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    I started playing The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. Maybe I'll actually finish it this time.

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    Only just realised the other day that you can shoot ammo stacks until they explode and spit bullets at everyone in the vicinity. Basically if you have a sniper rifle you can kill a good handful of people at a base without ever shooting a single person.
    Before Far Cry 2 was released, the developers made a video which showcased this along with a few other features, such as the fire physics and your enemies' ability to carry their wounded companions to safety. It seriously impressed me at the time and was one of the main reasons why I bought the game.

    Far Cry 2 has a lot of interesting gameplay elements. It's just a shame that the enemy enouncters aren't more varied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnderwaterCacty View Post
    Sometimes the AI is stupid. I know that they complained once that they live in shacks, so i built the cheapest house with no rent for them to move in, demolished their shacks to force them to move in the houses but they just built shacks in another place and they were still complaining...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliocentric View Post
    The tazer is OP when I'm not trying to ghost, I love using it, but I am not loving the absence of mouse wheel speed tuning, true Conviction didn't have it, but in blacklist until you upgrade to your $100,000 pants guards will often hear you hunting them, satisfyingly a little to late to stop you 'less than lethally' snap their neck.
    Is it as OP as the Syphon Filter taser?



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    Quote Originally Posted by fiddlesticks View Post
    I started playing The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. Maybe I'll actually finish it this time.


    Before Far Cry 2 was released, the developers made a video which showcased this along with a few other features, such as the fire physics and your enemies' ability to carry their wounded companions to safety. It seriously impressed me at the time and was one of the main reasons why I bought the game.

    Far Cry 2 has a lot of interesting gameplay elements. It's just a shame that the enemy enouncters aren't more varied.
    Funnily enough it reminds me quite a bit of my first time playing Thief II. Very open ended missions, a rich but simultaneously sparse atmosphere and implied narrative, plenty of objects and systems to play with, guards to avoid at all costs head on but fun to stalk and generally fuck with from a distance/safe hiding place

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    Finished The 39 Steps I got from some bundle I can't figure out what was right now. It's an adaption of a novel that was probably written shortly after the start of WW1 and it takes place in 1914. Sort of a spy/conspiracy story
    Did you really not know about the novel beforehand? It's considered a pretty important work of fiction by all accounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EOT View Post
    Did you really not know about the novel beforehand? It's considered a pretty important work of fiction by all accounts.
    nuh. I looked the author up and it seems like I should have heard of him, but I haven't. I do know the movie based on the novel, but it's been so long since I watched it that I didn't remember the plot.

    Also, my complaint about the right clicking turns out to be a mistake; I didn't realize you could right click again to get back to where you left.

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    Finished Analogue: A Hate Story, which I really liked. Although it can get a bit tedious at times when you're an idiot like me and don't know how to progress, it tells a really good story. I also love that it uses a visual novel style, as that is traditionally reserved for "choose your own girlfriend" games.

    Tried the Lilly looking through demo on Steam, uninstalled after two minutes.

    Tried Cart Life, it was exactly what I expected. However, not in the mood to play an intentionally tedious game right now.

    Edit: Started up Universe Sandbox for the first time today as well. I crashed the moon into the earth, good fun! Will crash the earth into the sun next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnderwaterCacty View Post
    Sometimes the AI is stupid. I know that they complained once that they live in shacks, so i built the cheapest house with no rent for them to move in, demolished their shacks to force them to move in the houses but they just built shacks in another place and they were still complaining...
    If it's not within walking distance of where they work, it might as well be on the moon for all the use it gives them.

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    I bought MGS: Special Missions last Thursday and finished it on Friday. The sneaking missions with or without the SOCOM are great fun, the target shooting, man shooting, 1 minute battles, and vs. 12 battles range from 'meh' to 'gaaaaaHHHAAAARRGH', but the real value is in the VR Mission (10 stages with an overall time limit), Mystery, Variety, Ninja and NG Selection missions. Especially the ninja missions. They're not exactly challenging though.

    Other than that, I'm hobbling along trying to 100% Just Cause 2 on the hardest difficulty - this is long, it took me nearly 100 hours on PS3 and that was on normal difficulty. So far I've been approaching it in three phases; shoot anything destructible first, then go back to do anything that needs a code (biofuel shafts and pipelines), then go back a third time to pick up collectibles. This is obviously not the fastest way, but it stops me from wanting to commit computercide due to being killed very quickly by helicopters as soon as I look at the inside of a military base. I spent tonight doing Arma 3's challenges, they were pretty good fun until I got to the third orange course (I skipped the blue ones entirely and didn't try red 3 either) where I couldn't find one target. I managed to impress myself by getting a shot on one of the moving 1100m targets in the orange 2 course while it was hidden behind a tree, but in truth I think it had slowed down a lot as it was about to fall down. Either way, I shot it and I felt like a sniper king.

    That's about it. Oh, Battlefield 3 with RPSers is fun. We should all do that tomorrow.

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    Finished off Assassins Creed Brotherhood last night. Enjoyed it for the further adventures of Ezio as well as the banter of Desmond, Shaun, R3becca etc (who I'm warming to a bit more) however some of the 100% sync challenges are pretty ludicrous in terms of requirements and fail states.

    Started up Revelations now, which I must admit hasn't quite grabbed me. Perhaps in part because of the unwarranted change in appearance of the characters of Desmond & Ezio who look little like their earlier incarnations, and perhaps also some unnecessary changes to the control scheme. Also just did the first tower defence sequence and really can't say it's something I care for. Still I want to see Ezio's story through to its conclusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadayi View Post
    Finished off Assassins Creed Brotherhood last night. Enjoyed it for the further adventures of Ezio as well as the banter of Desmond, Shaun, R3becca etc (who I'm warming to a bit more) however some of the 100% sync challenges are pretty ludicrous in terms of requirements and fail states.

    Started up Revelations now, which I must admit hasn't quite grabbed me. Perhaps in part because of the unwarranted change in appearance of the characters of Desmond & Ezio who look little like their earlier incarnations, and perhaps also some unnecessary changes to the control scheme. Also just did the first tower defence sequence and really can't say it's something I care for. Still I want to see Ezio's story through to its conclusion.

    If you did the first tower defence, you've done every mandatory tower defence. Just don't let your infamy or whatever they call it get too high for long and you'll be fine.

    The rest of it... I sort of wish there was some way that the settings could have been swapped around. I feel brotherhood is a bit too long for just pondering around a setting you've largely explored (renaissance italy) whereas revelations, which is lovely and new, is comparatively short.
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    Was replaying Mass Effect 3, The Fast Show was on in the background... had to be done, sorry. Work in progress, aware of the obvious flaws.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rath View Post
    Was replaying Mass Effect 3, The Fast Show was on in the background... had to be done, sorry. Work in progress, aware of the obvious flaws.

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    Coming soon: John Actor is a tough, uncompromising N7 biotic, in "Mass Effect: MONKFISH."

    "You! Put your armoured knickers on and make me a cup of tea!"

    Now if I can get a GIF going of the Mako replacing that Land Rover thundering over that little bridge...

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    I feel a little embarrassed for Ubisoft they have 3 ways of scoring your play.

    Ghost (less than lethal stealth)
    Panther (lethal stealth)
    Assault (lethal, not stealthy)

    The obvious omission being:
    Bear (?) (less than lethal, not stealthy)

    And i spent some time playing that way, the heavy armour guards are tricky to take down harmlessly without stealth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliocentric View Post
    I feel a little embarrassed for Ubisoft they have 3 ways of scoring your play.

    Ghost (less than lethal stealth)
    Panther (lethal stealth)
    Assault (lethal, not stealthy)

    The obvious omission being:
    Bear (?) (less than lethal, not stealthy)

    And i spent some time playing that way, the heavy armour guards are tricky to take down harmlessly without stealth.
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    Sonic lots of words Transformed has gotten tricky now that I've gotten my Class A license. I'm guessing the game proper begins here.

    Can I get a quick piece of Shogun 2 advice? When I start I have a couple of neighbours, one of whom is hostile and one of whom isn't. According to my objectives I need both of their land to win the game. With the non-hostile one, if I try to keep on good terms until I'm ready to take them out (short of an alliance) is that going to impact me diplomatically later when I declare war? Should I try to trade with them or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arathain View Post
    Sonic lots of words Transformed has gotten tricky now that I've gotten my Class A license. I'm guessing the game proper begins here.

    Can I get a quick piece of Shogun 2 advice? When I start I have a couple of neighbours, one of whom is hostile and one of whom isn't. According to my objectives I need both of their land to win the game. With the non-hostile one, if I try to keep on good terms until I'm ready to take them out (short of an alliance) is that going to impact me diplomatically later when I declare war? Should I try to trade with them or not?
    Been a while since I really got into a Total War, so it is possible things changed, but here are the general rules of any 4x/"grand strategy" game:

    Diplomacy is great. If you can't win a diplomatic victory, do what you can to avoid multi-front wars until you can afford them, at which point fuck everyone else.

    So I would try and stay on good terms with your deader. Trade agreements, etc. But, more importantly, focus on diplomacy with your other neighbors so that when you ARE ready to go to war, you don't get completely surrounded by death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arathain View Post
    Sonic lots of words Transformed has gotten tricky now that I've gotten my Class A license. I'm guessing the game proper begins here.

    Can I get a quick piece of Shogun 2 advice? When I start I have a couple of neighbours, one of whom is hostile and one of whom isn't. According to my objectives I need both of their land to win the game. With the non-hostile one, if I try to keep on good terms until I'm ready to take them out (short of an alliance) is that going to impact me diplomatically later when I declare war? Should I try to trade with them or not?
    Depending on your faction you will lose a lot of Honor if you betray an ally. If you've been very honorable that won't be game breaking but it will make things tougher, no question. The more you expand the harder it becomes to be friendly with people as well, so on the harder difficulties it only takes two dishonorable acts to put you in a negative position with neutral factions before trying anything like trade or alliances.

    I'll tell you two creative ways of getting round it. Become whatever religion they aren't, incite religious rebellions, cause an uprising which will boot them out of their town and then invade yourself and keep the peace by taking it back for yourself. If your agent gets caught you'll get a diplomatic penalty but nowhere near as big as reneging on your alliance.

    Alternatively assassinate your way through the clan til they cease to have any family left. If you navigate the family tree properly you could even marry into the family and inherit their lands after doing so.

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