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  1. Thread: Xcom 2

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    Quoting this just because it's something I'm...

    Quoting this just because it's something I'm slowly realising in my first playthrough of EW (on Classic). The game wants me to know about all these cool additional things I can invest in, but...
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    Sticky: Ergh, sometimes XCOM's visibility mechanics...

    Ergh, sometimes XCOM's visibility mechanics confuse the heck out of me. (And this is why I don't play Ironman XCOM. It's one thing to mess up and wipe because you're an idiot, it's another to move to...
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    What, really? I actually really quite like some...

    What, really?
    I actually really quite like some of the music in the Amiga compilation (although some of it is also terrible, to be fair).
  4. Thread: Xcom 2

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    It also seems that Firaxis learnt a lot both Long...

    It also seems that Firaxis learnt a lot both Long War and other tactical games in improving XCOM2 over XCOM. (For example, the "line of sight" indicators for different enemies now change dynamically...
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    Yeah, I do agree with you, as I hoped was clear....

    Yeah, I do agree with you, as I hoped was clear. I wasn't sure if you were European or otherwise, though: I've found that talking to (especially Americans) about 80s/early 90s game music is a...
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    To be fair, this depends on the platform you're...

    To be fair, this depends on the platform you're talking about to some extent. In Europe, at least, more people had Amigas, Atari STs and other computer systems which had surprisingly good audio...
  7. Thread: Xcom 2

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    Depends on what you didn't like about it. I mean,...

    Depends on what you didn't like about it. I mean, I liked XCOM, but there's things about the design and presentation which do irk me (and which EW didn't fix, although it did improve a heck of a lot...
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    Sticky: Yeah, I noticed that - Long War is next on my...

    Yeah, I noticed that - Long War is next on my list, but I wanted to warm up with a vanilla EW playthrough on a reasonable difficulty first. Just chafing at the things which Long War fixed not being...
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    Sticky: Thanks to all the XCOM2 coverage, and a streamer...

    Thanks to all the XCOM2 coverage, and a streamer I follow trying XCOM:EU for the first time, and the Humble sale having Enemy Within for less than $8 (or 6), I ended up reinstalling my copy of EU...
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    No, please don't put it in an options menu in the...

    No, please don't put it in an options menu in the game: then the game will launch in a window (annoying most of the people in this thread) or fullscreen (annoying me) by default, annoying someone in...
  11. The thing is, though, that well-designed...

    The thing is, though, that well-designed challenge differs depending on the individual. (And people can disagree about "well-designed" for a given set of mechanics.)

    But, more to the point: I'm...
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    I'm going to totally disagree with you...

    I'm going to totally disagree with you full-screen-default heretics: defaulting full screen is really annoying, partly because I now have two monitors, and the full screen usually picks the "wrong"...
  13. The problem with this argument, whilst it is...

    The problem with this argument, whilst it is valid, is that it ignores the fact that many (most?) modern games are not just games but also narratives. Often increasing the "game challenge" experience...
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    In answer to the thread question: yes, sometimes...

    In answer to the thread question: yes, sometimes I even prefer the music to the game. (I've definitely bought soundtracks for games which I didn't enjoy / know aren't my thing.)
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    Sticky: The thing is, though, that SRIV does this too,...

    The thing is, though, that SRIV does this too, and takes it to extremes, but it somehow doesn't feel like the best bits are "playing a game" at all. (Or rather: the stuff which is gamey feels like...
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    Do they? I remember almost everyone I know being...

    Do they? I remember almost everyone I know being a bit cynical about Anakin losing a hand just as his son would in the future, for example.
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    I admit to having been a little reductive for the...

    I admit to having been a little reductive for the purposes of humour there. Certainly, Zachtronics have made a lot of programming games, though, and they're the ones they tend to be best known for!
    ...
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    Hrm, based entirely on games I played for the...

    Hrm, based entirely on games I played for the first time in 2015:

    1. 80 Days (although biased by it being the game I was impressed by most recently, so freshest in mind)
    2. Invisible, Inc. (as...
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    Sticky: Thanks to it finally being ported to Linux, I'm...

    Thanks to it finally being ported to Linux, I'm giving Saints Row 4 a go, some years after everyone else did. I've never played a Saints Row game before (or any of the GTAs since they went 3D, or any...
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    And also, Ren is fairly seriously wounded at this...

    And also, Ren is fairly seriously wounded at this point - given that everyone else hit by that bowcaster in the film was thrown some distance and apparently killed, it doesn't seem unreasonable that...
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    I think I've always used FS-UAE (basically all of...

    I think I've always used FS-UAE (basically all of the Amiga emulators are branches of the original UAE, except Fellow). You'll need a kickstart rom image to use any of the emulators, and technically...
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    While I agree that choosing to play Dishonoured...

    While I agree that choosing to play Dishonoured in 'stealth/pacifist' mode is how you add challenge to the game, I don't agree that there were too many elixirs. I definitely felt limited by mana...
  23. As we'd discussed before you made this comment in...

    As we'd discussed before you made this comment in the thread, internally Intel x86/x86_64 machines are RISC processors. They simply do the translation from the very CISC machine code which they're...
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    Sticky: I'm sure it did, but I never played it at the...

    I'm sure it did, but I never played it at the time :) I didn't really get a Windows-based PC until the start of 1997, and I didn't know about Abuse at the time.
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    Sticky: Well, generally I play platformers on a keyboard...

    Well, generally I play platformers on a keyboard :). It's these few platformers which insist on having additional pointy controls which cause trackpad related issues; Super Meat Boy, Shovel Knight...
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