That troll pic is cracking me up.
That troll pic is cracking me up.
Made some great progress in Dark Souls this weekend. Managed to get through 5 bosses including Nito and Seath the Scaleless. I've pumped my vitality level well up and the bosses just seem so easy now. These deities don't stand a chance and I can kill them on my first or second try. Compare that to the start of the game when I swear I must have gone up against the likes of Gargoyles, Quelagg or Ormstein & Smough dozens of times before finally besting them.
I must admit, from reading about other people describing it, it sounded like exactly the sort of thing I wouldn't enjoy. I have been very impressed with the whole experience though and I feel beating it completely solo will be one of my greatest gaming achievements. Just don't know what I can play after that would hold even a fraction of enjoyment that Dark Souls offered.
NG+ time for you.
About to start my 23rd attempt on the gamebook Creature of Havoc.
Fallout New Vegas time and Haversam thinks the "Journey to the Great Beyond" is about to go in progress and insist that I would go up and pull the lever for them ghouls to go to space/crash-land to Novac. The thing is, I've done that hours ago and he still gave me the same responce. A bug, probably but this is just annoying. I think I should've killed the Great Khans who were holed-up in Boulder City. I know they're bros but it seems that I got out of character when I started negociating for their freedom and the hostages because I'm essentially playing as a rash, hot-tempered 10END tank who's out for blood, wanting Benny's head on a stick.
OTT, I might start a new character as well, just for fun. I might try to do a pure science-geek who's great with energy weapons but good-natured (won't kill anything unless it's self-defence and all that). A complete opposite of what my character is right now. Probably would roll a female this time because eh, why not? Never rolled a female in NV before and playing as one in Fallout 2 was much more fun as a result.
I'm revisiting Torchlight 2, playing as a shotgun Outlander. The last time I tried this I gave up halfway through because my build became a chore to play. Hopefully this time around it'll go a bit better.
After it's appearance in the article on roguelikes in The Sunday Papers this week and having heard good things about it in the past I've started playing ToME: Tales of Multiple Eviscerations (http://te4.org/).
It's good but as a lengthy rouguelike I think it'll suffer the same fate as Dredmor did and be abandoned after a few shots. While the gradual unlocking of new starting characters to see their different challenges is a hook to start playing again, given the length of playtime that's required even to make a tiny bit of progress and the fact that I'll find the initial stages I've already got the idea of rather tedious, I doubt I'll be playing it again. I appreciate that they've made the effort to have different characters start in different areas but as far as I can tell to have a chance of not dying horribly to bosses you need to grind out the the other areas anyway to be of sufficient level to take them on.
However I'm having great fun with it so far. The extra lives on normal difficult are appreciate as they prevent all your work being undone for doing something a little stupid but not ridiculously so (hello suffocating sandworm tunnels of doom) not been punished too heavily in the first instance. There's certainly a lot going on in it and it's got the feeling of trepidation that makes rougelikes a great if nailbiting experience (for one of the first times in a game I ran away from an encounter, taking the game's hint that the enemies in a mausoleum I was trapped in were beyond my abilities to cope with and teleporting the heck out of there without doing my usual OCD opening of every door I can.
My current character is about level 11 or 12 now and has some pretty sweet equipment and skills to help him out. I'm hoping I can eke out survival for quite a while as it's going to be a while before I can go back to the game but even if I died within minutes I'd still have got my money's worth (the princely sum of 0 pounds, but I'll buy it on Steam if it gets greenlit) with it.
Highly recommended for a shot - but not a game that will grasp me in the long term, I just tend to find the shorter form of most roguelike-likes (or whatever we wish to call them today) somewhat ironically more consuming of my time.
Great Britain is no more: England and Wales (and Gibralter) are in the hands of Napoleonic France while Scotland and Ireland have been reborn as French Protectorates. My only wish is to have been able to face Nelson on the high seas in a fair fight, but it would have taken me 15-20 turns to get a fleet with ships that would have had a chance of hurting the ones he started the game with
Hannover are also a free nation under the benevolent protection of France, who keep the Prussian bogeymen away. In fact there's a nice strip of buffer states between France and Prussia, all allied to my glorious nation and treated as equals.
Large Austrian army left Vienna and I've trapped it in Bavaria while Michel Nay lays siege to Vienna, currently defended by Karl Philipp Schwartzenberg and 2500 men. The other army might make it back but will take one hell of a mauling to get past Monat. Schwarzenberg definitely will come out and attack, which will be the big battle. And Bonaparte himself, who is otherwise ensuring no Prussian scum try to take Prague, is on hand to race down with his portion of La Grande Armée.
Napoleon Total War is really rather good.
Every time I die in The Witcher now and I realise I haven't saved even as little as 10 minutes prior, I feel the need to close the game and find something else to do. I really want to play this, I really do, except everything narratively just feels really nebulous, like I'm not really involved with everything despite the fact I am. I've played the same segment three times today, just killing a camp full of dudes then wondering a swamp and I keep forgetting to save and I keep bemoaning having to wade through that snore-infested area. I also don't want to start the sequel without having completed this because, y'know...it's the sequel.
Nah, I knew I was going to play it anyhow. I know someone else just started and mentioned it on here recently though.
Somewhat ashamed to admit it, but most of what I've been doing in gaming lately is wiping to Kanrethad Ebonlocke. Goddamn that fight. Harder than most things I saw in Dark Souls, actually.
(still lots of Path of Exile on the side. Little ranger is growing up, 51 now.)
I just spent half an hour trying to kill a Kikimore warrior in the Salamandra camp while overdosed on potions. It was impossible, and it's really shitty that you can only drink three potions before incurring significant debuffs. Drinking a fourth is apparently enough to kill you in minutes. I decided it wasn't worth the effort.
Also, do bombs actually do anything in the Witcher 1? I've used some Samum bombs while being attacked by a monster, and Geralt apparently always drops them at his feet like a smoke bomb, and it just makes a screaming noise without doing much else.
Those Kikimore are ridiculous. Giant hunks of...ridiculous. Seem to be immune to stun and knockdown (but do get knockbacked) and fire doesn't seem to do too much against them. I was in the unfortunate position earlier of being at a camp and then waking up with two on me, along with some of the smaller ones. Sufficed to say, I died. That's what actually prompted that last message.
And I know people say W2 is a better game in every way, but if it's making people want to go back to W1 after, I don't want to go from a better game then to a worse one. I'll chug along though, I'm sure.
Someone here tried Sword of the Stars : The Pit ? I'm kinda interested in it since there isn't many roguelike(-like) on Steam. I know there's a demo but I'm more interested in how's the game in the long run, is there a lot of new items to keep the game entertaining, that kind of stuff.
I only played BoI, FTL and Dungeons of Dredmor as far as roguelike(-like) goes and I never managed to finish DoD (yes, I suck that much, but I gotta say for my defence I try to avoid OP builds).