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Silent Jay

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Age: 26
From: UK

  14.01.2014 at 23:16
Currently I'm playing Pokemon Black on the NDS along with another playthrough (aiming for a 'perfect game' this time) of an old SNES favourite, Final Fantasy VI.

Every now and then I play Pokemon UltraViolet as a break from the other two. It is a hack of Pokemon FireRed in which all 386 pokemon from generation I-III are obtainable without trading or needing special event items. Progress is slow though as I've finished FireRed so many times in the past so it can never keep my attention for long, even with the additional new areas and islands etc.
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Desert Mouse

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Age: 24
From: USA

  15.01.2014 at 00:10
Just finally got around to playing Far Cry 3 after buying it on a Steam sale. So far it's pretty cool, but not as fantastic as I've heard. That may, however, be because I'm just running around doing nonsensical side-stuff, like hunting for skins to craft bags and shit.
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GoatBrewGuild

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  15.01.2014 at 03:18
If anyone is on PS3 or 4 add me Gonzo_Infidel
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Frank Comstock

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From: USA

  15.01.2014 at 22:26
I've been on a Last of Us binge. Holy shit is that game amazing. It's damn near perfect.
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Mastercommander

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  16.01.2014 at 04:13
Written by Frank Comstock on 15.01.2014 at 22:26

I've been on a Last of Us binge. Holy shit is that game amazing. It's damn near perfect.


That game is awesome! It gets better the harder the difficulty you play at.
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Frank Comstock

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From: USA

  16.01.2014 at 07:16
Written by -DC-002- on 16.01.2014 at 04:13

Written by Frank Comstock on 15.01.2014 at 22:26

I've been on a Last of Us binge. Holy shit is that game amazing. It's damn near perfect.


That game is awesome! It gets better the harder the difficulty you play at.


ND also announced the Single Player DLC for the 14th of February. Are you in?

I'll be here to talk about it.
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Mastercommander

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Age: 25
From: USA

  16.01.2014 at 08:38
^ Ya probably , but I'm still gonna wait for the reviews and commentary.
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GZA

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Age: 31
From: UK

  16.01.2014 at 12:55
As if Star Citizen wasn't enough, No Man's Sky just gave me a braingasm. Basically a procedurally generated universe that you get to fly around in, explore, name and land on your own planets and partake in dog fights from what I can see. I usually hate procedurally generated games as they ugly and repetitive, but this looks achingly stunning. Do want.

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The Shape 1973

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  17.01.2014 at 12:51
Rockstar has just emptied GTA online in game bank accounts. Months of playing to build up earnings gone. Well done and thanks.

They have done it to stop the hackers, but have punished everybody. If they think people will buy more funds through microtransactions they are sorely mistaken.
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Mattybu

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From: Canada

  21.01.2014 at 23:42
Written by The Shape 1973 on 17.01.2014 at 12:51

They have done it to stop the hackers, but have punished everybody. If they think people will buy more funds through microtransactions they are sorely mistaken.


If this is some kind of way of spending real money for in game shit, you would be surprised how hard people go for that. From my experience anyways, in World of Warcraft any time Blizzard releases a new mount on the pet store TONS of people go to buy it. They are like $25 a piece, and purely a cosmetic item in the game. Not to mention every single one they release is actually legitimately fuck ugly. On top of that they have pets (also cosmetic item that doesn't benefit you in game, think like a little dog or w/e thats follow you around) and pieces of gear that you can use the appearance of (again, no benefit in game, just makes you character look different) for $15 that a ton of people also buy. People eat it right up, and I imagine WoW will be going free to play once they devise a few more pet store schemes. Long story short if people are really into the game they'll cough up the money.
Slayer666

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Age: 20
From: Serbia

  23.01.2014 at 00:55
Tried to finally go through Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magic Obscura for once. That was my 4th attempt. Still couldn't do it. That blasted game has got to be the biggest pile of wasted potential ever.

The writing is superb, the plot is quite interesting and your choices actually do matter, unlike what a lot of modern games like to portray of themselves. Sadly, this is offset by some of the clunkiest, ugliest and just plain repulsive gameplay mechanics I've experienced, one-programer games from the nineties excluded.

Some character attributes are advertised (by the character creation screen) as extremely important while actually being total dumpstats, making it incredibly easy to completely screw yourself over.
So many character builds are downright unviable. You want to be a smooth-talking social manipulator? The game makes you believe it's a great idea by giving you tons of options (Charisma, Beauty, Intelligence and the Haggling and Persuading skills), but it turns out that the majority of quests, specially main ones, will turn out to be dungeon crawls. And since your character is not properly optimized, he's going to get absolutely shat on by even common wolves.

The combat is ridiculously unbalanced and boring. At least 1/2 of the available spells are downright useless, while the other 1/2 are ridiculously powerful. Seriously, once you've learned some of the more overpowered spells, the game is effectively over. Pretty much the same goes for extremely melee-oriented characters. Technology users? Utterly screwed until much later levels, but even then lacking in power compared to others. Stealth-oriented characters? HAHAHA!
You'll be stuck using 3-4 different spells that actually work during the entire game or just right-clicking on things until they die if you don't do magic. Even with high Charisma/Intelligence/Persuade, you'll still be forced into a fuck ton of dungeon crawling, more tedious than you've thought possible.

Many consider this an underrated RPG classic. I can see where they're coming from, but it can sure use one huge goddamn mechanic overhaul so you don't want to kill yourself drudging through utter shit to get to the really good stuff.
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Ex-polydactyl

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Age: 29
From: Australia

  23.01.2014 at 08:32
Recently finished the (main) story part of Batman Arkham City. Still say it's just Escape From New York with Batman.
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GZA

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Age: 31
From: UK

  25.01.2014 at 17:03
Pimped out my PSP to play PS1, SNES, Genesis and Nintendo DS games, so naturally jammed on Pokemon Fire Red for a bit.
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Mad Arab666

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Age: 24
From: UK

  31.01.2014 at 16:19
I got Diablo 3 on console. I'm having a lot of fun on it especially the co-op.
Planning on getting a PS3 around February or March time to play all the PS3 exclusives I've missed out on.
Then I'm going to save up for a PS4 or I'm going to try and build my own PC though I'm practically clueless about how to do it.
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IronAngel

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Age: 26
From: Finland

  08.02.2014 at 11:16
I just got Crusader Kings II and Europa Universalis IV off Humble sale. Oh god why did I wait so long. Especially CKII is amazing. Obsessing over eugenics and getting fucked in the ass in totally unfair, unpredictable scenarios has never been this fun. The whole concept of playing a dynasty rather than a realm is refreshing in itself, and add to that the complexity and historical detail of the game and you'll be hard pressed to do better.

Medieval II: Total War is obsolete. If only CKII had the TW combat system. Would be a perfect game.
whatsacow

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Age: 23
From: Australia

  09.02.2014 at 07:43
Written by IronAngel on 08.02.2014 at 11:16

I just got Crusader Kings II and Europa Universalis IV off Humble sale. Oh god why did I wait so long. Especially CKII is amazing. Obsessing over eugenics and getting fucked in the ass in totally unfair, unpredictable scenarios has never been this fun. The whole concept of playing a dynasty rather than a realm is refreshing in itself, and add to that the complexity and historical detail of the game and you'll be hard pressed to do better.

Medieval II: Total War is obsolete. If only CKII had the TW combat system. Would be a perfect game.

Now play it with the Game of Thrones mod. You won't regret it
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Malphas

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Age: 24
From: Macedonia

  09.02.2014 at 20:28
I just finished "Outlast" and it's the best survival horror to date. Simple as that. It was the most disturbing and fucked up experience i've had in my life so far (that includes horror movies, books, games...everything) this thing takes the cake. Ok now, to be honest there are a few loopholes like for example, fresh bateries for the camcorder last about 1 minute and you could say which sane person would go into an asylum without bringing any weapon? or the fact taht you can't even throw punches and defend yourself in any way may seem a bit unrealistic but hey...that's what survival horrors are all about. There was an interesting plot twist towards the end and the ending itself was somewhat unexpected but epic nonetheless. Even though i was scared shitless while playing and got a mini heart attack numerous times, i enjoyed every single moment of it. EPIC game
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GZA

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Age: 31
From: UK

  10.02.2014 at 11:52
Looks like the fan translation to Final Fantasy Type-0 is nearly finished. Currently beta-testing and a tiny bit of video tranlsation to do I believe. Was going to play it on PSP but considering how good it looks I think it needs to be emulated in HD. It'll be good to play a worthy Final Fantasy again (I hope). Has been too long (XII).

In the mean time Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is keeping me quite happy. This could even beat FF Tactics.
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Mastercommander

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Age: 25
From: USA

  12.02.2014 at 06:05
^ Tactics Ogre is a game I've always wanted to play, but I have no access to it without a PC or a PSP.. That being said I may have a small personal grudge to anyone playing it everyone has fun but me.
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GZA

Posts: 16622

Age: 31
From: UK

  12.02.2014 at 12:51
One thing it has over Tactics is the story. I realise now that even though I've played through Tactics about 3 times I really have no friggin' idea what the story was about. Was bogged down by the Shakespearean-esque writing style which hampered it to no end and made every character blur together, and the story almost purely revolved around political drama and was just not interesting. Tactics Ogre certainly has its own approach to language but to nowhere near the extent of Tactics. I like the idea that the game has 3 distinct story paths too depending on your actions.
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Frank Comstock

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From: USA

  13.02.2014 at 21:42
Anybody here getting Left Behind for The Last of Us tomorrow?
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Frank Comstock

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From: USA

  19.02.2014 at 02:26
Http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=771110

RIP 1999-2014
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GZA

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Age: 31
From: UK

  19.02.2014 at 15:02
I for one don't think it's a massive loss. I found the Bioshock games overrated. High on presentation, low on gameplay.
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tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

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Age: 42
From: USA

  28.02.2014 at 21:51
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.02.2014 at 15:02

I found the Bioshock games overrated. High on presentation, low on gameplay.


Just plain wrong son, just plain wrong. The Bioshock series, especially the first one is a perfect blend of story line and FPS action. The writing is brilliant and there are sooo many fascinating ways to obliterate the enemy.
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GZA

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Age: 31
From: UK

  28.02.2014 at 21:56
Written by tea[m]ster on 28.02.2014 at 21:51

Just plain wrong son, just plain wrong. The Bioshock series, especially the first one is a perfect blend of story line and FPS action. The writing is brilliant and there are sooo many fascinating ways to obliterate the enemy.

They're well written, I'll give them that (though I didn't enjoy experiencing the story through audio tapes: yawn) but the gameplay is so linear and repetitive. Same enemy types and for some reason I find the plasmids or whatever they're called don't offer enough variety as they should. Definitely not the height of gaming if you ask me.
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Mattybu

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From: Canada

  01.03.2014 at 03:42
Yeah Bioshock is not that great. I would probably enjoy that fiction more in graphic novel or movie format. Kind of fails as a video game at times.
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GZA

Posts: 16622

Age: 31
From: UK

  01.03.2014 at 22:26
Written by Mattybu on 01.03.2014 at 03:42

Yeah Bioshock is not that great. I would probably enjoy that fiction more in graphic novel or movie format. Kind of fails as a video game at times.


I do need to play System Shock 2 though. I have a bit of trouble immersing myself in PC games with primitive 3D graphics (to me it looks ugly, though I have no trouble with console graphics of similar kind for some reason, probably to do with what I grew up with) but I suspect it's a game worth playing.
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Mattybu

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From: Canada

  01.03.2014 at 23:38
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 01.03.2014 at 22:26

I do need to play System Shock 2 though. I have a bit of trouble immersing myself in PC games with primitive 3D graphics (to me it looks ugly, though I have no trouble with console graphics of similar kind for some reason, probably to do with what I grew up with) but I suspect it's a game worth playing.


I haven't played SS2 but I know what you're talking about when it comes to old PC games. A lot of them just feel too dry for me too play. I think sometimes PC games get too sidetracked with micromanagement that just doesn't come up as much in console games because it would be clunky and impossible to integrate well. World of Warcraft is the only PC game I have played extensively and despite a lot of time spent on menus and fiddling around with loot at the end of the day the gameplay is fun so it keeps me interested.
IronAngel

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Age: 26
From: Finland

  03.03.2014 at 22:40
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 01.03.2014 at 22:26

I do need to play System Shock 2 though. I have a bit of trouble immersing myself in PC games with primitive 3D graphics (to me it looks ugly, though I have no trouble with console graphics of similar kind for some reason, probably to do with what I grew up with) but I suspect it's a game worth playing.


It's on my list too. I find that I get used to old 3D graphics pretty quickly. Just played Deus Ex and the first Thief recently, then moved on to Might & Magic VI and now Wizardry 8. Sure they look clunky at first, but as a rule I stop noticing after an hour or two. And as a bonus, when I load up Batman or Skyrim or whatever, I am blown away by the graphics. I really also want to play Daggerfall at some point, as I suspect it may be the best TES game for me, from what I've read and seen.

I find the controls to be a bigger problem in first-person 3D games, to be honest. That's what's kept me from jumping into Ultima Underworld. It's quite alright by the time you get to the Thief - Half-Life - System Shock 2 - Deus Ex era, but anything older than that feels really hard to get into for someone used to the standardized, optimized controls of modern PC gaming.
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GZA

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Age: 31
From: UK

  03.03.2014 at 22:53
Written by IronAngel on 03.03.2014 at 22:40


It's on my list too. I find that I get used to old 3D graphics pretty quickly. Just played Deus Ex and the first Thief recently, then moved on to Might & Magic VI and now Wizardry 8. Sure they look clunky at first, but as a rule I stop noticing after an hour or two. And as a bonus, when I load up Batman or Skyrim or whatever, I am blown away by the graphics. I really also want to play Daggerfall at some point, as I suspect it may be the best TES game for me, from what I've read and seen.

I find the controls to be a bigger problem in first-person 3D games, to be honest. That's what's kept me from jumping into Ultima Underworld. It's quite alright by the time you get to the Thief - Half-Life - System Shock 2 - Deus Ex era, but anything older than that feels really hard to get into for someone used to the standardized, optimized controls of modern PC gaming.

Haha, yeah you can definitely adjust to the graphics; whenever I go from PC to 360 or PS3 games it's a little jarring because of the lower resolution and jagged edges, but as you say you eventually stop noticing them. I think I made a minor discovery with regard to older 3D PC graphics, and that's to not play on the highest definitions. Turning it down to the lowest 16.9 resolution makes everything seem a little less stark and basic; the blurriness melds things together a little more naturally.

As for controls when I loaded up System Shock 2 the other day I was surprised to see that the default key settings had Q and E as the strafe buttons, and X as the backwards movement key. Very strange (to me at least). As for the games as old as Ultima Underworld I'm clueless. I don't think I've delved that far back yet.

I made quite a bit of progress with the original Deus Ex and Thief some years ago before my PC died. I never did pick them up again, though they were certainly immersive experiences.
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