What Are We All Playing This Weekend?

Ah, what are we to do in these High Pressure Days? Playing video games may help, I suppose. But which, when there are so many? Here’s what we’ll be playing:

Adam: I’d like to say I’ll be playing with the “interactive sensory journey” of Panoramical, which just came out, or doing something to enrich my understanding of anything other than dice rolls and balls, but no… I’ll be playing Pro Evo Soccer 2016 and Blood Bowl 2. I’m preparing to write a review of the latter and piecing together some thoughts on the former. So far, I prefer Pro Evo to the most recent FIFA I played (two years ago, I think?) because matches have a very distinct flow depending on the teams and tactics involved. But the ridiculous scorelines are killing my enjoyment somewhat – I won my last three league games 7-0, 7-1 and 8-2, and I’m not particularly good. I’ll be heading online over the weekend so that actual people can put me in my place.
Alice: Oh, gosh! What a busy weekend. I have serious plans to sit in the bath with a box of wine and my MIDI controller to play Panoramical. Metal Gear Solid V, obviously. And Strangethink Software has returned with a delightful new thing. I bought another game this week and wanted to play this weekend but now cannot remember what it is, so… maybe that too? Oh, and I’ll take another crack at Rooftop Cop – which I’d bounced off, hard – now it’s had a big update. Hooray games!
John: Well, I know what I want to play this weekend – MGSV. I still haven’t played past the first time I got to my oil rig thing. But I know the chances are far more likely I’ll do “work things”, which involves returning to a few survival games to check out their updates. Especially The Long Dark and Stranded Deep. I’m also keen to find out what’s been happening in The Forest.

But still, it’s most likely to be more Tomb Raider GO and Alphabear.

Philippa: Destiny. Look, I will be pottering on PC as well but Taken King has been fantastic so far and I need to get my gear good enough for the new raid!

But you, dear reader, what are you playing?

85 Comments

  1. Morph says:

    Seeing the (dreadful) The Gamechangers the other day put me in mind to play some GTA, so I might try and get round to playing GTA V which I pretty much bounced off before. Or maybe I’ll reinstall San Andreas for a nostalgia hit.

  2. AllixX says:

    Company of heroes 2!!!

    Everybody on the hype train! Its great!

  3. Stellar Duck says:

    I will be putting in some turns in the by now two month long PBEM campaign of Civil War 2 that I’m running.

    It’s been a blast so far and the last week saw me dislodge two heavily enforce CSA armies by cutting their supply. I almost completely annihilated AS Johnston in western TN but he slipped down to Atlanta. But I did manage to capture Chattanooga and the the depot there so that severs a very important rail for him. Now I’ll see if I can wipe out JE Johnston in eastern TN and I’ll basically have control of all of TN and KY, leaving me in a good spot for the spring campaigns.

    Virginia is a boring standstill though.

    And aside from that I’ll be doing either Dying Light or Pillars of Eternity I think.

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      zinzan says:

      I wanted so much to buy Civil War 2, but realised I’d never get around to playing it. How well balanced is it as a PBEM game?

      • Stellar Duck says:

        Well, it’s my first PBEM game so I guess I’m not really an expert but it seems great to me. I mean, obviously the CSA player is suffering from the conditions of man power limits and whatever else the game has in store for the CSA side.

        However, playing Union is no walk in the park as you need to keep the initiative and you need to be on the offence all the time. At the time of writing I may have the military upper hand in the West but he’s a thousand VP ahead of me and also has a morale lead. I can’t plan to win the game by turtling. I need to provoke battles and take objectives. At the moment he’s pretty much employing the Fabian strategy that the real CSA never really did and it’s working well. I keep over stretching myself and he keeps launcing raids across KY and forcing me to waste time and troops in Ohio.

        Basically, if I’m to win I need to crush him. I’ll never catch up in VP so I need to crush both the armies in the west and take Richmond somehow. Which is hard since Lee is there. So I may need to copy Sherman and take Atlanta and then march to the sea and attack towards VA from the south through the Carolinas. Or possibly do a McClellan and attack up the Peninsula.

        Anyways, to me, it seems pretty well balanced.

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          zinzan says:

          Thanks for the reply, esp the detail.
          Sounds very well balanced – in a asymetrical way :) – I like the sound of that.
          I WILL find time to play my backlog so i can get into this game.

          • Stellar Duck says:

            Any time!

            I think it’s worth playing, if you like the sort of strategy where you need to fiddle with corps and divisions and setting or command chains and sorting out logistics.

            I also like the simultaneous turn systems. It ensures you’re always trying to predict what the opponent may be up to while planning your own moves. That grand attack you just ordered my lead to nothing as his troops move away in the same turn.

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    Grizzly says:

    I’ll be trying to prevent the crusades by turning the middle east in a shining beacon of eastern christianity by conquering the rather OP Sassanid Empire in Total War: Atilla.

    • RegisteredUser says:

      Quick question: Did they finally learn how to reduce the atrocious battle load times?

      Shogun 2 you spent 30-60 seconds waiting for a single battle to load, which inadvertently caused me to more and more just not bother going back in again, despite liking both the period, TW games and the battles themselves. I felt I spent more time waiting around than playing a game, and this with a Core i5, 8gb RAM and on a SSD.
      Anywhere I looked people reported similiar issues despite even higher end equipment.

  5. TheAngriestHobo says:

    Not sure yet. I picked up the F.E.A.R. series on sale yesterday, so I might play a bit of the first one. I’ll also probably get back into my Distant Worlds: Universe game, which, mid-way through last week, got too stressful for me to want to play it after work. I’m the second most militarily-powerful member of the Freedom Alliance, after the Ancient Guardians, but the Shakturi set up camp all around my territory, making me their prime target in the Great Galactic War. I’m currently fending off a good dozen fleets while waiting for my damned allies to, you know, do something.

  6. Cyrus says:

    Fallout: NV, without mods because I couldn’t be arsed to install any..

    • Chaoslord AJ says:

      I liked Dead Money though reviewers didn’t like it that much.

      • Kaeoschassis says:

        Well that’s (baffling) news to me. Dead Money’s one of my absolute favourite parts of the game.

        • Legion23 says:

          I remember them complaining about the bomb collars, a mechanic I kinda liked. All the New Vegas DLC was great while I hated all the DLC for Fallout 3. To each their own I guess.

      • Zenicetus says:

        Just differences in taste, I guess. For me, it wasn’t very well balanced between game mechanics that hobbled the player, vs. anything fun to balance it. I enjoyed the others more, with Old World Blues the highlight.

    • Zenicetus says:

      Same here. I thought I was going to revisit a 2nd playthrough from a while back at level 19, but I ended up starting a new one so I could try a few things differently. I’m at level 14 now and it turns out that I can’t manage to alter my basic preferences for weapons, companions, and “moral choices” that much.

      • Awesomeclaw says:

        Same here. Every so often I go back and try to do a themed run but I just end up min-maxing everything.

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    Hodge says:

    I’m playing Fallout NV as well. I got sidetracked the first time I played it so I’m picking up where I left off with the aim of getting it all done (ha!) before Fallout 4 drops.

    I’m also hoping to to take a look at Cradle, which I installed but didn’t quite get round to playing earlier this year.

  8. byjimini says:

    Same thing we do every night, Pinky… play Football Manager.

  9. particlese says:

    A recent TESO patch de-nerfed crouch-jumping, so I’ll be busting my knees all over Tamriel this weekend.

  10. Barberetti says:

    The “Best Weapon” article has put me in the mood for dusting off my rocket launcher and continuing my yearly play-through of Quake.

    So Quake.

    QUAKE!

    • drinniol says:

      It got me to install Marathon again. Other than that, Dead Space 3. Had it for years, never finished it, pushing through!

      • Kaeoschassis says:

        I’d say it got me to install Doom again but pfft.

        I will be playing Doom though. I’m always playing Doom.

        Always.

  11. Chaoslord AJ says:

    Modded Minecraft again. Need to find a way to mass produce ghast tear. I guess I’ll use Ender IO’s spawner and replace the spawner in my blaze rod farm. Alternatively I could place the spawner inside a compact machine (have to craft a big one first) to prevent ghasts from escaping into the environment. Ideally I feed energy into a compact machine block and tears come out the other side.

    • particlese says:

      That last sentence makes it sound like you’re harvesting unicorn blood or puppy-dogs’ tails and giving factory tours to children with free samples at the end. Ghastly.

  12. plugav says:

    As I try to get over the 4th episode of Life is Strange and wait around for the final one to be released, I’m getting together with some friends to play a tabletop RPG session. I had big roleplaying plans for the summer, none of which worked out, so I’m happy for this one.

  13. DaceX says:

    Probably finishing my second run through Plague of Shadows, the new campain for Shovel Knight. Its rather strange to do the minimalist-run after a 100%-file, Plague Knight has soooo many options by the end.

    Other then that, some more Monster hunting, and whatever tickles my fancy

  14. quietone says:

    Alice’s Strangethink Software mention made me want to look up any footage about those mystery tapes in youtube. After some random link clicking (can’t help it) somehow ended up downloading a game named Zeraphyt which looked intriguing enough and is free. Will see how it goes.

    • quietone says:

      Aaaand…nope. It wasn’t that polished. Intriguing concept, but infuriating controls.
      Oh well, I’ll find something else.

    • Kitsunin says:

      Yeah. To me, it’s Zerahypt is kind of thing I reaaaaaa(ad-nauseum)lly want to be amazing. It isn’t. At all. But I so so so want it to be. The idea behind it ticks every single box of “things I seriously want to be a thing which aren’t yet” but the actual thing ticks none. To be fair, it is free and hopefully ridiculously early in development.

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    FhnuZoag says:

    Playing Undertale and having a lot of fun with it!

  16. JFS says:

    Icewind Dale.

  17. Mario Figueiredo says:

    I’m on a roguelike phase that has stayed unchallenged by any other game for the past 2 months. This weekend is turning out no different. Trying some more gold medals in DoomRL (not going very well) and later will try to prove myself I can finish one bloody DC Stone Soup with a Death Knight (for pete’s sake, just one!)

    • mgardner says:

      Good luck with the DoomRL gold medals! I think I have managed one so far. I still get unreasonably excited when I unlock another silver.

      • Kaeoschassis says:

        I’ve got three or four, but a couple of them were just lucky invulspheres in the right place + time. Got my first and then subsequently second (full) win on HMP last week! Getting better.

        The second one was hilariously easy after a point though. A blademaster build with Azrael’s Scythe and the Angelic Armour basically means you win by default.

    • Dilapinated says:

      Ohgosh DoomRL conversation?! I do love that game so. I’ve never gotten any Gold Medals in it, however.

  18. Horg says:

    RPS Planetside 2 outfit are playing in the 3rd match of the Server Smash tournament tonight. We win this and we’re guaranteed a spot in the final.

    After that, the RPS Saturday Night Gaming group are playing TF2. If anyone wants in, drop onto the RPS mumble around 8PM UK time.

    • RegisteredUser says:

      I’ve recently looked into PS2 and played til I leveled to around lvl 9 or so.
      I can’t help but ask: Is there a larger purpose at all or do I basically need to view all of the 4 maps as basically just arenas in which longer ongoing “win or lose” lockdown matches perpetually rotate?
      I.e. instead of rounds or matches you just fight over who gets to lock a map over and over and over again and thatsthegame.png?
      And the “fun” lies in eventually unlocking a bit more arsenal, skins and such and co-ordinating said map takeovers with a competent team?

      It may be me, but while I can spend hundreds of hours playing RO2 map rotations, PS2 kind of poses the question of “Why am I doing this?” to me, maybe because the “huge war” premise kind of promises a larger resolution than it delivers. Even a 5 second video of “We won the war!” like after a RO2/RS campaign win would feel more accomplished and give it a point, I guess?
      But PS2 has no such thing, does it?

      • Horg says:

        At present there really isn’t much purpose to the combat beyond fighting for the sake of fighting. It’s been something the devs have talked about since the game launched, but nothing of substance has been done about it yet. That’s partly down to the amount of bug fixing and optimisation required in the year after launch, and then SOE insisting that PS2 be ported to the PS4, which took just over a year. The game changed hands recently and the new company have been talking about implementing some of the elements from PS1 that gave the war more of a strategic element. If they actually deliver it will hopefully be the start of a PS2 rejuvenation.

        Until then the best way to enjoy the game is to find an outfit to play with (RPS for example). It’s a mistake to treat it like a standard MMO which you mono-game, you just burn out on it quite quickly. Playing solo really isn’t fun, everything seems disorganised and pointless, and you don’t really get to appreciate just how good the massive scale combat can be until you play with an organised group.

  19. smisk says:

    Sadly I’m spending more time than I’d like this weekend at work. I’m sure I’ll still make some time to dig into the new Shovel Knight campaign though! Started it a couple days ago and it’s a lot of fun. I can tell they put a lot of work just into how the character moves, and it makes for a very different experience from the original campaign.

  20. fabulousfurrygingerfreakbrothers says:

    Alternating between being absolute garbage at Rocket League and being ok at Don Bradman Cricket ’14 for me. Both of which seem to have eaten my life.

  21. lowprices says:

    Heading back to Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. I’ve let myself get rusty by barely playing either for a month or so, so I expect my experience with both this weekend will involve humiliating defeat.

  22. RegisteredUser says:

    I am most likely going to dabble in this and that only to end up going for cracking the 1000+ hour barrier in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. For all the broken unbalanced supercheesed exploited shitmess it is, it still is the only decent melee/swordfighting team vs team MP game out there at the moment.
    Also exploding heads from a blunt overhead/stab hit (Or punch. Or arrow).

  23. fish99 says:

    Finished Mad Max this week. Fun game but it had a lot of filler and there isn’t much story pay-off to make the grind worth it. I’d advise entirely skipping the yellow icons on the map that just give collectibles or scrap. You’ll knock a boring 20 hours off the game.

  24. rahji says:

    Witcher 3 and Hearthstone. And a little bit of cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller. Quite interesting adventure.

  25. derbefrier says:

    Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance. Never played any sup com games before and a friends gifted me this. Its a pretty cool . I’ve never been big on RTS games but this one has sucked me in.

    Also on the boardgame side some Twilight Imperium. Just got the Shattered Empire expansion and lucky for me my friends are big enough nerds to enjoy playing a board game for 6+ hours.

  26. Shadow says:

    Metal Gear Solid V. By Episode 40 and lots of fooling around, I feel I’ve mostly exhausted the game. It’s fantastic, but over 60 hours in, it’s become repetitive and rather overlong. Nothing new’s brought to the table from Episode 30 onwards. I find myself losing my patience and trying to rush through the missions, sometimes with dreadful results.

    So it’s great, but I kind of want to get it over with at this point.

    My guess is Kojima planned something grand and robust for the game’s 50 episodes, but took too long and by episode 30 the budget was dwindling, so he was forced to introduce filler and reuse existing assets to populate the last 20 missions.

    Perhaps the game would’ve been an even better, tighter experience with 35-40 well-done story missions instead of bloated 50. I suppose we’ll never know.

  27. Det. Bullock says:

    Still playing Saints Row The Third, at the moment I regret giving the actor to Stag instead of Shaundi as the assisted takeover wasn’t really useful for me (I had 100% of everything already) but I’ve been using the autosave instead of saving manually so no going back.

  28. melnificent says:

    I’m playing the exciting game of… decreasing finances. All the fun of figuring out what’s the least food your body can survive on while remaining just warm enough to ward off hypothermia, and paying bills. It’s not too cold yet, but winter is coming and our heating bill is already rising.

    • Unclepauly says:

      Chicken and potatoes my friend with a few veggies in between for vitamins and minerals. Avoid ramen noodle soups they will destroy your health.

      • melnificent says:

        I had “something” on toast/with pasta as my food of choice. But I’ll definitely try yours too.

        • Turkey says:

          I’ve got a pretty good oatmeal recipe that I lived off for a while.

          Just put a squished banana in your bowl of oatmeal and mix it with water. 3 minutes in the micro and then add cinnamon.

          I usually hate oatmeal, but this actually makes it eatable for me.

  29. liquidsoap89 says:

    MGS3 mostly, but I’m looking for another game to fill the gaps on my PC. GTAV perhaps? Wolfenstein: TNO? TF2? MINECRAFT?!

    Chances are I’ll just end up playing TF2 and Minesweeper dailies all week…

  30. DevilishEggs says:

    Halfway through Still Life and going strong as part of my recent adventure kick. Just survived the cookie baking puzzle with most of my hair still planted on my head. Picked up COD 2 on sale so might even play that. COD 1 and United Offensive were great fun. I love the Brothers in Arms series for its simulation of suppressing fire and small unit tactics, but the friendly AI on which your success depends leaves a lot to be desired. COD 1/2 are totally fine with you being a commando.

  31. malkav11 says:

    As usual a million possibilities suggest themselves. I finished STASIS last weekend (very recommended), and I’m up to date on Life is Strange and Tales From The Borderlands, so those are finally off the docket. But I’ve roughly half of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood left and it’s got an enormous footprint on my hard drive while not actually being super long, so that might be a profitable use of my time. I stalled out at a pretty vicious firefight on a bridge that I’m not sure I’ll be able to get past, though. And even if I do, odds are there will be worse later. I’ve still got Shadowrun: Dragonfall DC underway, poised to do the prep run prior to the Aztechnology job, and/or Glory’s side mission. I’ve conclusively failed to get it done before Hong Kong came out, so that’s kind of backburnery, though. Discussion and coming across a rather cute Bioware fangirl has prompted thoughts of perhaps taking Dragon Age: Inquisition back up, but…whatever progress I make will barely be a dent on that thing. I’d like to play more Mad Max – despite the lukewarm internet reception, I find it gorgeous, thematically compelling, and rather fun. A touch easy, but I’m not one to complain about that! More Diablo III or Marvel Heroes would be fun podcast gaming, but surely aggravate incipient RSI. I picked GTA V back up last weekend and spent a few quite agreeable hours with it, passing the mission that had stopped my progress last time and getting a few other things under my belt. So I could see progressing with that, too. But again, huge game and unlikely to make a serious dent.

    Two nearly guaranteed entries, though. One is Kingdom of Loathing, which I got started on again thanks to the current challenge path being “Community Service”, which involves spending 60 (- X) turns on each of 11 tasks. It’s extremely low maintenance, as executing the tasks is just a matter of having enough adventures and clicking a button, but it’s funny and rewarding and there’s still an optimization game to play since turngen is at a premium and ten of the eleven tasks take less time based on how much of some particular kind of buff you can stack (e.g. +stat percentage, +hot resist, +familiar weight, etc). I’ve completed two Hardcore CS runs for a total of 600 karma towards skill perming, very handy, but am currently trying a Hardcore run of the summer’s now deprecated challenge path, One Crazy Random Summer (which adds random modifiers to every monster you fight) since I wanted a change of pace and because Community Service doesn’t involve actually levelling (you can get some stats from two of the rewards and from Items of the Month, but there’s no combat and it only gets you to like, level 7 or 8 which leaves out all the really desirable-to-perm skills), so I was rapidly running out of relevant softcore-permed skills to hardcore-perm. This should at least let me add a few more choice skills to the list. Plus it’s nice to get to play with some of my new IOTM toys (like the Shrine to the Barrel God) in a more standard ascension run.

    Secondly, I finally broke down and bought MGS V. But I will probably actually end up playing Ground Zeroes instead, since I own that and it imports a few things into Phantom Pain.

  32. v1tr1ol says:

    hmm…let me think…oh, eve online, eve online and…yes, eve online.

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    teije says:

    XCOM Enemy Within and Renowned Explorers Intl Society (great little game). And maybe continue my path to conquering all in Mount & Blade Warband.

  34. geldonyetich says:

    I’ve decided to give Gnomoria another run. I thought I might try to create a glorious home civilization that looked like a Mayan temple, but thus far my rusty Gnomoria skills have only managed to cause a layer of dirt to magically hover because I dug out the ground beneath it. This might take awhile.

    I’m tempted to get eKeeper, which looks like a good take on the Dwarf Fortress alikes. But then, I already own Rimworld, and that’s as good as it gets.

  35. trooperwally says:

    Severe Witcher 3 spoilers below
    *******************************

    So after 104 hours of playing the witcher 3 I finally finished it this weekend. I achieved/suffered close to the worst possible ending scenario. Ciri dead. No female companion. Mad king Radovid conquers the north and commits genocide. The Emperor assassinated. The only saving grace is the people of Skellige turned to peaceful farming under their new queen. The game was fun to play but what a depressing ending. I feel a bit hijacked by all this because I had no prior knowledge of the Witcher story lines or lore and I was generally really supportive of Ciri. So all pretty surprising really. I appreciate that the devs made an RPG in which a total ‘win’ isn’t at all guaranteed just by grinding to the level cap and completing the main quest line. But I feel they could have given some clearer indication of how actions might play out as most RPGs don’t permit such bleak outcomes. In an ideal world I’d play again and reach a happier ending but I’m not sure I’ve got the mental fortitude or the time…

    • TheAngriestHobo says:

      It seems to me that the majority of players got the worst ending the first time around (I certainly did). I think the reason for this comes down, in part, to the very small number of choices that actually impacted the conclusion, as well as the lack of any significant feedback to warn you that you are guiding her down the wrong path. While I appreciate the subtlety of the distinction the writers are trying to convince the player to draw – that Ciri is no longer a child, and that she needs encouragement, not rules and structure – the theme isn’t expressed very clearly, which deceived many players into making the wrong choices.

      • Henson says:

        I actually don’t think most people got the bad ending (even though I did as well); it seems, from my time online, that most people ended up with the ‘live as Witchers’ ending. Mathematically speaking, it’s certainly more probable to get one of the good endings.

        My personal feeling about the ending choices is that I interpreted a lot of them differently than the game did. This is partly a fault of not being able to mind-read the developers’ intentions ( a common problem in games!), but also partly justified; the point, I think, is that it doesn’t really matter how you interpret these choices, it’s how Ciri would interpret them. You have to choose what is best for her, and some people, like myself, may not be able to intuit how she will react to certain choices. So yeah, it is kinda unfair, but at least some of that unfairness is inherent to the situation.

        • trooperwally says:

          I think you hit the nail on the head there: _some_ of the unfairness is inherent to the situation. So when you’re telling a story about a difficult father-daughter relationship you need to reflect the difficulties of a father-daughter relationship. My upset is that the game didn’t make it clear quite what sort of relationship various characters had (and had previously had) with one another.

          I’m still confused about who Ciri’s parents are and how she came to have the elder blood (should I have read more books? Did I miss something) though I get that Geralt acts as a father figure (though don’t know why).

          I’m also unclear about what Geralt’s relationship with Yen and Triss was prior to this game beginning. Some of that is hinted at but with Triss in particular the game seems to assume knowledge of the history. So when I completed a quest and found that Triss wanted to sleep with Geralt that was a bit out of the blue. Oddly, the ‘love’ story line with Keira was much more clearly laid out even though that was a more casual relationship.

          Hey ho. On to Satellite Reign now and I’m expecting that the story line there will be a little more straightforward. I applaud CDPR for the complexity of the branches and the boldness to have a ‘you failed’ outcome in an RPG. If only they’d made the implications a little clearer.

  36. horus_lupercal says:

    After having my gaming time greatly curtailed by the arrival of my offspring I’m spending this weekend finally finishing Shadowrun: Hong Kong and hopefully playing a good chunk of STASIS seeing as my other half has took the sprog to visit her parents. 2 days with no nappies to change and the only screaming coming from yours truly :-D

  37. amateurviking says:

    I am currently tangled up in the coup d’etat in Burkina Faso, so am confined to my room with naught but Desert Golfing for company.

  38. Arona Daal says:

    Catacomb Kids.
    Brutal Doom.
    Project Reality.
    Maybe some Modular combat.

  39. aoanla says:

    Playing more Invisible, Inc, if I have the time for it. (Sadly, I seem to be lacking time for games at the moment, which is one of the attractions of TIS100 when I’m in the mood for it, as you can tinker with solutions outside of the game itself.)

  40. Harlequin says:

    Dishonored, because I just saw the trailer for the second game and thought to myself that I’ve never really explored the DLC campaigns (did them once only); DotA 2, just because; and probably some more of Renowned Explorers and The Curious Expedition.

  41. Pointy says:

    Please consider having ago on my latest creation, Diver.

    link to adam-freeman.itch.io

    It’s free and hopefully has no issues now, unlike last week when I launched it.
    Please, If you have a go, tell me what you think.
    Best regards,
    Adam.

  42. icarussc says:

    I’m wanting to play Mass Effect 3, which I never did get to despite loving 2. But my saves for 2 are long, long gone and I don’t fancy starting out in a ‘default’ setting. What’s the best tool for prepping an ME3 game? I think I might have been a bit spoiled by the fantastic gamestate-creator that they made for Dragon Age: Inquisition.

    • Plundermot says:

      There’s an official “interactive back story comic” to do the job (and recap the first two games) – Mass Effect Genesis 2. Costs 320 Bioware Points according to the wiki, though – not sure what that is in real money.

    • Wulfram says:

      You could download someone elses save that matches what you want from link to masseffect2saves.com

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    Iamblichos says:

    Have come back to Divinity: Original Sin after a LONG time away. I didn’t make it very far into the game the first time, as it was difficult just for the sake of being difficult. I know there have been a lot of balancing patches and such, and it’s almost unrecognizably smoother this time around. So far so good :)

    • BathroomCitizen says:

      Not to put you off playing it right now, but wouldn’t it be better if you just waited for the enhanced edition to be released?

      I think it will come out pretty soon!

  44. gianni says:

    Dominions 4 here, trying early age Tir na n’og (aka magical mysterious irishmen) and defending against Hellheim (aka evil Viking necromancers) full scale offensive.

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      Tir na n’og were my very first nation! Being a scot and growing up loving celtic mythology of all flavours, they really appealed to me. Mechanically they’re awesome – not too complicated to play but you can have a lot of fun with them, and their glamour is useful as hell. I fondly remember using their assassin unit (Baobhan Sidhe? Not sure) to catch abysian warlocks without their blood slaves and fry them while they ran around helpless.

      One of my Tuathan Sorceresses lost an arm, and then proceeded to get over it by transforming herself into a gryphon. God I love that game.

      Anyway I’m now trying my hand at EA Niflheim, mostly just for the flavour. Tricky nation, but oodles of giants and blanketing the entire world in winter is lots of fun.

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    zinzan says:

    Played a few PBEM turns of combat mission, looked all over Steam and Nexus for mods and mod updates etc for New Vegas and SkyRim, whilst pretending i was going to play one of those.

    Now playing the Sunday Farmers market and shopping IS fun with 2 kids (ages 5 & 9) whilst trying to convince them this is better than TV. (Mum needs some downtime)

    Can’t imagine this is a game that will catch on: it is tediously repetitive, yet somehow addictive (in a bank accout harming way) and you have to constamntly repeat certain phrases to get anywhere. Strange but bizarre game??!!

  46. LionsPhil says:

    I’m playing “oh god, another year, what am I doing with my life”.

    In practice the answer will probably be “playing Skyrim”.

  47. nigelvibations says:

    AssCreed2. Grabbed it in a Steam sale years ago & this is my first experience with the franchise. I realize I couldn’t be more late to the party, but Ubi’s really on to something here!

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      john_silence says:

      They are, aren’t they? It’s amazing how far the concept had matured already. The subsequent ones do feel a bit like re-skins. I’m disappointed they squandered the quintessential Assassin setting on the first one, with its unfinished mechanics. Maybe they’ll remake it one day? A boy can dream.