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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2013
     

    This game sounds awesome.

    Unrest is a story driven RPG set in ancient India in the midst of an uprising. Play as ordinary men and women struggling for safety, freedom, food for their children, and a chance at peace.

    So far, it appears to be a dialogue-driven RPG where combat is infrequent and inadvisable and actions actually have consequences. And it’s written by Rutskarn, one of the hosts of the show Spoiler Warning, who happens to be a hilarious and engaging writer. But I was sold at “set in ancient India” anyway.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2013
     

    Oooh.

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2013
     

    the question is, will it be offline single player, or will it require a server connection?

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2013
     

    or will it require a server connection?

    It actually requires users to make a ‘buddy,’ who must be in another country. Only when both you and the buddy are playing can the game be played.

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013 edited
     

    It actually requires users to make a ‘buddy,’ who must be in another country. Only when both you and the buddy are playing can the game be played.

    Depending on time zones and schedules, that means many people might only be able to get in an hour or two every week. Who the hell thought that up?

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013
     

    Who the hell thought that up?

    something something social playing with your friends

    [And just to be perfectly clear, that post you quoted was a joke on my part.]

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013
     

    Muahaha, I got Oregon Trail II to run on 64-bit Windows 7 at last! Time to name all the party members after people I don’t like and kill them off as quickly as possible!

    Wait, you mean there’s some other goal to the game?

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    It was saying the exe doesn’t exist, but apparently it’s implemented on my account? I can see the cards I can get, anyway, so yeah.

    It actually requires users to make a ‘buddy,’

    Sounds like Bientôt l’été, aside from the part where I have no idea what you’re supposed to do in Bientôt l’été...

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013
     

    [And just to be perfectly clear, that post you quoted was a joke on my part.]

    Shows how little I think of the current games market that I not only believed you, but was barely surprised by it.

    I was searching for table-flip gifs before you even replied.

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013 edited
     

    Bientôt l’été

    Yikes! I don’t think my eyes are capable of understanding so many diacritics.

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013
     

    Clearly you’ve never read Eldest by Christopher Paolini.

    badum-tish!

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013 edited
     

    Bientôt l’été

    Looking it up, I discovered it was by Tale of Tales, the same company that made a game called The Graveyard in which an old woman goes into a graveyard, sits on a bench, then gets up and leaves the graveyard.

    At least, normally. What I’ve heard is that there’s a free version of the game and a paid version of the game. And the only difference in the paid version is that there’s a random chance that the old woman will die while sitting on the bench.

    Oh, and if this happens, it apparently ends up making it basically impossible to actually exit the game.

    I like it when games have a message to tell, like victory through sacrifice in Mass Effect 3 or how money sucks in Mother 3. But when a game is essentially a ten-minute video that cares more about being “artsy” than being a game, that’s just plain stupid.

    (Here’s a video of one of my favourite Let’s Players showing it off.)

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013
     

    Clearly you’ve never read Eldest by Christopher Paolini.

    Oh, but I have... Though that was years ago.

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    Looking it up, I discovered it was by Tale of Tales, the same company that made a game called The Graveyard in which an old woman goes into a graveyard, sits on a bench, then gets up and leaves the graveyard.

    Don’t forget The Endless Forest!

    Yikes! I don’t think my eyes are capable of understanding so many diacritics.

    Yeah, I had to copy the title from the game’s Steam page.

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      CommentAuthorMiel
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2013 edited
     

    I like Tale of Tales’ concepts, but the finished product is always lacking. I blame this on the fact that instead of an actual programmer, they have Quest3D. And that they are adamant that a game company doesnt need programmers, only ‘artists’.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2013
     

    I hope they’re content to have incredibly limiting tools and absolutely nothing original, then. Using premade software makes game development a whole lot simpler—somebody else has done a lot of the base work and testing for you—but no matter how expansive that software is, your game ideas are always going to be constrained by the options available. Which means it’s not that your games don’t have original, inventive elements, it’s that they can’t have original, inventive elements. If all you have is a bunch of toy blocks, you can build lots of cool statues, maybe, but you’re never going to build a spaceship.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2013
     

    I want to play Planetside 2, but it doesn’t want me to. :(

    I’ve turned all the settings down to the lowest possible and I still get only about 10 FPS when I’m in a firefight, if that. It’s awful. According to the internet, it’s because for some bizarre reason, PS2 relies more on the CPU than the GPU (I guess so non-videocard people can play it? Or something?) and it doesn’t play well with AMD processors.

    I’m going to keep playing around with settings, but otherwise I may seriously have to just buy an Intel chip. I need a CPU upgrade anyway… might as well get some more RAM while I’m at it… and my videocard’s not that new either…

    ...this is going to turn into another computer building project, isn’t it?

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      CommentAuthorsansafro187
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2013 edited
     

    I want to play Planetside 2, but it doesn’t want me to. :(

    What is this game, exactly? Alls I really know about it right now is that there’s been some goon drama over it, and also a couple Planetside J4Gs got tricked into making hilariously dumb intro posts that got them banned.

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      CommentAuthorThea
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2013
     

    I’m not sure this counts, but the only game I’ve ever consistently played is the Sims and now they’ve ‘announced’ 4. Well, awhile ago. And I find myself annoyed even though I’ve hardly played at all for the past few months.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2013 edited
     

    @sansa – I know almost zip about it myself, but it’s basically an MMOFPS consisting of an endless battle between three different groups fighting for control of various areas/facilities/something. There’s six different classes plus vehicles, with a lot of customization. You can drop into and out of battles pretty much whenever you feel like it, but it pretty strongly supports playing as a team. At any rate, it’s F2P, is pretty, and looks like pretty much constant blow-stuff-up-and-shoot-people action, which sounds fun to me.

    I’ve watched a few videos of it by davidr64 and a few other people and it looks fun, so I figured I’d give it a shot and I think I’ll like it, but… my computer needs to get an upgrade first.

    Which it will get in approximately 3-5 business days, if Amazon/Newegg’s shipping estimates are correct. NEW CPU AND MORE MEMORY AT LAST!

    EDIT: Also, what kind of drama? Sounds… fun.

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2013
     

    I’m not sure this counts, but the only game I’ve ever consistently played is the Sims and now they’ve ‘announced’ 4. Well, awhile ago. And I find myself annoyed even though I’ve hardly played at all for the past few months.

    Yeah, they announced it at the beginning of this month, gave us a render showing off eyes of what are assumed to be renders of what sims will look like, and now there’s nothing until E3. Grrrrrr

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    PS2 stuff

    Sounds kinda cool, actually.

    Also, what kind of drama? Sounds… fun.

    Not really sure, I just saw the thread come up a lot when I was checking the bans/probations a few weeks ago.

    A cursory look tells me the goon guild is named “Earth’s Special Forces,” with the acronym [GOKU]. Be on the lookout!

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2013
     

    Success! I got it to work by turning the graphics settings down from “very low” to “unbelievably awful”. Extremely large battles are rather hard on computers, as it turns out. And my FPS is still not very good—maybe 15-20—but it’s playable, at least.

    And I actually managed to get some kills! Six, in fact! And 41 deaths. With 7% accuracy.

    ...I think I need to play a little more.

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      CommentAuthorThea
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2013
     

    Yeah, they announced it at the beginning of this month, gave us a render showing off eyes of what are assumed to be renders of what sims will look like, and now there’s nothing until E3. Grrrrrr

    Yeah, it kind of felt like why bother? It’s not like we didn’t know it would be coming anyway. It’d have been nicer to have held off the announcement until they at least finished releasing the expansions for TS3. Because if I want to save for 4, it’ll come from the TS3 budget.

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2013
     

    Yeah, it kind of felt like why bother? It’s not like we didn’t know it would be coming anyway. It’d have been nicer to have held off the announcement until they at least finished releasing the expansions for TS3. Because if I want to save for 4, it’ll come from the TS3 budget.

    Ha, and now it seems there’s not going to be a trailer. Or any information at all at E3. And the game seems to be meant to be released in the first half or so of 2014. Facepalm

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      CommentAuthorThea
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2013
     

    I cannot fathom the strategy behind this…or at least why it was thought a good idea.

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2013
     

    Sounds like another case of Daikatana syndrome (or Duke Nukem Forever syndrome).

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2013
     

    I cannot fathom the strategy behind this…or at least why it was thought a good idea.

    I know! EA has, if nothing else, shown a good business strategy with the Sims so far, so it’s bizarre that they’ve gone “yeah, the Sims 4 is coming, these expansion packs for the Sims 3 are your last… oh but wait we won’t show you TS4 or anything! That might make you want to wait to get it!”

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    Well, I imagine the next few weeks are gonna be a constant struggle to not try out Marvel Heroes.

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2013 edited
     

    Well, I imagine the next few weeks are gonna be a constant struggle to not try out Marvel Heroes.

    Oh yeah, it’s free to play, isn’t it? Well, I’m playing it if only to be Carol Danvers.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
     

    To sum up EA at E3: drool. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, new Star Wars: Battlefront game…

    Darn it, why must DA:I and Lightning Returns come out in 2014?

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    After the hilariously shitty trainwreck that was DA2 it’s probably a good idea to leave DA3 in the oven a little longer.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013 edited
     

    The only thing “hilariously shitty” about DAII are the people who constantly cry about it just because it wasn’t exactly what they wanted.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
     

    Thank you. Yes, DAII had some problems, but it’s leagues better than some of the crap out there.

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      CommentAuthorsansafro187
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013 edited
     

    The only thing “hilariously shitty” about DAII are the people who constantly cry about it just because it wasn’t exactly what they wanted.

    Also the writing, the characters, the repetitive combat, and the environment. Don’t forget those.

    Thank you. Yes, DAII had some problems, but it’s leagues better than some of the crap out there.

    Such as?

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
     

    the writing

    Which I loved, especially for not being a “hero saves the world” type of plot (which I’ve seen a lot of people whining about).

    the characters

    Which I loved, especially since they felt like they had lives outside of the protagonist’s matters (and in some cases even instigate major plot events in the story).

    the repetitive combat

    No more repetitive than DA:O‘s combat.

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    Which I loved, especially for not being a “hero saves the world” type of plot (which I’ve seen a lot of people whining about).

    Just because it was different doesn’t mean it was good.

    Which I loved, especially since they felt like they had lives outside of the protagonist’s matters (and in some cases even instigate major plot events in the story).

    Just because they randomly contribute plot events doesn’t make them good characters. Avelline was kinda cool even though the dating stuff was creepy, Varic was kinda cool even though his status as the narrator was completely wasted. Everybody else was basically a one-note asshole. Merrill actually seemed like she had a developmental disability.

    No more repetitive than DA:O‘s combat.

    DA:O’s combat wasn’t anything special, but at least it wasn’t entirely built around WAVES and WAVES and even more WAVES.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
     

    Everybody else was basically a one-note asshole. Merrill actually seemed like she had a developmental disability.

    Merrill is adorable. But I love Cloud-Cuckoolanders. And I wouldn’t call the majority of the cast “one-note assholes”, and even the more “asshole-ish” of the bunch can become warmer depending on how your relationships with them develop. (_DAII_ isn’t New Vegas, after all. XD) It says a lot about Anders and Fenris that I’ve romanced them before either of the female love interests.

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    Merrill is adorable.

    If you say so. I think it’s gross they even give you option to romance someone with the mind of a toddler.

    And I wouldn’t call the majority of the cast “one-note assholes”, and even the more “asshole-ish” of the bunch can become warmer depending on how your relationships with them develop. (_DAII_ isn’t New Vegas, after all. XD)

    I think you’re misunderstanding what I mean by “one-note asshole.” When I say assholes, I don’t mean they’re a bunch of meaniepantses. I mean they’re bad and/or insufferable people. And by one-note, I mean their personalities are built around a single element and they don’t have much depth to them as a result.

    It says a lot about Anders and Fenris that I’ve romanced them before either of the female love interests.

    It probably says something about something.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
     

    I mean they’re bad and/or insufferable people.

    All of the characters have low moral points and highs, influenced by your interactions with them. Gray morality has always ruled in Dragon Age. And really, the only way you’d think that their personalities are “built around a single element” is if you never bother to talk with them in the entire game.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
     

    I think it’s gross they even give you option to romance someone with the mind of a toddler.

    Sansa, you seem to have confused “lack of social skills” with “mentally challenged” Merrill’s a nerd, that’s all.

    I mean they’re bad and/or insufferable people. And by one-note, I mean their personalities are built around a single element and they don’t have much depth to them as a result.

    I don’t recall the characters from DA:O having much more depth to them. They all had their own little quests, but that didn’t make them “deep.” Plus, at least in DAII some of the companion quests actually tie back into the main plot. And without the whole “save the world” thing looming over everything, the companion quests fit in better – these people have more stuff going on than just what the PC is doing.

    Let’s just agree to disagree, okay?

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    Sansa, you seem to have confused “lack of social skills” with “mentally challenged” Merrill’s a nerd, that’s all.

    She goes so far past “lack of social skills” that it turns into an obnoxious caricature. When you combine it with her moronic insistence on fixing an obviously evil mirror, well, the simplest conclusion is that she has brain damage.

    I don’t recall the characters from DA:O having much more depth to them. They all had their own little quests, but that didn’t make them “deep.” Plus, at least in DAII some of the companion quests actually tie back into the main plot. And without the whole “save the world” thing looming over everything, the companion quests fit in better – these people have more stuff going on than just what the PC is doing.

    Sten was deeper and more interesting than DA2’s whole cast combined. It’s too bad he sucked at fighting.

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    I think that there's been some sass at the PS4 reveal.
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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013 edited
     

    The gist of it is that Sony is aware that the people who don’t like the Xbox One don’t actually know anything about how the Xbox One actually works, and are thus pandering to their ignorant beliefs.

    Very late addendum:

    Sten was deeper and more interesting than DA2’s whole cast combined.

    Sten was fine, but I liked the Arishok more.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2013
     

    You know what’s even better than Planetside 2 solo? Planetside 2 with other people so you can all pretend you know what you’re doing. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t start playing until 5 PM. I’d still be playing if we hadn’t been on a European server, which is pretty much dead right now (seeing as it’s very, very early morning in Europe).

    I love this game.

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2013
     

    I think that there’s been some sass at the PS4 reveal.

    Really? I hadn’t noticed

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    lol. I don't really care about consoles, but I was watching Tumblr comments. And some of the things there are issues to console gamers. Not that it matters, this is a PR war, and Microsoft is loosing bad. Unless, as Total Biscuit says, the Xbox has better exclusives. That is, in the 25 countries that have Xbox live.
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    Marvel Heroes is hella fun, but it’s also still pretty rough. It seems really poorly optimized, so you may have some problems running it if your computer isn’t really burly. Mine overheats a lot while playing it, which has only ever happened maybe two or three times before, and only while playing L4D2.

    It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been playing Cyclops and half my screen is NONSTOP LASERS PEWPEWPEW

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2013
     

    Started playing Bastion again. I forgot how great that game is.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2013
     
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    Final Fantasy 7 is on Steam. What the fuck. My free tiiiiiiime.

    • CommentAuthorPotatoman
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2013
     
    Anybody here played Little Big Adventure 2? That is my favourite game of all time... so awesome )
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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2013 edited
     

    The Steam Summer Sale has begun… yet Skyrim All Of The Everything Edition or whatever it’s called is still $36.

    I WANT YOU, SKYRIM.

    WHY MUST YOU STILL COST MONEY.

    EDIT: I also want everything else.

    I HATE YOU, STEAM.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2013
     

    That’s still a 40% discount, swenson.

    But, yeah, still a bit pricey.

    Then again, I still haven’t played Morrowind or Oblivion, so maybe I should get through those first.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2013
     

    I’ve been thinking of getting Skyrim...solely because lately, I’ve been fantasizing about a version of Skyrim where the dragons are replaced with sirens. Instead of a “Fus Ro Dah” Shout, you get a “Fa Re Do” Song. It’d be called Sirenrim, and it’d be awesome. Actually owning Skyrim would give me more Sirenrim material. =^_^=

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    Dark Souls is 75% off. If you have a gaming controller of some kind for your PC, you really owe it to yourself to get it.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2013
     

    Gaming controllers.

    Seriously, though, people keep mentioning Dark Souls to me. It may be a sign… but I already have a list of, like, six games I want and will never ever play. I already bought Scribblenauts…

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    I just use an old PS2 controller with a cheap(~$7 IIRC) adapter I got off of eBay a few years ago and it works like a charm.

    The game is awesome, though. Tough, fair, intense, and does a better job creating a sense of atmosphere and setting than any game I’ve played since probably Super Metroid.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2013
     

    I was poking around in the Steam summer sale and picked up the Ultimate Edition of Fallout: New Vegas for $12. And the price for Super-Ultimate Skyrim just keeps going up. I think it’s at $45 now. But Vanilla Skyrim’s at around $20, so at least there’s that.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2013 edited
     

    I’m going to regret not getting Super-Ultimate Saiyan Skyrim, but I’ll get it eventually. Maybe next year. :)

    So, uh, Just Cause 2 is three bucks. I’ve never before had the desire to get it, but… I hear it’s fun?

    EDIT: Scribblenauts is insanely fun. I may have just lured an allosaurus into a cage with, um, a baby. But I love that it worked.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013
     

    Just checked Steam again, and both Ultimate New Vegas and GotY Fallout 3 are $5 each. I should have waited. grumble grumble

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013
     

    Heh, I just got Ultimate NV about an hour ago. Score for me!

    Remember the general rule, though: only buy if it’s a flash or daily sale, unless it’s a publisher bundle, in which case buy it whenever. If I didn’t already have Fallout 3 (not GotY, but still), I’d be getting that one too…

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013
     

    Have fun wandering the wild, dangerous, crazy, and frequently-glitchy wastes!

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      CommentAuthorsansafro187
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013 edited
     

    I also got Ultimate NV for $5. No idea when I’m going to have time to play it at this point, but I can’t pass up the value.

    e: Got Shogun 2 as well, because I have poor impulse control. Date up, motherfuckers!

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013
     

    No idea when I’m going to have time to play it at this point, but I can’t pass up the value.

    Steam sales in a nutshell.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013 edited
     

    I’m tempted to get Fallout 3, but I’m not sure how it compares to 1, 2, or NV.

    Edit: Checked the balance on my credit card and found out that I’m good. Also picked up Universe Sandbox for $4. If nothing else, it looks like a fun toy to play with.

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    I just had to come here and say that Star Control 2 is by far the best SciFi game I’ve ever played. It’s fun, it’s got the exploration business down, it has good characters and interesting world building that doesn’t feel like it’s ripping off fantasy tropes, it’s villains are threatening but not baby eaters, I just fell in love with this game.

    http://sc2.sourceforge.net/

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2013 edited
     

    siiiiiiigh…

    Skyrim: Everything Edition is 36 bucks again.

    Should I buy it? I hate buying videogames for more than twenty bucks unless I really, really want them, but… it has all the DLC... and this is probably the lowest it’s been all sale… and it’s not gonna be cheaper again for a long time…

    EDIT: I freely admit I’m being stupid about this, by the way. If it were $30, I would’ve already bought it (probably), but somehow that extra $6 makes all the difference.

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    Do you think you’re going to play it? It’s an important question to ask yourself during Steam Sale season. After all, I have a few friends who have 200+ games they’ve bought on a “good deal” but never touched.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2013
     

    Well… that’s a good question.

    I finally did finish Oblivion (by which I mean I completed the main quest, and it took me over a year), and I am interested in Skyrim. So I think I would play at least a little bit of it. But I’m not sure if I’d play $36 worth of it. For that much, I want to get more than an hour or two out of it.

    I’m at least more likely to play Skyrim than other random things (like cough Just Cause 2, which I definitely did not in any way buy, I swear), but I’ve bought games before that I never played or barely played, and to spend almost $40 on something, I do want to know I’ll play it.

    I’ll think about it some more, I guess.

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    Speaking for myself, I just can’t play sandbox games for extended periods of time. The lack of focus just stops compelling me after awhile, and I don’t really feel like I’m making any meaningful progress.

    Obviously that’s not true for everybody.

    Alpha Protocol is $7.50 for the duration of the summer sale. I’d say everybody should get it right now, but it could always drop further on flash sale or something. If you can tolerate clunky combat, that game is incredibly cool.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2013
     

    I don’t even know how I missed this, but as we all should know…

    Valve is definitely working on Half-Life 3.

    Also Left 4 Dead 3 (see also this screenshot from a computer seen during a tour of the Valve offices). And apparently the website l4d3.ru popped up in the past few days/weeks with a countdown to August 21.

    Is it safe to break out the squeeing Valve fangirl yet, or am I just going to get burned again? :)

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    In your heart, you know the answer.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2013
     

    Sure, but I’m pretending I don’t. :)

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013
     

    Drool.

    The only downside is that since I have Mass Effect 3 on the 360, I won’t be able to get the N7 Suit in Dead Space 3. Plus I have to wait for my internet to get fixed up, but the sale will still be active once that’s done.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013
     

    Clever move on EA’s part. Rack up some goodwill with gamers, and get them to install Origin at the same time.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2013
     

    I didn’t even get my hopes up and Valve still managed to dash them.

    sdjkfhlaksjdsagdtaibtuiagsdjgfk why did you ever play “Still Alive” for us on that one trip, Joel? I never would’ve even gotten into videogames if not for you telling me about Portal…

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      CommentAuthorsansafro187
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2013 edited
     

    Womp womp.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2013
     

    Well, I played this and that when I was younger, stuff like Rollercoaster Tycoon and endless hours of Fury3 (which I doubt anyone’s ever heard of), but that was what really got me into games, because it got me to play Half-Life 2, and then everything spiraled wildly out of control from there.

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    lol. That’s more or less how it went for me too. I just played a few games before, AoE2, Mount&Blade then I got Portal, then Portal 2 was the “newest” game I ever got, then Half-Life & 2, then I pre-ordered CS:GO . . .

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2013
     

    Argleblargle. I am getting my butt kicked by a flash game, of all things. Epic Battle Fantasy 4 is hard on Epic difficulty, okay?!

    Stupid Godcat and her stupid kill-everything attacks…

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    The company a friend works for is running a kickstarter to get a game made. He’s pretty excited to get the chance to work on this game, so I figured I’d pass the link along.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236620800/shantae-half-genie-hero

    I also finally got to playing Spec Ops: The Line. It was a good game, but the ending ruined it for me.

    Spoilers

    Currently playing Dynasty Warriors 8. It’s a Dynasty Warriors game, I don’t have any high expectations from it beyond kill hordes of enemies, use interesting weapons and wear funny costumes. And really, it’s these elements that keep me coming back despite the Press X to win gameplay, the “screw it” button, the bad story telling, the lack of variety in characters and the terrible voice acting. It’s a relic of a lost age where actually having fun playing a game was more important than story, realism and scenery.

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    Bioware, you piss me off because I hate a lot of the stuff EA’s forcing you to pull off and have been less than satisfied with your last few games, but I’m still going to keep buying your games because you’re still pretty good for the most part and keep hoing to encounter another Knights of the Old Republic or Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark. Curse you, Bioware!

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013
     

    Yeah, it is easier to tell yourself that video game developers are being forced to make games that aren’t what you want than to accept that they want to make games for people who aren’t you.

    I’m currently playing Final Fantasy V, the only game where the king of dragons blasting away an enemy with its breath twice, a ton of meteors slamming down in someone’s face, and eight hits from swords charged with ultimate magic can’t compare to the power of a doofus dancing.

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    Like the fucking Bat-Signal.

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    It’s not one of those “oh noes, they had a bad plot! Woe is me!” things, it’s their project 10 dollar approach to DLC I don’t like. I didn’t like the fact getting a “good” ending in Mass Effect 3 required you to play multiplayer even though the game itself is single player. I didn’t like the reused environments and basic combat in Dragon Age 2. And the Old Republic… Okay, I can’t actually complain about that one beyond the fact it’s not City of Heroes, a crime all MMOs not called City of Heroes are guilty of.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013
     

    I didn’t like the fact getting a “good” ending in Mass Effect 3 required you to play multiplayer even though the game itself is single player.

    You never had to. It was simply that getting the “best” ending required you to get almost every single point of Military Strength that you could on top of having made a specific choice in the previous game. Most people don’t know very much about how EMS works in ME3.

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    Guess I can count myself among them. That doesn’t stop be from being apprehensive about Dragon Age: Inquisition. And the fact they’re going to continue their habit of finding a character they’ve already written into the story, cut that character out and charge you 10$ to unlock them.

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      CommentAuthorSìlfae
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013
     

    I didn’t like the reused environments and basic combat in Dragon Age 2.

    Yes, they went hand in hand with the repetitive combat system; recently I retook after years Dragon Age Origins and, really, for almost every aspect it seems like Dragon Age 2 came out before.

    You never had to. It was simply that getting the “best” ending required you to get almost every single point of Military Strength that you could on top of having made a specific choice in the previous game. Most people don’t know very much about how EMS works in ME3.

    I remember they reduced the minimum required for the “breath scene” (and some of the others) with the Extended Cut, so that people could manage even without playing multiplayer; I seem to recall the original vanilla game, even with the best possible choices, still didn’t manage to get you to the 4.000+ you needed, that’s why there were complaints at the beginning.

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    I cared about the galactic readiness thing in ME3 right up until I beat the game and went to look up what the score affected and what pushing the other ending buttons did.

    What awaited me was the dumb truth.

    Yes, they went hand in hand with the repetitive combat system; recently I retook after years Dragon Age Origins and, really, for almost every aspect it seems like Dragon Age 2 came out before.

    There’s been an apocryphal internet story floating around since DA2 came out that the reason the dev cycle was so short(which was clearly a factor in a number of the game’s flaws) is because some EA shot-caller was convinced that DA:O had become a monster hit only because it was riding the fading coattails of the LotR movies, so they needed to rush the next one out the door before the zeitgeist got away from them.

    We all saw how that turned out.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013
     

    the “breath scene”

    Which isn’t even the best ending, IMO, because it means half of the awesome characters are dead.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013
     

    And the fact they’re going to continue their habit of finding a character they’ve already written into the story, cut that character out and charge you 10$ to unlock them.

    Like so many other “facts”, I’m going to guess that there will be absolutely no proof whatsoever of this.

    I seem to recall the original vanilla game, even with the best possible choices, still didn’t manage to get you to the 4.000+ you needed, that’s why there were complaints at the beginning.

    If you chose to destroy the Collector Base in ME2, it lowers the EMS requirements for the better Destroy variations, including the one in which Shepard lives. (It also makes Destroy the only option if you have very low EMS. Saving the Collector Base does all this for Control.)

    I cared about the galactic readiness thing in ME3 right up until I beat the game and went to look up what the score affected and what pushing the other ending buttons did.

    What awaited me was the dumb truth.

    The majority of early EMS charts online were quite inaccurate and didn’t include things like the Collector Base decision or how your EMS affects scenes throughout Priority: Earth.

    Of course, that’s counting the ones that actually tried to give factual information. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that there were plenty of people spewing laughably ignorant information online because they didn’t get what they wanted.

    There’s been an apocryphal internet story floating around since DA2 came out

    That’s a very good indication that it’s probably not true.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013 edited
     

    Like so many other “facts”, I’m going to guess that there will be absolutely no proof whatsoever of this.

    Yeah… I really doubt this too. There’s absolutely nothing missing if you don’t have Javik; in fact, I think having him along when you go to Thessia is kind of annoying and doesn’t flow nearly as well as when you don’t have him.

    e: assuming we’re talking about Javik.

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    The majority of early EMS charts online were quite inaccurate and didn’t include things like the Collector Base decision or how your EMS affects scenes throughout Priority: Earth.

    They were right in that EMS didn’t really change the ending though. I got the score high enough that I had the option to pick the green light but that option is for losers. I guess I could’ve gotten it high enough to have Shepard take a breath but that scene didn’t really matter to me.

    That’s a very good indication that it’s probably not true.

    Uh, yeah, that is what the word “apocryphal” means.

    They did have a short dev cycle though and it resulted in obvious corner-cutting so it’s either Bioware’s fuck-up or EA’s. There are still people who like Bioware so they want to give Bioware the benefit of the doubt. Literally nobody likes EA so it makes for an easy scapegoat.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013 edited
     

    I’m guessing the only reason people assume Javik was supposed to be in the game originally is because there’s incomplete data for Javik on the disc…except they did the same thing for Zaeed and Kasumi. (At least Javik isn’t completely isolated from everything else in the game…)

    Sebastian in DAII has very little relevance to the overall main plot as well. The only major impact he has on the main plot is

    Addendum:

    obvious corner-cutting

    Read: Doing stuff that some people didn’t want them to do and is thus “objectively” bad.

    Literally nobody likes EA so it makes for an easy scapegoat.

    People who assume that the group who’s screaming the loudest must obviously be in the majority are why vocal minorities exist.

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    Like so many other “facts”, I’m going to guess that there will be absolutely no proof whatsoever of this.

    Should have worded that better. I suspect they’re going to continue their four game long tradition.

    Garrus also has no real relevance on the plot as a whole either, though many would agree it would be a much lesser game if they decided to cut him out. Bioware is all about characters and the world they create. Each of the characters mentioned added something to the lore, even if it was something as small as an extra perspective or a new storyline. I’m okay with DLC, just not day one DLC. There’s just something that really ruffles my feathers about any sort of day one DLC that’s not something as simple as Give Jack A Jacket To Cover Her Dental Floss. I can’t really put it into words, but it irks me.

    And the reason people are quick to blame EA is because EA doesn’t exactly have a good track record. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that Bioware started pulling some of their more annoying habits after they got bought out by EA, but it’s nicer to blame the company that’s kind of lost any good will people have to offer it for issues that are pretty typical of the company in question.

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      CommentAuthorsansafro187
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013 edited
     

    Read: Doing stuff that some people didn’t want them to do and is thus “objectively” bad.

    Is there any point in favor of using the same three maps over and over? Or having most of the encounters be waves of dudes teleporting in? Because I can’t think of any.

    And I guess you could say “some people didn’t want them to” but the game sold so poorly relative to expectations that they cancelled planned DLC for it, so it was probably more than just “some people.”

    People who assume that the group who’s screaming the loudest must obviously be in the majority are why vocal minorities exist.

    Or it could be that there’s basically no reason to actively like them and lots of easy reasons to dislike them. I mean maybe there’s secretly a huge group of people who love EA but I would expect indifference to be the most prevalent attitude toward them.

    • CommentAuthorRocky
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013
     
    I'm getting depressed about the next Assassin's Creed game. Six years ago, they grabbed me with a story hook I really bought into. Looking at everything in between then and now, all I can see is another annualized franchise being groomed to hopefully-maybe-possibly dethrone COD.

    Still, if it even slightly reminds me of _Sid Meyer's Pirates_....
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    all I can see is another annualized franchise being groomed to hopefully-maybe-possibly dethrone COD.

    It’s unfortunate, but that’s how the game is played now. You do your best to establish a franchise and then you run it into the ground leverage it until it stops being profitable to do so.

    I never liked AC’s overall plot very much(gameplay owned though) because I felt like the framing story was just getting in the way, but I understand why you’d be disappointed if you did like it. Pooping out yearly sequels to make more money isn’t really conducive to good storytelling.

    ...
    I am still playing Marvel Heroes. This is the longest I have ever stuck with a Diablo-style game. A good part of it has to do with how open and aggressive the devs are about improving it. It’s almost become a whole new game in the space of 3 or 4 months.

    I’m leveling Deadpool right now and he owns bones. Shoot dudes, cut dudes, teleport around, heal people with teddy bears, throw exploding Deadpool plushies, annoy other players with your dumb lines. Truly everything you could ask.

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      CommentAuthorSìlfae
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2013
     

    Which isn’t even the best ending, IMO, because it means half of the awesome characters are dead.

    Yes, of course, by “better” I meant “the one that requires the higher score”, the preference is another matter.

    Garrus also has no real relevance on the plot as a whole either, though many would agree it would be a much lesser game if they decided to cut him out. Bioware is all about characters and the world they create.

    Well, there is also to consider in the Mass Effect series (or analogues) there is no telling when you’d recruit each member (or if they were still alive at a certain point), it comes natural they organized the plot so it could work even if the character wasn’t there, because it could have not really been there depending on previous choices.