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Posted by Stunning Cactus, 22.07.2014 - 08:10
Currently playing Smite. Pretty much a rip off of League of Legends and every other game like it, but still slightly unique and entertaining.
14.08.2017 - 00:02
IronAngel
L. A. Noire with my wife: it's OK for playing together, leisurely and the story is cool. Incredibly easy though, made impossible to lose so it breaks immersion constantly. And as fun as the interrogation idea is, reading facial expressions, the inability to see what your character is going to say next (you just get the options to press/doubt, accept as true, or accuse them of an outright lie) has many times made us choose something we didn't intend to say. And just what evidence is acceptable for a given accusation is sometimes quite obscure. It's a fun casual game though.

Half-Life 2. Ugh, I complained earlier about how the original was a mediocre let-down not worth its hype, and this is pretty much the same. I don't mind linearity, but this series makes zero effort to mask its railroading. And who the fuck thought the game needed MORE vehicle sequences, after that Rails level? The puzzles are dumb (especially after the brilliant Portal) and, along with the Gravity Gun, feel like a tech demo more than great gameplay. "Oh let's stop running down this corridor and shooting everything to weigh this ramp with bricks because PHYSICS!" It has its fun sequences, like Ravenholm, and I hope it gets better after the car levels.

Age of Decadence. Now this is how you do an RPG. Multiple factions, real consequences for your choices, several solutions to problems (I am going for a completely non-violent first playthrough, investing in social skills). The downside, I guess, is that the developer seems to obsess over specialization. It's almost mandatory to choose a focus and stick with it, hybrid builds don't seem very viable. The combat (judging by the tutorial) seems OK, competent AP/turn-based stuff, but nothing very flashy. Still, alongside Underrail, this is a true gem among old-school indie RPGs. Recommended over Pillars of Eternity etc.
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15.08.2017 - 15:19
Dima
Darkest Dungeon

220 hours but finally done. Imo best narrator in any game ever. Period. Wihout him I don't think I could've even dropped 50 hours on this game. His voice is the glue to this demonic ball of doom.

Path of Exile

Played expansion for 3 hours. Not going back. Fought the urge to get addicted again. NOPE. Fuck that. It's great but I just can't :'(
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17.08.2017 - 14:31
IronAngel
Uh, I rarely buy new games at full price, especially if they're anything close to AAA. But fuck, NieR: Automata and Pray both look worth playing.

I also kind of feel like giving GTA V a whirl with my wife; she doesn't care for the violence and criminal storylines but there seems to be much fun had in the city. And, although I didn't finish Assassin's Creed II yet, I'm itching to dig into Victorian London or even the pirate stuff. Dunno, triple-As usually turn out disappointing after a while, but they look so juicy in trailers.
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07.09.2017 - 13:49
Metren
The What The?
Happy 20th anniversary, Final Fantasy VII. Still the crown jewel of the series and one of the best games I've ever played, a masterpiece of storytelling, characterization, and atmosphere.
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08.09.2017 - 02:12
VIG
Axxon N
Written by Metren on 07.09.2017 at 13:49

Happy 20th anniversary, Final Fantasy VII. Still the crown jewel of the series and one of the best games I've ever played, a masterpiece of storytelling, characterization, and atmosphere.


My all time favorite video game (tied with Shenmue)
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08.09.2017 - 09:25
Metren
The What The?
Written by VIG on 08.09.2017 at 02:12

My all time favorite video game (tied with Shenmue)


I can't decide between FF VII, Baldur's Gate II and The Witcher 3, but VII definitely got the most emotion out of me.
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03.10.2017 - 23:26
IronAngel
Played Dishonored. What a lackluster game. Stealth was trivial, combat was disincentivized story-wise and very boring and easy regardless, and the much-advertised "different approaches" to levels were mostly irrelevant because you had to go back and forth via every route just to get all the runes and gold etc. (Admittedly, that is a problem with many games; the levels are clearly designed to reward completionism and there's no reward for choosing the best route. Would work better without bonus loot and maybe a reward system that balanced time, ruckus and damage taken or something.) And I fucking hate the cheat vision which also hampered Batman for me, not to mention the terrible idea of a floating quest marker pointing the way. In a game of stealth and infiltration through complex levels. Really.

It was a decent romp to pass the time and I liked that the story was at least a bit reactive. The setting was really cool, could have made more of it.

Also tried God of War (first one). Just played the hydra level. Not remotely interesting, unfortunately.

No idea what to pick up next, meh. Maybe Persona 4.
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04.10.2017 - 12:35
Darkside Momo
Retired
Written by Metren on 07.09.2017 at 13:49

Happy 20th anniversary, Final Fantasy VII. Still the crown jewel of the series and one of the best games I've ever played, a masterpiece of storytelling, characterization, and atmosphere.

So true, so true.

BTW, just started Vagrant Story all over again, just to relive the fantastic story and dark mood. This game is such a gem!
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I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
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04.10.2017 - 13:17
IronAngel
What JRPGs would you recommend, by the way? Must be PC or emulatable. Vagrant Story's on my list. Done FFs, CT, Grandia, Earthbound, Suikoden II, Kingdom Hearts, Valkyria Chroniles.

Things on my to-play list (that I might never get around to): Persona 3 & 4, a Mario game (RPG or Paper), Xenogears.

My problem with them is mostly that they're just too long and grindy. Anything that breaks that mold would be ideal. Also tactical is always better.


I needed to recover from Dishonored so I installed Thief 2. I haven't played it before, been saving it.
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06.10.2017 - 02:29
Maco
Handbanana
Just got a new PC with the following specs:

GTX 1060 6GB
Ryzen 5 1400
8 GB RAM
Directx 12
1TB HDD

Been playing a lot of games, such as:

-Max Payne 3: I finally ended the trilogy I started playing back in 2005. Fucking glorious game. (9.5/10)
-Battlefield 1: The campaign is decent enough and the multiplayer is huge. (7.9/10)
-Saints Row 3 and IV: The first two games were just GTA copycats. However 3 made a change for the better, it's funny and damn entertaining. IV push things too far and the result was even more brilliant. (8/10 and 9.2/10).
-GTA IV: Yaaa it was good to play again one of the best games ever. (10/10).
-GTA V: Overrated, the characters were not as likeable as Niko, the physics were not as good as the ones in IV, the story was crap and it left me disappointed after the end. GTA Online is good and made my purchase worth it though (6.4/10)
-Batman Arkham Knight: I'm still playing it, it's great until now and it might be even better than Arkham City, however the port is completely crap, I've got to turn down some graphic options to play decently at 48-90 fps. Battlefield 1's graphics are completely superior to the ones here and I can run it at 60 fps with no problems. (pending)
-Assassin's Creed Black Flag: Still playing it too, terrible port, It's a game from 2013 and I still have to disable some options so I can play with no problems. (pending)
-Overwatch: Great asses, I prefer Team Fortress 2 during its golden years though (7/10)
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06.10.2017 - 03:43
VIG
Axxon N
Written by Maco on 06.10.2017 at 02:29

Just got a new PC with the following specs:

GTX 1060 6GB
Ryzen 5 1400
8 GB RAM
Directx 12
1TB HDD

Been playing a lot of games, such as:

-Max Payne 3: I finally ended the trilogy I started playing back in 2005. Fucking glorious game. (9.5/10)
-Battlefield 1: The campaign is decent enough and the multiplayer is huge. (7.9/10)
-Saints Row 3 and IV: The first two games were just GTA copycats. However 3 made a change for the better, it's funny and damn entertaining. IV push things too far and the result was even more brilliant. (8/10 and 9.2/10).
-GTA IV: Yaaa it was good to play again one of the best games ever. (10/10).
-GTA V: Overrated, the characters were not as likeable as Niko, the physics were not as good as the ones in IV, the story was crap and it left me disappointed after the end. GTA Online is good and made my purchase worth it though (6.4/10)
-Batman Arkham Knight: I'm still playing it, it's great until now and it might be even better than Arkham City, however the port is completely crap, I've got to turn down some graphic options to play decently at 48-90 fps. Battlefield 1's graphics are completely superior to the ones here and I can run it at 60 fps with no problems. (pending)
-Assassin's Creed Black Flag: Still playing it too, terrible port, It's a game from 2013 and I still have to disable some options so I can play with no problems. (pending)
-Overwatch: Great asses, I prefer Team Fortress 2 during its golden years though (7/10)

That sounds awesome! I agree with most of your opinions on those games as well.
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