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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1000 on: 21 Jan 2018, 16:55 »

I've heard it's better than the last one, and the single player story mode is alright. I guess ask yourself how much fun you'll have playing the same few maps again and again, that's what it usually boils down to for me
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1001 on: 26 Jan 2018, 05:06 »

Should I get the new Star Wars Battlefront II game?  I know people are pretty divided, mostly from EA's handling of it, but is it a fun/good game to get?  Or should I not waste my money?

I played about 30 seconds of BF1 on PS4. Got the Battlefront for PSP as well after reading rave reviews, but never made it past the first few minutes. I read a load of backlash about GF2 about pay-to-play content which they seem to have revised the goalposts for; but as with everything, if you like that kind of thing, its more of the same, but if you are divided there are lots of better things about for PS4/XBone right now which you should maybe consider.

Currently, I've just replayed all the Bioshocks in the Collection on PS4; almost done with BAS2. I loved Burial at Sea first time round, platinumed Infinite on the crazy hard mode, and just played through for enjoyment this time although I am lured by the prospect of improved gameplay if I redo BS1&2 on the crazy hard modes. Also a bit intrigued by the fact I forgot a lot of the plasmids I couldn't afford when I played it 10 years ago or so, and used a new set this time, and could probably get a few more playthroughs with completely different skills and abilities.

I bought a PS move controller years back as it was on a super-cheap deal and its been in the garage awaiting my kids to grow up; but after receiving GT6 for Christmas I found out there is a PS-move driving wheel which I picked up for 7.

Not got it set up yet (had one quck race and button config session and it seems like it could be workable) but I *adored* playing GT5 on the big Logitech wheel, pedals and seat kit, all of which I still have in the garage but no hope or space to have it set up again. I am hoping GT6 on the move wheel will be good fun - I can't go back to a DS. I also have GT Sport but will only start that if I have a wheel setup.

Still slogging through the Witcher 3 which has never really grabbed me but as the combat is button-based, I can stream it on the Vita from the PS4 which means I can chip away at it in spare minutes.

I tend to play games to about 50% then shelve them and restart them a few months later. Horizon is platinumbed, Dishonored 2 about 30-50% through, ditto with P5, AC: Black Flag, Fallout 4, FF12, Shadow of Mordor, Killzone 3, Thief, ME2, New Vegas, RDR on 2nd playthrough, the GTA4 expansions, LA Noire, Watch Dogs, MGSV, Bully, Luma, Skyrim, Castlevania.

Completed recently but may go back to for trophies: UC4, FFXV, FC3 & 4, a whole bunch maybe 30-5 games I will likely never go back to.

I would really like to get back through GTAV on PS4 but the stock market seems to be broken and if I can't play through the campaign with decent funds, I won't bother again.

I have about 10 games on the shelf not touched yet: AC:Unity/Origins, Killzone 4, the Telltale Batman, GoT, GTSport, a few others I can't recall.

And I recently got Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which I haven't got into yet, and am a bit loath to do so now I've found out they leave a lot of cliffhangers and the final part might never get made. Very pissed off about The Order also being done like that.
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« Reply #1002 on: 26 Jan 2018, 15:20 »

Been playing some more Invisible Inc. Took me a while to get back into it but I'm pulling off daring heists left and right again. The game is outstanding at putting you in situations that are always on the brink of spiraling totally out of control, and riding that crest of chaos is the best way to clear the place out and escape with the maximum number of goodies. Hitting the teleporter exit button with your full team in place just as the cavalry busts down the door behind you and starts shooting is exhilirating, and happens frequently. The only thing better than that is pulling off a last-second escape with every member of your team except the one who couldn't make it in time, who then has to play the cat-and-mouse game with every guard in the facility on red alert while the teleporter recharges. The fact that, with sufficient craftiness, these situations tend to be winnable more often than not is a testament to how finely-tuned the game is.

I haven't played much of the DLC and I still have to finish the extended campaign, so I'm working on that now, but the new characters seem kinda crap. One of the imprisoned agents I picked up came from the DLC, and his greatest utility requires killing people, which I've studiously managed to avoid thus far. The game actually avoids moralising entirely if your methods happen to involve lethal casualties, but you do get punished for it: heart rate monitors will put the facility on alert if a guard is killed, and if you complete the mission, the only consequence is that you get a financial penalty to deal with the repercussions of the dead guards - and destroyed robots too, for whatever reason, but the latter is peanuts.

Somehow, I've managed to get most of the way through the campaign even though the game decided to make an excellent weapon I picked up early on disappear from my inventory at the next mission. I made up for it by making better use of EMPs to unlock safes. Other interactable devices simply stop working when you EMP them, which I found out the hard way when I set off an EMP in the prison hoping that taking out the control console would unlock the cell doors. It did not. Safes, however, simply pop open after being hit with an EMP, which is really convenient when there are three 5-level safes clustered in a room and I can just EMP them all at once instead of breaking into each one the hard way. Given that I have a severe shortage of powerful hacking tools in this campaign, it's exactly what I need.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1003 on: 30 Jan 2018, 15:10 »

Started playing Medieval II Total War with the Stainless Steel mod again.  Currently playing as the Crusader States and the year is 1328.  I successfully subsumed the lands of the Fatimid Caliphate and Seljuk Sultanate, and faced only one jihad, which was successfully defended against thanks to calling a counter-crusade on one of the Islamic factions and getting lucky in diplomacy with the nearest aggressor.  I recently concluded a 60+ years/turns war with the Mongols; the first 30 years or so I captured only two territories from them and was destroying multiple armies per turn that they sent at me thanks to a couple of forts south of the Caspian Sea and a fortress guarding a mountain pass just north of the Persian Gulf.  Second half was marching across their realm and capturing settlements and dropping temporary fortifications for all my field armies, because facing a Mongol army in the open is folly (death by 10000000 arrows).  Lost a few captured settlements and had to backtrack get them back and then had to abandon one to reinforce a fortress, but I finally drove them out about 70 turns into the war.

Now that I had control of the Middle East and most of West Asia, and had a foothold on the Black Sea, I then turned westward, and stabbed the Eastern Roman Empire, my longest standing ally, in the back by launching a massive invasion on their core region.  Captured almost all of Anatolia, Constantinople, the Crimea, and the eastern coast of the Black Sea in one turn, and am poised to march into Hungary once I weather a storm of armies that are marching on Constantinople (I managed to get some newfangled cannon towers built into the city defenses, so holding it should be easy), and frankly, it's a breath of fresh air to finally face off against armies again that aren't composed almost entirely of horse archers and heavy- and light cavalry.  I may delay Hungary for a bit and instead launch another seaborne invasion of Greece; five of its six territories are right on the coast and my spy network shows them all lightly garrisoned, so I could have them all under my control within a single turn.

I do have a save file of this game from right before I invaded the ERE because I want to see them duke it out with England, which has conquered all of France, Northern Spain, NW Italy, and is pushing into the remnants of the Holy Roman Empire.  The ERE itself has also reached the former HRE, and controls Italy outside of the Papal States and England's one territory, has reached the Baltic, and controls the southwestern corner of Russia that isn't held by me or the Novgorodian Rus.  Speaking of the Novgorods, they attacked one of my border fortresses shortly before I invaded the ERE, but they quickly sued for peace (why, I have no idea, since I had what amounted to one army defending my border with them).  And interestingly, Norway has been active this game; they held north Poland for quite awhile before the ERE kicked them out, but they still have a strong hold on Paris and the NW corner of France, and also hold Belgium and Holland  Normally they just sit in their home territory for the most part and Denmark pigeon-holes them, so it's nice seeing a different Scandinavian faction in play.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1004 on: 30 Jan 2018, 17:57 »

Got Dragon Ball FighterZ, a lot of fun and the story plays out like an arc on the show. I'm also looking at playing Monster Hunter World
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1005 on: 30 Jan 2018, 20:01 »

I'll probably get Monster Hunter World next month, thanks to money and time limits. I'm still on the fence to get it on PC or PS4 though.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1006 on: 31 Jan 2018, 05:45 »

I'll probably get Monster Hunter World next month, thanks to money and time limits. I'm still on the fence to get it on PC or PS4 though.

Would you mind posting your impressions? It's on my 'maaaaybe?'-list.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1007 on: 31 Jan 2018, 08:11 »

I only played a little bit of it during one of the demo weekends, but my impression then was 'not enough explanation'. I blame that entirely on the demo aspect than the game though. It basically dropped you into a hunt with a fully geared out hunter and no explanation as to what all this stuff you have is/does.  People who have played other MH games probably had no issue on it, but the only one I played was a long long time ago. The games just haven't been out on systems that I own much before now.

The game is gorgeous, the world is very much alive and the weapons and equipment are varied. Story and cut scenes seem nice from watching let's plays... but I'm trying to avoid to much of that since I plan to get it soonish. I play Dauntless which is a simpler, free to play game in the same genre. Well, it will be free to play, it's in early access with founders packs right now. The feel of taking down large behemoths is there, but one bemoaning I have is there are so few options for weapon and gear selection and the worlds are very static. It's basically you in the monster in a large flat area... MHW you fight over varied landscape and where you fight matters. Environmental traps, other creatures getting in on the fight, actually having to track/chase down the monsters. I feel it's more engaging than Dauntless' learn the enemy patterns and understand your attacks game play.

I'll probably wind up getting it on PS4, but I really don't like that I have to get a Playstation Plus membership as well as my internet service to play online.

Anyway, that's very early and limited first impressions. Once I can get it and sink some time into it I'll probably have a better one.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1008 on: 31 Jan 2018, 11:50 »

Kingdom Hearts. Specifically the 1.5 HD version. I haven't played this game for probably ten years and it's not as big and long as I remember. Probably because I was so bad at the combat when I was younger so I'm getting through it faster. It's repetitive and cheesy but fun.

I got the PS4 bundle so I'll be able to play the spin off games I've never played before once I finish the first one.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1009 on: 31 Jan 2018, 15:37 »

So far Monster Hunter is beautiful, and I love exploring. I'm kind of sad you can't climb everything like in Breath of the Wild. I've only done a few quests/missions but I'm having fun. I've gotta link up with friends to play some more, but I hear right now that's kind of a pain.

I'm new to Monster Hunter so the fighting is a little boring/tedious, it takes awhile to fight/whittle/kill a monster. I don't really like having to sharpen my weapons mid fight cause they've lost their sharpness/aren't dealing as much damage as they should be
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1010 on: 31 Jan 2018, 19:21 »

Yeah, if I remember correctly the Monster Hunter games tended to favour certain weapons for various monsters. Blades for the fleshy ones, hammers for the armoured ones and so on.

Also, I think that you need to upgrade the weapons as you go along, because the first weapons you get at the beginning are on the crap end of the scale. You need to target body parts and carve the skin, meat and bones you can. At least that's how it was in the earlier games.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1011 on: 31 Jan 2018, 19:55 »

A key point to the monster hunting genre as a whole is the creatures you are going after are incredibly tough. MMO raid boss difficulty or more, generally designed for a team of hunters to tackle.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1012 on: 31 Jan 2018, 20:37 »

Oh I know, I remember the first MH on the PS2 and the nightmare of trying to get three other people to go for the same hunter. I still hate wyverns to this day!
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1013 on: 03 Feb 2018, 05:53 »

I won't play MH, but I did used to get together with friends who'd get their handhelds out to play, and I'd watch. Was fun.

Oh God, Invisible Inc. I kinda can't do it, but it is good.

Also guys halp i installed Warframe and now i'm spending all my gaming time flipping and gliding and being a silly bow ninja halp
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1014 on: 03 Feb 2018, 08:30 »

When my friends and I were finally done with Destiny 1 a few of them switched over to Warframe and were happy. I gotta pick it up, only tried the first mission and wasn't into it, cause I've heard that it has improved a lot

One of my main contentions with Monster Hunter World is that I want to play with friends but the game won't let me, mainly cause they didn't do a beta on X1
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1015 on: 03 Feb 2018, 09:00 »

Kind of interested in Monster Hunter. I'd never really heard of it. In the old days I used to buy gaming magazines but I felt they spoilt things somewhat as you got previews of games that never ended up being made, or weren't any good, too much info on story-based games, and no surprises.

Downside of never reading media anymore is sometimes you can miss a whole thing!
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1016 on: 03 Feb 2018, 09:48 »

I like WF quite a bit so far, but it's been built on and built on and tinkered with and had more stuff bolted on for several years now. And many of those things are good, or actual improvements on the original core design!

but it also means there's a few weird holes and a lotta *stuff* going on that can be.... confusing/overwhelming. Not as bad as, say, EVE prior to that one patch where they added an actual tutorial in, but y'know
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1017 on: 03 Feb 2018, 11:15 »

Well, EVE *does* have a learning curve worse than even emacs.
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« Reply #1018 on: 03 Feb 2018, 15:46 »

I've played Warframe over the years... Not regularly but I'll get in the mood for stretches. My biggest issue with the game is that it seems soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo grindy. Like, way way more than any other game that I've played, including FFXI. As a for instance, I still have not maxed out the level for the assault rifle you start with. After years. I've played with other main weapons occasionally, but it still seems to take several forevers to progress in the game. At least for me, maybe others know tricks I don't know. I assume they do. That and it's really hard for me to gauge what difficulty missions I should be running. The missions indicated what levels the enemies spawn at, but you have so many different levels going into what you can do... Your character's level, the level of the warframe you're using, the levels of your various missions and companion... The disadvantage of having so many systems.

So I picked up Monster Hunter World. Still a fabulously beautiful game. I still need to practice controlling a game with a twin stick controller. At least most of the time the enemies are huge so at least I'm going to hit something.... You probably have too many options, too much stuff and the game doesn't hold your hand much on what might be useful or good. It just kind of throws every weapon and a ton of consumables at you at once then says 'Go here, kill some monsters, have fun.' It's old hat for long time MH players, but some of use are noobs.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1019 on: 03 Feb 2018, 17:19 »

>grindier than FFXI

*shudders* I don't know how it used to be, but so far no. but i've mostly been stealth-bow so i get kinda *focused*
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1020 on: 03 Feb 2018, 18:23 »

I really want to get my hands on Monster Hunter World. I've been craving a game to sink my metaphorical teeth into like that.

Too bad I'm gonna have to wait for the PC release.
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« Reply #1021 on: 04 Feb 2018, 04:41 »

I've heard of Dauntless being similar a few times in the last couple of weeks. No idea if it's any good, I've not played it or had much chance to look into it.

https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/Dauntless
https://playdauntless.com/
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« Reply #1022 on: 04 Feb 2018, 06:45 »

Dauntless is a good game. It's in the same monster hunting genre, but it is a simpler and more accessible version of it. It's still in closed beta state so you have to purchase a founders pack to play right now, but on release (whenever that is) it will be free to play. The style is much simpler, more Warcraft-cartoonish than the realism of Monster Hunter. There are five weapon types to choose from instead of MH's  16 and the consumables are much more streamlined. None of that makes it a bad game in comparison though, just easier to get into. Think in comparison play Heroes of the Storm vs League of Legends, if you follow MOBA games.
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« Reply #1023 on: 05 Feb 2018, 05:07 »

So I saw one of my best friends over the weekend and we burned through the main campaigns of two games and the DLC of one of them. I'll come back to the second one later.

First up - Until Dawn. Spoilers below, if you've not played it.
If you're a fan of horror movies, good or bad, then this game is for you. Take every horror game, novel, TV series and movie and throw them in a blender, staple it together into an episodic adventure that has a handful of Quicktime events to justify calling it a 'game' and you know what Until Dawn is. The idea of the game is to choose whether or not to help a cast of eight characters survive the night by helping them with their decisions. It's got a big 'butterfly effect' thing, which it drills home so many times in the opening credits that it may as well say 'I MEAN LET'S BE HONEST IF YOU'RE PLAYING THIS GAME THEN YOU'RE CLEARLY A MORON SO LET'S GO OVER THIS SHIT A FEW MORE TIMES.'

It is the exact, perfect mix of a great game and a terrible movie, which means that to play it with friends is an absolute blast. We took turns playing it, and had an enormous amount of fun laughing at it, laughing with it, occasionally actually getting scared, and making fun of the truly laughable gameplay-stretching stuff. Here is the way that the game works.
- You need to open the door.
- Press X to activate the QTE.
- Press R2 to grab the handle.
- Push the right analogue stick up, then clockwise to turn the handle.

That's three stages to open a fucking door. What a beautiful joke this fucking game is, it's like a 90s FMV game on 10 discs. I do like that it's lacking in retries; if you kill off a character, they are donion rings, no takesies-backsies. I HATED on the other hand, the 'LAST TIME ON UNTIL DAWN' sections, partially because they're unskippable and partially because they are sometimes flat out wrong (on more than one occasion I saw footage in the 'previously on' which I had not seen when actually playing the earlier scene.)

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It's not a good game. I'm not sure you can really qualify it as a game so much as a choose your adventure novel made digital flesh. But if you're in a party atmosphere, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Re: What Games Have You Been Playing Recently
« Reply #1024 on: 05 Feb 2018, 06:44 »

My partner and I played Until Dawn together like you described and it is the best way to play it. Good words.

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« Reply #1025 on: 06 Feb 2018, 03:05 »

Thanks! I stole it from Danny from Game Grumps.
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« Reply #1026 on: Yesterday at 11:18 »

Playing Darkest Dungeon and I have to say its really fun and pretty brutal!  I love how lovecraftian it is too.  Its a dungeon cralwer where you have to manage the party's health sanity and quirks!  The atmosphere an mechanics are very nice so far.
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