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    Agent Sasha: "The USSR has just recognized the new People's Republic of Desconocida to the UN. Hot debates are still raging as to whether you represent the old government or the new - but the USSR had to make a stand.

    "Anyway, you jut pretend you're the new government and we will keep quiet. The US and Europe cannot do much, because they already recognized your old government and have seen our 56 nuclear submarines around your island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    Having played some more FO:NV and having acquired some wealth and status, I hereby declare Vault 34 to be one of the worst dungeons ever. I think I burned through roughly 20 RadAways with a fairly decent medicine skill and yet I barely made it out alive with a critical radiation poisoning. Didn't help that I also had to struggle with a literally crippling addiction and about four bitten off limbs and don't even get me started on the vault architecture that prevents your companions from assisting you.
    Oh lawdy. I remembered that I once went in that place without a Rad suit or a T-51b and a limited supply of RadAway. Never again...

    It's a bit unfair that all companions can't get their shit irradiated, other than Raul.

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    Finally finished Drakensang (it was awesome) and started "Drakensang: River of Time."

    So far it's shaping up to be the perfect sequel--i.e. like the first, only it corrects all its flaws. Same combat and stat system, but this time there seems to be fewer junk battles (there is less fighting over all, but the fights that are there are better thought out and more challenging), new fast travel points (the first game's biggest flaw was having to run everywhere), better designed quests (including class specific quests at the start ala "Dragon Age: Origins"), and a better and more involved story (it still won't win any awards or anything, but it's at least not as embarrassing this time around).

    It's a shame Radon Labs went bankrupt after releasing this. I feel like they hit their stride with the licence in this game so I would have liked to have seen more turn based RPGs in the Drakensang universe. I guess I might have to get the "Realms of Arkania" games from GOG (which I didn't realize until now are also set in the Drakensang universe).

    Anyone know if the "Realms of Arkania" games are any good?

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    They're on a different edition of the ruleset, and they're more along the lines of the old Might & Magic games, so it's a completely different experience. I think they're supposed to be quite hard, too.

    The Dark Eye is quite bizarre in those earlier versions. Okay, it's very bizarre.


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    More Quake today and remapped the keys to fit my playstyle. There's a mouselook option but it's a bit ass. Not that good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Carlo View Post
    It's a shame Radon Labs went bankrupt after releasing this.
    You wouldn't be saying that, if you knew the owners...

    The Realms of Arkania games are some of the best RPGs ever made, if you can stomach the glacially slow combat. It uses a much older version of the pen and paper ruleset and there are no special attacks or feats at all. Also Radon cheated a bit when implementing the combat rules for Drakensang to speed things up, compared to the P&P version(even when using the newer and faster rules), while the RoA games really use the old ruleset. Expect 40-60% of all attacks to miss and then have 50% of the attacks that do hit get parried. It is really really slow.


    On the bright side, your whole party can die on the way to the dungeon, because you ran out of food and water, your fighters got the flu, which you didn't manage get under control, so now they've got a full blown lung infection and your druid doesn't seem to be able to find the correct herbs to get it under control. And your hunter has wound fever, which he got from that combat with the undead, in which he was only hit once. But it <i>was</i> a dirty and rusty weapon, so...

    But then you make it to a town, which has a healer, only you don't have enough money, so your jester and rogue hit the local tavern, where you use their acrobatics, dancing, music, pickpocket and card playing skills to get the money you need. Just save before you do it, because if the skill checks fail, they'll beat you up and throw you out of the tavern.

    Of course, beeing made by a small team of nerds in the 90s without any qa but a questionable sense of humor, there are things you can do, which, if you do them, will mean that you will never be able to complete the game, you just won't know it right away, but only a few hours later.
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    More time on the fanmade Wing Commander Saga. I've never really hated the Kilrathi, even on the official games, till now. Being forced to stand down while the operator of a station of 10,000 people screamed and begged for our assistance was painful, and when the station's own loyal fighters refused to break off like we did, I felt shame at obeying orders from command.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Althea View Post
    The Dark Eye is quite bizarre in those earlier versions. Okay, it's very bizarre.
    Do you have a beard? If not, that might be the problem. Beards are required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malawi Frontier Guard View Post
    Do you have a beard? If not, that might be the problem. Beards are required.
    I don't have a beard, on my neck, face or elsewhere.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Voon View Post
    More Quake today and remapped the keys to fit my playstyle. There's a mouselook option but it's a bit ass. Not that good.
    Try Darkplaces with it. Its not going to improve the maps or change things too much, but it makes the mouselook a little better.

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    After finishing Mass Effect 3 I returned to Stacking. Lovely lovely game. I finished the main story and jumped straight to the extra campaign.

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    I finished Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days last night. Awesome, awesome game that fell victim to its own price. It is fair to say that it wasn't worth the (I assume) $50 it cost when it first came out, simply because the campaign is so brief. But $15? Definitely. And I picked it up for much cheaper than that.

    Incredible art direction and sound design, with crisp, abrasive gunplay and a fantastic setting. I already picked up the DLC so I can play more maps in the arcade mode, and I was lucky enough to jump into a multiplayer game (which is pretty dead, these days), which was a total blast. Highly recommended for third-person shooter fans or aesthetes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giaddon View Post
    I finished Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days last night. Awesome, awesome game that fell victim to its own price. It is fair to say that it wasn't worth the (I assume) $50 it cost when it first came out. But $15? Definitely. And I picked it up for much cheaper than that.
    After the whole Gerstmann-controversy I didn't pay much attention to the sequel, but your comments add to an already long line of rather positive things said about the sequel. I suppose I should put it on the Steam wishlist (a.k.a. watchlist) and wait for an opportune moment to see what it's all about.
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    DXHR Missing Link is a fair bit bigger than I expected. Sure it's lacking in conversations and one of the only subquests so far bugged out.
    But for the sale price I paid? Pretty good.
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    It's a great value. I think my only complaint is that, conceptually, it doesn't add anything of value to game. It does add backstory. It provides more gameplay, but the ideas behind the game, the theme and concepts are left on the side.

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    I gave up on MDK2 HD. It's just broken.

    Started up Planetscape Tournament instead. I put a lot more points into intelligence and wisdom then I usually do for a main character, mainly because this game puts more emphasis on dialogue and ... um, recovering memories (a standard RPG trope).

    One thing I can't tell from the interface (so far), are there magic points or are spells free?

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    Playing ME3, it isn't absolute shit like I feared it would be, quite enjoyable actually.

    Also, I've been thinking of getting BF3, is it too late to start now, still has a bunch of people playing it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake Sigar View Post
    More time on the fanmade Wing Commander Saga.
    Noooo, stop! You make me want to play that game and I must ...resist! 32h into Avadon and I want to get to the bottom of it, but I'm losing a bit of steam... the running around is taking its toll.

    If anyone's planning to give it a play, the normal difficulty level is quite easy going really, maybe a bit too much so. I only had two challenging fights so far (and one was a difficult sidequest which I delved in a bit early). Most of the time I don't feel the need to use special abilities, also to minimize the need for roundtrips to the pylons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    32h into Avadon and I want to get to the bottom of it, but I'm losing a bit of steam... the running around is taking its toll.
    That's what caused me to quit about 44h in. You keep going to the same 3 or 4 zones over and over. By now you've probably seen most of the maps.

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    44? Not bad! I'd read the whole game clocked in at about 40h, although I was expecting to last a fair bit more for me. Guess it all depends on how much sidequesting one does... I become almost a completionist when I like a game, and that means having to check back multiple times to see if there are new quests (OTOH it can ben frustratingly hard to remember who the hell NPC-X was and where to find him - it's a good thing there's a nice FAQ on the spider webs forums). That, and it's unlikely I'm gonna play it again, so I want to see as much possible. FTR I've just finished the first fight against the Mindtaker.
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