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    I'm still trying to get into Guild Wars 2 - I've not found the race/role which works for me yet and there's another problem too.

    I could play Guild Wars and not feel my MMO guilt - that feeling you get when you realise the game is consuming you, that 5 hours just went past, that you ignored the phone ringing because you were busy - but GW2 is actually a proper MMO and it does all those things to me just as WoW and other games did.

    I'm not sure I need that again - I've been through the angsty arguments with her indoors about 'games you cannot pause' and 'anti-social gaming' (5 hour raids whilst she's watching TV or at work are apparently anti-social) - the guilt is there now and I'm not sure what to do about it!

    Hell I even thought about buying Mists of Pandaria and going back to that place AGAIN - I love that place...

    I'm an MMO addict I guess - maybe I need to seek help instead of just seeking solace in pointless single-player games which don't exist unless you're playing them - every time I play an MMO I feel like I'm home but at the same time that I cannot get out again!

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    Been trying some Dota 2. I think I'll stick to bot-matches for quite some time, what with me being crap and community being at least half as bad as it was during WC3 times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaftPunk View Post
    Any adventure action games which are more accessible like lets say,Prince Of Persia 08 with cool graphics and good story ??


    Asking for my sister,she started pop 2008 and like it allot,its also not to hard for her.
    Not really unfortunately, it's one of the reasons I loved PoP'2008. It fitted a niche that was surprisingly empty; Beyond Good and Evil is about the only thing I can think of which feels similar, albeit can be harder/frustrating at times. And there's always the classic Dreamfall, although there the action gameplay is lacking.

    OT: Picked up my old game of Recettear again for the evening and I fucking made bank. Asshole Old Man placed an order for some Treasures, day of the order came and BAM! "The price of Treasures has increased". Took the geriatric dickhole to the cleaners. There is no game I shout at as much as this one, especially regarding that cheapass tart of a fairy. Had over 600,000 PIX at one point, then the price of weapons decreased across the board so I've stocked up for the future.
    Capitalism Ho! Fuckers.

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    Spec Ops: The Line
    Well I took the advice of some community member and stuck with it and I'm glad I did, the story was pretty good even though I guessed the 'twist' half way through(because you know, I am boss), finally something worth sticking too towards the end. At last a game that sort of moved the death shell inside of me to give the HipHat thumbs ups, well sort of, if only the gameplay was half good. Oh how I raged at the conveyor belt enemies and the "You died" messages. The gameplay really was a drag and I would recommend playing the fucker on easy just for the well done story. Anyway top marks must go the start screen. Very well done I must say. Its refreshing for a game to get you into the right mood before you load up it up.

    Lego: LOTR
    Another game I am enjoying! I am on gaming rampage I say. Next I will be playing 50+ hour RPGs and not giving up half way through. Anyway it involves scratching that collecting itch I'm sure everyone has. And it has those little puzzles that even a primate like me can solve and then feel like I'v discovered Einstein's theory. Very good.

    Dark Souls
    I feel like I'm ready for a another stab at this, I played this on the Xbox and I think I lost interest after the 30 hour mark but that was probably down to gaming fatigue. I need a RPG of sorts, i'm getting back into gaming now, i'm attentive, alert and damn I want it deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaftPunk View Post
    Any adventure action games which are more accessible like lets say,Prince Of Persia 08 with cool graphics and good story ??


    Asking for my sister,she started pop 2008 and like it allot,its also not to hard for her.
    Take a look at Bastion, Psychonauts, Quantum Conundrum, World of Goo, Trine 1 & 2, Portal 1 & 2, Mirror's Edge, and of course Prince of Persia (2003).

    I'm playing: Bioshock Infinite for the 3rd time (1999 mode!), The Secret World, and Pathologic (bachelor's story).
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    Phew. Finally completed The Witcher. Phew. Essay coming up. (EDIT: Heh, it really could be. Over 1,000 words!)

    You know, some time during the end of chapter 3 and then again during chapter 5, I couldn't help but think how similar it was in many respects to Dragon Age 2. From location re-use, especially caves (or should that be cave, singular?), certain plot points and a few other things, it became a little amusing as I drew closer to the end of this. As someone who enjoyed DA2 despite its many obvious flaws, I'm not prepared to say that one was better than the other because there were plenty of things I enjoyed in both. Just something I noticed.

    Anyhow, to get to the heart of the matter, I think my experience with The Witcher could be summed up as this. Upon completing the game, I went to the New Adventures tab, had a quick Google check and discovered that two of the seven quests were additional content made by the devs and proceeded into the first. I started it up, got past the first fight about a minute in and then shut down the game, having had enough. I was done, as far as I was concerned. That isn't necessarily a sleight on the enjoyment I've gotten out of the game as a whole, but boy does it do a good many things to annoy me. For starters, almost all of chapter 1, chapter 2 and a decent amount of chapter 3 was rather quite dull (aside from the odd thing). Chapter 4, whilst enjoyable, was at such pacing odds with how chapter 3 ended that I was left deflated. Chapter 5 onwards was highly enjoyable though, both in pacing and context.

    My biggest issue with the game though is the narrative. Not necessarily in the actual plot, as I enjoyed a good amount of it, but how nebulous it felt for an awful lot of the time. At points you're inundated with some similar sounding names, or at least long ones or those with titles, and then maybe they're not mentioned for a bit and then pop up and you try to work out who they are again. Acknowledgement of time seems a bit odd too; I'm not 100% sure how long the game lasts in in-game time, so some things felt a little quicker or slower than others. A lot of the secondary quests are very, very tame too with only a few really being of any particular interest.

    Dialogue was, for the most part, well done, but considering how good the choice system is (although slightly telling that a quest would remain in your log, with a "They will help me later part" which later enabled me to work out something would happen with a character, even if I didn't know when or how) I felt it maybe lagged behind a little. For some reason I had it in my head that the dialogue options were a little more intelligent than they actually were and on multiple occasions I chose an option to tell someone only because I wanted them to think that rather than "This is a game. Here are the limitations. Pick." Maybe it was like this earlier on and I'd gotten used to it but then it stopped? I can't explain this one, but there were a few times where I was hastily quick loading.

    From about chapter 3 onwards, I was something of an immortal in combat. I don't believe other than a few flukey times that I died and this was on hard and I didn't really use potions that much. I don't doubt that had I have really gotten into the potions properly that I'd have been able to have completed the game a little easier and perhaps a bit quicker, but I only really started using them at the end when I was so powerful anyhow after collecting every sword and the best armour in the game, along with a few talents to buff my fighting style of "attempt stun/knockdown, if fail, cast big fire wall thing" which was very effective. By the end game, when I did bother to use potions, I literally could not run out of endurance (coughMPcough).

    The thing is though, early on when the game still inundates you with information - I loved the tutorial in that it fit in extremely well, but boy does the game throw a lot of stuff at you in the tutorial and early in chapter 1 - that I was dying a not unnoticeable amount of times and it was just infuriating. Struggling through to the end of chapter 1 and then in chapter 2 you venture to the swamps of HAHA YOU DIE NOW and it just became a huge slog. The fact you then returned to them in chapter 3 was so demoralising. Still though, getting back to the motions of combat, I really enjoyed it. It flowed pretty well and I really got into it. The mix of simple combo attacks and the stun/fire spells worked a charm.

    I think if a lot of the duller content was removed and the game was balanced out a little so the content felt a bit more spread out, it'd have been a lot more enjoyable. I didn't keep a time of how long I'd been playing and unless there's a way to find out (my copy was from retail and was manually added to Steam, so not even Steam's notorious time keeper can be used) I'm not sure I want to know how long I spent playing. It's definitely a game I had to work at to enjoy, but in the end I mostly have, so I'm good with that.

    I'll wait a little bit before going onto the sequel, but I am very much interested in playing that now. I can only hope the voice acting is better. Like, at all. Seriously, it's pants.

    (Ps. For no real reason, I decided to play the game with a minimal RP element of deciding to be "faithful to Triss". This actually prevented me from completing one quest, but I stand by my decision. The sex cards were really very stupid and I'm not sure why they were in there.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by trjp View Post
    I'm still trying to get into Guild Wars 2 - I've not found the race/role which works for me yet and there's another problem too.
    If you are anything like me, GW2 won't ultimately have the same soul-wrecking pull as WoW. The whole thing is built in a much more gamey style, the world felt that much less like a real place and everything isn't hidden behind gear checks and daily rep quests (as in WoW when I last played). Was surprised at how much I liked all the gamey elements tho, levelling my first char was massively enjoyable, but since maxing him/finishing the main story, have only played a bit here and there. I would recommend trying a mesmer if you haven't already, once you get used using their tricks they become amazing fun.

    Things wot I've been playing, anyway: Bioshock (needed to finish the first one before starting Infinite) + late night Dwarf Fortress (always).

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    Back to Orcs Must Die 2 co-op. We keep finding new ways to kill orcs, and there's more joy in that than there probably should be.

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    Back to Torchlight II. Because of the new pets especially Alpaca!!
    and its now has steam workshop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnemnoch View Post
    and its now has steam workshop.
    Does Steam workshop still do that thing where it can't properly uninstall mods and won't let you do so either (because it thinks the modded version is the correct version now)?

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    I only use the workshop for Shogun 2 and Torchlight 2 and I never encounter that.

    Anyway, in the new patch for TL 2, it will ask you if you want to play vanilla or modded when you start the game
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    I finally, FINALLY, beat FTL. The rebellion can suck mah diiiiiiiiick.
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    Fucking XCOM with your panicky rookies and your missed shots *rumble grumble*
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnemnoch View Post
    Back to Torchlight II. Because of the new pets especially Alpaca!
    I go between Binding of Isaac and TL2 as my podcast games (when I break into Shogun 2, I imagine that'll go in there too) and decided to start up TL2 while listening to the Giant Bombcast. I'm in act 3 and the overworld map has reset. In filling it out, I came across a new dungeon, a pretty cool Dwarven themed one called The Lost Hold. No new enemies, or related quest that I'm aware of and it's only one floor, not to mention the boss is only really two elites (a little disappointing that, actually) but it's quite a hard floor because there's lots of tightly packed together hard hitting mobs. That's not what my mage likes. It's around level 78 on NG+, not sure on base obviously. It does seem though that the dungeon has mostly, if not entirely, new assets. I know it's been some time getting out the mod tools, but they've done some pretty good support for this game.






    It's a bit amusing that the game I was least excited about last year in the battle of the sequels (Darksiders 2, BL2 and TL2) TL2 ended up being the one I ultimately enjoyed the most. Perhaps that should say something about tempered expectations, but the only one I was really hyped up over was DS2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berzee View Post
    Curiosity: What's Inside The Cube is actually the unveiling of a new super-difficulty level for FPS games. The Cube is the first enemy.
    There will be a cat. Schrödinger's cat. When someone reaches the centre of the cube, the cat will die because it's been observed. Then we can say "Curiosity killed the cat".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velko View Post
    There will be a cat. Schrödinger's cat. When someone reaches the centre of the cube, the cat will die because it's been observed. Then we can say "Curiosity killed the cat".
    That's the most sensible suggestion I've heard yet. Apart from observation killing cats. IT DOES?! DOES THAT MEAN ALL THE CATS ON YOUTUBE ARE DEAD A MILLION TIMES OVER?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    (Ps. For no real reason, I decided to play the game with a minimal RP element of deciding to be "faithful to Triss". This actually prevented me from completing one quest, but I stand by my decision. The sex cards were really very stupid and I'm not sure why they were in there.)
    Uh, which quest was that? Did you propose to Triss and everything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMiD View Post
    I finally, FINALLY, beat FTL. The rebellion can suck mah diiiiiiiiick.
    On which difficulty? I only beat it on the easier one a couple of times, but never on hard.

    I started Waking Mars.
    And for the occasional multiplayer fun I play Battlefield Play4Free. It's basically Battlefield 2 -most of the maps +pay2win +insults. Why am I doing this to myself??

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    Quote Originally Posted by elephant god View Post
    That's the most sensible suggestion I've heard yet. Apart from observation killing cats. IT DOES?! DOES THAT MEAN ALL THE CATS ON YOUTUBE ARE DEAD A MILLION TIMES OVER?
    "Schrödinger's cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiphat View Post
    The gameplay really was a drag and I would recommend playing the fucker on easy just for the well done story.
    You know, I really should start doing that with all the games I play from now on. Not just because I'm getting older, mind you, but I'm actually starting to get jaded with the combat sequences being thrown in my face with recent games (Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite).

    They're starting to feel like nuisances I have to put up with rather than exciting gameplay.

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