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#1 The Liberator

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:41 PM

Hey guys,

I know I am getting it (i've already ordered it). Anyone else already playing or thinking of buying the game?

Duiscuss.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 02:06 AM

If it is released for Mac, yes!
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 02:48 AM

I was shortly pondering getting it for my PS3, but I'm not sure if I would really enjoy it – I certainly wasn't much into Bethesda's previous efforts Oblivion and Fallout 3. The horrible voice acting, bland NPCs, reused dungeons and especially the clunky combat simply put me off.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:51 AM

I've watched a friend play it on his PC and the interface is just abysmally horrible. The combat, much like Oblivion, is a button-mashing mess. It does look really good graphically though and the beautiful open world offers a TON of things to do and see as you see fit.  So it does have some things going for it. But reviews averaging in the mid-90s across the board???  I don't get it. If Skyrim is suppose to be the pinnacle of RPGs I guess us old-schoolers are in even more trouble than I thought.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 01:04 PM

In other news, Lands of Lore 1+2 were re-released on GOG today, both of which should run just fine via DOSBox (Boxer). ;)
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 01:39 PM

View PostTacohead, on 15 November 2011 - 11:51 AM, said:

But reviews averaging in the mid-90s across the board???  I don't get it.
I have the impression that open world games with lots of crap to do tend to get high scores by default, even if the gameplay mechanics by itself don't really stand their ground.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 03:34 PM

View PostJanichsan, on 15 November 2011 - 01:39 PM, said:

I have the impression that open world games with lots of crap to do tend to get high scores by default, even if the gameplay mechanics by itself don't really stand their ground.
…and this game is supposed to have a totally humungous amount of stuff to do.

I can understand about the interface, as I remember, Morroriwnd's was not good and Oblivion was not so great either. Supposedly they have cleaned up the bad voice-acting and made the fighting better. …but they are merely what critics* and others have said.

*Like the critics who gave it 9/10 or 5 *****

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:23 AM

View PostThe Liberator, on 15 November 2011 - 03:34 PM, said:

P.S. …and no Thain, it is not released for Mac, and I doubt it ever will. ;)
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Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:42 AM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 16 November 2011 - 02:23 AM, said:

You really know how to break a mans heart.. :'(
Yeah, I'm sorry. I thought it best to be truthful with you, instead of lying. In the long run, it is the best option.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 07:55 AM

Ahrem.. Yes...


In any event, what are the chances that this might get released on our platform of choice?
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Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:16 PM

Bethesda, like Bioware, cant do good UI's period. They simply have no clue how. It seems modding communities usually 'fix' the bethesda games through hacks and plugins.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 03:21 AM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 16 November 2011 - 07:55 AM, said:

In any event, what are the chances that this might get released on our platform of choice?
Slim to none, I'd say. Bethesda hasn't really expressed much love for the Mac in the past.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:38 PM

View PostJanichsan, on 17 November 2011 - 03:21 AM, said:

Slim to none, I'd say. Bethesda hasn't really expressed much love for the Mac in the past.

I'd go further and say not a chance at all. My teenager is playing it and loving the game (PS3 version). When I read the "M" rating (not that I have any trust in the ERSB mind you) I repeated a bunch of it to my son who replied with "Oh, a typical fantasy RPG then!". Seems like a decent (nice visuals), if boring, typical RPG experience. Probably a very good game, even if the ratings seem a bit skewed up.

I also agree with Frigidman (and as a UX guy) ... The UI sucks something awful. Ugh.
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:45 PM

Playing Skyrim and Saints 3. Both are epic. I should be occupied for the next six months.
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 04:13 PM

View PostAtticus, on 17 November 2011 - 02:45 PM, said:

Playing Skyrim and Saints 3. Both are epic. I should be occupied for the next six months.
As a fellow parent of twins, you'll have to tell me where you bought your stopwatch that stops time so you can play such time-sucking games.  Or maybe you found a "Cloak of Invulnerability to Wife Wrath."  Whatever.  I'll take one of each.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 05:20 AM

View PostAtticus, on 17 November 2011 - 02:45 PM, said:

Playing Skyrim and Saints 3. Both are epic. I should be occupied for the next six months.
Yeah, I am looking forward to SR3 too!

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 02:54 PM

View PostTibur, on 17 November 2011 - 04:13 PM, said:

As a fellow parent of twins, you'll have to tell me where you bought your stopwatch that stops time so you can play such time-sucking games.  Or maybe you found a "Cloak of Invulnerability to Wife Wrath."  Whatever.  I'll take one of each.

Har--kids are in bed by 7:30, wife by 10p, so I squeeze in a couple of hours before bedtime. It also helps that I telecommute full time. Gaming lunch breaks ftw! ;-)
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Posted 18 November 2011 - 03:10 PM

I think I'm enjoying SR3 more than GTA because SR3 is more accessible (at least for me). Some might call it a dumbed-down version of GTA, but the GTA games always caused me to rage--I'd be making good progress and then run into a brick wall in the form of an overly difficult mission or activity (I actually stopped playing GTA San Andreas for over a year when I couldn't complete the plane/flying training mission). It seems like you have to be a 12-year-old console gamer with hyperreal reflexes to do anything well.

Skyrim's sheer size scares me--I put in over 120 hours in Fallout 2, and that was one playthrough. Gulp.
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 03:47 PM

The UI is directly pulled from the console versions, meaning it's designed for the controller. It works alright on console, but terrible with kb/m. I expect that they'll patch it somewhat soon though for that.

the mod's always take bethesda's games, and make them a ton better. Oblivion had the most mods lol people did like everything in that world
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Posted 20 November 2011 - 01:35 AM

Thing is we do have Two Worlds 2 and it's new expansion on the Mac  so we're no longer completely missing this kind of huge, open-ended RPG with nice graphics. I liked Morrowind but I don't pine for any offering from Bethesda now I've got my TW2 :)