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Title: Video Games
Post by: kv on August 24, 2010, 11:42:59 AM
What games is everyone playing? Anything new? Like it, love it, hate it?

  -kv
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Jester on August 25, 2010, 07:12:34 AM
I'm playing 2 games right now. First one is Borderlands. I just got around to getting it and it's alot of fun. No deathmatching but the co-op experiance is cool. The second one is a closed beta for World of Tanks. It's a team based shooter where you drive around in WW2 tanks blasting the other guys. Right now we can use Russian and German tanks. They are about to add american tanks in the next patch. When it comes out, not sure when, you will be able to form clans. And clans the clans will be able to fight for teritory in europe. And one of the best parts about the whole thing is it will be a micro transaction game. So the overall game itself will be free to play. That's what I'm playing right now :)
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on August 25, 2010, 06:15:56 PM
Actually , I recently rediscovered a copy of Baldur's Gate II at the bottom of a box and although I beat it once upon a time, I decided to run it again using only the female characters - the Go-gos goMedieval if you will ;) 
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Ingo Monk on August 26, 2010, 12:13:25 AM
I'm playing a whole lot of Battlefield Bad Company 2.  On off days I'm going through Mass Effect 2 as well ;)
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: APOCALYPSE on August 29, 2010, 04:24:51 AM
I'm a huge STARCRAFT fan so been playing STARCRAFT II. What more can I say besides it's a blast. It only took over ten years for them to finish it.

Also, been playing through Final Fantasy Tactics A2 on my Nintendo DS as well as using my Wii Fit.



@Zone: Baldur's Gate II was a blast. I used to have it but got rid of it a long time ago.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: kv on August 30, 2010, 02:28:38 PM
My wife and I are living with Ruski at the moment, so we have access to his entire library of games and movies, as well as our own. I haven't been playing a lot of video games, because I try and skimp on them when I should be doing something important.

Last full game I played was Mass Effect 2. Afterward, I started another play-through of the first game, to see how decisions differed. I also wanted to set up for the third game, so there would be a way to see the good and bad endings.

My wife played through Red Dead Redemption, and that was pretty awesome (I played it, didn't finish it), and I've resolved to go back and beat Fallout 3 (and all the expansions), as well as Dragon Age (and all the expansions) before their sequels come out.

My wife just started Saboteur, which she put in the topless code for! I was so shocked!

  -kv
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Ingo Monk on September 05, 2010, 11:32:53 PM
Saboteur was really fun, and there's plenty of stuff to do if you're one of those completionist people.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: kv on September 06, 2010, 03:05:15 PM
I am a completionist, which is usually annoying, and even moreso now that they can tack on DLC to my favorite games, meaning I haven't finished all of it (I'm currently trying to finish the expansion for Dragon Age and re-playing Fallout 3 with all the expansions).

Ruski picked up Metal Gear Solid 4, but the only thing I know about it is that Otacon's voice shouting "Snake??!? SNAKE!!!!!" is seriously getting on my nerves.

  -kv
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on July 13, 2020, 11:26:06 AM
Not generally a big console gamer but got a bunch of 'em, and a big old box of untouched old games, so just finished Fallout New Vegas on my tryout run.  Liked it well enough that now I have to go back in, create a new character, and find all the story lines. I'm like that, gotta do it all or I'm not done.  Much like KV above, I tend toward completionism. 

The companion options are certainly a mixed bag. I found Raul and Veronica annoying to various degrees. Lily was fine but her voice was grating and she also tended to run into the line of fire, Boone was good and his quest was decent, but way less than expected, Arcade was so good I found myself making character decisions based on his stated preferences, but the best of the bunch were Ed-E and Rex. Wish I could have run them together.  Barely touched on Rose of Sharon, so she's going to get preference on the full  dress run. Companions are very important to me in these things, gotta have someone to hide behind ;)
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Capt_North on July 14, 2020, 12:58:58 PM
Hahah, oh, good ole New Vegas. Not sure if someones still working on a fallout 4 update version thing. basicly ALL of fallout new vegas brought into fallout 4 with things updated and fixed.. Id love that.

As for me, I enjoy stealthy fun in Fall games, and always went the insane route of sneaking straight north through the death claws, bandits, geckos and other insanely dangerous things to get to vegas right away and collect a good rifle, and if possible the big 50. Never even heard the shot that killed them.

would especially love it with some of fall 4s mods, like battle for the wastelands, mobile groups of enemies patrolling around to liven things up (just not in their masses of 10+ guys..) and option to build your bases where you want...
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: ROOTless on July 14, 2020, 03:07:23 PM
Battletech and the old Shadowrun games by Harebrained Schemes.
Also pulled Stellaris out again.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on July 19, 2020, 01:37:26 PM
They're trying to get me to play Metal Gear Solid, it doesn't sound like my niche (which is pretty much strictly fantasy/scifi) should I give it a go or continue to nod and sneer, muttering 'maybe someday.'
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Capt_North on July 20, 2020, 02:11:03 AM
Been drifting between
No Man's Sky, for fun kinda flying around, gathering stuff to build base, and blowing things up. fairly fun and interesting as trying to find cool gear and such.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker for mindless kinda fun work stuff. take time dissecting a ship and tossing the parts away to their bins. great to just kinda zone out and plan then implement.

AAnndd.. Dead Effect 2. Cause sometimes you wanna just get a big fucking gun and FUCK SHIT UP!
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: ROOTless on July 20, 2020, 06:12:03 AM
They're trying to get me to play Metal Gear Solid,
It's a stealth game I believe? Never played it myself.
At least one of my original SR-group was a fan though.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on July 21, 2020, 08:30:29 AM
I enjoy stealthy fun in Fall games, and always went the insane route of sneaking straight north through the death claws, bandits, geckos and other insanely dangerous things to get to vegas right away and collect a good rifle, and if possible the big 50.

Tried this, managed to stealth my way past all the deathclaws up to Crimson Caravan, discovering new locations along the way.  Having issues finding enough ammo, always running out, but I snuck about Nipton, came at the Legion pisswits from the back and took them and their dogs down with three frag mines, a couple sticks of dynamite, and a 10mm pistol all by my own little self, no companions. Admittedly got a little bloody, but finished with half my HP, and did it in one go. 

Anybody know a game called Castlevania? It was at the very bottom of the box and I was wondering if that was a review.  I generally hate vampire stuff, but if it's about destroying them, I might be persuaded.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Capt_North on July 28, 2020, 07:40:25 AM
Well. As a professional vampire hunter (and unwilling vampire) I approve of Castlevania. 3 of them in particular:

Symphony of the Night: you play alucard, draculas son trying to stop his resurrection and rampage. Originally on the PS1, but you can find it on EVERYTHING now, mobile, pretty sure on PC, xbox, ps4, switch, ect. Excellent action RPG exploration.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow: you play Soma Cruz, Teenager who finds he has a strange occult power to absorb demon and monster souls then manifest their powers, and is trapped in Draculas castle on the full moon and must work to stop his resurrection. Follows Symphony of the night, your character levels up as you fight and explore, get new weapons and equipment, and special abilities from the monsters you kill. Out on GBA and mobile.

And Castlevania Dawn of sorrow, sequel to Aria of sorrow. Your in a strange new town that harbors a cult attempting to resurrect dracula and must stop them. Much more refined game play, and your controlling soma again.

I have both for my 3ds  just cause they are fun to play with TONS of little secrets and combos and such. Easy to snag an emulator to run them, or like i did, get a 3ds or 2ds and pick up the cartridges. though prices seem to vary wildly where you look..
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on August 11, 2020, 05:04:37 PM
Haven't tried it yet. Still slomo through New Vegas, finding lots of new shite beyond the run through, but the new season of Umbrella Academy got dropped so have been slomo through that instead of, recently. What a good show.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: ROOTless on August 13, 2020, 02:51:38 PM
but the new season of Umbrella Academy got dropped so have been slomo through that instead of, recently. What a good show.
's not half bad. We're watching it too.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on October 03, 2020, 09:33:28 AM
Moved on to Fallout 3.  What difference, can tell there was a different writing team on this one, not quite as there.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: ROOTless on October 04, 2020, 05:48:26 AM
New writing team - is that good or bad?
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on October 04, 2020, 09:18:54 AM
Well, I have to say that the New Vegas team were better at story and character.  For instance, take the companions, good or bad they were memorable.  Raul was so frickin' irritating to me, his personality was like a passive aggressive cheese grater, but he was a real character, fully formed, likewise Arcade was such a toe in the sand introvert who was nevertheless a well armed sidekick that you wanted to run his quest, do him that favor.  And if you pissed these guys off for any reason, they let you know about it. I love that. In Fallout 3, Dogmeat, though a nice throwback, is a simple recycle, and the one companion I've managed to recruit is just a cardboard cutout with a combat shotgun.  Nice to have the extra fire power, but if he gets blown up, oh well.  He offers no quest, no pithy comments, no real backstory, and does that 'hominahomina' grumble under his breath rather than talk.  The fact that I can't recruit certain companions because of karma also annoys.  Granted I haven't finished 3, but I have to give the nod to New Vegas just on points for right now.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: ROOTless on October 05, 2020, 04:48:11 AM
That ... does sound like a downgrade.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Capt_North on October 05, 2020, 08:35:29 AM
yeah, new vegas was done by bunch of the original fallout guys, you can see it in other spots.

like old world things, 3 & 4 they act like the old world was some alien civilization and completely misunderstand it, seeing sports like baseball and hockey as major gladiatorial events where people would try and kill each other, and there is no possible way they could have figured otherwise.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on December 02, 2020, 05:40:57 AM
 :P, the finale for Fallout3 sucks, and really makes no sense.  Don't want to do spoilers, but they make certain options impossible for the PC even though they are utilized by NPCs earlier. I understand there are later updates that change that, but when you're working from the bottom of a box of old games that really doesn't come into play....moving on to the next Bethesda option, something called Skyrim.  Apparently, I'm the only person on the planet that knows nothing about this world.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: ROOTless on December 02, 2020, 03:03:59 PM
Apparently, I'm the only person on the planet that knows nothing about this world.
Not... quite the only person who knows nothing about it...
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Ingo Monk on December 12, 2020, 03:38:58 AM
<3 the Fallout series. I've played most the games in the series and I can tell you the writing was way better in the first 2 games. After that, business things happened and Bethesda ended up owning the title/brand/license or whatever. Bethesda makes decent games, but Fallout 3 definitely lost the charm from the first 2 games. I guess you could say Bethesda made the game more mainstream to bring in a new audience... which undoubtedly worked well. I personally do not hold it in high regard, kind of a forgettable entry in the series.

Fallout 4 is definitely better story-wise, and each companion has a story questline that will unlock special perks once you complete them. According to Steam I've spend 270 hours in Fallout 4, and I while I did complete the main quest and many of the companion quests, I didn't complete them all or get all of the Steam achievements for the game.

Skyrim is pretty great IMO. It's the 5th game in the series of which I've played 3 (#3 Morrowind, #4 Oblivion, and #5 Skyrim) and I've messed around in 1 (#2 Daggerfall) but never played it with any seriousness. My favorite in the series is #3, because it didn't have quest markers or important NPC markers at all. Really forced immersion! Tongue-in-cheek example: https://imgur.com/oNprBo4 (https://imgur.com/oNprBo4)

Skyrim and Fallout 4 are built on the same game engine, so effects and physics are very similar.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on December 12, 2020, 06:50:32 AM

According to Steam I've spend 270 hours in Fallout 4

They count your time in?  Wow, that so wouldn't work accurately with me, I tend to wander off to go finish the laundry, go to the store, to make supper, all while leaving the game on, only to pop in and clear a quest target during the rinse cycle.  Yes, my weekends are that exciting.  The game could be running for 5 or 6 hours and I only actually played less than half of that.

I played Fallout 1 and 2 on PC a long time ago and when was recently bored had someone tempt me to New Vegas with the tease that one of my fave actors was a voice therein, so now I'm deep in Bethesdaland. 

I'm not sure if the Morrowind method of navigation would work for me, Ingo, I have a notoriously poor sense of direction that seems to translate into game worlds, too.

So I started two characters in Skyrim to run different paths, one is the noble warrior type, and the other has a moral compass that seems to have lost it's needle.  I wish I could rewrite some of the dialogue because what I really want to have Type 2 do is off the Dragon Lady of Riften and take over, especially since the silly cow doesn't know the proper use of a thieves guild.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on December 17, 2020, 06:04:56 PM

Fallout 4 is definitely better story-wise, and each companion has a story questline that will unlock special perks once you complete them.

By the way, is Fallout 4 New Vegas?  Or is New Vegas  4.5 or something...
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Ingo Monk on December 18, 2020, 03:34:14 AM
By the way, is Fallout 4 New Vegas?  Or is New Vegas  4.5 or something...

New Vegas was released between 3 and 4, but isn't really "3.5" in that respect.  It is a "spin off" game but is canon as far as story goes... though all the games happen in different areas of the US so I guess it doesn't really matter. It didn't get a # because it was made by someone other than the primary IP owner/developer.

Summary:
FO1 (1997) = Dev Interplay, publisher Interplay, in game year 2161
FO2 (1998) = Dev Black Isle, publisher Interplay, in game year 2241
FO3 (2008) = Dev Bethesda, publisher Bethesda, in game year 2277
FO:NV (2010) = Dev Obsidian, publisher Bethesda, in game year 2281
FO4 (2015) = Dev Bethesda, publisher Bethesda, in game year 2287
FO76 (2018) = Dev Bethesda, publisher Bethesda, in game year 2102

Note:
Interplay dev house became Black Isle Studios which became Obsidian Entertainment. So New Vegas was made by some of the same folks who made Fallout 1 and 2.

Note 2:
FO76 is the latest but it is an online/multiplayer game with instanced quests so many don't consider it in the same vein as the rest of the FO games. It also happen way earlier than even FO1. It has a rough release but I've heard it's much better now, though I haven't played it.

Note 3:
There's a couple of other spin offs but they aren't considered canon so I didn't list them.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on December 27, 2020, 08:01:21 AM
I have since been informed by more gamey times than I (yes, that's a double entendre) that 76 apparently sucked industrial.  Don't know if this is a pervasive opinion, and since it's online only I'll never find out, but it doesn't matter since apparently Skyrim never ends! so I'll be busy for a while yet.  Seriously, this thing just keep going on, and on. I suppose that you could just do the main story quest and be done, but that isn't me.  I have a tendency to have to dig out all the little minor crap and all the locations, and with this world, there's a vast array - though I did give up the thief quest since the third or fourth quest was a straight up assassination, not a thief's job. Yeah, the PC kills literally hundreds before the story is done, but when you're just starting out, it's better to be known for other things - I know, I think too much.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Capt_North on December 31, 2020, 09:48:28 PM
76 sucked in terms of black hole gravity wells.

It had some good, the plush mountians with weird mutant critters was a nice change fron usual blasted wastes, and a few things were good, but in general.. Suck.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Zone on January 15, 2021, 07:22:51 AM

FO76 is the latest but it is an online/multiplayer game with instanced quests so many don't consider it in the same vein as the rest of the FO games. It also happen way earlier than even FO1. It has a rough release but I've heard it's much better now, though I haven't played it.


If that's the case I'll never see it. And with the above review, it appears I ain't missing much.
Title: Re: Video Games
Post by: Capt_North on February 26, 2021, 08:26:37 PM
So... tried the demo for outrider by square enix. Its... meh? Its not bad, but its not good. Its very average. The most i can say is it feels like awkward gears of war clone with "Rpg elements" stapled on in form of equipment to cash in on looter shooter, and very mediocre class power stuff.

The graphics are meh, everybody blocky and lumpy. Controls are meh, its an unrefined gears of war cover shooter. No regen health, but you heal by following your classes power rules. And the classes seem.. meh. Nothing really special that truely helps you in combat. Using the fireclass they might as well have given me grenades.

The story is.. well. Weak. Earth be fucked yo, people jumped ship, and now on new planet thats green and vibrant with weird aliens. Then fu ky shit happens. People are cunts, you kill some of the cunts, and then are put in stasis. Then you wake up 30 years later and everything is fucked up and brown and standard wasteland bullshit.

Old friend characters react like you shit in their families coffins before throwing in angry dogs, when youve done absolutely nothing wrong cept almost die and they stuffed you in cryo. And then you decide to help them despite the fact they do nothing but heap abuse on you and dont even give you gear to help.

The enemy side is "insurrectionists" or something. They are evil cannibal raiders. Less wacky version of raiders from borderlands. Thats bout it. No valid point, redeeming qualities, or anything far as i can tell by the hundreds of people they are shown hanging and setting on fire and just randomly murdering.

The game is so not worth its listed 60 dollars.. or 50 dollars... or 40. Or even really 30. Maybe 25. And then id wait for it to go on sale for 20.