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    Quote Originally Posted by Faldrath View Post
    Never really played D2 for long, but if you like it and are not playing Path of Exile, you're missing out. It's been eating up my gaming time almost completely for the past 2 months, it's a bit scary.
    Yeah but I just got this Battlechest a couple of weeks ago and it'll be a shame if I just leave it out to collect dust. Plus, I'm a bit low on cash so, it hurts to miss out on it *sob*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voon View Post
    I mustt be blind or something but how do you chaps manage to find that Tree of Inifus or whatever in Diablo 2? I tried going around that underground passage twice and I never found another way out of that cave.
    It's there. In underground passage level 1. The second level is just for loot.

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    I've spent a while playing Neverwinter yesterday/today but I'm come to the conclusion is a pile of shit and would warn you against it.

    First-up it's not an MMO, it's an Action-RPG - 90% of the content is instanced and it's a "drink pots to win" game (see Diablo)

    Second-up, money is tight and pots are expensive - and resurrections in dungeons cost REAL MONEY

    I'd give it a massively wide birth if I were you - unless you like playing games designed more around no less than SIX currency systems...

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    Just started Blood Dragon, it is FUCKING A.

    And I'm sorry but complaining about it's tutorial or it's "failure" to be anything other than dumb and senseless strikes me as remarkably conceited and pretentious. If you get annoyed at this game for said reasons, ala John, I suggest you take yourself far far too seriously. If you don't want to play a game which primarily centers around ridicule of everything it touches don't play a game which is manifestly and intentionally ridiculous. It's like being down on This is Spinal Tap because it isn't an objective documentary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AshEnke View Post
    I bought an Xbox 360 but I don't really know what games I missed while staying faithful to PC's.
    I already played through Deadly Premonition, Bayonetta, The Darkness, Crackdown, Red Dead, Enslaved, Dragon's Dogma, Vanquish....
    I think you bought a 360 for the wrong reasons. There's a lot of great arcadey and console throwback titles, between imports and XBLA. I keep mine around for Raiden Fighter Aces and Rez HD. Shadow Complex was as awesome as everyone says it is.

    There's also a lot of original Xbox games worth checking out, and since nobody gives a fuck about that console most of them can be had for less than $5. I recommend Panzer Dragoon Orta, Jet Set Radio Future, Breakdown, Fatal Frame, and Ninja Gaiden Black if you haven't played one of its ports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrage View Post
    I think you bought a 360 for the wrong reasons. There's a lot of great arcadey and console throwback titles, between imports and XBLA. I keep mine around for Raiden Fighter Aces and Rez HD. Shadow Complex was as awesome as everyone says it is.

    There's also a lot of original Xbox games worth checking out, and since nobody gives a fuck about that console most of them can be had for less than $5. I recommend Panzer Dragoon Orta, Jet Set Radio Future, Breakdown, Fatal Frame, and Ninja Gaiden Black if you haven't played one of its ports.
    Thanks for the recommandation. I bought an Xbox to play games that didn't release on the PC. I try to stay clear of XBLA, despite the quality of the content, mostly because I kind of boycott the point system Microsoft uses and refuse to be a part of it (I know, it's a shame, but when I don't come to Fez, Fez comes to me !)

    I already own a few other consoles (I own the first xbox so I already played through every interesting game it has to offer... but thanks for reminding me of them, I suddenly had the urge to play through Breakdown again), but the 360 is the first new-gen console I got, so I was more looking for ideas of Xbox exclusives or even Xbox/PS3 exclusives !

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    Mother of god, that horrible introduction. What happened to show not tell?

    Why did I even have to see that?
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    Just finished with Poker Night 2 tonight. Admittedly I bought it for the Borderlands 2 items but I had some fun, until I discovered the AI's cheating... I say that because I cheated myself by alt-F4ing every time I lost a significant amount of money, and in doing so I saw one player get extremely good hands ten times in a row (on the same round, as quitting and relaunching just resets the round), in the end I just folded that round and then it was back to normal again. Seriously though, Sam got a pair of aces, a pair of kings, a pair of queens, an ace and king... Even when he got a five and ten and Brock and I went all in, no one hand anything good until the turn... Where Sam got another ten. You could say it's luck but it's suspiciously lucky and it happens a lot, I guess the player isn't supposed to notice because they're not supposed to cheat either. Also Brock scored a flush against me once that consisted of a jack, seven, eight, nine and a three. I mean, you know?

    So I got what I came for and now I'm done. I didn't find the dialogue as grating as John did though, even after seven hours I was still hearing new things. Sure, a few phrases really got on my tits (like Claptrap's dubstep bit which wasn't even funny in Borderlands 2 and Brock's thing about reaping the wind or whatever) but every now and then something new would come up that would be genuinely amusing, if only slightly.

    I'm going back to Hitman: Absolute Radio now though with some Escape Velocity: Nova for when it just gets too tedious. I think/hope I've nearly finished Hitman, then I'll move on to something else similarly mission-based. I want to start Mass Effect again (as I keep bouncing off about 10 hours in, come back months later, forget the controls and context of where I am and give up again) but I get the feeling I'll get sucked in to it. Or I'll bounce off. One or the other. I can't afford to get sucked in though because of actual life at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshEnke View Post
    Thanks for the recommandation. I bought an Xbox to play games that didn't release on the PC. I try to stay clear of XBLA, despite the quality of the content, mostly because I kind of boycott the point system Microsoft uses and refuse to be a part of it (I know, it's a shame, but when I don't come to Fez, Fez comes to me !)

    I already own a few other consoles (I own the first xbox so I already played through every interesting game it has to offer... but thanks for reminding me of them, I suddenly had the urge to play through Breakdown again), but the 360 is the first new-gen console I got, so I was more looking for ideas of Xbox exclusives or even Xbox/PS3 exclusives !
    That's understandable regarding Microsoft Monopoly Money. You should pick up Qubed. There's a couple other XBLA compilations on disk, so you can get around the digital download system like that and probably get a better deal in the process.

    You've pretty much got all the must-play titles covered. If you're not into Gears, Halo or Forza, the only other noteworthy exclusives are Viva Pinata (which is sort of Rare's response to Animal Crossing), Earth Defense Force 2017, and a bunch of shmups, which for whatever reason ended up on MS's system this cycle (as opposed to the PS2 last time 'round.) Akai Katana, Deathsmiles, Raiden IV and Raiden Fighter Aces are the ones that got physical releases over here; then there's a handful of region-free titles if you're willing to pony up a bit. Honestly, though, if you want to get deep into shmups, I would recommend trading up to a Sega Saturn. The only other games I can think of are Metal Gear Rising, Anarchy Reigns, and that new Castlevania game, and I haven't played any of those.

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    Been playing Dragon's DOgma: Dark Arisen on my PS3. Have to say, it is more Skyrim than Skyrim. Lots of entertaining quests with horrible voice acting and a fun class system.

    Class system is similar to KoA: Reckoning in that you CAN be everything, but from my current experience it looks like you can basically go for one of the hybrid builds per playthrough. I started as a Strider (think Legolas from the movies), maxed that out, switched to Sorceror and am working on maxing that out for some of the augments (perks you can take to other classes). Once I do that (and I am about 2/3 of the way through the main quest), I'll switch to Magik Archer (it is a magic archer...).

    But the beauty comes in NG+. Unlike something like Dark Souls, the world doesn't level up (also, it gets points for having a staticlly leveled world that doesn't get frustrating), but that is kind of the point. On my NG+, I'll max out Warrior for a few augments and then be a Mystic Knight for that playthrough.

    And the pawn system is great. People can hire your pawn (NPC companion) and it will learn about the world. And same when you hire one. So if I recruit someone's pawn, I can teach it about quests and how to fight properly, and the same if anyone ever recruits my pawn.

    But in PC gaming news: Apparently, about 25 minutes or so into Total Biscuit's WTF Is..., I am buying and downloading Blood Dragon. I was planning on waiting (I won't have my gaming PC for the next few months), but between how insanely awesome it looks AND wanting to say "I like this approach to DLC", I figure I'll buy it now and beat it in the next two weeks before I head out and am restricted to my laptop and PS3.
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    Any goodwill I had left for Croteam went out the window when they started hiding Kleer around every other corner to rape away a third of my health. Hiding Scorpions so far away I can't even see what's killing me? Icing on the fucking cake. At least I know where Crytek got the idea for the second half of Far Cry, now. What a piece of shit game.

    I'm glad nobody bore witness to the comical look of concentration, frustration and annoyance that hasn't left my face in the last two hours, or heard the endless string of profanity that's been falling out of my mouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrage View Post
    Any goodwill I had left for Croteam went out the window when they started hiding Kleer around every other corner to rape away a third of my health. Hiding Scorpions so far away I can't even see what's killing me? Icing on the fucking cake. At least I know where Crytek got the idea for the second half of Far Cry, now. What a piece of shit game.
    That doesn't sound much like the experience I had, I mean, it was a lot more

    I'm glad nobody bore witness to the comical look of concentration, frustration and annoyance that hasn't left my face in the last two hours, or heard the endless string of profanity that's been falling out of my mouth.
    Ah. Never mind then!

    When you're outside, remember to scan the area and watch for your cross-hair turning green. Also, if you can't see the enemy or they're too far away, the likelihood of them actually being able to hit you is reduced. Not removed, but certainly reduced. When you get to the open areas, you should pretty much be rocking the rocket launcher for the majority of the time. I do remember though that the penultimate two or so levels are very hard and bore the majority of my ire.

    I have to ask though; are you enjoying the game? Because I'm sure by now you have a full expectation of what you're being offered so you could've stopped and known that that was pretty much it, but you're clearly still playing it and unless you're a masochist (and I do believe that there are certain games that almost demand this trait, Serious Sam being one of them) you must be getting some satisfaction out of it.

    I remember that upon completing the game, I had this immense feeling of accomplishment, that I beat that.
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    For me Serious Sam is to be played on coop with as many people as possible.

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    Just beat it. My final score of 286,792,200 puts me at rank 2,855, which I think may be the highest I've ever been on a leaderboard. Nevermind that my "completion time" was about a third of my total play time, considering I was savescumming every single blind corner by the end. Unless SS4 is entirely dedicated to annihilating the Kleer race with extreme prejudice, I won't buy it (and even then, I'd only be supporting the war effort.)
    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    I have to ask though; are you enjoying the game? Because I'm sure by now you have a full expectation of what you're being offered so you could've stopped and known that that was pretty much it, but you're clearly still playing it and unless you're a masochist (and I do believe that there are certain games that almost demand this trait, Serious Sam being one of them) you must be getting some satisfaction out of it.
    Not really? The game is just relentlessly abusive, and the cracks really start to show through by the end. Kleer and Bulls begin to bounce madly off environmental obstacles, arenas drag on for wave after wave after wave after wave after wave, enemies spawn directly behind you, checkpoints occur with enemies inches away from my face. Playing shotgun matador with a couple of enemies was fun the first few times, but by the end tactics devolve into "I hope you brought your Cannon!"

    And that final boss was bullshit. I almost killed him before I realized that the pyramid door even opened, so imagine my chagrin when he just regenerated to half health again and destroyed me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tikey View Post
    For me Serious Sam is to be played on coop with as many people as possible.
    I can see the wisdom in that, but I don't like playing with random assholes and I would never ask my friends to buy it.

    Anyways, I'm playing To the Moon and a tall beer next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrage View Post
    I can see the wisdom in that, but I don't like playing with random assholes and I would never ask my friends to buy it.
    I suddenly want to design RPGs where there is at least one NPC named "random asshole" and his job is to follow and annoy the protagonist with dismissive criticisms about why he hasn't already saved the day, and if he was halfway competent he'd have saved that poor girl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalano View Post
    I suddenly want to design RPGs where there is at least one NPC named "random asshole" and his job is to follow and annoy the protagonist with dismissive criticisms about why he hasn't already saved the day, and if he was halfway competent he'd have saved that poor girl.
    Gothic does that, except he actually hinders your quest by stopping you every five steps to say something asinine. The only two dialogue options after he started tailing you were "Shut the hell up" and "Go the hell away," both of which were ineffectual. I think his name was "Mud."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrage View Post
    Gothic does that, except he actually hinders your quest by stopping you every five steps to say something asinine. The only two dialogue options after he started tailing you were "Shut the hell up" and "Go the hell away," both of which were ineffectual. I think his name was "Mud."
    Yes, but do you get to punch him in the mouth in the end? I believe every challenge should have its own payoff.
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    In Gothic's case, the reward is almost invariably a CTD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrage View Post
    Unless SS4 is entirely dedicated to annihilating the Kleer race with extreme prejudice, I won't buy it (and even then, I'd only be supporting the war effort.)
    Well Second Encounter is a lot better designed and SS3 felt noticeable easier (although by the time I had got to that I was already well versed in Sam having completed FE and SE) but I can't see any of the things you brought up as changing. The bouncing off environmental obstacles has always been there and purposefully left in. I can't imagine playing a Sam game with any AI that isn't what it currently is, but the fact they haven't changed it since FE suggests to me that you're supposed to play with it. So where some kleer will bounce off a well-placed rock, you might call it a crack in the design, but I call it an advantage they want you to try and make use of. In a lot of the levels throughout the series, the environment is yours to tame. How you move about it, where you choose to fight in it etc. are all things you're supposed to tap into and make your own. It's why certain parts in 3 were quite hard as the environment could start to be destroyed quite easily.

    Not really? The game is just relentlessly abusive, and the cracks really start to show through by the end.
    Obviously this is the most important thing and it's a shame you didn't enjoy it. I don't know how anyone could complete a game as difficult as this and not have something akin to a love/hate relationship with it, but while there were a few times it was just silly and stupid as opposed to being properly challenging, I just felt so satisfied getting through a huge fight. FE managed to elicit more of an emotional response out of me through various "Holy shit!" and "Fuck yeah!" exclamations than plenty of other games I've played. Again though, SE has considerably better level design and more amusing secrets than anything else. There's less "Gotcha!" moments and more them playing with you and, importantly, playing with the fact that you know you're being played with.

    Playing shotgun matador with a couple of enemies was fun the first few times, but by the end tactics devolve into "I hope you brought your Cannon!"
    I found the cannon to be one of those too valuable weapons to use until the final level where ammo becomes as apparent as air to breathe. At the same time though, it is your reward for getting that far and even then not all enemies are best taken out by it. There's still a distinct strategy to getting the most out of it too. It's obviously far and away more powerful than anything else, but I didn't think that was a bad thing. I think the worst part of the final level though was that, unlike SE or 3 where there was a visual element to your progression (the fact you simply moved through the level) there was no indication of how well you were doing with that monster spawner arena. Still fun, but it did start to wear.

    And that final boss was bullshit. I almost killed him before I realized that the pyramid door even opened, so imagine my chagrin when he just regenerated to half health again and destroyed me.
    That's also a shame to see too. The appearance of the final boss for me just highlighted that I'd be leaving FE with having had an enormous amount of fun. And yeah, it doesn't do a fantastic job of conveying as quickly as it should do what you're supposed to do (I thought 3 had the same problem. Incidentally, SE's final boss doesn't have this problem but I found it to be the least fun of the 3 final bosses) but I found myself with alarming urgency once I did work out what I had to do and was simply running for my life to the pyramid. I read somewhere as well that on the hardest difficulty that there's some sort of puzzle to open it up too. Ouch.

    Anyhow, it's been a little bit amusing to read your progress on here, but it's obviously a shame you didn't enjoy it.
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    Finished Minerva's Den (final singleplayer-DLC for Bioshock 2) the day before yesterday. Not half bad, the story was okayish and I always did like the combat. And I could carry a whole cartload of different weapons, something I did miss in Infinite with it's measyly two-guns-only-limit.

    Abysmal FOV, though. I may play as a Big Daddy and view the world through a tiny porthole, but it was just annoying.

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