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Keef Monkey

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Re: Last game played...
« Reply #2445 on: 23 March, 2020, 05:47:02 PM »
I've not explored the multiplayer, which is where it sounds like the action is, as I just can't make a solid crewmate commitment of a couple of hours a time to get into stuff.  This is where the game falls down for me - it doesn't suit my busy lifestyle - I can't just dip in and out of it.

Exactly my feelings about it, when it first came out me and my brother (who lives in another country) swapped out our weekly Skype calls for Sea of Thieves sessions and we had a really good time. Not necessarily because there was loads for us to do in it (it was pretty sparse when it launched) but just the opposite probably, it was just a nice chill place for us to hang out and catch up, and we loved driving the boat about together. As more content came in and it started to take on more structure it became something we'd probably have to put more time into than that hour a week (or every 2-3 weeks depending how busy we both are) so we moved onto other things.

It's a shame, because I think there's a great game in there and I always get a bit of a pang of sadness when I think about games that I'll just never be able to give the time for them to fulfill their potential!

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« Reply #2446 on: 23 March, 2020, 07:02:28 PM »
On the other hand, I'm on my second playthrough of Horizon Zero Dawn (which I always thought was an odd title until the last few hours of the game).  I'm not doing it on hard mode or anything, I just found that I missed the gameworld, and Aloy the rather awesome huntress.

When I popped the platinum trophy for this, I was so bummed out because I had nothing else to do in the game world, and while I don't normally buy DLC on principle - even for games I really like - I had no complaints about The Frozen North.
The closest I've come to this kind of game world was Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, which is deliberately kneecapped by the developers in order to trick you into buying XP multipliers and this has a knock-on effect on almost the entire game, but if you're determined to keep at it, the game's version of the Golden Age of Greece is an amazing virtual creation and I've spent hours just wandering about, occasionally taking on radiantly-generated quests just to pretend that I'm not using the game as a time sink.  The combat/danger-free Discovery Tour option that lets you take guided tours around points of interest is practically a public service.

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Re: Last game played...
« Reply #2447 on: 23 March, 2020, 11:36:53 PM »
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Re: Last game played...
« Reply #2448 on: 24 March, 2020, 12:20:04 AM »
You get to ride around on a unicorn and visit the island of Lesbos, both figuratively and literally.

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« Reply #2449 on: 24 March, 2020, 08:41:50 AM »
The RPG style level system completely ruined AC Odyssey for me.
You could hit a baddie in the face with a spear and it wouldn't even hurt them if they were a few levels higher than you. Absolute bollocks.

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« Reply #2450 on: 24 March, 2020, 10:10:13 AM »
On the other hand, I'm on my second playthrough of Horizon Zero Dawn (which I always thought was an odd title until the last few hours of the game).  I'm not doing it on hard mode or anything, I just found that I missed the gameworld, and Aloy the rather awesome huntress. I think in this modern era of gaming this is my favourite game so far.  It just ticks so many boxes for me - massive open world with so many nooks and crannies to explore, fantastic story, interesting characters, incredible graphics and sound.
One of a multitude of games that I got about 2/3 of the way through, got sidetracked by something else and never went back to because I was too far in. Really enjoyed the whole vibe of it though and will need to give it another try when I have some time on my hands...

Surprised how much I enjoyed the Tomb Raiding parts of Jedi: Fallen Order. The combat was pretty easy but swinging a big double-ender around never really gets boring. A few tweaks and the inevitable sequel could be a classic.

I'm usually far too tight to buy brand new games when I know I can get them for a tenner in a year's time but I got sucked in by the Doom Eternal hype (plus we might all be dead.) Loved the last one but struggling slightly to get into this one, although I've only done the first mission so far. Maybe I shouldn't have gone straight for Ultra-Violence this time?
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Re: Last game played...
« Reply #2451 on: 24 March, 2020, 01:53:52 PM »
The RPG style level system completely ruined AC Odyssey for me.
You could hit a baddie in the face with a spear and it wouldn't even hurt them if they were a few levels higher than you. Absolute bollocks.

As mentioned above, the publishers insisted on putting this in the game in order to get you to buy XP multipliers from the in-game store using real money so that you can unlock "head damage x10" or whatever from the perks tree.  A lot of high-profile games now have such bugs built into them in order to change the gaming model from a one-off purchase to something you have to continually throw money at.

There's a video somewhere of a gaming executive explaining to investors how they engineer social pressure in their multiplayer games by including "cosmetics" - or different skins, costumes or guns for characters - so that kids will feel pressured into buying something that makes them stand apart from all the other online players, and he seemed quite proud of the fact that they'd turned the term "default" into an online gaming insult aimed at anyone who didn't buy cosmetic items from a publisher and only played using default customisation options.
TLDR: Videogame companies are deliberately engineering bullying and dysmorphia in children.

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Re: Last game played...
« Reply #2452 on: 24 March, 2020, 05:27:44 PM »
Ugh. How depressing.
Still it makes me feel better about spending money on old Megadrive and NES games.

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Re: Last game played...
« Reply #2453 on: 27 March, 2020, 11:24:47 AM »
Doom Eternal. Loved the last one but struggling slightly to get into this one, although I've only done the first mission so far. Maybe I shouldn't have gone straight for Ultra-Violence this time?

Stunning game and Ultra-Violence is the lowest setting I'll play on. Currently stuck on Chapter 9 where things have gone mental and even with the full arsenal of weaponry and a host of upgrades I've acquired I'm left as a puddle on the floor. It's a hard game and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Pros: Beautiful graphics, fast and fluid gameplay, It's Doom.

Cons: None that I can think of.

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