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Posted by , 16.07.2014 - 13:57
Written by Slayer666 on 16.07.2014 at 12:36


The truth. This man speaks it.

Amongst other flaws I'd list the atrocious inventory system (every character has his own gold, why is that not a party-shared resource, ffs?), music is sometimes inappropriate in a given situation, the journal and the map are somewhat clunky and not very useful and the progression path gets very unclear and confusing once you leave the first map.

Still, the game kicks ass. A bit too light-hearted for my taste, but eh, can't have everything.

Yep yep yep. Also not being able to activate chests and doors unless you do so with the character holding the key, and the same with identifying items; having to constantly pass the item to the person with the Loremaster skill is probably going to cost me a lot of time over the course of the game. I can definitely see the journal becoming an issue as it already has a little. It's just too vague in some situations and it would be convenient if it ordered the missions points by the order they should be completed in rather than the order they have been done in (in situations where I accidentally complete a section of it before another part).

But yeah, great stuff. Liking the battle system even though it's kicked my ass a few times. Forcing me to be strategic. Kind of sad the the Rogue class seems a little underpowered in battle and was more or less forced to turn him into a Ranger. Maybe the rogue will be more useful later on when I can make better sue of backstab and a decent weapon.
18.01.2017 - 14:47
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Written by Dima on 18.01.2017 at 14:26

I love his voice.

Yeah David Warner is great. He's in a few of my favourite films, Time Bandits and Tron in particular, and probably the reason I persisted with BG2 through its janky combat.

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18.01.2017 - 18:23
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by Dima on 18.01.2017 at 14:26

An obvious choice is Don't Starve Together. However that game is basically never ending so might not be what you're looking for.

Yeah, preferably a game with a story that has a beginning and end. (Middle isn't necessary)
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20.01.2017 - 02:26
Sonic MrSumo
Just finished SOMA. What a truly amazing game. Top 3 horror games of all time for me.
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20.01.2017 - 10:53
Dima
Written by Sonic MrSumo on 20.01.2017 at 02:26

Just finished SOMA. What a truly amazing game. Top 3 horror games of all time for me.


The enemies ruined that game for me Shame cause the rest I enjoyed.
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20.01.2017 - 12:38
Sonic MrSumo
Written by Dima on 20.01.2017 at 10:53


The enemies ruined that game for me Shame cause the rest I enjoyed.


What was wrong with them?
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20.01.2017 - 12:52
!J.O.O.E.!
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Been playing Bravely Default for a bit. I'm really liking it but I think the dungeons are where this game is going to fall. So far they've all been very similar in structure and look. Once again it pales in comparison to the handcrafted unique areas of Final Fantasy 7, 8 and 9.
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20.01.2017 - 14:12
Dima
Written by Sonic MrSumo on 20.01.2017 at 12:38

Written by Dima on 20.01.2017 at 10:53


The enemies ruined that game for me Shame cause the rest I enjoyed.


What was wrong with them?


Most of them were real nuisances I find. Anxiousness immediately turned to annoyance. Hesitantly exploring ruins sabotaged by stupid enemies that you can't look at or be near. Also the distortion affect that you get when looking at them is honestly the most bone headed affect I've ever come across. I think you can disable it but I didn't know that at the time and it riled me up so much I don't even care that i'm getting properly mad just thinking about something that can probably be disabled with one click
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20.01.2017 - 14:45
Sonic MrSumo
Written by Dima on 20.01.2017 at 14:12


Most of them were real nuisances I find. Anxiousness immediately turned to annoyance.


I found them genuinely creepy and original...but fairly easy.

Anyway, great game - right up there with Silent Hill 2 and Condemned.
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24.01.2017 - 09:26
Paz
News Man
Dark Souls III is easy as pie. The only boss that took me some time was the Nameless King. But then again, I wouldn't even find Archdragon Peak without cheating =P And here comes the question: are the DLC's worth it? I'm hoping for The Old Hunters' quality content...
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24.01.2017 - 11:11
Dima
Written by Paz on 24.01.2017 at 09:26

Dark Souls III is easy as pie. The only boss that took me some time was the Nameless King. But then again, I wouldn't even find Archdragon Peak without cheating =P And here comes the question: are the DLC's worth it? I'm hoping for The Old Hunters' quality content...


+ weapons
+ armour
+ level design
+ final boss
+ PvP arena

~ OST

- short
- Enemy placement + aggro
- Dark Souls 2 approach to difficulty at times
- Chameleon lever

- - Not TOH
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24.01.2017 - 11:18
Paz
News Man
^ Not bad. I was expecting more drawbacks... Let's just hope that The Ringed City will be even better!
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26.01.2017 - 23:56
ylside
Written by IronAngel on 10.01.2017 at 12:21

It's not terribly difficult, though. I started with the second hardest difficulty and yeah, the prologue was fairly challenging. Once I got into the world, though, I upped it to Death March and it's still pretty easy. That's a shame, I wanted some hardcore monsterslaying tactics.
though, are really good. Many details that make the semi-open world seem more interesting than, say, Arkham City or Skyrim.

Heh, we are both at the same place, I am in Velen aswell with the Blood and Broken bones difficulty.
Witcher 3 is much more better than W2, and I really liked 2.
One of my main interests now is looking for witcher gear.


Written by Dima on 02.01.2017 at 12:39

Baldur's Gate 2
This isn't too say BG2's isn't pure quality, it really is but I'm yet to come across anything remotely close to it.

BG2 is excellent - in terms of battle epicness I haven't found anything remotely close.
DEFINITELY play Planescape Torment. You cannot not play it. It deserves all the praise it has.


Written by Sonic MrSumo on 20.01.2017 at 02:26

Just finished SOMA. What a truly amazing game. Top 3 horror games of all time for me.

I will play it soon enough, what are the other 2 in your Top list ? I hope Penumbra Black Plague and Amnesia ? lol
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27.01.2017 - 12:45
IronAngel
Written by ylside on 26.01.2017 at 23:56

Heh, we are both at the same place, I am in Velen aswell with the Blood and Broken bones difficulty.
Witcher 3 is much more better than W2, and I really liked 2.
One of my main interests now is looking for witcher gear.


I'm done with the Velen main quest now and I did most of the side quests/contracts in my level range. (There's still markers to explore closeby, and in the farther reaches the level goes up so I'm supposed to come back later.) But the thing is, I'm already level 12 and the suggestion to enter Novigrad is lvl 10. I am worried the game is just going to get easier and easier as I progress. I looked at some of the Alchemy skills, and they seem quite strong (45% attack power from Synergy with three red skills slotted; or heightened max Toxicity to use decoctions with potions). Maybe, if it gets too easy, I'll slot no skills that just increase numbers and instead go for fun, tactical options (gonna specialize in bombs anyhow).

But yeah, it hasn't let me down so far. Some of the shortcomings are obvious enough to make the rabid fanboys seem weird, but for an AAA title it's surprisingly detailed.

In other news, I grabbed the complete Endless Legend bundle off a sale. I always fall for 4X deals and buy them, but end up never having time to play them. This one seems really good, but I don't know if it's so much an improvement over Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes, Age of Wonders, Civ IV/V, Galactic Civs II or whatever other games I've bought and forgotten about to warrant getting into.
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27.01.2017 - 14:08
ylside
Written by IronAngel on 27.01.2017 at 12:45

I'm done with the Velen main quest now and I did most of the side quests/contracts in my level range. (There's still markers to explore closeby, and in the farther reaches the level goes up so I'm supposed to come back later.) But the thing is, I'm already level 12 and the suggestion to enter Novigrad is lvl 10. I am worried the game is just going to get easier and easier as I progress. I looked at some of the Alchemy skills, and they seem quite strong (45% attack power from Synergy with three red skills slotted; or heightened max Toxicity to use decoctions with potions). Maybe, if it gets too easy, I'll slot no skills that just increase numbers and instead go for fun, tactical options (gonna specialize in bombs anyhow).


Currently at lvl 11, and I randomly go explore and try to kill high level creatures here and there.
The alchemy skill tree is the one I least invested points on ! for now that is. I currently aim at Quen - Igni - Axii. The Quen damage absorption turned into vitality is great...

And the question that I am currently asking is what kind of armor to specialise on... light or medium... (Cat school or Griffin)

Oh and one more thing, I DID NOT KNOW that Places of power give skill points at first until I reached Velen...... so I had to come back and go "shopping". I thought it was just a one time thing for all the places of power, not only for one.
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03.02.2017 - 15:01
Netzach
Currently not playing anything... Waiting for the release of Torment: Tides of Numenéra, it's gonna be epic. Never thought I'd see a spiritual successor to the greatest computer RPG ever made. The last game I played was Tyranny. It is designed for maximum replay value but I never got around to that second run...
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03.02.2017 - 18:23
Malphas
Just finished resident evil 7. I can honestly say that for me personally this one was the best of the whole franchise so far and even as a standalone survival horror game i would rate it as one of the best i've played. Great game. I was also in the For Honor closed beta, now i'm waiting for the open beta and official release after that. Loving that one too
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03.02.2017 - 20:18
IronAngel
Written by Netzach on 03.02.2017 at 15:01

Currently not playing anything... Waiting for the release of Torment: Tides of Numenéra, it's gonna be epic. Never thought I'd see a spiritual successor to the greatest computer RPG ever made. The last game I played was Tyranny. It is designed for maximum replay value but I never got around to that second run...


I'm not holding my breath. Pillars of Eternity was hardly the second coming of Baldur's Gate either, despite being marketed as such. All in all, there are so many decent RPG revival (age of incline, in rpg codex terms) titles out right now that the writing needs to be very good and the gameplay at least solid to really stand out beyond nostalgia value. It might be good, it probably will be, but very few reboots, sequels or spiritual successors have been as great as expected. Here's hoping, though!
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04.02.2017 - 07:13
Netzach
Written by IronAngel on 03.02.2017 at 20:18

Written by Netzach on 03.02.2017 at 15:01

Currently not playing anything... Waiting for the release of Torment: Tides of Numenéra, it's gonna be epic. Never thought I'd see a spiritual successor to the greatest computer RPG ever made. The last game I played was Tyranny. It is designed for maximum replay value but I never got around to that second run...


I'm not holding my breath. Pillars of Eternity was hardly the second coming of Baldur's Gate either, despite being marketed as such. All in all, there are so many decent RPG revival (age of incline, in rpg codex terms) titles out right now that the writing needs to be very good and the gameplay at least solid to really stand out beyond nostalgia value. It might be good, it probably will be, but very few reboots, sequels or spiritual successors have been as great as expected. Here's hoping, though!

I played the early access version and I have to say I am very impressed so far. I hope they keep up the same standard throughout the rest of the game. Fingers crossed!

Pillars of Eternity was great (a sequel is on its way) but it was no BG2, not at all. But Pillars and Torment haven't got the same developers. It's the Wasteland 2 studio making the Torment game, not Obsidian
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12.02.2017 - 18:37
BitterCOld
Gringo
PS4 died. needed to be reformatted and even when rezzed, lost all my saves and had to re-DL all the patches, etc. to top it off, the HDMI connection is fried so my PS4 blinks/blacks out for a second every 7-10 seconds.

Steamed Skyrim and a bunch of DLC and Mass Effect on to the lappy in the interim.
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13.02.2017 - 05:11
Maco
Handbanana
Games I played this summer and my score.

Spec Ops: The Line - 9
Mass Effect - 8.5
Mass Effect 2 - 8.5
Mass Effect 3 - 9.5 (Even with the ending)
Bioshock Infinite - 9.5 (The first two games are overrated imo, but this one is a different story. The ending was a mindfuck).
Life Is Strange - 9
Portal 2 - 9
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13.02.2017 - 12:37
Dima
Written by Maco on 13.02.2017 at 05:11

Games I played this summer and my score.

Spec Ops: The Line - 9
Mass Effect - 8.5
Mass Effect 2 - 8.5
Mass Effect 3 - 9.5 (Even with the ending)
Bioshock Infinite - 9.5 (The first two games are overrated imo, but this one is a different story. The ending was a mindfuck).
Life Is Strange - 9
Portal 2 - 9


what ending did you choose for Life is Strange?
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13.02.2017 - 18:51
Maco
Handbanana
Written by Dima on 13.02.2017 at 12:37

what ending did you choose for Life is Strange?


I killed Chloe, she was not worth of sacrificing the entire village.
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18.02.2017 - 02:13
ylside
Written by Netzach on 04.02.2017 at 07:13

Written by IronAngel on 03.02.2017 at 20:18

Written by Netzach on 03.02.2017 at 15:01

Currently not playing anything... Waiting for the release of Torment: Tides of Numenéra, it's gonna be epic. Never thought I'd see a spiritual successor to the greatest computer RPG ever made. The last game I played was Tyranny. It is designed for maximum replay value but I never got around to that second run...


I'm not holding my breath. Pillars of Eternity was hardly the second coming of Baldur's Gate either, despite being marketed as such. All in all, there are so many decent RPG revival (age of incline, in rpg codex terms) titles out right now that the writing needs to be very good and the gameplay at least solid to really stand out beyond nostalgia value. It might be good, it probably will be, but very few reboots, sequels or spiritual successors have been as great as expected. Here's hoping, though!

I played the early access version and I have to say I am very impressed so far. I hope they keep up the same standard throughout the rest of the game. Fingers crossed!

Pillars of Eternity was great (a sequel is on its way) but it was no BG2, not at all. But Pillars and Torment haven't got the same developers. It's the Wasteland 2 studio making the Torment game, not Obsidian


I really hope Torment turns out well.
And, honestly, Underworld Ascendent.... but the cartoonish feel is already horrible. I hope they compensate for it.
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18.02.2017 - 11:01
IronAngel
Written by ylside on 18.02.2017 at 02:13

And, honestly, Underworld Ascendent.... but the cartoonish feel is already horrible. I hope they compensate for it.


I don't mind cartoonish, although hopefully the tone will be a bit darker than the few screenshots I've seen. Often a "cartoonish" look stands the test of time much better than attempts at photorealism, as technology advances. Beyond Good & Evil still looks really good, so does Grim Fandango, Wind Waker and Borderlands 1, for instance. But yeah, looking forward to System Shock remake too.

Playing The Longest Journey with my wife at the moment. It's pretty good even today, although the puzzles are either trivial or stupidly random. Next we're probably playing L.A. Noire, I hear it has great writing and that's always good for playing together. I am itching to finish W3 though, so I can move on to Arcanum.
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18.02.2017 - 14:56
ylside
Written by IronAngel on 18.02.2017 at 11:01

Written by ylside on 18.02.2017 at 02:13

And, honestly, Underworld Ascendent.... but the cartoonish feel is already horrible. I hope they compensate for it.


I don't mind cartoonish, although hopefully the tone will be a bit darker than the few screenshots I've seen. Often a "cartoonish" look stands the test of time much better than attempts at photorealism, as technology advances. Beyond Good & Evil still looks really good, so does Grim Fandango, Wind Waker and Borderlands 1, for instance. But yeah, looking forward to System Shock remake too.

Playing The Longest Journey with my wife at the moment. It's pretty good even today, although the puzzles are either trivial or stupidly random. Next we're probably playing L.A. Noire, I hear it has great writing and that's always good for playing together. I am itching to finish W3 though, so I can move on to Arcanum.


Attempts at gritty / dark graphics does stand the test of time as well, it depends on how it is made. as an example Thief 1 or 3 might be ugly by today's standards, but the feeling is there.

For my part I finished Witcher 3, and now playing Blood and Wine. I was advice to move on to Dark Souls later on, will see about that.

Arcanum huh ? Excellent choice... you're in for a treat, except the annoying fighting system, the rest is excellent. One of the best and most diverse quests in RPGs that I have seen, really excellent.
I secretely always wanted a remake of Arcanum using Temple of elemental evil engine, as you can see I don't ask for much lol.
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18.02.2017 - 15:00
Dima
Yugioh - Legacy of the Duelist for me. It's fun but man I never realised how shitty some of the designs were in the 1st gen. I wish the art was as good as Magic: The Gathering's.
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18.02.2017 - 21:25
IronAngel
I would kill for a good story with real choice slapped into a perfect combat system, yeah. I haven't actually played Temple of Elemental Evil myself either, though I watched a friend play it, but I've read about the system enough to know it must be great.

Just noticed RPG Codex's "Age of Incline" GOTY 2012-2016 results are out. Very interesting article and shows that we've really been spoilt for RPGs in the last few years. I have yet to try Age of Decadence, NEO Scavenger and Valkyria Chronicles, for instance, or get far in Legend of Grimrock, but this makes me want to. I also did not know about Fallout 1.5: Resurrection, which is an original story/mod for Fallout 2.

http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=10535
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20.02.2017 - 17:56
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Waiting for Prey, Mass Effect Andromeda, and details on the 3 projects Bethesda is currently doing.
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22.02.2017 - 11:50
Dima
You should be waiting for Nier Automata!
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22.02.2017 - 15:22
!J.O.O.E.!
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Prey does look immensely good though. As does this which I'm unbelievably hyped for.

Finally finished Resident Evil 7. The game is ok. The problem is that it's basically a reworking of the first game in 3D, except that after the first hour the story isn't that interesting and generally isn't as memorable. I feel like the game's positive reception is heavily based around the fact the fact that series had previously gone to the dogs so by going back to an old formula it's leaning on past achievements instead of trying new ideas. Gameplay isn't that interesting (not enough enemy varieties imo), puzzles are bland and might as well not be there and the writing seems to want to be serious but is too campy or inconsistent at times (so you just shot your wife you'd been searching for for 3 years to death and you're not even going to react?). It's very pretty and runs well but hardly a classic in the series.

While ultimately the game is really nothing like Outlast, despite what people say, I still enjoyed that way more. Just has far more style and is genuinely unnerving to play.
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