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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenegoose View Post
    It's precarious. If it was the only setback I'd absolutely abort, but fuckup fatigue is dwindling my reserves of non-sniper soldiers and I've already had 4 countries quit the project because I played the satellite game poorly.
    Doesn't really matter. I'm currently playing Enemy Within, too, and I've deliberately given up on one of the continents pretty early on. It's more important to not loose countries on different continents, or you'll loose out on the benefits you get when you have satellites on all of them.

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    For a bit of breathing room, I've switched to Split/Second. Really great game for splitscreen fun but bloody hell, I haven't raged so hard at a singleplayer campaign in a pretty long time. It starts of challenging and gets progressively more difficult, until it suddenly places a huge towering difficulty wall in front of your progress with AI flying jets that oddly look just like your car, while you push a shopping cart around. With three wheels. And a stuck handbrake. It's my old enemy Rubberbanding again, isn't it?

    I obviously need to step away from racing games, because no matter how much I enjoy them, they're all infested with Rubberband AI and it often annoys me to no end. I no longer mind if the AI uses it to get close to me, but having them pass me with several times my speed, while they drive the very same car I do, is just cheating and making it obvious it's cheating too. And as a result, when I lose, I don't feel like I lost personally because I wasn't good enough, but rather that I was cheated out of the victory and if I'm to win, it's not because I got better but because I sabotaged my own driving. Whyyyyy racing game developers, whyyyyyyyyy do you insist on over the top, very noticeable Rubberbanding so much. :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by Similar View Post
    Just a typical Hidden Object game (although you can choose to play Mahjong instead of doing the HO screens), but it's okay for what it is and doesn't outstay its welcome (which is a bit unusual for HO games).
    Not so typical, I thought it had a pretty decent, not so stereotyped story, too (it doesn't look like that's the case at the beginning though). As a comparison, I hated Angelica Weaver Catch Me If You Can.

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    Finished Torchlight 1 a couple of days ago. The difficulty suddenly skyrocketed in the last few areas, and the final boss was a terrible slog. It didn't help I managed to get myself cornered between the boss and 20+ summoned mooks, so I ended up cheating and using god mode to defeat it - I had to click on the boss for a solid 15 minutes before it went down. I'm so happy I didn't try to beat the game in the regular way.
    Something might be off with your build or general tactics, the final boss is indeed tough and I died several times, but you don't need to cheat to beat it. If you're giving it another go in some way or another, you'll probably have a lot less trouble, and if you liked the dungeon crawling you can keep playing your current character for extra content.
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    I did the Split/Second singleplayer campaign and remember no real issues with it - a few retries when I got something wrong - it was otherwise fun - from memory at least.

    It was basically what a SEGA arcade racer would be if they still made them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    Not so typical, I thought it had a pretty decent, not so stereotyped story, too (it doesn't look like that's the case at the beginning though).
    I mainly meant the gameplay, but I thought the story borrowed a bit heavily from Pirates of the Caribbean too, what with the coins and undeadness and soforth. It didn't bother me, just felt a bit familiar, and it did move away from it after a while.

    As a comparison, I hated Angelica Weaver Catch Me If You Can.
    ah. I mostly liked that, but I think it was my first newer HOG game too and my expectations weren't very high at all, so I felt I got a pretty decent deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Similar View Post
    ah. I mostly liked that, but I think it was my first newer HOG game too and my expectations weren't very high at all, so I felt I got a pretty decent deal.
    It's not like I play a whole lot of them, mainly what seeps down through bundles, the reason I hated it is I kept feeling like the whole thing was squarely aimed to the other gender, in that way that I find utterly annoying of "how look how we women are so much level-headed and capable and ultimately better than men".

    Cursed Heart has you in the role of a mother trying to save her daughter, but that mostly fades in the background, and you're left with a villain that is not really a villain, and how things went all wrong. Not anything mind blowing but I thought the twist was nice and the way the whole thing was handled was more than clever enough.

    And here we are seriously discussing HOGs, the hardcore gamers' kittens must be dying by the dozen now. Bwahahaha.
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    Split/Second is the best game ever to play on LAN. theForges is right though, I spent a tremendous amount of time on the singleplayer trying to unlock every car and it was hard as fuck, the AI is cheating constantly and the difficulty curve is as artificial as it gets.

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    Had a few game snacks recently. Finished Spate, not sure I'd recommend anyone play it, it's a platformer with physics bits, flappy bird bits and terrible checkpointing at times, its a nice narrative concept but honestly the designer should make machinima not games.

    I also finished the "free DLC" thing for Thomas Was Alone, it got a little bit VVVVVVV at times but honestly it was enjoyable, narrated nicely and quickly finished.

    I tried to get into Flotilla but its so fearless about completely screwing you over that it was hard to invest into. Pair of regenerating dreadnoughts in my first battle? Why not.

    Cat Lady is all kinds of stressful narratively, but I still want to keep going with it, I don't want spoilers but I'm really wondering how much my choices mattered.
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    I tried 'Lifeless Planet' - I'd heard it was a 'press W to win' game but I liked the idea and I can take a bit of 'press W to win' if there's some narrative or atmosphere around it.

    So far it - err - it's OK. The frustrating bits aren't as frustrating as I was led to believe, the floaty platforming is ALMOST believable as "you are in a clunky spacesuit" (tho it falls into "just sloppy coding" a bit more often than I'd like it to)

    Only downside thusfar is that I missed something and found myself in a total dead-end, there was NO clue WHATSOEVER that I'd walked past a major item quite a bit earlier - I'd have banged-my-head on that forever without a tip from someone (which was basically 'backup to the start of that bit and look around')

    I'm sure the ending/reveal will be a bit weak but it's a brave idea and I'm not sure tighter platforming or more 'stuff to collect' or anything like that wouldn't just have made it overlong or whatever...

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    Finished Doom 3 BFG.

    - Doom 3: apart from more ammo and a faster Doomguy, I couldn't tell what was changed. Aged better than HL2 and Far Cry. I guess it got the last laugh after all.

    - Resurrection of Evil: they changed the sewer section... for the worse. In the original version you had a hazmat suit and had to grab oxygen from dead zombies. The sound and visuals were awesome. It was a highlight of the game. Now you don't use the suit and it's just a run-and-gun section.

    - The Lost Mission: The Mars City levels are business as usual. The final Hell levels... holy shit. The next-gen fantasy Quake experience I always wanted! There's an early section very reminescent of the classic Doom levels, but that's quickly abandoned. The rest is 100% pure Quake and I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    Something might be off with your build or general tactics, the final boss is indeed tough and I died several times, but you don't need to cheat to beat it. If you're giving it another go in some way or another, you'll probably have a lot less trouble, and if you liked the dungeon crawling you can keep playing your current character for extra content.
    Yeah that's what I thought too, but I basically steamrolled the rest of the game. I should probably have run some extra dungeons for more xp and gear, but I was getting a bit tired of the game, so I just wanted to finish it. If I'm ever going to play a diablolike again, it'll probably be Torchlight II anyway :)
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    So I finally tried Dust: An Elysian Tail, thinking "Ah, come on, stop bitching, the art can't really be that bad; lots of internet people seem to like it". Then the game started and inside thirty seconds I thought "Jesus Christ, yes it is" - seriously, I could see there was a reasonably decent hack-and-slash fighting system in there, and I know, I know, one guy did all this blah, blah, blah but my God the art is just... really not particularly good. It's a mediocre DeviantArt furry artist's account come to life - horrid proportions, lifeless, washed-out colour, stilted animation - nothing worthy of praise on an aesthetic level at all.

    "Cool story, bro" time: maybe I'd have changed my mind given time but then it killed my PC. It was running very badly anyway - this is going to sound like I'm making excuses for a dying rig or something, but the only other game that's recently given me this much grief would be Bioshock 2 before they took out GFWL. This was worse, really - it was running far more sluggishly than a simple 2D side-scroller should ever be, and when it went into a thirty-second loading pause with no signs of stopping I decided I'd had enough. Then the fun started - I tried to alt-tab out and it hard-locked my PC. Waited, wouldn't come back. Finally reset, Windows wouldn't start. Safe mode wouldn't start. It tried startup repair of its own accord and failed. Finally got to turn it off, started it up again, hallelujah, Windows loaded - only I'd got no internet. Ended up poking around in device manager to find my ethernet card had been knocked out with a Code 31 error and my wireless wasn't working either.

    My rage at this point is best left to the imagination.

    So, yeah, fuck Dust, to be blunt. I know, I know, it's probably just One Of Those Things any PC owner has to contend with every now and then, but still, never playing that game again. On the upside, I have Windows 8 now, and my PC appears to be back to normal, so hey, wasn't all bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eight Rooks View Post
    On the upside, I have Windows 8 now
    That is in no way an upside. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    It's not like I play a whole lot of them, mainly what seeps down through bundles, the reason I hated it is I kept feeling like the whole thing was squarely aimed to the other gender, in that way that I find utterly annoying of "how look how we women are so much level-headed and capable and ultimately better than men".
    oh. I didn't really notice that.

    Cursed Heart has you in the role of a mother trying to save her daughter, but that mostly fades in the background, and you're left with a villain that is not really a villain, and how things went all wrong. Not anything mind blowing but I thought the twist was nice and the way the whole thing was handled was more than clever enough.
    Agreed, and I liked the twist too. It was of generally higher quality than the others I've tried, so maybe it's worth keeping an eye out for that dev in the future.

    And here we are seriously discussing HOGs, the hardcore gamers' kittens must be dying by the dozen now. Bwahahaha.
    hehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eight Rooks View Post
    So I finally tried Dust: An Elysian Tail, thinking "Ah, come on, stop bitching, the art can't really be that bad; lots of internet people seem to like it". Then the game started and inside thirty seconds I thought "Jesus Christ, yes it is" - seriously, I could see there was a reasonably decent hack-and-slash fighting system in there, and I know, I know, one guy did all this blah, blah, blah but my God the art is just... really not particularly good. It's a mediocre DeviantArt furry artist's account come to life - horrid proportions, lifeless, washed-out colour, stilted animation - nothing worthy of praise on an aesthetic level at all.
    What age are you that anthropomorphized animals equates to furries? Did you grow up on 4chan? None of the characters in Dust are sexualized in any way.

    I didn't love Dust, it was an ok metroid style game with a not so great story, good combat and a bad last level and boss and some very hit or miss voices, but the art of that game is good.
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    Gave Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP another try. Or a try, I guess, considering it crashed after the start screen on my old system.
    Awkward control system (what is it with tablet ports that use double-click when single-click would have worked better?) and the constantly moving graphics made me kind of nauseous. Then I ran into a wolf that apparently was impossible to hit with the sword and blocking with the shield didn't hurt it, so I died. The Enb.
    It looks interesting, but I don't think I have the patience to put up with the awkwardness of the mechanics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus_Phish View Post
    What age are you that anthropomorphized animals equates to furries? Did you grow up on 4chan? None of the characters in Dust are sexualized in any way.

    I didn't love Dust, it was an ok metroid style game with a not so great story, good combat and a bad last level and boss and some very hit or miss voices, but the art of that game is good.
    Oh, please. I do so love this knee-jerk defensiveness - he said furries! He must be suggesting the developer's some kind of twisted sexual deviant! I wasn't implying all furry art is automatically porn (or even that the porn is necessarily "wrong", though that's a whole other argument) - I am saying the art in Dust is hardly any better than that produced by your average geeky teenager on the internet with a smattering of talent, who likes to express themselves by drawing endless generic fantasy vignettes, but wants all their characters to be squirrels or whatever for some reason. The chorus of praise for it seriously baffles me - the idea it's Disney-esque in any way is laughable (and a quick Google shows me yes, that word has been thrown around a few times). Drawing cartoon animals with a lot of frames of animation might take a ton of effort but it doesn't automatically mean you're as good as the Nine Old Men.

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    That is in no way an upside. :)
    Heh, I knew someone would say that. I'm not as opposed to Metro as some, and it's certainly starting much faster than 7 was. It, uh, certainly is weird getting used to the Start menu, though, or Start screen, or whatever the hell they call it now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eight Rooks View Post
    Oh, please. I do so love this knee-jerk defensiveness - he said furries! He must be suggesting the developer's some kind of twisted sexual deviant! I wasn't implying all furry art is automatically porn (or even that the porn is necessarily "wrong", though that's a whole other argument) - I am saying the art in Dust is hardly any better than that produced by your average geeky teenager on the internet with a smattering of talent, who likes to express themselves by drawing endless generic fantasy vignettes, but wants all their characters to be squirrels or whatever for some reason. The chorus of praise for it seriously baffles me - the idea it's Disney-esque in any way is laughable (and a quick Google shows me yes, that word has been thrown around a few times). Drawing cartoon animals with a lot of frames of animation might take a ton of effort but it doesn't automatically mean you're as good as the Nine Old Men.
    It just baffles me that people have such strong reactions to a particular brand of generic popular fantasy art style when it does not result in any way in a bad-looking game. The worst I could say about it is that it's characterless, but it's as legitimate as going for an 8-bit retro throwback art style, only in this case people can't accuse it for being picked out of laziness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eight Rooks View Post
    Oh, please. I do so love this knee-jerk defensiveness - he said furries! He must be suggesting the developer's some kind of twisted sexual deviant! I wasn't implying all furry art is automatically porn (or even that the porn is necessarily "wrong", though that's a whole other argument) - I am saying the art in Dust is hardly any better than that produced by your average geeky teenager on the internet with a smattering of talent, who likes to express themselves by drawing endless generic fantasy vignettes, but wants all their characters to be squirrels or whatever for some reason. The chorus of praise for it seriously baffles me - the idea it's Disney-esque in any way is laughable (and a quick Google shows me yes, that word has been thrown around a few times). Drawing cartoon animals with a lot of frames of animation might take a ton of effort but it doesn't automatically mean you're as good as the Nine Old Men.
    I'd forgotten how incredibly smarmy you are.

    Perhaps you just dislike the art style of anthropomorphized animals used, since you seem to equate his work to that of "average geeky teenager on the internet" which is a great way to brandish an art style. The reason people compare it to Disney is not because the guy is the next member of the nine old men, but rather because his style does resemble that of Robin Hood, An American Tail, Talespin and other cartoons that they don't really make any more since the idea of talking animals was replaced. Is it as good as all those? No. Particularly when it comes to the facial animations of which all the characters have very few of and end up using the anime style of having a couple of frames repeat over and over.

    But where the animation and art style do work, and why most people praise it is in the actually gameplay and combat.

    If you don't like that style then that's fine, but saying that it's bad animation and badly drawn is just not true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eight Rooks View Post
    On the upside, I have Windows 8 now
    That is in no way an upside. :)
    Heh, I knew someone would say that. I'm not as opposed to Metro as some, and it's certainly starting much faster than 7 was. It, uh, certainly is weird getting used to the Start menu, though, or Start screen, or whatever the hell they call it now.
    IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE. TAKE THIS.

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    (And uninstall all of the shitty built-in apps that yank you by force to the "Metro UI" - you'll get all the benefits from the new Windows 8 engine with all the functionality of the Windows 7 interface.

    Also, I'd avoid the 8.1 update like the plague... but YMMV.)

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