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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    I find Veteran is the perfect blend of difficulty and lack of need for min-maxing skills.
    Keep in mind I was talking about the early hours where only the first tier skills are available and you don't have many points to spend. The last two hours - things are coming back. Supposedly, you never forget how to ride a bicycle. The beginning was like the game asked me to walk and pull my bike along. Now I'm pedaling again, albeit slowly.

    I'm switching between a cannon and some kind of maul; I picked Flame Hammer, Seismic Slam, Ember Hammer, Healing Bot, Blast Cannon, Spider Mines, because they seemed to fit my inclinations and what was available as I played on. As for passives, Heavy Lifting and Bulwark mainly, with a point spent in Coup De Grace, Fire & Spark, Aegis which all looked like nice extras to have.

    The character is level 20, give or take. I'll follow your advice and ponder about the locked skills, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikey View Post
    Now I'm checking out XCOM the burro.
    It's much like a short Mass Effect 3, with the XCOM lore of course

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    I played Episode 1 of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller. I liked it. It's an old school style point and click adventure game. It has several misteps (some puzzles are a bit incomprehensible) but it has good atmosphere, the graphics are good and I like the narrative. I promptly started episode 2.

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    Just finished my thesis, durig which I kept going back to hexcells plus, which I've now finished. I think the last level took me three days. was convinced that there was no logical way to solve it, until there was. fantastic game!

    Now I'm going for Far Cry 3, which I had saved up for ages. At the moment, I'm yet a little underpowered, and having so very little storage space for ammo and especially crafting items makes the crafting even more of a pain in the ass. But I guess that gets exponentially less of a hassle once you get some initial upgrades. At least I have hope.

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    God almighty but Eidolon really does have some of the best writing I've ever come across in a videogame. And that isn't damning it with faint praise in the slightest - none of this is especially new to genre fiction, exactly - mild spoilers - ("Yay, immortality!" "JESUS WOULDN'T APPROVE OF THAT" *disaster* sums up the early stages of the plot, as far as I can tell ten hours in), but unless one of the storylines does something truly stupid it's easily up there with the Planescape: Torments and the Silent Hill 2s and the Gone Homes and... pretty much anything else you can think of. Most of what I've come across so far is great, and quite a bit of it is exceptional. If it was a novel and it was all this good it'd be one of my favourite books ever, I'm pretty sure. And yet it really wouldn't be the same as a print book; part of the appeal is definitely picking it all up relatively at random, piece by piece. In whatever order you want. At your own (very slow) pace.

    It really does put something like Dear Esther to shame - it's straightforward enough anyone can pick up on it but elegantly written enough (unlike Dan Pinchbeck's purple prose) and deep enough it does the Walt Whitman poem it keeps quoting proud.

    Quote Originally Posted by elephant god View Post
    Now I'm going for Far Cry 3, which I had saved up for ages. At the moment, I'm yet a little underpowered, and having so very little storage space for ammo and especially crafting items makes the crafting even more of a pain in the ass. But I guess that gets exponentially less of a hassle once you get some initial upgrades. At least I have hope.
    Oh, trust me, you won't be underpowered for long. And yeah, exponentially pretty much sums it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDreamlord View Post
    I played Episode 1 of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller. I liked it. It's an old school style point and click adventure game. It has several misteps (some puzzles are a bit incomprehensible) but it has good atmosphere, the graphics are good and I like the narrative. I promptly started episode 2.
    Only played the first two episodes unfortunately, still waiting for a dirt cheap deal on the other two, but the beginning is the low point IMO, so if you got past that (I almost dropped it), you should be all set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    Only played the first two episodes unfortunately, still waiting for a dirt cheap deal on the other two, but the beginning is the low point IMO, so if you got past that (I almost dropped it), you should be all set.
    It's still £2.75 (whatever that is in your currency?) on the BundleStars store for the GOTY edition. As I mentioned on the bargains thread, despite not working like you'd expect - Steam doesn't say you now own all the DLC - it does appear to be working. Just a thought. If that's not dirt cheap enough for you then fair enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eight Rooks View Post
    If that's not dirt cheap enough for you then fair enough.
    And I thought you knew me! (j/k) I have plenty of steambuxx (well, for my standards), so unless it's dirt dirt cheap, I'm not shelling out real money. Thanks for the heads up though.
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    XCOM: Enemy Within, for about the millionth time (possibly overestimating how many times I've played it, but it is quite a few now).
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    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    And I thought you knew me! (j/k) I have plenty of steambuxx (well, for my standards), so unless it's dirt dirt cheap, I'm not shelling out real money. Thanks for the heads up though.
    No worries - that's a good enough reason for me. Got to dispose of those Gaben$ somehow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    Only played the first two episodes unfortunately, still waiting for a dirt cheap deal on the other two, but the beginning is the low point IMO, so if you got past that (I almost dropped it), you should be all set.
    Thanks Alms! I actually liked the first episode (though it was by no means great). I got it last week from bundle stars for £2.75 as well.

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    I started up Borderlands 2 again with the intent of grabbing a screenshot of some ludicrous gibs but then I ended up playing it for six hours longer. When I tried playing it the first time I got as far as level 5 with Gaige as my chosen character, and then realised I had exactly zero desire to stare at red and green arrows, juggle guns around in an inventory that takes way too long to let you expand it, and kill hordes of samey bad dudes for you while some asshole is blathering nonsense at you over a radio.

    So yesterday I decided to start over and picked a character whose ability is not 'summon a robot to play the game for you'. (In retrospect I should have known picking Gaige was a mistake but she seemed different enough from the others that I got curious.) This time around I'm more entertained by popping heads with a sniper rifle and such but looting guns is still an annoyance, so I just decided to take a gun's sell price as a quality indicator, keep the most expensive ones, and ignore the rest.

    That completionist itch has caught on now but I'm not sure if I'll keep playing it as I might just end up hating myself for walking on the same old treadmill. We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stense View Post
    XCOM: Enemy Within, for about the millionth time (possibly overestimating how many times I've played it, but it is quite a few now).
    I've kinda gotten into this routine where I start a Enemy Within game, play until I get one of those terrible situation that ends in a horribly crippling mission just because the game hates you, rage quit and then a few weeks later I start the game again until such situation happens again.
    I love that game even though it hates me so much.
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    I picked Hegemony Rome on sale yesterday and have been playing all day.

    At first itís frustrating. Too little information (no manual except an in game wiki, no guides on the web, and a tutorial that doesn't tell you nearly enough), a lot of things happening at once, and a good load of unusual (in the good way) mechanics. But somehow, I learned a few things and it made sense in a moment. And now I'm sure is a great game with a couple of annoying things.

    First the cons: I like slow tactical games in which I can control every one of the units. In this game it seems that you can create sub units and lines of battle, but I'm still a little confused by it. In any case, the map is formed by valleys and rivers, and most of the time there isn't enough space to form a line and fight like a proper army. Most of the battles are mob against mob, and I hate that.

    And the game is really big, and your troops really dumb. Which means that you have to be on top of everything, from the idiot starving next to a well-stocked city, to the legion who couldn't care less if their brothers in the flank are being slaughtered by rabid gauls.

    That said, the logistical side of it is great. And need great care to keep it running. You have four resources: gold, food, wood, and manpower. Each one functions in a different way. Gold its use to maintain things and it cannot be hoarded, just like the resources in Kohan, and travels relatively well across supply lines. Timber in the real cap on building, it's difficult to transport, so you need a nearby source. Food travels well, but your troops need a ton of it and cannot wander far from your supply lines for long. And manpower travels perfectly, but every unit can only be replenished by the recruits of its tribe. This means that you have to cuddle your legions and keep them away from harm, because Romans are really hard to come by, but you can use some tribes of gauls as cannon fodder, provided you have conquered many of their cities.

    At first itís a little confusing, and I don't understand all the nuances, but When some group of dirty gauls cuts your link to Italy in an unexpected valley and you are out of roman reinforcements, you understand it in a moment.

    If anyone is going to try it, three pieces of advice: first, try the campaign for the guided tutorial, but keep in mind that the real game is in sandbox, without annoying limits; second, despite what the tutorial tells you, tinker with things like the troops promotion and city upgrades early on; and third, the ledger is more powerful than it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTK View Post
    I started up Borderlands 2 again with the intent of grabbing a screenshot of some ludicrous gibs but then I ended up playing it for six hours longer. When I tried playing it the first time I got as far as level 5 with Gaige as my chosen character, and then realised I had exactly zero desire to stare at red and green arrows, juggle guns around in an inventory that takes way too long to let you expand it, and kill hordes of samey bad dudes for you while some asshole is blathering nonsense at you over a radio.

    So yesterday I decided to start over and picked a character whose ability is not 'summon a robot to play the game for you'. (In retrospect I should have known picking Gaige was a mistake but she seemed different enough from the others that I got curious.) This time around I'm more entertained by popping heads with a sniper rifle and such but looting guns is still an annoyance, so I just decided to take a gun's sell price as a quality indicator, keep the most expensive ones, and ignore the rest.

    That completionist itch has caught on now but I'm not sure if I'll keep playing it as I might just end up hating myself for walking on the same old treadmill. We'll see.
    Your experience sounds remarkably similar to mine except the other way round - I finished the main game and the first two DLCs with Zero, then tried Gaige and thought "Who in God's name would actually pick a character that makes a boring game all the more boring?" Zero's lines are all appallingly bad, the writing and the voice acting, but at least he's fun to play. Sometimes. Kinda.
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    You guys have been playing the game the wrong™. Admittedly, the robot is pretty overpowered in the lower levels (just like most active skills) but gets progressively more balanced. Gaige is about the Anarchy skill in conjunction with Nth Degree. It's about skillfully not-hitting your enemies which, in my opinion, never gets old.
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    I've kinda gotten into this routine where I start a Enemy Within game, play until I get one of those terrible situation that ends in a horribly crippling mission just because the game hates you, rage quit and then a few weeks later I start the game again until such situation happens again.
    I love that game even though it hates me so much.
    Have you tried Long War?

    I'm maybe eight or nine missions into my first campaign with it, and already swimming in reasonably experienced troops (though never enough Scouts), without the clear Alpha and Bravo teams I would have had in vanilla. Losses - so far, just a couple of seriously wounded and sorely missed Corporals out of the game for a month - aren't nearly as devastating.

    The mod's brilliant, at least up to this point. The new classes and weapons open a whole new layer of tactical play, and missions ramp up the combat to make sure you exploit it. Before LW I never used suppression even a tenth as much as I use it now, and it's clear that if you can't move in effective fire teams, the game will not forgive you.

    Fights are tense. My last one was looking like a full wipe when I figured "Light" alien activity meant a chance to train up some Specialists, then activated three groups (floaters, and two sectoids, each with a boss) in two turns. I somehow managed a controlled retreat, picking them off one by one as they followed or flanked, and turned it around to a total victory. Thank goodness for the Engineer Corporal I sent along to chaperone. Best XCOM mission I've ever played.

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    Every Exalt mission is like that, except they have rocket launchers.

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    I had a great time playing System Shock 2 the past few days. I got my revenge on the Rumbler that killed me, blasted my way through deck 6 with nary a hitch and finally got into the Rickenbacker where everything went south. I fluffed the jump from the support strut and fell into space three times, I got cauterised by laser turrets even more times, spent most of the time running around swearing like a sailor because I missed one egg somewhere near the start and I spent too long trying to clamber up missile racks because jumping in SS2 is a horrible exercise.

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    Kerrigan is such an asshole. I'm so conflicted. Starcraft 2 is spectacular but she (and, well, the whole story) is killing it. Yet I keep listening to all the conversations and pressing all the buttons. So I hate myself. I watch everything just because it's so pretty and well made. The core is rotten, but the skin is so, so awesome.

    Also playing Rage. Funny thing about Rage - it's just as spectacular as Starcraft 2 on the production side, the story is just as hollow and shit, but it never annoys. It just feels like a game designed to please you at every turn. Well, at least until they ran out of money and pulled the plug in the middle of the final level, while I was saving my BFG ammo for a boss fight that never happened... Anyway, I can listen to those characters and their nonsense exposition all day long. Then I switch to Starcraft 2 and Kerrigan is Queen Cunt of Battlefield Earth.

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