RPS Asks: What Have You Been Playing?

By Jim Rossignol on September 20th, 2011 at 8:41 am.

That's me on the right.
Oh hello. I am back after a lovely holiday. It was the first full week for at least four years that that I did not play some kind of electronic game. What that means, however, is that I now have a pile of stuff to get through: Monaco multiplayer preview code, Red Orchestra 2, Minecraft 1.8, and some preview code for A Valley Without Wind. Exciting stuff, but not exactly easy on my free time. (I want to continue my game of Dead Island, too. I’m a couple of hours in.)

Anyway, this thread is actually about you lot. I assume everyone has finished playing and replaying DXHR, so what’s next on the reader pile? What have you been playing?

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  1. DanPryce says:

    I went back to Borderlands briefly last night. It’s still a hell of a lot of fun, even in the run-up to a sequel.

    And I still haven’t played DXHR. Sadface.

    • Raniz says:

      Since I bought it, I haven’t played ANYTHING BUT DX:HR.

      I’m on my third playthrough right now. First time I went through it just playing along doing what felt best – did get the pacifist achievement though.

      Second time I played it as an FPS and killed _everything_, this time I’m going for Foxiest of the Hounds.

    • Squirrelfanatic says:

      I want to play that too (Borderlands)! Preferably in multiplayer, if I’ll ever manage to connect to my friends. Hours of tinkering with my firewall, ports and router settings have taught me that it is my router that is causing the problems. Oh well, maybe after a few extra hours of time investment I will be able to enjoy the pleasures of multiplayer bandit shooting.

    • DanPryce says:

      Borderlands 2 could definitely do with being full-blown Steamworks, just for the convenience.

    • President Weasel says:

      I have DXHR but haven’t got round to starting it yet. I also have the Witcher 2 and haven’t got round to starting it yet, but that one’s because I am rather expecting a “big fix” patch like with the first Witcher.
      Instead I’ve been playing:
      Mass Effect 2 (want to get the perfect save, before Mass Effect 3);
      Arma2 multiplayer (I am terrible at it, it’s fun anyway);
      Blood Bowl;
      Star Ruler;
      That Magic the Gathering game (it’s annoyingly one-more-game-y)

    • hilltop says:

      I don’t mean to be a nagging nelly, but wouldn’t it be more prudent to leave off purchasing the games until you have the time to play them – so that you can take advantage of the price drops that follow some months after release?

      I say this as someone who owns neither the Witcher 2 nor Deus Ex 3 and is quite jealous of you nonetheless.

    • aldo_14 says:

      I’ve still not completed Borderlands, yonks after buying it on a Steam sale. I can see myself repeating the same pattern of eventually getting bored with the repetition and uninstalling it, only to resume 6 months later from the same savegame.

    • djbriandamage says:

      Since I bought it I’ve played everything but DXHR. Hate it.

      Instead I’m surprised at how very much I’m enjoying Call of Juarez, Bound in Blood which I scored for $5 on a recent Steam sale. Considering how much I disliked the first game in the series I’m very pleased with this sequel.

    • simonh says:

      Just got my graphics card yesterday (was running on just the on-board graphics before) so I’m finally able to play DX:HR. Just made it to Hengsha, enjoying it a great deal.

      I actually thought the boss battle was kind of fun; after all the restraint I had exercised with my non-lethal ways it was fun to just let it loose a bit. I had wisely packed a revolver and some UR-DEDs though, can’t imagine what you’d do if you arrived with your backpack full of only non-lethals.

    • DrazharLn says:

      @squirrelfanatic

      The easiest way to play Borderlands with friends is with GameRanger. Works perfectly.

    • Squirrelfanatic says:

      Oh, I have tried GameRanger, as I have tried Hamachi. The problem is that my router uses NAT which somehow prevents the connections, even if I open the GameRanger ports. Thanks for the tip though.

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    GibletHead2000 says:

    I have been playing Rock of Ages, mostly. It was pretty enjoyable… I even went back and found all the keys. I still haven’t finished DXHR yet, but that’s more due to not having had enough gaming time over the last couple of weeks. I’m also looking forward to playing some F1 2011 at the weekend.

    • Chris D says:

      I really enjoyed Rock of Ages. Didn’t last all that long but for the entire time I had a huge grin.

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    Cinek says:

    Mechwarrior Living Legends, Sword of the Stars 2 (after recent sale), but recently I mostly watch Babylon 5 cause I never really had a chance to watch all the series since beginning till the end. Awesome stuff – highly recommended.

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      Biscuitry says:

      I assume you mean the original Sword of the Stars, unless they managed to release the sequel without me noticing. If it actually is the sequel, please tell me where you got it, as I’ve been itching to get my hands on the game for months.

    • PatrickSwayze says:

      What’s your name on MWLL if you don’t mind me asking?

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      Some_Guy says:

      Recently watcher all of firefly in a sitting to see what the talk was about. now i wish there was more. Also been playing space marrine, which just feels brilliant.

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      Cinek says:

      Oh yea, Firefly was also a very good series. Pity that it got such a poor ending and never anything else came out of it. But IMHO – the Babylon 5 wins with it. Yes, the 3D effects don’t compare with newer productions like the Firefly, but the storyline is more involving and deeper. Plus: it has 5 seasons instead of one ;) hehehe. And the B5 ships designs win easily with Firefly ships style! :D

      Biscuitry – lol, yea, I meant the original. A game that was on sale in Impulse last weekend :)

      PatrickSwayze – look for Mechwarrior in top of scoreboard. ;) :P I used to be elite player in MWLL though now I have no time to engage so much in it and I don’t even play under any regular nickname. Just make fun out of these poor folks who hate being sliced to death by C.R.A.Pumas by supposedly new player B)

  4. Raymond Saint says:

    Red Orchestra 2, Dead Island, Napoleon: Total War, Hearts of Iron III, Victoria II.

  5. Kaira- says:

    Console-toys, but Wind Waker. Especially now that I got a GC memory card for my Wii. Also, Team Fortress 2 and Solium Infernum.

  6. mikmanner says:

    I’m so torn about what games to play I end up just staring at my computer, Red Orchestra 2, Rise of Flight, Dead Island and *cough* now Gears of War 3.

  7. Escalus says:

    bad company 2 (as well as the assumed dx:hr), lil dungeons of dredmor on the side

  8. aerozol says:

    I played Bastion, which was awesome.
    Then I uninstalled everything because of exams. Must… not.. reinstall…

    • mentor07825 says:

      We’ve all been there :| My vice is Eve Online

    • We win says:

      Started Bastion the week it came out and experienced stunning pain in my left hand using a mouse and keyboard. Played through DX:HR (eh, it was pretty good; I enjoyed the world they created), picked up a gamepad and am now enjoying Bastion a lot more.

      Might play Rock of Ages next or I may go back to an unfinished save in The Witcher.

  9. Sankis says:

    Red Orchestra 2, Driver: San Francisco (360), probably Gears of War 3 and definitely Dark Souls when that’s out on 360. Aside from that it’s the usual “whatever the hell Steam has on sale” method.

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    cqdemal says:

    Dead Island and another run through DXHR, plus a smattering of the FIFA 12 demo.

  11. Spider Jerusalem says:

    Dead Island, Nuclear Dawn, way too much League of Legends, Mirror’s Edge, Red Orchestra 2 (but it’s so broken for me), Battlefront II.

  12. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    RO2, Minecraft 1.8 – Some, still haven’t found a stronghold/npc village/abandoned mine – have been killed by an enderman though! CSS – as usual, and a very very brief sprinkling of Crysis 2 – DX11 texture pack murders my computer :/

  13. Gnoupi says:

    Magicka, because casting a lightning on your teammate when you were targeting the big yeti never gets old.

    • Squirrelfanatic says:

      Magicka is such a blast (heh) in multiplayer. More than a few times I laughed my … hat off when something (usually involving mines) went horribly wrong. I had issues with stability though to the point where it almost became physically painful to replay a level because the game crashed just before the boss monster.

      Oh well, at the very least it teaches you how to become good with your spell combinations.

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    thekeats1999 says:

    Playing through Xenoblad (console toy game but excellent none the less). Also playing Bastion and Avadon, need to complete these before the end of October in time for Arkham City. Also thinking of replaying Arkham Asylum as well. Never completed the game due to the bloody awful Joker boss fight at the end of the game. Rest of it was excellent.

  15. Casimir Effect says:

    Should be about to finish off Kings Bounty Armoured Princess. Only the demon island left then some boss fights to do then it should be over after 30+ hours. After that I may try going through Cthulu Saves The World, probably playing something silly and action-y at the same time like Just Cause 2.

  16. Spooty says:

    Still playing through DX:HR, taking my time and enjoying it.
    Started Dead Island but it’s too buggy – awaiting Das UberPatch before continuing as I don’t want to spoil my experience with frustrating bugs and crashes.
    Bastion also receiving a staggered play through.
    Working my way through Fallout: New Vegas and the DLC. Already up at 35 hours.
    League of Legends still taking most of my time (and my money).

    • hilltop says:

      League of Legends for me aswell. Though I have yet to spend any money on the game. What do you bother buying?

    • Spooty says:

      Far too many skins… new heroes… I’m a bit of a casual player and augment my experience as I go. It tends to be only with characters I really enjoy. I don’t play anywhere near enough to generate the IP required for new characters so that all goes on Runes.

  17. TheFatDM says:

    Space Marines, multiplayer. Every other game is really fun but sometimes the fun is ruined by high latency.

    • myaltisa says:

      I really enjoyed the single player, and I am levelling the multi for the upcoming coop multiplayer. Looking forward to it, although Relic may miss the boat with me if it is released too close to Rage

    • PatrickSwayze says:

      How busy is the mp?

      There’s always games on xbox but I’m wishing I got the PC version as I enjoyed it far more than I though It would.

    • Jazz42 says:

      I have sound stuttering problems in single player (no frame rate problems though) and seriously high lag in multiplayer on the PC version…so much so I traded in some games to get the xbox version which runs like butter in comparison.

    • LuNatic says:

      I tried the Space Marine multiplayer for the first time today. I want to like it, I really do. But no dedicated servers is going to keep me away, because I live on the arse-end of Australia (~750km away from my ISPs nearest base of operations) and trying to predict where players will be in the half second it takes my shots to register really hampers the enjoyability. Why did it have to be like this Relic?

    • Magus44 says:

      I’ve been playing it a little as well but I got fed up with the match making last night and swore and quit. Finding a good game in Australia is painful. Takes way too long.
      But of the 20 or so games I played, the 3 or 4 I got in with good latency were much fun. The bolter is meaty, the jump packs and chain swords rule and bracing and firing a heavy bolter is glorious.
      I really want dedicated servers :(

  18. TheLaquidara says:

    Minecraft 1.8 multi-player survival server along with some single player. Fun stuff, but it’s more of a foundation for what’s to come, though that’s been Minecraft in a nutshell.

    Also played some Civ5. Bought it over one of the weekend Steam sales; seemed like a good starting point to get into the series. Fun, if a bit slow. I feel like the game is more meant to be played diplomatically…at least if you want a challenge. It’s too easy to stomp people out with an army. This is all from just one game, so maybe it’s too soon to pass too much judgement.

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    Seniath says:

    I found myself too busy to continue Deus Ex this past week, so spent my spare time playing Borderlands instead – finally getting round the Knoxx DLC.

    Of course, this has meant that now, even though I do have time to play Deus Ex, I’m too busy with Borderlands.

  20. Zanchito says:

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Rock of Ages. Titan Quest before that. Had to abandon my Oblivion gaming because the heat of the summer made the game way too unstable, hoping to retake it as soon as I finish DX:HR

  21. Theoban says:

    I’ve been bashing my way through Space Marine, the single player is a lot of fun if you play it in short 20-30 minute chunks (which is what I want, just SMASH BANG BIFF for a few minutes and then I’m happy)

    Been playing the multiplayer too, not loads but it’s fairly quick and simple and bangy. And I can be an Assault Marine so that’s good.

    Other than that, Minecraft.

  22. JLeach says:

    I haven’t played DX:HR yet. Will get to it at some point, though.

    I have been playing Dragon Age 2 recently, though. I played the first act upon release and got bored so gave up. I re-started as a rogue (was warrior previously) and have surprised myself with how fun I’ve actually found it. The re-use of locations is a tad irritating and the drop-in enemies that appear mid fight are hugely infuriating. I also dislike the protagonist, I was hoping for another femShep, but I seem to have got some smarmy, snotty miser, which is a shame. However I now (after 1.5xDA:O and 1.5xDA2) have a better idea of the setting, lore, characters, overall plots etc (basically the setting) and I must say that I think the setting is great! So much so that I’m preparing to go back to DA:O to re-play it on Nightmare!

    • Viserion says:

      This is very close to my experience with DA2. I preordered and had it sitting on the shelf for 6 months before I got to play it and I was surprised by how much I liked it.
      Now I am devoted to DXHR which I think is awesome.

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      bsplines says:

      So does DA2 become better as you play? I started the game a few months ago but I got bored in the first Act and I haven’t played since. I ‘d like to give it a second chance but so far it was just… so average.

    • JLeach says:

      I’d say it definitely get’s better as you go. By the mid-point of the second act there seemed to be an overarching story that was getting going, and I was starting to invest in it. I quite like the fact that, even now, I’m very much uncertain of what the outcome will be. The first game was weaker in that respect as the ending was going to be, more or less, obvious- save Ferelden from the Blight. The second game is more of an enigma, which I’m enjoying. I think it just needed to get going a lot quicker, as it is there’s too much of a slog through the first (dull) act until things get going. I also like the way that the companion/side quests often tie into the main story arc.

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    jezcentral says:

    Just finished DXHR (i.e. I’m now going back and trying to pick up some achievements that I missed first time through), and I’m playing Hard Reset and Frozen Synapse.

  24. Bull0 says:

    Actually I got bored of DXHR once I got to Shanghai, stopped and played through Space Marine, and then couldn’t be bothered when I got back to DXHR. I think people have been too kind to it – it’s not that great.

  25. Sorbicol says:

    A couple of years late but really got into Sword of the Stars. Enjoying a multiplayer with others here on the forums and lots of single player. Still only a few more weeks until Battlefield 3 then it’ll be shooty shooty for the foreseeable

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    tengblad says:

    Most of last week I was playing Space Marine. Good little game, if a tad repetitive. It was just long enough — any more and it would probably have outstayed its welcome.

    Now I’m knee-deep in Dead Island and enjoying it a whole lot, despite its flaws. I don’t appreciate the games tendency to randomly invite complete strangers into my game, though. I made my game private, but I still constantly get prompts whenever someone is “near” me.

    Also spend a little time playing Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. I enjoy it for the same reasons I enjoy the Burnout games — it’s fun to drive fast and crash cars. But DAMN, that game is just covered in product placement and advertisements.

  27. Oryon says:

    Predominantly Baldur’s Gate 1. I really wanna go through the Forgotten Realms games and finish them this time.

    Also Rock of Ages.

    Also trying to get Red Orchestra 2 to be playable.

  28. adonf says:

    Psychonauts and it is as awesome as I remembered

  29. v_ware says:

    Portal (for free on steam)
    Darksiders
    Mirror’s Edge
    Limbo
    Aaaaaaaaaaand some Mass Effect

    (That’s the entire month of september though.)

  30. Jams O'Donnell says:

    I have not been playing DXHR. Or anything, for that matter. Moving house takes away a person’s game time :(

    However, it does mean that I still have DXHR to look forward to!

  31. ix says:

    Does watching the odd SC2 cast count? I’ve hit kind of a lull in gaming lately. DX:HR was fun for the first few hours but haven’t really gotten into it. I fear I have lost my gaming mojo.

  32. rozpocet1 says:

    I’m playing DXHR right now actually. When you play a game for the first time it’s like… I can’t describe it. Yesterday I played for 14 hours. Today first thing in the morning…

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      jezcentral says:

      Ah yes, that “I’ve never seen anything like this before” feeling. I think every game I play is an attempt to chase that feeling. Alas, the older you get, and the more games you have played, the harder it is to recapture that. :(

      I remember first playing the Sim City one evening, and kept going till the sun started to come up.

    • Donkeyfumbler says:

      Exactly. Sometimes I do feel like a junkie chasing the feeling of that first high but never quite getting there. One of the reasons I now have 268 PC games in my collection (not to mention the console stuff) and yet I still keep buying more :(

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      mrwonko says:

      I know what you’re talking about. I just hope I’ll be able to immerse myself in Skyrim the way I did in Oblivion…

  33. Revs says:

    finished witcher2, started DXHR, shogun2 legendary difficulty still waiting

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    Corpekata says:

    After Deus Ex, mainly older stuff I should’ve bought years ago from the recent brutal combo of Star Wars/Paradox sales on Steam (and also Mirror’s Edge from a daily).

    • skrymir01 says:

      Ditto this. I played Dark Forces waaaaaaay back in the day on my Mac, but Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight never came out for the Mac, so I’m only now playing it. Pretty decent, for being so old (definitely has the “old game” mechanics and set up, though, like bad guys hanging out it really random places, like between two crates, or in a dark corner…actually, maybe they’re all just taking naps!)

  35. Rao Dao Zao says:

    I binged on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles last week. One Super Emerald down from ultimate victory… Never quite found that last Giant Ring.

    • frenz0rz says:

      God the giant ring zones in Sonic 3 & Knuckles were horrible. Hit a single red and you’re finished. The worst part is when you’ve got just four more blues to go and the level has reached maximum speed – even when you finally discover them, one false move and its all over.

      At least the waypoint special zones were pretty fun and interesting. Gambling!

    • Spooty says:

      My favourite all time game(s). I salute you both.

  36. Davie says:

    Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword, Men of War, and Darksiders, all due to the recent Steam sales wherein they were priced less than lunch. Incidentally, I’ve found it’s easiest to spend horrifying amounts of money when it’s in really tiny increments.

    Darksiders surprised me–it’s far better than I expected it to be, and a suitable substitute to God of War on the PC. Does get a little repetitive after a while, but even then the scenery and combat is lovely to behold.

    • beloid says:

      yeah, it’s neat. I just like me some solid, realized apocalyptic game world. I haven’t found one as imaginative as this one since Soul Reaver, I think. It has its share of problems, though. The Checkpointing is abysmal at times and some of the controls (playing on a pad) are too complicated to use fluidly.

  37. TheDreamlord says:

    Red Faction: Armageddon, since I got it for under eight quid from amazon uk (still same price), and it is rather good.
    Other than that, had finished Risen before leaving for holidays and had taken a break from thirty hours of Terraria.

    Edit: Oh, and Darksiders on and off. Damn massive game.

  38. BebopBraunbaer says:

    this weekend was coop weekend so i played SC2 some LoL and last but not least magicka

  39. jon_hill987 says:

    I have got back into Perfect World International again, the first time I have played it since the latest expansion. I have found that my class (Venomancer) has been made, not obsolete, just not as useful, by one of the new classes, the easier to play Mystic.

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    Richard Beer says:

    DEAD ISLAND! GRRAAARR BRAINS!

  41. ShadowBlade says:

    Some of the good old games: UT99 and Total Annihilation. Aren’t really any new games like em.

    • PatrickSwayze says:

      There really aren’t enough games with TA’s scale or the ability to just pour units in to a big mash up.

      Everything focuses on micro managing abilities instead of BIG FUCKING TANKS

    • Arona Daal says:

      Like TA ? Try :

      http://zero-k.info/

      or:

      http://springrts.com/wiki/Balanced_Annihilation

      both Free,good,Like TA,but sadly no Singleplayer Campaigns

      Edit: ZK has some SP Scenarios,the “Chicken” Missions are nice.

    • ShadowBlade says:

      Aaah, thanks! I’ve been looking at Spring for a while.

      Also, TA with the 1500 unit limit, custom units and modern hardware (no slow-downs), TA is the ultimate RTS in my eyes :) A 10 player match with hundreds of and tanks and aircraft, all those cannons, nukes and Krogoths! Good times..

  42. BreadBitten says:

    Finally finished downloading ‘Human Revolution’ last night…spent around 5 hours on my first run alone! Oh and the usual suspects, ‘StarCraft II’ and ‘Team Fortress 2′ are always running on my desktop as well…

  43. lunarplasma says:

    I’ve just finished conquering Japan in S2TW, Darthmod, as the Uesugi. Now, if I’ve got at least 45 minutes to play, I play a round of League of Legends. Otherwise, it’s Civ 5.

  44. Flint says:

    Mainly DXHR (second playthrough, trying to grab foxiest of the hounds) and Duels of the Planeswalkers (thanks to the new expansion). And, uh, Pok√©mon Trading Card Game Online…

  45. dawnmane says:

    Magicka! I bought it in the recent Steam sale. Been cursing at my self-combusting little faux-Swedish-speaking wizard.

    Fallout: New Vegas: Dead Money : : : I love how difficult it is compared to the other DLC’s, and im desperately trying to finish it before Lonesome Road hits Steam tonight.

    Torchlight, both in anticipation of Torchlight II (and Diablo 3), and because my wife remembered how much she loved it and started playing again, so now we’re constantly finding loot for each others characters and placing them in the shared stash. Oh, sweet romance of the 21st century… :-P

  46. mensaap says:

    After Deus ex, I finished the singleplayer of Warhammer 40k: Space marine and now I’m playing the multiplayer.

  47. Dariune says:

    Been trying to work out Sengoku and when not playing that i am playing a bit of Terraria.

    Also got a long term game of Mount & Blade Warband with the floris mod going on but havent played that in the last couple weeks.

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    Oozo says:

    Went from finishing Bastion straight to playing it again (even though the play-through has come to a halt recently). Apart from that, dipped my toes into Rock of Ages (undecided on WIT yet). Mostly, though, I’ve been playing No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise on the PS3. Which is a blast, especially when you’re playing it in shorter sessions (it has a wonderful pacing to it, closer to a TV series than an epic feature movie, so to speak).

    Also, watching the Top 100 Gametrailers on gametrailers.com made my crave playing Left 4 Dead (2) again, so I might get back to this as well.

  49. Nallen says:

    56 hours of DXHR and game after infuriating, futile game of SC2

  50. Gassalasca says:

    Finished Old World Blues. Started Arcanum. -_-