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    Getting fed up with the grind in Defender Quest now.

    So, if your over equipped(level) you lay down a core of ranged firepower, a few priests to decloak and a few knights set to kill armour.

    Then you play at x4 upgrading evenly and pop off a maxed out dragon fire when the things get hairy.

    If you are barely equipped you might need to respec your characters (max regeneration barbarians for example), to deal with the specifics.

    If you are underpowered? Go play an earlier level on extreme.

    New game plus us adding specialised equipment, but much of it is pointless.

    I'll try and hold out a little longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonson View Post
    Such a fucking good game.
    I agree. I was one of the few people who embraced the "humanity is moving on" theme from Fallout II and New Vegas. We progress and as long as there's some of us left on the planet we'll use whatever we have to improve our lot.

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    M.Ilič continues his career at FC Wolfsburg in first bundesliga,right now they're first but bayern is only 2 points behind,they are really crushing everything in their path. Hope we are at least third at the end of season,also playing League Europa,next match is against PSV,one of the two best dutch clubs from Eredivisie.

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    Found a copy of breath of fire 4 in a charity shop, dug out the auld ps1 ah the memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliocentric View Post
    Getting fed up with the grind in Defender Quest now.
    Hm, you're getting me worried, after forcing myself to stop playing the demo, I was looking forward to picking it up next summer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    Hm, you're getting me worried, after forcing myself to stop playing the demo, I was looking forward to picking it up next summer...
    Don't worry, Defender's Quest is fantastic. Granted, I tried to play every level on the hardest difficulty that I could ace, and nothing felt like a grind. I'm about 2/3 the way through New Game Plus. I go through a few missions on Hard, then go back and try them again on Expert, and it never feels like a grind. Besides, since you can change the game difficulty in addition to the monster difficulty, you can set it so that it'll remain challenging.

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    I believe New Vegas' biggest downfall was to make most of the Legion pretty much irredeemably evil. It's one thing to offer a darker faction but they cross the line so many times, it becomes impossible to relate to in any way. They are rapists, murderers, slavers, racists, cannibals and they also wear silly hats. The only good thing anyone ever says about the Legion is the old "they made the trains run on time".
    I guess it's more remarkable that you can join them in the first place.


    Quote Originally Posted by larrylongbottom View Post
    Found a copy of breath of fire 4 in a charity shop, dug out the auld ps1 ah the memories!
    There is actually a rare PC version of that game. I don't know if it's any good, I only ever played the PSX version back in the day.


    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    Hm, you're getting me worried, after forcing myself to stop playing the demo, I was looking forward to picking it up next summer...
    It's a game with persistent characters that level up during the campaign, gain new skills and they require their own gear each. If you use less characters they level up faster and you can equip them with better gear. Whether or not you have to grind depends mostly on how you manage the quality vs. quantity issue and how you develop each character. Also, I think visiting earlier levels on a higher difficulty is intended and I really wouldn't call it grinding.

    Edit: I should probably mention that I played DQ before NG+ was even a thing. I have no idea what they changed since then.
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    10,000,000 is very addictive although grindy. Played it for 2.5 hours straight: not bad for a mobile game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    I believe New Vegas' biggest downfall was to make most of the Legion pretty much irredeemably evil. It's one thing to offer a darker faction but they cross the line so many times, it becomes impossible to relate to in any way. They are rapists, murderers, slavers, racists, cannibals and they also wear silly hats. The only good thing anyone ever says about the Legion is the old "they made the trains run on time".
    I guess it's more remarkable that you can join them in the first place.
    It's the same problem as Skyrim. If you aren't a Nord, there is no reason to join the Stormcloak rebellion because they are fascist pigs who mistreat anyone who isn't also a Nord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    I believe New Vegas' biggest downfall was to make most of the Legion pretty much irredeemably evil. It's one thing to offer a darker faction but they cross the line so many times, it becomes impossible to relate to in any way. They are rapists, murderers, slavers, racists, cannibals and they also wear silly hats. The only good thing anyone ever says about the Legion is the old "they made the trains run on time".
    I guess it's more remarkable that you can join them in the first place.
    I sort of agree with this, but I don't think it's black and white as that. I guess it depends on how much you invest in the value of the trains running on time, so to speak, in a lawless Wasteland. In that context-Is it better that society works, at the cost of repressing certain individual freedoms without question, or do you favour freedom of action at the pretty much inevitable cost of anarchy and social Darwinism? How do you quantify which is better for the greater good, as it were. What I will say though is that Caesar's argument, even if sided with, can logically only really trump that of the NCR. House's solution seems to offer a more convincing and humane middle way, autocratic progress.

    With all that in mind, I just agonised over whether to go Yes Man or Mr House just there. I was fully intending to go independent without question, but House's speech persuaded me otherwise. Having started out on a fairly malleable outlaw, self determinst route, I was swayed by Caesar into recognsiing the need for a change to the status qou. Not his change though. I was going to do it my way (lol) and take on the mantle of Benny's legacy.

    The original intent of this was basically because I heard it's the best way to 'see' the game and all of it's factions, so it was a no brainier really. And when Benny urged me on to do it it sounded quite exciting, a sort of once in a lifetime thing chance for greatness thing.

    But I guess didn't realise the extent to which the plot had really gotten into my head, because when I was about to start shooting up the lucky 38 it occurred to me that from a role playing perspective, in terms of how the game was interatcing with me and I with it, there was absolutely no motive to do so beyond self interest, which I had basically eschewed after meeting Caesar. It would have been a very arbitrary and unnatural choice in terms of keeping with how my character was evolving.
    House had made a good argument, seemed to have his heart in the right place and was clearly very astute in regards to the big picture. His plan was egotistical but it was not solely centered around political self interest and pursuit of greatness alone, like the other options. So, much to my surprise I'm working for House now.
    The game had made me care about stuff in spite of myself, and in spite of my gaming intent, to the point that breaking the fourth wall and character really felt wrong, which i think is a real testament to how good NV is at enabling role playing and meaningful choice and consequence.
    It's been a really organic play through in that my character has evolved and changed more or less in spite of my self and my intentions and plans. I'm totally enthralled, quite obviously.

    But I note in spite of all that taking the Yes Man route is still an option anyway..I have no idea where I'll end up, and it's amazing.
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    Playing some Unity of Command here:



    It's the second turn, I already made some moves and I think that I'm in a worse situation than before.This south breaktrought it's not looking good, and in the center and top fronts, I have retreat a little.
    But man, this game is refreshing and challenging. Those damn supply lines are very well thought. You cannot push very far without it, and the AI knows it and counterattack to cut them. In this map, you can reach the middle URSS city you see here if you push from North, but your supply line it's cut in the center and in the south. In this attempt, I have tried to go for the South to try to break the front lines, but I'm stuck and cannot advance too far. So, you think I will make it?

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    Playing more of The Witcher, and I feel like it's getting more and more entertaining. Chapter 4 gives you new places, new people, new monsters, and basically gives you a clean slate to do some good ol' witchering without having to worry about government conspiracies for a while. After spending days walking among all the stuck-up pricks in Vizima's trade quarter, solving peasants' everyday monster problems is refreshing, a nice return to form.

    I still don't like that it's constantly so heavy handed, though. All this nonsense about 'finding my identity' and 'pledging myself to Triss/Shani' just has the effect of rubbing your face in how this game has choices! For gods' sake, the game asks me whether I want to hand over the care of a magical child prodigy with unpredictable powers beyond our comprehension to either a powerful sorceress, or an army nurse, and then the only consequence of this choice is that the lady in question will act like the two of you decided to adopt a puppy or something. It's completely incongruous.

    In tangentially-related-to-PC-gaming news, I played the demo of Rayman Legends on a friend's Wii U, and it was, shall I say, completely balls-to-the-wall awesome, as a demo should be. The gameplay remains mostly same, but the graphics are ramped up to eleven while keeping the same aesthetic. It was previously exclusive to the Wii U, but then they announced it for other platforms as well, but the PC version is still uncertain. On the one hand, I'd really like to play a PC release, but on the other, I don't really have much hope for it to be as good as its console counterparts, since Origins had its co-op features completely stripped out. (To their credit, the game suffered almost no negative impact because of it.) By the look of it, Legends has even more capabilities for cooperative play, and somehow I don't expect Ubisoft to come down with a sudden benevolent urge towards PC gamers that motivates them to implement local and online co-op in the PC port. So, if we do get Rayman Legends, it'll most likely be the inferior product, which makes me doubt they'd be willing to make one at all.

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    Origins had local PC co-op, I'm sure.

    Also, I'm playing Napoleon TW after only ever playing Empire. I get the sneaking suspicion this is how Empire was really supposed to be. It just feels better somehow, and I actually liked Empire a lot.
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    Still on a break from The Witcher, now playing Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for the first time. This game is an incredible advancement from the original Splinter Cell (never played Pandora Tomorrow). Enjoying it very much!

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    Dabbling in the ArmA 3 Alpha from time to time and decided to take a proper run at STALKER Call of Pripyat which has been sitting on my HDD for ages. Apart from disabling head bobbing, I think the vanilla game will be sufficient unless someone can recommend a good mod(s).

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    It's nice and sunny outside. So I draw the curtain, sit down and play Metro... What is wrong with me??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonson View Post
    House had made a good argument, seemed to have his heart in the right place and was clearly very astute in regards to the big picture. His plan was egotistical but it was not solely centered around political self interest and pursuit of greatness alone, like the other options. So, much to my surprise I'm working for House now.
    And then, he shot up Freeside. It seems he will only cooperate if he finds people useful. Sure, The Kings can't be convinced to work with House but he should at least find a a way to work with them instead. It shows a bit of how House doesn't care for the ones that really needed the help they could get. He's not compassionate but he has his way of rebuilding New Vegas even if it isn't a win-win solution
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyB View Post
    Still on a break from The Witcher, now playing Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for the first time. This game is an incredible advancement from the original Splinter Cell (never played Pandora Tomorrow). Enjoying it very much!
    It sure is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD View Post
    It sure is!
    Pandora's Tomorrow is a well told story, but too linear. I find it funny how Ubisoft buried it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketch View Post
    Origins had local PC co-op, I'm sure.
    So it has! I had to look at the options menu to be able to tell. Don't I look silly now. I suppose I would have to plug in some controllers if I wanted to play with others. Who knows, maybe we'll get a Rayman Legends after all.

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