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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2015
     

    Thinking of getting Fallout: New Vegas for PC. Any thoughts on the game?

    Shooting things in the face is fun.

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      CommentAuthororganiclead
    • CommentTimeJun 26th 2015 edited
     

    Running around Gotham shooting things in a highly maneuverable tank. There are some really stupid plot points in this game so far, but I’m too distracted by shiny gadget syndrome to care.

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      CommentAuthorResistance
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2015
     

    Got Fallout: NV, was pretty good, although I’d watched a lot of Let’s Plays for it before actually playing it so it felt both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.

    Unfortunately, my parents disapprove of games in which you can swear, shoot, or eat irradiated meat (they think that violent video games cause real life violence), so I can no longer play. Hopefully I’ll be able to get/play Fallout 4, though, I’ve been watching a lot of commentary of the E3 presentation and it looks really interesting.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2015
     

    Okay, really late on this, but that sucks, Resistance. And the Fallout games aren’t nearly as bad as some other games – they actually give you the option to avoid some fights or talk your way out of them. And while I can accept violent video games may contribute to violence in RL, it can’t be much worse than anything in TV, movies, or books.

    On to my own stuff.

    So I’m managing to squeeze in some DA:I every now and then, and I’m rapidly approaching a major decision – mages, or templars? On my first run, I went with mages, because I was playing a human mage, so it made sense. This time, I’m still playing a mage, but a Qunari instead. Part of me wants to go with the templars just to see what’s different, but I don’t know if that would really fit with playing a mage. Plus, this is probably going to be my “official” play-through, if any more games are made, because this run-through has my custom world-state instead of the default.

    Thoughts?

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      CommentAuthorSarahSyna
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2015
     

    Squishy magelets. The Red Templars are more fun to fight than the Venatori, and it ties into DA2 better. Plus, a Vashoth probably wouldn’t be down with the whole ‘WE TEMPLARS WE CRUSH’ attitude they displayed in Val Royeaux.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2015
     

    Well, I’m going to end up fighting both either way – the issue is more about who I’ll be working with. And I’d think that a Qunari – even a Vashoth mage – might be hesitant to work with people who ally themselves with Tevinter.

    That said, the templars were mostly assholes in Val Royeaux, and it would connect better to my DA2 game.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2015
     

    New DLC for DA:I, and it’s Qunari themed stuff (mount, 2 armor sets, and a throne).

    Shit, now I have to buy it. At least it’s only $5.

    I do have one complaint on my play through so far – I can’t wear any of the armor I’ve gotten as loot. Lame.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2015 edited
     

    Finally got around to playing KotOR 2 (with the Restored Content Mod, of course). It was fun! It was Star Wars, I got to fly around to random planets and talk to weird aliens and swish swish stab people with a lightsaber. Even with the mod, though, you could see the ragged edges… glitchy as anything, and definitely still some missing bits. But quite fun nonetheless.

    Of course I’m going to say the original was the superior game, not just because it was less glitchy/less cut content, but tbh the plot twist was better… I felt slightly let down by the KotOR 2 one.

    That being said, on the positives side of things, Kreia is pretty much an amazing character in every possible way, and I like the theme of the game, which is basically that everything you do has repercussions, and when you’re a really powerful Jedi, there’s REALLY REALLY BIG repercussions. You can try to escape or avoid them, but sooner or later you’re going to have to face the consequences of your actions, for good or bad. And I liked that there’s quite a few things that are referenced about Revan and Malak from the first game that aren’t entirely explained, but are understandable to people who played it. The game was closely tied to the original, without (entirely) just copying it.

    All in all, fun times with lightsabers.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2015
     

    My favourite thing about Kreia is how the game tries to treat her as some sage of “grey” morality…all while giving you dark-side points if you agree with her. It’s almost as if they were all too aware of how terrible their attempt at “grey” morality is. All while being the most transparent villain ever.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2015
     

    I dunno, I felt that was intentional—she never was gray, so if you/the exile didn’t figure that out by the end of the game, it’s on you. It’s kind of like “oh, she’s evil. Well—yeah, I guess I shoulda seen that coming.” Kreia (which my phone wants to correct to “oreos”...) can claim up, down, and sideways that she’s not Sith, but if you actually think about what she has to say, it’s Sith philosophy dressed up in nicer clothes.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2015
     

    Picked up the latest DA:I DLC, The Descent, because I’m an addict. I even switched back to my first play-through just to make sure I’m properly leveled.

    I’ll admit, I was a bit iffy about it at first, mostly because I’m not sure exploring the Deep Roads fits with the Inquisition thing. However, clearing out a lost dwarven thaig was pretty epic, even if the Emissary boss was a pain in the ass (fucking shields…). And the folks at Bioware do seem to have made this more of a full-on expansion, rather than just a new area with its own special plot like in Jaws of Hakkon, mostly because the main camp has its own war map thing, with its own special operations, which is kinda neat.

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    Playing through Jade Empire and having a blast. Kind of sad I didn’t get around to it when it was new.

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      CommentAuthorSarahSyna
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2015
     

    HOLY SHIT TRESPASSER IS AWESOME
    there are problems with it
    BUT I HAD A GREAT TIME
    flops

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2015
     

    Goddamnit, Bioware. I just finished Descent, and you drop another DLC expansion? My credit card’s already stretched thin from going to Dragon Con over Labor Day weekend.

    Also, gotta love CD Projekt RED – the first DLC expansion for Witcher: Wild Hunt is available for $10. That’s $1 for every hour of game play they’re advertising.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2015
     

    It’s probably “10 hours of content” in the sense that the DLC is 2.5 hours long, but it also includes two purely-cosmetic outfits for minor NPCs and they count that as making it four times the content.

    And all that really needs to be said about Trespasser is this: It’s Dragon Age‘s Citadel. It is fantastic, and it’s not a fantastic story but a ton of new content. There’s the new trials, new alternate upgrades for every single ability, and between Trespasser and the recent patch there is a ton of new items that have been added in the base game and in the DLC.

    The only sad part is knowing it’s going to be a long time until the sequel…

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2015
     

    It’s probably “10 hours of content” in the sense that the DLC is 2.5 hours long, but it also includes two purely-cosmetic outfits for minor NPCs and they count that as making it four times the content.

    Well, considering CDPR released a whole bunch of largely cosmetic DLC for free for the first couple weeks after the game’s release, I’m willing to believe them. And they kinda made a big deal out of not charging for crap like that.

    And even so, that’s less than what Bioware charges for DLC with actual content.

    The only sad part is knowing it’s going to be a long time until the sequel…

    Eh, just gives me time to finish my canon play-through. I still haven’t finished with Haven on that run.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2015
     

    And they kinda made a big deal out of not charging for crap like that.

    “We are CD Projekt Red and we truly love gamers. That is why we think you’re all idiots who can be suckered with an obviously-inflated number of free ‘DLCs’ that add an average of one minute of content to the game.”

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    For the three people out there who haven’t heard, Undertale is fantastic.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2015
     

    New Mass Effect: Andromeda teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Et481TNgE

    I keep trying to convince myself that it’s going to suck so I don’t get my hopes up, buuuuut it’s hard. Mass Effect is my favorite series… I love to complain about all the problems with it (just discovered a new plothole last night when replaying ME2, in fact!), but I’ve had more fun with the games than any other series.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2015
     

    Got back into DA:I now that I’m done with classes. Not sure which romance is more adorable: Cassandra’s saying she doesn’t want romance, storming out, storming back in, and saying she does want romance, but wants it done right; or Josephine’s complete obliviousness and the 50’s movie leg-lift with the first kiss.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2016
     

    Finished Witcher 3. For a game that can be ridiculously misogynistic at specific points, the “good” ending is actually all about giving the main female character agency and trusting that she knows what she’s doing, and that’s pretty cool. (I feel like I could write a couple of essays on the treatment of women in Witcher 3. Short version: mixed bag, but ultimately I think it comes out pretty good.)

    Anyway, that game hit just about every single thing I love in RPGs… choices that actually matter, a combat system complex enough to be interesting but not so complex I can’t just W+M1 my way through it anyway, an incredibly clever alchemy system (and the massive array of potions, poisons, etc. give you a ton of different playstyle options), engaging characters and quests, enough open world-ness that I never got bored yet a main quest sufficiently interesting that I rarely wanted to be away from it long… plus some very good voice acting (in particular, TONS of background chatter that is repeated less frequently than you’d expect), great music, and very pretty graphics.

    It’s one of the best games I’ve ever played, frankly. It’s just really, really well done.

    EDIT: also oh my word I could listen to Skellige accents all day long. They’re just Irish accents, but I think they found the sexiest-sounding Irish voice actors ever and had them record the dialogue.

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    I’m not really on here as much as I used to be, but I figured at least a few people would appreciate this. Humble Bundle has Telltale Games as their theme this month, so they have Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands and a few other fun ones for ~$12.

    Since I already have The Wolf Among Us, here’s a steam ID for anyone who wants to give it a go:

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2016 edited
     

    TWAU is an extremely good game, btw. I strongly recommend it to everyone, and would totally snag that code if I didn’t already own the game.

    And then you can do what I did and end up reading how many ever hundred issues there are of Fables and its side series, because it’s a really interesting world.

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      CommentAuthorSarahSyna
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2016
     

    So I wholeheartedly recommend Stardew Valley to anyone who likes farming games. It’s really fun, and has a touch of Undertale-esque whimsy, being sweet and cute without being saccharine. It has consumed my life.

    • CommentAuthorDave
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2016
     

    After getting a look at World of Tanks and its spin offs, I wanna see World of Infantry. All you’ll do is dig a hole and lose sleep.

    • CommentAuthorDave
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2016
     

    Sorry for the double post, but I had some thoughts that I felt like sharing. To wit, my Rise of the Tomb Raider replay.

    So, I played the first one in the rebooted series and rather enjoyed it. Something that I’ve always like about Ubisoft is how they let you roam pretty much freely and allow for all kinds of mobility within the environment (FarCry, Assassin’s Creed, etc.). So I bought the game as soon as it came out and liked it. Time goes by and I decide to play it through and to and do more of the side stuff.

    More stuff under the hidey thing.

    Just my two cents.

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      CommentAuthorSarahSyna
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2016
     

    XCOM! 2! Holy shit, I love it!

    Holy shit, it’s so hard! And I am playing on Rookie! It’s awesome, I’m just terrible at strategy games.

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      CommentAuthorApep
    • CommentTime3 days ago
     

    Finished my second play-through of Dragon Age: Inquisition a little while back. Mostly I’m glad to have gathered all the mosaics and whatnot. Not sure if I’ll ever play it again, except to make some radically different choices.

    I’ve since been playing Pillars of Eternity, and damn is it fun.