it for a few weeks and now having no idea of the controls or abilities. See also: Okami, Psychonauts, etc...
Rez HD?
I've thought of that but I still have the PS2 version and have never managed to get the ultimate completion (100% in all zones in a single run) on that so it wouldn't feel right to start it on another platform.

I see Jet Set Radio's getting an XBLA release. Never played that so might give it a go.

Cosh - Arkham City is definitely worth a go. Whether you pay extra for the Catwoman content is up to you though.
See, I've actually been holding out for a definitive edition with all the DLC included but I might just give in and buy it.
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Post by: NapalmKev on 27 September, 2012, 02:17:19 pm
Left 4 Dead 2. Been playing on and off since release day (yeah I know it's old). Absolutely amazing game if played online (team vs) and 3 download packs available. Probably the most intense FPS I've ever played (even surpassing the mighty 'Black Ops').

Cheers  :)
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Post by: Professor Bear on 27 September, 2012, 02:21:01 pm
Some DL games in the Shadow Complex mode would be Shoot Many Robots and Outland, though I haven't played more than the first couple of levels of either, so can't say much beyond that.  Enjoyable so far, though.

 Tokyo Jungle, where humans have buggered off the Earth and you play as one of the animals left behind in a Tokyo slowly being reclaimed by nature.
You wander around a sandbox playing area hunting smaller animals for food and marking territory until this makes you impressive enough that a lass of your species lets you take her back to yours so you can sire pups, whom you then control as a pack, ostensibly to wander beyond the territory held by your parents and take that from whatever species dominates, be it bears, alligators or lions or whatever, essentially working your way up the food chain over generations by siring stronger offspring to take control of so that eventually you can graduate from fights against rabbits and cats to taking on chimps, bulls, giraffes and supposedly even a dinosaur somewhere or other in the game area.

Despite the high concept, it's very old-school gaming which basically lets you engineer fights between a bull and a bear without getting locked up, and answers that age-old question of who would win in a fight between an alligator and a Pomeranian*.  Highly recommended if you like your gaming stripped-back to the bones and made to pick up and play rather than immerse yourself for hours (though that's possible too - it's just not essential), it's good to see a game that's tricky but not frustrating to the point I managed to get a Pomeranian to its 11th generation over 45 game years and then got utterly massacred when I thought I could take a bear, and I just laughed it off and had another go.
It's great fun, and an antidote to the awful Duke Nukem Forever - which as mentioned was awful, but the DLC was much better than the actual game, even if the end boss entailed you ramming a truck into a vagina and then shooting ovaries.  I do not mean that the orifice in question resembled the shape of a vagina, either, I mean it is an actual vagina and your aim is to inflict violence upon it, a paradigm for some of my problems with the rest of the game's content which sadly went too far in the wrong direction away from schoolboy smut to misogyny and homophobia.  Some of the level design was a bit vague, too.
Not great.

* The alligator - are you insane?
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Post by: Satanist on 27 September, 2012, 03:31:46 pm
If you liked Shadow Complex give Castlevania-Symphony of the Night a bash. Its old and tough but very rewarding. Id never played it before but loved it when it finally clicked.
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Post by: radiator on 27 September, 2012, 05:35:11 pm
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I see Jet Set Radio's getting an XBLA release. Never played that so might give it a go.

I remember Jet Set Radio being quite a really frustrating experience. Incredible graphics and design, but the way it's structured - with very strict, Crazy Taxi style time limits to complete a stage - made it a bitch to play. You just want to relax and explore this lovely pop-art Tokyo, but you're constantly being hassled by the time limit, or some really irritating bad guy, or both.

The Xbox sequel, Jet Set Radio Future, was fantastic and the game the original should have been. Think it'll run on 360 if you can find a copy.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 27 September, 2012, 05:44:10 pm
Cosh - Arkham City is definitely worth a go. Whether you pay extra for the Catwoman content is up to you though.
See, I've actually been holding out for a definitive edition with all the DLC included but I might just give in and buy it.

What format you playing on? The game of the year edition has (I think) all the DLC. It certainly has the Catwoman episodes and the Harley Quinn's Revenge pack. It's a great game, if you enjoyed Asylum you'll love it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batman-Arkham-City-Game-Edition/dp/B009698ZKS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348764137&sr=8-2 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batman-Arkham-City-Game-Edition/dp/B009698ZKS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348764137&sr=8-2)
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Post by: I, Cosh on 28 September, 2012, 01:33:41 pm
Cosh - Arkham City is definitely worth a go. Whether you pay extra for the Catwoman content is up to you though.
See, I've actually been holding out for a definitive edition with all the DLC included but I might just give in and buy it.
What format you playing on? The game of the year edition has (I think) all the DLC. It certainly has the Catwoman episodes and the Harley Quinn's Revenge pack. It's a great game, if you enjoyed Asylum you'll love it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batman-Arkham-City-Game-Edition/dp/B009698ZKS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348764137&sr=8-2 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batman-Arkham-City-Game-Edition/dp/B009698ZKS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348764137&sr=8-2)
No idea how I've missed that. This is exactly what I've been on the lookout for but only ever seen the PS3 version listed. Cheers.
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Post by: Satanist on 30 September, 2012, 02:56:23 pm
Played an hour of Resi 6 (a week early, get in) and so far it seems a bit off! Wonky controls and invisible walls all over the place. More soon once Ive had some more time with it.
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Post by: grthink on 01 October, 2012, 12:23:43 pm
I mentioned Sleeping Dogs earlier in this thread -- just want to update everyone that it has its hooks firmly in me. I still get frustrated at some of the fight controls, and I can't seem to hold on to a gun for more than 5mins, but other than that it's great. I doubt it'll win any awards, and certainly not for originality, but it's definitely a lot of fun.
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Post by: radiator on 01 October, 2012, 01:31:15 pm
I got Mark of the Ninja the other day - and it's great.

I find playing most stealth games is like pulling teeth, but this one does it really well; encouraging experimentation and not punishing the player all the time. Modern, clean, clever design combined with pleasingly sticky controls and satisfying mechanics. Rewarding and rarely frustrating.

Good stuff. One of those games you're looking forward to playing through again while you're still playing it - if that makes sense.
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Post by: Rog69 on 01 October, 2012, 02:29:33 pm
I've been getting stuck into Black Mesa over the last week or so.

It's a free fan remake of the original Half-Life using the newer source engine. They team behind it have done a bang up job of converting the original game by replacing most of the models and sounds etc and remaking the levels an a bigger scale with tons of detail.

The game follows the plot of the Original up until the Xen levels, (which were pretty poor in the original) but they are working on releasing the rest of the game further down the line.

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Post by: radiator on 01 October, 2012, 02:33:02 pm
I hop Black Mesa ends up on XBLA or PSN at some point - I love the original Half Life.
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Post by: bluemeanie on 01 October, 2012, 04:56:28 pm
Darksiders2

Enjoying it a lot, but then I'm a pc monkey who has never played God of War which I'm getting the feeling this borrows from quite a bit. Very over the top like the game version of an 80s Simon Bisley comic, which works for me. Lots of skulls, carnage and stupidly oversize weapons (ooh matron!)

Dont have to think too hard, just kill everything with some pretty decent climbing mechanics thrown in. Havent played one like this in a while. Fun stuff, tho I can see myself possibly getting bored before I finish it

(http://www.bagofgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/art-Darksiders-2-angel-armour-2-620x349.jpg)
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Post by: Professor Bear on 01 October, 2012, 05:49:55 pm
A heads-up for Wii users: Poundland are selling We Dare for some reason.  It was never released here or in the US because it's a virtual "truth or dare" thing and they reckoned it might promote sexual promiscuity in kids, so presumably the Poundland games come from some warehouse sell-off on the continent somewhere.  Only a pound so I thought I'd mention it.
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Post by: Kano Magnus on 01 October, 2012, 11:08:57 pm
minecraft. should i be getting into this? i've got the impression it's like computer crack
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 02 October, 2012, 06:22:49 am
Fourteenth level Dwarven Warrior and twentyfifth level Human Captain in Lord of the Rings Online.

It's for free.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 02 October, 2012, 03:30:04 pm
minecraft. should i be getting into this? i've got the impression it's like computer crack

Minecraft is dangerous stuff. The vanilla game is just the tip of the ice-berg, there's all kinds of mods and texture packs available. It can be a lot of fun and it can be very frustrating. I would recommend finding a server or playing over a LAN though, this game is really enhanced by multiplayer.

If you find yourself becoming addicted, play on Hardcore mode. If you die you lose everything and the gameworld deletes itself, along with all your progress. Proper GAME OVER, like in the old days.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 02 October, 2012, 03:35:42 pm
Ok, so I'm working through my purchases from the last Steam Sale.

What do I start:-

Oblivion
Crysis
Dawn of War 40K
Dawn of War II
STALKER Call of Pripyat
The Dues Exes (got them all)
Alan Wake

I've played none of these - well, apart form an hour of Alan Wake before my old Xbox dies

Also got Max Payne 3 and Gears of War 3 on the Xbox

What to play? What to play?
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Post by: bluemeanie on 03 October, 2012, 11:47:48 am
Thought I should add an extra to Darksiders 2 in that it's now gone VERY Tomb Raider / new Prince of Persia.

Lots of climb here, pull this lever, swim down, break this seal, climb back up....

Still lots of hitting things and now even shooting things but its not quite as Golden Axe as it was at the start
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Post by: JamesC on 03 October, 2012, 12:07:45 pm
Thought I should add an extra to Darksiders 2 in that it's now gone VERY Tomb Raider / new Prince of Persia.

Lots of climb here, pull this lever, swim down, break this seal, climb back up....

Still lots of hitting things and now even shooting things but its not quite as Golden Axe as it was at the start

I've heard it's quite Zelda like. I'd be interested in paying it if that's true.
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Post by: vzzbux on 04 October, 2012, 10:10:22 pm
At the moment I am deep into RAGE on the PS3. I may be some time on it as I have already clocked up 16hrs of play time.





V
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Post by: Professor Bear on 05 October, 2012, 01:42:45 am
You are going to be so happy with the ending you get for all those hours you invest in that game.
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Post by: JamesC on 09 October, 2012, 10:32:44 am
Just finished the main campaign on Sleeping Dogs - took me a while!
A very satisfying end to a great game, I thought.

I laughed out loud when I chucked Big Smile Lee in the ice chipper - he was such a wanker!

 I still have plenty of side missions to do which will pass the time until Assassin's Creed 3 comes out at the end of the month.
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Post by: grthink on 09 October, 2012, 10:53:40 am
I've really got to learn not to scroll over the spoiler bars if I don't want to find out what happens.

Still, good to know Big Smile Lee gets what's coming to him.

I've got two or three story missions to do, then other than collectibles I'm done. I seem to have missed out all of the races, somehow, though.
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Post by: von Boom on 10 October, 2012, 09:02:27 pm
Mechwarrior Online. The NDA has been lifted from the closed beta so I can now say that I'm playing this game.

Not bad so far, there are some problems, but it IS beta after all.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 13 October, 2012, 06:40:36 pm
Did a big tidy up and clear out this week. Got rid of four wheelie bins worth of shite and about 7 black bin bags of stuff went to the local charity shop. We can see the floor of the cupboard under the stairs now. That's where we found the old SEGA MOTHER MEGA FUCKING DRIVE

Just played Micro Machines and I'll have some Mortal Kombat II later.
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Post by: NapalmKev on 13 October, 2012, 08:42:30 pm
Resident Evil 6: Bit of a mixed bag this one. It's got 4 campaigns but I found 2 of them a bit average and another (Chris) to by absolutely diabolical. Leons campaign was by comparison quite excellent (IMO) and the Mercenaries bonus game equally magnificent. Aside from some dodgy camera issues I thought it a good game overall.

Walking Dead: Just finished episode 4 and I have to say I'm enjoying this series immensely. It's got a real dark storyline that doesn't hold back on the horror, and has delivered genuine shocks time and again. Well worth a look.

Cheers  :)
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Post by: Dr Feeley Good on 13 October, 2012, 10:53:19 pm
Just started Dishonored......seems spot on up to now !
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 15 October, 2012, 07:37:08 pm
During my charity marathon I played through the new Walking Dead episode and it was absolutely brilliant, hand over mouth and gasp drama. Really excellent series.

I also played Rogue Trooper from start to finish and once I got into the swing of it it felt like it hadn't dated at all. It really is a brilliantly crafted gem of a game, and I want a sequel so bad that I'd let Rebellion touch me in the bad place just to get one. Love it, truly love it.

It's also the game that convinced me stealth wasn't rubbish, I'd hated it up to that point but sneaking around with the silenced sniper, using the holo-decoy to pinpoint snipers, it was ace. The Traitor General is still a massive difficulty spike but after dying a few times I just spent all my scrap on manufacturing a ton of Mortar ammo and did a proper one man army run on it and it felt amazing. Rogue Trooper 2 please.

Raised £380 in the end, which was way more than I expected, thanks to the guys who donated, much appreciated :D
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Post by: JamesC on 16 October, 2012, 12:19:14 pm
Recently played the first few levels of Bioshock.
I think it's probably showing its age a bit - to be honest it bored me.
The world design is absolutely fantastic but gameplay wise it's a chore. Things like ammo and magic are rare enough that you feel you have to search every drawer, corpse, nook and cranny and to be honest that just isn't fun. The same thing annoyed me on the recent Deus Ex. Combat is about as 'by the numbers' as it gets although I think that when it was released some of the magic attacks were pretty original.
It's also one of those games where every so often you'll just get spammed with a load of low level baddies to give you something to do.
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Post by: NapalmKev on 16 October, 2012, 12:29:59 pm
Recently played the first few levels of Bioshock.
I think it's probably showing its age a bit - to be honest it bored me.
The world design is absolutely fantastic but gameplay wise it's a chore. Things like ammo and magic are rare enough that you feel you have to search every drawer, corpse, nook and cranny and to be honest that just isn't fun. The same thing annoyed me on the recent Deus Ex. Combat is about as 'by the numbers' as it gets although I think that when it was released some of the magic attacks were pretty original.
It's also one of those games where every so often you'll just get spammed with a load of low level baddies to give you something to do.


I really enjoyed Bioshock, thought it was great. The End Boss is a bit shit, but I felt it had a real good story. Bioshock 2 is also quite good, and it's got multiplayer but some of the level design is a bit linear.

Cheers :)
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Post by: JamesC on 16 October, 2012, 03:18:06 pm
Well the story and the world-building was the best thing about it but the searching for bullets and dealing with annoying security bots and splicers that just ran around like something out of Doom killed any enthusiasm.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 16 October, 2012, 04:54:06 pm
Bioshock bored me rigid. I found the lack of variation in the baddies to be shocking (payed about 60% of the game - I know because I read a walkthrough to see how far I got - and it seemed to be the same madman/ madwoman over and over).

In fact, its enduring impact on me was that I really like the flame effects at the very start. It went downhill fast after that.
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Post by: Spicy Biscuit on 16 October, 2012, 09:15:49 pm
College has me bogged down but I managed to catch an hour on Dead Nation. Despite me loathing zombie games I enjoy how unapologetic in it's execution of the theme. Plus I absolutely love the top down genre. Great fun.

I'm also itching to get back into Dwarf Fortress, that thing was like crack to me a few years ago.
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Post by: grthink on 17 October, 2012, 05:17:32 pm
Bioshock is one of my top, all-time games. Granted, there's not much variance in the splicers, but the atmosphere, pacing and story are incredible. Sound design, too -- just thinknig about it has me hearing security bots. I don't thik its strength ever lied in its qualities as a shooter (there are games that do that better -- Borderlands etc) but in terms of delivering a structure, ad a story, and doing it so stylishly... I bloody love that game.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 17 October, 2012, 05:46:00 pm
Renegade Ops - top-down twin-stick shooter about brumming about in jeeps shooting things in warzones.  Supposedly old-school but looks very shiny and plays in an idiot-proof manner.  Good fun for all and worth a punt via XBL or PSN.
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Post by: radiator on 17 October, 2012, 05:56:23 pm
Isn't that the one Rennie worked on?
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Post by: NapalmKev on 20 October, 2012, 07:02:45 pm
Dishonored: I've played a couple of hours of this and on the whole I think it's actually not bad. The game can be played stealthily (knives to the back of the neck, hiding bodies), or in a more robust fashion; killing everyone loud and excessively violent, leaving bodies everywhere leading to an increase in guards and rat infestations. There's even a perk system for the various abilities/powers that you can acquire.

Worth a look,

Cheers  :)
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 20 October, 2012, 09:17:51 pm
Isn't that the one Rennie worked on?

Yeah I think so.

Just got around to Assassin's Creed Revelations. Bloody loved it. Can't wait for AC3.
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Post by: Judge Fish on 21 October, 2012, 06:58:56 am
I'm currently on my second complete playthrough of Max Payne 3 (at hardest available difficulty level), in order to complete all the grinds. Most games once I have completed them once go back on the shelf to collect dust until the end of time, but this is one of those rare titles that has enough old school playability to keep me coming back.

Still got a few other games in my pile of shame to work through once that is done, however. Though I do want to pick up Sleeping Dogs, Dishonoured, and eventually, Assassins Creed 3.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 21 October, 2012, 10:38:33 am
I'm currently on my second complete playthrough of Max Payne 3 (at hardest available difficulty level), in order to complete all the grinds. Most games once I have completed them once go back on the shelf to collect dust until the end of time, but this is one of those rare titles that has enough old school playability to keep me coming back.

Still got a few other games in my pile of shame to work through once that is done, however. Though I do want to pick up Sleeping Dogs, Dishonoured, and eventually, Assassins Creed 3.

I'm shocked to read this. I gave up on Max Payne 3 at the bit in the second level where you shoot from a helicopter. I just could not face more interminable cut scenes.
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Post by: JamesC on 21 October, 2012, 11:15:53 am
I've just started playing Max Payne 3 and actually just got past the helicopter bit.
So far I haven't seen anything very original and the whole thing feels very much on rails - you literally go from corridor to a room full of baddies to another corridor and so on.
The writing is good though and the main character is convincing and well acted.
I'm glad this is just a rental though and that I didn't buy it on the strength of the reviews.
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Post by: Judge Fish on 21 October, 2012, 12:13:37 pm
Honestly it wasn't until about level four or so on my first playthrough where everything really kicked in for me, before that point I just couldn't quite get the feel of the controls down to a point where I felt truly happy with them, and it felt a bit like I was fighting against them, until suddenly it all just started to click and I got properly into the groove.

I actually felt disappointed with the game to start with too for the first few hours, as an old school Max Payne fan, but once it finally clicked for me from that point on I honestly loved every minute of it.

I do wish you could skip through the cutscenes after your first playthrough though, as even though I actually think the story is really quite good in the way that it unwinds and draws you in deeper and deeper, and that is important on your first playthrough, after that sometimes you just want to get to the business of gunning.
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Post by: radiator on 21 October, 2012, 12:24:48 pm
Unskippable cut scenes are one of my gaming pet hates. It betrays a certain arrogance on the part of the developer.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 21 October, 2012, 02:25:39 pm
Generally unskippable cutscenes are masking loading times, so the cutscene is seen as the lesser of two evils where the alternative would be a loading screen. Where it bothers me is when games pop an unskippable cutscenes immediately after a checkpoint, really adds to the frustration on repeated attempts!
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 24 October, 2012, 07:48:00 pm
Splitting my time between Dishonoured and Doom 3 BFG Edition (the joy of mutliple trade ins!)

I must say that Dishonoured is great (if easy). It's a real fun game - I said to the missus I can't remember the last time I have enjoyed playing a game as much. It's no Mass Effect on the story front, but it is exhuberant and a great wee world to potter around in. The simplicity makes it easy to think you really are a supernatural killing machine out to clear your name. (Note: It may be harder if you don't possess every damn thing in sight).

Doom 3 is fab, too. I played it when it first came out and my bug-bear was that Hard difficulty was unfair: enemies required more damage to put down compared to easier difficulties while ammo was harder to find. That's a double whammy and it was wearisome - without the torch - to get a headshot with every shot or die. The tweaks to the BFG edition are subtle. It plays faster, and there is much more ammo. Now, I'm ready if they try to Hurt Me Plenty.

Although the unfair teleporting in of bad guys (you can spin and see them appear behind you when you hit a trigger point, appearing from nowhere) is still present and annoying.

Doom and Doom 2 are also fun with a gamepad.
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Post by: radiator on 24 October, 2012, 10:08:00 pm
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so the cutscene is seen as the lesser of two evils where the alternative would be a loading screen

Not if you have to watch the fucking thing 10+ times it's not.

Another thing I literally do not understand is the prevalence of extremely repetitive looped/canned dialogue. Would it kill the developers to record a few subtle variations on phrases and sound effects?

Halo was amazing at this, over ten years ago, as the NPC chatter was almost always different and funny. GTAIV also did a great job of having multiple takes on the same conversations so you didn't have to listen to the same thing over and over again, but the vast majority of games still suffer greatly from these problems.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 25 October, 2012, 09:08:13 am
I'm with you on that. Disc space is a big concern (chopping a few lines of non-essential dialogue can free up space for other things, which at the 11th hour can make a huge difference) but where it really rankles with me is when multiple voice actors record the exact same line (Skyrim's arrow in the knee stuff was a recent one that bothered me).

You've got different voice actors in, and multiple readings of the same line will take up as much space as getting each actor to say something differently, so I can't see any excuse for it.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 25 October, 2012, 03:01:50 pm
I'm not sure disc space is an issue these days given that a single layer blu-ray disc holds 25gb, and even with Microsoft determined to hold out against admitting defeat - several years after losing the format wars - bigger games on XB just come on more than one disc.

I'm with Radiator - unskippable cut scenes are indicitive of either arrogance or bad design.  I rarely play a game for the story*, and I would be highly surprised if this was an atypical opinion.

*RPGs being the only possible exception, and even then stuff like Fallout lets you advance dialogue delivery at your own pace.
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Post by: radiator on 25 October, 2012, 03:26:17 pm
I also despise semi-interactive cutscenes, like where you have to walk your character really slowly while they have long, boring conversations or 'dream' sequences that only exist to serve the 'story' that I usually care nothing about.

A good example is the bit in one of the Call of Duty games where there's a whole level where you crawl around dying from a nuclear blast. Boring. Pretentious. I'm playing a Call of Duty game because I want to shoot people, and those kind of things really drain the life out of the game, especially on replays.
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Post by: JamesC on 25 October, 2012, 04:13:53 pm
The thing I hate is when there's a long cutscene immediately followed by a Quick Time Event.
I don't mind QTEs in action games like Vanquish or Bayonetta where they are essentially a way to give a combat bonus to your character.
In games where a QTE follows a long cutscene, I always miss it. Usually because the controller is on my lap and I'm taking a swig of tea or something.
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Post by: radiator on 25 October, 2012, 04:24:31 pm
QTEs full stop.
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Post by: Satanist on 25 October, 2012, 04:25:29 pm
LOOK AT ALL DAT JUICE!

Mustve heard that about 50 times on my insane run through of Gears! Drove me mental.

I'm playing X-Com at the mo, its super addictive and I refuse to give it up. Brilliant!

I'm on about mission 30 and havent lost a guy yet, but that looks like its gonna change soon as the aliens have really stepped it up a gear.
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Post by: NapalmKev on 25 October, 2012, 04:52:32 pm
I also despise semi-interactive cutscenes, like where you have to walk your character really slowly while they have long, boring conversations or 'dream' sequences that only exist to serve the 'story' that I usually care nothing about.

A good example is the bit in one of the Call of Duty games where there's a whole level where you crawl around dying from a nuclear blast. Boring. Pretentious. I'm playing a Call of Duty game because I want to shoot people, and those kind of things really drain the life out of the game, especially on replays.

There's a section in Black ops where you have to walk around the Whitehouse very slowly while some guy waffles on. How they had the nerve to class it as a 'level' is beyond me.
Quality multiplayer though, and Zombies.

(I can't stand the Modern Warfare games)!

Cheers  :)
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Post by: I, Cosh on 25 October, 2012, 05:02:05 pm
What's a QTE?
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 25 October, 2012, 05:12:44 pm
Quick Time Event, basically when it flashes buttons on screen that you need to match.

I'm not sure disc space is an issue these days given that a single layer blu-ray disc holds 25gb, and even with Microsoft determined to hold out against admitting defeat - several years after losing the format wars - bigger games on XB just come on more than one disc.

Surprisingly it is still an issue due to the submission process. There's a substantial additional cost involved in spreading a 360 game across discs (and I don't mean manufacturing costs, for a 2 disc game you're essentially paying for 2 submissions to the platform holder which, if multiple submissions are required before a pass, can reeeeeeeeally add up) so it's understandable that some folks would rather trim out some dialogue (or other assets) that are considered non-essential instead of doing that.

QTE's are a weird one. Narrative and character is actually really important to me in most games, I find those (along with the gameplay obviously) are the hooks that pull me through the whole experience in a lot of cases. I reckon QTE's are a decent enough way of keeping people feeling involved, but only if they feel like they relate to the actions on-screen. In some games it just feels like the cutscene pauses and waits for you to hit the unpause button. Used like that they're just ruining the flow of your cutscenes instead of adding to them.

Heavy Rain is almost entirely made up of QTE's, and I enjoyed that immensely, but I tried Azura's Wrath which was similarly QTE-driven and just didn't see the point. So I'm on the fence with that I guess!
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Post by: Professor Bear on 25 October, 2012, 05:16:23 pm
Ah, the Quick Time Event - those interactive cutscenes in games that serve no purpose whatsoever, except to elicit on-cue positive feedback from people watching (not playing) the game at trade shows.  Nobody likes them except game developers, because the positive feedback in the needlessly self-congratulatory environment of the trade cons is a boost to their egos.  Again we are back to the arrogance of the developer...
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Post by: I, Cosh on 25 October, 2012, 05:49:42 pm
Quick Time Event, basically when it flashes buttons on screen that you need to match.
Ah yes. Those suck.

To be honest, the only story I really need in a game is: "Blast off and strike the evil Bydo empire."
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Post by: Professor Bear on 26 October, 2012, 12:28:28 am
Killzone is showing its age in some places, but mainly the graphics department and the thick-as-pigshit enemies who stand around in groups while you cook a grenade.  The pseudo-verite head-shaky-camera nonsense just makes it seem like your character is juddering when he walks and makes his movement feel slow, the controls largely mirror but pre-empt the now-standard COD layout just enough for the need to hold down the sprint button to annoy, and the enemies, for all their stupidity, seem to take a cartload of bullets to knock over, to the point I'm not sure now if I'm actually hitting them or the gun is spraying around them.
Having said all that, it's still great how it makes you work to progress rather than just being able to bull through enemies ala Halo or COD, and the story pits you as a guy performing strategically important missions but still just one schmuck on the battlefield and not that important to how things turn out, as pretty soon selectable characters come into the game dynamic and it becomes clear any tosser could do your job because if you play as one of the other three characters, they have different ways of getting around the field while still doing exactly what you do.  It's enjoyable and challenging, but cheap, too, and efinitely worth a punt if you like your FPS shooters old-school rather than tailored primarily for multiplayer.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 26 October, 2012, 08:07:59 am
I enjoyed it at the time, always meant to get round to playing the 2nd one, I've heard it's visually pretty stunning.
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Post by: radiator on 26 October, 2012, 09:19:55 am
They're releasing a Killzone collection aren't they?
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Post by: Professor Bear on 26 October, 2012, 12:38:06 pm
They're releasing a trilogy collection of the main console games, but it doesn't include the PSP spin-offs.  The trilogy probably sounds like great value, but you can pick up K2 and K3 second hand for buttons as it is, meaning it might be cheaper in the long run to just buy Killzone as a download and look for the sequels in bargain bins or ex-rental sales in Blockbuster.

I enjoyed it at the time, always meant to get round to playing the 2nd one, I've heard it's visually pretty stunning.

It is, but was superseded by the visuals of Killzone 3.  Fair warning: make sure you download all the necessary patches before starting K2, as there's an odd control quirk added where it feels like there's a lag between when you pull in a direction and the camera responding.  It is utterly baffling why they added this element to the controls of a fast-paced shooter, but after months of complaints they eventually added the option to the in-game menu to disable it - for my money it was only at this point that K2 became playable.
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Post by: Robert Frazer on 30 October, 2012, 03:08:50 pm
I found a copy of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection going cheap in CeX recently. I haven't played a Metal Gear game since Substance on the X-Box, so I've been having a whale of a time diving into and catching up on the hijinx of Kojima's weird, wild and wacky world of international geopolitics and a man's love for his cardboard box.
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Post by: Rog69 on 01 November, 2012, 07:34:34 pm
It is, but was superseded by the visuals of Killzone 3.  Fair warning: make sure you download all the necessary patches before starting K2, as there's an odd control quirk added where it feels like there's a lag between when you pull in a direction and the camera responding.  It is utterly baffling why they added this element to the controls of a fast-paced shooter, but after months of complaints they eventually added the option to the in-game menu to disable it - for my money it was only at this point that K2 became playable.

That's interesting, I gave up on K2 years ago because of the horrible feel of the controls. To make matters worse it was the first console FPS that I ever played so I was also trying to get used to playing with a controller after years of using a mouse and keyboard. I might have to revisit the game and see if it's playable for me now.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 04 December, 2012, 03:32:24 pm
Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which I finally sat down and played.  It's a bit "mmmmmmmyeeeeeah."  The mechanics imported from the regular game are okay, if a bit fiddly with the Vita control layout, and the odd bit of Vita-only interactivity is well done (zooming using the rear touchpad), but 90 percent of the controls are gimmicky and get in the way of playing the game, especially the counter-attacking which is done by drawing on the touchscreen even though you initiate it by pressing the melee button, so you have to start the fight, then put the console down so you can take your hands off it and draw on the screen but have to do so in the space of about two seconds - whose bright idea was that?  It's a terrible game mechanic, especially when you realise that a lot of Vitas will be sold to kids and there's a high chance the machine will end up being dropped repeatedly because of that one gimmicky thing.  The bits where you have to rotate the machine to keep your balance also stick out because the Tomb Raider series dropped that exact same control quirk after one single game because it was universally hated, and that was before motion sensor controls came about, so that also sucks and I hate it to the point when it happens in the game I almost stop playing rather than have to go through with it.
On balance, it's merely okay.  Could have been a great game, but the gimmicky controls take up so much of how the game is played that it's inevitable you will find your attention drawn to the bits you hate.

Also OMGZ for XBL or PSN, a cheapo minigame where you shoot zombies with a limited amount of ammo in an effort to cause their bodily asplosions to take nearby zombies with them and cause a larger chain of asplosions.  Very basic, but oddly compelling.
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Post by: Noisybast on 04 December, 2012, 10:15:15 pm
Finished off The Walking Dead over the weekend. Now *there's* a well-written game. Nicely paced point & click character piece with a smattering of actiony bits throughout to spice things up. I'm not convinced your actions change the overall course of the story *that* much, but the illusion's certainly there. Heartily recommended!
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Post by: Radbacker on 05 December, 2012, 04:03:16 am
hmm, Halo 4 grabed e for a few days but damn DICE and there BF3 expansions i now know im going back to the Battlefields with teh Aftershock expansion.  Looks damn nice for a console version (got it on Xbox last night) and the maps are actually exciting after the boring Armoured Kill maps from the last expansion (im sure they go well on PC with 64 players but 24 on console just dont work on those huge maps).
haven't unlocked the Xbow yet but been killed by it plenty of times, damn i hate opne hit kill weapons.

CU Radabcker
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 05 December, 2012, 07:49:41 am
I just got Lego Lord of the Rings for the PSthree in the mail today.

It should be epic.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 05 December, 2012, 09:37:37 am
Finished off The Walking Dead over the weekend. Now *there's* a well-written game. Nicely paced point & click character piece with a smattering of actiony bits throughout to spice things up. I'm not convinced your actions change the overall course of the story *that* much, but the illusion's certainly there. Heartily recommended!

Yeah, talking to others who've played it I think the story will always follow the path set out but the game lets you choose how you get there and craft your own journey in a way (it's the game design pyramid, starting with seemingly loads of possibilities but all narrowing down to a point towards the end).

Some events along the way varied a lot between me and my friends though, and I really felt like I'd gone on quite a personal journey by the end. I think creating that illusion is an incredible feat in itself. I absolutely adored the game, and think it's most likely my game of the year when it comes down to it!

Finished Fable 2 the other night, had it sitting unfinished for a really long time so decided to get it done finally. It was okay, although I still don't get why anyone gets particularly excited about Fable games. Feels a lot like RPG-lite, but there's a lot of charm there so it's hard to be too harsh to it.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 07 December, 2012, 01:28:11 pm
Way off topic, but this made me laugh and I didn't know where else to post it:
(http://www.thedailyblink.com/comics/2012-12-05-390.jpg)
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Post by: Chrrow on 09 December, 2012, 07:42:09 am
Right now I'm playing Assassin's Creed 3.
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Post by: radiator on 09 December, 2012, 11:37:16 am
I've noticed that the Walking Dead game is available on iPad. Might check it out, but I suspect that it's not going to be my cup of tea.
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Post by: Noisybast on 09 December, 2012, 11:54:14 am
Fable 2, eh? I've still got a handful of achievements to mop up for that. Which hero dolls did you collect?
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Post by: Professor Bear on 09 December, 2012, 04:01:38 pm
I've noticed that the Walking Dead game is available on iPad. Might check it out, but I suspect that it's not going to be my cup of tea.

If you've played any point and click puzzle/adventure games optimised for the PS2 or Xbox, it's pretty much the same thing, right down to the unconvincing cel shading that makes all the characters look they've been rendered with a mix of ciggy butts and Sketchup.  My biggest issue with it was that no matter what actions you take in the game, and despite assurances otherwise from the developers, nothing you do feels like it has any real influence upon the outcome of events - although this has been my gripe with most rpgs and adventure games post-Fallout 3 (including Skyrim and New Vegas).
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Post by: radiator on 09 December, 2012, 04:08:25 pm
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If you've played any point and click puzzle/adventure games optimised for the PS2 or Xbox, it's pretty much the same thing, right down to the unconvincing cel shading that makes all the characters look they've been rendered with a mix of ciggy butts and Sketchup.  My biggest issue with it was that no matter what actions you take in the game, and despite assurances otherwise from the developers, nothing you do feels like it has any real influence upon the outcome of events - although this has been my gripe with most rpgs and adventure games post-Fallout 3 (including Skyrim and New Vegas).

Hmm, yeah - I had heard it was a bit scripted which is what was putting me off.

I think excess linearity is one of my pet-hates with games nowadays, which is weird when you consider that the vast majority of games I loved growing up, going back to the 8/16 Bit era - were totally and completely linear. Perhaps old games just delivered more raw thrills per second, and linearity only becomes an issue when games lack a significant element of challenge?

There's another WD game out called Walking Dead: Assault or something like that - anyone tried it?
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Post by: NorthVox on 11 December, 2012, 12:58:30 am
Dredd vs Death App, Galaxy on Fire 2 App, and the Total Realism total conversion mod for Rome: Total War.
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Post by: Chrrow on 11 December, 2012, 08:15:48 am
A Dredd vs. Death App?
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 11 December, 2012, 07:04:06 pm
Fable 2, eh? I've still got a handful of achievements to mop up for that. Which hero dolls did you collect?

Hero dolls? To be honest I don't remember getting any! Maybe I was playing it wrong.
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Post by: radiator on 30 December, 2012, 11:36:19 pm
Found myself at a loose end the other night so decided to download the Ico + Shadow of the Colossus HD collection on PS3.

First impressions of Shadow are sadly that its a fuck-awful mess of a game. Controls, camera... Just utterly dreadful and counterintuitive. Actual gameplay seems repetitive and deeply frustrating.

Not quite sure why so much praise gets heaped upon it...
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 31 December, 2012, 10:27:38 am
You get used to the controls.  Work your way through it, and just get sucked into the isolated beauty of the game.  I still think it is wonderful, despite the graphics looking a little dated these days.  Instead of scouring a dungeon for the baddie boss, the dungeon IS the baddie boss.  It's genius if you ask me.

I revisited Batman: Arkham City last night, just to try out the 3D on it.  The 3D is much better on the PC version, but that's partly 'cos you can muck around with convergence and depth, whereas that appears to be fixed on the 360 version.  I also found the gameplay to be frustrating and not as tight as in Arkham Asylum.  I'm working my way slowly through the campaign, but I guess I ain't playing clever, 'cos I'm being taken down left right and centre by basic henchmen.

FarCry3 continues to be genius.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 31 December, 2012, 12:08:17 pm
Jetpack Joyride - a side-scrolling minigame with only one button to press and I can't blimmin' stop - according to the stats I have played it 327 times already.

Frobisher Says, a glorified interactive product demo for the Vita voiced by The Actor Kevin Eldon.  Oddly entertaining.

Syndicate, a FPS update of the old PC strategy game.  Generic and bland, I have no real antipathy towards it and it does its job perfectly well, I just couldn't be bothered playing it again.

Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, sequel to the underrated MOH reboot that got savaged purely because it wasn't COD, Warfighter actually has some serious gameplay problems until you realise that it isn't COD and you actually have to work to progress rather than just run about going DUHDUHDUHDUHDUH like you are in a schoolyard playing soldiers.  Modern players don't like to learn things in their FPS', they want to be coddled and reminded how awesome they are for calling a complete stranger a faggot, but Warfighter is having none of that - you act like a tit and you will die quickly, there's even a level where you and your "invincible" mates have to walk through an Eastern European city dotted with concealed mines that will kill your ass dead in one hit.  Older players like me will likely get the most out of the demands it makes on your attention and patience, but gaming kiddies will most likely hate it.  Not sure about the driving levels, though.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 31 December, 2012, 12:47:13 pm
You get used to the controls.  Work your way through it, and just get sucked into the isolated beauty of the game.  I still think it is wonderful, despite the graphics looking a little dated these days.  Instead of scouring a dungeon for the baddie boss, the dungeon IS the baddie boss.  It's genius if you ask me.

All the 'isolated beauty' in the world doesn't really count for much if the controls are borderline broken like they are in this game. Seriously, what were they thinking? I still find the horse utterly baffling to control - moving the stick 'forwards' makes it turn around 180 degrees, its an absolute bitch to move or turn at a walking pace and it frequently gets stuck on walls and edges. I can already see that later on in the game I'm going to have to perform quite complex maneuvers and I think if I keep playing my controller is going to end up lodged in my living room wall.

Life's too short.

I hope Ico is better (I have quite fond memories of playing it at a mates house when it first came out), but I fear I've just wasted £20, and I can't even sell it on as its a download rather than a physical copy!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 31 December, 2012, 01:05:52 pm
I'm working through The Walking Dead on the PC. Just finished Episode 2. This is the first game where I would not want my kids to see what I was playing. And zombies give me nightmares.

(And yet Mrs X imported a region free copy of the Unrated Cut of the Dawn of the Dead remake from the US for my Christmas. Hmm.)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 31 December, 2012, 01:06:45 pm


All the 'isolated beauty' in the world doesn't really count for much if the controls are borderline broken like they are in this game. Seriously, what were they thinking?

Life's too short.

This is a pet peeve of mine. I gave up on Grim Fandango and many others because they were just too hard to control.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 31 December, 2012, 02:00:41 pm
I didn't have any problems with Grim Fandango because it shared familiar 'tank' controls to the Resident Evil series - it was still a baffling choice to go that route instead of good old fashioned point and click though.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 31 December, 2012, 02:02:11 pm
I should say as well that I tried The Walking Dead on iPad....

It's just not for me. Not what I'd consider a 'game'. It's not interactive enough.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 31 December, 2012, 02:11:12 pm
I should say as well that I tried The Walking Dead on iPad....

It's just not for me. Not what I'd consider a 'game'. It's not interactive enough.

Fair point. I knew what I was getting into. It's more of an interactive movie, but that is what they were aspiring to achieve
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 31 December, 2012, 04:07:53 pm
Radiator, I found the horse controls in SotC quite intuitive. You just have to remember you're pulling reins to try and steer an animal, rather than a motorbike or other mechanical vehicle. That aspect if the controls was something I really enjoyed! 

I'm probably not going to change your mind at all, each to their own etc, but I'm finding these differing experiences interesting.  I still say persevere, as I'm quite sad it's putting you off such a wonderful game. It just can be in parts so touching and understated, yet in others thrilling and exciting.  It's so sad when you take down a Colussus, which were otherwise just plodding along minding their own business. It's not often a game evokes an emotional response in me, but SotC did.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: I, Cosh on 31 December, 2012, 05:10:22 pm
I don't remember any problems with the controls in Shadow of the Colossus. Have they rejigged it for this release? Never understood all that guff in the reviews at the time about feeling guilty for killing them either. It was a decent game but not a patch on Ico.

I finally got Arkham City a few weeks ago. It's good but seems to be a step back from Asylum: everything seems slightly harder or more complicated than the first one and the storyline isn't as tight. Only had about 65% completed when I finished the main story too. Down to the last dozen or so trophies now but don't know if I can be bothered with all the challenge levels this time round.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 31 December, 2012, 09:30:05 pm
I've played a bit more now and I can kind of start to see the quality within. It definitely has major flaws, but I'm seeing what people like about it. I still think the controls are pretty horrible, it doesn't really make a very good first impression, wandering round a big empty world soon gets boring.

Hope the colossi change a bit too, and its not all jump/climb rinse and repeat.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Mr Walter the Wobot on 12 January, 2013, 07:17:12 pm
Last game played: Skyrim. A mind-blowing game which seems to be almost limitless. Also getting through Red Dead Redemption, which is so expansive it's almost scary  :o

On the subject of Skyrim, what race did other players (if there are any here) choose for their character? I picked Dark Elf, with a fetching red mohawk and a funky little beard  :P
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 12 January, 2013, 07:36:21 pm
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Jetpack Joyride - a side-scrolling minigame with only one button to press and I can't blimmin' stop - according to the stats I have played it 327 times already.

It's a thing of beauty that game.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zarjazzer on 13 January, 2013, 10:50:01 am
Back to mass effect 3 a game so utterly full of annoying "expalin da plot" clips it's hard to fathom when your part of the game starts.They should have just made a movie. :(
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 13 January, 2013, 12:31:08 pm
I gave up on it.  I found the previous two massively entertaining, but this one seemed interminably dull.  Maybe I'll give it another go one day.

Back to Skyrim for me, a break from the Far Cry 3 madness.  Skyrim is such an incredible game, but I've levelled up so many talents to the max the big bad guys aren't much of a challenge anymore.  Still, taking down dragons is a blast.  Pew pew!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 13 January, 2013, 01:24:23 pm
Mass Effect 3's final fight was one of the most intense battles I've ever played through. Shame it was followed by the ending... where a signposted "this is what is happening now" would have been ever so handy. But it is still great.

Gave up on the Walking Dead at the end of episode 4 (of 5). It was too much like watching a film, except instead of shouting at dumb characters I was playing them
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 13 January, 2013, 09:57:12 pm
Very much enjoying Resident Evil Revelations  on the 3DS.

Particularly bad script though; "Hang on Chris. Me and my sweet ass are on their way."
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 14 January, 2013, 11:10:03 am
Joe Danger Touch on iPad.

Oh god it's good - probably the single best iOS game I've ever played, and dare I say it actually better than the original Joe Danger game on PS3 (which suffered from being overly complex, especially in terms of controls).
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 14 January, 2013, 02:07:31 pm
Pocket Planes. Not as good as Tiny Towers, but pretty bloody good.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 14 January, 2013, 02:33:04 pm
Deep Black - think Waterworld, but with the main character from Dead Space and with a similar style of gameplay and lots of swimming thrown in.  Gave up before the end of the tutorial as following instructions given just made me die repeatedly and respawn right at the very start of the tutorial again after a lengthy loading time (a neat trick for a downloadable game that is located entirely in the PS3 hard drive), or when I did actually manage to kill the enemy who'd been killing me all those times before, I did so in a way that was not exactly as specified in the tutorial instructions, so I couldn't progress and was stuck in one area until I restarted by going all the way back to the very start of the tutorial after a lengthy loading time.  Apparently you can skip the tutorial entirely and I can see why this was made an option, but I don't roll like that and haven't been back near it.
It looks gorgeous, and the setup is a great pulpy mash-up of cyberpunk tropes, but what I saw was borderline unplayable and when I walked in on a mate playing it (he skipped the tutorial), it just seemed to be him falling over dead all the time and having to restart.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: I, Cosh on 17 January, 2013, 07:16:13 pm
Been trying to catch up with some of the things I've bought in various Steam sales.

Braid is a pretty frustrating platform puzzler. I actually had to watch a youtube walkthrough of the first level just to give me some basics as the game itself gives you absolutely no idea of how you're even supposed to approach the puzzles never mind solve them. Anyway, once you get past that hurdle, it's a pretty ingenious headscratcher.

Also played the first couple of levels of Dredd vs Death. It probably doesn't help that I don't like FPS games in the first place or that I'm playing it with a compact travel mouse but I don't think I'll be going any further. Even if I do, I'll probably need to turn the sound of as I hate Dredd's voice in it already.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Mardroid on 20 January, 2013, 03:59:29 pm
I bought a Ps3 recently (yes I know, great timing considering the new model is just relatively round the corner but I suspect it'll be a year at least and with a back catalogue of games it's not a bad idea) so I popped along to Game and found 2 pre owned games going for the 2 for a tenner deal. (Not sure if that's good or not but it seemed ok to me.)

Anyway, I picked up Assassin's Creed (the first) and Rebellions own Aliens Vs Predator. I had a go at Assassin's... first. The introduction stuff went on a bit (and that's from someone who usually likes that stuff) but once it started, yep, I'm impressed. I didn't go far as I just planned to test the games out and watch a DVD at that point. Famous last words when I dug out AvP and ended up staying up to the early hours of the morning on the marine campaign!

Yes, two good choices I think. Graphics-wise Assassin's... is gorgeous. AVP does the job too but to my inexpert eyes I've seen PS2 games as impressive. In terms of enjoyability and mood it's great. Spooky sound affects and visuals which capture the films well. Actually pretty scary. I'm not sure how long it'll keep me as it's rather difficult for me. I find aiming the gun at the xenos difficult (a lock on feature would be nice but that might make it too easy and the Aliens should be formidable. Even so, my virtual arms are way too stiff. Any advise from you guys appreciated). Still, I'm not really into FPSs as they tend to disorient me but this has drawn me in. I'm curious how the creature campaigns fare as I get the impression the game play dynamics are quite different.

Anyhow, I'm still early in the game. Have 3 to 4 exenos under my belt (although I probably died even more accomplishing that. Thankfully checkpoints are placed shortly before these sections) and just got my hands on the pulse rifle. I impressed myself at one point by bagging two of the blighters in one go without dying. That was after being killed by an encounter with one...

I haven't encountered the Predator directly yet although I've seen his leavings and I heard his weird laugh. I thought I spotted him in his camouflage but it turned out to be a naked holographic pole dancer. Despite what I said about the game's  graphics earlier they rendered her blue botty rather well.

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 22 January, 2013, 07:03:08 am
I bought a Ps3 recently (yes I know, great timing considering the new model is just relatively round the corner but I suspect it'll be a year at least and with a back catalogue of games it's not a bad idea) so I popped along to Game and found 2 pre owned games going for the 2 for a tenner deal. (Not sure if that's good or not but it seemed ok to me.)

Anyway, I picked up Assassin's Creed (the first) and Rebellions own Aliens Vs Predator. I had a go at Assassin's... first. The introduction stuff went on a bit (and that's from someone who usually likes that stuff) but once it started, yep, I'm impressed. I didn't go far as I just planned to test the games out and watch a DVD at that point. Famous last words when I dug out AvP and ended up staying up to the early hours of the morning on the marine campaign!

Yes, two good choices I think. Graphics-wise Assassin's... is gorgeous. AVP does the job too but to my inexpert eyes I've seen PS2 games as impressive. In terms of enjoyability and mood it's great. Spooky sound affects and visuals which capture the films well. Actually pretty scary. I'm not sure how long it'll keep me as it's rather difficult for me. I find aiming the gun at the xenos difficult (a lock on feature would be nice but that might make it too easy and the Aliens should be formidable. Even so, my virtual arms are way too stiff. Any advise from you guys appreciated). Still, I'm not really into FPSs as they tend to disorient me but this has drawn me in. I'm curious how the creature campaigns fare as I get the impression the game play dynamics are quite different.

Anyhow, I'm still early in the game. Have 3 to 4 exenos under my belt (although I probably died even more accomplishing that. Thankfully checkpoints are placed shortly before these sections) and just got my hands on the pulse rifle. I impressed myself at one point by bagging two of the blighters in one go without dying. That was after being killed by an encounter with one...

I haven't encountered the Predator directly yet although I've seen his leavings and I heard his weird laugh. I thought I spotted him in his camouflage but it turned out to be a naked holographic pole dancer. Despite what I said about the game's  graphics earlier they rendered her blue botty rather well.

I brought a PSThree earlier this year and got a Xbox 360 for Christmas. So I know how you feel. Yet I have brought alot of games for it (35)and I brought two games, (Halo Annivercary, Dishonored) for the Xbox 360 including the free download for Skyrim and the two games. I was given with it. Forza Motorsport Number Four and Batman : Arkham Asylum, Game of the year Edition.

One of the games I got for the PSThree is Aliens vs the Predators. I brought it a while ago now. I played the Marine campiagn for a bit and got stuck on the level where the holo dancer is and started the Predator campaign. I haven't played it since.

 
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 22 January, 2013, 08:47:12 am
Football Manager 2005.

Just when I thought I was out, it sucked me back in.

Last time I played this my game time was 55 days. 1,320 hours. I only stopped because my PC died and I lost my save file. Now, eight months later, I've given in and started over.

I dabbled in the interim with 2013 and 2008. But now we're back together.

As a wise man once said: "I don't play Football Manager for the same reason I don't smoke crack."
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 22 January, 2013, 10:45:52 am
Oh god, Pocket Minions on iPhone has got me in it's bloody grip.  MUST BUILD MORE TOWERS!!!
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Post by: radiator on 22 January, 2013, 11:05:24 am
They're making a new Flashback game!!!

It might be a remake of the first game, too early to tell (and tbh I'd rather they'd have gone with an evolution of the curious, unique flat-shaded visual style of the first game, but it still looks nice).

(http://i1.cdnds.net/13/04/618x320/gaming-flashback-hd-screenshot.jpg)

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/news/a452770/flashback-hd-remake-in-the-works-as-new-image-surfaces.html (http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/news/a452770/flashback-hd-remake-in-the-works-as-new-image-surfaces.html)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 22 January, 2013, 11:14:04 am
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - twenty minutes into the PSN download version of the game and I was hit by several technical problems such as the bike you have to mount - as your very first action in the game - disappearing on me, your character for some reason not climbing one particular fence as required by the game to progress, and sound disappearing during cut scenes.
I suspect this version may be a little bit broken, which is galling partly because it remains the best entry in the GTA series so far, but mainly because they're charging 12 quid for it.  Fantastic game, but not worth buying in this form.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 22 January, 2013, 11:24:58 am
I recently discovered the 1UP.com Retronauts podcast, and have been feeling really nostalgic, so I've been playing Final Fantasy 4 on the iPad - which is like putting on a comfy pair of slippers, and I've dusted off the Wii and dipped my toe into the Virtual Console with Super Mario World.

If I'm honest, I've got access to every 8/16 Bit game I could ever need via roms and emulators, but there's just something special about playing it on the telly, with a proper joypad (the Wii Classic Controller Pro is a thing of beauty for retro gaming). Spent an hour or two playing through SMW with my girlfriend last night, which was lovely (she has no patience for games post-N64 era).

It has made me wonder though - why doesn't someone make a new console that is entirely dedicated to retro gaming? It could be relatively cheap, stylish, portable, wi-fi enabled and play pretty much anything from the ZX Spectrum right up to the PS/Saturn/N64 - all games would be available for a reasonable cost - ie, a bit cheaper than the VC - from an online store. The more popular games could have added online multiplayer modes and achievements. You could accessorise the console itself with replica joypads/peripherals from the console of your choice. It'd be a bit like one of those Mega Drive TV plug-in jobbies, but not shit.

There has to be a market for that (I'm guessing there are quite a lot of 20/30-somethings like me who are a bit disllusioned with modern gaming) - I reckon such an idea would get funded on Kickstarter in no time. The one major hurdle would be access to Nintendo's library, as let's face it - they made the vast majority of the games from that era that still stand up today. And maybe Rare, whose library seems to be stuck in legal limbo.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: I, Cosh on 22 January, 2013, 11:49:53 am
Reckon I'd definitely buy one but I think consistent licensing - let's face it, whatever disclaimers are on the emulator sites nobody really has access to the original game when they play - would be ludicrously difficult to get and probably cost more than developing the hardware.

Plus, is it something which would only really appeal to old people like us?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 22 January, 2013, 12:10:10 pm
The one major hurdle would be access to Nintendo's library, as let's face it - they made the vast majority of the games from that era that still stand up today. And maybe Rare, whose library seems to be stuck in legal limbo.

As long it's via rom emulation, you can play those old games safely enough as no-one seems to care very much about what's done with them apart from Code Masters and whoever owns US Gold these days - though even then it's games for early home computers like the C64 and ZX Speccy that have been removed from online emulation catalogues and everyone from Nintendo to Sega seem largely unconcerned with emulation of console games as late as the GBA, even licenced titles.

If you still have a last generation console laying around somewhere, you can get them "fixed" to run old emulators as the hardware requirements are pretty basic.  I held onto my first-wave PSP to run emulators because on bigger screens old timey games look pretty damn rough, but an Xbox can be fiddled with to run most things.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Mister Pops on 22 January, 2013, 12:25:22 pm
As long it's via rom emulation, you can play those old games safely enough as no-one seems to care very much about what's done with them

As far as I understand it, the emulators themselves are perfectly legal. No government wants to ban the backwards engineering of software. But the ROMs are a clear cut case of IP infringement, although most companies (apart from the ones you mentioned) either don't give a damn because they reckon they've made all the money they can realistically expect to make from these decade+ old titles, or the companies themselves don't exist anymore
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 22 January, 2013, 12:34:42 pm
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As long it's via rom emulation, you can play those old games safely enough as no-one seems to care very much about what's done with them apart from Code Masters and whoever owns US Gold these days - though even then it's games for early home computers like the C64 and ZX Speccy that have been removed from online emulation catalogues and everyone from Nintendo to Sega seem largely unconcerned with emulation of console games as late as the GBA, even licenced titles.

If you still have a last generation console laying around somewhere, you can get them "fixed" to run old emulators as the hardware requirements are pretty basic.  I held onto my first-wave PSP to run emulators because on bigger screens old timey games look pretty damn rough, but an Xbox can be fiddled with to run most things.

Yeah I know all that - what I'm suggesting is a cheap and easy way play old games on your telly/on the go - no modding/jailbreaking/hacking required as not all of us have the time/inclination to do all that/buy old hardware etc. As I said, I have used emulators, but it isn't really the same experience - the USP of the device would be it's user-friendliness and the inclusiveness of the experience. As I said, I can play Super Mario World on my Mac any time I want, for free, but I'll also happily pay a couple of quid to play it on the TV/on the go, with cloud saves/leaderboards/friends etc. Something similar to what Nintendo are doing with the Wii U - where you can seamlessly switch to playing on a handheld would be great.

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Plus, is it something which would only really appeal to old people like us?

Well, yes, probably - but it depends on what you define as 'old'. Also, such a device would be niche, but would be relatively low-cost so wouldn't need to compete with Xbox etc.

Just a daydream really, but I'd snap one up if someone manufactured it.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Radbacker on 22 January, 2013, 01:03:56 pm
Isn't there some cheap Android based console coming out ($99 or something), cant remember what its called but it'll definatly be hackable what with it being Android and all and there will probably be some app to let you run old roms available the day its released, well if it can download Android phone apps like its supposed to be able to itll definatly have something there day 1, looking at my mates phone they're some good quality 8 bit and 16 bit emulators. 

CU Radbacker
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: NorthVox on 27 January, 2013, 05:58:33 am
A Dredd vs. Death App?

Apologies for late reply (need to start logging in more!)

And D'oh! I meant Dredd vs Zombies!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zarjazzer on 02 February, 2013, 10:27:06 am
Finally dragged my fat backside to finish Mass Effect 3. I managed to killed,get all my friends killed and blow up earth -i did destroy the Reapers but nuked all the mass portals. Knocked off the not so illusive man but failed to save Admiral Anderson. Crap. I really hated the ending but it shows what great characters they made that I felt decidedly angry at seeing the corpses of Garrus and Liara, lying before me.

Some weird tacked on Hollywood style bit at the end that made no sense and just embarassed more than the first ending of Blade Runner.

Awful.Oh and I was party to a genocide of the Quarians.Lovely. :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 02 February, 2013, 03:04:40 pm
Yeah, the tacked on ending was literally tacked on because people wanted 'more closure'. Or, as I saw it, people didn't have the imagination and sense to come to their own conclusions about things. Far inferior to the original ending in my opinion.

Also, given the rest of the post, I'm amazed you used spoiler tags at all there!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zarjazzer on 02 February, 2013, 03:41:58 pm
Yeah, the tacked on ending was literally tacked on because people wanted 'more closure'. Or, as I saw it, people didn't have the imagination and sense to come to their own conclusions about things. Far inferior to the original ending in my opinion.

Also, given the rest of the post, I'm amazed you used spoiler tags at all there!

I guess it's me that can't face that they're dead.  :'( Still comic books and games no one really dies. At least not if there's a financial interest in their "return". ;)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 02 February, 2013, 05:03:14 pm
I recently restarted playing Skyrim on the Xbox 360. I made up a [b[Khajiit Thief[/b] type of character. I'm having more trouble killing my first Dragon/b] than the first time I played.

Everytime I get close to it. It either firebreaths me to death or grabs hold of me with it's mouth and shakes me to death.

First time I played this game the Dragon was dead after hitting it twice with the Nord Frost Axe.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 02 February, 2013, 05:09:20 pm
Managed to get a couple of hours on Ni Ni Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3) last night.

Ooooooh, it's lovely, so beautiful it makes me want to cry a little bit. Mr Drippy, the avuncular sidekick 'faerie' who gloriously speaks in a thick and gruff Welsh accent - is a particular delight. I'm really going to struggle to ever find the time to play it, but fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 02 February, 2013, 05:10:32 pm
Ni NO Kuni that is.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 02 February, 2013, 05:41:52 pm
ThryllSeekyr: if you're having trouble with a dragon it's probably using attacks your created character is weak against - Nords are weak against fire, for instance, but strong against frost - although it may also be one of the stronger breeds in the game like an Elder, Ancient or Revered dragon, in which case leg it unless you're armed to the teeth and are at least level 20-25.  The dragon you knackered with a frost axe was likely either a bog-standard no-frills beastie or a fire dragon (weak against frost/ice attacks), you can tell by their colour what kind of dragon they are from a distance and arm yourself accordingly before they land and start taking chunks out of you, but if you're having trouble killing them it's not worth the bother until you level up a good bit.

007 Legends - I have a time believing this is an actual game made by actual game-making-type people, it is that rough and unpolished.  The combat is so boring that at one point while I was being shot at and couldn't figure out where the baddie was, I thought "fuck it" and decided to just ignore him and his mates who came along later and just walk right to the end of the level, which I did despite it being a stealth level.  The loading times are pretty long and compounded by a shockingly bad checkpoint system that sends you way back to long before you got killed so you have to slog through exciting sections where you search an office and then have to sit through minutes of unskippable cut scene all over again, though in fairness to the makers, they probably didn't make the game for people who would actually ever die in it because it's that easy - I only died because I was starting to nod off during a cut scene when there was a sudden screen prompt, for instance.  There was one bit where Bond just started playing with his watch and I had to google it to find out this was actually a hacking/safe-picking minigame that the game didn't bother explaining to you because the tutorials aren't part of the game, they're in a separate sub-menu in the extras section.  Then there was some non-interactive cut scenes you can't skip, then I got bored and just walked to the end of the level again.  Then it was Fort Knox and some shooting and I killed everyone in the area but couldn't figure out what to do next so I turned the game off.
This would have been a lot better if it was just a bunch of minigames based on the big setpieces from the various films rather than a single narrative that's so po-faced and charmless it drains all joy from the outrageous ideas on display, and I don't care how you try to spin it with Danny Craig doing soundbites, an attack on Fort Knox by an all-female flight of combat pilots in broad daylight to set off an atom bomb that ends with a fight between two armies and a ruck between a superspy and a sumo with a razor-tipped bowler hat is screaming camp supervillainy that doesn't gel with the latter Bond films - I mean, fuck me, Moonraker is one of the movies revisited in the course of this storyline...
An awful, awful game that screws the pooch from the concept stage to the actual implementation of a shoddy patchwork of substandard first person shootery and gadget-juggling, I feel cheated by it even though I got the game gratis in a 3 for 2 deal.  Avoid.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 02 February, 2013, 06:28:56 pm
I downloaded Proteus from Steam last night. Only £6.  It's just a bizarre ambient stroll around a kind if 8-bit 3D island.  You see and, most importantly, hear loads of odd things. It's chilled and amusing.
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Post by: Ancient Otter on 02 February, 2013, 10:43:14 pm
Isn't there some cheap Android based console coming out ($99 or something), cant remember what its called but it'll definatly be hackable what with it being Android and all and there will probably be some app to let you run old roms available the day its released, well if it can download Android phone apps like its supposed to be able to itll definatly have something there day 1, looking at my mates phone they're some good quality 8 bit and 16 bit emulators. 

CU Radbacker

Is OUYA (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console) the console you are thinking of?
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 03 February, 2013, 12:29:45 am
ThryllSeekyr: if you're having trouble with a dragon it's probably using attacks your created character is weak against - Nords are weak against fire, for instance, but strong against frost - although it may also be one of the stronger breeds in the game like an Elder, Ancient or Revered dragon, in which case leg it unless you're armed to the teeth and are at least level 20-25.  The dragon you knackered with a frost axe was likely either a bog-standard no-frills beastie or a fire dragon (weak against frost/ice attacks), you can tell by their colour what kind of dragon they are from a distance and arm yourself accordingly before they land and start taking chunks out of you, but if you're having trouble killing them it's not worth the bother until you level up a good bit.

 

I created a Nord first time playing this. The dragon I that my second character is attacking is the first one you meet at the western tower near Whiterun. I didn't think that the dragon I was atttacking in the current game I am playing would be any different from the one in the previous level. I read somewhere that that creatures you encounter in this game are generated according to your current level. I am level four at the moment.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 03 February, 2013, 12:35:54 am
Oh, I meant to say that that the dragon my second character is attacking is the second one you encounter in the game when the Jarl sends you to the western tower to investigate it.
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Post by: JamesC on 06 February, 2013, 07:42:28 pm
I'm currently playing Spec Ops: The Line which is absolutely brilliant. I reckon I'm about halfway through and the way the story is progressing is great. If I could sum it up in one word it would be 'compelling'.

This game got fairly mixed reviews on release and I don't understand why. There were complaints about things like the cover system and control layout which I haven't had any problem with at all.
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Post by: JamesC on 10 February, 2013, 10:30:23 am
Finished Spec Ops.
Probably one of my favourite games ever. It's one of those games that will be lauded in 5 years time and appear on 'Greatest moments in gaming lists' but doesn't get the credit it deserves at the time.
If you like games that make you think and an engaging story do yourself a favour and play it.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 13 February, 2013, 06:02:14 pm
Rebellion's Zombie HQ on the iphone.
Same engine as Dredd Vs Zombies but, IMO, a better game.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 13 February, 2013, 06:05:06 pm
My missus is off to Asda to get me Dead Space 3, armed with a couple of trade ins and a price guarantee voucher. Can't wait!

(BTW: I'm giving the kids a bath and cleaning away the detritus of three days school break, so she has the better deal)
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Post by: von Boom on 14 February, 2013, 04:35:43 pm
Halo 4. The multiplayer's not too bad, but the campaign has been distinctly meh so far. I've only completed two chapters and am working up the desire to continue, but probably won't for a while.
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Post by: radiator on 14 February, 2013, 04:48:03 pm
I'm a bit further into Ni No Kuni now, it really is a beautiful game. Minor criticisms would be that some of the side quests are a little simplistic/tedious, but I'd highly recommend it if you've ever even slightly been a fan of JRPGs.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 14 February, 2013, 05:53:56 pm
I've watched my mate playing that and it looks fucking gorgeous in action.

Red Faction, part of the THQ fire sale going on in online stores right now as the company's properties are thrown to the wolves and the carcasses are picked clean by bargain-hunting vultures.  Dated, certainly, but a lot easier to play than I remember.  Considering it's less than 2 quid for a pretty laid back FPS you'll likely breeze through without problems (as long as you remember to save every now and then), I'd say this was a no-brainer as long as you don't mind something that shows its age.
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Post by: Rog69 on 14 February, 2013, 06:19:07 pm
I'm a bit further into Ni No Kuni now, it really is a beautiful game. Minor criticisms would be that some of the side quests are a little simplistic/tedious, but I'd highly recommend it if you've ever even slightly been a fan of JRPGs.

I really like the look of this game but I'm not over keen on JRPG's so I'm really split on getting it.

How much of a JRPG is it?
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Post by: radiator on 14 February, 2013, 07:32:33 pm
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I really like the look of this game but I'm not over keen on JRPG's so I'm really split on getting it.

How much of a JRPG is it?

I'm not a huge JRPG guy either - the only ones I've played are old school Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games and it feels very much in this tradition, but quite streamlined and much more user-friendly for a modern audience. I find a lot of JRPGs incredibly obtuse and abstract (including the more recent Final Fantasies), but Ni No Kuni seems fairly intuitive and thoughtful to me. It shares a lot of recognisable tropes with those games - you control a small party of characters on an epic quest, traversing a vast world map (upon which you are liable to be attacked by roving monsters), occasionally stopping in towns where you can undertake quests, buy new equipment and supplies, and stay the night in a hotel to restore health and magic. There is a central, linear story thread, but many optional side-quests.

Defeating enemies in combat yields currency and exp, which levels up your characters abilities and stats. Combat is essentially turn-based, but a lot more dynamic and hands-on than the norm, and while there are JRPG-style 'random battles', they aren't as annoying as in other games as you have far more control over when and where you have to fight (and as you level up, eventually lower-level enemies will actually flee from you). There doesn't seem to be much grinding required, and I am playing on Normal difficulty (there is an Easy mode for people who just want to experience the story). The combat is mainly built around the fostering and deployment of creatures called familiars - they essentially fight under your command. I believe this shares a few ideas with the Pokemon series - though I wouldn't know as I never played those games.

Also worth saying that as with Level-5's other games, the localisation and voice-acting is superb - there's no poorly-translated dialogue, the story is completely coherent and the voice-cast - especially the gruff Rhod Gilbert soundalike who voices your little fairy sidekick, replete with his own hilarious slang ("Knickers!" "Cry Baby Bunting!" "Tidy!") is a real highlight.

I'm always a bit wary of the Japanese aesthetic - especially when it comes to RPGs, but the character design - by Studio Ghibli - is (unsurprisingly) astounding and gorgeous. The entire game is a visual feast. And while I usually couldn't give a solitary shit about game narratives, the one in this game is really quite competent - sweet-natured and quite moving in it's own way. If you're a fan of Ghibli you'll love it.

I say give it a go - if you're going to play one JRPG, make it this one. But give it at least an hour or two as it's a bit slow to start.
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Post by: Rog69 on 14 February, 2013, 10:39:08 pm
Thanks for the reply Radiator, I think you've swung me towards getting it now.

It's mainly the random encounter element that causes me to avoid JRPG's, It's a mechanic that I don't particularly enjoy but if it's not too an annoyance in this game I am willing to give it a try.
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Post by: radiator on 14 February, 2013, 10:48:06 pm
Here's how it works in Ni No Kuni:

As you traverse the world map, you can see monsters all over the place. Some you can avoid, some you can outrun, but some will get you and you'll have to fight them. So in that way, there are random encounters, but just being able to see who is attacking you and having a chance of avoiding them takes a lot of the surprise/frustration out of it.

You can turn the tables on them by sneaking up on them (which means you get the first turn in combat) and as I say once you level up, weaker monsters will actually start to run away from you. But if you try and outrun them and they catch you, they get the jump on you during combat.

Combat is way more hands-on than most turn-based RPGs though and somewhat reminds me of Knights of the Old Republic. You can (pretty much) freely move around in combat and avoid enemy attacks, but you still use a turn-base menu system to deal damage and cast spells and whatnot.
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Post by: JamesC on 15 February, 2013, 09:42:28 am
Here's how it works in Ni No Kuni:

As you traverse the world map, you can see monsters all over the place. Some you can avoid, some you can outrun, but some will get you and you'll have to fight them. So in that way, there are random encounters, but just being able to see who is attacking you and having a chance of avoiding them takes a lot of the surprise/frustration out of it.

You can turn the tables on them by sneaking up on them (which means you get the first turn in combat) and as I say once you level up, weaker monsters will actually start to run away from you. But if you try and outrun them and they catch you, they get the jump on you during combat.

Combat is way more hands-on than most turn-based RPGs though and somewhat reminds me of Knights of the Old Republic. You can (pretty much) freely move around in combat and avoid enemy attacks, but you still use a turn-base menu system to deal damage and cast spells and whatnot.

The battle encounter system sounds very much like King's Bounty to me which I always thought worked very well.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 15 February, 2013, 11:10:57 am
Sounds like the early Zeldas, too.

RPGs have been ruined for me of late by the notion of character creation - if you can't create your own character from the very start, I probably won't bother.  Even the lack of character customisation in GTA4 compared to San Andreas made playing it a grind from start to finish - thank goodness for Saints Row 3 or we wouldn't have had a fun GTA game in this generation of consoles.
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Post by: radiator on 15 February, 2013, 11:47:10 am
We'll have to disagree there. I utterly despise Saint's Row and think GTA 4 is the best in the series, because it strived for something a little more grounded in reality and had a great sense of place and atmosphere. Imo it showed a great deal of restraint to opt for a muted colour palette and strip back on the more outlandish elements of the previous games.

It sounds like all most people want to do in a GTA game is run around and blow stuff up and cause chaos but to me that's fun for half an hour then quickly gets boring. As soon as they bring in the jet packs and helicopter gunships I lose interest. Less is more - To me, the odd, fleeting moments of insanity that arise organically in gameplay are far more memorable and enjoyable than the enforced wall-to-wall insanity and wackiness of Saint's Row.

I couldn't give a monkeys about character customisation. Only seems relevant in multiplayer games.
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Post by: JamesC on 15 February, 2013, 12:24:01 pm
I'm not bothered about character creation as long as the character you do play is interesting.
I really enjoyed Sleeping Dogs because I found the character and story engaging. I think the emphasis on martial arts as opposed to progressively larger and more powerful guns kept the sense of place - it was always a believable Hong Kong story.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 15 February, 2013, 01:42:01 pm
We'll have to disagree there. I utterly despise Saint's Row and think GTA 4 is the best in the series

To each their own.
I hated Saints Row 1 and 2 with a passion, and the True Crime games (though I hear Sleeping Dogs is very good), and all the other po-faced GTA knock-offs - GTA4 becoming just another one of them while losing everything that distinguished it from its clones was where I checked out.
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Post by: NorthVox on 16 February, 2013, 08:26:04 pm
We'll have to disagree there. I utterly despise Saint's Row and think GTA 4 is the best in the series, because it strived for something a little more grounded in reality and had a great sense of place and atmosphere. Imo it showed a great deal of restraint to opt for a muted colour palette and strip back on the more outlandish elements of the previous games.

It sounds like all most people want to do in a GTA game is run around and blow stuff up and cause chaos but to me that's fun for half an hour then quickly gets boring. As soon as they bring in the jet packs and helicopter gunships I lose interest. Less is more - To me, the odd, fleeting moments of insanity that arise organically in gameplay are far more memorable and enjoyable than the enforced wall-to-wall insanity and wackiness of Saint's Row.

I couldn't give a monkeys about character customisation. Only seems relevant in multiplayer games.

Nailed it one. Big GTA fan, but for me 4 was the clincher, and for the same reasons you mentioned. I felt in places they scaled things back a bit too much (missed some of the extras from previous GTA games, such as robbing stores at gun point, could have done with a few more extras like that I think), but overall definitely a great leap forward. As for Saints Row? I picked up SR2 last year, my friends said it was great. It was alright for a doss around, but ultimately it was just dull; no real storyline, no atmosphere, just violence for the sake of it (I mean at least Postal 2 was challenging), eventually just got bored with it and traded it in. Another thing I think gets overlooked with GTA4 too is the some of the brilliant multiplayer. Due to the realistic physics it made a lot of the PvP combat a lot more exciting, particularly on gang war mode, I remember spending hours upon hours just hopping fences, securing vantage points, sniping from far distances, real great game.
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Post by: Emp on 16 February, 2013, 08:50:12 pm
Sword of the Stars....which is a bit shit, but an impulse buy cus it was the cheapest of the 4 games i had in my hand at the time.

My main concern is that once it is installed it starts with a message saying that Gamespy can no longer aloow the game to be played online as they have been bought out by a third party who are demanding thousnds of dollars a month to open the servers. Bastards!....It also smacks of being, if not illegal, at least fucking wankerish.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 16 February, 2013, 10:11:20 pm
Big GTA fan, but for me 4 was the clincher

Hey, don't get me wrong, I was a huge GTA fan to the point that Vice City was pretty much the only game I played until San Andreas came out.  By the time 4 landed I was super-psyched up until about the time I was buying the main character a hat and realised that - barring aerial vehicles - I had seen all the game mechanics had to offer.  My character wouldn't get stronger, he wouldn't get better at shooting, learn a different fighting style depending what dojo I train in or become a better driver the more I played and practiced by doing side missions and exploring the map... and I just thought: why bother?  I still have San Andreas and the motorbikes are at least playable in that.  And I still play SA to this very day.

Although I have a theory that I am secretly pissed that GTA4 did not feature skateboards.
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Post by: NorthVox on 17 February, 2013, 01:34:41 am
I agree. Losing the lunacy for a more serious tone seemed fitting, but I did miss a lot of the extras.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 18 February, 2013, 06:41:02 am
Last night I nearly completeed the Slaine: Tomb of Terror adventure. Playing from the back of the graphic novel Slaine the King( latest version.). The last page with the solution to a riddle is missing so I can't complete the game.

I also just got the Angry Birds, Angry Birds Star Wars, and Bad Piggies games for the pc. So far I have just tried out the first one, good times.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 18 February, 2013, 10:30:28 am
Been playing Aliens: Colonial Marines, a game that's proven a bit controversial!

I have to say I like it, quite a lot actually. Visually it's poor, and the fact that it falls well short of the target footage released during development seem to be the main reason it's being torn to shreds. I found that once I was dashing through the Sulaco with Xenos crawling along the walls after me I got over that in a big way, and found the atmosphere pretty gripping.

In that regard it reminded me a little of playing games as a kid, looking at '80s games it's hard to imagine they were ever immersive, but because your imagination filled in the gaps you still got totally absorbed in them. Despite it looking pretty lo-res I did get really excited at some of the locations (especially on Hadley's Hope) that you get to fight through. A lot of reviews claim it's completely broken, but I didn't hit any major issues (and looking at the day one patch notes they fixed a looooooot of stuff).

It's a shame it's getting such a hostile reaction, because while it's not an incredible game and has the air of something that still needs 6 months of polish, it's good enough that all the complaints and abuse to Gearbox devs is massively disproportionate and and also a bit sad. It's like the ME3 ending fiasco all over again, gamers seem to reach for the torches and pitchforks pretty quick when they don't like something these days and it shows gamers in a bad light.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 18 February, 2013, 02:32:02 pm
The ME3 ending came from a reasonable criticism that what ending there originally was was anti-climatic compared to the build-up.  Of course, a cynical person might point to how quickly they rustled up a new ending complete with performances from in-demand VO artists and then point to a past history of western RPGs having their original endings patched (Fallout 3 being a good example) as was planned from quite early in development and suggest the longer ME3 ending was in the can already and the "because the fans demanded it" angle is PR flim-flam.

Likewise Colonial Marines has received hostility because the original footage doesn't match what has been released to the market.  I cannot speak of the accusations flying around about impropriety upon the developers' part, but there's no denying it looks underwhelming.
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Post by: Charlie boy on 22 February, 2013, 07:50:51 pm
Got my xbox back after playing a Wii for quite some time (didn't think it had many games I'd enjoy and the whole movement novelty soon wore off). Bought LA Noire but grew tired of it; it's the same thing over and over and as soon as I realised it was spread over 3 discs I stopped playing. It wouldn't even let me do what I occasionally enjoy doing on games like GTA/ Red Dead, e.g. going on a bit of a homicidal rampage to see how many law enforcers I can have chasing me to see how long I can survive.
Recently purchased Rocksmith, which is the most addictive thing I've played in a long time. Basically it's like Guitar Hero, only you plug a real guitar or bass into your console. I went to bed recently with false beliefs of being something of an accomplished bass player until I put the game on the next day and bloody notes had been added. I'm currently stuck on Nirvana's "In Bloom" which surprised me because I had immediately thought music from the whole 'grunge' scene would be pretty simple.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 22 February, 2013, 11:51:09 pm
Red Faction: Guerrilla - top game.  I'd like to see Martian Chronicles remade with this kind of prefab colony look to it, as the sparse aesthetics of the environment are fantastic and serve the limitations of the game world very well (compared to almost every other open world drivey-shooty outing, this is a very desolate and stripped-down gaming experience), and the way damage to buildings you cause by careless driving (or because you figured that the best way to kill someone was to drive a three-story tractor through their house) actually made me feel a bit guilty - "it's just us out here on our own with limited resources against an angry Mars" - so I played the game trying to limit my carnage to legitimate targets.  Likewise it is a hoot to be in a shootout with Martian stormtroopers and be on just the wrong side of outnumbered, and then the traffic on nearby roads screeches to a halt and drivers hop out and back you up and suddenly your death has been postponed and SHIT IS ON.
Story maybe isn't up to much, but the rest is great fun.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 23 February, 2013, 06:02:07 am
I played Battlefield 1943 last night, first time for a while.  The land based maps, Iwo Jima etc, are still great fun.  However, I couldn't get a game on my fave map, Coral Sea, the strictly airborne one. It was a shame, as I love the simple dogfighting action.  I guess it's not popular enough for games to be set up regularly.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 23 February, 2013, 04:30:24 pm
WWE 12 is a terminally broken game that requires you to have some sort of degree to play it, or at least an encyclopedic knowledge of the previous games' mechanics, and then a healthy dollop of psychic ability to glean from other players how to use the new game mechanics implemented that are at odds with what was in the last few games.
Fighting has been changed from button mashing to a variation on QTE where instead of watching your opponents or your own character, you have to keep your eyes glued to just above your character's head waiting for a prompt to appear for roughly a third of a second, but you can only press the button if the prompt is highlighted, otherwise your character is grappled in a lengthy animation you can't counter or stop.  Your block button doesn't function as a block button as you can only block if prompted (see above), which doesn't happen for every attack so you take damage and get staggered and become unable to block anyway, while strikes are lengthy animations that require your character to wind up a bit before attacking, and in the meantime you opponent has stepped to one side so your character is punching the air as they go through the entire animation, probably more than once as you'll have likely have hit the attack button more than once because you not-unreasonably assume your character can hit someone who is right in front of their face.
There's no in-game tutorial, no in-game manual, and no means of seeing the control mapping while fighting which you will guaranteed want to do because you will not believe you are pushing the correct buttons.

Basically it is a fighting game where you don't do any fighting, and is so unplayable it is actually amazing.  I assume there is a really, really specific audience for this game that it can afford to pursue to the point of excluding all other possible players, though just as likely this is one of many reasons THQ went spectacularly tits-up.
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Post by: qtwerk on 24 February, 2013, 07:46:02 pm
Finished a second run through of the fantastic Halo 4 and decided to give The Witcher 2 my full and undivided attention. But got distracted by the cheap thrills of a blood-drenched FPS so fired up FEAR 3, which I got about half way through a few months ago. Nowhere near as good as the first two, but still fun.

I can't see much else exciting me in the last throes of this generation. Apart from Bioshock Infnite obviously.
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Post by: Rog69 on 24 February, 2013, 08:45:51 pm
I picked up a used copy of Uncharted 3 for a tenner last week and I've been ploughing my way through it at a fair old rate over the last few days. There's nothing new to see really when it comes to the gameplay, it follows the same formula of the previous titles (including the slightly tedious combat sections) but it's a beautifully put together game.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 24 February, 2013, 10:23:05 pm
Dark Forces, a Star Wars FPS from the days before the prequels, when Lucasarts made some damn fine games.

[rosetintedglasses]
It was a simpler time, back when Doom was all the rage. It ran on an engine wot wuz called ID. Lucasarts reverse engineered it (DI) and added some stuff of their own (JE), and created the JEDI engine (aren't programmers hilarious?). I played  the shit out of this on my first ever PC, it's one of my all time favourites, and now it's available on Steam. There's a bit where you get captured by Jabba the Hutt, and he takes all your weapons, so you have to punch a dinosaur to death in order to escape! And the soundtrack! You haven't heard John Williams' score until you've heard it in 16bit midi format!
[/rosetintedglasses]

I enjoyed playing it again.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 24 February, 2013, 10:53:05 pm
I played the PSX version quite recently and that soundtrack is something else.

No lightsabers, though - booooo!
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Post by: Mister Pops on 24 February, 2013, 10:54:46 pm
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side kid
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Post by: Professor Bear on 24 February, 2013, 11:01:15 pm
You don't believe in the Force, do you?
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Post by: Mister Pops on 24 February, 2013, 11:20:12 pm
Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 25 February, 2013, 01:09:11 pm
I played DARK FORCES to death back in '95.  Loved it.

Having being brought up playing with Star Wars figures* and making do with 2 storm troopers who always had to come back to life after you "shot" them, it was a joy to walk into a room full of them and blast away.

DARK FORCES II just made me feel sea-sick though so I had to stop playing it half way through.



* Yes, I probably was too old for this.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 25 February, 2013, 09:50:27 pm
sniper 2 I had it beat and now I'm hooked again...and soon zombies.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 25 February, 2013, 11:07:37 pm
Got an iPod touch last week so it's been all iOS games since then. Feel free to recommend as many as you like which I've missed out on.

Infinity Blade is visually astounding and pretty fun if a bit samey.

Dredd vs Zombies is cracking: the first game I've played in this format where I can just about get the onscreen joystick to work properly.

Aces of the Luftwaffe is a great fun update of a 1942 style WWII shootemup.
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Post by: radiator on 27 February, 2013, 03:12:18 am
Damn you lot, I've now got a real hankering to play Dark Forces - a game I loved back in the day... Aahhhh, Virgin White Label...

Looks like its available on PSN, so that's the first thing ill be doing when I get back from the states.

I tend to find old school 'Doom Clone' FPSes hold up surprisingly well as they're so direct and easy to play. It's interesting to play them now as I always used to use cheat codes/God mode and its fun to try and beat them 'honestly' now as I have a lot more willpower as an adult!
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Post by: radiator on 27 February, 2013, 05:39:51 am
Cosh, I'd recommend the following iOS games:

Zombie HQ (Rebellion's new game, an enhanced version of Dredd Vs Zombies, really. Well worth a look when you're done with Dredd).

Another World: Anniversary Edition

Bookworm

Drop7

Fruit Ninja

He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe is surprisingly good once you get a few upgrades, with a nice postmodern vibe to the dialogue.

Jetpack Joyride

Slam Dunk King

Run Roo Run

Scribblenauts Remix

Ski Safari

Final Fantasy 4

The Walking Dead: Assault

Joe Danger: Touch!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 27 February, 2013, 08:44:59 am
I have been struggling with both Oblivion and Deus Ex over the last week.

Deus Ex seems too clunky. I may abandon it in favour of the new one (I got them cheap in a package on Steam).

Oblivion just seems too user unfriendly. I am really struggling with it. Not only have I not levelled up after about four hours playing (eh?) but the structure seems arbitraty and unnecessarily scant with its information (example: I joined the Thieves Guild so I could sell stolen stuff. I'm told I can now use a fence. Great! Except I am NOT told where there is a fence, and it turns out the only one you can use as an entry level thief is in a whole separate town from the one where you join the poxy guild!)

Does Skyrim play the same way?

It seems a shame as both games get rave reviews and yet I just can't get into them. On the Oblivion front, I played and loved Fallout 3. Maybe that has spolied me?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 27 February, 2013, 09:49:54 am
I have been struggling with both Oblivion and Deus Ex over the last week.

Deus Ex seems too clunky. I may abandon it in favour of the new one (I got them cheap in a package on Steam).

Oblivion just seems too user unfriendly. I am really struggling with it. Not only have I not levelled up after about four hours playing (eh?) but the structure seems arbitraty and unnecessarily scant with its information (example: I joined the Thieves Guild so I could sell stolen stuff. I'm told I can now use a fence. Great! Except I am NOT told where there is a fence, and it turns out the only one you can use as an entry level thief is in a whole separate town from the one where you join the poxy guild!)

Does Skyrim play the same way?

It seems a shame as both games get rave reviews and yet I just can't get into them. On the Oblivion front, I played and loved Fallout 3. Maybe that has spolied me?

I struggled with Skyrim, mainly because I'm not very familiar with lots of RPG conventions which it seems to rely on.
I started off picking up every item in case I needed it and then having to drop loads of items because I was carrying too much - but I had no idea what was likely to be useful and what wasn't (and I couldn't be asked to 'inspect' every item to get info on it). It seems that loads of items are just junk that you can sell for a few pence - what's the fucking point? I get really bored of games where you have to check every trunk, box or pot in every room you go into because you're scared of missing something important or worth having (see also - Zelda games and Deus Ex). The same goes for searching corpses (looking at you Bioshock).

The other thing with Skyrim was that I decided to level up as a barbarian/warrior type without realising that the sword combat would be rubbish. Every time I attacked someone I was hacking at a space 30 degrees to the left of them.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: qtwerk on 27 February, 2013, 10:52:57 am
I have been struggling with both Oblivion and Deus Ex over the last week.

Deus Ex seems too clunky. I may abandon it in favour of the new one (I got them cheap in a package on Steam).

Oblivion just seems too user unfriendly. I am really struggling with it. Not only have I not levelled up after about four hours playing (eh?) but the structure seems arbitraty and unnecessarily scant with its information (example: I joined the Thieves Guild so I could sell stolen stuff. I'm told I can now use a fence. Great! Except I am NOT told where there is a fence, and it turns out the only one you can use as an entry level thief is in a whole separate town from the one where you join the poxy guild!)

Does Skyrim play the same way?

It seems a shame as both games get rave reviews and yet I just can't get into them. On the Oblivion front, I played and loved Fallout 3. Maybe that has spolied me?

Skyrim and Oblivion are two of the greatest RPGs of this or any other generation. Neither are perfect, but the (very large) world that Bethesda create for you to live (and die) in is quite amazingly beautiful. Even more so in Skyrim with the updated engine.

As with any RPG, it takes a bit of time to get into the ryhthm required to really enjoy it, but once you do expect to lose 100 hours of your life.

Not sure which Deus Ex you're talking about, but the latest iteration is a fabulous, dream-like, cyber-punk treat. Although the boss fights are occasionally tedious.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Link Prime on 27 February, 2013, 01:16:35 pm
I have been struggling with both Oblivion and Deus Ex over the last week.

Deus Ex seems too clunky. I may abandon it in favour of the new one (I got them cheap in a package on Steam).

Oblivion just seems too user unfriendly. I am really struggling with it. Not only have I not levelled up after about four hours playing (eh?) but the structure seems arbitraty and unnecessarily scant with its information (example: I joined the Thieves Guild so I could sell stolen stuff. I'm told I can now use a fence. Great! Except I am NOT told where there is a fence, and it turns out the only one you can use as an entry level thief is in a whole separate town from the one where you join the poxy guild!)

Does Skyrim play the same way?

It seems a shame as both games get rave reviews and yet I just can't get into them. On the Oblivion front, I played and loved Fallout 3. Maybe that has spolied me?

If you're a fan of Fallout 3 / Fallout New Vegas, you'll instantly fall in love with Skyrim.
I've recently added the DLC and am topping 200 hours game play. One of the finest games ever made.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 27 February, 2013, 03:20:06 pm
Skyrim is a huge improvement over Oblivion in just about every way, and while I had the same combat gripes as Dr X, stick with it and you soon discover that being shit at everything right at the start is part of the game experience, and the more perks and levels you manage to add to your character, the more useful the associated weapons become.  Leveling up by improving individual skills rather than the other way around is a neat touch, too.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 06 March, 2013, 11:43:32 am
I just spent the last fortnight playing the three Slaine Diceman games.

I successfully completed Cauldron of Blood in two goes, Dragoncorpse in one go and Ring of Danu in four goes.

 
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Mister Pops on 06 March, 2013, 04:26:21 pm
Half-Life2

After having a bit of a silly rant over on another thread about plans to make this series into a movie, I thought I'd have another crack at this. It's still one of the best games ever made, mainly because Valve's source engine is such a well designed designed piece of kit. It's a sign of a good game when shooting down helicopter gunships with an rpg is one of the more tedious parts.

The pacing is perfect, the mood, tone and atmosphere switches seamlessly from a desperate attempt to escape from enemy forces, to survival horror in a village populated by zombies controlled by extra-dimensional-brain-spiders, to urban warfare as you take the fight to the bad-guys.

A few niggles here and there, like the previously mentioned helicopter fights (it seems to be fairly arbitrary whether or not your lazer guided missiles hit home, unless I'm missing a trick) and there are parts where you lead a squad of either giant bugs or fellow resistance members that are a bit buggy. They tend to get in your way, which can be annoying if you're desperately trying to get to cover and they just stand there, blocking the doorway to salvation, just staring at you.

I would suggest that anyone who enjoyed this try a mod of this game called The Stanley Parable. I won't say anything about it, it's best if you go into it completely cold.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 06 March, 2013, 05:25:06 pm
I played HL2 for the first time about six months ago (yes folks, that's how far behind the times I am). Stunning stuff, and nice to finally see what all the fuss was about - a game you could properly lose yourself in, with some cracking phsyics mechanics. Ravenholm was particularly terrifying, the more so as I played through using only the Gravity Gun for an achievement. The only bit that really ticked me off was trying to take down all the tripod thingies in the Square - had to attempt that so many times it stopped being fun.

At some point I intend to get around to playing Episodes 1 and 2. Can't wait.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 06 March, 2013, 06:06:36 pm
Half Life 2 is wonderful - a classic through and through.

What I really love about it is that it has a plot, but unlike the vast majority of games nowadays, puts gameplay in front of the developer's egotisitical delusions that they're telling a brilliant story, and in fact the fiction is actually - shock horror - quite interesting in its own right and subtlety done. In many respects its very mature.

A great example of how to do narrative well in games.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 06 March, 2013, 07:02:36 pm
Speaking of which, I caught a glimpse of the PS4 conference and they had a laughably pretentious developer twonk giving a speech about how Killzone 4 was 'a story about identity, and the lengths people will go to protect it' or some such bumwhiffery.

Give me strength. No, it's not mate. It's really not. It's a silly game about shooting Space-Nazis in the face. It's called 'Killzone' for Christ's sake. The story is bound to be Z-grade, derivative hokum, and stuffing it full of intrusive, ponderous cutscenes and atrocious dialogue (as is the case with every game nowadays) will only highlight that fact.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Link Prime on 06 March, 2013, 09:22:17 pm
Speaking of which, I caught a glimpse of the PS4 conference and they had a laughably pretentious developer twonk giving a speech about how Killzone 4 was 'a story about identity, and the lengths people will go to protect it' or some such bumwhiffery.

Give me strength. No, it's not mate. It's really not. It's a silly game about shooting Space-Nazis in the face. It's called 'Killzone' for Christ's sake. The story is bound to be Z-grade, derivative hokum, and stuffing it full of intrusive, ponderous cutscenes and atrocious dialogue (as is the case with every game nowadays) will only highlight that fact.

I take it you didn't choke back the tears when Dom bit the bullet in GOW 3 Radiator?
Ice cold man, ice cold.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 06 March, 2013, 09:39:42 pm
Speaking of which, I caught a glimpse of the PS4 conference and they had a laughably pretentious developer twonk giving a speech about how Killzone 4 was 'a story about identity, and the lengths people will go to protect it' or some such bumwhiffery.

He's a PR man and it's a PR event.  He can't really say "and then you shoot another zombie thing, and when you're done you get to shoot some more zombies, only somewhere else" for half an hour.  He has to sell it.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: DrJomster on 06 March, 2013, 09:59:55 pm
I'm playing Aliens versus Humans on the iPad at the moment. A very nice X-Com clone. So much so in fact, I'm surprised a cease and desist order hasn't come through the post for the authors. Anyway, great retro fun for only two quid! TWO quid! That's just unbelievable. A coffee costs more than that. It's a universal app too, so if you've got an iPhone you get that for free.

This version follows the original of yesteryear. Great fun and also, very, very difficult. At some point you just know your squad of well armed soldiers is going to have a TPK. Luckily you can always hire some more!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 06 March, 2013, 11:46:55 pm
Speaking of which, I caught a glimpse of the PS4 conference and they had a laughably pretentious developer twonk giving a speech about how Killzone 4 was 'a story about identity, and the lengths people will go to protect it' or some such bumwhiffery.

He's a PR man and it's a PR event.  He can't really say "and then you shoot another zombie thing, and when you're done you get to shoot some more zombies, only somewhere else" for half an hour.  He has to sell it.

No: they really, truly believe this crap. I've seen it/heard it a million times, and it's as hilarious as it is tragic.

In my mind it's every bit as ludicrous as someone describing Super Mario 3 in those same ridiculously pompous terms.

Games are (mostly) a terrible medium for storytelling, and one where ability is outstripped by ambition to an embarrassing degree. That's not saying there is no such thing as good writing in games (see my comments about Half Life 2) but I cringe every time I hear a game developer drone on about 'taking the player on an emotional journey' or 'telling an amazing story'.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 07 March, 2013, 12:10:26 am
That's more the problem of the modular development of most games: writers go here, coders go here, artists go here, etc.  There's no central concepts that everything hinges around as there is with something like the Metal Gear or Final Fantasy games, it's just product - though the shite spouted by the average PR man is - in theory - what they want to believe is what will happen when people play their games because the alternative is to tell a room "you'll play through it in four hours, but it has more multiplayer maps than the last one so you can pay Microsoft a subscription for the privilege of strangers calling you a faggot."
I think they know their hyperbole is occasionally off the mark and/or flimsy, but I think they also want to believe you'll get invested in their games beyond just shooting things at increasing levels of difficulty.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 07 March, 2013, 12:32:34 am
Metal Gear
Final Fantasy

Both series cited as having great stories. Both utter gibberish.

And I'm not talking about what PR people say - I'm talking about what the people working on the games say and mu personal experience of playing the actual games themselves.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 07 March, 2013, 01:23:17 am
I gave up on both series long ago, but there's no denying the singular creative vision at work that links everything together from production style to story to themes.  If you dislike the games then fair enough, but they're focused in a way that most western games - outside RPGs - simply aren't.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 07 March, 2013, 08:32:57 am
It's got to the point where developers think that every game needs a story to tie things together which is just not true.
Even 'Need For Speed' was given a story in 'The Run' but it didn't work out too well - it just made for lots of interruptions to the action. It's not the only racing game to do this though - the F1 games, Forza Horizon and the Test Drive games all have a sort of narrative structure. Just unnecessary in a racing game IMHO.

Some western games have fairly decent stories though - the Arkham games and 'Spec Ops:the Line' all had pretty strong stories, good character development and good acting.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zarjazzer on 07 March, 2013, 09:40:38 am
Damn you Rebellion. Zombies.Undead hordes of NAZI Zombies. Oh yes I had it beat now hooked again damn you...
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 07 March, 2013, 04:22:46 pm
It's got to the point where developers think that every game needs a story to tie things together which is just not true.

Sales figures would suggest otherwise.  Gaming used to be a hobby when it was one-screen affairs like Manic Miner and Pacman, but games like that with arbitrary goals (score, time taken, etc) didn't interest the mainstream public, and seemingly still don't as anything other than a distraction.  Gaming has moved on, and the narrative in games is there to make people invest in something other than gameplay mechanics for their own sake, though I agree with the sentiment that most games need to be one or the other - story or gameplay-focused - to hold together as a single coherent package, otherwise you end up with shite like the aforementioned The Run.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 07 March, 2013, 04:38:26 pm
But that's just it - a nominal story is usually needed to tie everything together - fine. But too many devs put the cart before the horse. Someone needs to sit them down and tell them they are not writing Shakespeare.

Personally, I couldn't give a monkeys about most stories in games and I skip most cutscenes as they're generally terrible and they seem so far removed from the actual gameplay. However that doesn't mean I can't get absorbed in the atmosphere of a game, which is something entirely different to the narrative, and is something games as a medium excel at. For example, the original Halo. The story is entirely derivative. You can literally pull apart it's constituent elements, it's purely functional. I never give a shit about the admiral the game dictates I have to save in the pre-scripted moments. However, I do care about keeping my squad of marines alive, precisely because it is optional and unscripted. I feel like games are missing a massive trick by pursuing the heavily scripted 'cinematic' linear route, as it does literally nothing for me.

There should be a gaming equivalent of 'Show, Don't Tell'. Maybe "Don't Show Me, Let Me Play!".
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 07 March, 2013, 04:49:48 pm
Again, this is why HL2 is superb. Story is told mostly through gameplay. Information is relayed cleverly to the player, the visual storytelling is great. Control is almost never taken away from the player. It's linear, but mostly leaves the pacing up to you. You can dig deeper into the story if you want, but its optional.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Mister Pops on 07 March, 2013, 07:48:30 pm
The story in HL2 isn't even a very original one, but what it is, is an exceptionally well told story, a story that was best told in the medium of a video game.

I don't usually expect much from a games story (I never really got the plot to Tetris), and I don't think I can remember playing a game that was ruined by a bad story. Bad gameplay yes, but not a bad story. I had to laugh at the net's fanboy rage of Mass Effect 3. Were their expectations really that high? I've not played any ME but I believe it uses a moral choice system, and THAT is something I have a big problem with. My experience of moral choices in games such as KOTOR is that you can either be an impossibly good Disney-like protagonist, or a ridiculous, moustache twirling sadist. There's no subtlety, no grey areas. There's no focus either. I've heard HL criticized for being too linear, but that linearity is precisely what allowed them to tell such a tight, well-focused story.

Ultimately, game storylines (especially in FPS) are fairly limited and cliched. The world/universe is in dire peril and only a Macho-Messianic-Malefactor-Murdering-Machine can save the day with his big gun.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Mister Pops on 07 March, 2013, 08:04:50 pm
The story in HL2 isn't even a very original one, but what it is, is an exceptionally well told story, a story that was best told in the medium of a video game.

I don't usually expect much from a games story (I never really got the plot to Tetris), and I don't think I can remember playing a game that was ruined by a bad story. Bad gameplay yes, but not a bad story. I had to laugh at the net's fanboy rage of Mass Effect 3. Were their expectations really that high? I've not played any ME but I believe it uses a moral choice system, and THAT is something I have a big problem with. My experience of moral choices in games such as KOTOR is that you can either be an impossibly good Disney-like protagonist, or a ridiculous, moustache twirling sadist. There's no subtlety, no grey areas. There's no focus either. I've heard HL criticized for being too linear, but that linearity is precisely what allowed them to tell such a tight, well-focused story.

Ultimately, game storylines (especially in FPS) are fairly limited and cliched. The world/universe is in dire peril and only a Macho-Messianic-Malefactor-Murdering-Machine can save the day with his big gun.

EDIT: Also the protagonist (or an important NPC) will have a ridiculously tragic back-story and at some point, YOU WILL BE BETRAYED!

Damn that edit button is illusive.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Satanist on 08 March, 2013, 12:01:29 am
MGS is the worst for story but fans will tell you its a masterpiece. I finished MGS4 at 2am and then fell asleep at the final cut scene. A cut scene which I think is about an hour long  :o No idea how it ended but then I'd lost the plot long before then anyway.

MGS1 is still the best.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 08 March, 2013, 12:05:53 am
The story in HL2 isn't even a very original one, but what it is, is an exceptionally well told story, a story that was best told in the medium of a video game.

I don't usually expect much from a games story (I never really got the plot to Tetris), and I don't think I can remember playing a game that was ruined by a bad story. Bad gameplay yes, but not a bad story. I had to laugh at the net's fanboy rage of Mass Effect 3. Were their expectations really that high? I've not played any ME but I believe it uses a moral choice system, and THAT is something I have a big problem with. My experience of moral choices in games such as KOTOR is that you can either be an impossibly good Disney-like protagonist, or a ridiculous, moustache twirling sadist. There's no subtlety, no grey areas. There's no focus either. I've heard HL criticized for being too linear, but that linearity is precisely what allowed them to tell such a tight, well-focused story.

Ultimately, game storylines (especially in FPS) are fairly limited and cliched. The world/universe is in dire peril and only a Macho-Messianic-Malefactor-Murdering-Machine can save the day with his big gun.

Mass Effect has some of the best story telling in any game. In fact, I reckon Bioware's stuff - to a greater or lesser extend, and including Black Isle etc - is some of the best storytelling in games. Not great, mind. Not at all: derivative sci-fi fluff (ME) or derivative high fantasy (Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights). Even so, at least on a par with most churned out sci fi books.

The rage associated with ME3's ending is 100% justified. Not because of the story but rather because it was so inconclusive. After playing for 100 hours or so, all I wanted was a clear cut resolution. Instead, it was plain unclear what was happening and why. Slight spoiler: you spend all three games fighting the bid bad, The Reapers, and at the very last minute engage in some nice chat with them for NO FRIGGING REASON
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 08 March, 2013, 10:34:02 am
MGS is the worst for story but fans will tell you its a masterpiece. I finished MGS4 at 2am and then fell asleep at the final cut scene. A cut scene which I think is about an hour long  :o No idea how it ended but then I'd lost the plot long before then anyway.

MGS1 is still the best.

Metal Gear Solid is a game I would cite as the wildly indulgent story element ruining the entire game. Gorgeous graphics, wonderful character design, intriguing gameplay mechanics, all undone because Kojima thinks he is an amazing writer. As I said before, the story - even in the first game - is complete and utter gibberish.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 08 March, 2013, 10:37:24 am
Agree entirely about Mass Effect. The writing is strong (for games) but the fiction is entirely derivative of other genre pieces - it's basically Star Wars Trek, with a dash of Halo and Aliens, with an aesthetic taken from the Final Fantasy movie.

Another key thing Valve do with their games is take inspiration from outside of the usual places, and it shows.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 11 March, 2013, 10:48:19 pm
Me, I'm stuck on Dragon Age. Origins and can't understand how to work the cheat codes I found. Where is  bin_ship when its at home...?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 12 March, 2013, 07:45:25 am
Spent a couple of hours on Fight Night Champion last night. It's amazing how quickly I was getting aggressive towards the mofos I was boxing. The game itself is fun but seems to have made itself deliberately hard to learn in order to give it longevity. There is no tutorial, for example. You just get beat up (either sparring or in the ring) in order to learn.

Still, I played on easy and enjoyed bopping some other fellows on the nose.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: grthink on 12 March, 2013, 12:48:56 pm
I've been wringing my Playstation+ account for all it's worth over the past few weeks. Revisiting God Of War via the magic of HD was very rewarding, the gameplay really stands up. Just started playing Dead or Alive 5, having not played any fighting games at all for a decade or so, and the game itself is good, and the game mechanics of the story mode are good. The actual story mode itself is cringing to sit through, though, and good lord I didn't think I'd get bored of breasts but DoA5 is pushing it.

Mass Effect 3 is DL'ing at the moment, and because of its size I had to clear a lot of stuff off my HD, so I hope I'll enjoy it. I played the original on X360 and the second on PS3, and whilst my memories of both are being sat watching talking heads for hours on end, I also spent a LOT of time on each of them.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 12 March, 2013, 01:13:25 pm
For some reason Dark Forces is no longer available on PSN - at least in the UK, so I had to resort to eBay to get a PS original copy.

I'd kind of forgotten that it's a pre-Goldeneye, pre-Dual Shock game, so the controls are most likely going to render it almost unplayable to the modern gamer, but we'll see!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: grthink on 12 March, 2013, 01:45:54 pm
For some reason Dark Forces is no longer available on PSN - at least in the UK, so I had to resort to eBay to get a PS original copy.

I'd kind of forgotten that it's a pre-Goldeneye, pre-Dual Shock game, so the controls are most likely going to render it almost unplayable to the modern gamer, but we'll see!

I remember going back to Dark Forces after playing Dark Forces: Jedi Knight and finding it almost impossible to play, what with having to key in where you're looking rather than use a mouse to aim (that's on the PC, not played it on PS). Such a shame because for a while I was insanely good at it -- the only game I've finished on hardest difficulty, that I can remember.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 12 March, 2013, 02:08:46 pm
Since about 2000, trying to play any FPS with move and turn mapped to the same stick, keys or d pad is like trying to do something left-handed.

Hoping there's at least some way of customising controls...
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: f4lke on 12 March, 2013, 06:04:47 pm
Last game played: Crysis 3. My Review is a 7/10.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 12 March, 2013, 07:15:33 pm
For some reason Dark Forces is no longer available on PSN - at least in the UK, so I had to resort to eBay to get a PS original copy.

If you know anyone who's downloaded Dark Forces from PSN you can temporarily add their profile to your PS3 dashboard and via Account Management/transaction management/download list you can download a game to your PS3 HDD even if it isn't available on the store anymore.

I tried playing Dark Forces recently but by god it is old.  I don't think it was particularly unplayable so much as the look and gameplay mechanics left me scratching my head wondering what I was supposed to be doing after a few levels.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Mister Pops on 12 March, 2013, 08:11:55 pm
I tried playing Dark Forces recently but by god it is old.  I don't think it was particularly unplayable so much as the look and gameplay mechanics left me scratching my head wondering what I was supposed to be doing after a few levels.

When I played through it recently, I found muscle memory did most of the work for me. Some levels are quite obtuse, you really need to read the mission briefings and then use your map.

I had a go at the free to play MMORPG, Star Trek Online. It can be fairly meaningless to review something you didn't have to pay for, but by Spock's ears it was fucking terrible. I created my character, a bald, Vulcan Science officer in a snazzy blue jumpsuit, and looked forward for doing some fictional science, but no. First up, I had to kill some borg. Not using some clever Trek ploy, no, because that would be interesting, just shot them with the phaser. You don't even have to aim. Controlling a starship is even duller.

This game is not Star Trek. It is some sort of dumb military sci-fi, with a Star Trek aesthetic. It's just so fucking generic.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Radbacker on 13 March, 2013, 08:16:25 am
End Game map pack for Battlefield 3, lots of dirt bike fun to be had I'm sure its only a matter of time before race servers get set up, and the Capture the Flag mode they have added is rather choice fun.  Last map pack for BF3 all the developers work going into number 4 now. (unless they want to supprise us console fans with a new Bad Company).

CU radbacker
Title: Re: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Noisybast on 13 March, 2013, 09:19:51 am
Ah, Metal Gear Solid. I picked up a few older games from the XBox Live sale last week, including Kane & Lynch 2, Max Payne 3, Tomb Raider Legend and a couple of MGS things (Peace Walker and 2&3 HD). So far I've tried Max Payne 3 (good shooty fun and looks nice) and MGS: Peace Walker (incomprehensible). The writing and acting are dire and there's more cut scene than game. Are MGS 2 and 3 this tedious? Should I just delete them unplayed?
Title: Re: Re: Last game played...
Post by: grthink on 13 March, 2013, 09:34:01 am
Are MGS 2 and 3 this tedious?

Can't speak for 3, but there's a LOT of cutscenes in MSG2. A few standout moments maybe make it worth playing through once, though.
Title: Re: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Link Prime on 13 March, 2013, 09:50:31 am
MGS: Peace Walker (incomprehensible). The writing and acting are dire and there's more cut scene than game. Are MGS 2 and 3 this tedious? Should I just delete them unplayed?

If you can get past some nonsensical cut-scenes & bad dialogue, I found them all to be very rewarding games in their own rights.
Embrace the 'Stealth' element for maximum enjoyment.
Plus, they have some of the most memorable 'Boss fights' of my gaming career.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: grthink on 13 March, 2013, 11:48:06 am
I tried playing Dark Forces recently but by god it is old.  I don't think it was particularly unplayable so much as the look and gameplay mechanics left me scratching my head wondering what I was supposed to be doing after a few levels.

When I played through it recently, I found muscle memory did most of the work for me. Some levels are quite obtuse, you really need to read the mission briefings and then use your map.

Yeah, I remember doing a lot of running around with my map open. Also remember the first few playthroughs, just wandering around with no idea of what to do next. Still, one of my fondest gaming experiences.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 16 March, 2013, 01:43:03 pm
Still trying to master the last couple of challenge levels on Arkham Asylum but picked up a couple of cheapo deals in Game last week.

I'd always fancied The Saboteur and it's okay. Basically a GTA knock off with a beret set in WW2 Paris. The big stylistic trick is the way areas under occupation are black and white and gradually transition to colour as you do enough to disrupt the Nazis. This is very well realised, as are some of the characters but a lot of the rest of it is quite lacklustre with combat being particularly frustrating and luck based. Think I'll probably play through the story but not be too fussed about comleting everything.

Also got Rockstar's Table Tennis which I remember reading rave reviews of at the time. It's pretty difficult to get into but I can sort of see how it might become addictive. Nobody seems to be playing online anymore.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 17 March, 2013, 06:25:48 pm
I didn't like The Saboteur much either, and didn't play it very long. However, I was tickled by one of the achievements -'A pint and a shag'.   
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 17 March, 2013, 06:32:11 pm
Just finished Hitman: Absolution, and thoroughly enjoyed it. More than Hitmen previous actually, although I gather the purists feel it's been a bit diluted. Personally I found the stealth incredibly satisfying while never being frustrating, when previous games used to get me a bit miffed at times. Quite a lovely looking game too, with a ton of replay value to get slicker rankings on hits.

I did fall foul of a bug which was supposedly patched back in december (my arse) which crashed the game and corrupted my save file halfway through the game, losing me all my progress, scores, the lot. A pretty awful thing to have happen, so I backed up my save to the cloud regularly second time around and thankfully it went smoothly (knocks wood).
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Post by: Link Prime on 17 March, 2013, 06:50:43 pm
'A pint and a shag'.

The number one real life achievement too.  :D
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Post by: Goaty on 17 March, 2013, 07:09:56 pm

Pick out old game that I hadn't play for while, Aliens Vs Predator, that latest one, playing Marine really scary me as always (I hate play against Aliens!)
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Post by: Dr Feeley Good on 17 March, 2013, 10:42:37 pm
Just started sniper ghost warrior 2, only done one level but looks promising. ..
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Post by: Mister Pops on 21 March, 2013, 05:32:04 pm
Half-Life 2: Episodes 1&2

These are basically HL2 bonus levels, and really challenging bonus levels at that. I won't say much about the plot, other than it seems to be an epilogue, a new mystery is presented, and creepy G-man up to his old shenanigans, all in all, setting up for a big finale.

The gameplay mechanics are pretty much the same, but as I've said before, the source engine is a really clever piece of kit. New enemy units are also introduced, amongst which are zombie-combine soldiers who try to suicide bomb you, and new acid spitting ant-lions. Toughest of all though, are the hunter droids that fire explosive flechettes at you, and if they catch you on open turf, they charge and gore you, sending you several feet into the air. On your first encounter with these absolute feckers, you're severely underarmed, and it took me a while to figure out how to deal with them. HINT: Use propane and propane accessories ;) It's tense and satisfying though.

It has the HL series trademark physics puzzles, including everyone's favourite; the see-saw puzzle. Episode 2 has a particularly satisfying one involving a busted bridge that you half to angle in the right way to make an epic jump in your snazzy motorcar.

Slight grumble would be the final big battle in Episode two. If you didn't like fighting the tri-pods in the square in HL2, then this will melt your head. The thing about it this time is; once you figure out effective tactics, the whole thing becomes more of a repetitive chore than an epic battle.

Next up is Black Mesa, a free HL2 mod which recreates the original HL using the source engine.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 26 March, 2013, 12:33:13 am
Spec Ops: The Line - Bruce Boxleitner, Jake Busey and Nolan North on the same voice cast?  SOLD.  Not the greatest looker, not the most innovative to play, not very hard, quite short, BUT it's a solid package of a game with a story that's actually really good.  The setting is a big part of the story, as though it's a contemporary take on Heart of Darkness, the vaguely sci-fi mcGuffin of an unexplained permanent sandstorm around Dubai helps create a disjoint between the constant assertions of characters - that help and safety and the world we know is just beyond the storm - and the post-apocalyptic landscape around you.  The makers cleverly instill a feeling of frustration at some decisions being taken out of your hands by NPCs, but time and the game story makes a fool of you eventually as it's all part of the journey the game takes you on, even managing some great touches like when you go "oops" at the white phosphorous bit, the disco shootout, or the clever branching endings, and unlike updates of the material like Apocalypse Now, there's a real sense that your character's grasp on reality is actually tenuous to the point that the outcome of events is unclear - the ending may even come as a spectacular anticlimax depending upon how you decide to act when you get there.

My recollection of the Spec Ops games is that they are shovelware, but this one tries something a little different from the usual third person shoot-em-up without colouring too far outside the lines of the genre's game mechanics, so if you can find it for a tenner or so it's well worth a gander.
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Post by: CheechFU on 31 March, 2013, 09:08:53 pm
bioshock infinite

I'm sorry but radical themes of racism and the american master race do not hide a mediocre shooter
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 01 April, 2013, 09:50:09 am
Hotline Miami. That game be crazy. Incredibly addictive and oddly disturbing.

On Bioshock: Infinite now and it just looks so gorgeous that I'm constantly being bowled over with lovely sights. Feels very much like the first Bioshock (in fact feels more like it than 2 which was essentially a retread) but the floating city is a masterstroke because where before there was eery claustrophobia now there's...just...man it looks beautiful.

It's the first major PC game I've played since getting my gaming rig set up, which adds to the eye sex.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 01 April, 2013, 01:30:47 pm
I'm playing Dragon's Dogma in 360. Got it for about £15 in the Shopto Easter Sale.

It's quite intriguing - it's like Monster Hunter, but instead of getting 3 online friends to help, you have 3 NPC's called pawns. You can select these from a portal, and mix and match them to suit your playing style, or the list you have to beat.

Also, you can choose a pawn your Xbox buddies have levelled up. I did that, but it turned out to be a bit of a mistake. They're all level 70ish characters, which means these early stage monsters are killed by them in one wallop. As a result I'm not seeing much of the tactical element yet.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 02 April, 2013, 02:09:10 pm
The other day I brought Rogue Trooper on Steam for my laptop PC.
I played previously on the PSTwo years ago and got stuck on the level where I had to defend a train.
Seeing if I fair better this time around.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 02 April, 2013, 02:16:45 pm
I started Skyrim yesterday. Didn't hold out much hope, as I gave up on Oblivion a month or so ago after four or five hours play. Skyrim, though, is a grabber and much, much better. It seems to have taken on board the lessons of Fallout 3 (which I loved). So far, I've played Skyrim for 8 hours and it just gets better and better.
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Post by: radiator on 02 April, 2013, 02:41:16 pm
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Hotline Miami. That game be crazy. Incredibly addictive and oddly disturbing.

Well up for that, but I'm going to wait for it to hit XBLA or PSN.
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Post by: Link Prime on 02 April, 2013, 02:42:27 pm
I started Skyrim yesterday. Didn't hold out much hope, as I gave up on Oblivion a month or so ago after four or five hours play. Skyrim, though, is a grabber and much, much better. It seems to have taken on board the lessons of Fallout 3 (which I loved). So far, I've played Skyrim for 8 hours and it just gets better and better.

Oh Dr. X.....I dont know if I should envy or pity you.
Its a brillaint game, but will suck the life out of your, well, life!
I'm around 250 hours in, and still playing (since last April!)
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Post by: JamesC on 02 April, 2013, 07:25:57 pm
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Hotline Miami. That game be crazy. Incredibly addictive and oddly disturbing.

Well up for that, but I'm going to wait for it to hit XBLA or PSN.

Same here. Quite tempted by Retro City Rampage which has just hit XBLA though.
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Post by: Goaty on 03 April, 2013, 09:53:53 am

Slender

Played it on my iPhone last night, bloody scary!
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Post by: Radbacker on 04 April, 2013, 08:49:59 am
I dont play single player games however while i await Telstra to hit the button in their offices that makes my internet work in my new house (i dont bloody understand how it takes them two weeks to hook the net up when they dont even need to physically come round and hook anything up WTF!!!!) I decided to get BioShock Infinite, wow the 10's its been scoring are pretty deserved easily the best single player game i've played in the last 10 years.  I purchased it on Thursday and had finished by Sunday but damn i'm going to go through it again on Hard which i have never ever done for a modern game (used play through some of my Megadrive games multiple times but cant honestly think of any other game from PS era onwards that i've wanted to do that again).
wont go into spoilers but the end is mindblowingly arsom.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 April, 2013, 11:17:19 am
Finished Infinite last night too, it really is astonishing. Better than the original I reckon, although it has made me want to go back and play that again.

One (pretty major) niggle though, is that one of the big lessons Irrational said they'd learnt from the first game seems to have been forgotten because Infinite has one of the worst boss fights I've ever played. It's just a thoughtless spam-fest, and (on Hard at least) is just a sloggy chip-a-thon and incredibly frustrating. Doesn't seem to really fit the rest of the game stylistically either, and you have to repeat it four times. You fight the same terrible boss FOUR TIMES. The only thing that changes is the location. It's pretty unforgivable.

So it's testament to how brilliant everything else in the game is that I DID forgive them and I'm sure I'll soon forget that stuff even happened. Until the next playthrough...
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Post by: JamesC on 06 April, 2013, 11:47:44 am
The Walking Dead.

This was a really good game but I'm not sure it deserves all the 'game of the year' plaudits it's been getting.
The story was good but sometimes it was a little too talky. I found the combat elements quite frustrating too. My major bugbear was that it was just so dark. Even with the game set at full brightness and the brightness on my Tv turned up it was difficult to see things sometimes. If I hadn't had the help icons turned on I would never have even seen some of the important objects.
That being said though, it was a memorable experience and it was nice to play one of these point and click type adventures again.

There's lots of good stuff on XBLA at the moment and this is an area that Rebellion should really be looking at for exploiting their IPs in my opinion.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 13 April, 2013, 07:48:58 pm
I've just finished FTL. I actually finished it. Ok it was on easy, but I still finished it, IT STILL COUNTS!
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Post by: Pete Wells on 17 April, 2013, 12:22:42 am
I'm currently playing Spec Ops: The Line which is absolutely brilliant. I reckon I'm about halfway through and the way the story is progressing is great. If I could sum it up in one word it would be 'compelling'.

This game got fairly mixed reviews on release and I don't understand why. There were complaints about things like the cover system and control layout which I haven't had any problem with at all.

Wow, I've just completed this tonight and thought it was excellent. Well worth picking up, as James said, the story is cracking!
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 01 May, 2013, 04:08:10 pm
I just purchased Far Cry Three Blood Dragon on Steam and it didn't install. :(
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Post by: JamesC on 01 May, 2013, 04:12:32 pm
I just purchased Far Cry Three Blood Dragon on Steam and it didn't install. :(

Do you have the ordinary version of Far Cry 3 installed? Blood Dragon is just a DLC add-on I believe.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 01 May, 2013, 04:28:21 pm
I have Far Cry One and Two on Steam but no Far Cry Three.

look Far Cry Three Blood Dragon on Steam and it says right at the bottom that playing the game does not require a copy of Far Cry® 3.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 02 May, 2013, 12:33:54 am
Picked up GTA: San Andreas for dirt cheap off Steam at the weekend. I loved the shit out of this when it first came out. I played it so much that the disc stopped working.

Getting used to playing this on a PC has been a tricky, but I think I've got the hang of it now. I had forgotten how much of a monster this game is. I'm starting to get a bit impatient with the early missions, I miss my old save where I had pretty much everything unlocked.

Still, it's fun for nostalgia. Today I hussled a lot of pool and souped up a sweet Low Rider.
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Post by: JamesC on 02 May, 2013, 08:14:55 pm
Currently playing Far Cry 3.

I like everything about it other than the 1st person perspective. I always find this with 1st person games though; it really winds me up that you have no peripheral vision and so have no awareness of what's right next to you. It's like going into battle wearing horse blinkers.
The platforming bits are a bit rubbish too. Climbing ladders and vines just becomes an exercise in watching downward scrolling textures as your characters gets higher. Compared to the lovely climbing animations in Assassin's Creed or Tomb Raider it just seems really clunky.
Also, cover systems never work.
It's easily solved with a hybrid of 3rd person for platforming, cover and navigation with 1st person being used for aiming and shooting.

I don't know why more games don't take the hybrid approach (actually I do - because 1st person shooters sell like hot cakes).
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Post by: Professor Bear on 03 May, 2013, 12:05:44 am
Keyboard Drumset Fucking Werewolf: is it a music video or is it a videogame?  It's a hoot either way.

http://cactusquid.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/keyboard-drumset-fucking-werewolf.html

Also Star Trek, which I was looking forward to for ages, but, oh - let's see: clipping, horrendous collision detection, poorly designed levels, bad animation, spending at least ten minutes trying to wrangle a decent picture out of the brightness/contrast settings and eventually giving up, poor game mechanics (no melee in a close quarters combat game?  are you fucking JOKING?  And that's not even taking into account that 90 percent of Star Trek is about Kirk drop-kicking somebody), 2d bitmaps used as in-game graphics, low resolution textures, seemingly endless cutscenes which aren't skippable cinematics and are just you stuck in one location unable to advance and have to sit around listening to the characters banter before a door or a lift unlocks, random game overs when your partner comes a cropper offscreen somehow because you've become separated while he's stuck in a bit of scenery, terrible platforming gameplay, no tutorials for the minigames, no tutorials for the cover system right before you need to use the cover system for the first time in a situation where you instantly die if you aren't in cover or are otherwise out of place, controls flipping on you at random moments, the game camera resetting just before into/out of the screen running bits so it's pointed directly upwards so you can't see where you're supposed to be going, glitched trophies, the Gorn redesigned as velociraptors, the game not telling you what to do or where to go at key moments, you have to quit the game and reload because sometimes the game won't acknowledge a door or console you have to interact with, a pointless upgrade system with few decent perks, a checkpoint system that saves right before minigames, combat sequences or difficult and/or frustrating platform sections where you may die simply because of the shitty design so you have to repeat those sections all over again - I was shouting "FUCK'S SAKE!" at the screen so many times while playing this - and I never want to hear Chris Pine say "Mister Spawk" in that nasal way of his ever again to the point I might actually give the new film a miss.

Apart from that it was fine.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 03 May, 2013, 07:14:20 am
I just purchased Far Cry Three Blood Dragon on Steam and it didn't install. :(

I finally got the game to install, and ended up spending midnight and early morning playing it.

Welcome to the 80's vision of the future, the year is 2007, and you are Sargent Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando. Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world.

Experience every cliché of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants and Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, Navy Seals) collide.


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/67/FC3_Blood_Dragon_Cover.jpg)

The game has retro cut scenes but the action is good fun :)
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Post by: JamesC on 03 May, 2013, 03:48:42 pm
Given up on Far Cry 3.

Just wasn't enjoying it - there's too much I don't like about the mechanics of the game, 1st person perspective aside.
For a start the menus and map system are just a mess.
I actually think that the hunting element is in pretty poor taste. I'm not a vegetarian or anything but the crafting element just seems like a chore and the type of animal you need to make items just seems arbitrary. You need to kill 2 pigs to make a small ammo pouch and then 3 dogs to make a medium sized one or something.
I wonder if the animal killing is just there for knob heads to get a laugh out of.
Having said all that I thought the hang gliding and driving bits were very well done and the island looked great.


I think this game is a really interesting contrast to the recent Tomb Raider which I loved. tomb Raider had hunting too, but it was something you could choose whether or not to do and it was made clear that Lara had compassion and respect for the animals.
Tomb Raider has a very similar premise to this most recent FarCry but it seems that every thing Far Cry has done wrong (well to my taste anyway), Tomb Raider did right. Not least having characters I actually cared about.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 04 May, 2013, 08:31:22 pm
Aliens: Colonial Marines- It's utter gash.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 06 May, 2013, 10:10:09 am
hooked on Sniper zombie co-op I did get some Star Wars games ye olde Republic Commando (yay!) and the incresingly annoying KOTOR 2 (I'd forgotten how much bloody menus you have to go through to get anything done), I may persevere. :-\
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Post by: CheechFU on 06 May, 2013, 12:11:05 pm
I got hitman absolution for free off playstation plus this week, it's not blood money but so far it's not as terribad as I was led to believe.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 06 May, 2013, 09:19:27 pm
Return to Castle Wolfenstein has decided it's time to 'work' again. Gobsmacked.

It's on the lowest resolution. The advice on the only forum I visited is to LEAVE it on low res as RTCW goes wonky if you up the graphics too much. I got my arse truly kicked by Nazis, Zombies and worst of all armoured Zombies that look like they escaped from a Frank Frezetta painting.

Good to play it again, Nostalgia overload.
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Post by: NorthVox on 07 May, 2013, 10:42:32 am
Currently on a Fallout binge, halfway through Fallout 2, and nearing the end of what has probably been my longest play-through of New Vegas.
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Post by: radiator on 15 May, 2013, 04:13:54 pm
I had a sudden urge to play Rage Racer the other day so snagged a copy off eBay for about £2!

(http://videogamecritic.com/images/ps1/rage_racer.jpg)

It looks - as pretty much all PS1 games do nowadays - pretty damn rough, but luckily still has that old magic. In fact I've hammered it so much over the last week that my thumbs are actually sore, not being at all used to button-mashing/d-pad punishment these days!

What I really adore about the game is the art direction, the eccentric Japanese flavour of it all, the beautiful track design and the simplicity and arcadiness of the gameplay. I love the fact there are a mere three variations on the one track. Less is more. I feel overwhelmed by the Gran Turismos and Forzas of this world.

So I'm interested to know as I'm really out of touch with racing games these days... In lieu of an HD Rage Racer remake, is there a modern equivalent of the Ridge Racer series that anyone would recommend? I used to be obsessed with the series back in the PS1 era, but kind of lost interest after Type 4 which I never got on with, but is widely considered to be the last hurrah of the series - are there any more recent entries worth playing?

And please don't say Need For Speed or one of those godawful Boy Racer simulator type games..!
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Post by: I, Cosh on 15 May, 2013, 07:09:44 pm
Can't say I've played many modern racing games but, if you've still got a PS2, it might be worth picking up a copy of Wipeout Pulse. It's a port of the two PSP Wipeout games and probably more of a true successor to 2097 (second best racing game ever, behind Daytona?) than Fusion.

I've been playing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night after recommendations from a couple of dubious characters. It's pretty good. Starts off quite difficult but around halfway through you get hold of a weapon which makes it insanely easy to spam your way past every subsequent enemy and I've not got the moral fibre to do it the hard way.
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Post by: radiator on 15 May, 2013, 07:16:52 pm
I've always had an aversion to futuristic racers, Wipeout included. I think what most appeals to me about Rage Racer, weirdly, is the sense of location.

I've been a bit addicted to a game called Backflip Madness on the iPad. It's genius, but incredibly difficult.
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Post by: JamesC on 15 May, 2013, 08:27:14 pm
I had a sudden urge to play Rage Racer the other day so snagged a copy off eBay for about £2!

(http://videogamecritic.com/images/ps1/rage_racer.jpg)

It looks - as pretty much all PS1 games do nowadays - pretty damn rough, but luckily still has that old magic. In fact I've hammered it so much over the last week that my thumbs are actually sore, not being at all used to button-mashing/d-pad punishment these days!

What I really adore about the game is the art direction, the eccentric Japanese flavour of it all, the beautiful track design and the simplicity and arcadiness of the gameplay. I love the fact there are a mere three variations on the one track. Less is more. I feel overwhelmed by the Gran Turismos and Forzas of this world.

So I'm interested to know as I'm really out of touch with racing games these days... In lieu of an HD Rage Racer remake, is there a modern equivalent of the Ridge Racer series that anyone would recommend? I used to be obsessed with the series back in the PS1 era, but kind of lost interest after Type 4 which I never got on with, but is widely considered to be the last hurrah of the series - are there any more recent entries worth playing?

And please don't say Need For Speed or one of those godawful Boy Racer simulator type games..!

I'm a big fan of arcadey racers too and the best recommendation I can give is the 2010 version of NFS Hot Pursuit. It's made by Criterion who did the Burnout games and is very unlike the earlier NFS games.

But since you specifically asked people not to recommend Nfs games how about downloading Sega's Daytona USA off XBLA?
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Post by: radiator on 15 May, 2013, 08:41:09 pm
I think it's an aesthetic thing - there's an innocent joy to the visuals and cheesy music of the Ridge Racer and Sega racing games, but I can't stand the boy racer-oriented feel of most modern racing games.

Anyone played the Outrun remake/sequel from 2004(?). I never got round to it, but always intended to pick it up at some point.
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Post by: JamesC on 15 May, 2013, 09:50:37 pm
 Played Outrun Coast 2 Coast and Outrun 2 (which come on 1 disc) on PSP and they're both ace!
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Post by: I, Cosh on 15 May, 2013, 09:55:19 pm
But since you specifically asked people not to recommend Nfs games how about downloading Sega's Daytona USA off XBLA?
Have just downloaded this. The control system's actually quite neat but it's never going to be the same if you're not sitting wheel to wheel with three mates.
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Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 17 May, 2013, 01:57:10 pm
Currently playing Jedi Knights of the republic 2, the sith lords... ( title sounds longer than the game) Rinning around trying to find a crystal for my lightsaber and 3 Jedi masters in hiding...
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 20 May, 2013, 07:16:08 pm
I've been trying Sith Lords kotor 2 but I find it a bit trying still stuck on some mine, hunting-what am I looking for again? Whatever it is it's not enthusing me for this game. :-\
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 23 May, 2013, 01:15:30 pm
Anybody else playing Star Trek Rivals in the iphone?
It's just dominos with pictures of Spock, but horribly addictive...
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 25 May, 2013, 11:08:50 am
Finished Mark Of The Ninja yesterday. Been playing it in half hour chunks on my lunch breaks, it's perfect for that sort of thing, but way more compelling and absorbing than most XBLA games I've played. Really addictive, beautiful art direction and a lot of replay value. Really good game this.
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Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 25 May, 2013, 01:14:52 pm
Aaaaaggghh I am just SO crap at swoop racing. ( And before any of you smart Alecks make a "woman drivers" comment) its the bloody controls... On the PC they are crap... And none instinctive... They make no sense... ( But I 've also noticed THAT in games... )
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 25 May, 2013, 02:03:32 pm
Finished Mark Of The Ninja yesterday. Been playing it in half hour chunks on my lunch breaks, it's perfect for that sort of thing, but way more compelling and absorbing than most XBLA games I've played. Really addictive, beautiful art direction and a lot of replay value. Really good game this.


Yeah, it has been getting a lot of great reviews. I'm not usually a fan of stealth stuff (though I did like Tenchu) but I'm very tempted to pick this up.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 25 May, 2013, 07:11:13 pm
Finished Mark Of The Ninja yesterday. Been playing it in half hour chunks on my lunch breaks, it's perfect for that sort of thing, but way more compelling and absorbing than most XBLA games I've played. Really addictive, beautiful art direction and a lot of replay value. Really good game this.


Yeah, it has been getting a lot of great reviews. I'm not usually a fan of stealth stuff (though I did like Tenchu) but I'm very tempted to pick this up.

Not big on stealth myself, although there are some games I really like it in (the Arkham games felt very sneaky but also forgiving enough when you get spotted to not be frustrating).

There were a couple of moments in this I found a tiny bit frustrating, but because the skills you get make you really well equipped for it most situations are really satisfying to sneak and stab your way through. Also, if you get spotted you can just let yourself get killed and you're back at one of the frequent checkpoints almost straight away. I'd recommend maybe grabbing a demo of it and see what you think, might be the right kind of stealth for you too!
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Post by: radiator on 25 May, 2013, 08:27:33 pm
Mark of the Ninja is the only really satisfying stealth game I've played - usually I can't stand the genre. Really solid mechanics, and never penalises the player unfairly. Top notch game, criminally underrated.

Buy it!
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 25 May, 2013, 10:02:47 pm
Ok, I will get the demo and give it a whirl then.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 30 May, 2013, 08:06:45 pm
I downloaded LACKEYCCG for Windows.....

http://www.lackeyccg.com/

Since then I downloaded the Plugin for RAGE....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LackeyCCG

A collectable card game that was popular in the mid 90s & still is to this day.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rage_(collectible_card_game)

Here are the rules.....

http://www.werepenguin.com/rage/rules/

I spent a full day & night building a huge card deck to only find out it's illegally constructed and doesn't work. So I have opted for one of the smaller pre-constructed card decks and spent another day getting the basic rules straight and figuring out the control on LACKEYCCG and I'm still at it.
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Post by: radiator on 01 June, 2013, 12:57:23 pm
Castlevania: SotN (XBLA): a game which I remember wanting when it first came out but never got round to. I'm playing it now and, a few frustrating moments where the game shows its age aside, I'd say it deserves its classic status.

Warhammer Quest (iOS): snapped this up the other day. A highly polished top down dungeon crawler strategy type affair, with the WH license. Who could resist? Not me, obviously. Seems really good so far.

Also been replaying Bastion as I saw it was available on iOS. Works surprisingly well on the iPad.
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Post by: DrJomster on 01 June, 2013, 02:45:43 pm
Been eyeing up Warhammer Quest too... Only a matter of days till I crack I reckon! Looks great and the reviews have been very good indeed.
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Post by: JamesC on 01 June, 2013, 05:29:18 pm
Just started X-Com on the Xbox 360 this afternoon - I think this is going to be a good one!

I've also downloaded Knights of the Old Republic on the iPad which I'm looking forward to. Never played it before.
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Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 01 June, 2013, 05:38:59 pm
I can't defeat or run away from the 3 sith masters in the secret sith base/ mausoleum on the moon of Dxun in Knights of the Old Republic 2, The Sith Lords.  It is utterly impossible... 
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Post by: Ghost MacRoth on 01 June, 2013, 05:41:47 pm
Lately been playing sniper elite after picking it up for a fiver.  Enjoyable game, but wish it had the 'Hitman' element of disguise. :D
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Post by: radiator on 01 June, 2013, 07:19:29 pm
Just started X-Com on the Xbox 360 this afternoon - I think this is going to be a good one!

I've also downloaded Knights of the Old Republic on the iPad which I'm looking forward to. Never played it before.

Xcom is out on iPad soon, looking forward to it.

Hotline Miami is supposed to be out on PSN very soon, been looking forward to that for ages!
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Post by: I, Cosh on 04 June, 2013, 01:52:55 pm
Beyond Good and Evil via XBLA. It's good. It's interesting how some games can have exactly the same type of collecting mechanic but the way it's presented makes it seem completely new. Taking pictures of the assorted flora and fauna in this is almost giving me the same sense of blissful satisfaction as feeding the little animals in Okami.
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Post by: Emp on 07 June, 2013, 11:22:13 pm
Bioshock Infinite..having enjoyed the 2 previous outings i was expecting more of the same...but not to be. Now while quite enjoyable it suffers from the 2 things i hate most in any FPS...can only carry 2 weapons (which for me tends to end up being the wrong 2 for any given situation) and bloody checkpoint saves. There are no words strong enough to express how much i hate check point saves.
Now i may be wrong (it has been known) but i can't remember the 1st 2 games having this limited weapon and check point save malarky. Now, if I'm right , why change it now?

The other thing about Infinite is that it lacks the atmospheric and claustrophobic feeling that the first 2 games had.

So all in all it's a good little shooter (checkpoints aside)...but I don't see it as Bioshock.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 08 June, 2013, 12:33:02 am
Crysis - though it's a download-only port of a 6 year-old PC game, I can't believe it never got a hard media release.
The closest gameplay experience would probably be the first Halo, though with a larger play area, stronger story, and you can't sleepwalk through the campaign due to low difficulty.  The stealth mechanics at first seemed a little clunky - the limited charge of your suit's cloak seeming the main barrier to using stealth as a long-term playing strategy - but once you fiddle with it and notice things like the cloak's power diminishing much slower if you stay still and crouch, you come up with strategies for navigating to cover so you can recharge the cloak in safety instead of just bulling through shooting the shit out of everyone and everything - though if you fancy doing that, you can bolt to cover and let your cloak recharge, then sneak to other cover quickly and ambush enemies still shooting at where you used to be.  Or you can use the charge to power a shield so you can be more gung-ho in your playthrough.  There are lots of different ways to get from A to B and while unforgiving, the mechanics are consistent, so it's down to how good you are with your chosen tactics.
Damn good game, and for something six years old it gives a lot of contemporary FPS' a run for their money in the visuals department.
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Post by: Emp on 08 June, 2013, 12:37:08 am
Original Crysis is brilliant and I have to agree with you say regarding the cloak and the suits protection. Never is a full on charge the way to go. I found a hit and run (away an' hide) approach to work best. Just as long as you didn't alert a lot of people.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 08 June, 2013, 12:55:58 am
State of Decay -open world zombie survival. Rather good, despite some choppy frame rates and collision detection.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 08 June, 2013, 10:24:43 am
Call of Juarez Gunslinger for PC. Good but not spectacular set in the wild West. An interesting set up in that it's told in a huge 'Nam style flashback style but good shootey fun. Some annoyances the controls are shoddy on some sections especially the one on one gun fights with bosses but if you persevere you'll eventually hit something. Lovely looking back drops and in bits you almost feel the heat.One thing of note is the excellent voice characterisations that really give it a "western" feel.

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Post by: Satanist on 08 June, 2013, 12:09:21 pm
State of Decay -open world zombie survival. Rather good, despite some choppy frame rates and collision detection.

Yeah the graphics/collision detection are a bit ropey but as a zombie survival sim I'm really quite enjoying this so far.
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Post by: Goaty on 10 June, 2013, 10:12:11 pm

Got Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite for my birthday yesterday, play both a bit tonight, oh my gosh, they got beautiful openings!

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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 10 June, 2013, 10:32:51 pm
Does Skyrim ever end? I kinda want it to, but I don't really...
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Post by: JamesC on 10 June, 2013, 10:36:03 pm
Went old school with Qix on the gameboy. Simple, addictive fun!
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Post by: Link Prime on 11 June, 2013, 09:59:03 am
Does Skyrim ever end? I kinda want it to, but I don't really...

Never
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 12 June, 2013, 02:33:28 am
I recently picked up Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines on Steam for $19.99.

Vampire®: The Masquerade-Bloodlines™ delivers a new type of RPG experience-one that blends all the core elements of a traditional RPG with the graphical richness, immediacy and brutal combat of a first-person action game. The game plunges players into the dark and gritty vampire underworld of modern-day L.A. as a creature of the night. Players will develop their character's powers, interact with other characters and embark on story-driven quests as they battle mortals and other vampires with an incredible array of vampire powers and weapons. Powered by Valve's Source Technology, the game is based on White Wolf's popular Vampire: The Masquerade pen-and-paper RPG series and its official clans.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire:_The_Masquerade_%E2%80%93_Bloodlines

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire:_The_Masquerade

The game starts with character creation questionnaire which will define your characters attributes and Vampire clan. You have the choice of this or just manually chooseing your characters stats and Vampire clan.

So far they made me a Brujah. Clan Brujah is largely composed of rebels, both with and without causes. I have played through the introduction and tutorial level up until they give me a place to stay. A Haven and the details of my first contact and mission.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 16 June, 2013, 03:22:26 am
Just spent my evening (and going by the clock, a good chunk of my morning) playing and finishing The Last of Us, which delivered a respectable 15 hours and 47 minutes of perfection.
I didn't actually think very much of the demo that came out a few weeks ago, but the full game delivers in spades exactly what I want from a survival horror game - good controls, balanced combat, sympathetic characters - while simultaneously seeming to be a calculated insult to those who prefer their gaming without structure and/or in 12-hour Red-Bull-fuelled online multiplayer marathons full of playful racism and misogyny, as you simply cannot play it as you would an action game by wading into enemies with guns blazing, you have to sneak about and find or build supplies and weapons so you're ready for when you finally do have to resort to combat instead of stealth, although one of the game's best features is that despite emphasising stealth, the combat is some of the most rewarding I've ever played, and every time I killed someone I was utterly convinced the fucker had it coming­­­ - and I don't even mean the inevitable pedos/cannibals you encounter, either, I mean the cops who keep order in the cities and even the rebels who hate the cops, I just wanted to kill the fuck out of those guys so bad that resorting to stealth instead of caving their heads in with a brick left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
This is not a game for players who hate story-driven play, though it's also not what I would call "cinematic", as it's less like a film and more like a dvd box set of a one-season tv show that didn't get renewed but the writers had a heads-up the axe was falling and decided not to be assholes and wrote a proper ending.  Speaking of the ending, it's just perfect.  The more I think about it, the better it is, but basically it underlines how the whole game is about a single theme that unites everything from the metaphorical meaning of the game's title to the motivations of the human antagonists to the bond that forms between the main characters and even the setting of their final exchange.  It gives the player a hell of a lot of credit in a way pretty much no other game does, as it invests you completely in the protagonists but also doesn't spell things out for you, even going so far as to massively red-herring the shit out of where the final levels may be going, and almost as an afterthought it also salvages the zombie genre.
Game of the year by a country mile.
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Post by: JamesC on 16 June, 2013, 11:03:24 am
I really want to play The Last Of Us but I don't have a PS3 and since I've already preordered a PS4 I'm not about to go and buy one.
Hopefully it'll get a PS4 release at some point.
Looking back I should have chosen the PS3 over the 360 last generation - I think the exclusives are more up my street. I'm not a big fan of Halo or Gears Of War but I know I'd love the Uncharted games and I always thought Little Big Planet looked fun too.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 16 June, 2013, 02:18:09 pm
I suspect you may soon be able to pick up a PS3 - and hundreds of games for it - quite cheaply.
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Post by: Rog69 on 16 June, 2013, 08:59:34 pm
I really like the look of The last of us too but I can't find the demo, did they take it down once the game came out?
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Post by: Satanist on 16 June, 2013, 11:59:35 pm
Prob get this next month as it sounds right up my street.
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Post by: radiator on 17 June, 2013, 10:57:44 am
I'm tempted by The Last of Us (Edge 10/10...) but suspect that its not going to be my cup of tea. I pretty much hate these kind of 'cinematic' games, and when a review of a videogame praises the 'story' and 'characters' I cringe a bit.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 17 June, 2013, 12:14:02 pm
While I agree that gaming peaked with Manic Miner, I am willing to accept that it is the year 2013.
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Post by: JamesC on 17 June, 2013, 12:37:12 pm
There's no reason at all that a game can't have a good story or good characters.

 
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 17 June, 2013, 12:43:33 pm

While I agree that gaming peaked with Manic Miner, I am willing to accept that it is the year 2013.


And in 2013 I'm still waiting for Jet Set Willy III.

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Post by: Professor Bear on 17 June, 2013, 02:42:24 pm
There's no reason at all that a game can't have a good story or good characters.

All the truly great games have a strong story and good characters, though I suppose if you don't like that sort of thing there's always tabletop or mobile gaming.
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Post by: radiator on 17 June, 2013, 02:57:38 pm
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There's no reason at all that a game can't have a good story or good characters.

Each to his own - I have an unshakable personal opinion that videogames are a wholly unsuitable artform for storytelling in the conventional sense due to several fundamental limitations of the medium, games that try to emulate cinematic or televisual storytelling tropes are destined to fall short of their ambitions, and also that the very best videogame stories - which the gaming press likes to parade around as works of genius - are usually transparently derivative and roughly equivalent in terms of quality and sophistication with an above-average straight to DVD movie or spin-off genre novel.

I play games to play, not to watch. Cut scenes and QTEs are the enemy of fun.

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All the truly great games have a strong story and good characters

Yeah, the plot of Super Mario Bros. was a work of storytelling genius. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time - "Will the Princess be in the next castle?" What an emotional rollercoaster!  :P
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Post by: TordelBack on 17 June, 2013, 03:06:30 pm
Don't often visit this thread, because the most up-to-date gaming platform I have access to is the Wii, but I took a punt on a PSP at a sale of work (for a fiver!), and aside from the box being battered to buggery inside it turned out to be brand new and unopened 1003 model, with all the trimmings, still in sealed baggies.   

I'm half considering eBaying it in this condition, but lacking a smartphone or tablet, I do rather fancy a handheld of one's own. 

Anyone care to suggest some good games?  The internet has so far shown me little that took my fancy, and I think the last time I asked the Hive Mind it suggested Advance Wars for the DS for which I am eternally grateful. 

I suppose RPG, strategy and puzzle are my fave genres, lacking as I do any perceptible form of hand-eye co-ordination. Basically nothing that involves controlled braking or ledges. 

Also, wasn't there some suggestion of reading comics on a PSP, or did I dream it?

Cheers.

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Post by: Mister Pops on 17 June, 2013, 03:07:45 pm
I play games to play, not to watch. Cut scenes and QTEs are the enemy of fun.

I'd agree with this, but I wouldn't dismiss storytelling in games altogether. Although games, good games, don't live or die on their plots, a good story can make a good game more enjoyable. And games aren't wholly unsuitable for storytelling. They're unsuitable for cinematic style storytelling maybe, but games like Portal and Half-Life have shown that using the medium of games to tell a story is possible.

But if it's using QTEs, it's not a game, it's a poorly made CGI cartoon that requires the viewer to hammer a button every so often if they want to keep watching. Fuck that.
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Post by: M.I.K. on 17 June, 2013, 03:11:33 pm
Each to his own - I have an unshakable personal opinion that videogames are a wholly unsuitable artform for storytelling in the conventional sense due to several fundamental limitations of the medium, games that try to emulate cinematic or televisual storytelling tropes are destined to fall short of their ambitions, and also that the very best videogame stories - which the gaming press likes to parade around as works of genius - are usually transparently derivative and roughly equivalent in terms of quality and sophistication with an above-average straight to DVD movie or spin-off genre novel.

You've never played Grim Fandango, have you?
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Post by: Professor Bear on 17 June, 2013, 03:24:20 pm
Yeah, the plot of Super Mario Bros. was a work of storytelling genius.

The Super Mario Bros that came out 30 years ago?

Again: it is 2013.
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Post by: radiator on 17 June, 2013, 03:36:55 pm
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The Super Mario Bros that came out 30 years ago?

Yes, the super mario bros. that still plays every bit as well as it did thirty years ago!

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Again: it is 2013.

And thankfully loads of great games are still being made - ones that don't force a redundant story in your face! I dont mind games having a story, I just don't like it when they are overbearing and intrude on gameplay.

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You've never played Grim Fandango, have you?

You've got me there! I will admit that all of the 1990s Lucasarts adventure games do indeed have great characters and fun stories and would be my main exception. However, they're not really games in the traditional sense are they? They're more like interactive picture-books.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 17 June, 2013, 03:56:13 pm
I found Super Mario Bros boring even at the time so you aren't really making any headway with that example.

I just don't like it when they are overbearing and intrude on gameplay.

This is bad game design rather than bad storytelling, and not all games suffer from it.

Anyone care to suggest some good games?

Also, wasn't there some suggestion of reading comics on a PSP, or did I dream it?

Comics were largely abandoned on the PSP because you needed to filter them through reading software to get around the small screen, and that meant a high cost for a limited amount of product (support was not extensive).  If you're interested in buying something to use as a reader and your eyes are okay, anything starting with a 7 inch screen is fine.  I used an Android-based tablet that cost about 30 quid for reading comics and it was grand despite being useless for almost anything else (the battery life on cheaper tablets is usually gash and you'll only get about 2-4 hours out of them).  Look around Amazon and you'll find cheap-ass machines run up from spare parts in some Chinese bedroom - you won't get Castleville running on it, but if the screen works it's good to go for comics.

The PSP is not actually that advanced so games weren't particularly memorable - and those that were ended up getting a port over to the PS2 (which is where I preferred to play the "Stories" series of GTA games), or even the PS3 as part of "HD updated" collections - so I would consider downgrading your PSP's firmware so you can run emulators on it.  I have C64, ZX Spectrum, GBA, PC, SNES and Megadrive emulators running on mine and got more out of those than I did official games.  Nintendo couldn't give a monkeys about emulation so you can get pretty much any game ever released for their handheld machines off the web, even licenced stuff like Harry Potter, Batman Begins and Scooby Doo, though I pretty much just played Advance Wars 2 and Metroid 0 (though I already had those on GBA anyway).  If you do go this route, make sure to get a decent-sized memory card to store all your roms.

Otherwise, you can't go wrong with GTA (Liberty City and Vice City Stories) or Metal Gear Portable Ops, but the games are so dirt cheap for it now (anything over a fiver is scandalous) you can afford to take a gamble on pretty much anything.  I usually just type the name of a game into Youtube and see what it looks like running if I'm on the fence about something.
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Post by: Link Prime on 17 June, 2013, 04:06:09 pm
Don't often visit this thread, because the most up-to-date gaming platform I have access to is the Wii, but I took a punt on a PSP at a sale of work (for a fiver!), and aside from the box being battered to buggery inside it turned out to be brand new and unopened 1003 model, with all the trimmings, still in sealed baggies.   

I'm half considering eBaying it in this condition, but lacking a smartphone or tablet, I do rather fancy a handheld of one's own. 

Anyone care to suggest some good games?  The internet has so far shown me little that took my fancy, and I think the last time I asked the Hive Mind it suggested Advance Wars for the DS for which I am eternally grateful. 

I suppose RPG, strategy and puzzle are my fave genres, lacking as I do any perceptible form of hand-eye co-ordination. Basically nothing that involves controlled braking or ledges. 

Also, wasn't there some suggestion of reading comics on a PSP, or did I dream it?

Cheers.


Hey Tordel, while I don't use it much now, I loved the PSP once upon a time. My fave games for it;

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (an amazing 'proper' MGS...very addictive. Probably the best ever PSP game).
GTA: Liberty City Stores & GTA: Vice City Stories (exactly what you expect, with an amazing 80's soundtrack on VCS).
God of War: Chains of Olympus & God of War: Ghost of Sparta (great additions to the GoW canon, can hold their own against the PS2 games).
Silent Hill Origins (play in the dark wearing headphones!)


Regarding digital comics; the PSP did offer this service previously (with a nice guided view feature too), and I bought a ton of them (prior to switching to Comixology on iPad / Nexus).
Seems the rest of the world switched too though, as they went the way of the dodo last year. I still have all the ones I bought saved on a memory stick though.

Also worth noting that a lot of (standard PSP and external dev) games are available to download via PS Store, including the usual likes of Angry Birds etc.
And its got a basic but serviceable web browser function too.
Isn't a bad bit o' kit at all.



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Post by: optimusjamie on 17 June, 2013, 10:48:33 pm
Been playing Fallout: New Vegas recently. I've got the Ultimate Edition on Steam.
It's a lot of fun, especially playing a mostly-good character. I tried to play an evil dude, but it just wasn't for me.
May I make a suggestion for people who get it: Get some mods. Project: Nevada is a must. Optional addons for that can mix it up even further. Graphics mods can be pretty cool, but the PC I'm using right now probably couldn't handle them.
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Post by: Ghost MacRoth on 17 June, 2013, 10:58:50 pm
FONV is one of the best FPS' around, without a shadow of a doubt.  Cracking game, loved it all, bar the add on that was like taking on an indian tribe, too damn easy.  Otherwise, just epic all round!
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Post by: TordelBack on 17 June, 2013, 11:00:50 pm
Thanks Prof and Link, that's plenty to work with!  I wasn't aware you could get stuff off the PS store for it, that's cool.  Maybe someone in my family will finally play Angry Birds so!
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Post by: Professor Bear on 18 June, 2013, 01:28:10 am
I'm not sure how the downloading from the PS Store works with the now-outdated PSP, but last time I used it, you had to download via your PS3, then hook your PSP up to that and transfer to the latter from the former.  Although if Angry Birds is your main goal, I think that's still bundled on almost every Android tablet out there, and free to download for the PS3.  As ever, I recommend newcomers to PSN to seek out acquaintances with an account they haven't added to another machine and convincing them to let you add their profile to your console - you immediately have access to everything they've ever downloaded even if it's been discontinued from the store, and if you've just bought one of the 500gb consoles, that's literally hundreds of free games, as Sony give away full-price games regularly to PSN subscribers.

FONV is one of the best FPS' around, without a shadow of a doubt.  Cracking game, loved it all, bar the add on that was like taking on an indian tribe, too damn easy.  Otherwise, just epic all round!

Honest Hearts was my favorite of the DLC - the game finally delivered on the cowboys/post-nuclear premise and added some rainy weather to boot.  You can sail through it in about 90 minutes, or you can go exploring around the canyons and find odd jobs to do for the inhabitants or just go looking for the clues to the life of the Father In The Cave as he watched over the Vault 22 kids while they grew up to be the Sorrows tribe.  Great stuff.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 18 June, 2013, 07:51:59 am
FONV is one of the best FPS' around, without a shadow of a doubt.  Cracking game, loved it all, bar the add on that was like taking on an indian tribe, too damn easy.  Otherwise, just epic all round!

Mods can make a real difference. The version of Skyrim I am playing has been substantially altered, but with a lot of minor improvements.
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Post by: JamesC on 18 June, 2013, 01:14:08 pm
I looked into putting some emulators on my PSP but it looked really complicated so I didn't bother.
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Post by: Link Prime on 18 June, 2013, 01:14:43 pm
I'm not sure how the downloading from the PS Store works with the now-outdated PSP, but last time I used it, you had to download via your PS3, then hook your PSP up to that and transfer to the latter from the former. 

I have the same PSP version as you Tordel- you don't need to connect to a PS3 with it, you can download directly from the PS Store.
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Post by: Link Prime on 18 June, 2013, 01:18:51 pm

Honest Hearts was my favorite of the DLC - the game finally delivered on the cowboys/post-nuclear premise and added some rainy weather to boot.  You can sail through it in about 90 minutes, or you can go exploring around the canyons and find odd jobs to do for the inhabitants or just go looking for the clues to the life of the Father In The Cave as he watched over the Vault 22 kids while they grew up to be the Sorrows tribe.  Great stuff.

I loved 'Honest Hearts' too, but 'Old World Blues' was the highlight DLC for me- very, very funny & entertaining.

One of the few PS3 game I have 100% trophy completion, and that'll tell ya how much of a devout fan I was.
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Post by: Dr Feeley Good on 18 June, 2013, 01:28:42 pm
Playing the Last Of Us on the ps3 at the minute,  absolutely love it !
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Post by: Professor Bear on 18 June, 2013, 02:00:17 pm
Crysis 2 - I am sure I am probably imagining that this is very disappointing.  From little niggles like the Predator vision that drains your energy much faster than turning invisible does - thus robbing you of the fun of being the Predator - to things like the game loading new areas every 30 seconds because you can now just run from point A to point B, which you'll likely do as playing as the Predator isn't as much fun as it was in the first game.  The game also stops you constantly and you can't move or control your character or skip the cut scenes that are going on while your nanosuit gives you a lecture on the control system in what sounds like one of the kids off of Outnumbered doing a Batman voice, and worst of all the pacing and direction of the cutscenes is bloody terrible so they just feel like a total drag.
There's also some thing with the tips of your fingers being some kind of perks/suit mod that as far I can tell is utterly useless but the game makes you do it anyway even if you haven't a baldy what's going on.  I got to some bit where you have to shoot a helicopter a million times and even though the strategy is pretty straightforward and I can probably manage to kill it if I load it up again, I probably won't because, thinking back, the reason I died was because I got impatient waiting for the helicopter to die, and the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that rather than impatient, I was just bored.  This is a boring game and I probably won't play it again.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes - I am not saying this is a boring game, but the reason I stopped playing was because I fell asleep.  It's got some really rough edges, particularly the appalling voice acting, but I do like the look of Holmes as a mix of Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett, and the puzzles are generally fun and the game throws cheevos at you regularly so I'll probably give it another whirl when I'm trying to relax and/or nod off.  Basically an upmarket point and click game, though.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 19 June, 2013, 05:38:28 pm
I'm at the end game stage of GTA: San Andreas. Los Santos has gone crazy with rioting, I've been taking back territory for the GSF, reached 95% control of all gang territory, and it looks like the game has glitched the fuck out. I have driven the Ballas back to a small corner on the north-east side and now there's no sign of them. No matter how long I spend in their territory, I can't find any punk-ass rival gang members to kill and spark a turf war. It's probably been a while since anyone else has played this, but do you remember this being a problem. I never got this far when I played originally, but that was my own fault. I remember looking up the cheats to see if their was any way of covering the whole map in gangland territory and found there was a glitch you could exploit (you hop in a jet-plane, fly out in one direction and leave it overnight. The further away from the map you go, the smaller the map gets, but the gang-areas stay the same size, thus covering the whole map), so taking over the requisite number of territory to trigger the final mission became virtually impossible.

Other than that, I have thoroughly enjoyed this replay, the game still stands up as my favourite in the series. At the time it was such a huge leap forward from Vice City.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 19 June, 2013, 06:24:16 pm
I found the dour GTA4 to be a step down from San Andreas to the point it rather turned me off.  An impressive game to be sure, but still a step down from the ambition and scale of what preceded it.

I had the same problem you do back in the day on PS2, but it was because of the tiny, tiny sliver of territory featuring that U-shaped motel just south of what used to be Los Santos Vatos territory, as I left it 'till last and it was too tiny for new gang members to spawn in it, so I had to wait way the hell back inside the middle area of the motel until some gang members finally walked past when the game cycled new pedestrians in and out - though unless there was at least three of them to kill, a gang war wouldn't start.  There's also a hard-to-spot Ballas area under the Vinewood sign where the colour might make it a bit hard to see it on the map depending on your telly's picture - otherwise, if there aren't any gang members to be found and none of your territories come under attack, it's because you've completely wiped out the enemy gangs.  The last percentage you're after may be story-related.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 19 June, 2013, 06:39:57 pm
Damn, I hadn't even spotted that wee tiny sliver in Vinewood. But yeah, that Motel has been the source of my woes. I'll finish the last story mission and see if I have any better luck.
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Post by: Link Prime on 19 June, 2013, 10:33:34 pm
Damn, I hadn't even spotted that wee tiny sliver in Vinewood. But yeah, that Motel has been the source of my woes. I'll finish the last story mission and see if I have any better luck.

That same bit stumped me for AGES.
Feels good -real good- getting that 100% territory control.
Pause and savour the moment with an expensive drop of whiskey like Walt White at the start of Breaking Bad season 5.
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Post by: Noisybast on 20 June, 2013, 09:52:43 am
Currently working through Lego Lord of the Rings on 360 and X-Com on PC.

Lego LOTR is what happens when you cross a Lego game with Skyrim. Fetch quests aplenty in addition to the usual puzzle/platform formula. Perhaps not as many unlockable characters as, say Lego Harry Potter, but the world feels bigger than the previous games by some margin. Good fun, but I can't help but feel the series lost some of its charm when the characters started talking. It did make for one well-deserved belly laugh when one NPC started cribbing lines from Skyrim.

X-Com is excellent, but dogged by persistent interface problems. Often a menu will either not appear or jam open, effectively stranding me on one screen. That aside, it's great fun. Perhaps not as deep as the originals, but that's modern gaming for you.
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Post by: Radbacker on 20 June, 2013, 01:55:06 pm
Mortal Kombat 9 (I think its up to 9), I know its been out every where else for a couple of years but we only just came out of the dark ages and now have an R rating for games so it can finally be released.  Damn fine fighter, surprisingly in depth engine and ridiculous over the top violence, lots of fun and it was released extra cheap because it was so old, $30 arsom.  Shao Khan is a spamming c*&t though, why is the final boss in every fighter so cheap, don't get me started on SF4's cheating bastard.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Professor Bear on 21 June, 2013, 06:16:12 pm
Couldn't help myself and played The Last of Us again.  If anything, it's got better, as on this playthrough I noticed that the chain of events that you play through at the beginning are experienced in reverse at the end, which is a neat narrative device to establish the eventual emotional catharsis of the main character.  I suspect I am now officially spoiled where game stories are concerned.

Great Giana Sisters - now this is a game I certainly wouldn't ever have expected to see again.  Originally slapped off the map by Nintendo's legal department thanks to similarities to the original Super Mario Brothers, like its great-grandaddy the current iteration of the game is a simplistic side-scrolling platformer where you jump on the heads of baddies to kill them while making your way from left to right.  This being a next generation title, of course, it's been vastly updated from the simple game mechanics of the 1980s and now you have three buttons to push instead of one.  Very simple to play, unless you like Mario games I can't see it gripping you as my mind was wandering a bit during it, but the graphics and sound are great.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 26 June, 2013, 07:37:10 pm
He parked his shiney black van in the woods near the open Bawn area's entrance. The engine stopped, the door opened and he hopped out. It was a clear night. A full moon hanging high in the sky with the wind rustling through the leaves of the trees of the nearby forest.

He was in his homid form, pure white hair hanging over the edge of his eyebrows, tall and regal looking. Dressed in custom made dark leather boots, leather trousers, leather duster etched in mystical wavey lines. A customised semi-automatic Pistol on one hip and a Fang dagger on the other.

His boots, clothes, weapons suddenly meld with him as he sprouts hair all over his body, dropping to all fours. His back arches, with bones popping and shifting. A tail springs from his lower back and grows longer. As his hands and feet recede into paws, his ears grow more pointed, standing upright, his mouth enlongates into a snout, teeth sharpening into canines as it does.

Now a stark white wolf!

He strides forward, towards the wooded entrance and raises his snout letting out a haughty Howl of Introduction.....

This is Michael 'Blood on the Moon' Romanov, Born of Man, Ahroun, Cliath of the Silver Fangs and I seek who is in charge of the Sept of the Calm Waters.

With his snout still raised, he pauses briefly and lets out another another arrogant howl.....

 I 'Blood on the Moon' seek entrance into your inner Bawn area and will wait here until somebody comes forward gives me invitation.

After that, he lowers his snout, standing straight and very still, staring intently towards the inner Bawn area. Yet, keeping his ears swiveling, paying attention to everything around him as he waits for a reply.


This is my character's introduction, my first posting in the World of Darkness Forum game called SENECA RISES. Based on White-Wolf's  Werewolf the Apocalypse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werewolf:_The_Apocalypse) table-top role playing game. All you need to have, to play. Is the Core Rule Book (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/637/Werewolf-The-Apocalypse-%28Revised-Edition%29?it=1) and the Players Guide (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/1531/Players-Guide-to-Garou?term=Players+guide+to+the+garou&it=1). It would be helpful to have the Thirteen Tribe Books. Though they are not nessesary.

The game itself is set around a Caern ( A sacred site!) and the nearby township at Finger Lakes, near Seneca, close to New York in America. In the game,  you are a Werewolf. A Garou as they call themselves. You belong to one of the thirteen tribes. You can be born either of Man, Wolf, or a Deformed Metis (A born Werewolf!) and under one of the five Auspices. The New-Moon, Ragabash, who are Tricksters. The Cresent-Moon, Theurge, who are Seers. The Half-Moon, The Philodox, who are Judges. The Gibbous-Moon, Galliard, who are Bards. The Full-Moon, Ahroun, who are Warriors. Sworn to protect their sacred sites, their Caerns from being corrupted. They fight demonic Banes, mutant Fomori, and insane Black Spiral Dancers. (A fallen Werewolf tribe!) in their misson to survive the enevitable Apocalypse.

I started playing almost two weeks ago. After creating a character using the rules books mentioned above and the additional house rules they have supplied. Found on their website, where the game is played by posting your characters actions on the forums they have there.

This is the site! You can read more about it here. SENECA RISES. (http://www.senecarises.com/index.php?sid=8456a04f33b62808ed18be62fc39d24e) You need a account on the website before you can access forums where the game is played. The people that run the game. The forum moderators, are very patient and helpful. I think they might be accepting more players. Though they were nearly capped last time I checked. So if you are interested. Hurry, before those lasts slots are filled.
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Post by: GordyM on 28 June, 2013, 11:17:43 am
Last of Us: half way through and loving it. Not a fan usually of escort game (Ico being the exception, of course) but this is a good 'un and Ellie is a great character who actually made me laugh out loud a couple of time (the stolen gay porn mag and when she finally learns how to whistle).
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 29 June, 2013, 04:11:25 pm
As Blood on the Moon's ears home in on the Wyrm's minion's approach. He sniffed for foreign and out of place scents. His eyes glowed ferally, staring off in their general direction.

Blood on the Moon, his left hand, drawing his Fang Dagger from his belt & holster. Raising the dagger into the air. He held it high, proudly howling a warning of wyrm's approach to the other Garou gathered around him in <GT>"It is I, Blood of the Moon, Born of man, Cliath Ahroun to the Silver Fangs graces this gathering with my mighty presence, vessel to the blood of the very first Garou kings and heros.  Sworn at this hour to guard Echoes from the Past - Rhya from the foul Wyrm's approach in my one of my most sacred of duties to  Gaia. Let them come! let them try and take this Caern. Let them try and disrupt our most sacred of rituals. I shall prevail. They shall not. I shall enrich my blade in deeds of violence, this day!"</GT>.

With those last words, Blood on the Moon lowered his Fang Dagger into a more defensive position. Warily eyeing his Garou companions, wondering who they are for the first time since arriving. Before returning his attention to the Wyrm horde's approach.

A low growl rumbled down in Blood on the Moon's throat...

As he waited, Blood on the Moon deftly rotated and spun his Fang dagger with his fingers in a superior display of weaponry......

2013-06-29 02:24:34 Blood on the Moon rolls 7 dice to Weapon Display Dexterity (4 Dice) + Melee (3 Dice) 6,5,8,3,10, 6,4 (4 successes)

 OOC(Sending dice roll to the Storyteller and since the Wyrm Minions are approaching to confront us, do we all gain a point of tempory Rage.)


This is another excerpt from Seneca Rises. (http://www.senecarises.com/) Posting my character's last actions before the centre of Caern ( Our Sacred Site!) gets invaded by various entities of Wyrm. ( A corrupting force of destruction and decay!)

I hope he survives.
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Post by: bluemeanie on 30 June, 2013, 10:13:47 pm
On a bit of an online kick at the moment so got two Free to Play games off Steam

Star Trek Online. Took an hour or so to get into it but loving it now. Very cool space battles that make you feel like you're using a big ship not a fighter. Lots of nerdy bits for the fans and pretty good story missions in between the interactive bits. Away team missions fairly basic but not bad enough to spoil the thing overall. If you're a trekkie I'd recommend.

Team Fortress 2. Big, fun, frantic shooter. Only been playing the capture/defend missions so far but for a free game this rocks. One of the few I've played where I dont get annoyed at how crap I am as everyone seems to blow up a lot.

Of the two, only been tempted, and caved to spend money on the Trek one. Think I paid 3 or 4 quid. Got some in-game cash of which I used under half to unlock additional bridge crew slots on all my ships. Not bad when I've already got 30+ hours out of it.
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Post by: NorthVox on 07 July, 2013, 01:07:22 pm
You too have discovered the crack cocaine that is Star Trek Online? It's amazing isn't it? I still haven't caved in in regards to spending real money, mostly because I don't have any, but also I remember spending loads on City of Heroes only for the server to get shut down.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 08 July, 2013, 04:14:26 am
I had to stop playing Star Trek Online - it was looking like it was going the same way as my World of Warcraft addiction.  It took me six years to wean myself off that, and I wasn't going to start again on another game, epic space battles or not.  ;)
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Post by: GrudgeJohnDeed on 08 July, 2013, 10:41:09 am
Ive just finished Crystalis on the NES. Its now my favourite NES action rpg, its better than the original zelda imo! really cool story and graphics, great fun to play. I think Nintendo looked at Crystalis when they made ALTTP on the snes, its like the missing link (sorry).
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Post by: bluemeanie on 08 July, 2013, 06:45:34 pm
You too have discovered the crack cocaine that is Star Trek Online? It's amazing isn't it?

Yeah, just brilliant for a freebie. Tagging up with mates online is trickier than you'd like but fun once you sort it out.

On the freebie kick I'm also playing quite a bit of the free Trackmania Nations Forever game on Steam. Free version makes you sit out every 6th game as a spectator. I can live with that

Keep an eye out for me in there if anyone plays

(http://2000ad.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/dredd-car-2.jpg)
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Post by: radiator on 20 July, 2013, 01:28:37 am
I've been having a blast with Hotline Miami on the PS3 the last couple of weeks.

Man, what an awesome game! I love the whole Drive-esque aesthetic and the punishing, fast paced gameplay really gets the blood pumping. Highly recommended.
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Post by: GrudgeJohnDeed on 20 July, 2013, 05:09:41 pm
hotline miami is cracking isnt it!! although i ended up wearing the mask that means theres more guns in the level, finding a gun as early as possible, firing it to bring the enemies to me and gunning them down as they came through doors or rounded corners. it felt like i was cheating! very effective. made with game maker too, which means theres hope for all of us.
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Post by: radiator on 20 July, 2013, 05:13:50 pm
I find the lethal doors or the dog mask the most handy. Relying on guns is too risky, especially early in a level when you can get swarmed and die very quickly.
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Post by: GrudgeJohnDeed on 20 July, 2013, 05:28:01 pm
i definitely remember getting a shotgun and not having enough ammo to deal with the enemies and getting swarmed. but theres a randomness and youd get a machine gun every other attempt. then youre laughing.

what did the dog mask do?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 20 July, 2013, 05:35:40 pm
Stop dogs attacking you - very very useful on a few on the levels as they can be a nightmare and you can't seem to harm them while unarmed.

The wolf mask (start with a knife equipped) was extremely useful on one of the levels, but it's short-lived - you'll likely end up discarding the knife in short order.

There's also a mask which allows you to survive one gunshot which is handy.

The lethal doors are a very useful and dependable way of dispatching many enemies quickly and with little risk - you can just hole up in a confined space and kill all those who try and enter.

I love the open approach to combat and scenarios - wish more games took this tack rather than the usual prescribed/scripted blandness.

The weird forced stealth level, however, can bite me. An unfortunate, tiresome wrinkle in an otherwise wonderfully tight, joyful game experience. Luckily it's short.

The games an absolute bargain at something like £6.50 on PS3, and even cheaper than that on PC/Mac.
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Post by: radiator on 20 July, 2013, 05:37:51 pm
Should also say that I was finding the game extremely difficult early on, until I discovered the 'lock-on' function (click down the stick on PS3)!
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Post by: GrudgeJohnDeed on 20 July, 2013, 06:22:08 pm
yeah i bet, its so fast paced and twitchy. i think the pc version had some kind of lock on but i preferred using the mouse to aim, however on a controller i bet its essential.

also sounds like you used many more masks than me, when i found the guns (pig?) mask and my new strategy, i stuck with that. I tend to do that in games, i should perhaps experiment more!!

This game really inspired me when i played it, gameplay-wise. But also made me think how it could be improved (to my tastes). I was working on top-down dredd prototype, with a huge focus on stealth. Ill come back to it one day

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Post by: Professor Bear on 20 July, 2013, 07:15:15 pm
I keep meaning to actually play Hotline Miami proper seeing as I have paid for the fucking thing, but I gave up and set it aside for later after roughly 90 seconds when I realised the control setup seemed more for pc snobs.  Three whole buttons for a top-down shootah?  Yer 'avin' a laugh, son - it ain't the 1980s anymore.

Uncharted 1 and 2.  Dunno why I went back to these, but in the end I was playing through on a trophy mop-up - that did not take very long at all - as I may as well get the platinums since they aren't the hardest of games even on "crushing" difficulty.  I never noticed the fine balance of the combat on these games before that punishes impatience but makes every situation survivable, and I was surprised to see that a lot of the stuff that people were seeing as innovative in the Last of Us has its root in even the oldest of Naughty Dog's third person actioners, such as characters making a run for you if they hear the click of an empty gun, or their trying to flank you as a team, which isn't apparent in lower difficulties because a stiff breeze/blind shooting knocks them over, but when they can take a few shots before going down they really start to be a pain in the arse.
Particularly in U2's later levels, there's also a use of three dimensional puzzles that couldn't work in 2d, especially the Tibetan drums inside the mountain or the dagger room in Nepal, which are fantastic pieces of environment and puzzle design.  Credit where it's due to the developers for listening to players, as the amount of QTE stuff from Uncharted 1 is drastically reduced in the sequel and what there is has been changed to more arcade-oriented single-button timing exercises where you aren't just scanning the edges of the screen looking to see what buttons you push next as was the case with U1 (that final boss showdown feeling a bit cheap as a result).  I especially like that a couple of QTEs are basically first person shooting sequences, and I like that they're spread out during story moments so that even the longest cutscene is only 4 minutes long, the average being 90 seconds.
Damn good games, if a bit easy.  Like many others, I used to carelessly attribute their gameplay to being derivative of Tomb Raider, but on reflection they're more in the arcade-y vein of Edward Randy or Pitfall, particularly U2's mountainside truck chases and rooftop helicopter battles.  The multiplayer experience of Uncharted 2 was a pleasant surprise, though - and not just seeing as the servers are still going - as it's essentially more levels of the game but with more gung-ho NPC companions (unless you get really thick or bad players on your team), though the goals and objectives seemed a bit basic.

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time - older-school platforming action aimed at kids, one assumes, because of the bright colours and cartoon animals, but as with the previous Cooper games there's the odd tricky bit in among the usual explore and collect gameplay.  Otherwise it's a solid and pretty laid-back playing experience and a better PS3 outing for a PS2 platforming mainstay than the increasingly-tiresome and rough-edged Ratchet and Clank games.  It's solidly-made, rarely frustrating unless you're a button-masher who doesn't like learning patterns of boss attacks or suchlike, and my only gripe would be that it doesn't look like it's taxing the PS3 hardware too much for a game coming out this late in the machine's lifespan, even for a budget title - you can get Okami or Shadow of the Colossus for half this price, though unlike me you might actually play those after you fork over cash for them.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 20 July, 2013, 09:06:23 pm
Haven't played the PC version so not really sure what you mean, but surely most of the aiming and shooting is done with the mouse? Isn't wasd the standard move setup for every PC shooter?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 30 July, 2013, 09:17:15 am
Yesterday I traded in my Xbox 360 for a PS3 so that I could play all of the exclusives I've missed out on.

I had a quick go on Uncharted last night, which I knew I'd love, and it hasn't disappointed so I'll be getting the sequels too. I'll also be picking up The Last Of Us as I've heard nothing but good things about it.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for 'must play' PS3 games?  (I'm mainly looking for exclusives as I played things like the Mass Effect trilogy and the Arkham games on my old 360).
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Post by: Goaty on 30 July, 2013, 09:38:05 am

God of War 3?
Heavy Rain?
Infamous?
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Post by: Bobblehead on 30 July, 2013, 10:35:24 am

God of War 3?
Heavy Rain?
Infamous?

What he said! I'd also like to add Killzone 2. Killzone 3 is more polished and looks better but i found it full of gimmicky things like the jetpack and the levels where you were on a gunship/vehicle were just boring and slowed the action down (imo anyway).
 Resistance 3 is a great game too,also an fps tho.Just google the storys from the first two and youll be ok :P

Edit: forget to mention Tales of Graces F. Its a remake of an old wii game i think but its not on xbox so ill count it as PS3 exclusive :P  Amazing RPG with loads to do,great voice acting,some genuine laugh out loud moments and a fantastic story and combat system. What more do you want?! :)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 30 July, 2013, 11:10:47 am
There's some interesting stuff on the PS3 store, such as Flower, an HD version of Shadow of the Colossus, and so much more!  I wish I still had my PS3. I miss Agro.
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Post by: radiator on 30 July, 2013, 11:12:28 am
I'm really not a 'fanboy' either way - I'm a grown man so have no childish loyalty to or hatred for either console manufacturer and I own both a PS3 and 360 - but purely down to my personal taste, there's very, very little that appeals to me games-wise on the PS3.

I don't like narrative-heavy, blockbuster type games so have no interest in Uncharted or The Last of Us. Not saying they're bad games - they have plenty of fans after all, but they're just not my cup of tea.

Perhaps it's an unfair opinion, but Killzone, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance and Infamous have always struck me as a mediocre, also-ran franchises.

I bought the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus double pack, but just couldn't see what all the fuss is about. Shadow especially I found almost unplayable.

Heavy Rain is painfully pretentious garbage. You couldn't pay me to play it.

The God of War series is enjoyable enough but very linear and repetitive. I bought games 1-3 but quickly got burnt out on them, never finished 2 and only played 3 for an hour or so before selling them on.

I'm absolutely baffled by the popularity of Journey, which I found to be an utterly dull and vacuous experience - like an impressive graphics/atmospheric demo in search of an actual game - ie some kind of challenge or compelling gameplay mechanic. I was so underwhelmed by it that I never bothered with any other of thatgamecompany's output.

Gran Turismo is a dated series, and the latest one was just killed stone dead by its appalling UI and load times.

I find Metal Gear Solid insufferably pretentious and boring - haven't bothered with the series since the first one.

I couldn't stand Little Big Planet.

Don't get me wrong - I love my PS3, but 95% of it's usage is for watching movies and TV. I think the only games I've played for any length of time on it have been Ni No Kuni (gorgeous old-fashioned JRPG, good but hardly essential), Joe Danger (which is now out on Xbox) and Hotline Miami.
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Post by: radiator on 30 July, 2013, 11:17:15 am
Having said all that, Guacamelee! looks really good, and is on my list of games to play.
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Post by: JamesC on 30 July, 2013, 12:20:47 pm
Guacamelee definitely appeals - I'll be getting that I think!

Journey, Heavy Rain, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus are all intriguing but I think I need to find out a bit more about them to see if they're really my kind of thing. I do like a story but the game elements have to feel compelling too (I played Alan Wake but quickly got bored and The Walking Dead just about held my attention but I was getting frustrated by the mechanics).

I'm not into FPS games so Killzone and Resistance are probably not games I'd bother with.

I think I'll be giving Infamous a go. I really like super-hero/adventure-action games. I loved the Amazing Spider-Man movie tie in so I think Infamous will appeal even if it's a bit clunky.

I think I may try Ni No Kuni if i can pick it up cheap. I like RPGs but often don't finish them.

Thanks for your suggestions everybody!
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Post by: radiator on 30 July, 2013, 12:48:00 pm
Journey is more of an interactive screensaver than a game. There's no real element of challenge, you can't die, there's no combat, no bosses, there's no traditional platforming or tricky obstacles to traverse. ISTR there are a few bonus collectibles to find, but that's your lot. Otherwise you just walk your little chap from A to B, occasionally bumping into other players. It's atmospheric and lovely to look at but just don't expect any actual gameplay to speak of. Obviously it appeals to some as a kind of passive experience to wind down with, but it left me completely cold.

I really struggled with Shadow of the Colossus, mainly due to the fiddly, annoying controls, which feel very dated. It is also a deeply, deeply frustrating game - it's basically built around the mechanic of climbing up giant moving beasts, and frequently falling to the ground - often through no fault of your own - to start the whole process again. As with Journey - it has lovely graphics and atmosphere, but the gameplay was unsatisfying to my tastes. I must confess I didn't get round to Ico yet (and might never do), but I do have positive memories of playing it on PS2 back in the day.

I got bored of the Walking Dead game in the first 10 minutes - that whole semi-interactive, narrative-based 'thing' just isn't what I play games for. I think Heavy Rain is exactly like TWD, but infinitely more pretentious and poorly scripted.

I found Ni No Kuni immensely charming and stunningly beautiful graphically - and the plot is pretty good if you don't mind whimsy, but some of the gameplay feels very antiquated and belonging to a previous generation. If you're a big fan of old school Japanese RPGs like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy you'll be right at home.

Hotline Miami is a must if, like me, you like difficult, addictive, violent, twitchy, arcadey games.
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Post by: Bobblehead on 30 July, 2013, 01:04:50 pm
I think I may try Ni No Kuni if i can pick it up cheap. I like RPGs but often don't finish them.

 If i remember correctly it was quite cheap on the PSN a couple of months ago,if it still is or not im not sure,but if you dont mind downloading the game rather than owning a physical copy then check it out.

 Ni No Kuni is a great game btw and like radiator says its very charming and beautiful to look at (characters were designed by Studio Ghibli,so lots of cheerful,weird looking folks are in it :D ). Took me a while to finish it and theres end game content so you get your monies worth.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 30 July, 2013, 01:28:59 pm
Shadow of the Colussus sounds a bit like the latest Castlevania which I got really fed up with!

I'll check out Hotline Miami. I like to have a couple of arcadey titles that I can just stick on for 10 minutes while I'm waiting to go out. Pacman Chapionship Edition DX and Crazy Taxi filled that role on the Xbox.

I may rent out Journey - I think it's in the library. I'd like to give it a go but don't want to gamble twenty quid on it.
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Post by: Goaty on 30 July, 2013, 01:30:24 pm

I believe there is demo of Journey?
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Post by: Bobblehead on 30 July, 2013, 03:54:53 pm
I may rent out Journey - I think it's in the library. I'd like to give it a go but don't want to gamble twenty quid on it.

I think theres a 3 pack for £15 (might be £20) that contains Journey,Flower and Flow,that you can get,i know my local Game has it anyway.

 Not played any of them but ive heard that theyre alright.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 30 July, 2013, 05:03:37 pm
Recently completed the new Tomb Raider. A bit too sweary and Lara is hilariously indestructible, but generally very good.

Now playing Lego Batman 2, which is astoundingly good. Have complete the main story and am only 21% complete.

On the phone, I downloaded Infinity Blade II a couple of weeks ago when it was free. Took a while to get into it, but it's very good.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 30 July, 2013, 05:45:57 pm
Shadow of the Colussus sounds a bit like the latest Castlevania which I got really fed up with!

It's about as far removed from Castlevania as you can get.  It's a beautiful game, but you need to be patient with it.  Check out the reviews on Metacritic.
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Post by: Ghost MacRoth on 30 July, 2013, 07:05:04 pm
Sniper Elite V2.  Loving the x-ray kill cam, so unnecessary but utterly hilarious!! :D
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 30 July, 2013, 08:23:26 pm
Shadow of the Colussus sounds a bit like the latest Castlevania which I got really fed up with!

It's about as far removed from Castlevania as you can get.  It's a beautiful game, but you need to be patient with it.  Check out the reviews on Metacritic.

Shadow of the Colossus shares nothing with Castlevania beyond that they are both third person fantasy games from Japan.
Just this last hour I have done for the final two colossi and beat the game and I am wondering why I left it so long to do so, it's a magnificent game with a laser-like focus upon its central premise of being a platformer where the platforms are alive, moving, and determined to ruin your day.  Stripped-down to the most basic of design and gameplay elements, it probably passes most people by what an intricate piece of work this game really is that it sustains its desolate atmosphere from beginning to end without ever drawing attention to the world its created that isn't western fantasy or lore, or Eastern fantasy or lore, it's its own Fiddler's Green, self-contained to the point this in itself is probably some part of the story - when there is mention of the open world play area being a "sealed land", I got to wonder if it was meant to be another plane of reality, or even limbo because of the lack of any NPCs other than Agro, the beautiful horsey fucker who comes into their own at several times in the game when he/she/it pitches in with your fights, the flying desert battle being the most memorable.
Just brilliant.  I have heard some complain about the controls, but those can be redefined if triangle being jump (instead of X) is confusing.  I started playing this to get it finished so I could wipe it off my HD and make room, but I'll probably keep it for a while yet to get some trophies and take Agro for the odd dander.

As for other PS3 exclusives, I wouldn't bother much with Resistance 1 and 2, but 3 is pretty great - you won't miss much in terms of story or setting by skipping the first two, it's just "post-alien America" shooting time.  Killzone 2 is okay if you like your FPS' challenging, but again, 3 is the place to start.  The Jak and Daxter trilogy is probably a budget release about now, so if you fancy some of the finest 6th-gen platforming available - and Jak 2 - then it's a no-brainer, as to a lesser extent is the Sly Cooper Trilogy, which is solid all-ages gaming and well worth a look.  The Uncharted series I have reviewed up the thread, but the short version is: brilliant games - cut scenes in 2-minute chunks so you couldn't possibly complain about story getting in the way, varied gaming sections and challenges, likable characters, and best of all a real gamut of difficulty settings ranging from one you can sleepwalk through to one that demands your attention even when walking your character around a corner, but all completely doable.  I would recommend playing through those before hitting The Last of Us, as they share a game engine, but Last of Us is more challenging to the point it's almost unfair on you (ie: killing enemies with guns won't get you ammo or guns from their corpses) and you'll wnat to be familiar with the play mechanics.  Last of Us is fantastic - a game that treats the player as their own beast rather than that nerd who just wants to hammer buttons or that guy who wants to sit through a 40 minute cutscene, this is where games start treating you like someone who knows that game and story can be the same thing, essentially being a very clever action game masquerading as survival horror, whose central premise - the one element around which all else revolves from gameplay to backstory to the marmite ending that spits on The Walking Dead's high school dramatics - is that your character(s) are "the one who lived" and all else flows from that, and when that journey plays itself out, the game is over regardless of what else may need to be said.  "Saving the world"?  That's a McGuffin for children!
I've never really got into Little Big Planet despite the massive online community built around making and playing your own levels and sharing them with others, but the kids love it, especially in 2 player (on or offline), but luckily you should get a free months' worth of Playstation +Plus membership with coupons given away with a great many games so you can download it for free once you're a signed-up member and check it out yourself.
Journey is good fun, but once you join up with the giant whale angels and fly through the giant vagina at the end (it looks like), I'm not sure if you'll play it again, and it's a pretty slight experience on the one play-through.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 30 July, 2013, 09:14:03 pm
Shadow Of the Colossus is a gorgeous game.  I've only ever played it once, it was with a mate, and between us we finished the whole thing in one sitting, then went back and played the Colossi we'd each missed the first time, then went back again just to explore and generally dick about until we were both too drunk and tired to keep playing. It was 6am at that point. One of the best computer game experiences I've ever had.
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Post by: radiator on 07 August, 2013, 11:55:29 am
I've been working my way through the back catalogue of (excellent) games podcast Cane & Rinse - the downside being that I've ended up impulse-ordering games they're discussing - that I'll inevitably struggle to find time to ever actually play...

The other day I got copies of Vanquish and Bayonetta off eBay for around a fiver each(!). They're both highly-praised games that have long been on my radar, but I never bought due to not being impressed with their respective demos.

So I'm just getting started on Bayonetta, and tbh my initial thought on it is "Edge gave this a 10/10?!?!".

It's just so.... esoteric. Aggravatingly so. Horribly designed interface, poor player communication, and with an aesthetic that is so aggresively, deliberately eccentric it's kind of annoying. Seriously, if you can sit through the utter gibberish that are the cutscenes for more than ten seconds, then you're a more patient person than me. The combat seems OK, but is so fast and chaotic that I find it genuinely hard to keep up with, and frequently lose track of my character. There are also some pretty dull quiet sections which I wasn't expecting in a primarily combat-focused game. I'm hoping that I'll warm to it, but so far I really don't see what all the fuss is about.

I also ordered a copy of Rhythm Heaven for the DS to play on my 3DS (which I got for something like £3!). Used to play it a lot on my old DS Lite, and it remains a complete joy. Such an amazing game.
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Post by: JamesC on 07 August, 2013, 12:32:31 pm
Just finished the first Uncharted. Really enjoyed it.
I thought the characters were good and it had a real sense of fun - it totally nailed the 'adventure movie' vibe it was going for. The twist at the end came as a surprise and genuinely effected the game-play, making it feel very frantic.
I thought the end boss battle was a bit lame and basically came down to learning a series of button presses but the little cut scene at the end made up for it.
It shows its age a bit compared to the latest Tomb Raider which is the most similar game I've played but overall I'm very impressed.


Radiator - Bayonetta is bonkers. I quite liked it myself but if you don't like it after about an hours play then you're probably not going to.

I strongly advise you to try Vanquish as soon as possible though. If you like action packed third person shooters it's as close to perfection as I've played in terms of mechanics. There is a story but it's a load of old bollocks and I think you can skip the cut-scenes.
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Post by: radiator on 07 August, 2013, 01:09:28 pm
The older I get, the less time I have for game narratives and cutscenes. I barely get any time to play games, so I'm sure as shit not going to sit round watching them.

I will persevere with Bayonetta, but even if I do get into it, there's no way on Earth it's a 10/10 - it's far too arcane and borderline impenetrable to be anyone's idea of perfect.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 07 August, 2013, 05:27:08 pm
Just play vanquish. I loved it.
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Post by: Recrewt on 07 August, 2013, 05:35:01 pm
As for other PS3 exclusives, I wouldn't bother much with Resistance 1 and 2, but 3 is pretty great - you won't miss much in terms of story or setting by skipping the first two, it's just "post-alien America" shooting time.

Totally agree.  The step up in quality from Resistance 1/2 and 3 is almost unbelievable.  Everything is better - story, graphics, gameplay.  I keep telling friends about it but they don't believe me - you can pick it up for virtually nothing second hand and it has to be one of the most enjoyable games I have played on the PS3.  I would definitely recommend this.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 07 August, 2013, 10:29:47 pm
So I'm just getting started on Bayonetta, and tbh my initial thought on it is "Edge gave this a 10/10?!?!"
Yeah, I got this cheap a while back and felt much the same. Don't really remember the cutscenes but after about four or five levels of indicriminate and inconclusive button mashing I gave up on it. It's no Viewtiful Joe, that's for sure.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 08 August, 2013, 12:10:38 am
So I'm just getting started on Bayonetta, and tbh my initial thought on it is "Edge gave this a 10/10?!?!"
Yeah, I got this cheap a while back and felt much the same. Don't really remember the cutscenes but after about four or five levels of indicriminate and inconclusive button mashing I gave up on it. It's no Viewtiful Joe, that's for sure.

Yep, same. I thought Bayonetta was the biggest pile of tosh ever, and a complete wate of money. Just my opinion though - we appear to be in the minority.

Ah, Viewtiful Joe! That takes me back to my GameCube days. Loved that little box! Still have it in fact. Rogue Squadron Ii was epic, purely cos it came with the first Rogue Squadron as a split screen co-op.  Many a happy battle over Endor my mates and I had!
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Post by: radiator on 08 August, 2013, 09:29:09 am
Everyone always talks about Bayonetta as if the fighting is really elegant and balletic, but its just not. It's loud, hectic and disorienting. The characters are so big and absurdly over-designed they all just blur into one. There just seems to be boss after boss with no kind of discernable structure to the levels. I can't help but feel like I'm missing something.

Played a bit of Vanquish which I'm finding equally underwhelming, and kind of annoying also (whittling down a boss' health painfully slowly to the point of having to constantly scavenge around for fresh ammo isn't much fun).

Both of these games are supposed to be amazing - proper gamers games. But both just seem very average so far.

Also: fuck QTEs.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 08 August, 2013, 10:37:21 am
I enjoyed Vanquish, though it took me a while to realise how tactical it is, and how smoothly you could hop from one move to another.  Throwing the lit cigarette to distract enemies was a nice touch.  I made it to the end without knowing all this stuff, and still quite enjoyed it as a brash sci-fi shooter, with some nice set pieces, and lovely graphics. 

It's quite short though, and I think the whole point of it was to play through a couple of times using different styles and techniques.  I haven't the patience for that really - once the journey is over, it's over.  There are too many other games waiting to be played.

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Post by: radiator on 08 August, 2013, 10:53:50 am
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It's quite short though, and I think the whole point of it was to play through a couple of times using different styles and techniques.  I haven't the patience for that really - once the journey is over, it's over.  There are too many other games waiting to be played.

I'm the complete opposite - I'd much rather play one very good, short game over and over on escalating difficulties and really master it and wring every last drop out of it - go for some achievements (within reason), get 100% scores etc - than play five mediocre games for the 'journey' in the same amount of time. Not because I'm tight or can't afford more games, I just get very little satisfaction from breezing through games on an easy difficulty, then moving on to the next. It depends on the game, but I find I very rarely get a good handle on a game or really get to familiarise myself with its environments from a single play through.

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I enjoyed Vanquish, though it took me a while to realise how tactical it is, and how smoothly you could hop from one move to another.  Throwing the lit cigarette to distract enemies was a nice touch.

That's the sort of thing that attracted me to Bayonetta and Vanquish - I wanted something with really tight combat that I could really get my teeth into, and tackle on the harder modes. And that's why I'll persevere with them.

It irks me somewhat when people plough through the campaign mode of a game like Halo or Gears of War on easy or normal difficulty, as fast as they can, and then slate them for being 'boring'. Those kind of games only really come alive on the harder settings.
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Post by: JamesC on 08 August, 2013, 12:23:23 pm
Persevere with Vanquish - those big boss robots can be taken down really quickly with the correct technique.

For the first one - target the eye above the large gun using the machine gun turrets on the high wall. Make sure you dodge the attacks and with practice you can get the boss to the 'transforming stage' after two attacks from the gun turret (if your aim's good). 
Once he transforms, run around underneath him targeting one weak joint at a time with either the heavy machine gun or a rocket launcher if you know you can hit it. You then target the chest piece each time the boss falls.

When I was playing this game quite often I could do the first big boss in a couple of minutes.

There is a fairly steep learning curve at this point but once you've mastered the tactics of picking the correct weapon and dodging into bullet time at the correct points it's incredibly satisfying.
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Post by: radiator on 08 August, 2013, 12:29:51 pm
Thanks for the tips.

You're right about the learning curve. I also feel very hemmed in - I didn't realise you could go down to ground level.
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Post by: JamesC on 08 August, 2013, 12:51:13 pm
Thanks for the tips.

You're right about the learning curve. I also feel very hemmed in - I didn't realise you could go down to ground level.

Yep, you can run around underneath him. The best piece of advice I could give about this game is to keep moving -the game's all about your speed advantage over your opponents. If you try to stay behind a single cover position you'll die lots!
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 09 August, 2013, 08:29:53 pm
Just rage uninstalled Football Manager 2005

70 + day of play (real time). Wolves had won 18 European cups in a row (and every domestic cup for 20 years). Top ranked manager in the world. £500m in the bank. A team of world class players.

And the board fired me for issuing a warning to a player after a red card.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 09 August, 2013, 11:52:20 pm
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse - the central game engine and gameplay are sound and I had no complaints beyond that it's unexceptional even though it is a game where you fight a paraplegic street gang called the Crips (who use AK47s as crutches) and Adam West on a jetpack shooting cats at you with a crossbow.  It's a solid third person shooter from which you'll get 5-6 hours' worth of entertainment, and probably more from the multiplayer, which is pretty decent and doesn't do that stupid thing where it's tiny little displays for each player in opposite corners of the screen, as you get the screen cut in two down the middle so you can actually tell what you're doing.  The platforming bits are probably the weakest part of it, but otherwise it's a decent laid-back playing experience with the odd decent joke that fans of the show will likely appreciate.  The level where you go on a shooting spree in an Amish village is poor taste, though.

Spy Hunter - on the Vita.  Nothing spectacular, but solid racey shooty gaming.  I recall playing the PS2 version and it had third person sections where you got out of the car to run around doing the Rock Bottom on terrorist scum, but this is a vehicle-only affair where the graphics are sparse and there's not a great variety of levels even though your car switches quickly between car/boat and 4X4 truck as you travel through them and thus see lots of different ways of getting from A to B in the same three locations.  The levels are over pretty quickly and I think if you spend more than five minutes in one you automatically fail it, which would be a nice way to keep things brisk were it not for the lengthy loading times, lengthy starting sequences, unskippable cut scenes, and constant unwelcome chatter from your pit crew slowing things down on top of an annoyingly long autosave/reload time when you try to restart a level after the occasional baffling death, as there's an odd glitch where your car can spin around 180 degrees on a whim while you're trying to outrun something - or even get caught in scenery - and there's no "wrong way" indicator to tell you this has happened like would be handy if the 180 thing occurs during a cut scene.
Still enjoyed it, all the same.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 26 August, 2013, 05:41:17 pm
Saints Row 4.  "More of the same" syndrome is avoided - despite the fictional Steelport setting being identical to the last one - by way of making it a superhero game this time out.  There are thousands of collectables, hundreds of sub-missions involving driving, brawling, rampages, races and telekinetic fights, and you can ignore all that and just use the superpowers the game gives you by default to play the main quests.  The gimmick is that you don't have superpowers, you only have them in a simulation of the city created by aliens who keep you in a pod Matrix-style, yet there are surprisingly few Matrix references.
It's jarring to not be playing a GTA-style game anymore because once you can run faster than cars obviously you stop jacking cars altogether, and being knowing about QTE scenes to the point that you have to jam buttons to make your character pick up a newspaper or eat some pancakes doesn't change the fact that they're still QTEs and I hate them, but the player character seems remarkably accurate at judging my mood because as soon as I saw another 1980s videogame reference (a top-down tank shooter section), he said "Ach - fucking 80s."  All the same, the easily-playable nature of the game mechanics means that soon, like me, you will realise that you did not know that you needed a game to exist where you could be a fireball-throwing werewolf in an Evel Knieval costume running vertically up a building fistfighting aliens, but that is the world in which we now live, and we are better as people because of it.
It is fun on a stick and well worth your time unless you are one of those grumps who insists their GTA playing experiences be as slow, dull and "gritty" as possible.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 26 August, 2013, 11:42:50 pm
Monster Hunter Ultimate - Wii U. This game gets rid if all the 'choose your own adventure' type stuff of Draginsge and Skyrim, and gets right on down to killing dinos to carve their skins and other bodily items so you can build better armour and weapons, thus being able to wipe out bigger and nastier monsters.

It's a mix of gathering and grinding, with some light comuc interludes as you interact with characters at your base village. The monsters get bigger, meaner and more complex to take down. Tactics and strategy are essential; gauging not just the creature and its behaviour, but also the environment you find it in, is key to survival. 

It's great solo, but it's real strength lies in online multiplayer, where you can go hunting with three pals.  There's so many weapons and armour variations it's easy to get four very different skillsets in the squad. Taking advantage of these, and working as a team is the order of the day. It's incredibly satisfying when you and your pals work hard for up to an hour to bag one behemoth - it's final roar as it topples to the ground is often drowned out by your cheering chums over the Wii U game pad speakers.

Great fun, and one of my gaming obsessions at the mo.
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Post by: Goaty on 31 August, 2013, 12:31:00 pm

Aliens: Colonial Marines - it was £3.74 on Steam till 6pm tonight, as I loved Aliens, this is sequel to the film, and enjoy the opening aboard the Sulaco. There was nice reference to Alien3.
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Post by: JudgeE1M1RT on 08 September, 2013, 06:28:07 pm
I last played Alien Trilogy for the PS1. It's basically Duke Nukem in the Alien universe and is hard as nails.
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Post by: sheldipez on 08 September, 2013, 07:36:44 pm
I never forget the ultimate cheat password: Igotpinkacidbootson ! Great game back in the day. Can't imagine it's aged well.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 08 September, 2013, 10:08:23 pm
If you can find it, Alien Resurrection on PS1 holds up surprisingly well despite the dated visuals.

Finished Saints Row 4, the final level sees you put on the Iron Man armor to fight Megatron, so it is very silly and you probably wouldn't like it.  Me, I thought it was fucking great.

Castle of Illusion, a HD update of the decades-old Megadrive game, and it is pretty good despite being a side-scrolling platformer and thus aimed at squares from the distant past.  Great visuals and the narrator is a nice touch, too.
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Post by: JudgeE1M1RT on 09 September, 2013, 12:46:09 am


Finished Saints Row 4, the final level sees you put on the Iron Man armor to fight Megatron, so it is very silly and you probably wouldn't like it.  Me, I thought it was fucking great.


I've played Saints Row IV, but it wasn't the silliness that got me, it was the fact that its a repackaged Saints Row III that put me off it.

Anyway, just finished Another World (or Out of this World) a few moments ago. Its shorter than I remember it being. :)
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Post by: pictsy on 09 September, 2013, 03:02:00 pm
Last game I finished was The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker - I thought it was an awesome game as you'd expect from the Zelda franchise, but different enough to really set itself apart.  The style of the game, with the cell graphics really gave me the impression of elegance.  I really liked the flooded Hyrule concept as well despite hearing many complaints when the game was initially released.  It's probably not my favourite Zelda game of the ones I've played (that would be Twilight Princess).

I am currently working my way through three other games intermittently as well. 

First there is Okami, the playstation 2 game that was ported to the Wii.  It's a fun game and the idea of using a paintbrush to perform certain actions really appeals to me as an artist.  The story and visuals are fun as well - given I enjoy aspects of Japanese culture, this becomes another draw for me.  I get the feeling it is not a game for everyone, though.

Second is Shadow of the Colossus.  Nothing but boss fights!  What a great idea.  The atmosphere is engrossing and the Colossus are well designed.  I played Ico before purchasing an old copy of this game - so far I'd say Ico is probably the better game, but it's a damn close call.

Last is Pikmin.  I don't know what to make of this game yet.  It reminds me a little of RTS' I used to play and I really wasn't expecting that from the game.  It's interesting but I'll have to finish it before I can give a judgement on this one.
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Post by: bluemeanie on 12 September, 2013, 01:11:40 pm
Sniper : Ghost Warrior
Grabbed it as part of a bundle so probably paid less than a quid for it. It had a pretty bad rep but I actually quite enjoyed it

Good - Looks gorgeous. Sniper shots feel good and solid. Decent difficulty balance.

Bad - you sat down?
Shoddy AI varying from preternatural senses to "Yeah, the two guys next to me just got their heads blown off but I think I'll just stand here".
Dodgy mission triggers. Tries to make you think it's very open world but if you get to your objective without passing some random marker they've built in the game wont progress. You learn to stay on track but I had a few annoying plays where invisible walls hemmed me in... in open water!
The end. There isnt one. Well not one of note anyway

Oh, and they throw in some non sniper levels with a standard machine gun. The aiming on these are HORRIBLE. Well, maybe it's realistic and I'm used to games blessing me with amazing skills. Only a few of these though and they do make you LOVE your sniper rifle when you get it back.

So definitely the poor mans Sniper Elite. £5.99 on steam at the moment, not sure I'd be happy if I paid that. Prob worth picking up in the next steam sale though if you like this type of game.

Now back to Sniper Zombie Nazi whotsit which I'm still on the fence about. Still not sure if the game wants me to kill all the seemingly endless swarms of zombies sometimes or if I'm just missing my true mission objective. Had a few times where I get to the point the map says and nothing.... just lots of zombies coming out of the floor in waves
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Post by: NorthVox on 13 September, 2013, 05:09:35 am
FTL: Faster Than Light. It's incredible, as fun as it is difficult!
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 27 December, 2013, 01:48:33 am
I just completed Special Ops: The Line. I was expecting a generic shooter, but apart from some clunky controls it turned into much more than that. A very grim but compelling narrative makes this game well worth a look. You can probably pick it up cheap these days too.
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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 27 December, 2013, 09:03:20 am
Was amazed when talking to my friend's 15-year-old brother that the young 'uns round his way are still playing the phenomenal Liero (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liero)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/OpenLieroX1.png)

and also "everyone at school plays Garry's Mod" - I'm like, "what from Half Life 2?!" It's fair heartening though - the kind of freedom GM and Liero allow obviously transcends them beyond redundancy.
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Post by: Mardroid on 03 January, 2014, 10:06:26 pm
Batman: Arkham Asylum

Yes, I know there have been a couple of sequels but I'm usually behind in gaming. Although a good game, is a good game so I'm not convinced that age should matter. And it's not THAT old.

And it is a good game. Finding it difficult to defeat Bane though. I think I can take him, but another bunch of guys keep getting in the way...
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Post by: Batman's Superior Cousin on 03 January, 2014, 10:09:31 pm
Several game's at the minute, up to & including:
Killzone Shadow Fall for the PlayStation 4 - Before my console broke down, I was busy playing this little baby. Hopefully, I'll have have another console before the month is out, so I'll finally finish the game.
Telltale Games' The Wolf Among Us & The Walking Dead: Season Two for the PlayStation 3 - I'm a massive fan of both the Fables comic & The Walking Dead: Season One so it's pretty obvious really.
Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse - Episode One for the PlayStation Vita - I've played the first three games, and when I heard that this was coming back to Sony, I instantly couldn't wait to play this.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 03 January, 2014, 10:22:44 pm
Lego Marvel Super Heroes for the PS4 - suffers from the usual Lego problems of increasingly-obtuse puzzle solutions, but as a two-player it's lots more fun than the frustrating single-player.
Killzone Mercenary for the Vita - some really good game design at work in this, probably with the smaller screen of the handheld machine in mind, but a lot of home console games - especially COD and Battlefield - could benefit with the clever use of colour and setting to always make it apparent who you are supposed to be shooting at and who your allies are.  As with most FPS games on Vita, the controls are adequate at best rather than instinctive, but the game is good, probably one of the best in the series.
Contrast on PS4 - neat gimmick of using shadows as platforms brings back 2d platforming to a 3d game area.  Not the hardest puzzler in the world and half-dressed lady types are kind of over now, but good fun.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 05 January, 2014, 04:12:55 am
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FTL: Faster Than Light. It's incredible, as fun as it is difficult!

I play that from time to time. It's as hard as it's addictive and I've only just recently unlocked the Engi ship.

I been playing  The Bureau: X-Com Declassified (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bureau:_XCOM_Declassified) and I think I'm almost near the end of it.

It's a lot like the previous game (X-Com : Enemy Unknown) games. Except it's set during the early 60's during the height of the American/Russian cold war. So it's very retro, compared to the previous game and it's set in real time (Which can be slowed down to give your three-man squad orders and use their abilities.) and in second person perspective. You can also walk around in the underground head-quarters and talk to other people. Your squad can only have three people. The main character CIA Special Agent Carter and two squaddies. Who be either Recon, Commando, Engineer and I totally forget the other one.

Right now, I am in really difficult battle on the alien mother-ship. My squad and the main character keep getting killed off by multiple attack drones.

Unlike the previous game, I've never got anyone in my squad killed yet. Which may be the reason why I'm not getting anywhere in this game right now.
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Post by: Devons Daddy on 05 January, 2014, 04:31:14 am
Ghosts Xbox360

its fun,its good but not WOW!!!!
just more of the same, lacks that OMG :o :o elements and plot twists.
great graphics, cut scenes,and so forth.
yet it fails to hit the mark.

i was expecting more, to much customization for live is another slightly annoying element. its just to much of to much.
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Post by: mogzilla on 05 January, 2014, 04:28:41 pm
playing through fallout 3 obsessively but still got to finish assassins creed 4 black flag which is difficult to do as I get wrapped up pirating the high seas!
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Post by: pictsy on 05 January, 2014, 06:15:41 pm
I recently purchased 5 Playstation 2 games for under £3 - Prince of Persia Warrior Within, Metal Gear Solid 2, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Oni and XG3: Extreme-G Raching.  I have only played four so far.

I started with XG3 which is a racing game in the vein of Wipeout and F-Zero.  This was surprisingly good and one of the cheapest of the bunch.  I was already vaguely aware of the game and I think it will be a fun one to dip in and out of.

I next tried Oni which didn't impress me in the least.  I don't think particularly highly of games involving Rockstar and this just solidifies my opinion.  The controls are clunky and unintuitive, the level design (first level at least) is more becoming of an early 90s PC first person than a PS2 game.  Thankfully this was also one of the cheapest costing me 25p.  25p wasted, perhaps.

After that I tried Ghost Recon.  An improvement on Oni but not particularly great.  Clunky controls, again.  I've played early PS2 games of this genre that managed to get things right, I'm baffled how a Tom Clancy game managed to fail.  Not impressed.

Last I played Metal Gear Solid 2.  I am obviously well aware of the Metal Gear franchise but I've never played an instalment before.  The controls are good, but I don't really know what I'm doing and it's not especially helpful in game.  It is a little frustrating that I have to get to grips with how to play the game before I can actually play the game properly.  I suspect I would fair better if I had started with the first game.  The controller layout is pretty bizarre as well.  The game does look good and having decent controls makes the world of difference.  When I get used to it all I am sure I will get more out of it, but currently I feel like a frustrated newb.
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Post by: JamesC on 05 January, 2014, 06:58:34 pm
I had XG3 on the GameCube and loved it - it gets super fast later on and some of the tracks are crazy!
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Post by: Pete Wells on 05 January, 2014, 07:13:40 pm
Well I'm LOVING my Xbox One! Over the holidays I've adored Ryse (despite cacky reviews elsewhere, it absolutely blew me away) and thought COD: Ghosts was a blast. The last few days (and nights) I've been completely addicted to Dead Rising 3 - the size of the Zombie hordes is absolutely staggering and some of the weapons are hilarious.

Before this I was playing Assassins Creed 4 which I also frigging loved. The swashbuckling pirate sea battles are stunning - you have to cripple the ships before swinging over to them and fighting the crew hand to hand. Brill!

I am a happy gamer!
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Post by: JamesC on 05 January, 2014, 07:27:27 pm
Yep, I'm absolutely loving Assassin's Creed 4 - best one in the series in my opinion.
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Post by: GrinningChimera on 07 January, 2014, 04:39:19 am
Age Of Empires 2 HD

It has been years since I last played this. But since it popped up in the most recent steam sale I thought I would give it another go. I forgot just what a brilliant game it is. I started which the tutorial which forces you to play as the Scottish and aid William Wallace in fighting the English (which is a bit naff, I'd much rather be killing him!) It's funny that with all the latest games to play, this is one that I'm spending my time playing. Anyone else have any gaming nostalgia trips to tell of?
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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 07 January, 2014, 02:07:13 pm
Age of Empires was my first ever PC game back in the day and I still remember it fondly - as well as the Star Wars version of it... and I suppose the LOTR version of it which I really have been planning to revisit for some time.

Was tempted by AoE II HD but missed it in the sale hmmmm though that has got me thinking...
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Post by: pictsy on 07 January, 2014, 02:42:50 pm
I haven't played these, only just purchased them.  I went back to the second hand retailer to get some more cheap PS2 games.  This time I got Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Dynasty Warrior 5 and Samurai Warriors.  The latter is the only one I am not familiar with.

I have been playing a little more of Metal Gear Solid 2.  Find I keep dying.  The game play is pretty foreign to me and I have to learn how to play the game before I can actually play the game.  The emphasis on stealth is unbelievably unforgiving, but I get the sense once I get to grips with it it will become very rewarding.  The voice acting is a bit laughable, though.  I think I'd have preferred it in the original Japanese - it's got bloody subtitles anyway.
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Post by: Link Prime on 09 January, 2014, 09:12:19 pm
I have been playing a little more of Metal Gear Solid 2.  Find I keep dying.  The game play is pretty foreign to me and I have to learn how to play the game before I can actually play the game.  The emphasis on stealth is unbelievably unforgiving, but I get the sense once I get to grips with it it will become very rewarding.  The voice acting is a bit laughable, though.  I think I'd have preferred it in the original Japanese - it's got bloody subtitles anyway.

I thoroughly enjoyed my play-through of MGS2 Pictsy, it is indeed very rewarding, with some inspired boss battles.
Regarding the voice acting- I could go to bed listening to David Hayter reading the phone book out load as a lullaby! Was so relieved when 'Plissken' showed up during the Raidan part of the game.

As an aside- I received this game as a Valentines Day gift in 2002, and my obsessive gameplay thereafter had an ironic role in dooming that relationship!  :D
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Post by: pictsy on 09 January, 2014, 09:16:48 pm
I've played all the games I recently purchased.  Prince of Persia looks like it'll be fantastic fun and so will Splinter Cell once I get into the stealth frame of mind.  Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors 5 are quite different but could prove to be entertaining in the long run.

I have played MGS2 in a few days but intend to once I figure out how to fit it into my routine.  I don't want to end up playing it too much as I have work to do - which I do from home so the temptation is always there.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 10 January, 2014, 07:33:08 am
Skyrim. Still. Since June.
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Post by: Link Prime on 10 January, 2014, 12:30:33 pm
Skyrim. Still. Since June.

You were warned.
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Post by: radiator on 10 January, 2014, 12:40:25 pm
I just finished Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - a superb game that has made me fall in love with my 3DSXL. I got every last bit of equipment, all the maiamais and every single heart piece - something I've never done in a Zelda game before.

But what to buy next....?

Bravely Default, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong Returns, Luigi's Mansion 2 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time are all in the running, though I'm a bit worried I'll find Ocarina a bit fiddly and unwieldy to play now I've become accustomed to the gloriously streamlined LBW...

Also, has anyone played Liberation Maiden? It looks right up my street, but reviews are a bit mixed.
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Post by: Link Prime on 10 January, 2014, 12:55:37 pm
IZelda: Ocarina of Time[/b] are all in the running, though I'm a bit worried I'll find Ocarina a bit fiddly and unwieldy to play now I've become accustomed to the gloriously streamlined LBW...

It actually plays superbly well on the 3DS, and if you're not gonna take my word for it, then forget about it!

Last game played (and currently being played) for me; Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U.
It's absolutely spectacular, taking the best elements from 64, Sunshine, Galaxy and Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS.
IMHO an almost perfect game, although I am finding it a little easy in comparison to some of its aforementioned forerunners (or it could just be cause I'm shit hot  ;)).
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Post by: radiator on 10 January, 2014, 01:13:46 pm
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It actually plays superbly well on the 3DS

I'm sure it does, but it is a very old game, and I'm worried I might find my patience running a bit thin with it.

I really, really wish Nintendo would get off their arse and make the SNES and Game Boy Advance back catalogues available on the 3DS eshop. It seems like we're inching slightly closer, what with Mario Bros. 3 and some Mega Drive titles becoming available. And yeah, I'm aware of emulators and PSP etc, but I'd really love to be able to play them on my 3DS. I've bought a couple of NES games, but - whisper it - I find NES games a bit rough to play nowadays, as most of them are spitefully hard, and quite ugly.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 10 January, 2014, 04:20:28 pm
I really, really wish Nintendo would get off their arse and make the SNES and Game Boy Advance back catalogues available on the 3DS eshop.

Just out of interest, can you buy stuff from the 3DS shop using actual money, or do you have to buy bullshit nintendo points first, like you had to on the wii?
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Post by: radiator on 10 January, 2014, 04:38:56 pm
You have to buy credit, but thankfully it gives you the option to just top your balance with the exact credit needed to purchase what you want - you don't have to buy in blocks of £10 or some such horseshit.

What's annoying is that for some mystifying reason you're not allowed to use 'Nintendo Club Points' to pay for stuff from the 3DS eshop - you can use the points to buy Wii Points cards, but these only work on the Wii, so I wasted a lot of time the other week registering all my games for nothing. It's kind of needlessly confusing and irritating.
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Post by: Link Prime on 10 January, 2014, 05:38:36 pm
It's kind of needlessly confusing and irritating.

Quite.

And did you try merging your Nintendo Club and Nintendo eShop accounts?
It takes a level of skill, patience & determination that I fear would turn even Tordelback into a frenzied futsie.
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Post by: Goaty on 10 January, 2014, 05:51:06 pm

Well there's some good games on iPad... just say  :-\
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Post by: radiator on 10 January, 2014, 06:23:54 pm
It's kind of needlessly confusing and irritating.

Quite.

And did you try merging your Nintendo Club and Nintendo eShop accounts?
It takes a level of skill, patience & determination that I fear would turn even Tordelback into a frenzied futsie.

Ha ha, yeah. Innocently clicked on something the other day and got assaulted by pop-up menus.

I really think Nintendo should hire some new UI and infrastructure people...
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Post by: pictsy on 10 January, 2014, 06:26:54 pm
Skyrim. Still. Since June.

Skyrim is great fun, but I stopped playing a few months back.  I have found that I can dip back in easy enough as it keeps a record of where I am at and what I am up to.  Will have to remember to copy my saved files when I finally get around to sorting out my computers new hard drive.
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Post by: JamesC on 10 January, 2014, 06:38:08 pm
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It actually plays superbly well on the 3DS

I'm sure it does, but it is a very old game, and I'm worried I might find my patience running a bit thin with it.

I really, really wish Nintendo would get off their arse and make the SNES and Game Boy Advance back catalogues available on the 3DS eshop. It seems like we're inching slightly closer, what with Mario Bros. 3 and some Mega Drive titles becoming available. And yeah, I'm aware of emulators and PSP etc, but I'd really love to be able to play them on my 3DS. I've bought a couple of NES games, but - whisper it - I find NES games a bit rough to play nowadays, as most of them are spitefully hard, and quite ugly.

I had Ocarina on the 3DS and, while it's a really good conversion, I got a bit fed up with it. It's probably (sacrilege) my least favourite Zelda - I just find it slow and fiddly. 3d cameras have come a long way since the N64 and I found the fight with the Octopus needlessly difficult because Link and the enemy are constantly being obscured by the scenery.
I believe Link's Awakening DX is available on the eShop and that's a great game - one of my faves.
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Post by: radiator on 11 January, 2014, 02:10:02 pm

Well there's some good games on iPad... just say  :-\

iOS touch devices are completely useless for action games*, that's why I bought a 3ds.

*that are fun for more than five minutes.
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Post by: GrinningChimera on 11 January, 2014, 05:07:27 pm
Sim City 4

I got home at 1pm yesterday and started playing this. Next thing I know it's 7:45pm. And the only reason I stopped is because my stomach was rumbling cus I was hungry. It really is a great same.
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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 11 January, 2014, 05:20:04 pm
Terraria

I bloody love it - especially the multiplayer which is damned fun.

(http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131004020352/terraria/es/images/b/b6/Terraria-caratula.jpg)
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Post by: CheechFU on 11 January, 2014, 07:37:40 pm
Spec Ops: The Line
it was all like "hey I'm just a generic run and gun shooter" and then it got all  :o  shit just got real :o
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Post by: Ancient Otter on 12 January, 2014, 08:32:25 pm
Played Twilight Struggle board game* for the first time, played as the USA and lost the Cold War.....

*Perhaps we should start a boardgame thread?
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Post by: Bobblehead on 13 January, 2014, 08:59:27 am
Spec Ops: The Line
it was all like "hey I'm just a generic run and gun shooter" and then it got all  :o  shit just got real :o

 Haha yeah i know what you mean. Apart from the clunky and sometimes unresponsive controls i found it to be am enjoyable little game with some great action set pieces,but the story is what interested me the most. I dont want to ruin anything but there was a few 'wtf' moments in it,especially the ending. Played it through twice for the different choices you make and to see both endings. One of the few games ive 100% would recommend getting it,its quite cheap now too.

 On topic im actually playing The Sabateur at the moment. Its a sandbox GTA style game set in France at the early days of WW2. Im enjoying it,theyve managed to nail the vintage feel of the era and im liking the art direction of the game. If youve not liberated an area from the nazis then its in black and white,makes it feel really grim and oppressed,with the red on the swatstika being the only colour. Do a few missions for people and the area bursts into colour. Nicely done. Im finding the game pretty difficult though,but enjoyably so :)
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Post by: JamesC on 13 January, 2014, 09:11:31 am
Spec Ops: The Line
it was all like "hey I'm just a generic run and gun shooter" and then it got all  :o  shit just got real :o

One of my favourite games of the last few years.

I've been playing Assassin's Creed 4 for the last month or so. I'm at about 43% completion but I still feel as though I've only scratched the surface - its a huge and fantastic game. There's DLC once I've completed the main game too!
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 13 January, 2014, 12:17:45 pm
Played through Ryse: Son Of Rome at the weekend and while the gameplay is pretty shallow (it's a linear melee fighter with it's own take on the Arkham combat which never quite clicks or flows to that degree), the presentation is some of the best I've seen in a game. The facial animations are easily the best I've ever seen, and the mocap and performances are just fantastic (saying that some transitions between in-game animations are a bit janky and for some unknown reasons breasts have a mind of their own and bounce and swing around independent of any understandable physics, a shame when everything else is so well done).

Also, and this really surprised me, the story is brilliant. A massive epic full of amazing set-pieces and great characters and all the backdrop and surrounding stuff has such a great sense of scale that even the fairly simple combat can feel quite thrilling at times because of all the spectacle that's going on.

That last game I played that was similarly skewed (not so keen on the gameplay but loved the presentation/writing/character work) was The Last Of Us, and I know I'll get shot down for this in many quarters but I think Ryse does all that stuff at least as well as that. In truth I enjoyed the story in Ryse more, and while the gameplay is pretty bland I didn't actively dislike it as much as the gameplay in TLoU.

Being the kind of game it is it's unlikely to get the same kind of recognition as TLoU (in the same way genre cinema isn't seen as being as worthy when awards season comes around), so feel a bit like I need to shout about it's good aspects to anyone who'll listen so it gets its due!
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Post by: Devons Daddy on 15 January, 2014, 12:38:51 am
Assisans creed 4
Damn fine!! 

Rock star we need a pirate game akin to red dead! Please
We will once again throw our groats at you  :)

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Post by: Theblazeuk on 15 January, 2014, 12:04:16 pm
Xcom: Enemy Within.

My team of supersoldiers is finally equipped on an almost level playing field with the alien menace. Backed by a world fleet of newly developed spacecraft interceptors, these half-human warriors keep the world safe and have suffered only the lightest of casualties where many of their unaugmented brethren have fallen. Alien attacks are turned back whenever they land and though many die in each terror attack, they are pushed off this green Earth and each death is paid for in green blood.

However the men and women of Alpha squad did not know what they were getting into when they breached the Overseer's crashed ship. Initial resistance was light but enemy reinforcements were waiting in ambush behind the smoking remains of the UFO. Two giant robots with a small swarm of sentinel drones swept in from the flanks and blew Maj. 'Shock' Hauffman to a bloody smear before she could pull back. A barrage of rockets blew the landscape to pieces around the robot menace but they strode through the smoke undaunted, wounding colonel 'Werewolf' Anderson. Finally a lucky shot from sniper 'Ghost' Ito took them down, the metal plates buckling under plasma fire and erupting in a mighty explosion as their engines went critical. Unfortunately this explosion tore down the last remaining wall of the UFO and revealed the bridge room - where the Alien overseer turned its dread gaze upon the remaining men and women, seizing hold of Captain 'Boomer' Thorson's fragile mind and turning his heavy cannon upon plucky medic 'Thunder' Bradley, blowing her to pieces.

'Ghost' and remaining soldier 'Striker' Jang opened fire on the frail figure of the Overseer but a hidden force turned away most of their shots. The creature drifted out of sight with a contemptuous shrug, certain that this inconvenience would soon be over. This left the men and women of X-Com to cower beneath the heavy firepower of their enslaved comrade once more - and to face the weapons of the three heavy shocktroops that burst out of the treeline behind them.

Code black. Team down.
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Post by: Krakajac on 15 January, 2014, 01:33:03 pm
Slowly delving into the world of Rocksmith 2014.

I had some very basic classical guitar lessons when I was a young'un - but other than that, I haven't touched a guitar in about 30 years.  Bought a cheapish electric guitar and am working my way through the lessons/songs.

I'm having a blast and the game is doing exactly what it says on the packet - teaching me (slowly) how to play electric guitar.  50 songs come with the basic package, and I think there are about 150 or so songs that can be downloaded via Steam.  I downloaded 'Some Might Say' by Oasis tonight - $2.99.

Some songs are easy - 'Blitzkrieg Bop' by The Ramones only has four chords, so I've mastered that one already.  Other songs are extremely difficult.  'Every Breath You Take' by The Police requires the hands of an octopus!
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 15 January, 2014, 02:46:43 pm
Picked that up too! I've been playing guitar in bands for years, but being self-taught has really limited me, have always just played by ear or feel more or less so I feel like there's a ton I want to do with a guitar but just can't. Figured this would be a good way of getting back to basics and properly learning how to play correctly.

Only had one session on it and it seems brilliant, the way you can loop a passage and 'level up' adding more notes to it as you get the hang of it is fantastic, and I love that it recognizes areas you struggled with and highlights lessons that'll help. A really good learning tool and a cool way to practice too.

I do have a bit of a problem just now in that my 'good' guitar is at the rehearsal room and the backup that I have at home has a few dodgy buzzy dead frets higher up the neck, which the software doesn't seem to be able to recognize (I have frets on there that literally make no sound, so can't really blame Rocksmith!), really looking forward to getting my decent guitar home to get stuck in properly.
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Post by: GrinningChimera on 15 January, 2014, 06:13:04 pm
If you want to learn an easy song that will make you appear like a rock god to your friend and family, download Breaking The Law - Judas Priest. Takes bugger all time to learn and sounds properly good.

I'm stuck on Free Bird. Can't seem to nail that solo section...
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Post by: Chris Tresson on 15 January, 2014, 06:55:56 pm
Skate 3, haha.

I play this game almost every day because I like turning my brain off and just going cruising around. Hope EA make a 4th one at some point.
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Post by: CheechFU on 15 January, 2014, 10:11:35 pm
If you have the pc version of rocksmith there's this
http://www.smithyanvil.com/
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 15 January, 2014, 10:29:00 pm
God help me... I've re-installed Football Manager 2006.

I know all the players to sign from memory. Now, Wolves' team of 17 year olds is tearing up the Championship and has qualified for Europe.
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Post by: radiator on 16 January, 2014, 09:41:08 am
Cave Story 3D on 3DS. Heard a lot about this game, but couldn't get on with it. After the twentieth insta-death and having to play the same five minutes over and over, and facing a seemingly impossible boss (with a strange and frustrating mechanic that levels you DOWN for not doing well) it's going on eBay.

Not that I mind hard games, but the gameplay wasn't engaging me enough to continue - too many annoying instances of 'hammer the a button while NPCs spew out the same boring dialogue again and again' didn't help matters.

To be fair, I've heard the 3D version isn't as good and I definitely would have preferred the (curiously absent from the eshop) sprite 2d version - and I imagine the murky graphics makes tricky jumps a lot harder.
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Post by: amines2058 on 16 January, 2014, 10:31:12 am
After 12 months of using old laptop due to desktop being broke, I have now finally fixed it and got it to a reasonable spec. Am now able to take a look at the 30+ steam games I have purchased in the interim but not played yet. Kicked off last night with a look at Rage, played for hour or so but it did not really grab me, is it worthy continuing. Bear in mind I am not a massive games player so do not have a lot to compare it to except lots of old school stuff!
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Post by: radiator on 16 January, 2014, 10:55:54 am
General consensus on Rage was that it was OK/very flawed. With the overabundance of amazing games available nowadays I'd go for something with universal acclaim instead.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 16 January, 2014, 11:10:53 am
Oh god, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has taken over my life!!  It is SOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!

I'm not usually a fan of Assassin's Creed - the 1st was a bit dull, the second more engaging, but remains uncompleted in my game pile of shame, and I have Brotherhood still in cellophane (I bought the extra special super duper collectors edition of Brotherhood for £6 from the Ubisoft site in a sale, just to get the faux marble box with the secret panel at the bottom).

But this one - oh my god!  It's like crack cocaine!  The story is ok so far - the usual follow, run away, chase over rooftops, stealth assassinations etc.  But what really makes this game is when you take to the High Seas for a bit of piracy.  It is so much fun!

You steer your ship, and the crew arm the cannons etc.  Once the opposing ship is below a certain health level you can board it and do hand to hand combat.  Once seized you can either scuttle it and use salvage to repair your ships. or add your ship to your fleet for a tactical mini-game that sees you opening trade routes around the world! 

Besides this, there's also whale and shark hunting, capturing sea fortresses, hunting for treasure, discovering major big bad boss shops, opening ports, brawls in taverns, earning gold to level up your ship,  and so on.  I have spent HOURS on this game, and have barely touched the story.

It is everything you could want from a game about pirates!
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Post by: jackstarr on 16 January, 2014, 05:42:20 pm
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Am now able to take a look at the 30+ steam games I have purchased in the interim but not played yet.
So what are the other games in your library to choose from, if you decide to give up on Rage?

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It is everything you could want from a game about pirates!
Does it have insult sword-fighting and a three headed monkey then? ;)
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 16 January, 2014, 10:09:09 pm
After 12 months of using old laptop due to desktop being broke, I have now finally fixed it and got it to a reasonable spec. Am now able to take a look at the 30+ steam games I have purchased in the interim but not played yet. Kicked off last night with a look at Rage, played for hour or so but it did not really grab me, is it worthy continuing. Bear in mind I am not a massive games player so do not have a lot to compare it to except lots of old school stuff!

I liked Rage. But it is in essence a hard core, no frills, old school shooter like Quake. You pays your money, you takes your choice.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 17 January, 2014, 12:25:40 pm
Deus Ex HR was a good bash if not up to the same scratch as its esteemed precursor. Mainly due to an overall weak narrative. Assuming that's in your last 12 months of purchases.

Far Cry 3 is bloody good fun too took me a while to start it but it is so much fun racing around the island and doing random things. Particularly when a bloody great bear swipes the face off the guy you're trying to fight, then starts a terrifying charge at you.
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Post by: Devons Daddy on 17 January, 2014, 12:34:53 pm
Black Flag

DAMN that's a fine game!!!!
Assassins creed greatest accomplishment to date.

Stunning, brilliant additive.
A must play!
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 17 January, 2014, 01:57:03 pm

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It is everything you could want from a game about pirates!
Does it have insult sword-fighting and a three headed monkey then? ;)

Unfortunately not, although it does have ordinary monkeys and run of the mill swordfighting.  You may be pleased to hear there is a point and click element on occasion too!
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Post by: radiator on 17 January, 2014, 02:53:58 pm
Does Assassin's Creed 4 still have the stupid, ridiculous 'sci-fi/genetic memory flashback' framing device?
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 17 January, 2014, 04:09:44 pm
Does Assassin's Creed 4 still have the stupid, ridiculous 'sci-fi/genetic memory flashback' framing device?

It does, but I'm ignoring that for the moment, or at least saving those bits as quiet interludes between cannons, burning ships and sword fights.
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Post by: JamesC on 17 January, 2014, 10:17:06 pm
Does Assassin's Creed 4 still have the stupid, ridiculous 'sci-fi/genetic memory flashback' framing device?

Heaven help us if computer games aren't allowed silly Sci Fi elements!
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Post by: CheechFU on 18 January, 2014, 10:50:00 am
Tomb Raider

Would be amazing if they had replaced the horrible quick time events with actual tombs to raid.  :(
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Post by: radiator on 18 January, 2014, 10:58:46 am
Does Assassin's Creed 4 still have the stupid, ridiculous 'sci-fi/genetic memory flashback' framing device?

Heaven help us if computer games aren't allowed silly Sci Fi elements!

That's not what I'm saying at all. I'm saying that I might be tempted to play an Assassin's Creed game if didn't have all that junk (which is apparently only there because Ubisoft thought gamers wouldn't want to play a straight historical adventure game).
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Post by: jackstarr on 18 January, 2014, 11:17:34 am
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Tomb Raider

Would be amazing if they had replaced the horrible quick time events with actual tombs to raid.  :(
Gah, I was hoping they'd done away with those.  I bought the complete Tomb Raider collection on Steam, and am still making my way through them - Tomb Raider 1 and 2 are still my favourites (number 2 in particular, as it was my first TR game that I bought when it was new), and I still can't get to grips with the control system implemented by Crystal Dynamics when they took over...I try to get her to go one way, and she ends up going another.

I'm up to Anniversary now - as of Legend, I've given up on the boss fights, they're really not my thing, and are just frustrating - so am cheating to skip those once I've got a feel for how annoying they are.

Not a fan of QTEs either.  Make up your mind, either give me a cutscene to watch, or let me play the game properly.

Was really hoping that the reboot would be more to my taste - but from what you're saying, it seems like more of the same but without the tombs? :(
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Post by: JamesC on 18 January, 2014, 11:52:17 am
Does Assassin's Creed 4 still have the stupid, ridiculous 'sci-fi/genetic memory flashback' framing device?

Heaven help us if computer games aren't allowed silly Sci Fi elements!

That's not what I'm saying at all. I'm saying that I might be tempted to play an Assassin's Creed game if didn't have all that junk (which is apparently only there because Ubisoft thought gamers wouldn't want to play a straight historical adventure game).

Sorry, I was being facetious.
To answer your question, yes it does have a sci-fi framing device although there's far less emphasis on it in this installment. It's basically just there to set up a quest for you to embark on and to offer some context for the rules which you have to play by (for example some parts of the map will be locked early on because your character, at that point in his life, has no memory of them).
Each of the modern day sections lasts just a few minutes and sometimes requires a simple puzzle to be solved. There aren't loads of cut-scenes to sit through or anything.
Basically, if you like the idea of all the piratey adventure stuff don't be put off by the sci-fi bits -they're a very small part of the game.
AC4 is tremendous fun. I'd say its far and away the best AC game they've made.
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Post by: radiator on 18 January, 2014, 02:35:51 pm
Maybe I'll give it a try some day - I do love the idea of an open world pirate game, I was the one guy who actually enjoyed all the sailing/exploring in Wind Waker and the DS Zelda game.
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Post by: Link Prime on 18 January, 2014, 03:11:37 pm
I was the one guy who actually enjoyed all the sailing/exploring in Wind Waker and the DS Zelda game.

Permission to come aboard Cap'n?
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Post by: JamesC on 18 January, 2014, 08:23:07 pm
I've just been playing Rayman Legends on the a Wii U. It's a wonderful game and absolutely choka block full of things to do.
People complain about games being too expensive but games like this make me think that they've never been such good value.
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Post by: CheechFU on 19 January, 2014, 11:16:27 am
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Tomb Raider

Would be amazing if they had replaced the horrible quick time events with actual tombs to raid.  :(
Gah, I was hoping they'd done away with those.  I bought the complete Tomb Raider collection on Steam, and am still making my way through them - Tomb Raider 1 and 2 are still my favourites (number 2 in particular, as it was my first TR game that I bought when it was new), and I still can't get to grips with the control system implemented by Crystal Dynamics when they took over...I try to get her to go one way, and she ends up going another.

I'm up to Anniversary now - as of Legend, I've given up on the boss fights, they're really not my thing, and are just frustrating - so am cheating to skip those once I've got a feel for how annoying they are.

Not a fan of QTEs either.  Make up your mind, either give me a cutscene to watch, or let me play the game properly.

Was really hoping that the reboot would be more to my taste - but from what you're saying, it seems like more of the same but without the tombs? :(

There are a few "tombs". They are hidden bonus areas with a puzzle and no real reward, you can skip them and not miss anything of value.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 20 January, 2014, 10:32:06 am
I enjoyed the sailing! The shine wore off sometimes though, mainly when I just wanted to get somewhere before having to go to school
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Post by: Link Prime on 21 January, 2014, 05:16:51 pm
I've just been playing Rayman Legends on the a Wii U. It's a wonderful game and absolutely choka block full of things to do.
People complain about games being too expensive but games like this make me think that they've never been such good value.

I've never played a Rayman game, mainly cause they've always seemed aimed at a (much) younger age group.
I can't believe the amount of positive reviews I've read about Legends though- I'm gonna have to pick it up on the cheap to check out.
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Post by: radiator on 21 January, 2014, 05:30:40 pm
So I thought I'd give Assassin's Creed 4 a try based on the recommendations here (and an Edge 9/10) and a couple of hours in I'm really not impressed. Bear in mind I've never played an AC game before.

The gameplay so far feels, in a word, clunky. The movement is jerky and frustrating (keeps making me climb things when all I want to do is run), the signposting seems vague and player interface poor. Other than that, I just seem to spend all my time being randomly attacked by soldiers who seem almost impossible to shake, and slowly following NPCs around. The pretentious sci if story stuff can eat a dick - who's idea was it to have such a clutter of crap all over the HUD, and have things randomly glitching all the time? Totally takes me out of the game. The graphics make for pretty screenshots but move jerkily and the animation feels weirdly disjointed.

So yeah, not keen. Suspect this'll be going on ebay if it doesn't engage me very soon.
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Post by: JamesC on 21 January, 2014, 06:30:41 pm
So I thought I'd give Assassin's Creed 4 a try based on the recommendations here (and an Edge 9/10) and a couple of hours in I'm really not impressed. Bear in mind I've never played an AC game before.

The gameplay so far feels, in a word, clunky. The movement is jerky and frustrating (keeps making me climb things when all I want to do is run), the signposting seems vague and player interface poor. Other than that, I just seem to spend all my time being randomly attacked by soldiers who seem almost impossible to shake, and slowly following NPCs around. The pretentious sci if story stuff can eat a dick - who's idea was it to have such a clutter of crap all over the HUD, and have things randomly glitching all the time? Totally takes me out of the game. The graphics make for pretty screenshots but move jerkily and the animation feels weirdly disjointed.

So yeah, not keen. Suspect this'll be going on ebay if it doesn't engage me very soon.

Sounds like you really need to spend some time learning how to play the game. If you're convinced it's not for you and you don't want to practice then fair enough but from your post it seems as though you should give it a bit of time.

Soldiers won't randomly attack - it's all to do with your notoriety level and whether you're doing something you shouldn't be (like running over rooftops for example). Smoke bombs and hiding places should be used for escape (when soldiers are in pursuit - which should almost never happen if you're playing properly - a yellow pursuit marker means you've broken line of sight and can hide).

Another good tip is to make plenty of use of your blending ability (mixing in crowds, sitting on benches or walking with groups of courtesans who you've hired). You can also hire groups of pirates as you run past them. They'll attack your pursuers giving you time to escape.

The control system works brilliantly once you get used to it. The first I played was AC2 and it took me a while to get the feel of it but once it clicks you won't have a problem. As a pointer - don't hold the run button down and try to steer you character around obstacles. You should really use it as a contextual run/climb button and it rarely needs more than a tap at a time. If you're trying to get across the world quickly use a combination of short sprints and shortcuts over obstacles.

The HUD may have a lot of info but it's all useful - make sure you know how to read it.

It may be worth having a quick look at some of the Wikis available. I can see how some of the staple AC elements probably aren't introduced very well for new players but I would urge you to stick with the game a little longer. I barely think about enemy soldiers unless I'm on a mission and hardly ever fumble a jump which gives me plenty of time to enjoy all the good stuff. I wouldn't class myself as a particularly skilled gamer either.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 21 January, 2014, 06:47:08 pm
Bear with it Radiator! You need to get through about 15% of the story before the open world truly becomes available, and then you take to the high seas for all kinds of addictive pirate jiggery-pokery.
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Post by: radiator on 21 January, 2014, 07:59:07 pm
Thanks for the tips James, very helpful.

You're correct in that it doesn't really feel designed for new players, assumes quite a lot of prior knowledge and feels very counterintuitive in certain ways. For instance, the very first thing you have do in the game is run around climbing things, then suddenly you're penalised for doing so. When I got tasked with tailing two guys my first instinct was to spy on them from the rooftops, ninja-style, but kept getting shot. It seems a bit of a shame that you're not 'allowed' to explore the city at your leisure as the free running is quite fun.

It also keeps asking me to do things, and only afterwards gives the tutorial on how to actually do the thing i just had to do. I had to repeat the first few missions over and over because I felt like I didn't really understand what was going on or why I kept failing. This wouldn't happen in a better-designed game.

As for the controls, I may eventually get used to them, but in my mind game controls should click straight away - it's a broad generalisation, but controls and how a game 'feels' is something Japanese developers seem to still be far better at than Western devs. The poor frame rate doesn't help matters.
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Post by: JamesC on 21 January, 2014, 08:27:36 pm
Once the world opens up a bit there's plenty of opportunity to stalk across the rooftops, using a blowpipe, stealth assassinations or distractions to keep any guards out of the way.

It's quite interesting to hear about the troubles you've been having with accessibility - as a follower of the series it's something that hadn't really occurred to me. I know that AC3 was quite heavily criticised for having too lengthy a tutorial/introductory sequence so it's obviously a balance the developers are struggling with.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 21 January, 2014, 11:44:16 pm
Don't worry - stick with the story right up until the diving bell, and say 'fuck it' to all that climbing rooftop bollocks. The sea exploration/battles is where the fun is!
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 22 January, 2014, 10:31:48 am
I've played 3 AC games prior to IV, and I still find the controls to be sloppy, clunky and unpredictable. They've just never managed to refine them in any way, and they've had a few iterations to do it in.

I enjoyed ACIV a lot for the most part (once the overarching story becomes more prominent I found it a chore, because the overarching story in AC games is utter bobbins) but I also swore at it more than probably any game in 2013! The amount of times I knew exactly what I wanted to do but Kenway instead sprinted up a random wall or stopped climbing abruptly, or jumped on the wrong person, or hopped onto a piece of scenery mid-chase and just...stopped moving etc. It was incredibly frustrating in places and after skipping Brotherhood and Revelations I was a bit shocked none of that has improved or become any more intuitive in the intervening years.

It seems something that would solve a lot of problems would just be having separate Run and Free-Run buttons. That way you'd have the choice between running, or running and also clambering up and leaping off every surface you come across.

I did very, very much enjoy the pirating and sailing and going around the map finding everything and visiting every island was incredibly satisfying, so all other frustrations aside I largely liked/loved it. I'd be more than happy if they just took that stuff and splintered off into a separate piratey franchise and ditched all the AC trappings to be honest.
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Post by: radiator on 22 January, 2014, 11:43:11 am
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I've played 3 AC games prior to IV, and I still find the controls to be sloppy, clunky and unpredictable. They've just never managed to refine them in any way, and they've had a few iterations to do it in.

Yeah, it always surprises me just how many high profile games just cannot get the fundamentals right. I know nothing about game dev, but you would think that tight controls and rewarding mechanics would be the very first thing to get locked down. A lot of people can 'learn to live with/get used to' a mediocre control scheme, but that really isn't the same thing as 'mastering' a set of perfectly calibrated controls. I find a lot of games really lack that elusive sense of inertia and weight that the very best games - Nintendo games basically but many others too - have in spades, where navigating the world is a joy in its own right.

So far, I'm not finding the AC controls disastrous, but I am finding them very fiddly and a bit unsatisfying, and the way climbing and free-running is done for you automatically does take away a lot of the challenge and fun of traversal (and did anyone else find it a bit weird that the player character, an ordinary pirate posing as an assassin remember, has bizarrely superhuman agility from the off?). More than anything, this game is reminding me why I hate stealth games - because the controls and visual feedback are almost always never tight enough to make the experience feel fun and balanced.

Another example of counter-intuitiveness; on the aforementioned tailing mission, on-screen prompts kept telling me to 'hire dancers'. Why on Earth would 'hiring dancers' help if you are trying to follow people surreptitiously? That's just bad game design.

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I'd be more than happy if they just took that stuff and splintered off into a separate piratey franchise and ditched all the AC trappings to be honest.

Hmm, yes. This seems to be a common view. I'd love a 'proper' open-world pirate game - something like a cross between Red Dead Redemption and The Wind Waker. I used to have Galleon on the original Xbox, but it was really just a platformer with a piratey aesthetic. I suppose in the meantime this will have to do.

And that sci fi stuff? W.T.F.? Wondering around some office in first person, listening to twattish NPCs blather on? Does anyone seriously think this aspect makes for a better game? Is being forced to walk agonisingly slowly while listening to badly-written exposition ever fun in any game ever? All the nonsense about 'synchronising', the graphical glitches, the disclaimer at the beginning of the game saying how it has been made by a 'multicultural' team. Sweet Jesus. There are things about this game that epitomise my frustration with pretentious game developers.

I'll persevere until I get to the pirate stuff, but at the moment I feel like there's going to be too much I don't like to warrant investing much time in it.
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Post by: JamesC on 22 January, 2014, 11:53:36 am

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Another example of counter-intuitiveness; on the aforementioned tailing mission, on-screen prompts kept telling me to 'hire dancers'. Why on Earth would 'hiring dancers' help if you are trying to follow people surreptitiously? That's just bad game design.



If you hire dancers they'll walk with you and you'll blend with them and so won't be noticed. If the people you're following go into a restricted area that's guarded then you can send the dancers to distract the guards while you find a suitable hiding place.
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Post by: radiator on 22 January, 2014, 12:14:44 pm
But in that context, when you're on a strict time limit and under pressure, being told to 'hire dancers' seems a little incongruous - surely taking to the rooftops and tailing them unseen seems the wiser choice, especially since you've just spent the last twenty minutes running and climbing?

I had a lot of trouble with that mission - I kept getting spotted and didn't really understand why, and the people I had to tail kept running off ahead when I walked slowly behind them, so I would run to chase them, then get attacked by soldiers. I mean, I'm just some dude in a cloak - why would soldiers attack me just for running in the street? If I held back a bit I kept getting the 20 second countdown, saying I was too far from the people I was following. Hiring the dancers didn't really seem to help matters. I only eventually completed the mission through trial and error and by blagging it by the skin of my teeth.
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Post by: JamesC on 22 January, 2014, 12:40:19 pm
Not exactly sure where you are in the game but from your description it sounds like you're at this bit:

http://uk.ign.com/wikis/assassins-creed-4-black-flag/...And_My_Sugar

This walkthrough gives some good tips on what is basically 'best practice' for these types of missions. Using Eagle Vision to mark targets for example.
I'm still not sure why you're getting attacked by guards in the street. As long as you stay off rooftops and out of areas marked red on your mini map you should be fine. At this point you're trying to stay hidden from the people you're following, not guards in general (although once you enter the restricted area it's a different story).

Have you sychronised all of the viewpoints in your area yet? These are marked with a black eagle icon on your map. Sychronising these viewpoints will open large areas of the map and make the mini-map on your HUD much more useful (on the sailing sections, destroying forts serves a similar function).

If the walkthrough I've linked to is this part you've been playing then the reason you're getting prompted to hire the dancers is because it's one of the optional objectives (basically a mini-challenge) that you can complete to get 100% for this mission. If you don't complete both optional objectives you'll get a score of 80% but it doesn't affect your game progress.

There are always numerous ways to complete missions. You can do this one by traversing rooftops but you have to keep an eye out for guards (Eagle Vision is good for identifying and tagging targets) and assassinate them as quickly and quietly as possible. It's probably easier to stick to street level at this stage. As I said earlier, rooftop guards become much less of an issue later on when you get a blowpipe and some sleep darts.
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Post by: radiator on 22 January, 2014, 12:50:51 pm
I have definitely been attacked by guards simply for committing the crime of walking past them (even when not in a restricted area), and as I say, getting too close to the guys I was following would result in almost instant mission fail. However, if I hung back, they would go running off ahead, forcing me to run after them, again resulting in a fail.

Don't get me wrong, I've done hundreds of missions like this in other games - this one just seemed especially frustrating, schizophrenic and unintuitive.

Overall so far I'm reminded me of something like the singleplayer Call of Duty, which I can never really enjoy because I feel like I'm perpetually being shot at by some d-bag so I can never get my bearings and take my time.

Another thing about the controls - I'm constantly lunging headfirst into the nearest bale of hay, whether I want to or not. Seems really weird to have the character do this without a button prompt.
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Post by: radiator on 24 January, 2014, 12:35:33 pm
I'm been digging in to Black Flag a bit more now and am starting to see a little of what Shaolin enjoys so much. Certainly the seafaring/exploring is by far the strongest part of the game for me and brings back fond memories of Wind Waker, though imo it's a shame that the seas are so (laughably) crowded with other ships and islands - it can often feel like manoeuvring a shopping trolly around a particularly congested supermarket. I understand the need to pander to the modern ADD gaming audience who would decry any quiet, contemplative moments as 'boring' or 'filler', but personally I'd have liked more of a feeling of being on a voyage on the open seas.

Picking a uncharted destination on the map and setting sail as your crew start singing a shanty never gets old, the climbing and exploring is immense fun (when the controls are working), and there something very satisfying about reaching the birds nests to get the lay of the land.

As for the other stuff, I still maintain that the controls and mechanics are borderline broken, and are simply too shoddy to make for decent and balanced stealth gameplay. It beggars belief that there is no clear way of knowing if you'll be seen or heard, and being detected feels arbitrary and at times completely random. You never feel 100% sure whether walking past an enemy will result in detection or not, and there have been multiple times where the 'whistle' or stealth takedowns simply don't work consistently. As a result - and because they take so long, every single stealth and assassination mission so far has ended in a big scrum as I give up on sneaking and just charge in.

There was one particular section - in some ancient temple ruins where you have to sneak past a load of assassins - that was so unfair and frustrating that I almost gave up on the game then and there. Resorting to online walkthroughs I discovered that many, many others had been stuck at exactly the same point or given up there, and I was genuinely surprised as I thought this kind of thing had been streamlined out of modern games. I'm good at games, and I don't mind hard games at all, but if I fail I want to feel like it was my fault. Ubisoft really need to take a look at the Arkham games and especially Mark of the Ninja to see how a stealth game can be tight, fair and immensely satisfying.

Overall I can't quite shake the feeling that as a package it's just a bit too unpolished to warrant spending the time on it - the combat is a little sloppy, the graphics engine is pretty but feels like the 360 hardware is struggling under the weight of it, there are constant glitches like a sailor leaping 100ft into the air off the back of my ship or characters getting stuck in animation loops, the stealth and tailing missions can be a chore, and even the minigames like harpooning sharks feel a bit half-cooked and underwhelming. The underwater swimming controls are utter balls too. Genuinely shocked that Edge would give such an obviously flawed game a 9/10.

It's a minor point, but I find in inordinately aggravating that secondary objectives like assassination missions are permanently displayed on top left of the screen like a big old eyesore. I've tried playing around with the hud settings but can't seem to get rid of it short of doing the actual mission.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 24 January, 2014, 01:55:15 pm
I feel your pain re the stealth assassins bit of the story - it took me frikkin hours to do it, and that was with the help of a youtube guide.  It sucked!  I wanted to get past it as quickly as possible, unlock the diving bell and go swimming for treasure.

Have you encountered the elite ships yet?  I took my first down the other day, and my ship is only about 80% powered up.  I rule!!! (the seas)
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Post by: radiator on 24 January, 2014, 02:18:07 pm
I feel your pain re the stealth assassins bit of the story - it took me frikkin hours to do it, and that was with the help of a youtube guide.  It sucked!  I wanted to get past it as quickly as possible, unlock the diving bell and go swimming for treasure.

Have you encountered the elite ships yet?  I took my first down the other day, and my ship is only about 80% powered up.  I rule!!! (the seas)

It was that multi-level open area with the crocodile in the pool in the middle.

Those last two assassins on the upper level - a man and a woman - with a sniper across the gap. There was literally no way I could see of reliably taking both of them down quickly without alerting the sniper. Hiding behind the column or in the grass and whistling would alert them both. It took about an hour of playing the same 5 minutes over and over and each attempt got progressively more tense because you could randomly be spotted at any moment, and because failing sends you back unreasonably far. I only did it in the end by sheer fluke.

Even then, the sniper saw me and I failed the mission, and I was like 'right, that's it - I'm done with this game', but luckily it has check-pointed just after the difficult bit, and that's the only reason I'm still playing.

Just seems bananas to me that something like that slipped through QA. Hopefully, now I have the blowpipe some of the stealth frustrations should be eliminated, but if the game pulls any shit like that later on, it's going in the bin.

I haven't got the diving bell yet, I've just done the mission where you have to rescue the assassins, but for the most part I'm just sailing to desert islands and strip-mining them of collectibles.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 24 January, 2014, 03:10:16 pm
Yep, that's the one.  It fucked me up too.  But I knew there was so much goodness in other areas of the game it got me through.  I was crying with frustration though.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 24 January, 2014, 03:49:29 pm
I struggled massively with that mission too. My last run at it was actually amazingly satisfying, because I was so frustrated that I just tried to speed through it without pondering too much, and I wound up scraping through by the skin of my teeth. I was well aware I'd passed it purely by a series of really lucky breaks though, which shouldn't really be the case in a well designed encounter.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 24 January, 2014, 03:54:41 pm
I spent 8 hours at it, but my son walked it first time...
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Post by: radiator on 24 January, 2014, 04:12:39 pm
I think overall I'd prefer there to be far less enemies, but maybe have them more intelligent. Some levels have so many enemies that it's impossible to track all of them, or get a good idea where they are, meaning they have to rely on the 'eagle vision' thing to give you a chance.

But then I think that of most games in any genre - it's about time they figured out how to make smaller, more contained encounters thrilling, and lose the crutch of just spamming you with enemies to keep things exciting.

That was one of the things I loved about the early Gears of War games - they made fighting two or even one enemies thrilling, and each fight felt like a set-piece from an action movie.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 24 January, 2014, 04:49:51 pm
Who has done the elite ships then?  The one in the bottom right of the map is easy, if you stay behind it.  Just keep pummeling it with the chain cannons. 
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 27 January, 2014, 10:14:08 am
I've tried a few, I've finished the campaign so my ship is pretty well upgraded but I've still to last more than one pass of one! They either ram me into oblivion if I get in front of them, or tear me a new one with their cannons if I'm caught round the side. Will try and stay behind one but they turn so fast!
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 27 January, 2014, 01:39:25 pm
Who has done the elite ships then?  The one in the bottom right of the map is easy, if you stay behind it.  Just keep pummeling it with the chain cannons.

Got him yesterday!
I ran alongside her and used my heavy cannons and mortars. The trick is timing your cover properly.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 27 January, 2014, 02:48:07 pm
Who has done the elite ships then?  The one in the bottom right of the map is easy, if you stay behind it.  Just keep pummeling it with the chain cannons.

Got him yesterday!
I ran alongside her and used my heavy cannons and mortars. The trick is timing your cover properly.

Cool!  I did my usual trick of hiding behind for the one bottom left too - it worked.  I failed abysmally for one of the ones at the top.  It was the two ships sailing in tandem - I kept getting trapped between them and totally wiped out.

It's such a shame you can't board and capture these for your fleet.
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Post by: radiator on 05 February, 2014, 08:27:40 pm
OK, so a few weeks on I'm prepared to take back some of the nasty things I said about Assassin's Creed 4. I still think it's a problematic, often sloppy, game - my issues with the controls and mechanics still stand, and I think the story is preposterous, pretentious nonsense. In addition, I think the game is too sprawling to the point of getting repetitive. In hindsight I would have preferred a shorter, tighter game. There were so many 'infiltrate this base' type missions that by two thirds of the way through I almost entirely gave up on stealth and was just playing it as a straight brawler, which becomes a viable option once you have the necessary health and pistol upgrades. Restarting the mission every time you get spotted - which often happens through no fault of your own - is just way too much of a drag.

Having said all that, I enjoyed parts of it immensely. A Shaolin says, the pirating/exploring stuff gets really fun and compulsive. The ship combat is great, and the overall progression of your pirating career is satisfying. Using the mounted cannon to successfully 'board' an enemy ship having never set foot off your own, or swinging across from the main sail never fails to put a big grin on my face. In some ways it reminds me of Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts - another game that buried its genuine brilliance under 10 hours of frustrating tedium.

Overall the experience was far too uneven to say that I loved it and I doubt I'll ever play another AC game as it was the side stuff and the particular setting that most appealed. So, no, this isn't the open-world pirate masterpiece of my dreams, but there are definitely parts of it that come close.

As for those bastard Legendary ships, I've taken out the easy (bottom right) one and another - I think the bottom left, but am still struggling with the other two (the one with the mahoosive ram and the 'twin' Man O' Wars). I'm convinced I can take the rammy one once I have fully upgraded my Fire Barrels - neglected them so far as they're next to useless for the most part, but it seems retreating while laying barrels and firing mortar is the only way to beat him.

I've also been dabbling in Fire Emblem: Awakening (which I'm sure is great but so far I'm finding utterly  baffling) and Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon, which is a slick little treat. I'm actually shocked at how good the graphics are - above and beyond what I considered possible on the 3DS.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 05 February, 2014, 09:05:26 pm
I've also been dabbling in Fire Emblem: Awakening (which I'm sure is great but so far I'm finding utterly  baffling) and Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon, which is a slick little treat. I'm actually shocked at how good the graphics are - above and beyond what I considered possible on the 3DS.

Still not played Fire Emblem Awakening but I loved the downloadable demo. Tiny Tips says it's all about getting the characters luvdup.

Luigi's Mansion 2 is all sorts of great.
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Post by: Bat King on 06 February, 2014, 02:12:12 am
I played the Firefly Board game yesterday. I won!!!

Very playable, very customisable. I highly recommend.
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Post by: Link Prime on 06 February, 2014, 01:52:18 pm
Luigi's Mansion 2 is all sorts of great.

Still haven't picked this up yet...I really have to remedy that.
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Post by: JamesC on 06 February, 2014, 02:10:58 pm
Radiator - glad to hear you got something out of AC4 in the end (even if it wasn't quite the experience you were hoping for).

Oh, and Luigi's Mansion 2 - another one for my 'To Play' list. I was a big fan of the original - very fun game.
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Post by: radiator on 06 February, 2014, 02:25:01 pm
So much pressure on Nintendo to move onto smartphones and tablets at the moment, but I for one hope they keep doing what they're doing - apps have their place, but I'm happy to keep paying £30 for really substantial, quality titles like Zelda and Luigi's Mansion - there's still nothing on the App Store that comes within light years of that level of quality and polish.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 07 February, 2014, 05:45:34 pm
Just started GTAV. Hello...
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Post by: GrinningChimera on 07 February, 2014, 09:12:17 pm
Just started GTAV. Hello...

We might see you next week maybe then... :D
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 07 February, 2014, 10:07:05 pm
Already lots and lots of fun. Los Santos is more fun to drive around than Liberty City
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Post by: Ancient Otter on 07 February, 2014, 10:25:14 pm
I played the Firefly Board game yesterday. I won!!!

Very playable, very customisable. I highly recommend.

Interesting, is it like an adventure-style boardgame?
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Post by: Bat King on 07 February, 2014, 10:53:57 pm
Yeah you travel the 'verse picking up crew & jobs and getting in trouble. it is for 1 to 4 players. Yes 1, there are solo rules.

If I owned the set I'd do a review with photos n such but it is a mate's.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Ancient Otter on 07 February, 2014, 11:28:33 pm
Yeah you travel the 'verse picking up crew & jobs and getting in trouble. it is for 1 to 4 players. Yes 1, there are solo rules.

If I owned the set I'd do a review with photos n such but it is a mate's.

Boardgamegeek (http://boardgamegeek.com/images/boardgame/138161/firefly-the-game/page/1) will help with the photos, thanks for the description.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Bat King on 08 February, 2014, 12:23:02 am
True... true.

I highly recommend it. I've had fun playing with my mates and look forward to playing again.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: mogzilla on 08 February, 2014, 05:55:44 pm
well I did start fable anniversary but its going back...freezes repeatedly even after a few minutes play the first time was the screen where you first spend xp points I'm surprised it lasted that long...tried all the tricks lionhead abd Microsoft suggested but no...frozed again!!!   grrrrr

I redownloaded the original instead and....

BLACK!!! forgot how good this was first person shooties with no refilling your health without a pack no "snap aiming" love to see some of the cod crowd cope with this.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: CheechFU on 08 February, 2014, 09:52:36 pm
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T0UOy03_IE
So far I helped a frog steal wifi from starbucks because why not



Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 08 February, 2014, 09:56:50 pm
I've been working my through some old stuff that I never quite finished today. I've been feeling poorly, so just sat in front of the Xbox (and PC).

- Alien Breed (the remakes), ep 2.
- Binary Domain (but had to turn it off when the boys came in)

I also finished Killzone Mercenary on the Vita this morning. Good fun.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: James Stacey on 10 February, 2014, 03:42:31 pm
Just started playing ACIV:BF. After diminishing returns from the last 2 AC games, wow. Not far into it yet but it really reminds me of why I love these games. All the dull tutorial stuff and slog from 3 washed away and replaced with fun. Well played Ubisoft.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 10 February, 2014, 04:42:49 pm
I don't really play games by and large, but I recently found a cheap-as-chips download of Bullfrog's 1997 classic Dungeonkeeper for Windows 7 and XP. This (and a belated ten years later, the sequel) was the only PC game I have ever actually owned, and it thoroughly obsessed me for a few years during school. I can remember slaving over group shots of the various different monsters on sheets of A3 paper and reading the game manual under the table during lessons.

It's lost none of its charm, though the above may make it obvious that I have little to no objectivity. The pacing is absolutely spot on - there's always something to be doing so at no point do you find yourself bored or at a loose end; but at the same time you never feel overwhelmed by having so much to do that you can't keep track of it. It's still very funny, too.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Dr Feeley Good on 10 February, 2014, 04:44:52 pm
 I'm starting black flag next , just on marvel lego at the moment...
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Link Prime on 11 February, 2014, 07:44:21 am
My gaming was consumed by a heady mix of GTA, Zelda & Mario for the past few months, so only catching up on a few of last year's releases now.
Just finished Dead Space 3, and am relieved it ain't near as bad as some of the negative reviews made out.

I had expected an 'always on' co-op (with AI in place of a 2nd player, ala Resident Evil Zero, if you were playing solo), but pleasantly this isn't the case- the solo campaign is entirely your path to walk, and for a game of this ilk I wouldn't have it any other way.
A meaty 20ish hour game too, with plenty of side missions and weapon creation options.
I finished it in 3-4 days, including a 'quiet' weekend and quite enjoyed it.
I had thought the story finished by the end (macro threat stopped, and Isaac killed off), but have heard the DLC takes place directly after the ending, with Isaac having seemingly survived, unscathed. Groan.
Not sure if I dig that to be honest, and I certainly raised an eyebrow at its 10 quid price tag (despite being almost a year old).
If I see it going cheap, I'll pick it up.

So yeah- Dead Space 4 in 2016 on PS4?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 February, 2014, 10:43:46 am
Dead Space. Good game but trying to navigate the control system using mouse & keys on PC proved too much.

Actually, I'm looking for a good point & click or RPG style spaceship horror type thing. Haven't been gaming for ages so even older titles would be good. Anyone got any suggestions?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: mimikeke on 11 February, 2014, 11:16:29 am
I work at EA at the Dead Space location, we aren't working on a new DS4 right now.  But please don't quote me on that :p
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: jackstarr on 11 February, 2014, 12:10:34 pm
Dead Space. Good game but trying to navigate the control system using mouse & keys on PC proved too much.

Actually, I'm looking for a good point & click or RPG style spaceship horror type thing. Haven't been gaming for ages so even older titles would be good. Anyone got any suggestions?
How long is "ages"?
The definitive 1st person RPG style spaceship horror is System Shock 2, if you've never played it - http://store.steampowered.com/app/238210/


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I work at EA at the Dead Space location, we aren't working on a new DS4 right now.  But please don't quote me on that :p
Yeah, yeah - of course you're not ;)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 11 February, 2014, 12:48:24 pm
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk
jazzpunk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T0UOy03_IE
So far I helped a frog steal wifi from starbucks because why not

Jazz Punk looks freaking amazing. Saw Felix's first play through but now I wanna fire up my long unused Steam account and give it a whirl!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Link Prime on 11 February, 2014, 01:59:15 pm
I work at EA at the Dead Space location, we aren't working on a new DS4 right now.  But please don't quote me on that :p

Were sales that bad on Dead Space 3, Mimikeke?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 February, 2014, 03:58:28 pm
Dead Space. Good game but trying to navigate the control system using mouse & keys on PC proved too much.

Actually, I'm looking for a good point & click or RPG style spaceship horror type thing. Haven't been gaming for ages so even older titles would be good. Anyone got any suggestions?
How long is "ages"?
The definitive 1st person RPG style spaceship horror is System Shock 2, if you've never played it - http://store.steampowered.com/app/238210/

Actually, that looks great!

Anything else along those lines, only more modern? And more RPG, less FPS?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 11 February, 2014, 04:14:00 pm
Dead Space. Good game but trying to navigate the control system using mouse & keys on PC proved too much.

Actually, I'm looking for a good point & click or RPG style spaceship horror type thing. Haven't been gaming for ages so even older titles would be good. Anyone got any suggestions?
How long is "ages"?
The definitive 1st person RPG style spaceship horror is System Shock 2, if you've never played it - http://store.steampowered.com/app/238210/

Actually, that looks great!

Anything else along those lines, only more modern? And more RPG, less FPS?

Fallout 3 or Fallout: New Vegas?


Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

And if you haven't played it, go for Dishonored. Can't recommend it highly enough. A bit RPG-lite but it makes up for that with oodles of atmosphere.

And you can possess people.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: jackstarr on 11 February, 2014, 04:26:39 pm
Fallout 3 is indeed an excellent game, but I don't know that it fills the brief of spaceship horror - and it's probably even less of an RPG than System Shock 2...

If you're not familiar with the Fallout series, the 1st two are effectively turn-based top-down RPGs, good but incredibly dated now, whereas the 3rd game (by a different developer) brings it smack up to date - check out the trailer at http://vimeo.com/54537099. 

There's a DLC for it set on a spaceship, but it's more Mars Attacks than Dead Space.

Fallout New Vegas is by the developers of the first two games, but using the engine of the third.  It's more of an RPG but at the same time a lot more linear and railroaded than Fallout 3.

I've not played Vampire the Masquerade, so I can't comment on that.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: mimikeke on 11 February, 2014, 05:48:03 pm
Well, I actually work on the Sims at EA, so I can't really comment on anything on Dead Space.

A good game I've been playing is Wolf Among Us on PS3.  I really enjoy the Walking Dead game by Telltale, Wolf Among Us uses the same engine.  Fun if you don't really want to think and like choose-your-own-adventure type games.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 February, 2014, 06:33:34 pm
Is there anything RPG like that set on a spaceship? More point-and-click, story/ dialogue-based as opposed to FPS style. Even if not horror.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: mimikeke on 11 February, 2014, 06:47:11 pm
Have you tried Mass Effect?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 February, 2014, 06:51:27 pm
I gave it a little go whenever it came out. Is it more strategy than shooter? What's the controls like on the PC?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Link Prime on 11 February, 2014, 06:55:23 pm
You'd never use a typical controller instead of the keyboard & mouse Hoo-Haa?

If you would, the Dead Space trilogy is your obvious answer.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: mimikeke on 11 February, 2014, 06:59:41 pm
Well, someone else is going to have to help me here, I haven't ever played it even though we publish it haha.

I believe it's an action RPG.  It has dialogue trees which let you make a lot of decisions I think.

I'm going to guess since there are 3 it's pretty decent on PC.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 February, 2014, 07:07:28 pm
You'd never use a typical controller instead of the keyboard & mouse Hoo-Haa?

If you would, the Dead Space trilogy is your obvious answer.

I don't think there was the option on the copy I have, Prime. Just keyboard/ mouse.

And then there's the jerky graphics...
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 February, 2014, 07:08:09 pm
Well, someone else is going to have to help me here, I haven't ever played it even though we publish it haha.

I believe it's an action RPG.  It has dialogue trees which let you make a lot of decisions I think.

I'm going to guess since there are 3 it's pretty decent on PC.

I might give it another whack, if I can grab it cheap.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Link Prime on 11 February, 2014, 07:45:11 pm
You'd never use a typical controller instead of the keyboard & mouse Hoo-Haa?

If you would, the Dead Space trilogy is your obvious answer.

I don't think there was the option on the copy I have, Prime. Just keyboard/ mouse.

And then there's the jerky graphics...

I believe it works ok with an X-Box 360 wireless controller, but ain't 100% sure.
If you find the graphics too jerky that can't be helped though!

You could skip to the slicker graphics of DS2...the plots so convoluted you probably won't miss much!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 11 February, 2014, 07:45:57 pm
I played all three on PC with an Xbox controller (wired 360 controller - plugs straight into USB)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 February, 2014, 08:04:14 pm
I played all three on PC with an Xbox controller (wired 360 controller - plugs straight into USB)

Ah... that's good to know! Thanks, doc :)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 February, 2014, 08:04:41 pm
You'd never use a typical controller instead of the keyboard & mouse Hoo-Haa?

If you would, the Dead Space trilogy is your obvious answer.

I don't think there was the option on the copy I have, Prime. Just keyboard/ mouse.

And then there's the jerky graphics...

I believe it works ok with an X-Box 360 wireless controller, but ain't 100% sure.
If you find the graphics too jerky that can't be helped though!

You could skip to the slicker graphics of DS2...the plots so convoluted you probably won't miss much!

DS2 does indeed appeal.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 11 February, 2014, 08:22:07 pm
Sod that.

Play Mass Effect. Play it NOW.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 11 February, 2014, 08:42:27 pm
You want space opera? You want RPG?

Hell, just looking at these has me reaching for the discs. Again. The Mass Effect 2 and 3 trailers (2 especially) are among the best trailers I've ever seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OLDN2tJp2o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OLDN2tJp2o)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2O-0-fQOOs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2O-0-fQOOs)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsdVkRli0ic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsdVkRli0ic)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 February, 2014, 10:57:15 pm
Is there any value in playing the first Mass Effect first? Or could you just jump to part 2.

Also, does it work on the PC with an X Box controller?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 11 February, 2014, 11:19:22 pm
You could get away with starting with the second. A bit like you could watch Empire without Star Wars.

And it's mouse and keyboard only, but not too difficult. Like Max Payne
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: HOO-HAA on 12 February, 2014, 06:41:50 am
Thanks again, Doc.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Satanist on 04 March, 2014, 04:12:33 pm
I lurve the Mass Effect series but still have to complete the 3rd one.

Ive been playing TxK on the Vita lately and its brilliant. This must be about the 5th time Jeff Minter has remade Tempest but when its this good who gives a toss! Oh and one of the random congratulations messages you get for beating a level is "ZARJAZ!". I dont mean its great I mean it actually says "ZARJAZ!" on the screen.

I'll try and get a photo next time.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Batman's Superior Cousin on 05 March, 2014, 08:19:26 pm
Broken Sword The Serpent's Curse on the PSVita
The Wolf Among Us & The Walking Dead: Season Two on the PS3
Judge Dredd vs Zombies on my Mobile
Broken Sword 2.5 on my Laptop
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 05 March, 2014, 09:05:59 pm
Stick it to the Man which is basically Pyjamarama / Everyone's A Wally but 30 years later. With great (and I mean great) comedy writing.

EDIT: On the Vita. I mostly play games on the Vita. Mostly.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 07 March, 2014, 12:06:07 pm
South Park the Stick of Truth.

Review in a nut shell? Fucking, amazing.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 07 March, 2014, 03:14:40 pm
Just picked up South Park myself, looking forward to sitting down to it over the weekend. Looks like a laugh riot (although Ubisoft censoring it themselves is a bit annoying and seems a weird move).

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Rog69 on 07 March, 2014, 05:47:08 pm
Thief.

It's taken 10 years for the fourth game in my favourite franchise to appear and it is a big disappointment.
Compared to the previous three games it's a step backwards in terms of game play, storytelling and pretty much everything else. It doesn't even try to bring anything new to the format, it's just a shadow of the earlier games.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Theblazeuk on 08 March, 2014, 09:54:22 am
Something fitting about that last sentence.

Though I regret how bad the new one looks as The Metal Age was my favourite game after System Shock 2. Curse the mechanists and their metal churches
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Rog69 on 08 March, 2014, 12:30:40 pm
Something fitting about that last sentence.

Though I regret how bad the new one looks as The Metal Age was my favourite game after System Shock 2. Curse the mechanists and their metal churches

Not that you'll find any mention of them in the new game, they have made no effort into putting any continuity in there at all, not even in the background. The plot of this latest game is very generic and seems to have been lazily culled from other games, you can safely ignore it and just follow the waypoints to the next thing you need to nick and be no worse off for it.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 08 March, 2014, 03:53:55 pm
Played a bit of the HD remake of Wind Waker.
It's a decent game for sure but there are some glaring problems that should have been sorted out. The 3D camera is atrocious, constantly putting bits of scenery in the way and blocking your view.
There are also the various tedious Zelda-isms that were already old and tiresome when this game came out first time around, namely the interminable bullshit text you have to scroll through and the awful low health alarm.
I can't understand why these games get 10 out of 10 the whole time - there are a raft of improvements that could be made and we're basically playing the same formula as was set up in A Link to the Past in the 90s.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 09 March, 2014, 01:23:05 am
Tomb raider! The latest edition very good.
If this is 360 standard where will the one and four be in five years mind boggling!!!

Had a play on plants v zombies
BRILLANT but for a 360 or PS3 version requires a 6gb download just to play won't offer campaign. But is bloody fun to play.
A real parody of a decent shooter.

Likely a fun buy for one or four( cheap as well)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: NapalmKev on 12 March, 2014, 08:43:01 pm
Portal 2.

Amazing game. One of the best puzzle games ever created!

Cheers
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: pictsy on 12 March, 2014, 10:15:07 pm
My better half has got me playing Pokemon Red.  If we weren't doing this together I'm not sure I'd really care that much for the game.

Also, Portal 2 is simultaneously awesome and amazing - I love that game and will even put up with Stephen Merchant's irritating voice acting as it fits the character of a mentally damaged mechanical eyeball.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 23 March, 2014, 09:38:32 pm
This week I've been mostly playing... Starcraft

The first one; thought I'd replay it before hitting Starcraft 2.

It looks okay for its age, and it plays very well. It's a bit easier than I remember but then maybe AI has moved on in the last 17 years!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 29 March, 2014, 09:03:47 am
Thief.

It hasn't had stellar reviews - even on this thread - but I love it.
I got it after trading in the tiresome InFamous: Second Son.
Most of the negative criticisms of Thief seem to revolve around story/acting/graphics - none of which I really care about. The mechanics just work brilliantly and I could sneak about nicking stuff all day. Brilliant fun.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Krakajac on 29 March, 2014, 10:42:40 am
JamesC - did you ever play the original Thief games?  If you did, do you think the new Thief game compares well to the first two, as far as atmosphere, etc?

As far as my game playing is concerned, still playing Rocksmith 2014 and enjoying it - never thought I'd learn to play lead guitar on "I was made for loving you" by KISS.  :lol:
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 29 March, 2014, 12:21:16 pm
No I never played the originals so I can't say how it compares I'm afraid.
What I will say is that the adventure/stealth/puzzle mechanics work as well in this as in anything else I've played - and it always seems fair which is a big deal in this sort of game.
I suppose you could say it lacks a little polish. The guards say the same few lines of dialogue over and over and the graphics won't blow you away (although they're perfectly serviceable) but none of those things affects the gameplay.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Krakajac on 30 March, 2014, 12:54:27 am
Great - thanks for that.  I might have to track down the PC version and give it go!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Theblazeuk on 31 March, 2014, 12:48:24 pm
Only a taffer would pretend the original Thief didn't have repeated dialogue for the guards. It was however hilarious, particularly the odd drunk/thick voiceset.

Just finished TWD:Season 2 ep 3 and Wolf Among us: Ep 2. The former was good but certain choices were so clearly not going to work out I didn't really think about them. But they were choices I wanted so much, I just knew they wouldn't work out.... No way Kenny will manage to hit the bad guy and actually rescue people. The Fables chapter was great but I do keep wishing I didn't know what was going to happen to most of these characters. Its funny though as Bigby is the only character I really keep turning to the "..." dialogue option (i.e. words are cheap) - just seems appropriate about 90% of the time.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: jackstarr on 31 March, 2014, 03:56:24 pm
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No I never played the originals so I can't say how it compares I'm afraid.

Nowhere near.

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What I will say is that the adventure/stealth/puzzle mechanics work as well in this as in anything else I've played

Thief 1 and 2 were way ahead of their time - I haven't seen a stealth game since work as well with light and sound.

One of the biggest selling points of the original is the immersion - you feel as though you're there - the sound plays such a big part in the game, and the tension is really ramped up in tight situations.   The new game has none of this tension - attention to sound as a game mechanic is lackluster, and you need to rely on the HUD to make progress rather than your surroundings.  Turning off the HUD doesn't help, as the game has been designed with the HUD in mind, drawing attention to the lack of freedom in the level design. 

I can appreciate the mechanics for what they are, but for my money Thief and Thief 2 are still far superior - far more sophisticated, but at the same time much tighter.  The new Thief comes across as a remake of Thief 3 for the ADHD crowd.

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It was however hilarious, particularly the odd drunk/thick voiceset.
Yep, even with the repetition the voices were great.  The new game lacks character across the board.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: radiator on 31 March, 2014, 08:49:51 pm
Bravely Default on 3DS.

It's nice and all, but it's just not rocking my world like I thought it would - to be honest I'm finding it a bit of a drag.

I had heard this was effectively an old-school Final Fantasy game in all but name, and I like repetitive JRPGs, but it just seems a bit limited. There are seemingly only four playable characters, and the skill progression is achingly slow and a bit bland - there's nowhere near as much customisation and tinkering as I was hoping for - something along the lines of FFVII's 'materia' system. There's a hell of a lot of backtracking and the gameworld feels very small and underpopulated as a result.

I also find the somewhat twee style a bit grating, and the script and characters are dismal. I mean, the stories in these games are almost always incoherent, convoluted gibberish but at least they usually have a certain charm to them.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 01 April, 2014, 10:04:30 am
Playing Thief as well at the moment, and I'm going to put my hand up and admit to loving it too.

Never played the originals (I got this on the strength of the studio's Deus Ex game, which I adored) so not really comparing it to anything, and I'm finding it's really, really tense and very absorbing.

The repeating audio lines are a real niggle, because it's not a case of reusing assets, I'm getting an actual bug where the same conversation will just repeat infinitely end to end, which is grating if you're spending a while in an area. The map hub city is a real pain to get around too, a lot of it just feels really unintuitive, like I can never see how I'm supposed to get from A to B or whether the window I'm about to open will just be a small interior or will load in a new hub area. So that's a bit of a pain.

The missions themselves though are great, I played what I guess you'd call the 'horror' level last night and found it really scary, the way they sustain the tension without resorting to chases and fights (a pitfall a lot of horror games fall into in my opinion) is really impressive.

I'm not going to call it a stone cold classic or anything, but I picked it up half price on XB1 and feel like I've got a bit of a bargain.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 01 April, 2014, 10:32:59 am
I really had a hankering for Dark Souls again last night, but seem to have mislaid my copy.  Shame, as I needed some laid back tactical swordplay.

Instead, (ignoring the unplayed copies of Assassins Cereed: Brotherhood, Saints Row IV and Colonial Marines, and about 10 other titles in my gaming pile of shame) I decided to have another bash at Fallout: New Vegas.  This was a title I picked up and got bored with very quickly originally, as I was expecting it to have the same vibe as Fallout 3, but was really put off by the cowboy music and feel. 

Anyway, needless to say, I get very involved in it, lost track of time, and am using paper clips to prop open my eyes in work this morning.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 01 April, 2014, 10:57:47 am
Playing Thief as well at the moment, and I'm going to put my hand up and admit to loving it too.

Never played the originals (I got this on the strength of the studio's Deus Ex game, which I adored) so not really comparing it to anything, and I'm finding it's really, really tense and very absorbing.

The repeating audio lines are a real niggle, because it's not a case of reusing assets, I'm getting an actual bug where the same conversation will just repeat infinitely end to end, which is grating if you're spending a while in an area. The map hub city is a real pain to get around too, a lot of it just feels really unintuitive, like I can never see how I'm supposed to get from A to B or whether the window I'm about to open will just be a small interior or will load in a new hub area. So that's a bit of a pain.

The missions themselves though are great, I played what I guess you'd call the 'horror' level last night and found it really scary, the way they sustain the tension without resorting to chases and fights (a pitfall a lot of horror games fall into in my opinion) is really impressive.

I'm not going to call it a stone cold classic or anything, but I picked it up half price on XB1 and feel like I've got a bit of a bargain.

That horror level was bloody terrifying!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: mogzilla on 01 April, 2014, 11:25:40 am
Playing the witcher 2:assasin of kings again as I rushed through the first time so trying to take my time and discover more stuff. the flotsam level area still bugged me for some reason so I ploughed through that and now am enjoying the atmosphere of a medieval encampment.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: CheechFU on 01 April, 2014, 12:43:44 pm
Battleblock Theatre, I got key for the pc beta test. I already have it on xblive but whose pants can resist 1,000,000,000p resolution and mind blowingly realistic hair simulations.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 01 April, 2014, 01:21:09 pm
Finished the main story of South Park The Stick of Truth last night. Anyone who's a fan of the series but had resevations about this based on speculation alone should drop it right now and buy it. It perfectly captures the visuel and environmental feel of the series. Oh, and it's piss your pants funny.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: I, Cosh on 01 April, 2014, 01:55:37 pm
Not sure whether this belongs here or in "What's everyone reading?", but I recently finished playing the first installment of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! on the iPad. Great fun, apart from the annoying fighting system. The best bit being that you can now stick an infinite number of fingers in pages containing the choices you didn't make...
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: mogzilla on 01 April, 2014, 07:55:47 pm
Finished the main story of South Park The Stick of Truth last night. Anyone who's a fan of the series but had resevations about this based on speculation alone should drop it right now and buy it. It perfectly captures the visuel and environmental feel of the series. Oh, and it's piss your pants funny.


 wanting this after I watched a walkthrough of the start can you bleep the effs and jeffs? or itll be another game I can only play when the nippers fast asleep without getting told off by the missus.
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Post by: CheechFU on 01 April, 2014, 11:34:41 pm
Finished the main story of South Park The Stick of Truth last night. Anyone who's a fan of the series but had resevations about this based on speculation alone should drop it right now and buy it. It perfectly captures the visuel and environmental feel of the series. Oh, and it's piss your pants funny.

I'm still not paying 40 quid for it no matter how good it is, PC Gaming Master Race plays at a discount or not at all.
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Post by: jackstarr on 03 April, 2014, 03:31:03 pm
I've just finished playing Shelter.

I'm an emotional wreck right now.

 :'(

If you haven't played it yet (if played is the correct word to use, it's more of an experience) it's on sale for £1.74 on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/244710/. 

It's a very short game, less than two hours long, and shorter if you don't get lost, or freak out when one of your babies dies.

When you make it to the end, make sure you watch for the post-credits sequence.  :'(
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Post by: Bobblehead on 03 April, 2014, 03:45:59 pm

 I've also just played South Park: The Stick of Truth on the PS3 after I bought it off my mate for £20. I'll admit I havent watched the show itself in years so the majority of in-jokes went over my head but I still thought it was a very funny,well made game.
 I thought it was clever how they made it into an RPG too with the kids playing Humans v Jew Elves that just gets out of hand.
 Theres loads of little extra quests and hidden collectables to get but I should probably mention that even with all the extra stuff to do that it only took me 13hours to do everything, I imagine if you skip all the side quests then the games only got a very short life span, definatly not worth 40 quid anyway but if you can find it cheap please,please pick it up,its very very funny    :D

  I managed to trade it in for £26 store credit to and got Tales of Symphonia HD collection. Its supposed to be a rejigged version of the old Gamecube classic, but if im honest I cant tell the difference. Some of the character models look better in some cut scenes but the world map travelling looks awful (or amazing retro if your fond of the old game). They could have put some voices into the skits too,it all feels very lifeless. Im enjoying the game but after ive played Graces and Xillia this just feels very archaic (is that the word?), still it brings back some fond memories of the old game and I havent even played the second game you get with it yet so ive still got that to look forward too.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 04 April, 2014, 06:35:11 pm
FTL -> Anyone have any thoughts?
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 04 April, 2014, 07:56:17 pm
FTL -> Anyone have any thoughts?

Pain. In a good way. Well worth buying
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Post by: radiator on 04 April, 2014, 08:23:59 pm
That's out on iPad now - I may have to give it a go!
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 09 April, 2014, 10:45:10 am
Bought it.

So many deaths.

So many attempts.

I will conquer this game. I think I may rename the next one Justice One.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 09 April, 2014, 11:05:57 am
Got FTL a while back, booted it up when I was pretty groggy and halfway through the tutorial I decided I couldn't cope with it at that point! Haven't been back since, but keep meaning to. It just seems so stressful!

Speaking of stressful, just played through Hotline Miami on the Vita, loved it on PC and I liked this version even more. Great game, can't wait for the sequel.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 10 April, 2014, 11:47:04 am
Its not so bad, its very very simple and 70% of the time your tactics will be largely static rather than reactive.

Until your missile misses and gives them an extra shot at you. Or an asteroid blows up your weapons room. Or a boarding party teleports straight into your shield room. Or you divert power from the oxygen reserves and forget to put it back on. Or you run out of fuel two jumps from the sector exit and the rebel fleet catches up with you.

Fun. I managed to get to the last boss and owned it twice before being blown away on its last round. Since then a series of misfortunes has crippled every attempt... had a fine crew and a fine ship with a cloaking device last night, suddenly lost two crew to a boarding drone + fire. Bastards. Maybe the surviving engineer can pilot the ship to the next station...
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 14 April, 2014, 09:23:24 pm
After 100 deaths, I have conquered FTL with several ships. On Easy mode.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 14 April, 2014, 10:36:10 pm
Dark Souls II. I don't know why I do it to myself. It was only because my left hand involuntarily leapt out and caught it that stopped my right hand slinging the controller through the fucking telly.
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Post by: Bobblehead on 15 April, 2014, 08:58:11 am

 Also playing Dark Souls 2.

 I actually complained to my mate yesterday that im finding it too easy,compared to Demon Souls and Dark Souls anyway.I mean,its not an easy game compared to most,just easier than its predecessors. The bosses all seem to be the same sort of thing - humanoid style monster with melee attacks that i can just roll back from and pewpew to death. Hopefully these are just a warm up and the big end of level bosses are Uber tough. Still,the area with the poison mists is the very infuriating and it took me 3 hours to find out how to level my guy as I couldnt find the usual person to talk too  :-[
 I imagine i'll be throwing my controller about before long though too shaolin_monkey  ;)

 Great game though!
 
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 15 April, 2014, 11:47:57 am
The only boss I've been able to take down is the giant wood thing at the bottom of that lift. I've found three other bosses: a floating knight with a magic attack, a knight with a huge axe, and one in a cathedral. All of them wipe the floor with me in two hits. I've given up for the moment. I may have to look at some YouTube vids and see how others have fared.
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Post by: Bobblehead on 16 April, 2014, 03:48:59 pm

 Ah ok, I wasn't trying to brag about it by saying it was easy btw,maybe its because I spent so many hours on the previous two that im just so used to what to do! As a caster ive found that just rolling around and shooting soul arrows at them when theyre doing their combo melee attacks seems to work wonders. Also if your human you can summon npcs using the golden summon signs or helpful players,usually found outside boss areas. I imagine theres plenty of videos for it though, stick at it! :D
  Im finding that the game is massive, at least double the size of the last one, and its getting harder now, i was screaming at the tv last night haha.
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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 16 April, 2014, 04:25:39 pm
There's currently a Steam sale on the very fun Lego Games - some of them are absurdly cheap - including the new Marvel one :O
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Post by: radiator on 16 April, 2014, 04:59:26 pm
I bought the first Dark Souls a while ago but haven't had time to play it yet.

I'm wary of it, but also morbidly curious to see how hard it can really be...

If it's as hard as something like the PS2/Xbox Ninja Gaiden I'll probably end up passing on it, but I'm intrigued.

Though I do think that the success of Dark/Demon's Souls and games like Day Z does indicate that there's a large percentage of gamers out there who are a bit fed up with excessively easy and hand-holdy modern games - I feel like games have really lost that sense on exploration they used to have. FPS games used to be like a maze you had to navigate, now they're just linear corridors full of exploding barrels.
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Post by: radiator on 16 April, 2014, 05:37:50 pm
I see there's a new Trials game out. I adore this series but the decision to sci-fi it up is baffling, and off-putting - to me. Though they have added tricks, which is something I've wanted them to do since the first game.
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Post by: JamesC on 16 April, 2014, 08:59:04 pm
I've ordered Trials Fusion Deluxe Edition after playing a preview at a work event. I absolutely loved it - so fun. I'm not sure they've Sci-fyed it as much as realised that the skin of the game doesn't actually effect the gameplay one iota. Have fun with the design, I say.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 16 April, 2014, 11:34:48 pm
Checked FTL out based on chatter on previous pages - good game, but not much depth to it despite some fun micromanaging-based gameplay, and perhaps far too many random brick walls for the game to run into.  Yes, you'll think nothing of clicking "replay" and starting from scratch when your crew buys the farm two jumps away from finishing the last sector, but equally that means that failure is an inevitable component of long-term play.
Good fun while it lasts.

King Kong on PS2 - played on a whim while pulling Rogue Trooper off a shelf, and it sure does look its age, which is a shame as it's actually a solid, immersive gaming experience even now if you can get past resolution so low that I had to stop playing after an hour when my eyes were literally watering.  No on-screen HUD, no energy bars, no lives, no score, just a very playable first-person action adventure with heavy doses of retro-pulp fantasy.
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Post by: GrinningChimera on 17 April, 2014, 09:38:42 am
Back on board for another play through of GTAV. This time doing the other option on all of the heist missions to see what happens differently. If you have already beat the game and not played in a while I recommend picking it up again and playing it this way. Still waiting for a patch with hydraulic suspension for vehicles though.
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Post by: The Monarch on 19 April, 2014, 03:11:12 pm
south park the stick of truth a game so awesome theres a trophy you can get by beating up meth addicts dressed as the main character of breaking bad
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 19 April, 2014, 03:19:04 pm
Professor, I quite enjoyed King Kong back when it came out. Some levels were quite poor (and I didn't like the last chunk of it) but as far as movie tie-ins go it's one of the better ones I reckon.

Been playing Trials Fusion myself Radiator, and after a shakey first impression I'm loving it now. Wasn't keen on the look of it either, but it plays into the track design quite well (there are sort of cybery something or other levels where the track tiles move around or get swapped out while you drive which is quite cool). Gameplay-wise it's still the Trials we know and love thankfully. A little unpolished - my girlfriend managed to break the game on her first try by crossing the finish line upside down, the game couldn't figure out whether it was a pass or a crash so just sat there unresponsive.

Also the announcer dialogue is very, very grating so I keep meaning to have a look to see if it can be switched off (I'm sure that'll be an option). It's okay to hear the first time, but certain lines are scripted to play at certain points on tracks every single time. When it's a game geared around constantly replaying small chunks to nail jumps and get medals and stuff, having those lines repeat like that is just unforgivable, and if you have to repeat a tricky section a couple of dozen times and hear that smarmy git say the same unamusing nonsense every time it really adds a layer of frustration.

Other than that really liking it, the friends leaderboards are well integrated so beating your friends' times is a fun pursuit, and there's the track editor content sitting there so feasibly you'll never run out of tracks to play. A good purchase I reckon (and kudos to Microsoft - I accidentally bought it on 360 instead of XB1 but they were really nice about it and agreed to refund me this one time, they didn't stop the purchase going through though so I've now got it digitally on both platforms which I guess is a bonus. Shame I can't give the extra copy to someone).
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Post by: Mister Pops on 19 April, 2014, 04:24:31 pm
My biggest problem with FTL is the boss fight. Boss fights should be a test of everything you've learned up to that point in the game, but in FTL, the tactics you've been using the whole way through the game are depressingly ineffective against the boss. It's more like a seperate mini-game
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Post by: Professor Bear on 19 April, 2014, 05:45:53 pm
Depends how you've been playing it to that point, as if you've stuck to the same basic ballistic/beam weapons strategy you start out with by necessity, you won't last long.  Ion weapons to disable drones/shields and deploying drones of your own is the most efficient offensive tactic that doesn't run afoul of chance, and remember to upgrade your doors if you don't like dealing with boarding parties.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 19 April, 2014, 08:59:59 pm
That's kind of my point. The first time you come up against the boss, the fairly straight forward approach doesn't work at all. It's not so much a difficulty curve as a wall, and it takes a while to figure out how to break it down
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 19 April, 2014, 10:16:25 pm
Well it really depends on how good your straightforward capabilities are. I had 2 burst lasers mk2, a breach bomb and a 4 second ion gun. Enough firepower to keep their systems down.

Straight up shooting is a fragile tactic though. Killing the crew and keeping one of the gunners alive is best way of dealing with the boss.

First upgrade I get is doors, saves so much trouble.
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Post by: mogzilla on 19 April, 2014, 11:07:07 pm
just had to play dredd vs death again after the dredd vs zombies one  :D still fun how about a hd remake/polish for xbox live?
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 21 April, 2014, 03:58:30 pm
south park the stick of truth a game so awesome theres a trophy you can get by beating up meth addicts dressed as the main character of breaking bad

I've purchased the game and have been playing that game as well and didn't know that. I believe I had played through that part already. It's in the spare room accessed through Kenny's Garage. Yes, I won that scenario, but I not quite sure what my character...a Wizard was wearing or if class effects what clothing and parts that can be worn. It was during the part where he back at school to rescue a future party member from Detention and all the Hall Monitors were Gingers and my character had amassed a small collection of Ginger Haired wigs and assorted freckles that could be added..so I decided to dress him up as a Ginger as much as I could with what I had found and despite eventually completing that mission. I was awarded no special achievements for it. I think by the time I had got him to fight off the Meth Addicts (All three adults....) He was wearing the Wife-Beater tank-top. The Spikey or [/b]Slicked-Back-Black-Hair-Wigs[/b] and the Pointed-Goateed-Beard. I forget what else He was wearing but by the time he fought the Bard for the Stick-Of-Truth. He was dressed as either Elven-Archer (Minus the Pointed-Ears...they were never available as a option...) or Druid.

Anyway, while I have a lot to say about this game......I will say just this......I didn't like it at first, and it took a second play for it to grow on me......

When I had last stopped playing it . I was stuck on the Alien Space ship fighting three Aliens and they were guarding the control panel that releases the first or second victim from the Anal-Probing. (I'm playing the Australian version where all the really raunchy Alien probing is shown. Thing is the Australian or International Censorship Board probably won't be able to stop me from seeing all the censored content uploaded to You-Tube.) I think it's either Randy (The dark haired fellow with a mo...he's one of the dads...) or the Homeless-Dude that is released first.

Though I can't get my character past these three Aliens. Two of them are dressed as Security Guards and one of them is in charge. He or it has more apellations on it's costume. The third one is completely naked or may not be if that's a full body alien suit it's wearing. While the regular Security Alien stand in front of the other two and puts up a Phase-Shield in front of his own body (I'm unsure wether this protect s him and the other two behind him or just him.) He either physically hits my character or uses some sort of telepathic mind-blasting where he throws pinkish globes from his mind at my character. Then the Superior Alien with more flair (It is standing behind both of the other two, so it is right at the back...) would either do the same telepathic mind blast attack it's inferior just did or it does a special Rage based physical attack on my character where it runs past both other Aliens and hits my character several times. (By this stage my character would be dead already...so I know something is wrong with my game...) and then the Alien in the middle wearing nothing. (Apparently.) Will either try the same Telepathic Mind Based attack or if it's the second round of combat and my character is still alive, then he will heal himself and the other two if they've taken damage. As for my character, he would be wearing the Spacesuit and Helmet along with the Laser-Rifle and the Crutch-Of-Weakness taken from the Bard. These weapons appeared to not damage the Aliens so much and I always went for the tough one at the back first, but to no avail. Then I recall that I was given a hint by either Randy or the Homeless-Dude on the coms that I should get my character to use Lightening attacks. So, I equipped him with his first Wand of Lightening or Shock and then I tried the Flaming Wand or Sword with the Strap-On that gives it another 10 points of shock and another one that did bleeding damage. Then I equipped the Dodge-Ball that did 20 points flame damage and then I tried the Elven Bow. (This is all from memory.) Though none of these things made much difference.

I think it's because I had neglected to complete all the side quests before acquiring the Stick-Of-Truth. Maybe I should start again and do them first. I do recall not being able to hand Mr-Slave quest when I had decided to start and complete other quests before I had handed that one in and that was after I had performed Mr-Slave's quest without actually handing it in. So, I think it got broken, because of the way I was handling it and then there was quest where we had to finally confront the Bard
another quest that had to be started and finished where Mr-Slaves's house is (Yes, It's also a drinking establishment called The-Pickled-Donkey (Or Something like that!).) (Triple or Quadruple Parenthesis again....do I get a prize for that?). Yes, I think the game is broken or becomes broken when you do what I did and I couldn't get my character to enter Mr-Slaves house to hand that one in when I wanted to and then after the Bard was defeated.....the game sucks you right in to the part where your character is dragged aboard a alien space ship.

So, how do I get my character past those aliens?

Does completing all the side quests allow him to amass enough or the right equipment and experience to successfully get past the aliens?


Why do the Alien's go Moo all the time?

Have they some connection with cows?

Were they once cows?

Do they only speak the language of cows, because they are a favourite test subject?

Is there a return of the Mr-Slave's Anal-Burrowing Rodent from that episode?

I am looking forward to finding Jesus and getting access to his special attack ability.

As I found him on a late night episode of South-Park being murdered by Karl while in a jail cell and then radiantly resurrect outside within a crowd of people to assassinate the Pope with a thrown many bladed dagger (A prop taken from the film Krull.) before slipping on a pair of shades after he strikes a deadly pose. This scene searching for on You-Tube if you can get the whole sequence.

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Post by: I, Cosh on 21 April, 2014, 11:14:07 pm
I haven't actually played it yet but I've just discovered a whole bunch of Cave stuff for the iPad, including Dodonpachi Resurrection. I know it's going to be impossible to control properly but I can't stop myself from buying it.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 21 April, 2014, 11:27:23 pm
Sat down for a quick go on Dragonball Z Force Unleashed 2, and finished it a couple of hours later.  Not the longest game ever, but entertaining while it lasts and when it isn't glitching: I died about five times throughout the entire game, three of which were because the game restarted after a cut scene and my character was falling to his doom somewhere, and the other two were from the final boss, which glitched at the very last QTE sequence twice in a row prompting a restart, which wasn't the greatest solution because the bosses aren't difficult so much as they are boring - I know it's Vader and he's supposed to be the super-bad of the franchise, but it felt like I was just hammering the triangle button for a half hour.  Not sure about your character being from the planet Krypton, either.  Still, I suppose not every game storyline has to be The Last Of Us.
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Post by: The Monarch on 23 April, 2014, 09:53:05 pm
to answer

to get the breaking bad achievement you need to wear evil cartman beard and a bald cap while beating the meth heads

ginger: you need to beat the boss hall monitor wearing ginger freckles the ginger kids drop when beat

to beat the aliens you need to abuse the heck out of electric shock weapons

they moo due to thinking cows are earths dominant species

lemmiwinks is a friend you can make but hes easily missable
the whole mister slave episode is sorta kinda part of the plot near the end of the game and you can summon mr slave in his ass its a trophy

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Post by: JamesC on 03 May, 2014, 12:04:33 pm
Hearthstone on the iPad.
Has anyone played this? It's a virtual CCG and is really good fun and seems really well balanced. I'm not very good but I'm really enjoying it! It was a free download and I haven't even made any in-app purchases yet - haven't needed to.
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Post by: Bobblehead on 06 May, 2014, 03:43:10 pm

 I enjoyed Hearthstone. Its free to play but sorta encourages you to want to buy virtual boosters using real money to get those rare cards to make your decks better. That kinda thing annoys me but the choice of spending real cash is all yours I suppose. I chose not too and still had some fun games in the match-ups.      The arena is fun too,but it requires 150 coins to enter and so could only play a couple of times unless I either did some quests everyday (beat x number of opponents using a certain character) or bought some coins. Still,its a fun little game and wasted a few hours :-)
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Post by: Link Prime on 06 May, 2014, 10:01:38 pm
Downloaded retro classic Super Mario World on the WiiU recently, and man I'd forgotten what a unforgiving bitch this game can be.
Frustrating in a wonderful, wonderful way.

Thank god I remembered where the 'Top Secret Area' was...
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Post by: radiator on 06 May, 2014, 10:05:34 pm
Super Mario World is nothing compared to Super Mario Bros 1 and 3 in terms of how hard/frustrating it is. And let's not even discuss The Lost Levels...
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Post by: Link Prime on 06 May, 2014, 10:11:11 pm
I dunno Radiator, the Secret Exit hunt can become obsessively soul destroying.

And I was able to complete Super Mario Bros in around 15 minutes before my left bollick dropped!
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Post by: radiator on 06 May, 2014, 10:30:36 pm
The only bit of SMW I find challenging is the secret zone with all those levels called things like 'Gnarly' and 'Tubular'. Otherwise it's infinitely more forgiving than the 8-bit Marios.

I know it's fashionable to prefer SMB3 over World, but I could never really love that game, mainly because you couldn't save your progress.

The game we know as 'Super Mario Bros. 2' is and always has been gash.
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Post by: Link Prime on 06 May, 2014, 10:38:03 pm
The game we know as 'Super Mario Bros. 2' is and always has been gash.

Somebody hurt you in 1989.
This much we know for sure.
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Post by: JamesC on 07 May, 2014, 07:32:03 am
The only bit of SMW I find challenging is the secret zone with all those levels called things like 'Gnarly' and 'Tubular'. Otherwise it's infinitely more forgiving than the 8-bit Marios.

I know it's fashionable to prefer SMB3 over World, but I could never really love that game, mainly because you couldn't save your progress.

The game we know as 'Super Mario Bros. 2' is and always has been gash.

I really like SMB2. It was pretty inventive at the time and back then I liked the fact that the sequel was very different from the previous game. And, of course, nobody knew that it wasn't really SMB.
I'm interested to know why you don't like it. The character select was great and made a big difference to how the game played, there are loads of secrets and the core mechanic of lifting and throwing works well. What's not to like?

I've always thought they should incorporate more of the elements of SMB2 into what has become a pretty stale series.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 07 May, 2014, 10:34:00 am
Super Mario World is king!

You have Yoshi. You have multicoloured Yoshis. You have the cape.

You have beautiful 16 bit graphics.

What is not to like.
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Post by: JamesC on 07 May, 2014, 11:02:57 am
Super Mario World is king!

You have Yoshi. You have multicoloured Yoshis. You have the cape.

You have beautiful 16 bit graphics.

What is not to like.

I never really got on with Super Mario World. I know it's a quality game but it just seemed like they'd over-complicated things. I wasn't a fan of Yoshi or the spin jump.

Mind you, I'm not the biggest Mario fan. I don't like Mario 64, Sunshine or 3D World either.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 07 May, 2014, 01:34:47 pm
I can see that these are great games but do you know what? I get bored after about 20 or 30 stars.
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Post by: Satanist on 07 May, 2014, 01:46:02 pm
I can see that these are great games but do you know what? I get bored after about 20 or 30 stars.

I get bored of you after 2 or 3 pints! And WTF is up with not liking Mario 64??? That was in Gforce window for a year prior to the N64 getting released and I used to go every Saturday to just stare in amazement.

I had to sell Mario World as I had 3 secret levels left to find and my dad accidently deleted my save. 20 years later and I still cast it up now and again.

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Post by: JamesC on 07 May, 2014, 02:32:14 pm
I can see that these are great games but do you know what? I get bored after about 20 or 30 stars.

I get bored of you after 2 or 3 pints! And WTF is up with not liking Mario 64??? That was in Gforce window for a year prior to the N64 getting released and I used to go every Saturday to just stare in amazement.

I had to sell Mario World as I had 3 secret levels left to find and my dad accidently deleted my save. 20 years later and I still cast it up now and again.

The NES Mario games were instantly accessible arcade platform games. Mario 64 was a sort of single player adventure which wasn't what I wanted from Mario (and still don't) and the graphics are ugly as hell (just like the majority of N64 games).
If I do want to play a single player cartoon styled adventure game I'll take one of the Monster World games over Mario, Zelda or just about anything. 
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Post by: Link Prime on 07 May, 2014, 03:31:51 pm
Every 'key' Mario game is a different degree of genius.
It's a series I've followed consistently since I started gaming more than 25 years ago, and I've genuinely never been let down.

Regarding Mario 64- for me this was a milestone not only in the series, but in gaming itself.
It's the very blueprint for 3D platforming, and is hugely entertaining.
Definitely in my all time top 10.

I quite liked the N64 graphics at the time on many games- but that was 1998!
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Post by: radiator on 07 May, 2014, 03:56:24 pm
Ok, I was trolling a bit there, but I honestly never liked SMB2. I only played it via Mario All Stars and I think it not originally being a Mario game was already common knowledge by then, though even if it wasn't, it always seemed like the black sheep to me. Could never really get a handle on the structure or mechanics and it always felt quite tedious and lacking in tightness compared to the others.

I personally think World is the peak of 2D Mario - though I can understand the point of view of it being too complicated - for me it's Yoshi's Island (the SNES one) that over egged the formula (pun partially intended). I know a lot of people love that game but it didn't click with me at all.

Though all the 'core' games with the exception of perhaps Sunshine are varying degrees of great, Mario 64 was, for me, the last truly essential Mario game. Though it doesn't really capture the freewheeling gymnastics of the 2D originals, it's special in its own way.
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Post by: JamesC on 07 May, 2014, 04:04:32 pm
I found the recent 3D World to be really overblown. It had some silly cut scene at the beginning which got on my nerves (if any game doesn't need a cut scene surely it's Mario) and once the actual game started I thought there were too many upgrades. Seriously, you could be cat-Mario for 99% of the time I played. Also, the Goombas and Koopas didn't seem to pose any threat - they were just there to add to the Mario-ness.
In the old games the upgrades were precious. Even if you had plenty in stock in Mario 3 a tough level could wipe you out. The Goombas and Koopas (along with other enemies) were always a genuine threat in the old games because of their fiendish placement.

This sounds like an 'everything was better in the old days' post. Generally I don't feel like that about gaming but I think the immediacy of old games is something that's been lost. I'd add repetition to that too. I like the fact that in old Mario games you start from the beginning each time - you challenge yourself to get as far as possible without losing lives, or to get as high a score as possible or finish a level in record time.
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Post by: JamesC on 07 May, 2014, 04:10:13 pm
I only played it via Mario All Stars and I think it not originally being a Mario game was already common knowledge by then, though even if it wasn't, it always seemed like the black sheep to me.

I think this makes a huge difference. When I played it there were only 2 sheep to compare!
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Post by: radiator on 07 May, 2014, 04:43:39 pm
I found the recent 3D World to be really overblown. It had some silly cut scene at the beginning which got on my nerves (if any game doesn't need a cut scene surely it's Mario) and once the actual game started I thought there were too many upgrades. Seriously, you could be cat-Mario for 99% of the time I played. Also, the Goombas and Koopas didn't seem to pose any threat - they were just there to add to the Mario-ness.
In the old games the upgrades were precious. Even if you had plenty in stock in Mario 3 a tough level could wipe you out. The Goombas and Koopas (along with other enemies) were always a genuine threat in the old games because of their fiendish placement.

This sounds like an 'everything was better in the old days' post. Generally I don't feel like that about gaming but I think the immediacy of old games is something that's been lost. I'd add repetition to that too. I like the fact that in old Mario games you start from the beginning each time - you challenge yourself to get as far as possible without losing lives, or to get as high a score as possible or finish a level in record time.

Though I haven't played 3D World, I broadly agree, and I think you've hit upon that paradox that I often go on about - the fact that games are too easy nowadays. An element of challenge is essential for many players for a game to hold their attention, but at the same time, people's attention spans are much shorter nowadays, so developers are shit-scared of making their games too hard and risk the player giving up entirely. I know some folk like to just play through a game on the easiest setting just to 'enjoy the story' but I couldn't think of anything more boring. It's the same with FPS games - they used to be like complex mazes you had to negotiate, now they're little more than corridors full of pop-up targets to shoot. There's no easy answer how to get around it, unfortunately.

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Mario in particular - the old games always made you feel like you were sprinting across a tightrope - one slip and you'd be a goner. The balance between tantalisingly fragile power (the scarce fire flowers, feathers and precious precious mushrooms) and your vulnerability was absolutely key to the games. Now they throw loads of stuff at you constantly and are for the most part a cakewalk. It grinds my gears when you somehow manage to die on a certain section in one of the recent games and the game patronises you by giving you a free raccoon leaf of power star. And yeah, I know the extra/bonus levels in 3D Land are apparently quite hard, but that's no good to me if I'm already bored of the game before you get to them. Agree totally about cut-scenes too. 'The Princess is in another castle' is all the 'story' I need.

Said it before, but I'd love Nintendo to do a new 2D Mario that is every bit as unforgiving as the old games. They could market it on that very point, call it 'Mario Dark' or 'Evil Mario' or some shit.
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Post by: radiator on 07 May, 2014, 04:49:22 pm
I only played it via Mario All Stars and I think it not originally being a Mario game was already common knowledge by then, though even if it wasn't, it always seemed like the black sheep to me.

I think this makes a huge difference. When I played it there were only 2 sheep to compare!

All true, World was the first one I really played, then I got Mario All Stars after that. As a result I always found SMB3 slightly too punishing and obtuse, and couldn't make head nor tale of SMB2. I also can't remember if you could save your progress on any of them.

I downloaded SMB3 on the 3DS recently, and was a bit dismayed it was just the NES original - which I always thought a very ugly game (as all NES games are) and there are no saves, other than the easily-abused save state.
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Post by: radiator on 07 May, 2014, 04:52:55 pm
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games are too easy nowadays

Should also stress that I don't necessarily want games to be as hard as they used to be, either. 99% of old games were just spitefully hard, which is why so few games tend to age well. I played Mega Man 2 the other day, and it's borderline unplayable now.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 07 May, 2014, 05:41:42 pm
Oh I take back my glowing memories of Super Mario World.

SMB3 is probably the superior game with its Hammer Brothers, back up powers and more.

However I personally played most of Super Mario Bros 2 for the gameboy, which was great. Particularly the water levels and where you got really really small. Also had a huge fondness for Wario and his money grubbing ways.
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Post by: GordyM on 11 May, 2014, 02:23:50 pm
Trying to regain any interest in Assassin's Creed 5.

Follow that guy. Follow this guy. Listen to conversation. Stab someone. Listen. Follow. Follow. Stab. Listen. Listen. Follow. Stab. Stab. Listen. Follow. Listen. Stab... etc etc. Even the sea battles become repetitive quickly. Variation knows no home in AC 5.
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Post by: CheechFU on 11 May, 2014, 11:05:19 pm
Football manager. It's constantly entertaining
(http://i.imgur.com/5m0YhxL.jpg)
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Post by: Mister Pops on 12 May, 2014, 04:23:01 am
Many of my friends have a bad dose of Football Manager. A few claim to don a suit for cup finals. I remember hearing a story about a fella who played the same edition for several years. He sunk an ungodly amount of time into it, which I understand is de rigueur for this aficianados of this game. Won the English League and European Cup a few dozen times. He loved this game, he was really good at it too. Until he officially reprimanded his highest paid player* for getting too big for his boots, so the board of directors* fired him. He took the disc out and went down to his shed** to get his hammer**. He was screwed by conflated spreadsheets.

*Virtual

**Real
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on 12 May, 2014, 05:52:14 am
Tesla Effect, the new Tex Murphy game, so awesome. Hard boiled gumshoe in 2050, mutants, noir, live-action cutscenes, this game rocks my face.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 12 May, 2014, 07:45:58 am
Finished The Last of Us last night.

I enjoyed it. Enjoyed it tremendously, in fact. But it wasn't a game - it was an interactive movie. So many games are these days.

And, for all its accolades, it was a Z-list movie at that.

In fact, the only games machines that I can think of are the Wii U, Vita and 3DS. By game, I mean something abstract and replayable where the emphasis is on learning rules to overcome a set of repeatable obstacles.

I am also mildly astonished to find that I have 38 PC titles (excluding Skyrim) on Steam and 15 PS3 games (including GTA V) to play through. As I take a couple of months, say 6 weeks, to play a game - that means I ain't getting a PS4 for a few years.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 12 May, 2014, 10:34:06 am
Ha!  tell me about it!  I keep adding to my bloody Steam games - it was Bioshock Infinite last night, for £6.  I had to delete a shitload of barely played Steam-bought games from my hardrive just to fit it on.

Bioshock Infinite looks interesting (played about 30 mins yesterday) - the 3D on it is good, if anyone has an nVidia 3D vision setup.  It gave me mild motion sickness, although that may have been due to high convergence settings.
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Post by: CheechFU on 12 May, 2014, 11:13:19 am
Many of my friends have a bad dose of Football Manager. A few claim to don a suit for cup finals. I remember hearing a story about a fella who played the same edition for several years. He sunk an ungodly amount of time into it, which I understand is de rigueur for this aficianados of this game. Won the English League and European Cup a few dozen times. He loved this game, he was really good at it too. Until he officially reprimanded his highest paid player* for getting too big for his boots, so the board of directors* fired him. He took the disc out and went down to his shed** to get his hammer**. He was screwed by conflated spreadsheets.

*Virtual

**Real

It's like Pokemon, The Sims, Command & Conquer and the most grindiest JRPG had a baby but it was badly deformed and a spreadsheet and smothered in meth and also made entirely of numbers and someone tacked fifa 96 match engine on to it
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 12 May, 2014, 11:33:06 am
I'm on my 3rd playthrough of Thief on XB1 just now. I know the game got pretty slated, and it is incredibly rough around the edges. There was one bug where the timestamps on the game saves didn't allow for the clocks changing, so for about 4 days the game couldn't be played, which was probably the worst bug I've hit on something I've bought for a while. The weakest area technically is the audio side, so I'm really having to put my blinkers on and ignore all the issues (multiple instances of the same line of ambient dialogue triggering from more than one ped on a map at once, ambient conversations playing one-sided, lines looping, lines dropping out, sound effects missing, distant lines playing front-end, no drop-off on zones, occlusion more or less non-existent aaaaaaaaaaargh!) BUT despite all that I really, really, really like this game!

Played it on Normal, Master and now with all the custom difficulty modifiers on (don't get spotted, don't take damage, no abilities, that sort of thing) and I've found it more and more satisfying each time as my stealth skills are getting better.

Love the atmosphere, really think this is a pretty underrated game.

Also playing a ton of Titanfall because it hasn't gotten close to getting old yet. I had this happen at the weekend and the frantic scramble for a charge cable made for a very tight escape - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7rFNi-3bEo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7rFNi-3bEo)

So good.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 12 May, 2014, 01:29:15 pm
Turned on my 360 for the first time in nearly two years - I can't remember, is it normal for that white circle thing to sit spinning in the middle of the screen for minutes at a time when you turn it on? - to play State of Decay, which my brother had downloaded despite my vow to not give MS another red cent after they nicked money from my account and then refused to give it back.  It's alright, but playing it at the tail end of popular culture's love affair with zombies does it less favors than the shonky animation and lack of decent tutorial does.  I gather that it requires a few separate plays and a couple of offscreen permadeaths (that happen when your console is turned off) until you get a real feel for it, though.

Jetpac Refuelled
- sheer pick-up-and-play genius, all the better for the swell of nostalgia that accompanies it if you play the original ZX Spectrum version that comes bundled with the full game, colour clash and all.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 12 May, 2014, 07:50:31 pm
Many of my friends have a bad dose of Football Manager. A few claim to don a suit for cup finals. I remember hearing a story about a fella who played the same edition for several years. He sunk an ungodly amount of time into it, which I understand is de rigueur for this aficianados of this game. Won the English League and European Cup a few dozen times. He loved this game, he was really good at it too. Until he officially reprimanded his highest paid player* for getting too big for his boots, so the board of directors* fired him. He took the disc out and went down to his shed** to get his hammer**. He was screwed by conflated spreadsheets.

*Virtual

**Real

It's like Pokemon, The Sims, Command & Conquer and the most grindiest JRPG had a baby but it was badly deformed and a spreadsheet and smothered in meth and also made entirely of numbers and someone tacked fifa 96 match engine on to it

And it is gooooooooood
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Post by: I, Cosh on 17 May, 2014, 11:47:07 pm
Been playing FTL for the past week or so. It's infuriating/I'm shit at it*.

*Delete as applicable.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 18 May, 2014, 01:50:00 pm
Easy or normal?
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Post by: I, Cosh on 18 May, 2014, 03:12:08 pm
Normal.

I think the furthest I've made is Sector 5.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 19 May, 2014, 11:34:07 am
I've only made it once on Normal.

Currently replaying on Easy to try and unlock the B layouts (and maybe the crystal ship. So close).

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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 19 May, 2014, 03:04:06 pm
Zero Punctuation did a great review of FTL recently (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7DT1Z5523s). I will get it at some point - gamers were telling me of the Steam summer sale and I heard a muffled sobbing in my pocket. Twas my wallet that was weeping.

Wasn't weeping money though, dammit.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 20 May, 2014, 10:12:33 am
I picked it up for about £5.

So far I have played 32 hours (though possibly 5 hours of this is time where it was just running in the background)
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Post by: Krakajac on 20 May, 2014, 12:39:50 pm
Playing dEXTRIS on iPhone (free in the App Store).

Download at your peril - very addictive.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 23 May, 2014, 08:55:38 pm
Squeezed in some Wolfenstein:The New Order the last couple of nights and am really pleasantly surprised with just how good it is. Expected a big stupid old school run and gun, and it does tick those boxes if that's how you want to play it. I'm mainly surprised at the versatility with which you can approach levels, either guns blazing or snauking around taking stealth kills or sniping from afar, and the maps are nice and non-linear too.

It starts quite badly and the first hour feels like a very generic shooter but as soon as you flash forward to the near future and the timeline has branched it looks and feels like a great 2000AD strip (the story pretty much is a Past Imperfect). The characters are well acted and written and the tone veers from B-Movie schlock to disturbing and affecting at the drop of a hat (it doesn't shy away from the Nazi nastiness one bit). I've just looked into it and realized that the studio is made up of ex-Starbreeze guys (them of The Darkness/Butcher Bay fame) so the fact the narrative is so well presented makes a lot of sense now.

Highly recommend it, gutted that I'm just a couple of hours in and will need to go on holiday and leave it for a couple of weeks!

I did grab a video of the moment I got hopelessly distracted by how nice the coffee physics are, it totally blew my cover - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6adjAcZCEA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6adjAcZCEA)
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Post by: Dr Feeley Good on 23 May, 2014, 11:51:05 pm
Playing this on the Ps4, really enjoying it !
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 24 May, 2014, 03:43:50 pm
That is some mighty fine next gen coffee!!
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Post by: Krakajac on 26 May, 2014, 10:57:54 am
Playing a free iPhone game called 'Dextris' - strangely addictive!
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Post by: Krakajac on 26 May, 2014, 11:07:00 am
Damn.  So addicted to Dextris, didn't realise I've already posted about it above.  :-[
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 26 May, 2014, 08:32:05 pm
Replaying Arkham Asylum as my PC is currently doing the rounds as TV platform (so gamepads are in, keyboards are out). On hard this time (much tougher) and I'm really enjoying it. Unlocking gadgets is a bit of a chore (Batman only has one gadget in that belt?) particularly when you see secret areas that you know you'll never bother coming back for once you have the appropriate unlock. Otherwise, though the combat is comparatively basic to the sequels, it's an amazing game. A perfect Batman-simulator, at least once you have a couple more toys to help you take on gun toting goons.

Looking forward to Arkham Knight and wish that Dredd could get something half as decent (not that Dredd v Death wasn't fun but could do something amazing).

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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 27 May, 2014, 12:43:51 am
Had a cracking game of multiplayer Terraria tonight - nothing like drinking n' mining and building a castle with a bunch of friends.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 27 May, 2014, 03:36:00 am
Aside from Elite Dangerous where I just made a startling discovery (It's a secret, you will all need to find out for yourselves if you have the game!)

I've been playing Hinterland, the very first game I ever purchased from STEAM. You what it is about, you pick typical fantasy character. They even have Orcs and you slowly build a town by building houses for the people that visit your town square outside your Manor or Keep. Using money made by those very same people and adventuring into the dangerous territories around your slowly burgeoning town. As it had been a while since I played. I forgot to upgrade my own building and couldn't get anybody other than Farmers, Herders, Trappers, Craft-People, Smithies and a Inn-Keeper to stay in my town. My letting so many of the same type of people into my town it was soon filled with just Farmers, Herders, Trappers and I had about three Smithies.  You can find better armour and weapons while clearing out other sections of the map. Your Craft-Person can also make better armour, your Smithy, better weapons as well. Which you can distribute around the other town people and have them defend their homes from enemy invaders who often come to pillage. You can help them as well, but they often get killed and will need replacing.  All your town-folk contribute something towards the prosperity of your town. The Farmers, Herders, Trappers all provide food, I'm not sure about the Inn, and your can also let in Guards who will fight for you. A Herbalist who can makes salves and potions of healing. A Merchant set up shop to seel goods made by the other occupants and you can also sell your own spoils to them. Their also a Mage, Bard, Cleric and Undertaker as well. They all contribute money to your treasury as well. I wasn't able to get of them, in and by the time I cottoned on to where I had gone wrong. I was too late, as I had already got my Elven-Archer named Legolas killed three times. When they die, they fade from view and resurrect in the town square, minus some money and fame. He was on negative fame when the King had requested that he restore it within a set time period or else I would lose the game. I didn't quite make it. I'm about to have another go when I'm done here. Hinterland. It's a strange name for this game. Not sure what they are referring to in this game exactly with such name. I know it means the inland, the land behind the beach front land. But how is that relevant in this game. You should all purchase this game and play it just to realise how irrelevant the name of the game is. I think mentioned this one here when I first brought it back in 2007 or 2008 and though that Mega-City-One version would be superb.

I've also been playing the new Thief game on the X-Box-360 and while I find it impressive on a lot of levels. It still fails like a lot of other current games of it's ilk. That fall totally flat in other areas. These games that try to accurately simulate what can be done in the real world only seem realistic on the surface. Basically they only do it where they think it matters the most. So, while thievery aspects of this game are revolutionary and reasonably solid. Social matters, enemy A.I. always surprisingly dumb (Even at hardest difficulty.) and some of controls are hard to use. It took me nearly a hour to get Garret (The name brings the identity of two known musicians to mind. Peter Garret once a lead singer of the Australian rock known as  Midnight Oil (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=midnight+oil&docid=608024587378624865&mid=7236B767E5DA0026419E7236B767E5DA0026419E&view=detail&FORM=VIRE7#view=detail&mid=7236B767E5DA0026419E7236B767E5DA0026419E) and now was last seen in involved in local politics and  Leif Garret (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ceGWlHllIA) who I recall as earlier version of Justin Beiber who was really famous in the late seventies.) to crouch, so that he could move under some piping on a rooftop while following Erin right at the beginning of the game.  As I had to press the left thumb-stick inwards to do this. Eventually, I got it done, but this ability fails me when I need it to the most. The objects the can picked the stuff that can be used, are only specified objects and loot. I can't get over how dumb the enemy or victim A.I. is in this game. When I had Garret enter town house to steal a fable glass-jewel-golden-mask. I eventually had him kill all the house guards (Who look like Ninja's) after spending I had Garett spend ages stealthly hiding, stalking, stealing and sometimes running from them when they caught him. I think after some time, they should really call in the cops enmass to overpower the cheaky sod. But this never happens. I had him the basement flogging stuff from these two corner tables this poor fellow were working at. Anytime he moved from one table. I had the thief slip in to snatch the shiny objects that were available to steal before he returned his attention back towards the relevant table without him noticing anything was missing. As I had already had him snuff out the two candles on the other ide of the room without being detected. It wasn't until I had him exstinquish the candles on each desk that he got suspicious and started to panickly look around the basement for him and run upstairs for help from one of three guards. While Garret hid in the cabinent that was handy. (Which is also a save point.) Sometimes the guard will open the cabinent surprising the thief instantly killing him before he can react. There was another part in this game where I had him remove every guard and policemen around one of the city bon-fires close to the riverside. While I made a bit of a noise, he got this done without much mishap and this was at hardest difficulty. Now, I had fight him way into the local brothel. The guards here were of similar stupidity and lacking teamwork unless Garret was obviously seen by more than one of them at a time. He took out the last two with a arrow to the head before finding a hidden door and now he's stuck in a series of secret chambers that have peep holes looking into three rooms all occupied by the workers with clients. (Which reminds me, I done stuff like this in the past and recall that I was most typical of at least two of three of them myself, while the other fellow was sitting on a couch handcuffed and blindfolded allowing the mistress to do perform  who sadism on him. I would never pay for this myself to be done to me, but I know some of my friends might. In fact, I'm unsure, but under the impression this may be happening to me right now, in my own house, but over longer, a extended period of time by invisable Gypsy Ninja Fairies while I sleep. (I 've always had a hard time convincing my former head-shrink of this.) While the guy on the far right is telling his own his secret plans. This reminds me of time when I had visited this young masseuse. For a completely nude massage, I paid extra for her to completely remove her clothes, but there was no groping on my part allowed or a happy ending included in the deal. Despite a lot of rubbing. So, I went on to explain to her in intricate detail how we as the humans we are today are really a sub-animal race enslaved to a far higher intelligence, of aliens of unfathomable description and completely invisible as they have been breeding us for entertainment, food and slavery in their zoo. While the houses, the suburbs, farms and cities that we live in are really a elaborate illusion and the bars to our cages are invisible as well. I've seen her once again and never after that. (My idea was not only based on The Matrix trilogy but story called "We Eat Pigs, Don't We" in a old science fiction book filled with colourful illustrations. I no longer have it.)

Where was I......so I thought, is there a masturbation option given to Garret at this point. As I have him peek into the other room and see worker straddled across her client, fully nude, and moving up and down. No, there isn't that much freedom in this game and only the illusion of it. Wouldn't be interesting if he could enter each room and take part in the fun. Nor can he break stuff, knock down walls and break through every single window. Everything that can be done in this game is restricted to what specified thief could do and not a very modern one at that. After finding a podium that needs activation and a strange set of claw marks on the wall. But this is where I am still stuck ion the game. Any ideas for me here. Any suggestions?

I also have the official art book filled with a lot of detailed captures taken from what must be the latest console/PC version of this game. They detail of peoples faces look better here than in the game I'm playing ad  on the subject of in game characters, a lot of the street bums at home in the alley-ways and around small bon-fires. Most of them are just the same two or three guy repeated over and over again. The
same goes for the guards and police and even the regular towns-folk.

Combat gets a little bit more interesting when you need to use it the moves available to Garret.
He can either take anybody down instantly by sneaking upon them from behind and jumping them from above. He was once by guard sleeping in chair who suddenly awoke and get up when my thief pulls off this spectacular move on him also instantly ending his life and granting me the Sweet-Sixteen achievement while he's searching through a old foundry. I have only been able to get him to do this once and when I try again, he only does these special moves where you need to get him to aim for their mid-section. momentarily stunning them. This is called a Focus move. Something that he can only do while it's switched on and while the meter is not empty. (I think that's how I nailed two sentries threw the head with arrow shots. Yes, bow and arrow are back in this game and they have all the favourites here. Otherwise, you can use Focus have that switched on. Otherwise, you can use this ability to see things that can be used, to climb or access some other way. That and that Gloom have become the only supernatural aspects of this game.
 
Play this game and learn how to become a idiot thief who lives in a clock tower and don't expect any of the skills to translate to real life and our age of information. As you will surely be caught in the act.
Camera's...you know. Now, I was almost tempted to purchase Watchdogs tomorrow. That's a modern day thief. I think....or I could go back and continue with Dishonored

I have more games to talk about, but not right now...time to hang out the washing and then a rest.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 27 May, 2014, 09:49:57 am
I played more of Hinterland earlier this afternoon and made a Orc shaman named Snaga. The village soon filled with Orc Farmers, Herders, Trappers, Craft-People, Smithies, and a Inn-Keeper. The problems with Orcs is that they consume twice as much and needed more Foodiers to keep everyone happy. But the more I invited inside , the more they ate and soon even more left because they were starving. Orcs kept arriving, coming in and setting up their wares and even more left. Snaga's shot up past 100, but failed a few request for food from the King and this depleted his fame by 80 because it happened twice and then he died, while adventuring three times and this brought his fame down to negative 100.

Then our town after being attacked by huge trolls, was now being attacked by Red-Dragons. Everybody got killed and it bad time, since Snaga was on negative fame. He had a hard time getting in replacements, and then the King ordered him to increase his fame back into the positives within about 5-8 days.

This can only be done by fulfilling other requests for food, other important commodities and adventuring. I managed to raise to negative 47 by completing a food request, but Snaga  died a few more times, taking himself even further into the negatives and the game was soon lost.

I also had a go at Rogue Trooper, also purchased through Steam for a good price sometime last year or maybe even the year before. I got Rogue right up to the point where he and some other Trooper was attacked by one of those Sub-Terrain-Screw-Topped-Nort-Carriers (I don't know what they're called...) after he was given the blue-prints for Scrambler-Grenades by Helm. He carrying both Gunnar and Bagman slotted into his equipment after they were both killed.

Damn the annoying tutorial pop-ups that would get between me and the action while freezing the game. But they were essential in helping me relearn everything.

I also missed a lot of cut scenes, including the introduction. The game wasn't running so well on my rig for some reason. A lot of the time the game kept freezing during the action and one cut scene was skipped and story went forward without filling me on some essential details and I just decided to stop playing when I couldn't handle it anymore.

Then, I started a game of Red-Nation. It's a top down scrolling zombie shooter. Not such bad game either. It has several different modes. I started playing the story mode where this woman with a gun just had to spin around with a gun in her hand shooting a never ending waves of zombies. Dead ones will sometimes drop a equipments, different weapon, flak-jackets, and other stuff. She can also earn special upgrades, after completing a few waves. I'm not sure if these upgrades, accumulate or replace each other.

I made it to third stage and she had to kill a zombie boss. I kept dying here, mainly because I'm not so good at moving her around with the W.A.S.D keys and I was more prone to just spinning her around firing weapons. Sometimes, I would move her over to pick up a piece of equipment.

Soon, this game started to freeze up as well.

Now I'm here.....what shall I play next?
 
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 28 May, 2014, 12:26:07 pm
Titanfall on PC for me - I don't get to play games much right now, so this kind of drop-in multiplayer suits me down to the ground for an hour here and there. 

Given it is supposed to be a 'next gen' game, my rig chugs along happily with it on medium settings, and only strains a little on full on settings. 

That said, I'm playing it in 2D at the moment, as they haven't fixed the 3D settings of reticule and player ID HUD info.  That all appears 2D, over the 3D landscapes, mechs etc, giving me a headache.  When/if they finally fix that no doubt I'll have to play it with the settings on med/low to compensate for the processor having to create two slightly different images of the action. Small price to pay for such a great game in 3D though!

Oh, and I am remarkbaly shit at it.  Still great fun!
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 30 May, 2014, 05:44:21 pm
Next game played is going   to be Mario Kart 8 which I will be downloading as soon as I get home.
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Post by: mogzilla on 30 May, 2014, 06:12:56 pm
bound by flame's going in my xbox in a few hours courtesy of some early birthday money ,thanks mum and dad
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Post by: GrinningChimera on 04 June, 2014, 07:19:38 am
Just beat the main story to Fable 2 again. Still fun to play through but the illusion of choice wears thin when you notice that your choices don't have a huge impact on the story.

I think I might give L.A Noir another spin next
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: I, Cosh on 30 June, 2014, 04:32:04 pm
Been playing FTL for the past week or so. It's infuriating/I'm shit at it*.
I've only made it once on Normal.

Currently replaying on Easy to try and unlock the B layouts (and maybe the crystal ship. So close).
Finally managed to finish this a couple of weeks ago. Once I'd figured out the best way to play with the Zoltan cruiser, the final showdown was actually a piece of piss. However, it took me so long to get to that point that I'd already unlocked pretty much every basic ship, including the Crystal and Lanius cruisers. If only I had the patience to try playing through again using the different strategies but I don't.

Which makes it even more absurd that I just bought XCOM at the weekend. I really am shit at anything remotely tactical or strategic but this seems pretty good. At least, it would be if it didn't keep crashing my iPad at any given opportunity!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 01 July, 2014, 10:43:44 am
Loved XCOM, but I'm similarly terrible at anything tactical! A couple of times I got several hours into a playthrough of that game just for the world to end which felt quite humiliating! I'm used to being able to beat any game with a bit of perseverance so for a game to just end midway through because I was too terrible at it was a humbling experience. Haven't had the nerve to try again.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 01 July, 2014, 10:47:40 am
I really liked XCOM up until the bits with lots of those insect things which made zombies. I found them really frustrating.
It also annoyed me when a decent character would miss a shot against an enemy that he was right on top of.


The last game I've played is Sniper Elite 3. It's good fun so far but I'm playing on PS4 and it feels a million miles away from being 'next gen'.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 05 August, 2014, 10:09:54 pm
Just finished StarCraft (the original). It was a lot easier than I remember it. Not sure if I have got better or games have got more spohisticated (in which case I probably am better by osmosis) but it seemed to easy to force the AI to attack a peninsula of a base.

Now on to Brood War. It may be that this has harder levels - I certainly remember some of the levels giving me a hard time when I played the game through, with the expansions, 10 years ago.

This epic play through precedes me starting Starcraft II
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 06 August, 2014, 07:06:00 am
Been playing FTL for the past week or so. It's infuriating/I'm shit at it*.
I've only made it once on Normal.

Currently replaying on Easy to try and unlock the B layouts (and maybe the crystal ship. So close).
Finally managed to finish this a couple of weeks ago. Once I'd figured out the best way to play with the Zoltan cruiser, the final showdown was actually a piece of piss. However, it took me so long to get to that point that I'd already unlocked pretty much every basic ship, including the Crystal and Lanius cruisers. If only I had the patience to try playing through again using the different strategies but I don't.

Which makes it even more absurd that I just bought XCOM at the weekend. I really am shit at anything remotely tactical or strategic but this seems pretty good. At least, it would be if it didn't keep crashing my iPad at any given opportunity!

I still gotta finish first one (One of the new ones!) before I start on Enemy-Within. I've had already started and finished the Bureau game before I finished the other one. I'm stuck a really U.F.O. Mission with a lot of rookies and it's been real thought.

Not to mention, some fucker managed to get into my X-Box account and delete the last few saves...unless their got corrupt and disappeared all by themselves.

Looking forward to the latest one with more Psionics and Cybernetics.....

While trying to use Steam on this laptop for the time being while I'm getting my good computer fixed. Hopefully fixed for the last time in a long time.

I can't get Elite - Dangerous to work on this...it just doesn't have the graphics card requirements.

As for STEAM games, it will not run RUST is kind of like mmo with all the fetch quest that your character might do for other npc's. You only od your own thing in this one or you work with others. Your choice, and for all the dullness this should be...it's very addictive.

Why is game called RUST?

It won't run Abyss-Odyssey, I really stylish looking beat-em-up.

I haven't tried out The Forest yet... but I do have more videos of some of my previous play throughs of this game up on You-Tube if you can find the news ones under my name Vidstarr. (Don't ask me why I use that name, it just popped into my head at the time.) I can't be bothered with using links right now.

The Metro game barely works enough for me to bother with it right now. I brought two of them. It's based on some Russian novel about a holocaust and how they coped with it. It got all sort so mutants in it. I think the other survivors send you on missions and fetch quests. It's supposed to be very good this one, but it just doesn't work fast enough on this laptop.

I decided to have descent loom at the Wildlife Park collection. They have included expansion packs for extra wild and farm animals. As well Marine.....Crazy..... Dinosaurs and Fantacy creatures well.  I tried out  the Fantacy one, but didn't get any more animals anymore fantastic than a Unicorn. Without making more money through your animal park business. I tried the Dinosaur one and had a park with T-Rex walking around in it.

Can you imagine a small wildlife enclosure fill to the brim with such diverse life as some domestic dogs like German Shepards, and Artic-Fox's, and most of the well known wild cats, various tropical fish floundering around on the dry soil. Koalas and Penguins side by side. Some Moose and Kangaroos. A few Wilderbeast and bunnies and rabbits. Living close together and dying because of it.

Some tried to escape. Most died, because they lacked their specialised food source.

IN the dinosaur pen, I had koalas swimming in a couple of feet of water with octopus below them. After I added a water pump and lowered some of the ground level.

They should never let me near a zoo in real life. Let alone work in or own one.

The last game...which I entirely completed in a few hours is called Fist of Awesome. It's got the same type of graphics as Super Brothers : Sword & Sorcery, McPixel, another new gamed called Gods Must be Watching (Interesting game with some good ideas, but I couldn't even make the right choice to crack the first mission and I though that was going to be the entire game, but there is more.).

In this game you are the time-travelling Canadian Lumberjack, Tim Burr (I didn't realise the significance of that name until the end of it!) sent on a epic quest to punch the hell of highly evolved bears who threaten to burn down his log cabin and take over the world. He travels through time fighting various pockets of bearmanity who have travelled from the future to breed with bears of the past to further increase their own evolution.


It's just a beat-em-up bashing side-scrolling adventure. You hero level ups with experience from bashing these future-altered bears and even when he fails.. he goes up a level or two.

I just completed the whole game in hours (Like I said earlier...) and very pleased with myself about this. Despite this....I only got 19 of the 57 achievements, but there is arena mode where you fight every one of the characters and some characters I didn't even see in the game.

Now time to sleep on the couch.

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 06 August, 2014, 09:41:15 am

I still gotta finish first one (One of the new ones!) before I start on Enemy-Within. I've had already started and finished the Bureau game before I finished the other one. I'm stuck a really U.F.O. Mission with a lot of rookies and it's been real thougt

I think Enemy Within is integrated into the first game. Ie it's the same story and levels as the first but with psionics and cybernetics sprinkled through like raisins in a cake
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Theblazeuk on 06 August, 2014, 10:51:01 am
Yeah it is - basically you just play the same game but with new enemies, new game dynamics (regular covert missions, a conspiracy group of traitors descended from the Bureau days.... congrats on crowbarring that in 2K!), a 'plotline' set of special events involving psychic prodigies, a base invasion that puts you to the test, an aliens tribute that is brilliant, and new tools such as superpower gene splicing and horrific bionic-mecha suits.

It's a bit harder than vanilla X-Com, at least till you get the hang of balancing your war against the aliens with the disruptive efforts of EXALT, who are tricky bar stewards and no doubt. Still nothing better than kitting out all of your elite soldiers with regenerative powers, the ability to leap walls in a single bound, turn invisible or detect enemies through walls.

Best way to do an expansion to this kind of game. Want MORE.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Noisybast on 06 August, 2014, 12:53:27 pm
Um, Thryllseekyr?  Could you lay off the creepy shit?  I know the long rambling posts and digressions are kind of your thing, but there are some things it's OK not to share.  Ta.


Back on-topic: I've been playing Shadowrun Returns, which is a nice update of the old SNES isometric RPG, with a stylistic nod to the newer X-COM titles. I've finished the main storyline, which I enjoyed so much that I bought the Dragonfall DLC, which I'm currently wading through. The only downside so far is that I couldn't bring my character from the first mission over to the DLC. Lovely stuff, though. Heartily recommended for fans of old-fashioned RPGs.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 06 August, 2014, 01:39:43 pm
Um, Thryllseekyr?  Could you lay off the creepy shit?  I know the long rambling posts and digressions are kind of your thing, but there are some things it's OK not to share.  Ta.


Back on-topic: I've been playing Shadowrun Returns, which is a nice update of the old SNES isometric RPG, with a stylistic nod to the newer X-COM titles. I've finished the main storyline, which I enjoyed so much that I bought the Dragonfall DLC, which I'm currently wading through. The only downside so far is that I couldn't bring my character from the first mission over to the DLC. Lovely stuff, though. Heartily recommended for fans of old-fashioned RPGs.

Really.....I honestly don't know what your talking about and frankly. I'm getting awfully tired of the over sensitivity being directed at me while others are getting away with blue murder.

Am I that fucking unimportant. Do I need to go on a murderous rampage in real tom earn the right to speak my mind about games. I've played on the computer today.

Unless it's really something that really was creepy that said days ago. I think your a little late and somebody else has already let me know that what ever I said is not welcome round here.

Otherwise you can't handle stuff I said about punching a bear or the in appropriate handling animals in games about wildlife zoo's.

Come on now, I expected more from the readers of this magazine which in itself is not entirely appropiate either.

Yet, that is what makes it worth a read....nudge, nudge, wink, wink....say no more ;)

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Goaty on 06 August, 2014, 01:41:29 pm
oh chill out.

Never been play Starcraft or FTL. but still playing Command and Conquer last night, yep old fashionable!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 August, 2014, 01:46:46 pm
Thryllseekyr, I'm assuming he meant your in-depth description of paying for naked massages, sado-masochism and wishing there was a wank button in Thief.

Just a hunch.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 06 August, 2014, 01:55:56 pm
Like I said it's old news and nobody bothered to set me right back then and if they did either way....it's been and gone...... They're just games with adult content in them. Yet, I'm a single man without any kids, so there should be no scruples about me playing them.

I know some of you have kids and need to choose the games carefully.

Did I really say Thief needs a wank button. I know I still stuck on the brothel level in that secret passage level where there is no obvious way out.

I have Googled for the solution and it's really simple and it's kind of funny if your mind Is constantly in the gutter like mine.

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Theblazeuk on 06 August, 2014, 03:16:51 pm
I am really put off by the Thief game because it seems like you 'swoop' around, rather than furtively skulk. And you are called upon to knock out/kill people out of necessity, rather than because you are impatient/sloppy (as I was, knocking everyone out) or accidentally caught.

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Grugz on 06 August, 2014, 05:19:18 pm
just got a bundle of cheap games to try

remember me
dead island riptide...loved the first one
homefront
and aliens colonial marines (£1.99 brand new and sealed)

  been playing state of decay last night into the wee small hours which I haven't done for a while.just found a shotgun!!! :cool:
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zenith 666 on 06 August, 2014, 06:13:50 pm
Leave colonial marines in its seal if you don't want your memories of aliens tarnished forever.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Grugz on 06 August, 2014, 06:19:03 pm
can't be that   bad surely? I played duke nukem recently now that was awful.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Noisybast on 06 August, 2014, 09:34:01 pm
Yep - put bluntly, nobody needs the mental image of your knocking shop escapades rattling around inside their head. I'm far from prudish, but you're giving me the horrors, man.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 06 August, 2014, 10:22:43 pm
Yep - put bluntly, nobody needs the mental image of your knocking shop escapades rattling around inside their head. I'm far from prudish, but you're giving me the horrors, man.

Now, I'm offended......and it wasn't exactly a Knocking-Shop, it was more private business run from a house in a suburbon street, but she's no longer there (Not since I last checked!) and there was no sex, not even hand relief. She just removed all of her clothing before she started on me. (I had to be naked anyway!) her nakedness is a extra service she provided for extra money from me.

There was no touching....down there. (Either way!) There wasn't even the fondling of her breasts and butt cheeks.

Despite the lack of sex or even a happy ending. I enjoyed the feeling of mutual intimancy.

Yet, she did tell me a creepy story which I won't repeat here and I felt compelled to only respond in kind with one of my own.

My apologies if all of you find that creepy, but I really don't think this personal experience of mine if creepy at all. It's very normal for personal in my position. One who is forced go the extra mile to get anything at all from a women.

Of course, I had been to other places where more is offered, but I will keep those to myself  ;)

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 06 August, 2014, 10:36:36 pm
I don't very often use emoticons but...

:-\ :o :lol:
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Frank on 06 August, 2014, 10:40:15 pm

Comedy gold, chaps. Comedy gold.

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Goaty on 06 August, 2014, 10:41:33 pm
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/59d89903250e13782a11b972c6dca9ef/tumblr_mw590mV4yB1rmin5no1_400.gif)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: CheechFU on 07 August, 2014, 12:42:11 am
Yep - put bluntly, nobody needs the mental image of your knocking shop escapades rattling around inside their head. I'm far from prudish, but you're giving me the horrors, man.

Now, I'm offended......and it wasn't exactly a Knocking-Shop, it was more private business run from a house in a suburbon street, but she's no longer there (Not since I last checked!) and there was no sex, not even hand relief. She just removed all of her clothing before she started on me. (I had to be naked anyway!) her nakedness is a extra service she provided for extra money from me.

There was no touching....down there. (Either way!) There wasn't even the fondling of her breasts and butt cheeks.

Despite the lack of sex or even a happy ending. I enjoyed the feeling of mutual intimancy.

Yet, she did tell me a creepy story which I won't repeat here and I felt compelled to only respond in kind with one of my own.

My apologies if all of you find that creepy, but I really don't think this personal experience of mine if creepy at all. It's very normal for personal in my position. One who is forced go the extra mile to get anything at all from a women.

Of course, I had been to other places where more is offered, but I will keep those to myself  ;)

This sounds like a terrible game
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 07 August, 2014, 04:22:04 am
WARNING THIS IS RUDE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrAekuRwdV8&ytsession=UrXpZdxy5QTIt38NeJG-y1iXHzNid3boXPS-wXic7Zd6SkYR3d7VtSJfB3ziNI2ncBXVJMosXIX5yobORB07PQNBpUl8dbwbC1fRh5Nj1HDvSDo7fc9whhCZkvBNbdJwHWe28jy4cKUmohT3kkYyB5DqdpW6W5AB4iPh-puEF8OMR_I_L9XH_nBbuWi_nVc0p7Ph3i3Ee-919bka3P2of0boNts6_j2vZpNPpyv9AH01OAqhyUncrVsbblNyR_AT8WNODAdzW0JOtQAWdBzr01gaFYUlaVJG_mWa-xxUYeVR3M9F0IJdCrJh-uj-ntIr)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 07 August, 2014, 09:10:26 am
WARNING THIS IS RUDE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrAekuRwdV8&ytsession=UrXpZdxy5QTIt38NeJG-y1iXHzNid3boXPS-wXic7Zd6SkYR3d7VtSJfB3ziNI2ncBXVJMosXIX5yobORB07PQNBpUl8dbwbC1fRh5Nj1HDvSDo7fc9whhCZkvBNbdJwHWe28jy4cKUmohT3kkYyB5DqdpW6W5AB4iPh-puEF8OMR_I_L9XH_nBbuWi_nVc0p7Ph3i3Ee-919bka3P2of0boNts6_j2vZpNPpyv9AH01OAqhyUncrVsbblNyR_AT8WNODAdzW0JOtQAWdBzr01gaFYUlaVJG_mWa-xxUYeVR3M9F0IJdCrJh-uj-ntIr)

Sigh, nobody is offended by or objecting to the adult content of the games you're talking about.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 07 August, 2014, 10:59:09 am
Creepy posts aside... the Motocross game that's free on Xbox Live this month is great fun.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ming on 07 August, 2014, 11:18:42 am
Late to the party, but I've been getting sucked into Clash of Clans lately, to the extent that when I'm in a supermarket with bad aisle layout I want to deploy my wallbreakers...

 :)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 07 August, 2014, 11:35:36 am
the Motocross game that's free on Xbox Live this month is great fun.

Thanks for the reminder, I've missed out on a couple of these free games just through forgetting to log in and grab them!

Been playing the Deadpool game lately actually, the recent test footage tempted me to try it out. It's mechanically pretty fun and I've had a few genuine laughs from it, feels like the dialogue will start to grate if it runs too long mind you. So far it's a good chuckle though.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zenith 666 on 07 August, 2014, 01:11:53 pm
The swapper looks great definitely have a play of it later.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 07 August, 2014, 01:30:20 pm
Fez - This is a critically acclaimed Indie Game that's offered with Playstation Plus on the PS4 this month. I had a little go last night and it looks absolutely fantastic. I think it's going to be a mind bender though so I have doubts that I'll ever complete it.

NBA 2K14 - This is the Basketball game from 2K games. I used to quite like one of the old basketball games on the Megadrive but this is obviously far more advanced. On first impressions the menus and sheer amount of modes and variables on offer is a bit overwhelming. The gameplay is good but it's going to take a lot of practice to learn even a quarter of the available moves.



These should keep me busy for a while but I've had a real urge lately to play one of the old Monster World games (Wonderboy). I could go for a bit of Dragon's Trap but it would mean digging out one of the old consoles and the graphics will look crap on an HD TV.
I always think that the Monster World games have been a bit forgotten. Much better than Zelda in my opinion.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zenith 666 on 07 August, 2014, 01:47:04 pm
Wonder boy is available for wii virtual console and I think is on psn for playstation 4.fez is fantastic.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 07 August, 2014, 02:00:08 pm
Only Playstation 3 unfortunately.  :(
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 07 August, 2014, 02:06:55 pm
Fez - This is a critically acclaimed Indie Game that's offered with Playstation Plus on the PS4 this month. I had a little go last night and it looks absolutely fantastic. I think it's going to be a mind bender though so I have doubts that I'll ever complete it.

Really pleased to see this as a freebie, Vita is the only Sony platform I have but pretty sure the way their crossbuy deals work I can still grab it this month.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 07 August, 2014, 02:26:27 pm
Fez - This is a critically acclaimed Indie Game that's offered with Playstation Plus on the PS4 this month. I had a little go last night and it looks absolutely fantastic. I think it's going to be a mind bender though so I have doubts that I'll ever complete it.

Really pleased to see this as a freebie, Vita is the only Sony platform I have but pretty sure the way their crossbuy deals work I can still grab it this month.

Yeah, Fez is cracking! It really twists your brain, but with a sense of wonder and pleasure. Later on it gets insanely difficult though.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Theblazeuk on 07 August, 2014, 03:12:54 pm
Nuclear Throne - hard twitchy violent fun.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Grugz on 07 August, 2014, 06:33:48 pm
aliens :colonial marines ...shite...traded up and made a profit . remember me: assassins creed climbing with combo puching combat in a bizzare future france, traded that up and broke even .

 thryllseeker , the post you made about a young  masseuse was highly innapropriate ,yes it was an old post but I did read it based on the comments and I was a bit sickened especially after you described the girl who plays arya stark as "alluring"  get cross with me by all means I just think you need to think a bit about some things you have posted it could give people the wrong impression ,I'm not accusing you of 'owt but it was creepy.
   just a wild guess but there must be somewhere on this t'interweb thingy that has a happy ending discussion forum

 
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zenith 666 on 07 August, 2014, 06:43:08 pm
How in the name of Joe Dredd did you trade up on colonial marines and make a profit.missed your post earlier but gearbox were involved in duke nukem as well.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Grugz on 07 August, 2014, 06:57:59 pm
cos I paid 1.99 and got the guy on the market to give me a fiver! the fool :lol:
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zenith 666 on 07 August, 2014, 09:00:16 pm
I dont know if i should be happy for you or sad for the poor guy who might buy it for a fiver.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 07 August, 2014, 09:12:47 pm
I dont know if i should be happy for you or sad for the poor guy who might buy it for a fiver.

Saw it fro £3 new in game. Sorely tempted.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zenith 666 on 07 August, 2014, 09:28:26 pm
Save your £3 for next weeks prog
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 07 August, 2014, 09:44:19 pm
Save your £3 for next weeks prog

The prog is free.

By which I mean, like council tax or electricity it is a bill you have no choice but to pay and you don't measure the cost of consuming individual units. This, by the way, is why the anachronistic prog survives.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zenith 666 on 07 August, 2014, 09:51:11 pm
Put it towards a case file or a t-shirt or those gorgeous new Zenith editions.colonial marines was the biggest disappointment I've ever had.was so hyped for it I bought without reading a review which I never do.gearbox will never get a penny from me again and I loved borderlands but CM is truly shocking.
Title: Re: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Dominic O'Rourke on 07 August, 2014, 10:28:09 pm
I'm playing Rogue Legacy on the Vita. It's cross buy/save and I am finding the text really fiddly to read on the Vita, but the game play is fun.

A cross between Ghosts 'n Goblins and Spelunky, you're a Knight battling through the family castle to find riches, spells and armour.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 08 August, 2014, 01:14:50 am
aliens :colonial marines ...shite...traded up and made a profit . remember me: assassins creed climbing with combo puching combat in a bizzare future france, traded that up and broke even .

 thryllseeker , the post you made about a young  masseuse was highly innapropriate ,yes it was an old post but I did read it based on the comments and I was a bit sickened especially after you described the girl who plays arya stark as "alluring"  get cross with me by all means I just think you need to think a bit about some things you have posted it could give people the wrong impression ,I'm not accusing you of 'owt but it was creepy.
   just a wild guess but there must be somewhere on this t'interweb thingy that has a happy ending discussion forum


I could argue about this and perhaps come up with even more clever reply about why a near sexual experience between two naked people is gross to all of you and why I think it's creepy that young girl can survive all she's been through while more experienced adult are being killed left , right and centre around her without at least showing she may or may not have some supernatural ninja protectors or relying on a uncanny amount of good fortune. It's more like she's the benefactor of reality television because she is merely popular and not really a part of Westeros.

Just think of her when watching this and try call the actors, writers, and other people behind this film a bunch of  creeps (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRXNNqNfQBs) as well.

Creepy or not, I'm intitled to my opinion. But I will keep it to myself in future.

Back on the subject of games......

I went for the gay option at the completion of the Fist of Awesome. Mainly, because I didn't understand what might happen when I got protagonist Tim to approach the fellow (Who was standing closer!)  instead of the female (Who required further prompts from the arrow-keys to get to her.) first. No, not really being gay (Despite my apparent interest in She-Males (Just look on my Facebook pages...Yeah, I like anything shaped like a descent looking female.), but it's just simple gamer curiosity.

BTW, about the female masseuse. I never said she was young, but she must have been my age or slighty older. This was back in the late 90's. The massage itself was advertised as Hawian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lomilomi_massage) style.

Otherwise.....I don't really care anyway.

Back to more....Elite Dangerous where my sexual appetites and need for female intimacy is not held in question.

Apparently.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 08 August, 2014, 08:39:57 am
aliens :colonial marines ...shite...traded up and made a profit . remember me: assassins creed climbing with combo puching combat in a bizzare future france, traded that up and broke even .

 thryllseeker , the post you made about a young  masseuse was highly innapropriate ,yes it was an old post but I did read it based on the comments and I was a bit sickened especially after you described the girl who plays arya stark as "alluring"  get cross with me by all means I just think you need to think a bit about some things you have posted it could give people the wrong impression ,I'm not accusing you of 'owt but it was creepy.
   just a wild guess but there must be somewhere on this t'interweb thingy that has a happy ending discussion forum




BTW, about the female masseuse. I never said she was young, but she must have been my age or slighty older. This was back in the late 90's. The massage itself was advertised as Hawian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lomilomi_massage) style.



Did it come with ham and pineapple?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 08 August, 2014, 10:10:18 am
Nah, but she does this thing about half-way through it where she grabs my hand rubs over her body, while missing all the interesting areas.

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Goaty on 08 August, 2014, 10:12:54 am
Oh for gosh sake! this is game thread!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Noisybast on 08 August, 2014, 10:32:11 am
Did it come with ham and pineapple?

Heh...  :)
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: NapalmKev on 08 August, 2014, 11:48:23 am
Bioshock Infinite.

First and foremost, the Graphics are amazing. Even playing on XBOX through a shitty Component lead the game looks amazing.

Gameplay is what you'd expect (if you've played the first two). Hordes of gun-toting nutcases with Hitler style ideologies and no desire to "talk things through". Suits me, shoot at me and I'll burn your flying city into dust!

Anyway, a few small gripes. As good as it looks it doesn't have the atmosphere of the first game (the best in the series IMO), the design of the city is a bit mental and the Skyhook travel system isn't very "freeroam". Quite often you are restricted to sections (admittedly, massive sections that are a joy to look at). Also I managed to play the whole game with just two types of gun, Ammo being continually replenished by my sidekick - who is also a dab hand at staying alive while the world comes apart around you.

The storyline is stunning and ties in nicely with the first game!

A great game that does a lot but misses a tiny bit of magic that the first game had!

Cheers
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 08 August, 2014, 11:58:07 am
I made the mistake of playing that game on Hard on my first playthrough, and it felt really unbalanced. There were many points where there just wasn't enough ammo to deal with the situations it was throwing at me and was a pretty frustrating experience.

Looked amazing though like you say, and I thought the story was brilliantly told (I was reminded of The Dark Tower in a big way towards the end)
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Post by: Grugz on 08 August, 2014, 02:12:22 pm
must give it a try ,does it have the amount of backtracking the original had?

 I'm enjoying homefront despite the nmber of times I die
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Post by: Grugz on 08 August, 2014, 02:14:08 pm
Oh for gosh sake! this is game thread!

well she certainly is game! ::)
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 08 August, 2014, 02:47:43 pm
I'm playing The Last of Us Re-Mastered.  It took me about an hour to get into it, and normally I hate stealth games, but by god this is sooooo goooood.  Fairly linear, but nice largish maps that allow a bit of tactical thinking (a bit Rogue Trooper style), but really it's the story and the charatcers that do it for me.  It's one of those 'I must find out what happens in the next bit, oops it's 3am' kind of games.  Really bloody good!
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 21 August, 2014, 03:31:59 am
I actually got killed in a nearly two-day marathon run of the game  Mountain (http://store.steampowered.com/app/313340/)  :lol:

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRp4oGZtGYn_uyQPMBil_vPAQVzETDG9mGdoKjpyuayiwrI7TJyUw)

I also found this classic game that I have read about in a old gamer mag years ago now....

 I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (http://store.steampowered.com/app/245390/)

 I sat through the introduction and chose the one of the few broken leading characters made available to the player. None of them were perfect and some superior A.I. has somehow harvested them from their various comfort zones to send them on missions that might give back to them what they had lost if they succeed in them.

Actually, I'm just giving you a vague recollection of what I remember of the game written description and what I played of it.

I wasn't prepared to do much with it at first and will get back to some time later when I can record my game play. It looks like very old game, but one that looks good and even by today's standard. It has retro appeal and I was interested in this one since I first read about it.

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQU5dKOIiAXTNTiU79eKdkPQtHLIv3CMOoFYfiBQEjx-unx2Il2)

 Oh my.....I think I want to be ugly again  :o (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_No_Mouth,_and_I_Must_Scream)

Guess which two characters I played first.....

One of them was the least broken of the lot of them....

While the title of the game itself reminds me of problems close to home (There was a time when I felt the need to something, but couldn't!) and that it may be altered for comedic effect.

(Replacing the Asterix!).....!

I HAVE NO * AND I MUST *

It's weird stuff.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 21 August, 2014, 10:18:22 am
I can't believe someone made that story into a game.

Victory was killing your friends before the machine can stop you.
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Post by: Grugz on 22 August, 2014, 01:08:42 pm
knights of the old republic 2: the sith lords   loved these back in the day and even though my 360 forgets how to do lightsaber noises and pew pews in the middle of a battle requiring a restart its still top just need to actually find my own saber now I'm off telos.
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Post by: CheechFU on 22 August, 2014, 11:10:22 pm
Invisible, Inc.
Fuck my life simulator  :'(
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 22 August, 2014, 11:25:26 pm
Invisible, Inc.
Fuck my life simulator  :'(

I brought that one and was very impressed when I played it for a few minutes. I didn't last long, but at the time I wasn't prepared to invest much thought or time into it just yet.

Maybe some other time.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 25 August, 2014, 10:10:12 am
Played through ACIV: Freedom Cry, quite a decent bit of DLC that. There aren't a whole load of missions and most of the ones there are the usual tail/eavesdrop snoozefests, but there are a couple of quite powerful moments and it doesn't shy away from the horrors of slavery. Mainly it was just nice to get in a boat again, that stuff was ace in Black Flag and it's still ace here.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 25 August, 2014, 01:11:09 pm
Just finished Wolfenstein: New Order.

I really enjoyed it, but think I need a break from shooters.

The final boss was the hardest I've played since Doom's Cyberdemon.

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Post by: Theblazeuk on 25 August, 2014, 02:15:49 pm
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (iPhone). Once I got used to the anime stylings, I am thoroughly enjoying this - perfect mobile game as you can stop and start anywhere.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 27 August, 2014, 07:41:44 am
Five Nights at Freddy's is an indi-horror game thats takes the old point and click routine and MAKES JT SO INTENSE YOU SHIT YOURSELF EVERY TIME THE BLOODY DOLL'S GET NEAR YOU!
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 27 August, 2014, 09:38:00 am
Just finished Wolfenstein: New Order.

I really enjoyed it, but think I need a break from shooters.

The final boss was the hardest I've played since Doom's Cyberdemon.

He was nails for sure. Weirdly, on the regular difficulty it took me a ton of very frustrating attempts and left a bad taste in my mouth, but just beat the game last night on I Am Death Incarnate difficulty and found him strangely easier.

Might have just been the choice of weapon and the fact that, knowing what was coming, I made sure my health was supercharged before heading down.

I was so relieved to kill him I grabbed a video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXnmW3fzsp8&list=UUqToTCBMccEQuIBblDDzhow (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXnmW3fzsp8&list=UUqToTCBMccEQuIBblDDzhow)

Really good game, especially when it gives you options to get around levels and either stealth or go crazy.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 27 August, 2014, 02:02:18 pm
Five Nights at Freddy's is an indi-horror game thats takes the old point and click routine and MAKES JT SO INTENSE YOU SHIT YOURSELF EVERY TIME THE BLOODY DOLL'S GET NEAR YOU!

I got that one as well, and played it last night... Not sure what to but click on to each camera box to until you find where the missing mechanical creature went....

I don't really know what I can do beyond clicking on different camera boxes until my allocated recording time run out.

Not much I can do after that.......

Yeah, it snuck up on me and that was that.
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Post by: Rog69 on 27 August, 2014, 03:58:05 pm
Just finished Wolfenstein: New Order.

I really enjoyed it, but think I need a break from shooters.

The final boss was the hardest I've played since Doom's Cyberdemon.

He was nails for sure. Weirdly, on the regular difficulty it took me a ton of very frustrating attempts and left a bad taste in my mouth, but just beat the game last night on I Am Death Incarnate difficulty and found him strangely easier.

Might have just been the choice of weapon and the fact that, knowing what was coming, I made sure my health was supercharged before heading down.

I was so relieved to kill him I grabbed a video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXnmW3fzsp8&list=UUqToTCBMccEQuIBblDDzhow (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXnmW3fzsp8&list=UUqToTCBMccEQuIBblDDzhow)

Really good game, especially when it gives you options to get around levels and either stealth or go crazy.

I recently finished this too and it's probably the most fun I've had in a shooter for a  good while.

That final boss was pain, it probably took me 5-6 attempts on normal difficulty and the biggest annoyance was the save point just before the final confrontation, having to spend 5 minutes running around each time to collect all the ammo etc before dropping through the hole was a little bit tedious.
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Post by: Grugz on 27 August, 2014, 11:51:56 pm
star wars battlefront original ...awesome...just trying to get my mitts on the sequel.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 28 August, 2014, 10:24:48 am
I was about to finish Far Cry 3 but then it wiped my saves :/ not starting again!
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Post by: Grugz on 28 August, 2014, 07:15:36 pm
star wars battlefront original ...awesome...just trying to get my mitts on the sequel.

which I have now!!! :D
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Post by: Goaty on 29 August, 2014, 09:36:35 pm
I realise I got shit load of old PC games and some PS3 games, so where better to take it to, GAME or CeX?
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 29 August, 2014, 10:52:49 pm
Probably best to use those PC games as frisbees or fuel.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 29 August, 2014, 11:53:24 pm
Been without a proper console or such for the best part of a year now so I've fired up Resident Evil on the Gamecube. The passage of time's has strange effects. It got to a point, on the PS1, that I could stick this game on if there was nothing on telly and finish it in two and a half hours. I think it took me four goes to get to a point where I could save my game! Progressing a bit faster now but it's still taking a bit of readjustment to get used to running past guys and the effort it takes to put down just one zombie.

Had initially started RE4, which I've never played at all, but it wasn't happy with my square telly and there seemed to be no option to switch it away from a widescreen layout.
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 30 August, 2014, 12:09:43 am
Resident evil 4 on GameCube was designed for CRT tv's so its native display is 4:3 ratio.on a widescreen of hd tv it's going to stretch and zoom in on the image probably with horrible black borders.Fantastic game borrow an old tv and get stuck in.i envy you your first play through.wii version is the definitive version if you want to play on a hd tv.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 30 August, 2014, 09:44:01 pm
Crysis 2; enjoy playing as a superhuman, would be more fun if they'd really embraced it and given you more power and harder bad guys. Also like the fairly free form approaches through the linear landscape. Yet to really click though as currently I feel like the world's clumsiest supersoldier, able to soak up huge amounts of damage and turn invisible at the drop of a hat but constantly falling just short of the rooftop I want to jump over or hitting people with normal strength rather than flinging them off a building. Still early days yet.
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Post by: Goaty on 30 August, 2014, 11:32:27 pm
After clean out old PC games, I found very old PC game, Homeworld, I re-play it again and it work on my laptop, I so love this game! beautiful graphic space battles in 3D!!!
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 30 August, 2014, 11:40:42 pm
Love to play homeworld or eve but I think I'd lose my job and my family in the process.
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Post by: CheechFU on 31 August, 2014, 01:28:53 am
After clean out old PC games, I found very old PC game, Homeworld, I re-play it again and it work on my laptop, I so love this game! beautiful graphic space battles in 3D!!!
Gearbox is releasing a remastered edition of homeworld 1 and 2 later this year and there is a kind of sequel in the works called ship breakers
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 31 August, 2014, 03:19:25 am
After clean out old PC games, I found very old PC game, Homeworld, I re-play it again and it work on my laptop, I so love this game! beautiful graphic space battles in 3D!!!

I brought the whole series (Both Games) last year. Ordered via Ebay, and the second game is much better. It's worth getting.

Yet, I seen that the it's been  remastered (http://www.homeworldremastered.com/#1).

So, is  Sins of the Solar Empire (http://www.sinsofasolarempire.com/)

BTW I started on Star - Citizen last night after it finally finished downloading and right now I don't want to say too much about it except at first despite all the hype. I wasn't too impressed. Especially after playing the PVP (Not really, it never loaded properly!) and Practice versions on Arena - Commander.

 I played a different PVP mission a hour or two later and was a little more impressed as I was able to shoot down two other players down and I think were the winners. Yet, it's not nearly as good as Elite Dangerous because it feels like it's on rails while your locked inside a very small contained universe where your transported from your own personal hangar to the battle via a very boring loading screen that takes longer than I think it should. Yeah, I know it's still not finished, but I've been thinking of spending about $5000 USD on of the more expensive game packages about this time last year.  Which I think is ridiculous now. After playing just over $300 USD for what I got earlier this week.

Aside being able to walk around inside the hangar (Yet, it really feels gimped!), and some impressive laser and smoke effects while flying through a asteroid field. (The Mouse-Control steering is over sensitive and very wobbley.)

This game needs to lose it's virginity before it can mature to become the game that it should.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 31 August, 2014, 08:17:20 am
So, is Sins of the Solar Empire

No, this isn't being remastered, but they keep making sequels.

I think you can buy most of them on Steam

 Sins of the Solar Empire - Trinity (http://store.steampowered.com/app/201290/)

 Sins  of the Solar Empire - Rebellion (http://store.steampowered.com/app/204880/)

I think that is the lot of them.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 31 August, 2014, 01:47:31 pm
Diablo 3 on PS4 for me.  I wasn't too impressed at first, particularly with getting PSN to connect with Battle.net, and the first few levels felt lacklustre. However, it is strangely hypnotic and more-ish once you get into the swing of it.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 01 September, 2014, 11:06:49 am
Picked up State of Decay whilst it was £3. Fun enough to begin with, wish it was a bit less Dead Risingy? Only played 30 minutes this morning before work though. Just the guns seemed a little pointless compared to the power of my 2X4.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 01 September, 2014, 12:09:38 pm
So I've finally gotten used to PS4 controllers on FPS.  I found I was swinging my sights around wildly due to the difference between the PS and Xbox controller.  The PS thumbsticks are on a longer stalk. 

Reducing the controller sensitivity by 5% on Battlefield 4 last night saw my scores shoot right up.  I was even top of the leaderboard at the end of one game.  Which was nice.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 01 September, 2014, 01:41:02 pm
I find I have a lot of problems with the placement of the sticks on the dual shock, my thumbs just really don't like sitting at that weird side-on angle. I find the Xbox controller has them sitting right where my thumbs want to rest and at an angle that I'm not slipping off them or having to get a new purchase on them every few seconds (might just be my problem, but ergonomically I don't find them very pleasant)!
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 01 September, 2014, 02:46:32 pm
You are absolutely right - the 360 controller rocks, the PS3/4 controller sucks.  The 360 controller has a nice weight, the thumbsticks feel naturally placed, and the triggers have a nice solid spring action feel. 

On Bad Company 2 I was unstoppable on the 360.  On the PS3 I floundered around like a sack of grenades waiting to explode at the first sign of trouble.

The main reason I've gone with a PS4 this time around is 'cos all my Battlefield 4 chums have one.  I can't wait for a third party to bring out a controller that emulates the 360 one.
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Post by: Goaty on 01 September, 2014, 02:50:53 pm
Steam controller?

(http://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/steam-controller-new.png?w=780&h=9999&crop=0)
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Post by: JamesC on 01 September, 2014, 03:21:14 pm
Personally I really like the Dual Shock 4. It's a good size for my hands and I find the sticks and trigger placement very comfortable.
Mind you, I didn't mind the DS3 either (though preferred the 360 controller). To be honest I think so much thought and design goes into creating first party controllers these days that there isn't really a bad one on the market (and before anyone says anything, I actually quite like the WiiU controller but wish they'd bring the cost down a bit).
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Post by: Professor Bear on 01 September, 2014, 04:26:58 pm
I hated the 360 controller so much that it eventually drove me off the console, which is odd, as I was just fine with the controller for the original Xbox and in theory they're the same thing except for the black/white buttons nobody remembered were there.
The imprecision of the more rounded digital pad (a bizarre design choice given that the whole point of a digital controller is its digital precision over analogue) combined with the over-busy console dashboard was a nightmare on its own, but the chunky feel of the whole article reinforces the feeling of using a child's toy.  Paradoxically, the PS2/3/4 controllers have been shamelessly lifted from the design of the SNES controller, which was a child's toy, yet the smaller size creates the impression of a process of ergonomic design in action over the various console generations - even though I know they've really just nicked the SNES controller, painted it black, and made the L2 and R2 buttons progressively naffer.  That touchpad can fuck right off, too.
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 01 September, 2014, 05:49:28 pm
Don't know how to add a link to page (for shame).the Cronusmax allows you to use any pad on any console or pc for roughly £40.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 01 September, 2014, 08:45:03 pm
Don't know how to add a link to page (for shame).the Cronusmax allows you to use any pad on any console or pc for roughly £40.

Hmm, it seems to do every variation except 360 controller on PS4. Reviews ain't great either.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 01 September, 2014, 08:55:34 pm
I found analogue sticks work better when you smear cheese around their bases. Cheddar at room temperature works best.
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Post by: CheechFU on 01 September, 2014, 11:04:11 pm
Rule #17 of the pc gaming rulebook.
game pads should only be used for games that involve leaping from one platform to another in order to rescue a princess of your chosen anime.

playing fps games on a console is a lot like an inflatable sex doll. It may seem ok from a distance but up close it's so very very wrong.
And bad.

I got another one
Playing fps games on a console is a lot like Celtic FC. You're not as good as you think you are.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 01 September, 2014, 11:04:53 pm
Steam controller?

(http://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/steam-controller-new.png?w=780&h=9999&crop=0)

Wow...where can I get one of those......
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 02 September, 2014, 12:02:09 am

Playing fps games on a console is a lot like Celtic FC. You're not as good as you think you are.

You're not wrong. On Bad Company 2 on the 360 I would ace most matches. The same game on the pc, and I was rarely out of mid-scoreboard rankings, despite being more comfortable with keyboard play than controller play. Battlefield 3 on the PC was a far superior game than it's console counterparts, in part because it could support far more players per map, but I just didn't have the twitch reflex to match all the youngsters, plus I find it easier to gather a good squad on console versions.
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Post by: radiator on 02 September, 2014, 01:46:58 am
I can never quite shake the feeling that the Playstation controller is inferior because the analogue sticks were essentially bolted on to an existing design (which makes their placement a little odd) whereas the Xbox controller feels far more ergonomic and well thought out.

I also find the analogue sticks to be a bit loose.

It's one of the main reasons the 360 is my console of choice for multi format games.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 02 September, 2014, 05:22:57 am
Picked up State of Decay whilst it was £3. Fun enough to begin with, wish it was a bit less Dead Risingy? Only played 30 minutes this morning before work though. Just the guns seemed a little pointless compared to the power of my 2X4.

Same here, even though I have it on X-Box-Live!

At the moment, (After remembering that I read about this MOD in a gaming magazine!) and since I had purchased a bundle of the  Civilisation Complete Edition (http://store.steampowered.com/sub/36075/) (No I didn't really, I brought Civ 5 bundled with the two or three games that came before it in the same series.) I also brought  Beyond Earth (http://store.steampowered.com/app/65980/)

Anyway, I am interested in getting this  Faerun Mod (http://store.steampowered.com/app/65980/) (Don't know why it hasn't been translated to English!) to work on Civ 5. It's supposed to and it's based on fantasy Advanced Dungeons & Dragons world belonging to Forgotten Realms. If you played that popular table top role playing game (I just mentioned!) in the during a large chunk of the early 90's. Then you will know what I'm talking about.

Otherwise, check out these other games based on the world of  Faerun (http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_computer_and_video_games).

 Neverwinter Nights - One and Two (http://www.gog.com/game/neverwinter_nights_diamond_edition) I once tried this game on a few occasions while using one of the internet gaming cafes down in Sydney N.S.W. and thought it need more work. Although I was very impressed with how they kept most the A.D.&D. mechanics in it and even displayed them as numbers and modifers on the screen. 

 Baldurs Gate (http://store.steampowered.com/video/228280) I purchased this game in the days when I was always short of cash and living from pay check to pay check. I actually recall thinking to myself that I could spend my last $80.00 on a trip to the brothel or this game. I'm not sure of the exact outcome, but I do own this on the original cd's (As I still have them right now!) and remember spending money on a hooker either on that day or when I got payed two weeks later. The game itself wasn't all that. Yet, I assume you get more out of it when you invest more time in playing it than I actually did. I only purchased it again on Steam when it was upgraded to the Enhanced - Edition. I still haven't played it much since I played the original. Which had stopped doing after I got sick of controlling a entire party of different character who I had sent in different direction while exploring a dungeon. Like I wrote, it needs my full attention and commitment to play this.

 Neverwinter Online (http://store.steampowered.com/app/109600/) Since I downloaded and installed the free version of this game. I was more impressed and made more of effort to get into it before the computer I was playing it one started playing up. As side from the few usual problems I noticed with a lot of these multiplayer online role playing games and the fact that it seemed like it played more like arcade game rather the computer adaption of the table top version. I could get really hooked into playing this game and may lay into once I get some spare time after it's been downloaded.

 There are also a lot novels I used read that were based on this world.  Ice Wind Dale (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Icewind_Dale_Trilogy) trilogy was one of my favourites and their is even a expansion to game I just mentioned that is specific to that area on the map.
 
If you want to know more about this. Read this Mod of the Week: Faerun, for Civilization V (http://www.pcgamer.com/au/2013/11/24/mod-of-the-week-faerun-for-civilization-v/).

See if one of yous can figure out while I'm waiting for the game to prep on Steam.
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Post by: CheechFU on 02 September, 2014, 11:32:48 am
Steam controller?

(http://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/steam-controller-new.png?w=780&h=9999&crop=0)

Wow...where can I get one of those......
you'll have to wait until it's released. plus as well as the two track pads I read that an analogue stick had been added instead of the buttons in the bottom left
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Post by: Banners on 02 September, 2014, 11:40:36 am
Latest version (http://www.joystiq.com/2014/07/23/updated-steam-controller-adds-an-analog-stick/)...

(http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/1759618d05bfc3ca0ea0461a783bb921/200471212/steam+controller.jpg)
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Post by: Satanist on 02 September, 2014, 12:00:33 pm
Ah the PC master race, still acting like that spotty kid in the playground that owned an Amstrad  :lol: PCs are for work, wanking and stealing stuff

The 360 controls are the best and thats the end of that. It was actually designed to erm control games.

As stated above the PS4 controls are a SNES pad minus the good D-pad with 2 sticks glued on and now a pointless touch pad right in the middle of it. Oh and it also lights up.

Anyhoo Ive just got into Battlefield 4 on PS4 after spending way to many years on COD. Its brilliant and so frustrating all at the same time. Roll on Destiny.
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Post by: Banners on 02 September, 2014, 12:17:22 pm
Quote from: Satanist

The 360 controls are the best and thats the end of that. It was actually designed to erm control games.


You can use a 360 controller on a PC.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 02 September, 2014, 12:20:16 pm
Quote from: Satanist

The 360 controls are the best and thats the end of that. It was actually designed to erm control games.


You can use a 360 controller on a PC.

S'funny, I tried to do that to see if it improved my PC bad Company 2 scores, but I couldn't get the PC to recogniose the controller. 

Mind you, I was using a wireless, with the charging cable plugged into a USB port - maybe that was the problem?  Presumably it's only direct-wired 360 controllers that work on a PC?
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Post by: Satanist on 02 September, 2014, 12:25:25 pm
Quote from: Satanist

The 360 controls are the best and thats the end of that. It was actually designed to erm control games.


You can use a 360 controller on a PC.

Yeah I gave a mate one of my spares so he could do exactly that.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 02 September, 2014, 12:48:50 pm
So, it's what? Fifteen years since the PS2 was released? I still can't use any thumbstick based controller properly. Particularly for variable control, such as walk/run based on how far you push, I just can't get to grips with it.

Trying to control anything with a mouse is equally impossible. Bring back the Quickshot II.

Resident evil 4 on GameCube was designed for CRT tv's so its native display is 4:3 ratio.on a widescreen of hd tv it's going to stretch and zoom in on the image probably with horrible black borders.Fantastic game borrow an old tv and get stuck in.i envy you your first play through.wii version is the definitive version if you want to play on a hd tv.
Thanks. I'm actually trying to play it on a 19" square panel TV and the image is truncated to the right with seemingly no way to resize it to display the full thing letterboxed.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 02 September, 2014, 12:53:48 pm
Ooh! I wonder what the Wii version will look like played through the Wii U. We've managed to get an HD TV for the games console now!).

And speaking of controls, I think the Wii Remote and Nunchuk set up is absolutely fab for FPS. Admittedly, I don't play them much (or competitively) but the "point at what you want to shoot" is surely about as natural an interface as you can get?

(And the overshoulder view moving to nearer FPS view to target in Resi 4 works well)
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Post by: Professor Bear on 02 September, 2014, 12:57:27 pm
As stated above the PS4 controls are a SNES pad minus the good D-pad with 2 sticks glued on and now a pointless touch pad right in the middle of it. Oh and it also lights up.

It also has a speaker so that while playing some games you hear what sounds like games noises coming from earphones in a matchbox, and a microphone so you can tell a lady ghost in this one game to fuck off and she does.

To my Luddite mind they nailed console controllers early around the Megadrive/SNES era, in much the same way they nailed down the keyboard/mouse layout for pc gaming, although it's pretty awesome we can still argue about which is the best gamepad despite their being exactly the fucking same apart from Microsoft swapping the d-pad and left thumbstick around for no other reason than to avoid being sued - which is, of course, the only time ever they have done such a thing.

/uses Windows 7 to go into Internet Explorer and opens Outlook in a separate tab
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Post by: Link Prime on 02 September, 2014, 01:21:27 pm
I'll surprise everyone with a pro-Nintendo stance, but goddamn, I always thought the GameCube controller felt absolutely perfect.
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Post by: Satanist on 02 September, 2014, 01:28:53 pm
I'll surprise everyone with a pro-Nintendo stance, but goddamn, I always thought the GameCube controller felt absolutely perfect.

Now you're fuckin talking! Despite looking like something a 2 year should be chewing on it is a lovely controller. Always wanted a Wavebird but was a tad to pricey at the time.
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Post by: JamesC on 02 September, 2014, 01:58:33 pm
Gamecube controller is great apart from the placement and feel of the Z button.
What the Gamecube controller got right (and I'm surprised the idea was left behind) was that the A,B,X and Y buttons were all different shapes, giving them a different tactile feel and meaning that you would never press the wrong button by mistake.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 02 September, 2014, 02:17:03 pm
I think what helps affection for the GC pad is how many great proprietary games there were for the Gamecube that were designed to be played with the GC pad specifically.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 02 September, 2014, 02:17:47 pm
Mind you, I was using a wireless, with the charging cable plugged into a USB port - maybe that was the problem?  Presumably it's only direct-wired 360 controllers that work on a PC?

Yup, only the very latest edition of the wireless pads can be used on the PC. But all the old wired ones can be
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 02 September, 2014, 02:35:22 pm
Mind you, I was using a wireless, with the charging cable plugged into a USB port - maybe that was the problem?  Presumably it's only direct-wired 360 controllers that work on a PC?

Yup, only the very latest edition of the wireless pads can be used on the PC. But all the old wired ones can be

Aha!  Therein lies the problem - cheers!  I may well invest in an old wired one for my PC then, and give Titanfall a go on the controller.

I'll surprise everyone with a pro-Nintendo stance, but goddamn, I always thought the GameCube controller felt absolutely perfect.

Now you're fuckin talking! Despite looking like something a 2 year should be chewing on it is a lovely controller. Always wanted a Wavebird but was a tad to pricey at the time.

I had a Wavebird (in fact, I may still do, in amongst one of my boxes of gaming clutter), and can attest to it's awesomeness.  I think that was the first wireless controller I ever owned. 

I too loved the Gamecube controller, including for the aforementioned different AB/XY buttons.  Rogue Squadron was a dream to play using it.
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 02 September, 2014, 04:13:40 pm
Goddamn you guys.Digging out GameCube tonight.ikaruga first I think.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 02 September, 2014, 04:21:52 pm
Sorry to divert into tech support - but just so you know Shaolin it doesn't tend to be plug n' play, you will have to get the drivers off Microsoft too http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-gb/d/xbox-360-controller-for-windows

Love my 360 pad has served its time on both housemates consoles and my PC; was a must for Psychonauts and Batman...
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Post by: Banners on 02 September, 2014, 04:26:43 pm
Quote from: Zenith
Goddamn you guys.Digging out GameCube tonight.ikaruga first I think.

Do you rotate your monitor for Ikaruga? I played it with my 2560×1440 screen rotated 90° which was quite a laugh, but highly impractical.
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 02 September, 2014, 10:30:33 pm
No never rotated my tv be afraid my it would break.it must look blurry as hell at that resolution or are was it Xbox live version you played and more importantly how's the final chapter  :)
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Post by: Satanist on 03 September, 2014, 11:43:11 am
I dug out the gamecube about 6 months ago and was sooo happy to finally see stage 3 on Ikaruga. Never got there before or since.
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 03 September, 2014, 12:53:22 pm
I could get to end of chapter 3 on one credit on hard difficulty on Ikaruga years ago.did a few hours of F-zero but had to stop as my eyes started to bleed.The speed dear lord the speed and I barely placed in any race.F-zero on GameCube is absolutely hard as nails.
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Post by: Rog69 on 03 September, 2014, 07:06:12 pm
Mind you, I was using a wireless, with the charging cable plugged into a USB port - maybe that was the problem?  Presumably it's only direct-wired 360 controllers that work on a PC?

Yup, only the very latest edition of the wireless pads can be used on the PC. But all the old wired ones can be

Aha!  Therein lies the problem - cheers!  I may well invest in an old wired one for my PC then, and give Titanfall a go on the controller.

You can buy a wireless Xbox pad and the PC receiver as a package for around £30, I bought one last year and it works flawlessly.

My only experience of playing an FPS with a controller was one of the Killzone games on the PS3, after years of mouse and keyboard gaming on the PC it was more like a stroke victim simulator than a game.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 03 September, 2014, 08:07:11 pm
The Killzone 2 controls are infamously terrible.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 05 September, 2014, 02:51:22 am
Picked up State of Decay whilst it was £3. Fun enough to begin with, wish it was a bit less Dead Risingy? Only played 30 minutes this morning before work though. Just the guns seemed a little pointless compared to the power of my 2X4.

Same here, even though I have it on X-Box-Live!

At the moment, (After remembering that I read about this MOD in a gaming magazine!) and since I had purchased a bundle of the  Civilisation Complete Edition (http://store.steampowered.com/sub/36075/) (No I didn't really, I brought Civ 5 bundled with the two or three games that came before it in the same series.) I also brought  Beyond Earth (http://store.steampowered.com/app/65980/)

Anyway, I am interested in getting this  Faerun Mod (http://store.steampowered.com/app/65980/) (Don't know why it hasn't been translated to English!) to work on Civ 5. It's supposed to and it's based on fantasy Advanced Dungeons & Dragons world belonging to Forgotten Realms. If you played that popular table top role playing game (I just mentioned!) in the during a large chunk of the early 90's. Then you will know what I'm talking about.

Otherwise, check out these other games based on the world of  Faerun (http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_computer_and_video_games).

 Neverwinter Nights - One and Two (http://www.gog.com/game/neverwinter_nights_diamond_edition) I once tried this game on a few occasions while using one of the internet gaming cafes down in Sydney N.S.W. and thought it need more work. Although I was very impressed with how they kept most the A.D.&D. mechanics in it and even displayed them as numbers and modifers on the screen. 

 Baldurs Gate (http://store.steampowered.com/video/228280) I purchased this game in the days when I was always short of cash and living from pay check to pay check. I actually recall thinking to myself that I could spend my last $80.00 on a trip to the brothel or this game. I'm not sure of the exact outcome, but I do own this on the original cd's (As I still have them right now!) and remember spending money on a hooker either on that day or when I got payed two weeks later. The game itself wasn't all that. Yet, I assume you get more out of it when you invest more time in playing it than I actually did. I only purchased it again on Steam when it was upgraded to the Enhanced - Edition. I still haven't played it much since I played the original. Which had stopped doing after I got sick of controlling a entire party of different character who I had sent in different direction while exploring a dungeon. Like I wrote, it needs my full attention and commitment to play this.

 Neverwinter Online (http://store.steampowered.com/app/109600/) Since I downloaded and installed the free version of this game. I was more impressed and made more of effort to get into it before the computer I was playing it one started playing up. As side from the few usual problems I noticed with a lot of these multiplayer online role playing games and the fact that it seemed like it played more like arcade game rather the computer adaption of the table top version. I could get really hooked into playing this game and may lay into once I get some spare time after it's been downloaded.

 There are also a lot novels I used read that were based on this world.  Ice Wind Dale (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Icewind_Dale_Trilogy) trilogy was one of my favourites and their is even a expansion to game I just mentioned that is specific to that area on the map.
 
If you want to know more about this. Read this Mod of the Week: Faerun, for Civilization V (http://www.pcgamer.com/au/2013/11/24/mod-of-the-week-faerun-for-civilization-v/).

See if one of yous can figure out while I'm waiting for the game to prep on Steam.

I managed to get the game working with that Faerun - Mod, but you really need the God And Kings expansion to get that version I used working. There was another version that required Brave New World, but I didn't want spend another $50.00 AUD this fortnight.

Once I sussed out how to get eh mod read on my computer using some free unzipping software. Which I'm still unsure about since it keep reminding mw to pay for it If I want to use it and this was after I had already brought the retail version a late last year with the new computer. It just long story , but I think I got it done with the free version or another free download that does the same thing.

The game even has it's own mod manager. So, that was all it took to get the game working and I was playing for a while with Shadow Play recording my game. Until I accidently pushed my chair up against the plug that connects the computer to electrical socket and shut it down.

That was last night.

The game mod seemed like it need more work to get any of the workers I asked for to do anything. It took me years before I was close enough to get them working on the land around where I had planted  Mithral Hall (http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Mithral_Hall) because I chose  Bruenor Battle-Hammer (http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Bruenor_Battlehammer) as a leader because the was the only character the game mod had given me that I knew of from the novels I read.

You can chose to place your starting town/city/settlement anywhere close to where your settlers appear on the map that I didn't even think was the proper world of Faerun. I did have a Faerun map (There is also a  Underdark (http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Underdark) map. NOw that I think about that, perhaps I should have chose that instead for correct map to start with Mithral Hall!)for me to choose, but I thin it was only that in name only. After I had preset the game I was playing in a Huge world. Despite picking a well known dwarven leader, the character still look like normally proportioned human. Even if they might seem a bit shorter. The thing about their city of Mithral Hall is that it's supposed to be in a large underground cavern and not on top like it was in the land and right on the coast.

Aside from that the game was very slow going. I only had my human looking dwarfish warriors encounter a barbarian encampment filled with large wolves and a random ogre after building second town/city/settlement.

Aside from including magic and having a selection of all their spheres. The game isn't that different from the norm Civ 5 game. 

Then I brushed the back of my computer chair up against the wall where the computer plug is plugged in to the wall to the right of me. Shutting down the computer...taking the unsaved game with it.  :'(

I will give this game mod another chance before I decide wether it's really worth having aside from being for free.

Here are a list of other  Civ 5 Mods (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr5IktMey5c) listed in this video.

I only found these web pages for these Mods that are on untranslated page and I'm not even sure of where I can download them....I think one has been abandoned.

 Prehistoric - Era (http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=187671255)

 Warcraft (http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=164781590).

There was a Celts - Mod as well, but having problems unzipping with the software I downloaded.

Uploading my gameplay video now.
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Post by: JamesC on 05 September, 2014, 10:26:45 am
Mario Kart 8.

I've never really been particularly fond of any of the Mario Kart games (the ones I've played anyway) after the SNES original (even, strangely, the GBA remake) but I have to say, this is really, really good.
Somehow they've just got the feel right. That's not to say it feels the same as the original game but I knew within 30 seconds of picking up the controller that it was going to be a great game.
Recommended to any WiiU owners.
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Post by: Link Prime on 05 September, 2014, 11:34:01 am
Mario Kart 8.


Haven't got it yet, but hearing nothing but greatness.
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Post by: Satanist on 05 September, 2014, 12:31:51 pm
Mario Kart 8.


Haven't got it yet, but hearing nothing but greatness.

I love Nintendo stuff but hated the Wii. A few goes on MK8 and thats me and the kids Xmas sorted. :)
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Post by: JamesC on 05 September, 2014, 01:02:30 pm
Mario Kart 8 is currently at £34.75 in The Game Collection's flash deal. That's the best price I found and picked it up in another of their flash deals earlier in the week (maybe they have loads of stock or something).
10 hours left and counting.

http://www.thegamecollection.net/mario-kart-8-wii-u.html
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 05 September, 2014, 08:03:19 pm
The wii is unfairly ridiculed its got loads of absolutely top class games you just got to dig through a ton of casual tat to find them unfortunately.
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Post by: radiator on 05 September, 2014, 08:41:02 pm
The wii is unfairly ridiculed its got loads of absolutely top class games you just got to dig through a ton of casual tat to find them unfortunately.


Hmmm, not sure I agree. I think the best game I ever owned on Wii was Resident Evil 4, which came from the console generation previous!

Wii Sports was fun, Wario Ware had its moments, Twilight Princess was just OK and Mario Galaxy was good but never really grabbed me like 64 did. I'm struggling to think of many other decent titles.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 06 September, 2014, 08:54:24 pm
Sniper 3 and SW KOTOR MMorpg, goodbye RL....
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 07 September, 2014, 03:33:19 pm
Wii games no one Played:sin and punishment,Zak and wiki,Hotd overkill,xenoblade chronicles,de blob,ghost squad,dead space extraction I could go on and the virtual console had some absolute gems including a great port of cave story.i got plenty of bang for my buck with the wii.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 08 September, 2014, 05:17:54 am
More about the Faerun - Mod....

They are still using B.C. and A.D. just like they had their own version of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps every Dungeons and Dragons has one.

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Post by: Keef Monkey on 08 September, 2014, 10:38:39 am
My wii was well worth the purchase purely for No More Heroes 1&2, and the fact I could get a gamecube copy of Killer 7 and run that on it. It was the console where my love affair with Grasshopper/Suda 51 games began so I remember it fondly.

The afore-mentioned Dead Space: Extraction was very good too, and Wario Ware was a laugh with some drunk mates, but that was about it really.

Rogue Trooper came out on it, but by then it was the 3rd console I'd owned that game on, and the wii controls meant it was the weakest version.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 08 September, 2014, 01:50:33 pm

Rogue Trooper came out on it, but by then it was the 3rd console I'd owned that game on, and the wii controls meant it was the weakest version.

Yeah, same for me - I owned it on PC and Xbox by that point. 

I was really disappointed with the Wii version.  On the one hand they'd cleaned the visuals up a little.  For example, one port had some lovely scum sea vistas.  However, the controls were screwed.  First of all, it popped to cover when the program guessed you wanted to, instead of going to cover at a button push previously.  It would either not go to cover, or go to cover at totally inappropriate moments. It was so broken you had no choice but to run and gun, and this loss of tactical nuance destroyed one of the best things about the game.  Also, the wobbly wiimote aiming reticule made it very difficult to hit anything, even with Gunnar compensating for you.

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Post by: strangelysaucy on 10 September, 2014, 11:40:05 am
thanks for that! I was about to buy this for Wii in a retromaniacal moment..I shan't bother now :D
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 10 September, 2014, 12:28:31 pm
Everyone buy sin and punishment you will not be dissapointed.id recommend xenoblade but it's two expensive.
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Post by: radiator on 10 September, 2014, 04:59:25 pm
That's a shame about RT. I thought the Wii controls on resi 4 worked great but that cover thing sounds like a nightmare.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 12 September, 2014, 12:35:45 pm
I remember having the odd problem with RT on the WII but not so much that it ruined the game for me.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 12 September, 2014, 09:02:59 pm
Yeah I should probably stress it was still a very enjoyable game, just slightly less so for the addition of the motion controls.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 03 October, 2014, 10:18:12 am
Never Ending Nightmare

Obviouse joke concerning the title not withstanding, this game is genius. And it really is a deeply personal one to myself. You play as Thomas, a young man seemingly caught in a constant cycle of horror and misery over him seemingly murdering his own sister.

In actual fact it is ver different to what you might have expected. Heavy spoiler warning.

The entire game is a single nightmare from the mind of Thomas, who after battling with depression and personality disorders for years attemtped suicide before the games setting occured. The mental manifestations of giant defformed babies, piles of bodies, sensory deprived mental patients and a grinning, axe wielding specter of yourself as well as images of you ripping out your veins and splitting your fore arms with a crow bar are ll analogies for depression and self harm.

Game mechanics are simple, point and click and basick up and down keys are all you need. But it's the twisted, childrens ilustration type designs and the soundtrack (oh my god, the soundtrack.....) that set up the atmosphere. And it's terrifying nd bleak and isolating. Like depression.

As I said, this game is genius, and as someone who has struggled through depression and self harm before now, the game resonates with me, though it has that grimness to it that can appeal to people whom it does not.
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Post by: Grugz on 03 October, 2014, 04:54:33 pm
still obsessing with witcher 2 assasins of kings ...discovered a whole new story by siding with an elf
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Post by: radiator on 03 October, 2014, 05:30:58 pm
Playing Shovel Knight on Steam.

It's everything I wanted it to be - a retro-styled game that is challenging to play without getting too frustrating. Great chiptune music too.
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Post by: JamesC on 04 October, 2014, 11:26:34 am
Shadow of Mordor

This is probably the most derivative game I've ever played, being equal parts Arkham and Assassin's Creed with a bit of Tomb Raider thrown in for good measure. Having said that, the whole thing has been done so well that it doesn't really matter. I haven't got far enough into the game to really appreciate the Nemesis system yet but it already feels like the baddies have a bit more personality than the generic thugs you fight in many games.
I think I'm going to get plenty of fun out of this one.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 04 October, 2014, 01:10:38 pm
Yeah, I pretty much agree with what you say above.  The immediate gameplay mechanics have so obviously been ripped off from Arkham City!! In particular the combat.

I'm finding it quite engaging, but nothing is screaming 'next-gem' at me. On the plus side, there's shitloads of great orc characters, and if there's one thing I like in a game, it's shitloads of orcs!!
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 04 October, 2014, 04:37:23 pm
Shadow of Mordor

This is probably the most derivative game I've ever played, being equal parts Arkham and Assassin's Creed with a bit of Tomb Raider thrown in for good measure. Having said that, the whole thing has been done so well that it doesn't really matter. I haven't got far enough into the game to really appreciate the Nemesis system yet but it already feels like the baddies have a bit more personality than the generic thugs you fight in many games.

I think I'm going to get plenty of fun out of this one.

I'm waiting for that to download right now after buying it weeks earlier.

I'm also waiting for Alien Isolation do the same and it may be hours....days.....
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Post by: Grugz on 07 October, 2014, 08:01:11 pm
giving dragons dogma dark arisen another go .
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 12 October, 2014, 02:40:07 pm
So, I finally finished Starcraft: Brood War this morning.

I re-stareted the original Starcraft in May and have been playing it fairly steadily since, maybe at the rate of a level every other day (there are 60), with a break for Wolfenstein.

The final level was rock hard. My time (remember when games timed you?) was 4h51m on the last level. To put that into perspective, my next longest time was 1h42m.

I'm now going to dust off the Xbox: I have Shadows of the Damned and Syndicate to mosey through, and I might give Red Dead Redemption another go, too.
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 12 October, 2014, 05:31:57 pm
Red dead redemption game of the year edition has a hardcore mode which makes a great game a classic.
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Post by: JamesC on 12 October, 2014, 08:57:31 pm
Injustice: Gods Among Us

I picked this up cheap for the Wii U and I'm having a blast with it! I've never been much good at fighting games and get frustrated with long convoluted combos and hard to do special moves. This game has a pretty gentle learning curve though and some of the cool looking moves are pretty simple to pull off and to remember.
I never thought I'd care about the story in a fighting game but this has a really fun, hokum filled 'What If?' style scenario. It feels very much like playing along with one of the DCU animated films.
Good stuff.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 13 October, 2014, 12:25:21 am
The Injustice comic (a digital only release) is probably among the very best of DC's current output. Not saying much mind but its a fun yarn
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 13 October, 2014, 03:39:44 pm
Injustice: Gods Among Us

I picked this up cheap for the Wii U and I'm having a blast with it! I've never been much good at fighting games and get frustrated with long convoluted combos and hard to do special moves. This game has a pretty gentle learning curve though and some of the cool looking moves are pretty simple to pull off and to remember.
I never thought I'd care about the story in a fighting game but this has a really fun, hokum filled 'What If?' style scenario. It feels very much like playing along with one of the DCU animated films.
Good stuff.

I know a girl with that name and giggle to myself every time somebody mentions that game.
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Post by: JamesC on 13 October, 2014, 04:15:56 pm
You know a girl named Injustice?  :-\
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 13 October, 2014, 05:21:20 pm
I shouldn't say exactly what her name is......

Yet, the words IN and JUSTICE are amusing to read or hear when put  together that way.

I think you can work out which one it is  ::)


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Post by: JamesC on 13 October, 2014, 06:14:01 pm
If her name's what I think it is and from that you get some kind of innuendo from the word 'injustice' I can only imagine how you react when you watch a James Bond film.  :-\
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 14 October, 2014, 12:56:09 am
But you said it  :P
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Post by: JamesC on 14 October, 2014, 10:26:51 am
 :-*
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 14 October, 2014, 11:33:31 am
I guess I shouldn't talk about other people you most probably don't like that.....sorry  :-[
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Post by: JamesC on 14 October, 2014, 11:34:34 am
No need to apologise, I was just a bit baffled! :)
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 14 October, 2014, 07:59:59 pm
I guess I shouldn't talk about other people you most probably don't like that.....sorry  :-[

Gees, I'm pretty sure I didn't write that.....

What I really meant was People you don't Know......sorry  :|
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 17 October, 2014, 04:20:05 am
I spent few hours earlier this morning playing the Assassins Creed Four - Black Flag (Which sound like the original punk band outfit that Henry Rollins was the lead singer of before he went solo and into spoken word!)

The game seems to be everything a Piratey fan might like. The beginning scenario even starts with the character lead behind the wheel of one and ends with he steering another pirate ship towards freedom.

Then the game falls into the usual stuff that the A.C. series is famous fall, but I now notice that the games mechanics have been improved since I played the very first  game in the series. My version had a eaves dropping mission that kept breaking on me. It was a broken game by the looks and only set me back twenty bucks after buying it from a sale in the local Big Double U. Since that first one, I never got back into until now.

Looking forward to some more piracy old world style.
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Post by: James Stacey on 17 October, 2014, 09:54:31 am
Assassins Creed 4 is a fantastic game. Made up for AC3 being a bit meh.
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Post by: JamesC on 17 October, 2014, 10:20:31 am
Yep, wonderful game.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 17 October, 2014, 07:00:34 pm
There was a number of things that still bothered me about this game.

One being that other people walking round the city don't make such a fuss about this hooded character running around picking fights and bumping off the yellow guardsmen, climbing up wall and roof  and being able to jump safely into hay carts from insane heights in broad day light.

Yet, what takes the cake is his ability to blend in with a small group of dancing girls.

Sure, it looked cool when he marched in step with a bunch of monks wearing clothing that was is so similar that's it's believable that he's one of them.

In all fairness, what happens when some modern dude is using the Animus to experience the life of one of so called pirate ancestors. It's not real and could be written off as a metaphor for something more complex.

He could be some present day bloke running and hiding from the cops and then he runs into a brothel. Which is really symbolism for those dancing girls or vice-versa.

A lot of those outlandish stunts and the way people hardly react at all is just of this false reality that is a simulation within a game.

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Post by: Grugz on 18 October, 2014, 10:56:25 am
little easter egg in witcher 2 , with an assassin dead in a broken hay cart.
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 18 October, 2014, 11:51:22 am
Ha that's great.I want to play witcher 2 but every time I start it I find its depth intimidating or some other game distracts me.Playing Wolfenstein at moment and loving it.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 18 October, 2014, 05:40:31 pm
I was never impressed with what I have played of the Witcher - Two game and you may find my list of reason for my attitude towards some where in the Games section of this message board.

I may have it's own thread title or on this very thread, but much earlier.

The third game, however... looks very slick and will be available next Febuary.

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Post by: Zenith 666 on 18 October, 2014, 07:22:45 pm
Looking forward to far cry 4.3 was fantastic and if not for the awful ending it would have been one of my favourite games ever.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 19 October, 2014, 10:56:52 am
Just started Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii U.

I've never played any of them. This could fizzle into a trade in for Bayonetta on Friday or it could consume my evenings until Christmas.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 19 October, 2014, 11:38:12 am
Just started Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii U.

I've never played any of them. This could fizzle into a trade in for Bayonetta on Friday or it could consume my evenings until Christmas.

Stick with it - it's excellent! If you have any online buds with a Wii U get a squad together - it us immensely satisfying taking down a beast as a team.

I really wish they'd brought it out in the 360, and it was one if the few reasons I bought a Wii U.  Lack of other interesting titles made be trade it against a PS4 though.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 24 October, 2014, 12:51:27 pm
Just started Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii U.

I've never played any of them. This could fizzle into a trade in for Bayonetta on Friday or it could consume my evenings until Christmas.

Tiny Tips (though he's actually a teenage Tips now) loved this on the Wii.  Some of the monster takedowns seemed to take him forever though - I'm guessing it's faster in multi-player.  I never played it because I have this illogical aversion to games where characters weild weapons that are bigger than they are.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 24 October, 2014, 12:58:53 pm
Quote
I never played it because I have this illogical aversion to games where characters weild weapons that are bigger than they are.

What, no knob gag..??
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 24 October, 2014, 01:35:40 pm
Aside from those other games I've been reportedly playing.....

I have also been playing a lot of  Demi-God (http://store.steampowered.com/app/202710/) after sorting difficulties I had remembering the game I.D. code and the password I made for the game when I first set it up a few years back.

Kind of like that type of tower defence game that was  Defence of the Ancients (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_the_Ancients), except the graphics look way cooler. I've had my fill of the cartoonish Warcraft sprites since the first half of the double naughts had ended.

A addictive game that I was never able to beat at first and now that I set my opponents A.I. to Knight-Mare, it ridiculously hard and slow to knock down the health of the enemy Demi-God. Yet, this has only improved strategy's considerably and I keep returning back to this one for more.

(http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/0/6731/321974-massive_army_rook.jpg)

Can't decide who is my favourite Demi-God is, but the blonde haired fellow in shades with the wings upgrade who fires a long distance crossbow bolt has the best chance of un-hinded survival. Especially seeing as he doesn't need to stand close enough to enemies units/buildings to take damage. One of his earliest special abilities allows him to stand quite along way from the grand melee to deliver a significantly lethal crossbow bolt.

Only problem with this gam is that multiplayer online appears to be dead (A least mine is!) and needs more players to return to this one. So, if you have spare ten dollars or just over the same amounts in pounds. We could set up awesome match. I believe there is even one for more than two players.
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Post by: Darren Stephens on 08 November, 2014, 11:58:29 pm
Been playing Lords of the Fallen for the last couple of weeks. Very enjoyable, slightly more accessible DarkSouls clone, really. But tonight, after putting over 22hrs into the game, my character has fallen down a pit, unable to escape. If I restart the game, i'm still down there. Looking online, it seems to be a known glitch. No more Lords of the Fallen for me, I think. Well pissed off.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 09 November, 2014, 12:04:03 am
CoD Advanced Warfare. It is good.
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Post by: Link Prime on 09 November, 2014, 01:05:15 pm
Harley's Revenge is going cheap on PSN, so I'm back to Arkham City this afternoon, coincidentally 2 years to the day since I last played it.
Annoyance: For some reason I've to re-download the Catwoman DLC too, it's gone missing from the save data.

Meaning I've had to put up with Tim Lovejoys poncing antics on Sunday Brunch while all this downloads in the background. Why hasn't anyone ever run on set and pulled his trousers down?
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Post by: I, Cosh on 13 November, 2014, 10:17:50 pm
Alright? Mostly just been doing jigsaws on the iPad lately. It's strangely compelling.

Anyway, I picked up a cheap PS3 today. Got a couple of games with it (Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim) which should keep me busy over the weekend but I'd appreciate some advice on what to play after that.

I've got Last of Us, Tokyo Jungle, Super Stardust and whatever Wipeouts are available marked down for immediate purchase but I'd be interested in any other PS3 exclusives I've missed out on over the last six years.
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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 13 November, 2014, 11:14:55 pm
From Codemasters comes...

(http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/287260/header.jpg?t=1415734427)

Rebooting the 'table-top' tiny racing car experience as in ... IT'S BASICALLY JUST

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1e/Micro_Machines_V3_cover.jpg)

but shhhiiit does that formula work still - after not playing it for 13 years or so the demo on Steam was an absolute blast and the modern capabilities of multiplayer make it even more rewarding and expansive.

(http://i.imgur.com/vtiYLxB.gif)
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Post by: Professor Bear on 14 November, 2014, 12:24:54 am
I'd be interested in any other PS3 exclusives I've missed out on over the last six years.

A PSN membership is well worth the money for the sheer amount of games you get access to, but if you have a mate with membership and only one PS3, you can ask them to sign in on your PS3 (your account can only be active on two different machines) and then download anything they've ever bought from their download list, even if it isn't available in the PSN store anymore.

Savage Moon is a decent tower defence game that should be familiar if you're used to gaming on a tablet, and the single-player campaign of Starhawk was free at one point, but I don't know if that's still the case.  People seem to really love God Of War, but it's a bit linear.  Likewise for Little Big Planet, which has some impressive player-created online levels, but doesn't really grab me - kids go bananas for it, though.  Shadow of the Colossus is ace, if dated, and is a companion piece to IcoInfamous is supposedly great, but I've only played the vampire-themed spin-off Festival of Blood, which is good.  The Uncharted games are fun fun fun: 2 is the best, with a wide array of environments and puzzles compared to 1, which is still pretty good but feels like it takes a while to get to the interesting stuff.  3 is pretty shiny with some really great setpieces like an extended fight through a capsized ocean liner, but the script doesn't pull it all together quite as well as the prequels, even if the character stories are still good.  Jak and Daxter Trilogy is a great compilation package of the first three PS2 Jak and Daxter games, and though Jak 2 still has some murderously frustrating sections, it still holds its own against modern platformers.
Killzone 3 and Resistance 3 are good first-person shooters, but I wouldn't bother with previous installments.
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Post by: radiator on 14 November, 2014, 12:41:02 am
If you like JRPGs and Studio Ghibli films, then Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a must.
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Post by: JamesC on 14 November, 2014, 07:02:25 am
My favourite games from last generation were Vanquish - an ace arcadey action game, the Tomb Raider reboot (far better than the Uncharted games IMHO) and Need For Speed Hot Pursuit (the best arcadey racer I've played for years and it hasn't been bettered since it came out about 5 years ago).
None of these are PS3 exclusives but they're all pretty cheap now so if you haven't played them you should give them a go.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 14 November, 2014, 10:42:08 am
Alright? Mostly just been doing jigsaws on the iPad lately. It's strangely compelling.

Anyway, I picked up a cheap PS3 today. Got a couple of games with it (Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim) which should keep me busy over the weekend but I'd appreciate some advice on what to play after that.

I've got Last of Us, Tokyo Jungle, Super Stardust and whatever Wipeouts are available marked down for immediate purchase but I'd be interested in any other PS3 exclusives I've missed out on over the last six years.

I did the same thing just to play exclusives. I've played:

Valyria Chronciles (great)
Last of Us (a MUST, but don't bother with the expensive GOTY edition as multiplayer isn't that good and the expansion for single player is a bit fluffy)
Beyond Two Souls (dross of the highest/ poorest order; less playable than the 7th Guest and more pretentious)
Resistance. Ugh. Sloppy controls and poor level design. So bad I traded all three in.

I'm currently really enjoying Infamous. I got that and its sequel for 99p each.

I also have the three Uncharteds but haven't played any.
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Post by: CheechFU on 14 November, 2014, 11:07:45 am
Alright? Mostly just been doing jigsaws on the iPad lately. It's strangely compelling.

Anyway, I picked up a cheap PS3 today. Got a couple of games with it (Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim) which should keep me busy over the weekend but I'd appreciate some advice on what to play after that.

I've got Last of Us, Tokyo Jungle, Super Stardust and whatever Wipeouts are available marked down for immediate purchase but I'd be interested in any other PS3 exclusives I've missed out on over the last six years.

I did the same thing just to play exclusives. I've played:

Valyria Chronciles (great)
Last of Us (a MUST, but don't bother with the expensive GOTY edition as multiplayer isn't that good and the expansion for single player is a bit fluffy)
Beyond Two Souls (dross of the highest/ poorest order; less playable than the 7th Guest and more pretentious)
Resistance. Ugh. Sloppy controls and poor level design. So bad I traded all three in.

I'm currently really enjoying Infamous. I got that and its sequel for 99p each.

I also have the three Uncharteds but haven't played any.
Valkyria Chronicles is no longer PS3 exclusive  :D Sega ported it to the delight of the glorious pc gaming master race and managed to not fuck it up like Square did with literally every final fantasy port.

I've been playing Massive Chalice which is like x-com lite + crusader kings lite. The combat isn't as good as xcom:eu, it's doesn't really have the tactical depth. You can recruit new heroes through research but the interesting part is you can marry off your heroes and create heroic lineages that pass on their traits to the next generation.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 14 November, 2014, 11:47:21 am
Definitely check out the Infamous games on PS3, easily the most enjoyable games on the system for me. Infamous 2 in particular is an absolute hoot, it really did the superhero city traversal thing better than anything else I'd played (Sunset Overdrive has recently taken that crown though).

The Uncharted games are good for some Indy-style adventuring, but I always found the combat very poor and the pacing relies too much on throwing a load of bad gunfights into the latter chunks of each game. Like JamesC said, the Tomb Raider reboot does everything Uncharted does but better I reckon.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 14 November, 2014, 05:44:07 pm
Oooh. I'm gonna download that Infamous vampire do-dah tonight.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 14 November, 2014, 06:20:51 pm
Oh. My. Shitting. Bricks. Five Nights at Freddies 2 is out.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 14 November, 2014, 07:44:02 pm
The Uncharted games are good for some Indy-style adventuring, but I always found the combat very poor and the pacing relies too much on throwing a load of bad gunfights into the latter chunks of each game.

I used to think this - specifically that some of the later gunfights were harder than others in order to slow your progress through the game story - until I played Last Of Us (made by the same team, using the same game engine) and then went back to Uncharted and went platinum on the first two games in a matter of days.  I have since revised my opinion to accept that I probably shouldn't have been playing the games like I was Master Chief and instead took the tutorials about cover and how the enemy will always try to flank you to heart.

(a good tip is to remember that the AI can be turned on your enemies: fire an empty gun and they'll come out in the open thinking you've no ammo, so you can switch to another gun or chuck a grenade at them)
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 15 November, 2014, 01:04:35 am
Dr X.playing any of the uncharted's will make the last of us seem like the masterpiece that I know it is.
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Post by: pictsy on 19 November, 2014, 02:27:30 pm
The Witcher 2

Well, sortof.  GOG had a promotion in which you could get a free copy.  I got massively excited when I saw it was Linux compatible and that I wouldn't have to run it off my XP partition or my laptop.  So after the lengthy wait for the download to finish and some issues with having to upgrade to Trusty Tahr the game doesn't play.  Installing the extra libraries and updating the nVidea drivers got the game to play but it run like crap with loads of bugs.

After doing a lot of research I found I could probably fix some of the bugs but there is no assurance that I would be able to run the game properly.  Turns out that it isn't Linux native and uses a wrapper called eON which has some hardware compatibility issues.  I'm not a fan of compatibility layers as they are not universally reliable and provide performance issues.  It's disappointing as I heard that CD Projekt (who also run GOG) a keen to support Linux.  I think they could have done better and if they couldn't they shouldn't have tried.  Really glad I didn't pay money for this game so I could play it on Linux.

I will probably end up slapping the game on XP partition.  The game is 32-bit anyway (which is another massive issue I have with it) so it should run well on my XP.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 21 November, 2014, 11:42:51 am
Left 4 Dead 2

Again. This thing never leaves my hard drive for long. And now I'm delving into the workshop... just wish my friends still played it.
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Post by: NapalmKev on 21 November, 2014, 02:38:15 pm
Left 4 Dead 2

Again. This thing never leaves my hard drive for long. And now I'm delving into the workshop... just wish my friends still played it.

I play L4D2 more than any other game I own, but I'm on Xbox 360. (I do have it for steam as well, got in a sale a while back).

Amazing game! Probably the best Multiplayer I've ever played, number 3 is long overdue.

Cheers
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 21 November, 2014, 03:02:36 pm
My first multiplayer game in saw my three teammates get incapacitated before they could drop down to my level and hordes of zombies swarming them. I couldn't help though they'd just pulled me up 30 seconds beforehand after a hunter pounced me in the dash across the sewers, so I turned around and ran down the tunnel - encountering about 60 zombies swarming towards me from that bottleneck.

Katana out, swiping through on 2 hits and dead health... hacked my way to the end unable to see anything through the blood, knowing no one had my back and one zombie would take me out - got to the end and a spitter was waiting just behind the last two of the horde. One last stab, yanked out the shotgun and blew its head off, spraying acid across the ladder leading to the safe room.... heard another horde coming down the corridor behind me, my team mates screaming at me to run as they lay dying, I jumped up the ladder as the acid left and dashed into the safe room just as the first of the horde hit the doorway.

I remember why I loved this game :)

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Post by: Hoagy on 21 November, 2014, 03:59:16 pm
The Evil Within- is a game that feels all game players really want from their games is to have life made even more difficult for them. This game does nothing to help you enjoy it. The visuals hud are uncomfortable as are the default controls. Nothing lets you get comfortable and being sickened and pissed off by what you see and have to go through does not a scare make. I hate this game. And in return I want to defeat it. In casual mode.
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Post by: Link Prime on 21 November, 2014, 04:12:52 pm
The Evil Within- is a game that feels all game players really want from their games is to have life made even more difficult for them. This game does nothing to help you enjoy it. The visuals hud are uncomfortable as are the default controls. Nothing lets you get comfortable and being sickened and pissed off by what you see and have to go through does not a scare make. I hate this game. And in return I want to defeat it. In casual mode.

Sorry to hear that; I had high hopes for this, but received a similarly negative review from a mate of mine.

I might skip it and wait for Silent Hills.
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Post by: Hoagy on 21 November, 2014, 04:34:46 pm
Well it's not on new gen format it is on a previous gen I play it. It eats a massive dose of memory storing it, yet continues to heavy load, and be careful where you die should have been a game characteristic long dismantled. I've been playing the sprawling Prototype 2 just previous to this game and it's jump on and play aspects couldn't be further from T.E.W.s.

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Post by: Goaty on 21 November, 2014, 08:38:48 pm
Red Dead Redemption, not play that for years, so play it tonight, love it!! One of best zombies games!
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Post by: CheechFU on 22 November, 2014, 11:48:41 am
Goat MMO Simulator. The free dlc for goat simulator because Coffee Stain are simultaneously the best and worst developer on the planet. Also the best.
You can finally realise your dreams and role play a microwave or a "rouge" in Tony Hawk's Pro Skyrim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAm5yxQA_HY
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 24 November, 2014, 01:12:57 pm
Man I am totally shit at Zombie U.
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Post by: Zenith 666 on 24 November, 2014, 01:49:55 pm
Red dead redemption is not a zombie game the undead nightmare dlc is and while it's good it's nothing compared to the real game which is a stone cold classic which I'm going to play (again) as soon as I get back from football tonight.The most beautiful game of the last generation and for me rockstars best game.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 27 November, 2014, 11:29:09 pm
Cheers for the PS3 recommendations. I played some of those (Colossus, Jak & Daxter ) on PS2 but will check out some of the others.

Not anytime soon though. It's Desert Golf all the way for me. I'm currently on 1048 strokes after 400 holes...
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 28 November, 2014, 10:07:30 am
Battlefield 4 has released it's Final Stand maps, and they are bloody brilliant!

They're large, in some cases very large, and most contain a good mix of multi vehicle combat, with sections for running and gunning indoors.  The maps are nicely varied, with their own little secrets to be discovered - nice sniping spots, optimum distances to drop troops at capture points via chopper or APC etc, shortcuts to get from base to base on foot, open expanses to catch out the fools trying to run across exposed ground etc etc.

I've been having great fun on them, and have even moved up a couple of local divisions with knife kills and game wins.  My KD ratio is still totally miserable though!  :D
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Post by: Bobblehead on 01 December, 2014, 03:50:02 pm
 Just traded in The Evil Within on PS4. I'll echo what some people have already said and say that I was really disappointed with this game. It starts off alright,very creepy and some intense stealth bits where I was trying to avoid some lunatic with a chainsaw by hiding in a locker. But by Chapter 6 i'd grown weary of random locations that my character was thrown into,poor combat controls and bosses that seemed to appear from nowhere. Also the last boss was one of the most ridiculous and easy encounters i've played. Rubbish!
 Still have no idea what was going on in that game  :lol:

 Also playing Shadow of Mordor atm,feels a bit like Assassins Creed,looks suitably grim but every location in the game looks the same as the previous one,i know theres not much they could do considerig where the game is set,but it looks a bit too drab sometimes. Feels like a mish mash of other games especially the combat,which reminds me of the Arkham games. Enjoying it so far though.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 01 December, 2014, 04:07:34 pm
Stick with Shadows of Mordor. Another area opens up which is stunning!
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Post by: James Stacey on 02 December, 2014, 02:49:30 pm
I'm playing Assassins Creed: Rogue and really enjoying it. They have clearly not bothered much with new gameplay gimmicks and spent the time and effort on the plot and environments (which are lovely). OK, so it's similar to AC: Black Flag but thats no bad thing.
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Post by: CheechFU on 03 December, 2014, 09:07:52 am
I decided to finally have a proper crack at Crusader Kings II.
Murdered the pope, impregnated my sons wife, made all the jews mad and accidentally started a war against the Great Heathen Army and dragged France into it because King Louis the Stammerer is a solid bro even though I exploded his father in a tavern
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Post by: JamesC on 03 December, 2014, 09:13:53 am
Assassin's Creed Unity.

Really enjoying it and there's so much to do. Despite the bad press at launch I haven't had any issues with this game bar a bit of frame rate drop here and there (no biggy). The setting is really interesting and exciting and the character leveling and kit loadout options have had a bit of an upgrade from previous games. The online co-op missions are very fun too.
The controls are similar to previous games in the series. I know some people find the controls challenging but they just seem to click with me. 
Apparently the next one is confirmed as having Victotian London as a setting - should be good.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 03 December, 2014, 11:13:03 am
Rogue Trooper!

Rebellions own clone! 0.89 p in the Steam sale. Very good fun so far. Surprised it had weapons upgrades though you do tend to run out of sniper bullets quickly.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 03 December, 2014, 11:25:33 am
Just when I thought I was out....
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Post by: Darren Stephens on 06 December, 2014, 09:09:30 am
The Last of Us Remastered, was only £17:99 on the PSN store. Would've been rude not to!
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Post by: Hoagy on 06 December, 2014, 12:07:42 pm
The Last of Us is the one you want rather than The Evil Within.

Talking of bargain consolidating, I got me some Bioshock Infinity for the duration. Much better...ah.
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Post by: Grugz on 07 December, 2014, 12:31:37 am
been playing the destiny "demo"  and liking a lot is this needing a gold account on xbox live to play the proper version? and shadows of mordor is still entertaining!
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Post by: Ardath Bey on 07 December, 2014, 02:45:29 am
Dusted off Skyrim to take care of unfinished business.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 19 December, 2014, 05:06:00 am
Aside from playing the now available to the general public...Elite Dangerous which is now vastly improved.

I'm playing it now!

Check it out!

Also check out  This War Is Mine (http://store.steampowered.com/app/282070/)

On Steam

I saw the review here on  Good-Game (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_t2aBTZ4lA)!

(http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/This-War-of-Mine-Review-465376-4.jpg)

I think it was inspired from the very real Siege War of Sarajevo.....just imagine a bleaker, more charcoal - like version the Sims game without toilets or woohoo or both of those combined.  I even had the impression this was meant to be about zombies and then realised that the your survivor kind move that way if they get too tired, sick and hungry.....

(https://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/first-day.jpg)

Is that what a zombie truly is, just unwashed, disorganised, war victim not yet dead, and invading your property for needed supplies.

(http://www.techspot.com/images/products/pc-games/org/2014-11-18-product-6.jpg)

I eventually made it through the entire game successfully before my last war victim Emily (Lawyer was terminally ill survived the entire ordeal and was rescued by the Peace-Keeping forces.
(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608009374851207068&pid=1.7)
I also managed to save the girl at the Supermarket using either Roman Ex-Soldier) or Marko (Expert-Scavenger) to take out the thug who was abusing her.

(https://bennettnorth.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/screen-shot-2014-12-07-at-10-19-51-pm.png)
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Post by: sheridan on 19 December, 2014, 07:43:21 am
I did play a game of Rogue Trooper the other day - the first time I'd played it in twenty / twenty-five years (the Games Workshop boardgame, not any of the computer games).
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Post by: Grugz on 19 December, 2014, 10:02:50 pm
after getting bored with shadow of mordor I traded in for dragon age inquisition which I'm enjoying more.  assassin creed rogue next,probably.
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Post by: CheechFU on 19 December, 2014, 11:49:57 pm
  This (http://store.steampowered.com/app/268870/)   :D
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 20 December, 2014, 10:05:16 am
 This (http://store.steampowered.com/app/268870/)   :D

That sounds interesting. Is it anything like Syndicate?
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Post by: CheechFU on 20 December, 2014, 10:58:46 pm
 This (http://store.steampowered.com/app/268870/)   :D

That sounds interesting. Is it anything like Syndicate?
It's more syndicate wars than syndicate, some of the devs worked on syndicate wars I think
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 21 December, 2014, 05:31:24 am
Remember Dungeon-Keeper (One of the few games I made it all the way through!) & it's sequel....

This game is supposed to be the third in the series.....

 War of the Underworld (http://store.steampowered.com/app/230190/)

I said supposed, because it's not really official. Bull-Dog who have been disbanded since Peter Molynuex took charge of Lion-Head-Studios and has nothing to with game as well.

Although, he did give it his blessing while it was being  Kick-Started (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/subterraneangames/war-for-the-overworld)

Apparently it was made by a development team of loyal fans who are good at there stuff called Subterranean-Games.

But, don't quote me on any of that!

After playing the tutorial and part of one of the new campaign missions. I see that it just more of the same when I was expecting as much of a improvement of the scope of the original that had been got from Elite Dangerous (No, I'm not that mixed up, but I'm just using the game I did give backing to for comparision.)

You know, if wasn't paying so much attention to the other game, I might have heard about this while still in Kick-Starter phase.

(http://futileposition.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/War-for-the-Overlord.png)
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 21 December, 2014, 05:40:35 am
Bull-Dog who have been disbanded since Peter Molynuex took charge of Lion-Head-Studios and has nothing to with game as well.

That's meant to be Bull-frog  :-\
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Post by: Link Prime on 22 December, 2014, 01:01:45 pm
I picked up Aliens: Colonial Marines for a paltry few Euro on Amazon, gave it a good few hours yesterday morning, maybe 25% complete.
Despite my throbbing hangover and very poor word of mouth, it wasn't too bad at all.
Much tougher than I had been led to believe too- my ass is getting handed to me quite regularly on 'normal'.

Also; Lance Henrikson as Bishop. *S-w-o-o-n*
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Post by: DaveGYNWA on 24 December, 2014, 11:24:41 am
We have an invisible elf that comes to stay in our house for the month of December, called Bobo. He uses our house as a base of operations for doing reconnaissance on the local kids during the day, and then sleeps overnight in the sitting room in a bed which the 2 girls provided for him and he leaves little goodies every few days for the kids. He also delivers the 'naughty or nice' certificate on Christmas Eve morning, along with a family present for us all to enjoy.

It's usually a DVD, but this year I'm helping the kids play Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes. Well, 'helping' means "I'll give them a go soon"
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Post by: Professor Bear on 28 December, 2014, 11:54:50 am
Call of Duty: Ghosts - the series delves into the 1980s post-apocalyptic genre.  The shooting action is more of the same, but the trappings and settings are interesting to me even if the story is almost hilariously hackneyed in some places.  Loved the sense of scale to some of the levels, like the opening run through a disintegrating LA suburb.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - probably the first COD game I've really enjoyed in a long while, full of great sci-fi setpieces and an initially interesting storyline - about Kevin Spacey's industrialist building the first global private army - that inevitably descends into unconvincing panto villainy, turning the game into what feels like some sort of tie-in to the GI Joe movies.  There's a good sense of the various rival factions in play in the game and their individual tactics and weaponry, but no branching storyline means it just feels like an extended advert for the multiplayer options rather than a videogame campaign from the year 2014.
Still, it has the speeder bike chase from Return of the Jedi played out against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic Detroit, and a running gunfight across the roofs of moving traffic in a fast lane, so I'll forgive it the minor quibbles like hard-to-see button prompts in some of the QTEs.  In its favor, the shooting action has been improved considerably by applying some of the design touches from the Killzone series so that you can actually see enemies and tell them apart from your allies, and while sometimes nonsensical, it is overall a hoot to play.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 29 December, 2014, 12:42:21 am
I haven't played Elite Dangerous since the earlier morning of Boxing Day.

Which is bad seeing they will be giving 10,000 to the very first person who reaches Elite status, in all three categories.

I might start soon....

I spent all day yesterday playing Brutal Legend and loving it's dark larger than life cartoonish atmosphere. It's like watching fantasy animation from 70's (With it's look!) or 80's (With some of it's music!).

And there are similarities to Slaine (I guess it would have to be The Horned God!). Eddie Riggs looks like a completely different  of Slaine if he ever was a Roadie wielding guitar and a axe that could almost be Brain-Biter. A Hot-Rod that could almost be his chariot. The red-robed cultists who remind me of Druids/Drunes. The atmosphere might just be that of Tir-Nan-Og a thousand or so years B.C. or some cross between the rural country side of Britain (With assortment of Stone Circles including Blade-Henge or the Midwest of America. There is even something like Mount Rushmore, but totally different with now of the American Presidents carved on to them.

I love the idea about how magic/power is derived by the devotion of loyal Heavy Metal fans funnel up through the ground like geysers. The only people who matter in this place are the rock gods.

I also played the Multiplayer game.

I am about as far into the single player as....the part where they had sent the bad dude (I unfortunate fellow, wearing a wig of to too much hair, makeup and a pink denim jacket opened at the front to a revealed a hairy chest! Showing the true dark side of that very well known alternative lifestyle! The hero's are similar but with no make up and a more moderate covering or hair! They look like true rockers.) way after setting up a stage and having a couple of battles.

I also haven't beat the Scottish accented Half-Titan-Troll-Sea-Monster in his Hot-Rod challenge.

It doesn't help that I need to keep nearly all my fingers over the buttons for Ignition W, Reverse S, Nitro/Boost Left-Shift,  Moving forward Y, Turning, G & J, Handbrake Spacebar). I remapped the keys a few times, before settling on this configuration. The movement keys also also the same for Eddie running around.

I think that game was cheating me in that regard there, felt like it forcing me to peddle a bike, as it I had to keep my finger on the ignition and the direction key I was using at the time. Along with continuously boosting. I never won that race.

I love the intro with a real world Jack Black showing you this rare record album in a second hand music store somewhere in the states. The game is accessed and other parts of it are accessed on the record cover, the inside cover, and the record itself.

This game has a real 70's/80's heavy-metal fantasy vibe to it. It's abit like watching the film of the same  name (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_Metal_(film)).
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: I, Cosh on 03 January, 2015, 02:40:33 pm
Dark Souls. I'm not very good at it.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 03 January, 2015, 02:52:18 pm
Dark Souls. I'm not very good at it.

You're not supposed to be!  That is one stupidly tough game. Watch every step, check every corner, think ahead - and still die over and over!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: JamesC on 03 January, 2015, 03:28:14 pm
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

A really charming and elegantly simple puzzle platformer. I'm really enjoying it and have feeling it may become a favourite of mine. It's likely to stay in the shadow of the big Wii U blockbusters like Bayonetta, MarioKart and Smash Bros but I'd definitely recommend picking it up if you have a Wii U.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Rog69 on 03 January, 2015, 03:42:31 pm
I was just coming here to say Dark Souls 2.

I picked this up in the Steam sale knowing full well that the game is brutally hard but I didnt half make it harder than it needed to be, I spent the first several hours of play stuck in RTFM mode, it got a lot easier when I realised that -

A. levelling isn't done automatically based on an XP system, you have to buy level ups with enemy souls.
B. You can block and parry enemy attacks.
C. There is an NPC right near the start who gives you a health replenishing flask.

Also failing to get my head around the weapon degradation system meant that I ruined my starter weapon and had to fight through a good chunk of the forest level wielding the equivalent of a butter knife until something better dropped.

I am absolutely loving the game though  :D.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Grugz on 03 January, 2015, 05:52:56 pm
finished call of duty advanced warfare last night and enjoyed it a lot! nice to see they actually spent some time on the single player campaign for a change for us who don't do online gaming. kev spacey was brilliant but only gripes were the unclear qtes which got me killed a few time and the end level where I had to chase spacey down and not make a single mistake where he can get a little way ahead of me

after  many many tries I finally did it!

also downloading assassins creed revelations and cursing my old 20gb box as I have to delete things before I can play something else

Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Ghost MacRoth on 03 January, 2015, 06:03:59 pm
Dishonoured

Had never heard of it, but my brother figured it was my kinda thing (sneaky murderous first person stuff) and got me it for my birthday.  Great game!  All steampunkish and weirdly future past imperfect!  One of the best things about it, was the maps making sense.  You know that way where you decide to take a non-direct route, and in some games get to a small ridge, that jou should easily jump....but can't, due to the invisible wall denot5ing the edge of the map?  This doesn't do that shit.  The edges are obviously unpassable....too high to climb, too wide to jump, etc.  A simple thing, but it makes a difference to me. 

The DLC's are included in the GOTY version, and show a nice counterpoint to the main tale.  If you like a bit of FPS action, with the option of killing everything, or stealth and subtlety (that's what Mr 'Arke says....), with a healthy dose of magic, mayhem, and murderous swarms of rats.....nip onto steam and buy this!  It's under a tenner, and well worth it. :D
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 03 January, 2015, 06:58:51 pm
Good call. nabbed that in the steam sale the other day. Gonna get on it tomorrow.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 03 January, 2015, 07:34:18 pm
Dishonoured

Had never heard of it, but my brother figured it was my kinda thing (sneaky murderous first person stuff) and got me it for my birthday.  Great game!  All steampunkish and weirdly future past imperfect!  One of the best things about it, was the maps making sense.  You know that way where you decide to take a non-direct route, and in some games get to a small ridge, that jou should easily jump....but can't, due to the invisible wall denot5ing the edge of the map?  This doesn't do that shit.  The edges are obviously unpassable....too high to climb, too wide to jump, etc.  A simple thing, but it makes a difference to me. 

The DLC's are included in the GOTY version, and show a nice counterpoint to the main tale.  If you like a bit of FPS action, with the option of killing everything, or stealth and subtlety (that's what Mr 'Arke says....), with a healthy dose of magic, mayhem, and murderous swarms of rats.....nip onto steam and buy this!  It's under a tenner, and well worth it. :D

Play the DLC. I did, and it was really worth it. There are two that continue the story: The Knife of Dunawall and the Brigmore Witches and both are really good. The first and last levels are stunning.
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Post by: Ghost MacRoth on 03 January, 2015, 07:44:51 pm
Yeah man, I did.  They were indeed fun.  Like I said, it was a nice counterpoint to the main tale, as it had a very different vibe (I thought).  Just wish it had been a bigger success so there would be more to it.....but I'll leave it a while, then go in and do it one more time!

Oh, and I really liked that you don't have to wait for the bad guys to stop their monologue before ramming a knife in the side of their heads!  Too many games put you in a duel with the end of level boss, when the sensible thing would be to destroy them at distance, and this allows for that. :D
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Rog69 on 03 January, 2015, 10:41:18 pm
I really enjoyed Dishonoured too. It is rumoured that the sequel is still over a year away so it's a shame there doesn't seem to be any further DLC planned, the two single player add ons were very good and it would be nice to have something more to bridge the gap until then.

Having said that, it's one of the very few recent games that I feel like giving another play-through.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Ghost MacRoth on 03 January, 2015, 10:51:28 pm
A sequel you say??  Well you just made my day!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 03 January, 2015, 11:19:43 pm
It's not confirmed. I'd like it to be true. That, and Rage 2.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Ghost MacRoth on 03 January, 2015, 11:41:17 pm
Hell, considering I had no idea about the game till I was gifted it, I'll take the rumour of a sequel and happily run with it!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Zenith 666 on 05 January, 2015, 10:22:07 am
Dishonored (dishonoured) was great but having recently seen YouTube videos of others playing it I've realised I was playing it wrong by using stealth when what I should have been doing was slaughtering every person in game.Pacifist playthrough was incredible and you don't have to kill any of your main targets.branding the high overseer was a particular favourite.also anyone playing Dark souls or Dark souls 2 the wikis are indispensable for a character build that suits your style of play managing your souls for leveling up and weapon management while they keep spoilers to a minimum.the joy of discovering the games secrets for yourself is unsurpassed in gaming(barring a last minute free kick in FIFA).
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 05 January, 2015, 11:11:03 am
I enjoyed killing people or not killing them as I saw fit. Some of them deserved to die.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 05 January, 2015, 02:43:03 pm
Orc Must Die was fun for a while.

I just got Flame Bracers
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Post by: radiator on 05 January, 2015, 11:56:54 pm
I played a bit of the Telltale Game of Thrones game over Christmas.

I can sort of see why people like it, but I just don't think this particular sub-genre is for me. Probably sounds a bit luddite of me, but I was hoping for more of a game than a conversation simulator with occasional QTEs (basically what amounts to "press 'up' to not die'). Literally reminded me of Dragon's Lair or something.

I was expecting more of a puzzle-solving or exploratory element.

It's well written*, but if story is literally all there is to it then I'm not sure what the purpose of the exercise is as opposed to just reading the books or watching the show, which has infinitely superior and more atmospheric visuals? I never got the impression that decisions I made would really affect anything significant - how could they?

*It was all quite ingeniously put together, and mildly intriguing despite the cast and their roles basically amounting to them being the Fake Starks™
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 06 January, 2015, 08:33:35 am
Orc Must Die was fun for a while.

I just got Flame Bracers

I just can't beat Killing Fields level...(Which reminds me of one of the second works of Slaine I ever collected with the same name.)

ADVICE PLEASE......
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Ghost MacRoth on 06 January, 2015, 01:03:55 pm
I enjoyed killing people or not killing them as I saw fit. Some of them deserved to die.

Same here.  Plus, it did tell you that the more murderous your passage, the darker the outcome of the game would be.  As well as generating more swarms of rats due to all the bodies of course!
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Post by: Mister Pops on 06 January, 2015, 04:29:37 pm
A £3 mobile text adventure game called 80 Days.

You play as Passepartout aiding Mister Fogg's success in his wager to circumnavigate the globe in a time frame smaller than the title. Taking place in an alternate steam-punkified version of the 19th century, it's basically one of those old Choose Your Own Adventure games in a digital format. It's really well written and really engaging, it has had me hunched over my Iphone like a teenager for hours on end. The graphics are serviceable, all your stops are represented by a simple picture of a famous local landmark, plus there's a variety of steampunk vehicles and an Indiana Jones style map tracking your progress.

The game play mostly involves dealing with the locals and finding routes to help you in journey, all while keeping an eye on the finances and Mister Fogg's health. I've come a cropper to bandits, totalitarian governments, the elements, but mostly the Pacific ocean is my main stumbling block. I have also succeeded in the quest, while uniting forbidden lovers, freeing political prisoners and punching Jesse James right in his big stupid face. The world is well realized, there seems to be bigger things going on behind the scenes. Now that I've had a few successes under my belt, I feel like trying to find out what's really going on in this world, even if it means losing the bet. The whole thing is wonderfully dense, full of intrigue and adventure.

Ripping good fun.
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Post by: NapalmKev on 07 January, 2015, 08:34:24 am
The Evil within!

I really enjoyed it despite it being Bastard Hard.

The Game (early on) does suffer heavy comparisons with Resi 4, and the later Silent Hill games, but I still found it had enough of its own going on to make it stand out as a worthy Horror Game.

Excellent, and well worth a purchase!

Cheers
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 07 January, 2015, 04:12:52 pm
Playing The Evil Within just now myself (thanks Santa!) and loving it. It is indeed Bastard Hard and has kicked my ass consistently, but in a very satisfying way. Don't think I've made it through a single encounter comfortable, it's always been just by the skin of my teeth which is the way a horror game should be and a very tricky balance to pull off. Surprisingly scary too, the atmosphere is ace (it has a real In The Mouth Of Madness vibe in places).
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 07 January, 2015, 04:35:13 pm
A £3 mobile text adventure game called 80 Days.


Ripping good fun.

Yep! Completed it about 5 times now. Replay is only just getting annoying as I have to retread old ground near the beginning before I get to the points I 'missed' the first time around. That said if I choose certain routes - the teleporter, a certain submarine, a zulu king or an arctic expedition - I'm sure things may turn out differently even if I've been there before. Still can't work out how to get to half of the towns in the US though :/


Awesome game. Well worth my £3.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 16 January, 2015, 08:40:05 am
I just completed Orcs Must Die earlier today and have been playing again for second time.

Right now, I just knocked off after failing the Library Mission for a third or forth time today.

Even though I now know what to do much quicker, I'm must be getting tired to keep going.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 19 January, 2015, 11:27:21 pm
I purchased The Bard's Tale via STEAM today.

After previously playing and completing this version on the PSTWO years earlier.

It's worth another play, and I did play this game again years later and still yet years before now. Only getting as far one of the missions where I had get the Bard to rescue a some body important from Trows in the forest.

This time it comes complete wit the first three games in the series, which involved creating party of characters the like of which could either Human/Elf/Dwarf/Half-Elf/Half-Orc/Hobbit/Gnome that would become either Warrior/Conjuror/Magician/Hunter/Bard/Rogue as you lead them through the town of Skara-Brae (Which is a real place some in the north of Scotland, you know! I not use how accurately it's been recreated for this game or if it's even on the same planet as ours, but it's bears the same name and that's all I know about it!).

I think it was the second game I had originally brought back in 1989 or 90 and it was packaged with the dungeon disk that belonged to the first game in the series. So, my party of adventures were confined to the town for the entire game. They could never enter the started dungeon, which is essential to getting on with and completing the game. Instead of taking the game back to the store where I brought from and complaining. I continued playing the game while occasionally growling about it to myself.

Friends would visit me and each create their own character while we would all just sit and watch as this motley crew wander around town for hours fighting and running from random monsters. Long after they left for home, I would continue to play on.  Characters standing in the front row would get killed over and over as they would be replaced by new ones as the ones in the back row  would so level up.

I soon had a very experienced Hobbit - Bard by the name of Orpheus (Named after similar character in Greek Mythology!) Don't know where those old C64 game disks are now.....

Then new game is very different, the original version had brought from the very same shopping centre Indoorpilly Shopping Town about eight years ago.

It's very different from it's parent game. The apple or acorn has fallen very far from the tree, on the then present generation of gaming console it could afford to be more cinematic with far superior graphics and they still look okay by todays standards.

Your game perspective alternates from the cinematics and top down when in full control of your character.
You choice of a party of characters is taken from you as you can only control the Bard after choosing his first combat skill and assigning a small number of points to his physical, mental and social characteristics.

The rest you must see for your selves.



 
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: I, Cosh on 19 January, 2015, 11:34:55 pm
A £3 mobile text adventure game called 80 Days...Ripping good fun.
Yep! Completed it about 5 times now. Replay is only just getting annoying as I have to retread old ground near the beginning before I get to the points I 'missed' the first time around. That said if I choose certain routes - the teleporter, a certain submarine, a zulu king or an arctic expedition - I'm sure things may turn out differently even if I've been there before. Still can't work out how to get to half of the towns in the US though :/
Aye, cheers for the recommendation. Picked this up last week and it really is a lot of fun. I've been around the world a few times but I've only just, after half a dozen attempts, managed to survive the Arctic Icewalker.

Another good one is A Dark Room, which is a fairly simple text based resource management adventure type game. It doesn't take long to play through but it's pretty neat, has a nice atmosphere and only costs 79p.

Also about halfway through The Last of Us. Despite the hype, I'm very surprised about the extent to which I've been drawn into the characters. I'm not so surprised about how difficult and aggravating I find the hair-trigger switches between sneaking around and all out Doom style blasting. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Grugz on 20 January, 2015, 01:55:31 pm
battlefield 4 ,just shot down a gunship at the beginning ...


  BUT downloading "resident evil hd" as we speak!!!!!! played this to death on my gamecube and nearly didn't sell it because of it  so looking forward to this!
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Professor Bear on 20 January, 2015, 02:11:23 pm
Tomb Raider, which for some reason really felt a lot more like an Uncharted rip-off on the second playthrough than it did first time round, not helped by some identical scenes and settings, particularly the ship graveyard stuff from the notoriously superfluous (but admittedly spectacular) pirate levels of Uncharted 3.  Still laughably easy, though, and most of the acting is atrocious, particularly the blank slate of a lead character who seems to have lost a few IQ points along with all her charisma, and spends much of the game story being slapped about or running scared to the point that when she tries to act tough later in the game I was laughing as much at the very notion as I was the actor's terrible and unconvincing delivery.  The backtracking gameplay is well done, if unnecessary, and while there aren't many Uncharted clones this brazen as competition - except maybe the abominable Star Trek - it's still a fun update to the series.

LEGO Lord of the Rings, which is good fun, but after LEGO Indiana Jones is probably the weakest of the LEGO games.  Like others in the series, some of the "puzzles" simply rely on you knowing which of the many LEGO characters have particular abilities and switching to that character, but abilities are also granted by specific objects discovered during exploration of the open world setting, and not every object ability/character ability is explained in the game - I had to look online to find out how to destroy metallic LEGO objects, for instance - so things get increasingly obtuse and it's just a matter of mucking about until you figure a way forward, which is actually not always as frustrating as you might expect, so long as you like mucking around in games wasting time and aren't goal-oriented.
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Post by: Satanist on 20 January, 2015, 03:30:36 pm
Resident Evil HD will be mine tonight and I will complete it this time. Finished Resi 1 on the DS last year as preperation for this. Cannae wait and Ive got Resi 2 & 3 lined up on the Vita for afters.

This should finally break my Destiny addiction (I know its shit but I just cant stop).
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 20 January, 2015, 04:45:04 pm
Resident Evil HD will be mine tonight and I will complete it this time. Finished Resi 1 on the DS last year as preperation for this. Cannae wait and Ive got Resi 2 & 3 lined up on the Vita for afters.

This should finally break my Destiny addiction (I know its shit but I just cant stop).

Woah, woah, woah. You can get them on the Vita?
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Post by: Ghost MacRoth on 20 January, 2015, 04:51:25 pm
Payday 2

Got the first one on steam for a pound, quickly followed by getting this for a fiver.  Great fun game, especially on the multiplayer.  Reminds me of SWAT 4, except this time I'm on the other side.... ;)
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Post by: Satanist on 20 January, 2015, 05:32:29 pm
Resident Evil HD will be mine tonight and I will complete it this time. Finished Resi 1 on the DS last year as preperation for this. Cannae wait and Ive got Resi 2 & 3 lined up on the Vita for afters.

This should finally break my Destiny addiction (I know its shit but I just cant stop).

Woah, woah, woah. You can get them on the Vita?

Aye theyre under something like ps1 classics - resi 1,2 & 3 were on sale at xmas so I bought the lot.

And both the ps1 Abe games as well.
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Post by: Grugz on 20 January, 2015, 08:14:00 pm
played the first bit and from the start there are some nice surorises, besides the very easy mode you can choose to play jill and chris in there bsaa uniforms from the start.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 21 January, 2015, 03:01:01 am
LEGO Lord of the Rings, which is good fun, but after LEGO Indiana Jones is probably the weakest of the LEGO games.  Like others in the series, some of the "puzzles" simply rely on you knowing which of the many LEGO characters have particular abilities and switching to that character, but abilities are also granted by specific objects discovered during exploration of the open world setting, and not every object ability/character ability is explained in the game - I had to look online to find out how to destroy metallic LEGO objects, for instance - so things get increasingly obtuse and it's just a matter of mucking about until you figure a way forward, which is actually not always as frustrating as you might expect, so long as you like mucking around in games wasting time and aren't goal-oriented.

I brought this for PlayStation Three when it was first out a few years ago, and haven't got much further than the beginning. I just wasn't in the mood for it after I started playing and know this game sounds just epic from the advertising alone.

It's still much more expensive than the Lego - The Hobbit game on Steam.
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 21 January, 2015, 11:29:32 am
Resident Evil HD will be mine tonight and I will complete it this time. Finished Resi 1 on the DS last year as preperation for this. Cannae wait and Ive got Resi 2 & 3 lined up on the Vita for afters.

This should finally break my Destiny addiction (I know its shit but I just cant stop).

Woah, woah, woah. You can get them on the Vita?

Aye theyre under something like ps1 classics - resi 1,2 & 3 were on sale at xmas so I bought the lot.

And both the ps1 Abe games as well.

Didn't realize the resi games were on there, will need to pick them up. Vita has turned out to be a great system for that sort of thing.
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Post by: Satanist on 21 January, 2015, 02:06:09 pm
Well I played this last night and was surprised how much I'd forgotten since I last played on the Gamecube. Started as Chris but think that was a mistake so will prob restart as Jill for first play through.

New controls work well and you can still go old skool and use the tank controls if you prefer.As I played the orginal not long ago its nice to see what they added and mixed up abit when they redone it.

Hope the rumours of RE Zero HD come true as I never played that one.
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Post by: Grugz on 21 January, 2015, 08:40:14 pm
zero was pretty good... but we need a re:make of resi 2!
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Post by: Mister Pops on 21 January, 2015, 09:11:46 pm
A £3 mobile text adventure game called 80 Days...Ripping good fun.
Yep! Completed it about 5 times now. Replay is only just getting annoying as I have to retread old ground near the beginning before I get to the points I 'missed' the first time around. That said if I choose certain routes - the teleporter, a certain submarine, a zulu king or an arctic expedition - I'm sure things may turn out differently even if I've been there before. Still can't work out how to get to half of the towns in the US though :/
Aye, cheers for the recommendation. Picked this up last week and it really is a lot of fun. I've been around the world a few times but I've only just, after half a dozen attempts, managed to survive the Arctic Icewalker.


Yeah, I reached the pole despite that walking heap. Did you know if you travek to Kristiana via Paris instead of taking the Gyrodyne from Cambridge, you'll run into a fella called Otto Lidenbrook. Just Sayin'.
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 21 January, 2015, 11:33:35 pm
You can get married - I've yet to find the right woman (in game :) )
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Post by: Goaty on 22 January, 2015, 09:40:30 am
What was Battlefield 4 like? Good to get?
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Post by: NapalmKev on 22 January, 2015, 09:48:53 am
What was Battlefield 4 like? Good to get?

I haven't played much of the Multiplayer, but the Campaign is Very good. Stunning Graphics as well!

Cheers
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Satanist on 22 January, 2015, 11:08:29 am
What was Battlefield 4 like? Good to get?

Not played it in a few months but keep meaning to go back to it. Multiplayer is really good fun IMO , utter mayhem!

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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 22 January, 2015, 12:17:30 pm
What was Battlefield 4 like? Good to get?

I bloody love it, and I can't aim for shit!  Neither do I have the twitch reflexes needed to go head to head with these young pups.  I die constantly!  But it's so much fun. I'm training up my helicopter skills - just troop transports at the mo, with some brief forays into attack and scout helicopters.  It's like something out of Apocalypse Now!  :lol:
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Post by: Theblazeuk on 22 January, 2015, 03:52:17 pm
I miss BF2.
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Post by: Goaty on 22 January, 2015, 04:44:35 pm
Well just got it for 8 quid! :)
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 22 January, 2015, 04:59:37 pm
Well just got it for 8 quid! :)

For which console?
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Goaty on 22 January, 2015, 05:08:04 pm
erm... PS3
Title: Re: Last game played...
Post by: Theblazeuk on 25 January, 2015, 08:04:43 pm
Alien: Isolation.

Only about 15 minutes in but gosh, this is very well made. The cinematic presentation of everything is enough for me so far, even if right now I'm just exploring rather than really interacting with AI/systems. I want System Shock 3 made by these people so much. I feel like I'm on a creaking space station abandoned by all life (so far), falling to pieces and close to help - I can see an evac route floating outside the windwo - but no way I can get there.
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