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    Quote Originally Posted by vinraith View Post
    Still trying to start a new game of XCOM, but having this weird "choosing starting parameters" issue that's preventing me from getting anywhere. EU or EW? Turn on Slingshot? Progeny? Select any second wave options? I hate choice paralysis. I've never properly finished EU, which is part of the problem.
    If you are going with Classic Ironman then yeah, might as well turn on Damage roulette and Not Created Equally for more interesting first month. When you learn to play the boring practical way it doesn't really matter as the core of the tactical gameplay is intact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinraith View Post
    Cool, I appreciate the nudge. Time to go start a campaign with everything turned on. Worst case scenario is getting my ass kicked, and I don't really mind that anyway.
    I'd recommend turning on the second wave option that makes the skill trees slightly random for a game that makes your soldiers not feel like they were stamped out by a cookie cutter.
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    So this is why I love Dominions 3, there I am taking my opponent apart. I have sat a demon lord 'Lord of the Plague Wind' outside a fort with siege golems and possessed earth elementals and possessed storm demons and werewolves.

    I only send the storm demons and the demon lord to storm the gates of the fort, because the Demon Lord automatically creates a storm, and that empowers the storm demons so together they are an engine of destruction but then... WTF! He cast charm on the demon lord and converts him, stealing something I sacrificed 150 blood slaves for with 1 nature gem (after like 10 tries, but still). The demon lord then murders his Storm demon buddies and the battle ends, so here I am sat trying to think how I could possibly cope with this locally while yes... kicking the other players ass generally with Earth Kings, swarms of highly trained immortal vampires, a Djinn, and the other 3 Demon Lords and countless other little bits and pieces.

    Yes... It's one of those games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gundato View Post
    Also gave DmC: Devil May Cry a shot. Gameplay wise, it is definitely WAY too easy to do well. I am HORRIBLE at these games (I can't even consistently advance in the original Devil May Cry on easy mode...) and I am pulling off really good combos and what not. But I am only one level in, so maybe it gets brutal later.
    It gets harder, but never really brutal on the regular setting. The witches were the only enemy who ever gave me real grief on normal since they're the only ones who can shoot you with a missile attack when you're not watching them for which there's no obvious warning (not one that I remember, anyway) and which spamming dodge doesn't always escape. Everyone else, and I mean everyone, either has some blatantly obvious tell and/or moves so slowly it's not worth worrying about them. Grapple the flying enemies, spam Eryx ground pound on everyone else, get the Aquila out when the ice guys are the only ones left. Still. As I've said before, it was still fun for me. Moves all looked and sounded good, felt like they were doing real damage, kills were satisfying even if it was fairly easy. And eh, nu-Dante's still an ass, but he gets better (and old Dante was unremittingly terrible oh I'll keep going there until the end of time).

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    After pushing down FC3: Blood Dragon's mouse sensitivity as low as it can go, I'm starting to enjoy it. The lowest setting still allows me to do 180s so the scale they're using is really weird. But having to hold E to do anything remains a massive pain in the ass.

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    Aaand beat Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the regular single-player campaign. 50 hours (according to the game's stats page), 96% done. Loved it. Not without its flaws (I'd have found Roberts a lot more intimidating without that damn pornstache, for one thing), but loved it, and that ending - when Anne started singing - man, right in the feels. I've always had a soft spot for the demented modern-day SF plotting but at the same time I've always thought the Assassins versus Templars narrative is in some respects both markedly under-rated and far too easily dismissed as BUT I WANNA STAB NECKS AND BE A PIRATE!!11!!1!. How the game dealt with the idea that everyone Edward sailed with was now dead or soon to be, and his little bit of banter with Ah Tabai over what "Nothing is true, and everything is permitted" really means were two of my favorite story moments in anything released last year, I think. Hit me just as hard as anything in Gone Home.

    Still got Adeline and Freedom Cry to do and I'm very much looking forward to both. Bought the game day one, paid full price, and I don't regret it at all. If Ubisoft manage to keep the next one in the franchise at this level of quality or better I'll be a happy man.

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    Don't Starve. Best run yet, but died at day 30 during the night.

    Camp was set up in a great location. Forest below me, pig houses to the north and the pigs had 18 bushes of berries, massive rabbit grass field to the west so I had loads of food. Spiders lived past the pig houses and they'd get into fights leaving me to come along and grab whatever silk or glands they'd drop. It was all going well until 3 hell hounds turned up in the dead of the night and murdered me.
    Always. Settle. Near Beefalo.

    Not too close, but close enough that you can run the hounds over to them. [SPOILERS MAYBE:] After a couple of winters, though, the hounds will start overpowering them, so be sure a safe room is in your long-term plans.

    The endless fertilizer's pretty great too.
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    I started Papo & Yo. Seems nice. The oniric landscape paints some beautiful places and situations (the creature made of houses that carries you stroke me as a lovely detail).
    I've only came across with two problems: First, it causes me headache. I suspect it has something to do with the FoV settings.
    Secondly, I don't think I can gain much more from playing the game that what I got from reading about it. The plataforming and movement is just "all right" so it doesn't do much from that point of view, and with my headache problems I think I might leave it alone. I'll keep at it a while longer just to be sure.

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    Still playing Far cry 3... must be about a third of the game. It's a pretty huge game.

    But I can't really name a game where the gameplay and the storytelling are so disconnected...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikey View Post
    I started Papo & Yo. Seems nice. The oniric landscape paints some beautiful places and situations (the creature made of houses that carries you stroke me as a lovely detail).
    I've only came across with two problems: First, it causes me headache. I suspect it has something to do with the FoV settings.
    Secondly, I don't think I can gain much more from playing the game that what I got from reading about it. The plataforming and movement is just "all right" so it doesn't do much from that point of view, and with my headache problems I think I might leave it alone. I'll keep at it a while longer just to be sure.
    Don't worry, you'll finish the entire game in about 2 hours.

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    I'll keep with then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinSmoth View Post
    Is Dominions an asynchronous game?
    Yes, its technically play by email but there are hosting servers that you send to and autohost for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drayk View Post
    Still playing Far cry 3... must be about a third of the game. It's a pretty huge game.

    But I can't really name a game where the gameplay and the storytelling are so disconnected...
    Also playing Far Cry 3. I agree about the disconnection, but I actually like how 'gamey' it is. They could have attempted a more realistic tone in the gameplay, but I'm not sure I would have appreciated it.

    In addition, I started Nehrim up last night. Haven't gotten out of the tutorial zone yet, but so far it seems worthwhile.

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    About Far Cry 3: I've been playing through Blood Dragon and loving it, but I'm already starting to feel like I've seen all it has. Could anyone comment on how similar Far Cry 3 is? And is there more to the combat? I gather FC3 is bigger, which may hurt it if the game play doesn't bulk up to match. I'm only at Level 18 in Blood Dragon, and between the chain gun and explosive unlock for the sniper, I'm more or less unstoppable even on Hard mode. I think it might not be long before it's just the soundtrack(!!!) and the long-range arrow headshots that keep me giving a damn.

    I'm also having a hard time imagining how the completely over the top VIDEOOOO GAAAAAAAAAAMES attitude and aesthetic running through everything would work in something that isn't a self-consciously retro-futuristic satire.

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    In single player, I'm playing and greatly enjoying XCOM: Enemy Within in short spurts. Getting a handle on all my options is actually proving somewhat intimidating, but I feel like I have a clearer notion of what I'm doing than in my old, never-completed EU game.

    In multiplayer, a friend and I have gone back to the always fantastic AI War after a long absence. The expansions we haven't played yet are unsurprisingly outstanding, and it's all gradually coming back, though the relearning curve is not insignificant. It's still an amazing, clever strategy game after all this time and all these changes, which is good to see. There's a reason I've logged 400+ hours on this game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinraith View Post
    In single player, I'm playing and greatly enjoyed XCOM: Enemy Within in short spurts. Getting a handle on all my options is actually proving somewhat intimidating, but I feel like I have a clearer notion of what I'm doing than in my old, never-completed EU game.
    You got me to play EW as well. And the first council mission I get is a bomb mission. Which was effectively unwinnable at my low, low skill level of 'shite at strategy games, but just good enough to find normal difficulty tiresomely easy'. I didn't have the movement speed or the HP to play it risky or the squad size to actually get to any of the bloody timer-extenders. I was right at the end, but I ended up with 2 turns in which I literally could not sprint to any power nodes fast enough and failed. Given it was the second mission in the entire game (besides the opening one) I think I'm just gonna restart immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnerMcCaffrey View Post
    Always. Settle. Near Beefalo.

    Not too close, but close enough that you can run the hounds over to them. [SPOILERS MAYBE:] After a couple of winters, though, the hounds will start overpowering them, so be sure a safe room is in your long-term plans.

    The endless fertilizer's pretty great too.
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    In the newest world I've started, I began by spending the first two days exploring the entire map and just collecting some food to stave off the hunger. I found a massive field of beefalo. I was going to settle in the middle of them but read up on the wiki that they'll go into heat at some stage and murder me. So I'll set up near them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tikey View Post
    I started Papo & Yo. Seems nice. The oniric landscape paints some beautiful places and situations (the creature made of houses that carries you stroke me as a lovely detail).
    I've only came across with two problems: First, it causes me headache. I suspect it has something to do with the FoV settings.
    Secondly, I don't think I can gain much more from playing the game that what I got from reading about it. The plataforming and movement is just "all right" so it doesn't do much from that point of view, and with my headache problems I think I might leave it alone. I'll keep at it a while longer just to be sure.
    I'd the same problem of getting a headache from that game. I'm also going to stick it out, but I fear that knowing what the game is about will spoil the experience overall. Maybe not though, since the dev pretty much says it in his opener.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnerMcCaffrey View Post
    About Far Cry 3: I've been playing through Blood Dragon and loving it, but I'm already starting to feel like I've seen all it has. Could anyone comment on how similar Far Cry 3 is? And is there more to the combat? I gather FC3 is bigger, which may hurt it if the game play doesn't bulk up to match. I'm only at Level 18 in Blood Dragon, and between the chain gun and explosive unlock for the sniper, I'm more or less unstoppable even on Hard mode. I think it might not be long before it's just the soundtrack(!!!) and the long-range arrow headshots that keep me giving a damn.

    I'm also having a hard time imagining how the completely over the top VIDEOOOO GAAAAAAAAAAMES attitude and aesthetic running through everything would work in something that isn't a self-consciously retro-futuristic satire.
    It doesn't, for every reason that it does in Blood Dragon. With a few exceptions, such as the fact that you are basically invincible when falling off tall things or getting crushed under cars, the game play is exactly the same. You can chain just as many take downs once you've leveled up sufficiently, for example.

    That's why I choose to see Blood Dragon as a rather knowing piss-take. They've taken this game which claims to be so sophisticated and complex, the exact same game, made it about a cyborg commando who fights robots and electric lizards, and it plays more like said ludicrous 80's power fantasy romp than it *ever* did the supposedly subtle commentary on games and trope inversion etc. In fact with the exception of Saints IV it's the most gratifying and absurd power fantasy gaming has to offer I think, precisely because it is so far removed from the realms of plausibility or even reality. You'd look at it and think that it was dumb. And it is. But it knows what it is, dosen't pretend to be anything else, and it's a great game for it.

    It reveals that the only intellectual element to FC3 is the bit where it is expressly telling you how intellectual it is, cos it sure doesn't come from anything you do in it or that the game does with itself or you.

    And this is the successor to Far Cry 2 for goodness sake. Far Cry 2 is the game about being a mercenary,a hired killer, that's your profession, yet killing people is horrible and hard and frantic, a message conveyed with every input you make, every device you encounter, everything you see and explore.

    Far Cry 3 is this supposed Heart of Darkness journey to savagery fable in which you become a seasoned killer within the space of about five minutes. There is no corruption of innocence. You kill a guy and then you kill another one and then you kill three and then you kill two and then you kill another one and then you kill a tiger within the space of about half an hour, and occasionally a heavily scripted moment of voice acting will dwell on how you are killing so many things. Yes there's the whole tatoo/warrior motif but it's just a motif to justify unrealistic, conventional video game junk. Upgrade, kill, cnage the colour of things, become invincible, remove challenge. Those are exactly the same upgrade options offered in Saints Row III and IV, come to think of it.

    It is Videogames: The Videogame really, while its author talks about it as though it were some sort of anti-videogame.
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