Hey, Internet. What Are You Playing?

By Jim Rossignol on August 1st, 2012 at 10:00 pm.

Jim, John, and Alec, yesterday.
Phew! It’s been a busy day at the coalface, deep in the mines beneath Castle Shotgun. We dug up something that should never have been seen by human eyes, and had to put it down again with our sharpest pair of shotguns. But that’s all behind us now, and so it’s time to kick back in the relaxation parlor with some modded Skyrim, a glass of smoking blue space wine, and the soundtrack to the movie Cool As Ice. Yes, it’s that special time.

But we don’t mean to be entirely self-absorbed, at least not all the time, so it seems fair to ask you guys what you’re playing. So what is it? What are you playing? And – in the wake of the wallet-catastrophe of the last couple of weeks – what are you not playing? That’s probably a more interesting question. Why aren’t you playing it?

Speak!

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  1. Hanban says:

    Playing two very terrific NDA’d games! I should think that both will be wonderful experiences when they come out!

    • TechnicalBen says:

      Been playing Cobalt Beta and FTL Beta. No idea if either are under a NDA…

      FTL seems to loose me at times though, being a rougelike I ragequit too often!

      • mrennie25 says:

        FTL beta has been lots of fun! Definitely lots of rage quits and “welp, i’m dead”

    • Bobzer says:

      I’m guessing Planetside 2 and End of Nations.

      • RoAE says:

        Under the NDA of a hard to get into test and it has some serious potential if they can get the bugs worked out for the public. I recently been replaying the Witcher 2 during down time and when my friends beg me to play with them its off to DayZ. I wish I could get into Firefall beta or WildStar when ever that is.

        • ImOnTheRadio says:

          There really isn’t much to do in the Firefall beta right now. There’s quests for maybe 3 hours, then it’s all just repetitive PvE in a small area so far and instanced pvp. The beta still kind of seems like a small test zone.
          Maybe in 3-4 months or so the beta/game will become interesting and worth playing if they actually add content for the players to play.

    • potat0man says:

      Oh yeah? Well, I’m playing three games that no one’s even thought of yet so they don’t need an NDA.

      They’re so-so.

      • Hanban says:

        Good for you!

      • jkz says:

        I’m not in the pre-alpha of a game, and due to the NDA I couldn’t tell you about, it, even if I was. Which I’m not.

  2. Mr Bunnsy says:

    If the people I’ve found myself playing with has been any indication, I’ve been playing DOTA 2, and I’ve been playing it very badly indeed. Maybe I’ve lived a sheltered life or something, but I just can’t get used to angry people from somewhere in Eastern Europe hurling barely comprehensible abuse at me.

    • ImAUnicorn says:

      0-4 LICH NOOB REPORTED. UNINSTALL PLS. SUGA DO CARALHO BRASILEIRA.

    • DeVadder says:

      Come and play Smite with us instead.
      It has 100% more third-personess. And the abuse is mostly well-written in proper english. And less, if it is true what i hear from Dota 2, but i have not played that myself, so i would not know.

      To save posts:
      I play Smite, Tribes (Hi-Rez owns my soul) Eve and just finished Bastion (SOOO GOOD)

      • zizekian says:

        I’ve been playing DOTA 2 nonstop since I got the invite a few weeks ago, but just found me a SMITE beta key, seems pretty cool

  3. Crimsoneer says:

    I’m watching the Olympics! I’m also downloading the World of Warplanes beta :)

  4. MistyMike says:

    Me, I play a game where many members of a green-skinned humanoid race meet their doom… again.

    PS anybody interested in some co-op play?

  5. Shazbut says:

    Human Revolution, again. Hengsha is like walking through a work of art.

    • grundus says:

      I must play this again.

    • Sic says:

      I ordered a new gaming PC about fifteen minutes ago. Human Revolution will probably be the first thing I play through again when I get it.

    • BubuIIC says:

      Playing the original Deus Ex for the first time. Was a bit hard to get into at first, especially after playing the highly polished 3rd one. But it’s really starting to get good. :-)

      • Eophasmus says:

        I bought Deus Ex and Invisible War recently and modded the heck out of them. I found it hard to get into Deus Ex many moons ago when it first came out and never finished it. Now’s my chance, but likewise, I wish it was shiny and orange like HR.

    • f1x says:

      I must play Human Revolution again after reading this :p

      still want to do a playthrough without killing anyone / without being detected aswell

  6. Kaira- says:

    Started playing Crusader Kings 2 last night. Coming from EU III, things seem pretty confusing, but that’s part of the learning process, I think.

    • Tartychops says:

      Playing a lot of Crusader Kings 2, thinking about it offline in a way I’ve not thought about an addictive game for some time. The stories you can generate from it, really interesting.

      In my current game I’ve gone from the Duke of Toulouse to the King of Jerusalem after a successful crusade, holding off the Arabs and slowly expanding Outremer, to King of Aquitaine slowly expanding northwards through France, King of Italy after somehow inheriting a big chunk of land there and hanging on to it despite many rebellions and plots, installing relatives in Spain and Croatia and nurturing successions only to see my heir about to inherit Croatia be murdered which unleashed the mother of all rounds of assassinations on my part to anyone from that part of the world! My next ambition is to become King of France if I can, but there’s a long way to go and it’s only 1219AD :)

      It’s a somewhat arcane game I didn’t understand at first but once I grasped the mechanisms it’s like bloody crack!

      Oh, and also I’m occasionally shouting a lot at FthreeAR. Annoying FPS.

  7. Faldrath says:

    Still surprisingly enthralled by WRC 2. Playing some Endless Space in between. I started Arkham City, but after the “Batman-falls-for-dead-Joker-trap” cutscene, I sort of lost interest, because that’s just incredibly silly.

    I also need to go back to the Game of Thrones RPG, that was also surprisingly fun.

    • Barnaby says:

      Thanks for the spoiler! If Batman could fall for it, maybe I could too…

    • westyfield says:

      Go back to Arkham City. That scene was stupid, but it’s necessary to set up the main plot device.

    • slartibartfast97 says:

      FUCK YEAH KING CRIMSON FUCK YEAH!

  8. Lazum says:

    As of late, an excessive amount of Team Fortress 2 and The Binding of Issac. Fantastic games.

  9. Ironclad says:

    Switching between bulletstorm, crusader kings 2 and the occasional frozen synapse (aka 5 mins every 2 days)

    • DeVadder says:

      Frozen Synapse here as well. But only 2 weeks every other onth and only 4-6 games. That means, nothing but every season of the RPS FS league.

  10. ArcaneSaint says:

    I’m not playing anything right now. I’m still studying, failed some exams, gotta retake them. Did purchase some titles that seem like fun during the sale, but won’t be able to actually play them until later.

    Well, I guess that’s what I get for having too much fun during the academic year. I regret nothing though!

  11. Malky says:

    Mercury. All day, every day.

    http://decisionproblem.com/mercury/

    • Reapy says:

      Oo, didn’t know about this one, very clever idea. Not sure I’d get heavily invested in it, but really clever design. Just read his post where the problem is the ‘layman’ not getting to update content. I see he’s doing private servers for that, but I wonder if the solution is something different…something about the chaotic nature of players all hammering at the same game world is really interesting.

      • james lantz says:

        Hey! I made this thing. Thanks both above for typing about it.

        I really strongly agree, and don’t want the core of the game to get lost in complexity and disassociation and everything else that goes along with splitting into servers. However, it’s also equally upsetting to me that there’s a whole part of the game that is just locked away from anyone but the best players right now and the game has a tendency to feel inaccessible because of it.

        I’m moving ahead on private servers, but I’m also willing to derail or scrap them altogether if they seem poisonous. If you have any ideas, feel free to let me know here or at stiknork at gmail.

        • Reapy says:

          I didn’t get a chance to DL the game, it kept stalling out on me. Either way, it’s probably good for people to have the option to have their own private servers, I know there are some robust gaming groups out there and its fun to probably be able to attribute a sprawling dungeon to a person you know, sort of like that latest ‘risk’ game where you write on the board and things.

          Maybe the answer is to offer some alternative ways of ‘winning’ the level creation part. Besides the 2 top scorers (not sure how much this breaks it ) add a third slot that you can fill, maybe just by random lottery.

          Again not sure of the tech, but this could be in game, a random room/item has a chance to spawn in the game one time only. Though that might be rough to code if you are just sending out the new level statically. Or maybe this room gets added in at an early level, accessible with some sort of puzzle or tough mobs, something they have to perhaps sacrifice a high score to break into.

          Some players might pass it up and keep plowing the dungeon, others might try to get into it so they can create.

          Eh I know not the best idea, but this is all just going from the description page. Either way , its probably good to have the flexibility of the servers. Good luck!

  12. 18Rabbit says:

    Crusader Kings 2 single and multi-player (though multiplayer would be tons easier if there were some sort of in game chat). I’m also playing a little of games that I got from the Steam sale like Stacking, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action and Arma 2 (to maybe play DayZ). I am not playing SwtoR any more because of “Meh”.

    • evilbobthebob says:

      Chat in CK2 is Tab. Took a while for me and my brother to work that out. It’s certainly good fun in MP, if a bit slow and buggy.

  13. noom says:

    Darksiders mainly. Enjoying it rather more than I thought I would. A decent gamble at five squids I’d say, though I’m slightly regretting being cocky and launching straight into it on the hardest setting :\

    Also will shortly be playing Descent 2nd Edition. Just as soon as I can organise a reasonably focused bunch out of the rabble of peasants I like to surround myself with.

  14. xdarestx says:

    Dwarf Fortress, Kerbal Space Program, GTA IV and EVE Online at the moment.

    • BoZo says:

      Oohhhh I like you.

    • Whallaah says:

      You’re a courageous man.

      I play Dwarf Fortress too of course. A game for manly man, that wish to be challenged and fight for their fun.

      Followed by Skyrim and Zandronum, which are always cool.

  15. fer says:

    Why, ArmA II with ARPS / Folk, of course! It’s the Party-approved way of helping to bring about a socialist agrarian utopia (with added death and tractors).

    • Petethegoat says:

      I too have been playing some Arma 2, though not with anyone else. I’ve actually been giving the Arrowhead campaign a shot, and it’s pretty great.
      It was moderately astonishing when I messed up one mission, got a debriefing saying I’d been captured, and got shoved into the mission where I had to rescue the captured guy.

      I failed! And I didn’t have to reload anything, and my failure had consequences!

      More of this, please!

      • fer says:

        The ArmA games really shine when you play them in multi-player – especially with a community that writes its own missions, so I’d heartily recommend coming along to one or both of the Folk (Sunday) or ARPS Tactical Tuesday sessions. All you’ll need is vanilla Combined Operations, a copy of TeamSpeak 3 or Mumble, and a sense of humour. The ability to shoot guns is entirely optional, though a working knowledge of tractors is greatly prized.

        • Eophasmus says:

          I recently joined the ARPS / Folk after some ArmA II: Free dabbling. It’s good. Really good. Alas, my work hours aren’t very kind when it comes to Tactical Tuesdays and Folk Sundays, but I squeeze as much in as possible.

          DayZ, however, is a cruel mistress which I have yet to find much pleasure in.

  16. Jesse L says:

    I’m going to try Tribes Ascend tonight, because Robert Florence convinced me to. Also maybe Super Amazing Wagon Adventure on the XBox, because it’s out a month early on console. Lucky console!

    • jondare says:

      If you don’t have an account already, can i ask you to use this link when you register then? :D (https://account.hirezstudios.com/tribesascend/?referral=148360) It’s a referral, so when you reach level 6, i will get some more XP for weapons and such.

      Also, i think it will automatically “friend” us , so if you wan’t i can help you out with some of the more outlandish things.

      (Can do the second part anyway, names Jondare ingame)

  17. WoundedBum says:

    KOTOR 1. I’ve played it a fair bit before, but never finished it. I know the twist, but I find myself still enjoying it a lot. From what I’ve heard KOTOR 2 is better, but unfinished, so I’m looking forward to that, and almost certainly using the restored content mod (there’s not reason why someone doing their first run shouldn’t use that, right?)

    • stiffkittin says:

      No way. Apart from the slightly campy game launcher it’s absolutely the best way to play it. A fair number of things were just blatantly unfinished in the original release and it’s a testament to the quality of what remained that anyone bothers fixing it 8 years later.

  18. BwenGun says:

    Orc Massacre Simulator 2002: An Ultra-Violent Odyssey.

  19. Byron_Black says:

    Orcs must die 2, need to screen shot my high scores while they are still in the top 50 since in a week or so im sure they’ll be in the hundreds and thousands.

  20. SuperNashwanPower says:

    I reloaded Shadow of Chernobyl. May try STALKER SOUP.
    Also need to finish off final few questlines on Skyrim after 300 hours.

    • Baines says:

      Just started STALKER. Wanted it for years, and finally bought it in a Steam sale. Patched it with Complete 2009, though I’m not sure if that was a good idea for a first play.

      Playing Warlock – Master of the Arcane as well, but am kind of annoyed by some of the bugs in it.

      Tried Cargo -Quest For Gravity, which I got in some Indie Bundle deal a while back (I bought the bundle for another game), but it didn’t really grab my interest.

      Tried Commandos – Behind Enemy Lines, which was also picked up in a Bundle deal, but the difficulty of even the first mission is just annoying. (Watched a Let’s Play, and the guy who knew what to do was also complaining about the difficulty. Then saw the non-obvious sniper shot you are expected to make at the start of the mission. Not a horribly difficult or dangerous shot, just so easy to not realize the shot is even possible. You have to move your boat a bit to get in range, and the guy is only a valid target at a certain spot on his path. I wasn’t quite close enough when I’d first played the level, so he was never a valid target, and I just assumed I wasn’t going to be allowed to hit him at all due to the angle.)

      • Simon says:

        Commandos: BEL! Finally went back to this and got my original Win95 CD working on Vista, the difficulty can be brutal but it is so rewarding to finally break the back of a tough mission. However, the constant reponse to commands is really repetitive, if I hear “Yes, sir!” delivered by another surly soldier ever again it will be too soon…

        • Baines says:

          If you ever get the Steam versions, you have to manually edit the ini files to be able to save. Problem has apparently been known for at least a couple of years, but neither the publisher nor Steam have bothered to address it.

          Trying to play BEL without being able to save is a horrible experience.

      • MattM says:

        The complete mod is great for a first play-through. It fixes a lot of bugs and enhances the graphics. There are some minor gameplay changes (better scopes, renamed guns, etc), but I feel that they don’t alter the challenge as much as they just remove a few annoyances.

  21. macStrike says:

    Not Playing: Civ 5, I did not realize what I was getting myself into with that game, too slow for me, a man who enjoys a good slow game.

    Playing: Borderlands, This is how D3 should feel.

    • ThinkMcFlyThink says:

      Civ5 isn’t all that slow compared to other 4X type games. And besides, you can just up the game speed!

  22. waycooler says:

    I’m currently switching between Fallout: New Vegas (enjoying it quite a bit so far) and The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition (man this game is hard as nails). I’ve also got Orcs Must Die! 2 on the shelf; I’m waiting for a friend of mine to have time free so we can play co-op. Oh, and a run or two of The Binding of Isaac every couple days.

    I’m currently NOT playing Guild Wars 2, which makes me a very sad panda. The 25th can not come fast enough.

    • Koshinator says:

      If you want a GW2 fix, there’s a stress test on Thursday, August 2 from 12:00 Noon PACIFIC Time to 4:00 PM PACIFIC Time. Just FYI

    • MattM says:

      When in doubt spam bombs in the Witcher 2. It is pretty cheap to craft 50 or so grapeshot and you can throw them fast enough to stunlock enemies. (Unless they have patched out this cheese since when I played the game)

  23. Tacroy says:

    I’ve been playing Tribes: Ascend at least once a day until I win a match, for the delicious first victory of the day XP, and Skyrim if I have a couple of hours.

    I haven’t been playing Driver:SF, because even before the horrific UPlay backdoor, the fact that the game would literally stutter if it couldn’t contact the UPlay servers left a bad tast in my mouth – especially since it turns out the fix is as simple as banning Driver.exe from the Internet at your firewall. You idiots couldn’t put a rate limiter or something in? Or, hell, use nonblocking sockets, they were only invented forever ago. And who thought it was a good idea to put something as non-critical as drm checkins in the main game thread!?

  24. pocketlint60 says:

    TL;DR Version: I’ve been playing tons of shit, and I helped my mom through ME2.

    I recently beat Bastion for the fourth time and started yet another game of Spore. I just bought the non-limited-to-one-use Climate changing tools, so I’m going to change EVERY colony of mine to a T3 planet. It’s definitely going to take some time.

    Also, I got my mom to play the Mass Effect series and she just recently beat ME2 with surprisingly little help from me. She even lost less people in the Suicide Mission then I did the first time! I can’t wait to see whether or not she can grasp the rolling around controls. Lots of yelling is inevitable I’d bet.

    Surprisingly, I’ve been enjoying Arma 2 more than DayZ. The BAF scenarios are fun, and I found a great mod called Flashpoint: Chernaurus that just drops you in a random spot on the map along with about 500 people and you just fight. It even includes some of the free, already available content from the ACR DLC.

  25. Raziel_Alex says:

    Finished Spec Ops for a review, stopped Skyrim after 75 hours because of constantly crashing. Really want to get back to Fallout: New Vegas or some other good RPG.

  26. Shadram says:

    For some reason I can’t quite remember, I’ve managed to get myself utterly addicted to Skyrim all over again. So I’ve played extraordinary amounts of that.

    • DerekG says:

      Same here. It started when I decided to try a stealth/archery/sneak Thieves Guild character for the first time in preparation for the eventual Dawnguard release. 100 hours later…

    • derbefrier says:

      yup, me too. Decided to download one of those huge hardcore rpg collections from steam workshop. Frostfall – the hypothermia and camping mod and imps improved needs plus tons of texture packs, ai tweaks, combat tweaks, new spells, epic monsters, fishing, and about 50 other mods makes for an awesome experience all at the click of a few buttons. i imagine this is gonna suck me back in until Dark Souls comes out.

    • taione says:

      I too am back in Skyrim – it’s a very different game with mods. Trying a mage this time. ZZAP!

    • roryok says:

      Also playing Skyrim again. Same old character but I’ve decided to try and make him the greatest archer that ever lived

  27. Dominic White says:

    This past week, I’ve mostly been playing…

    DC Universe Online with my brother – we both got the all-in-one DLC bundle for $7.50 each during the Flash (groan) sale on Steam. It’s good fun, especially as villains on the PvP server.

    Orcs Must Die 2 – good fun. I think I kinda burnt out with the first game, so this one isnt’ gripping me quite so much. Not bad, just a formula I’m tiring of.

    Neo Aquarium – released on/by Playism. It’s a 3D fighting/shooting game where you play as lobsters with eye lasers, mutant crabs and even a barnacle. Singular.

    I’m about to be playing Phantasy Star Online 2. A new English fan-translation patch was just released for it.

    • Turey says:

      I’ve been playing Phantasy Star Online 2 as well, and really enjoying it. I’m at level 6 and it has yet to disappoint, even though I can read about 5% of the text. I’m eagerly anticipating its English release.

      I am pleasantly surprised that it is free-to-play though. I was expecting it to be a sub like Universe was. I was going to pay the cost whatever it was, but now that it’s free-to-play, I can get all my friends to play it as well.

  28. Tom says:

    metro 2033 – they came so close.

    • Ross Angus says:

      I’m having a break from that, after the “stealth” section past the library seemed impossible. I have no bullets left. The librarians ate them all. I think I was supposed to sneak by. I am a fool.

      • Mechorpheus says:

        I have literally no idea how you’re meant to sneak by the librarians. They say ‘ALWAYS LOOK AT THEM’, so I ‘ALWAYS LOOK AT THEM’ like a good sheep, but after maybe 30 seconds of trying to get around the room without looking away, it just decides to attack me anyway. Thankfully the belt-fed auto-shotgun is effective enough against them.

  29. TillEulenspiegel says:

    Defense Grid finally looked attractive to me. It’s okay, a by-the-numbers tower defence game that doesn’t do anything especially interesting. Nice for a quick game, I suppose.

    Also some Magicka co-op. Quit due to the bugs. Had a reproducible crash at one point that was preventing progress, switched hosts and it worked. Then one player got stuck in cinematic mode where he couldn’t do anything. Again, reproducible. Couldn’t fix it, gave up. I’m amazed the bugs are still this bad.

  30. Spakkenkhrist says:

    Beyond Good and Evil, Binding of Issac and Dragon Age. I’ve been getting back into Tribes, scarcely played it since it was out of beta, I surprise myself with how efficient I am with the thumper.

  31. Dowr says:

    Red Orchestra 2 – Used to play only realistic; now I play classic and it is pretty fucking great.
    Half-Life 2 – last time I played it was 2 years ago, time to find out if the game is still good.

    • TrueBlue says:

      I’m glad to see RO2 isn’t completely dead yet, on that note, it would be nice for the Rock Paper Shotgun staff to create some sort of event to revitalize the game and the community.

  32. Morte66 says:

    Playing Torchwood Season 1 (ho hum) an Luther Season 2 (class).

    Not playing Crusader Kings 2, Skyrim, New Vegas, or Mirror’s Edge.

    Why? Because I have severe RSI of the mouse elbow, that’s why.

    Grump grump.

  33. Danny says:

    Smite – beta. Normally I don’t care for moba/dota games, but the direct action is really refreshing, combined with the 3rd person view. Bought Vamana with favor points and he’s an awesome god. I mean, with an ultimate ability that turns you into a giant killing baby you can frustrate you’re opponents immensely.

  34. PearlChoco says:

    The Secret World.

    Best MMO in years.

  35. JackDandy says:

    I’m playing some Ys: Oath in Felghana (NIGHTMARE MODE FUCK YEAH), Tribes Ascend, and emulating Popul Mail.

    Good times.

    • Inzimus says:

      Popful Mail, huh? I thought I was the only one in the known Universe playing that game =)
      (I’m fortunate enough to play it on a MegaCD, though, alas ’tis a backup-CD)

  36. Similar says:

    Playing Just Cause 2 and currently trying to get 100% in all the areas of Panau City, which takes a lot of time.

    I’m not playing Minecraft, because I’m playing JC2, and I’m not playing World of Tanks because I’m waiting for the 7.5 update and the saner matchmaking it should implement (it’s possible 7.5 is out already, but I haven’t checked because I’m playing JC2).

    • LTK says:

      I’m trying really hard not to care about the little percentages over the map icons because it’s pointless to try to complete them all anyway, but the city areas are so rich that I can’t resist a bit of a scavenger hunt. For the other areas in Panau, I just try to complete all the challenges and visit all the areas, which I think is much more worthwhile than 100% everything.

      Have you completed the main quests and missions yet? How far are you into exploring the islands?

      • Similar says:

        I haven’t even done the White Tiger of the Agency missions yet (the first one you aren’t forced to do) nor very many of the faction ones either, except for maybe four stronghold take overs and one or two others (the North-Western island one, “Stranded”, for one).

        I’ve mostly just been roaming around, completing random bases and towns, so except for the Southern most islands, I have been most places, although in a rather random fashion.

        I tend not to do any challenges because I’m not very good at steering cars (maybe due to using keyboard or perhaps just some inherent lack of ability).

        • Reapy says:

          Its not you… I have been on and off in JC2… it works great for letting my 2 year old slam on the kb and mouse while I play, though he does keep ejecting me from cars with space bar (“Drive car? Daddy? Drive car?)

          Anyway, the planes and cars are horrible with the KB, i thought it was the game, but I bit the bullet and plugged in the wired 360 controller and driving was waaaaaay better, it really needs the analog stick to handle the driving portion right. Of coarse, when you get out of the car, KB and mouse blow it away, can’t win…still great game.

          • Similar says:

            Glad to know it isn’t just me. Sort of. I do get that it’s harder to make vehicles handle well with keyboard controls, but some games have managed it (I can only remember Halo right now, though), so it is possible.

            Also, your son isn’t the only one who is good at ejecting himself at inopportune moments. I have a tendency to buy the Agency helicopter, jump in, take off, and then accidentally hit the eject key. I haven’t managed to actually attack anything with that helicopter yet due to that.

        • LTK says:

          Driving fast cars can be problematic with a keyboard, but I managed to do it pretty well by rapidly tapping the A and D keys for small adjustments. It’s doable enough that I can weave through traffic in a Garrett without crashing more than once in ten seconds.

          Helicopter controls are much easier to manage, but once in a while I do mistake the spacebar for the ascend key instead of Shift. It’s really annoying.

  37. mrwonko says:

    Finally started Stalker – Clear Sky. Already played & loved the other 2 Stalkers, now started the last one for the second time and was not discouraged by a crash after 15 minutes – it wasn’t until the army shot me dead within seconds of me emerging from the swamps that I called it a day.

    (To clarify: I *started* it for the second time – I previously played it for 15 minutes, then it crashed without me having saved.)

    • Ross Angus says:

      Yup – that bit is nasty. But you don’t have to get to the map that way – you can get to Cordon via a different route, and bypass the machine gunner with the amazing eyesight. I think Clear Sky Complete makes his eyesight slightly more realistic too.

    • TrueBlue says:

      Yeah, Clear Sky is considered the black sheep of the franchise and while I find that an exaggeration I can also understand some complaints, there are some dubious design decisions (like that of the military MG guard) not to mention the bugs and performance issues, but hold on and keep quick saving a lot, because on some aspects it out shines Shadow of Chernobyl.

      The world doesn’t seem empty like it did before, now with various different faction stalkers roaming the landscape, anomalies are more deadly (even more than Call of Pripyat) making for artifact hunting a more enjoyable and rewarding task in my opinion, having the ability to chose different path to travel between areas instead of just one removes the feeling of linearity, and faction missions are now more interesting to do with real rewards and real consequences, so like I said, have patience and you might even loved it just as much as the other titles. ;)

    • mrwonko says:

      Yeah, I’m playing with the complete mod and did make it past the base on second try – the first time I was just lured too close to him by a fallen stalker with a medkit on him.

      Played a bunch more now, mostly ignoring the mainquest though – I want some proper gear and nice artifacts! And making good progress on that, too – the Stalkers gave me a nice suit, one of those next-gen detectors and a -6 radiation artifact after I did some work for them.

      I just entered the Dark Valley now, will continue later. Liking it, and no bugs so far, except for that previous crash. :-)

  38. Jake says:

    The Secret World – excellent game – although I haven’t played it in a few days and I feel like I really ought to or I may as well be burning my monies away. I’m on an RP server and roleplaying as someone who doesn’t want to talk to, or interact with, other people. Oh and you can keep your comedy gnomes and man-cats, my MMO character wears a suit.

  39. rustybroomhandle says:

    Replaying KOTOR 2 now that it’s patched to be somewhat completerer.

  40. felisc says:

    well, being on holiday has one sucky aspect : my pc is far. sniff.
    so I’m playing the laggiest possible Minecraft on the oldest macbook ever. and romancing saga 3 on emulator, apparently.

  41. pixelpusher says:

    I’m switching between Borderlands and Dead Space.

  42. Flobulon says:

    I’m playing Civ IV with the “Caveman2Cosmos” mod. Currently conquering Eurasia with mammoth riders to create a prehistoric Russian empire.

    • perfectheat says:

      This looks like fun. Does it work with latest version of BtS on Steam? And you can still play vanilla? Cheers!

  43. ocelotwildly says:

    I kickstartered FTL:Faster Than Light to get Beta access and ever since it came through I have been playing the hell out of it. The stories it weaves as you dart through space are gloriously emergent. It’s a great feeling to scrape past lethal encounters with an ailing craft, desperately looking for a repair shop, or watch, like a dastardly komodo dragon, as a burning space ship leaks the last of its oxygen and its crew scrabble to their grizzly deaths. Leaving you the bounty of their intact space craft, of course!

    I don’t know if it has quite as much depth as I’d like yet, but the developers seem to keep adding additional layers of detail and if that continues after launch then it could grow into an even lovelier little game than it is.

  44. Vorphalack says:

    Playing a lot of Civ 4, Beyond the Sword, KotOR 2 with restored content and Warcraft 3 single player. Will be playing more Skyrim at some point, the last patch combined with the stutter remover addon seems to have fixed all the performance problems. Just a shame the shadow still look like arse no matter what you do.

    Very much not playing Heroes 6: Might and Magic after the Uplay farce.

  45. Beemann says:

    I’ve been playing Minecraft 1.3 (we grabbed the pre-release and started a map just a few days ago) while dabbling in Saint’s Row 3 and Baldur’s Gate

  46. Freddybear says:

    I turned over the pile of old games, so I’m playing Sacrifice.

  47. Coccyx says:

    I’ve been too busy defending Ancients to actually play anything as of late.

  48. Bluerps says:

    Crusader Kings 2, for the last month or so. I need to conquer the Holy Roman Empire!

  49. jeebusmcchrist says:

    I’m getting ready to try out the Star Wars Galaxies emu when I get home from work today, and frankly, I could not be more excited.