General Gaming Megathread: What are you playing?

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by The Commissar, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. Ilosar

    Ilosar Vault Fossil

    Apr 20, 2010
    Yeah, TF2 changed a lot of things. New gamemodes, maps and most classes don't play the same at all.

    It's not a big ussue anyway. It's free, so nobody can complain. I just would have liked the game more and played it if they has fixed some stuff I personally find annoying.

    On another note, one of my friends gifted me Divinity; Dragon Commander. It's a sort of hybrid between Total War and Stacraft 2's campaign, in a steampunk setting with dragons. I like the parts where you are in the ship talking to people, researching upgrades and making political decisions. The RTS phase, not so much. It's extremely simple; X unit counters Y unit, you have truckloads of ressources, spam spam spam. You can summon a controllable dragon for added fun which saves those gameplay phases, but some micro required would've been nice.

    Nitpicks; the political decisions are basically 21th century ones; immigration, global health care, gay marriage, sex equality, all sorts of things that really clash with the 19thish century setting. It seems weird to discuss those very modern issue in a fantasy setting without any allegory. It feels more like they're talking to the player rather a character. Also, the portrayal of women is few things short of juvenile. You have the classic flirty bad girl with big boobs, the frail, thin lizard women who also (somehow) has absolutely massive knockers, and the third charater is a stereotypical ''feminazi'' of the most ridiculous sorts, who can't say a sentence without reminding you how males suck and who's obviously written to be completely unlikable. I'm not sure what kind of audience they intended for such a silly character.
  2. Makta

    Makta The DICKtator

    Jul 29, 2010
    I'm not playing it right now.. But tomorrow will be a good day!

    Free horror game that is looking quite awesome.
  3. woo1108

    woo1108 Vault Senior Citizen

    Sep 27, 2012
    currently playing Ultima4.
    it's getting harder.
    fuxxing baron, fuxxing rogue, fuxxing poison and fxxking ancient english.
    but interesting game.
  4. SnapSlav

    SnapSlav NMA's local DotA fanatic

    Jul 1, 2012
    Well, now that The International 2013 is over (and my 2 favorite teams claimed 2nd and 1st place, respectively), my time sink has abated, and I'm able to return to wasting as much time as I please on any games that I want. Aside from the same 3 titles that I've mentioned twice now in the past couple of weeks, a friend also bought me a PS3 copy of Borderlands 2 for my birthday recently, but I haven't really ever felt the desire to play it. Honestly, and I've told him many times, I wasn't interested in the series. I heard a lot of good about it, but it never really called out to me. The most it ever did that got me intrigued were the words "Vault Hunter" (or whatever they were) which immediately reminded me of Fallout, but I still knew that was only a knee-jerk reaction to a word, not that the games would actually BE like my beloved Fallout. So, for now, it's sitting unused, but it was a gift from a friend, so I don't wanna be ungrateful and never play it. Anyone who HAS played it care to give some kind of synopsis of their accounts of the game to encourage me to trying it out? I can't seem to summon the bother to try it, as of yet. =/

    That strikes me as splitting hairs, more than anything else. TF2 was still the same core game, and the changes were very drawn-out evolutions. I find it to be EXACTLY the same as DotA and DtoA2. There are "differences" between the 2 games, but I would still call them the same game underneath the exterior. To draw a more apparent contrast with another example, let's look at FO1 versus FO2, and then look at ANY of the original trilogy compared to FO3. If you just played the games, FO2 would strike you as "the same game" as FO1. New characters, new story, new weapons, sure, but the same game at the core. No wild and drastic changes to the gameplay, and if you didn't know that the game engine was actually quite different, the similarities would fool you into thinking there hadn't been any changes at all. But compared to FO3? Now THAT'S a completely different game.

    While still the same core game, DotA2 has plenty of new things absent from DotA. A built-in tutorial that acts as both an anti-smurfing buffer as well as a beginner's guide to the game, creatively styled as a single-player campaign (albeit, a brief one). Custom match variants, especially Event game modes, which act as a free reward to the players more than anything else (I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the Halloween Diretide event to return, this year). Many key mechanical interactions and restrictions are lifted in the game thanks to the engine, such as Rubick's Spell Steal limitations. The list goes on. But unlike HoN, which decided to make the same core game with a completely different hero roster and item pool, or LoL which abandoned almost everything from the original mode in favor of new ideas, DotA2 offers a newer experience, more than just being "prettier", while still being the same core game. And that's no different than the other times Valve has done the same. Only this time, it's a F2P game.

    But why should they do that? It's not "fixing" if it isn't broken, and it isn't broken just because you don't like it. When Starcraft took off in Korea, Koreans utilized Terran flying structures in ways NO ONE had ever conceived of, so that when I matched up against them, I cried "CHEATER!!!!" at the sight of uplifted Engineering Bays floating above my base, distracting my turrets from their dropships, and preventing me from easily microing my units to attack their ground forces they "hid" beneath the larger targets. I hated that, and I honestly believed it to be cheating at the time, but really I was just not versed enough at the game to really compete against it. It didn't require "fixing", I was just bad. That was an ingenious player-derived strategy that wasn't intended by the game developers, but allowed to continue, because it wasn't inherently "broken".

    I was also going to respond to the "Nitpicks" of Divinity; Dragon Commander, but having not so much as heard of the game, let alone played it, I can really only take your word on it. =|
  5. Sub-Human

    Sub-Human -

    May 31, 2011
    Masters of the World: Geo-Political Simulator 3. It's a modern Crusader Kings... And damn awesome. Numbers, numbers everywhere...
  6. thegaresexperience

    thegaresexperience Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Sep 3, 2010
    Played the original X-Com after getting it with the pre-order deal for The Bureau. I had no clue what I was doing and lost my first battle. Installing the 2012 XCOM as we speak
  7. Arden

    Arden Still Mildly Glowing

    Feb 26, 2010

    I had the same problem with borderlands 1 at first, heard good things about it, was intrigued in a way but took a long time until I actually played it. Then I got hooked. BL2 was a disappointment for me, somehow it hadn't the charm of BL1. Too many changes, strange weapons, strange characters…. but that is a very biased viewpoint. Some think that BL2 is better, some don't. If you did not play BL1 you might see it differently and can enjoy it without comparing it with BL1 all the time.

    Wait till you are bored and have a few hours time on your hands and then give it a try. There are worse games and if it gets you hooked, you will get a lot of worth for your money (or your friends money) because you can sink hundreds of hours into that game, I know I did with BL1.
  8. SnapSlav

    SnapSlav NMA's local DotA fanatic

    Jul 1, 2012
    Sounds an awful lot like FO3, if it would require "not playing the original" to see it in a more flattering light. That said, it doesn't fill me with much confidence. =/ One of the "encouragements" I'd gotten was from the friend who'd gifted it to me, stating that he and his brother could power-level me to 20 instantly, and that doesn't really mean anything to me. I guess that's the max level, but at the same time, power-leveling is for something like Diablo II, where 5% of your dedication to the game is beating it, and the other 95% is spent making character after character to try out new builds to create the perfect killing-machine tailored to your style of play, and I haven't been interested in that kind of gaming for almost a decade. Either way, if it had a story/campaign, power-leveling would just ruin the experience, I feel. Like if I were to coop Dead Space 3 with the good buddy I'd FINALLY convinced to play the game, and led him to ever secret and killed every Necromorph with my own customed stick-o-death weapons; it'd kill his experience. =/

    Hopefully someone can enlighten me to qualities of BL2 that will make me want to play it, because when I'm faced with hours of free time on my hands rife with boredom, I either seek out one of the games I already know I'll enjoy, or porn. XD
  9. Arden

    Arden Still Mildly Glowing

    Feb 26, 2010
    No no no, FO3 is crap compared to Fo1/2. BL2 is not bad compared to BL1, it's different. Since I liked BL1, different is not good for me. But since you don't have preferences yet, 90% of the problems I have with BL2 you won't even notice.

    You don't need powerleveling if you want to play the campaign. If some part is a bit too hard you do sidemissions until your level is higher. Powerleveling only makes sense if you want to play coop with 3 others, because then the mobs are really hard and a weak character is a liability. But if you complete the campaign, perhaps a dlc or two you are capped anyway. You can play it like Diablo but you don't have to. The nice thing about BL is that you can play it once just like a linear shooter with one character and the gear you pick up or you can powerlevel, minmax and farm for gear like a terminal addict. Your choice.

    You must get bored sometimes! After the 108th playthrough of Fo1/2, after beating torment again, having another look at ToEE or Arcanum and fiddling about a bit with JA2 you must have some moments where you ask yourself: what now? During one of those moments I saw BL1 in a bargain box and thought what the heck, and I was glad I did. As for porn… well, even that can get boring, usually after having a good fap. Start up BL2 in one of those moments. If you think it's crap after an hour, you can return to do… whatever. :D
  10. Leo1

    Leo1 First time out of the vault

    Nov 25, 2012
    Been playing a lot of Shadowrun Returns, and actually really enjoy it, a 2D turn-based RPG on Steam. Combat is very much like Fallout 1/2 in that you have action points to attack and the game itself is very well done, only dislike I have is that its quite linear, some small amount of exploration is possible while completing objectives, unlike Fallout where you take your own path to completion. But overall a worthy game to own, I'd recommend it to you all guys, it also comes with an editor to create your own missions and campaigns :)

    Check it out!
  11. SnapSlav

    SnapSlav NMA's local DotA fanatic

    Jul 1, 2012
    Yes, but that's where porn comes in! =D Well, not always porn, anyway. I still have many titles left over from my Trophy Hunting days that I never 100%'ed, like Echochrome for example, that I could turn to if I'm just bored of the same routine. If not them, I have my backlog of 30ish games that I couldn't buy (for financial reasons) at the time of their release, but wanted to own. Sooner or later, Bioshock Infinite will be cheap to acquire, and there will come a day that I'm so bored that I need something fresh, and it'll be there for me. But until then, there's plenty of older games on my backlog that are already that cheap, such as Heavy Rain.

    That's why I feel bad that my friend got me Borderlands 2, because it was never on my radar, so it never made it onto my backlog. Even when the first game came out, I just wasn't interested in it. But believe me, I heard PLENTY about it (an abundance of praise from the Rooster Teeth Podcast, for a long while) so it wasn't for a lack of exposure. When the second game came out, another friend called me up to "tell" me to get it, so we could play together, but I just didn't read up on anything that made think, "Well, if I were to spend the full $60 on anything, this looks worthwhile!" Different story with Infinite, DS3, Dark Souls, etc... =)

    Funny that you'd mention playing FO1/2 for the "108th" time. When asked by friends who are aware of how much I love the series how many times I've replayed them, they use numbers like "3 times?" To which I normally chuckle. Yeah, I played FO2 3 times in the first months of ownership. I don't know that I'm in the triple digits, yet, but I've left the single digit playthroughs in the dust looooooong ago. XD

    Uuuuuuuusually. Although I know the latest thing I scouted was quite amazing... As one comment rating it said, "In all honesty, this is the sexiest thing I have ever seen." I must concur, it was mesmerizing. But, uh, yeah, different topic... <.< >.> <.<


    Post Script: It dawned on me that perhaps a "better" comparison for the "It's different from the first game" sense was Dark Souls vs Demon's Souls (for me, anyway). Having played DS, I fell in love with the game, and looked forward to the next title, even if it wasn't a direct sequel and just a spiritual successor. But DkS disappointed me in a lot of ways, chiefly because the difficulty was reduced overall, and in one of the many patches it received, on top of fixing glitches (which is all I expected of patching) it reduced the difficulty even further, and the community became split between the average gamer that SUDDENLY "loved" the game, and those of us who loved it for the challenge who felt slighted by NamcoBandai. I've ended up playing DS now, whenever I feel the urge to revisit those titles, rather than DkS, because I prefer so much about it over its successor, but I still love DkS as a game, and I will advocate playing it to anyone I can, if they've never been introduced to the Souls series. From that perspective, I suppose I could consider BL2 something NOT to dread, but look forward to as a welcoming introduction to the series. Would that not be too far off the mark?
  12. Makta

    Makta The DICKtator

    Jul 29, 2010
    I'm currently in a love and hate relation with Metro last light.. Max setting? No problems.. Except in the next area where even the lowest setting will give you <20 fps for some unknown reason. :evil:

    Found the evildoer under gameplay instead of video. Now everything besides advance physics are maxed and it is flowing :clap:
  13. Tagaziel

    Tagaziel Panzerkatze Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Dec 10, 2003
    Replaying Bioshock. M'Atra, this game did not age well. The story's gripping and the characters are great, but it really lacks the polished gameplay of subsequent games. It's also small. Horribly small, cramped, and very much gamey.
  14. .Pixote.

    .Pixote. Carbon Dated and Proud

    Sep 14, 2009
    Don't Starve...

  15. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Don't starve is awesome.
  16. Emperor

    Emperor Simplesmente Rajuma

    Aug 4, 2013
    Mostly modding and playing New Vegas and thinking about finishing playing Fallout 2 and Baldur's Gate and for casual playing some Gothic,Civ 5 or Alpha Centauri. If I get better grades I might get Shadowrun Returns, System Shock 2 and Expeditions:Conquistadores, Wasteland 2 and eventually the new Planescape.If I pass this year in school I might get a new computer and finally play The Witcher 1 & 2, Dishonored, Bioshock Infinite and play without lag New Vegas and XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  17. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    Legend of Grimrock along with a replay of PS:T.
  18. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan

    May 27, 2004
    Finished the single player for Space Hulk. It's pretty meh. Doesn't feel like you achieved anything towards the end, also encountered quite a bit of bugs especially on the last mission.

    Dunno if multi will be worth it.
  19. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Today I found a pretty clever easter egg in SMT4 while browsing the Demon Compendium (the Demon Pokedex)

    The demon Wicker Man:
    "A giant man made of wicker used in human sacrifices by druids of ancient Celtic descent.
    The sacrifice was held inside, then the wicker man would be set ablaze. Some tales describe the passerby stumbling across the remains wonder how they got burned. Other druid methods of human sacrifice included drowning men in barrels of water, hanging men from tress and shooting men with arrows."

    it took by surprise is such a small easter egg, very well hidden and integrated into the description. ATLUS USA is full of very silly people.
  20. woo1108

    woo1108 Vault Senior Citizen

    Sep 27, 2012
    Anyone know about Megaman battle network?
    it has very interesting combat rules that makes combat very funny. stage has very interesting puzzles.
    so it's quite good game to spent 20 hours.
    but it's too hard...