What games are you playing 2: The revenge

Double post.

I hate that the "edit" button has been moved to the other side of the page. I'll get used to it.
 
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Antimatter

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Working my way though act 2 of Divinity OS 2. Lots to do so far, starting to run into some optional minibosses and really unexpected fights. I've got enough spells now that I really need to invest a bit into memory, so I can increase my options in a fight.
 

Antimatter

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Rebuilt my aging gaming rig. Midtier to the max, she now sports a Ryzen 2600 re replace my old 2600k, 16 gigs of DDR4, and a RX 580.

Tossed it in a new case too, much quieter and more compact.
 

Shirotsume

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Nice. Pictures?
 

Zetas

Lurking upon the deep
Been screwing around with Calamity mod for Terraria doing a Revengance mode playthrough, shit is hard as hell.
 

Antimatter

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No pictures of the new rig yet, not that there is much to see. I just shoved the parts in a Corsair Carbide 200R, stock Ryzen 2600 cooler. I'll grab some pictures later though.

As for playing, Got to act 4 in Divinity ORiginal Sin 2. MAn, it's like hitting a difficulty wall, should have gone all genocide like on act 3.
 
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.

A HnK game made by the people that make the 'Yakuza' series.

I never knew I needed Kenshiro, wearing a tuxedo, making a drink in the manliest way possible, before presenting it to the customer, saying "You are already drunk."
 

Ordo

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Spider-man PS4; The Heist DLC



No, Felicia, I do NOT trust you.

That said, I actually LIKE your costume here more than the one I usually see in comics.

 

da_fox2279

California Crackpot
That is a better revamp costume than she's gotten before.
 

Zetas

Lurking upon the deep
Going to be dicking around in the Fallout 76 beta on pc tonight. See my fellow vault dwellers in the wasteland.

Edit: Never mind, Bethesda's goddamn launcher deleted the download...FML.
 
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chronodekar

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I grabbed a used copy of Horizon Zero Dawn complete edition from EB games for CAD 25+ tax. (PS4 exclusive game from Sony)

Wasn't expecting much when I inserted the disk, but damn. The reviewers weren't kidding when they said this was a gorgeous looking game. The graphics are simply amazing! Something of a surprise to me was that the game comes with a graphics slider - visuals or performance. The visuals mean rendering it at 2k+ resolution or something and since all I have is a 1080p monitor, left it at performance.

Story wise, I'm yet to do The Proving. Mostly wandering around and admiring the view.

It's weird to say now, but whenever I saw the game, I had this impression that fighting machines would be a very hard thing. Turns out, it isn't so (am playing story difficulty). It's very fun and approachable.

And getting addictive.

-chronodekar
 

Antimatter

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Horizon starts to really shine when it gets into the story proper, I was hooked on it. The game pretty much requires you to learn each enemies weakness to exploit if you want to survive some of the tougher fights and not feel like you're facing bullet sponges.

As for me, I picked up Tetris Effect and Hallow Knight. Both are amazing so far, with Tetris being one of the more beautiful games i've ever played.
 

Antimatter

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So Astro-Bot.

Belive the hype, this is the coolest and most interesting platforming game in many, many years. It makes fantastic use of VR and really makes you feel like your a part of the game world.
 

zerohour

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Playing Heroes of the Storm most nights, free to play, simple enough to learn and understand, good way to waste some hours. Assuming I can get a decent internet connection.

Stardew Valley, though I'm hitting the "beat the game" slump where nothing major is happening and I'm just running the farm.

Thinking about screwing with Kerbal Space Program again. Takes too damn long to accomplish a lot of stuff, but it's interesting and there is a lot of space to explore in it.
 

chronodekar

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During Black Friday, I grabbed a copy of Shining Resonance Refrain. EB games was selling the steelbook edition for cheaper than a used copy! Felt like a real bargain and I was looking for a good action RPG.

Is it an action RPG? Yes, yes it is. However, the reviews do not call this a waifu simulator without reason. And, as I found out, the dating portion of the game is significant. Can I ignore it? Yes, I could. But then I would miss out on a lot of power-ups. Or whatever they call it in-game.

The other redeeming feature of the PS4 remake is that all the DLC from the older console is included. Which means if you want, you can have all the females of your party in bikinis (even in cut-scenes). It was nice to look at ... initially. Beyond a point, the novelty wore off. Perhaps, it's because it _is_ an action RPG, so unless you are controlling a female character, you don't really look at them all the time. But, if you don't control the main lead, he'll never transform in to dragon mode. Speaking of which, the dragon mode is nice. Really helps to finish off a hard boss battle.

Looking at the box art for the game, Shining Resonance Refrain advertises that growing relationships with teammates is a part of the game. I can vouch that it is a significant part of the game.

Another significant part of the game is back-tracking. This really wouldn't be too much of an issue, if I really enjoyed the battle system, but as things stand ... it feels vanilla to me. And after about part way through chapter 3 ... the motivation to continue is lost.

I think it's probably because I was hoping for a fun story. There is a story in here, but the side dating mechanic is soo distracting that I can't focus on it (I keep a web browser open with dialog options and outcomes open on the side when I play this game).

So what am I playing now? When I went to EB games a week-ish ago, they had a used copy of Just Cause 4, selling for about ~15 CAD cheaper than a new copy. I was in a mood for mindless destruction and JC4 delivers. The game is simply _fun_. Will write more about it later, but my biggest gripe so far, is that enemies spawn as soon as you move about and change camera - it's an interesting challenge on it's own. Don't just kill the enemies - be smart about what you take out.

-chronodekar
 

Antimatter

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Caught the MHW world bug again for the holiday events. Can't wait for AT Kulve next week.

May repick up astro bot his week though, provided the little one sleeps sound enough for me to play it.
 

Oni_Rinku

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I just got a 3ds and am playing Pokemon Sun. Before that I was playing Mass Effect Andromeda for the fifth time...
 

chronodekar

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I'm tempted to get Mass Effect Andromeda, just because it's so cheap. But after seeing the reviews, am not really interested in getting another game which I won't bother playing.

Just Cause 4 is fun. I think they updated something, because the enemies don't see to swarm so much around me anymore. Or perhaps, I'm getting better at hiding behind cover? I've unlocked a lot of stuff. The drops are fun. Am hoping to get the attack helicopter. Most of the time when I want it, I end up bouncing around to an air-pad which most likely has it.

Also, finished the tomb missions. The ones where you roll big boulders into holes to unlock text. Did it all the way to the end. Needed to check some online help for temple locations. The last mission of that was really fun. Dragging a priceless coffin and dodging the enemies.

-chronodekar
 

akun50

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Finally ripped the bandage of addiction off. I'm officially done with World of Warcraft.... for the time being. ( *sigh* ) The quests are interesting, but I cannot stand the current main storyline. I think Blizz needs to realize that while it is called the World of Warcraft and not World of Peacecraft, there's dumb, there's painfully stupid, and then there's literal plot-enforced retardation.

Anyway, now I'm trying to find something worth my time. I've been tempted off and on with Monster Hunter World, but I'm worried about paying so much for a game that I haven't got any friends to play with. (a few buddies do have the game, but on PS4, but I lack that, so unless cross-platforming happens, I got nada)

Trying a bit of Darkest Dungeon, but I'm not sure if I'll stick with it. I'm not a fan of perma-death, but I had to try it out when I found a mod that added Tifa Lockhart from FF7 as a character.
 

Antimatter

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I quit wow after WotLK personally. Just got tired of the endless gear treadmill.
 
Picked up Far Cry 5 in the Steam Sale along with some VR stuff and Kynseed.

Have only really messed with Far Cry so far.

Very pretty game. More so than I realized.

I'm okay with the gameplay loop of Far Cry. I like that there is a level editor feature as well. Lots of maps to screw around with, and you can use them to gain XP for the main game as well as the free in game currency. It's the only way to unlock all the skills.

It's not much of a grind either, at least not compared to previous entries. There are microtransactions, but they aren't the sort that bug me. Just buy the thing and you get the thing. I won't be spending any additional money on it and wasn't planning to from the start anyway. Near as I can tell, it's only skins which I don't care about. Especially considering it's a FPS so I can't really see what I'm wearing and I'll be playing solo.

You can also buy guns and stuff with real world money, but I don't see the need to do so as it's all stuff you can buy with the free currency. It doesn't seem balanced to make microtransactions a necessity and making in game money is easy enough just by hunting and not fast traveling so much.

The experience system with a skill tree is okay as well. Hunting is more for cash than crafting in FC5, though you can craft explosives and ammo. So it's not completely removed.

Really liking it so far even though I've only just started. I'm wrecking hard mode, but I'm familiar with how Far Cry works due to having played them all since the first one, so that's not a huge surprise. I can usually clear out an outpost without being seen without too much trouble.

Kind of looking forward to New Dawn now that I have my hands on this one. It seems to be a game more in the vein of Blood Dragon than a full release, and I'm fine with that.

For those who don't know what that is, it's a post apocalyptic Far Cry 5 spinoff set after a nuclear holocaust.

 
Played and beat Far Cry 3, 4 and 5. Gameplay-wise they're all similar, with 4 and 5 making improvements over 3 by adding (among other things) aerial vehicles.

But if the gameplay shows progression, the story shows *regression* - the story of 5 is noticeably less complex than 3 or 4, and the character development for the protagonist has major downshifts in *both* 4 and 5. So if you want a story-driven game, 5 isn't for you. The cult was interesting, but none of the characters were as well-developed as Pagan Min, and he himself was the only really good character in 4.

They did do away with equipment crafting for the most part - I mean, this *is* still a First World country even in Far Cry, so you can just buy the stuff rather than having to manufacture it yourself.

Unrelated: as an American well-versed in our gun laws, I was more than a bit surprised to see so many modern select-fire and full-auto firearms simply available for sale in Far Cry 5. I get why that would be the case for gameplay purposes, but literally there's no legal way to own a full-auto KRISS Vector if you aren't a licensed firearms dealer (law enforcement firearms aren't owned by individual officers), and if you really want an M-16 as a civilian, it has to have been on the NFA registry as of May 1986.

I suppose the preppers who made the stashes and bunkers we find probably weren't overly concerned with the ATF wanting to examine their private gun collections for illegal modifications and/or unregistered machine guns. The armed boats would probably raise a few eyebrows - those rivers would be considered "navigable waters" and thus subject to federal jurisdiction - but having guns mounted to a car is down to state law. The prevalence of M2 Browning heavy machine guns is a bit... surprising, given how expensive those are on the collector's market.

Armed *aircraft*, though, is a bit much - as far as I know, only military aircraft can be armed in US airspace. No exceptions. Not law enforcement. Not even for hunting. The ATF and the FAA would throw everything in the book at you if you got caught with that.

As to the discussion topic, I've been hooked on Farming Simulator 19 recently. I wish I was kidding.
 
Played and beat Far Cry 3, 4 and 5. Gameplay-wise they're all similar, with 4 and 5 making improvements over 3 by adding (among other things) aerial vehicles.

But if the gameplay shows progression, the story shows *regression* - the story of 5 is noticeably less complex than 3 or 4, and the character development for the protagonist has major downshifts in *both* 4 and 5. So if you want a story-driven game, 5 isn't for you. The cult was interesting, but none of the characters were as well-developed as Pagan Min, and he himself was the only really good character in 4.

They did do away with equipment crafting for the most part - I mean, this *is* still a First World country even in Far Cry, so you can just buy the stuff rather than having to manufacture it yourself.

Unrelated: as an American well-versed in our gun laws, I was more than a bit surprised to see so many modern select-fire and full-auto firearms simply available for sale in Far Cry 5. I get why that would be the case for gameplay purposes, but literally there's no legal way to own a full-auto KRISS Vector if you aren't a licensed firearms dealer (law enforcement firearms aren't owned by individual officers), and if you really want an M-16 as a civilian, it has to have been on the NFA registry as of May 1986.

I suppose the preppers who made the stashes and bunkers we find probably weren't overly concerned with the ATF wanting to examine their private gun collections for illegal modifications and/or unregistered machine guns. The armed boats would probably raise a few eyebrows - those rivers would be considered "navigable waters" and thus subject to federal jurisdiction - but having guns mounted to a car is down to state law. The prevalence of M2 Browning heavy machine guns is a bit... surprising, given how expensive those are on the collector's market.

Armed *aircraft*, though, is a bit much - as far as I know, only military aircraft can be armed in US airspace. No exceptions. Not law enforcement. Not even for hunting. The ATF and the FAA would throw everything in the book at you if you got caught with that.

As to the discussion topic, I've been hooked on Farming Simulator 19 recently. I wish I was kidding.
Never played Farming Simulator, but I have Stardew Valley and Kynseed, so I can relate. Those kinds of games are super chill, and inject massive quantities of feedback addiction directly into the brain. This has been a thing with me since Harvest Moon.

Based on my experience with FC5 so far, this is true.

Fortunately, a good story in a sandbox game is nice, but largely unnecessary. It's more a case of whether the sandbox has enough to do in it, a good amount of stuff to collect and upgrade, allows for creative problem solving, and FC5 still has all that at least.

The only FC game I got tired of before I finished it was Primal. It was cool for a while just due to the unique environment, but the low tech level didn't allow for as much variety in gameplay and problem solving. Despite that, I still tell myself I'm going to go back and finish it one day. Not sure if that will actually happen or not.

Also, given the militant nature of the cult and how they react to law enforcement, the weapons available aren't that surprising. It's kind of a baked in excuse for having that stuff there. These are the kinds of people who would have those kinds of weapons squirreled away. Both the villains, and some of the people on your side, the survivalists types.

Kind of had the ending spoiled by the Game Awards. A little annoyed by that given that it came out less than a year ago, but given it's not a hugely story driven thing for me, that's not a huge deal. I also understand that there are a couple of other endings, but that they aren't really any better.

My favorite part is the Doom/Little Big Planet like level editor feature. It will keep me busy long after I'm done with the main story and DLC.
 
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