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03-01-2014, 07:12 PM #19061
It's a fair criticism that the game has a weird difficulty curve. For my part, I still really enjoyed it in between the "You can survive most of the game, but it's not particularly great" stage and the "I am a freerunning god" stage. My brain really loved how the game handled motion and it felt just amazing enough during the easy bits that I was convinced if I tried hard enough I'd find a sense of flow throughout the game.
Played Time Trials and bounced off it hard. It's so frigging hard to tell what's part of the world and what's set dressing. What's a path and what's a disturbingly path-like pitfall. Navigating in the Time Trials add-on is a nightmare of memorization and awkwardness. I'm all for iterative platforming, too. VVVVVV is one of my favorite games. I'm currently enjoying Spelunky though I did get really, really pissed off at it for a couple of design choices that make the game more chaotic than I think is reasonable given how predictable and precise 98% of it is and almost gave up on the damn thing after the absolutely awful experience I had trying to make the Cave shortcut--somehow that was a million times worse than trying to make the Temple shortcut which was actually an engaging challenge (partially this is a matter of skills learned during the misery of the former, but a lot of it was down to luck playing a much bigger part in getting ahold of a shotgun than getting ahold of the key). The Time Trials DLC was just really, really frustrating. I tried to check my math by replaying levels in time trial mode and while not as good as I was when I first played it I wasn't doing too bad and really enjoyed myself.I think of [the Internet] as a grisly raw steak laid out on a porcelain benchtop in the sun, covered in chocolate hazelnut sauce. In the background plays Stardustís Music Sounds Better With You. Thereís lots of fog. --tomeoftom
You ruined his point by putting it in context thatís cheating -bull0
03-01-2014, 08:28 PM #19062
So a few more hours into Risk of Rain now and I think I'm over the hurdle of finding my footing. The game does have a great difficulty curve baked into the design, but the actual starting point is quite high up. Good thing they start you off with a fairly forgiving character. Unlocked The Enforcer and Bandit now and Bandit is definitely my favourite - I didn't realise at first, but manually hitting fire is quicker than holding it down. Getting his combo off is really satisfying too.
Man, this game is great. It's really hard if you let it hard and get complacent, because as soon as you do you die. It's also fantastic in co-op, if not a little bit awkward to get going.
04-01-2014, 12:33 AM #19063
Just completed my second xcom: enemy within playthrough now, this time with Ironman and Training Roulette both on. (Classic Difficulty) very much enjoyed it, especially Training Roulette, which added lots of variety, and further personalised each soldier.
Enjoying the thought of being able to play another game finally!
04-01-2014, 03:04 AM #19064
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As well as getting drawn back over and over into Hearthstone (I think I'm mentally blocking the shit voices now) I still find myself throwing all my 'gaming' time into Ingress
The dogs have never been walked as far before - I've been places I'd never been before - this ARG lark is quite enjoyable - I can recommend it (and it counts as PC gaming because I spend HOURS on a PC planning stuff!) :)
04-01-2014, 08:55 AM #19065
You might tell me a game is as interesting as i can make it, but that's devs' work.
Eventually players get good enough to pull the stuff at 36:25
but that's after a lot of trial and error, not really due to intuition.
The next game might be better though, looking forward to it.
eDit- and yes, full body experience is great
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04-01-2014, 11:03 AM #19066
Finished Mass Effect 1 again, this time in a more complete manner and with a better idea of how to do things.
It's a truly odd game. Massive amounts of work have gone into the voice acting, the graphics, the story, the universe, and then they did most everything else in a weirdly half-assed manner.
The dialogue system, for example. They spent all that work on the voice acting and the truly diverse option tree, but then made it unclear which option makes you say what.
Or the upgrade system. They made all these different armors and mods and ammo types and whatnot and then implement a crawling horror of an inventory system that is a pain to use (most of the blame there probably falls on it being designed for controllers, but even with that there's something fundamentally wrong).
Same with shopkeepers. Having to trigger the same conversations up to three times to see everything, instead of letting you just switch between categories quickly gets annoying (a problem that isn't exactly uncommon in games that have stores, granted).
The Mako missions. I actually think the missions are fine, but the terrain in 90% of them was designed by a drug-addled lemur which makes things annoying and at times extremely tedious. 'Let's make the player drive around this mountain range eight times looking for a way up, because that's bound to be entertaining'... (also, I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get an achievement when I finally, after 60+ hours, managed to flip the Mako completely).
Tons of different systems and planets, each with their own description, and asteroids and no way to keep track of which ones you've surveyed or visited (as a side note, it's not actually as hard to find all the minerals, medals and writings as it first appears; I found them all, and more, without having to painstakingly search every area).
Romances/friendships (not that many options in ME1, but still), which do add something to the game. But then they go and make a default romance that takes quite a bit of work to avoid (I don't know what I missed of story involving Kaidan because I was so paranoid about triggering the romance that I barely dared to talk to him).
Too Many Lifts. Why make it so painful to move around? Especially Noveria, and Peak 15 in particular, is completely ridiculous.
Enjoying the game more the second time around because they fail to explain too many things when you first play it (also not an uncommon thing with RPGs, granted).
Combat, which I thought was fairly iffy when I first played the game, actually works well enough once you get used to it, and once you turn the aim assist down to its lowest setting. Or maybe it's just that after trying ME2, it feels much more natural in the first game.
Still, all that said, I can see why the game got so popular. I enjoyed it a lot (and will no doubt play it again). Just a shame it's not nearly as good as it could have been.
04-01-2014, 12:11 PM #19067
Pretty much agree with all your points there. I had a great time with the game but it sure has some stupid design. About the keeping track of which places you've visited; is there really no indicator of that? Maybe not. I seem to remember making sure to do everything in a single area before doing any story stuff and/or leaving.
04-01-2014, 12:27 PM #19068
In ME2 they added the percentage thing, and planets you've looked at get named in the system overview, which helps, but leaves the problem of seeing which planets you've depleted when scanning for minerals; you have to revisit each one (which, with the silly 'move the ship manually' thing they put in ME2, quickly gets annoying).
04-01-2014, 02:07 PM #19069
04-01-2014, 02:17 PM #19070
The world was clearly lacking a stuffed cat racing game.
04-01-2014, 02:54 PM #19071
I played a few missions in Borderlands 2, having been given the prospect of someone to play it with, but I realize I really do not want to spend my time looking at numbers of guns or down the sight of one, shooting even more faceless bandits. Not even if I could play it with the most interesting person in the world.
04-01-2014, 02:55 PM #19072
Then all you need to do is visit every place once to see if there's an anomaly detected.
04-01-2014, 02:56 PM #19073
04-01-2014, 06:25 PM #19074
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- Jun 2011
I had a similar problem with my Shepherd in ME2 constantly trying to seduce Jacob every time I tried to have a chat. I felt like I needed a rolled up newspaper. Bad Shepherd! Leave the poor man alone. What would Liara say?
04-01-2014, 06:31 PM #19075
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So, I finished Gunpoint, after quite a bit more time than the average (I became paranoid about being seen, and also was trying to be non-violent and get the laptops in every mission, so I spent a huge amount of time crosslinking stuff together to trap people in rooms and so on). My excessive caution also seems to have gotten me the "best" result on the police missions.
Ironically, I didn't use the Gatecrashers at all on the final mission (considering how much effort Tom Francis went to to ensure you had them with you for a "last act of Half-Life 2 super-powered gravity gun experience", I feel a little bad that I totally ignored them as I wasn't sure how they were going to work, or if they'd use up all my batteries...).
It's a great little game, though, with good writing, clever level design and solidly designed mechanics. It's also fairly replayable (although I wish there was a "fun" mode where you had unlimited battery power - I basically only ever used the hushcracker for silent window entry and exits, because the power consumption from everything else worried me).
04-01-2014, 08:09 PM #19076
Played a couple of hours of Don't Starve last night, suddenly got bored with it, and downloaded Torchlight (the first) - I still had it on GoG. Enjoying it so far.Want to add me on Steam? Steam name: Mr. Gert
04-01-2014, 08:36 PM #19077
Finished Knife of Dunwall
Kinda average but I never liked the base game much. Probably I wanted a different game, what I wanted was something like VtmB not Thief. Not the games fault of course, but there were other problems that kept bothering me. Invisible walls and unjumpable roofs. Between mission interruptions - total immersion breakers for me. The heart - hated it. Really not very interesting story with emotionally dead non-characters. And all in all Low Chaos option was boring and easy.
Now about KoD. Second mission is good, no doubt, it's memorable unlike most of the base game. But first and third ones are boring and there is no alternative option in the third one, at least I didn't find one. Then suddenly "moral choice" which seemed to me added just for good measure and is a binary, I mean I don't know anything about my character besides he is voiced by Michael Madson and not that I care about him or anyone in this game. I wished there was "whatever" optinon in all dialogue especially the final choice.
Also, on third mission I sometimes had to turn on Objective Marker because game tells you to do something but not where to go. "Go talk to your assassins" but where to? I mean I'm supposed to be their leader, right? How hard was it to add a bit of simple hints like "Go talk to your assassins in that one big room"?
I hope Witches DLC is better but not holding by breath.
04-01-2014, 08:37 PM #19078
I don't think the game NEEDS to force you to find other routes. That's not the game. You're calling it lame design, but I can't help but feeling (whether you would otherwise still call it lame design or not (you probably would) ) that right now you're talking about the game you wanted it to be or thought it should be rather than the game that it is. I don't think pathing is supposed to be the heart of Mirror's Edge. The extra paths are there to give you a slight feeling of agency, to make it something other than a chain of QTEs. But it's a linear roller coaster that emulates the feeling of parkour's motion, not that aims to force you to thinks like a runner. The game, in it's default form, uses red highlighting to show you what you can do for crying out loud. It's not asking you to experiment. That's not the game. I think it's fair to want that to be the game, but it's not fair to say the game did it poorly. The game wasn't trying to do it in the first place.
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You ruined his point by putting it in context thatís cheating -bull0
04-01-2014, 10:08 PM #19079
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Correct use of 'begging the question' on the internet? Whatever next?
I'm very grateful that Guild Wars 2 has the payment model it does. I loved City of Heroes, but I fell into the subscription trap, where when I was paying monthly I felt obliged to get my money's worth, to the exclusion of other games. With GW2 I can dip in whenever I feel like. Stop playing for months and come back. Play a little here and there because I feel like it. Heck, my highest level character is 23.
04-01-2014, 11:10 PM #19080
A few years back I tried Stranglehold's demo and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to buy the Stranglehold Collector's Edition from Amazon , which comes with the movie Hard Boiled + Stranglehold video game (which is a sequel to the movie). That's what I'm playing right now, it's pretty good.