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Posted by raveneffect, 30.07.2014 - 11:23
Written by Dima on 26.07.2014 at 02:05

Go play Don't Starve.


New Multiplayer DLC looks promising
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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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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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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20.10.2017 - 03:10
BitterCOld
Gringo
So broke down and got timesink FF7 for PS4. look forward to hours and hours of drinking watery south american beer-like lager and breeding/racing chocobos.

PS is running a special for Bioshock, $30 (down from $60) for the collection. Worth a go?
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20.10.2017 - 16:56
Maco
Handbanana
Written by BitterCOld on 20.10.2017 at 03:10

PS is running a special for Bioshock, $30 (down from $60) for the collection. Worth a go?


The first Bioshock is outdated, I played it last year and it wasn't as amazing as people say. However, Infinite blew my mind and improves the formula implemented in the first two games, it's a new story so you won't be missing anything important. Play that instead.
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20.10.2017 - 18:55
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by BitterCOld on 20.10.2017 at 03:10

PS is running a special for Bioshock, $30 (down from $60) for the collection. Worth a go?

Maco is crazy. The original Bioshock is a genre defining game and totally worth the praise it receives. I replayed it over the summer and it hasn't even remotely lost its appeal. Bioshock Infinite, similarly, is an incredible game (particularly for people looking for a colorful and unique story). Bioshock 2 is trash though, so I would honestly just skip over it. I'm a massive Bioshock and System Shock fanboy though, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
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20.10.2017 - 21:56
IronAngel
Written by Alex F on 20.10.2017 at 18:55

The original Bioshock is a genre defining game and totally worth the praise it receives. --- I'm a massive Bioshock and System Shock fanboy though, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.


Does not compute, to be honest. Since you've played SS you have a pretty clear frame of reference. How is Bioshock, for all intents and purposes a AAAified, watered-down copy of SS (2) "genre-defining"? I'm not saying it didn't have its original twist, but I don't think it brought anything substantially new or important.

I've only played the first Bioshock, maybe four years ago or something, but it didn't feel dated to me. It felt casual as fuck, though. It completely misunderstood the System Shock formula: despite superficial similarities the core gameplay of resource management, tension and avoiding fights if you can was replaced with ostensibly limited but practically endless ammo, waves of enemies and cookie-cutter FPS action. The oppressive SS fear of "Oh fuck I'm almost out of ammo and I don't want to go into that storage room to find a keycard because I know what's there, but I have to" is replaced with, well, jumpscares. "Oh shit maniac lunging at me. Ah right, shotgun, nevermind." It's not challenging, it's not tactical, it's not particularly tense and it's not very fun.

It's not a bad game despite all that criticism. The story is good (although the method of delivery through audio logs is forced, at times) and the setting is really atmospheric. If you want a straightforward, pass-the-time shooter with hilariously creepy characters and dark, outlandish tone, give it a go. Don't expect the spiritual successor of SS2, though.
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20.10.2017 - 22:34
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by IronAngel on 20.10.2017 at 21:56

Does not compute, to be honest. Since you've played SS you have a pretty clear frame of reference. How is Bioshock, for all intents and purposes a AAAified, watered-down copy of SS (2) "genre-defining"? I'm not saying it didn't have its original twist, but I don't think it brought anything substantially new or important.

I've only played the first Bioshock, maybe four years ago or something, but it didn't feel dated to me. It felt casual as fuck, though. It completely misunderstood the System Shock formula: despite superficial similarities the core gameplay of resource management, tension and avoiding fights if you can was replaced with ostensibly limited but practically endless ammo, waves of enemies and cookie-cutter FPS action. The oppressive SS fear of "Oh fuck I'm almost out of ammo and I don't want to go into that storage room to find a keycard because I know what's there, but I have to" is replaced with, well, jumpscares. "Oh shit maniac lunging at me. Ah right, shotgun, nevermind." It's not challenging, it's not tactical, it's not particularly tense and it's not very fun.

It's not a bad game despite all that criticism. The story is good (although the method of delivery through audio logs is forced, at times) and the setting is really atmospheric. If you want a straightforward, pass-the-time shooter with hilariously creepy characters and dark, outlandish tone, give it a go. Don't expect the spiritual successor of SS2, though.

I think the unique game mechanics, flawless story, and phenomenal ability to create atmosphere all play to Bioshock's (both 1 and Infinite) advantage. They obviously aren't as good as SS2, but SS2 is pretty much in a league of its own along with the original Deus Ex. I generally try not to compare the two directly. I can't think of many story based "FPS" type games that can really compete with Bioshock aside from maybe Half-Life and the Metro games. I'm a sucker for a game with a story that draws me in, and to me Bioshock has been able to do just that. I don't think a game has to be overbearingly difficult (or even remotely so) to be fun or achieve tension. Horror games like Outlast for instance are super easy, but still tense as all hell. Also, to be fair, I've become a far less intense gamer than I used to be, which may factor into my enjoyment for Bioshock recently. SS2 is in my top 5 games while Bioshock isn't though, so don't think I don't agree with you that it's certainly not as good.
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Today - 00:43
IronAngel
I guess it's somewhat atypical, yeah. The FPS aspect is pretty mediocre though, and the superpowers aren't all that fun.

I haven't played them yet, but maybe Dead Space? Deus Ex: Human Revolution, though not as action-oriented. Dishonored felt potentially quite similar too, although of course less gun-toting. Only I made the mistake of playing it stealthy instead of having fun with the powers. I dunno, it's not my genre of game to begin with (I also was not too impressed with Half-Life 1 or 2), I only seem to really get into FPS when it's stealthy, tactical or RPG (i.e. Deus Ex, Thief, bit of S.T.A.L.K.E.R., New Vegas, SS2) so maybe I'm not judging fairly.

I still have to try F.E.A.R. and Metro. I have both on Steam for some reason, must have been a bundle.
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