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#1621 Camper-Hunter

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 03:50 PM

View PostCamper-Hunter, on 15 March 2017 - 02:17 PM, said:

Half way through Life Is Strange's 2nd episode.

For some strange reason (no pun intended) I had stopped playing this game, and only now finished it 8 months later. And this is by far one the best games ever! A masterpiece! A work of art! Unbelievable. It deserves Oscars for best picture, best leading role, best supporting role, best cinematography, best directing, best film editing, best music, best sound editing, best sound mixing, and best writing. If you thought Telltale's The Walking Dead was great, this is one step higher. It even managed to make me all misty-eyed, and that doesn't happen easily.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 06:01 PM

For some reason I'm already losing my desire to play Destiny 2 and it's only been a couple weeks. Can't put my finger on it, but probably my guess is I feel a lot less "super" due to the insanely long (compared to Destiny 1) ability cooldown times, and the change from the primary-special-heavy weapon system to the kinetic primary-energy primary-power weapon system really just sucks the wind out of the gunplay and pacing. It's thrown into sharp relief how much special weapons helped tame Destiny's bullet sponges in the first game; in the second game, you have no special weapon with a heavy weapon to really rip up problem enemies. You just have two primaries and either a heavy weapon with hardly any ammo, or a special weapon with hardly any ammo in the power slot. When stronger enemies come around sometimes I find myself wanting to glance at the time and go, "Am I still shooting this guy?" It's the same feeling I got from the Division when it initially launched and why I didn't buy it till they cut down time to kill to something more reasonable.

Especially in PvP; if you were really good and knew the ins and outs of the system, you could pull off some insane one-man heroics in Destiny 1's PvP and those moments were what made the Crucible experience. It was one of those things where you'd keep going, "Just one more game. Just one more game." Destiny 2's Crucible is an exceptionally well-balanced teamshoot fest... it's just made it bland. "Just one more game" has been replaced with "have I reached the requirement for the weekly bonus yet? I'm tired of this."

I had an insane amount of time in the first game, but the second game is just already failing to hold me even though I LOVE the smoothness, high res, and not-through-a-straw FOV of finally having a PC version.
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When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 09:58 PM

Starting through the KOTOR series. I never got around to 2 because it wasn't on mac for such a long time, but KOTOR 1 is one of my favorite games of all time, possibly my most favorite. I'm real sad that EA seems to be giving a proverbial frak you to Single Player games because I would love an experience like that again.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 05:17 AM

Layers of Fear:creepy as hell! Best played in the dark with headphones, and wearing diapers just in case. Very disturbing (or disturbed?) game walking simulator.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 02:51 PM

View PostCamper-Hunter, on 04 November 2017 - 01:42 AM, said:

The developers explained (in the devs commentary) that the "walking simulator" expression first appeared when Dear Esther was released.

A few days after this discussion I was amused to see Thimbleweed Park's description:
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(For some reason Thimbleweed Park completely escaped my notice, even through its Kickstarter campaign. My thanks to Richard Moss's fascinating video games podcast for drawing it to my attention.)

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:40 PM

I've used Skyrim as a hiking simulator a number of times.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 11:25 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 12 November 2017 - 08:40 PM, said:

I've used Skyrim as a hiking simulator a number of times.

This is how I use Ghost Recon: Wildlands (and why I don't seem to ever tire of it). Whenever I hike in real life, I'm like, "This would make a great sniping position. Look at that view. Wind is controlled, if you had good DOPE you could do kilometer shots all day. This would make a perfect position for an observation post. Cover is good and lines of sight are excellent. Man, can you imagine if there was an enemy base down there. That's a perfect spot if you were going to resupply the area. And yet there, there, and there would be perfect ingress routes. They'd never see you coming."

In the game, I can hike AND THEN GO AND DO THAT, OMG! ::snipes a sicario and flips out::
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When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:47 AM

I finished Divine Divinity. Or really, I almost finished it, at just a few minutes short of 50 hours of gameplay. I guess a got my few dollars worth of game there!

I had reached the very end, where you have to go through 5 minor castles and beat a mini boss in each, and the take on the final castle and beat the main boss. Unfortunately, I beat 2 mini bosses, but couldn't beat the third one. These mini bosses have special skills that renders them invicible, and unless you actually knew about this in advance (I didn't) and had skilled for it (I hadn't), its practically impossible to beat. And well, it was for me. I don't mind trying over and over again on a hard boss (Which I did!), but I don't like the game cheating just to make the game harder. And since it would take me multiple hours of doing literally nothing to remedy it, I was just not going to do that: Spend 10 minutes of real life travel time to go back to a specific shop, then wait until he restocks items every 5 minutes in real time, and then buy *one* random spell upgrade on each restock - of which I would need around 20 of, out of around 100 different spells. Nope, with even more nope.

But I don't feel bad about dropping the last hour of the game. All mini bosses and their castles were practically the same, and the main boss was just more of it, so I don't feel bad about loosing out on that content. And I just watched the end movie on youtube, so I am fine. :P

The first three quarters of the game was a 5/5 rating where I had a complete blast of a game - Soooo entertaining! But that last part felt extremely rushed and was SO empty in comparison, that I really feel it could have been almost completely removed. So I end up with a 4/5 star rating for Divine Divinity. Still highly recommended if you like old school RPGs and action RPGs. With a slight visual upgrade, I think this game would have rivaled the classic that is Diablo, since there's SO MUCH more to do, and a MUCH better plot.

And now... Borderlands the Pre-Sequel, or Baldurs Gate II. I'd likely take the first one first, simply not to go from RPG to RPG, even though I really feel like Baldurs Gating right now... I mean Baldurs Gate I is the best RPG ever created, so the sequel is also up there. :P
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Posted Today, 01:23 AM

Currently playing DiRT rally and enjoying it. I've yet to finish a race without going off-road. :teehee:
I'm tempted to purchase a second-hand racing wheel.