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29-03-2014, 12:43 AM #20641
I liked ME1 but there was really nothing to the setting or story. In the same way that Dragon Age collated a whole load of fantasy tropes, ME1 did so with sci-fi. But because of how starved gaming is for something so similar it got a bit of a free pass. Going back to it, like I have recently, and I find it amazing how it got so much of a free-pass.
The story is dull and typical end-of-everything rubbish. The sidequests offer better stories but the problem is they don't really tie into the main one that much. Which you may think is great as they build the world... but then you wonder why these planets are otherwise entirely empty and why Shepard gets bothered with only certain small things (like hostage-rescue) of which there will be tonnes going on in the galaxy.
Three of the characters are crap, while three are good only until you realise they're played very safe and don't stray far from the Bioware stable.
The gameplay does that awful RPG thing that Deus Ex did where your trained professional main character starts off being unable to hit water if he fell of a ferry. And while the powers don't share a recharge time they have all the bite and feel of a gnat.
Most of the different equipment is useless, as there are usually 1 or 2 things which are better than everything else (until you can afford the Spectre weaponry which is just better).
And the Mako was such a piece of shit. You live in a world of spaceships and the best you can come up with is that? Ever heard of a fucking helicopter?
It should have been on fire.
29-03-2014, 01:06 AM #20642
29-03-2014, 03:06 AM #20643
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fantastic, by the way, check it out) channel at the end? Just sayin'.
Edit: You fucked with his point, too. It wasn't that ME3 sucked: it was that the ending sucked. WTF, random internet guy/gal?
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29-03-2014, 04:52 AM #20644
Not to carry on the ME3 wagon (...) but my narrative issues stretched way beyond the ending. Deus Ex Machina: The Game! Need a way to win an impossible war? HERE'S A SUPER WEAPON. But don't worry, we'll try to make it subtle by not knowing what it actually does. That's okay, isn't it? Not explaining something because you're not supposed to know? I'm glad you agree! Now go around and resolve these conflicts that couldn't at all wait until after we'd put aside our, relatively speaking, minor differences and NOT BECOME EXTINCT. It's as if everyone in that universe come the third game was fighting over who had control of The Idiot Ball. UCH.
And on the subject of AI, I seem to be encountering difficulties I never encountered previously in Shogun 2: Total War. Now in older TW games, when the armies got big you just ended up mushing them together in one big splurge of "MAKE THE ENEMY DIE AND YOU NOT!" which generally worked. I'm expecting a little more finesse now, so when I beautifully craft my vast army into a capable machine of organisation and death dealing, I sort of expect the game to keep track of my very simple commands: 1. Stay in formation. 2. Don't leave formation.
Now you, dear reader, might say "But aren't they the same?" Yes! Indeed, they are! Except Shogun 2 has a desire that the formation you've created is more a loose interpretation of what it was doing exactly 10 seconds previously. I get it, some units have different movement speed, but is it that hard to realise that you've been grouped up with other units in a very specific, very sensible manner? Well, apparently. A massive battle with almost 2500 men on each side consisted of 15 minutes shuffling into position. By the time I said fuck it and just clicked all my melee units, pointed at one of the enemy units and just had done, I was beginning to laugh at the directions that some were taking, as well as the directions some had to take because without me noticing they'd waddled into the middle of nowhere.
And I certainly won't be forgetting my archers' tactical retreat of splitting from their nice formation line and dividing into two directions. Allow me to paint the scene crudely:
HOW?! WHY?! I don't know. Now you're going to ask "Well why don't you just bloody auto-resolve it at this point?" Again, a superb question, one that I have pondered many times. The answer is that this is the result of me auto-resolving large battles that should've easily gone in my favour, but I'd end up losing most of my army in what the game would decree a "Decisive victory" simply because the enemy had been almost wiped out. I was...not entirely happy with that result. I took control manually and the battle out-come was vastly different, highlighting just how superior my force was, barely losing 1/6 of what the AI did, whilst simultaneously taking out more of the enemy.
I appreciate auto-resolve is supposed to be the compromise between 20-30 minutes of precision and a quick resolve, but I also don't expect the difference within that to be almost an entire army's difference! And if it's all a numbers game, how the hell did the game think I didn't deserve to absolutely slaughter them so comprehensibly considering I had every advantage going in?
And on top of all this, I'm at that mid-game point where the enemy only has vast armies that seem to come out of nowhere and only seem to be used against you, despite you looking at the map and clearly identifying much more valid threats that are closer to home. Urgh. I really would like to win a campaign, even a short one, but it's frustrating that I seem to be approaching these mechanical issues. It just makes the whole thing frustrating because there's a great degree of depth there to explore, but you can become a psychic playing these games knowing when stuff is going to happen that you have to react to and it never feels like you have enough time to execute anything because there's an army knocking at your door. I won't at all proclaim I'm something special at the game, but it gets tiring seeing the same patterns.
EDIT: Oh, and while I'm at it, played some Hawken earlier. After being completely whipped by players who had played for longer and, not because of skill, but because they had the experience points to buy parts that make their mechs better with no repercussions, it was a reminder that I bloody miss arena shooters where you had everything available to you at the start that you needed. I might re-install UT04. I mean jeez, it's been 10 years and there hasn't really been anything since that's in the same hemisphere of quality and intent. What the hell, gaming industry? What the hell.
EDIT 2: This feels appropriate.
29-03-2014, 05:40 AM #20645
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RE: ME3: Maybe resolution is a better word to use than ending. Honestly, I stand by what I said a few pages earlier: Bioware can't write a decent plot for shit, and the monomyth will only take you so far.
29-03-2014, 10:12 AM #20646
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Screw you, Ion Cannon Mk. III.Irrelevant on further examination of the rest of the thread.
29-03-2014, 10:16 AM #20647
Needed some space 4x drug. I had overdoes on MOO2 so many times it does not work on me anymore. Spent 20 bucks on GC2. It is sortof effective.
29-03-2014, 10:20 AM #20648
Still playing cloudbuilt on supercharge mode awesomeness. Boost boost boost:D
29-03-2014, 03:47 PM #20649
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29-03-2014, 05:12 PM #20650
Uhm, not the right thread but i can see myself playing this to kill the time when it comes out.
Which i feel it will get mixed criticism. I personally hope there will be more to the movement system than this and a flat stage.
29-03-2014, 06:35 PM #20651
Resident Evil 4
First time playing it. Mostly alright game but terrible controls and it's not challenging at all which is kind of bad for a survival horror. It's not even really a survival horror game, ammo is everywhere( though I can't buy it?) and enemies are not very dangerous. I guess it was the beginning of RE franchise turning into what it is today.
29-03-2014, 08:11 PM #20652
Now that I have some responsibilities out of the way, I got back to Dark Souls 2.
Very much enjoying it. It has some serious flaws, but I am loving it. I'll make a "final" opinion probably next weekend, but it is favorable. Also, it looks gorgeous and most of those screenshots were staged to make it look worse. For one thing, the dragons ARE at that bridge if you look for more than a second.
Also, all of my ranting against Dragon Age 2 convinced me to play Dragon Age 2 again. Yeah, I don't get it either :p. Bought the Legacy DLC, skipped the Felicia Day DLC since apparently it is broken as hell and tends to corrupt saves.
Used a save generator to build a DA:O save since I lost my old one (that was kind of broken anyway because of Bioware not planning for it) and rolling a Rogue
Also, I have never got all the Mako hate. I am a HORRIBLE driver and I regularly tried to go straight up 90 degree inclines and I never had a problem with it. And it led to the climax of ME1 which is arguably better than the climax of the whole series.Steam: Gundato
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29-03-2014, 08:43 PM #20653
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I agree. It grows old if you chase every map marker on every side planet, but then again, so does on-foot shooting. The Mako sections were a nice breather, and they also gave the game some degree of scale.
29-03-2014, 09:43 PM #20654
30-03-2014, 09:45 AM #20655
Since I couldn't sleep this morning, I spent a couple of hours starting and finishing Blackwell Convergence. Again, such a charming game, like the rest of the series. On to Deception next few days and then wait for the final game to be released.
30-03-2014, 03:36 PM #20656
Wow, the 'skill roulette', 'not created equal' and the 'something angles' settings really revolutionised XCOM. Position matters more than the size of the shield on the cover and every person is a beautiful collection of strengths and flaws.
I just realised that 2K made the Necromunda game and nobody noticed. If only they'd made a persistent multiplayer campaign.
30-03-2014, 04:22 PM #20657
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You like Something Angles, then? I was considering doing a playthrough with properly individual troops, and I was never sure if that one was a good idea.
This week I've been having the most brutally nasty cold I've ever had. Yuck. Still, Diablo 3: Roster of Stools has been perfect for being sick. Satisfying and involving without having to think too much. I"m delighted with how D3 has been fixed. It was always a pretty good game, and now it's a great one.
In other gaming news: Luftrausers: wheeeee! Ace Patrol is great for running in a window while my 2 year old sits on my lap and watches videos of trains.
30-03-2014, 05:01 PM #20658
I'm getting tired of RE4. It's never even slightly scary, more like unsettling sometimes but not too much, it's kind of old too and that doesn't help. I enjoyed it's obvious clones like Dead Space much more. Even the second Dead Space. And by the way, RE4 setting often looks exactly like some stages of Dark Souls. Even some enemies and bosses look similar. Not sure what to thinbk of it.
30-03-2014, 06:05 PM #20659
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Just got tothe Deus Ex: HR equivalent of Hong Kong; the level design is gorgeous, and the accents aren't as absurdly terrible this time, which is good enough for me. I've also upgraded my arms to the point where I can pick up and throw refrigerators and vending machines, which I find oddly hilarious.
30-03-2014, 06:14 PM #20660
Aiming angles? Ptshwaaa, it's something angles from now on.
And yes, I like it. It gets rid of missing point blanc shots around cover. I still wish I could throw up cyber barbed wire or something like that, but whatever. The fact is with 'something angles' gun fights can get into police academy shootouts from heavy cover to heavy cover, but that's okay because you are playing it wrong. It instead throws influence from RNG to tactics, and abilities. It also boosts grenades and the ability to ignore over watch or throw out suppression.
People not being identikit clones is easier to praise, they matter, you grieve them, you want meld or to save a felled ally, but the soldier is too precious it creates compromise, the mother of strategy.
Edit: I need to add, Enemy Within is the best expansion pack for years. It fixed the base game and poured in interesting content. Non of the lazy 2 maps, 3 guns and 4 hats nonsense here.
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