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Finally feeling like I need a bit of a break from Banished ... which leaves me once again staring at the Steam pages regretting that I did not buy Alpha Protocol when it was last on sale.

 

Yeah, we can understand that.

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Unobtrusively informing you about my new ebook (which you should feel free to read and shower with praise).

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Bit of everything over the last week. Dragonfall, Skyrim Frostfall, Minecraft, Stick of Truth.

 


 

Dragonfall. That the campaign is indisputably better than its predecessor perhaps makes me all the more bothered by the UI issues - primarily the combat UI - that they haven't really addressed. Tempted at this point to just set it back to easy and blast through it for the non-combat content.

 

In combat: The number of clicks just to get a spell off, especially a buff spell, is a big offender. The fiddly way to even see the buffs you already have applied exacerbates the issue - as far as I can tell you have to hover over the character model itself (and not while in spellcasting mode), the portrait offers nothing but useless green and red triangles. What's wrong with a bloody hotbar? On a minor note, I keep accidentally shooting with the melee character first up because the pistol is defaulted instead of the claws, grr.

 

Out of combat: The roundabout way in which healing is handled outside of combat is a persistent bugbear, and indeed just seeing your health in the first place is very non-obvious. An occasional issue, and one I can imagine being a rather big one at higher difficulties, is that you have to physically lead with your player character, which is tactically compromising when walking into ambushes. It's a bit of a dilemma, I'm happy that I don't have to manually move each person out of combat, something that turns many a party-based RPG into a chore, but I'd at least like the ability to choose the one person I want to move.

 

Mechanics: I long for vertical cover being recognised, i.e. peeking around doorways, as the very limited amount of object the game counts as cover feels very stilted.

 


 

Skyrim - don't really plan to do anything meaningful with this playthrough, just messing around with the 'hardcore mode' type mods, being Frostfall and Realistic Needs, as I have been in small doses over the past few weeks. I'm pretty okay with the mechanics themselves, but they can and do frequently fall out of place, survival mechanics being undermined by the game itself, for example, random revellers in a blizzard making merry. I don't blame Bethesda for it since it's obviously mechanically irrelevant for their intended design, but it just feels silly in combination.

 


 

Minecraft. First time player. Entertaining enough diversion for a couple of days, but I don't think it holds any long-term appeal for me. Sandbox in general isn't really my thing, and if I wanted to build houses I'd rather play The Sims.

 


 

As a non-fan of South Park, it was always going to be a risk of a purchase, but happy enough with it thus far. The QTEs are making me take relatively frequent breaks though, if not physically then they're at least mentally exhausting. The 'mash A' ones in particular I've just not bothered with, if an attack of mine requires it, I'll never use it again, and if I need to do it to counter an attack, I'll just stop and take it.

 

Obviously the 'consoleised' UI controls are going to draw a reaction as well, I'd say I can live with most of it, but inventory management is predictably the worst part. The sheer number of duplicated functionality potions all just appear in one big list making scrolling a pain - I don't want to choose between a half-dozen separate listings for minor healing potions that differ only by icon. It's one of those cases where flavour unfortunately overrides usability, but even then surely it could be better handled. Maybe pool them together such that you only see one entry, but use the specific item you have the most quantity of automatically. Or try having one big generic stack but have the specific item you appear to consume be random. Add to that the irritation of the list not wrapping, and I'm mostly trying to brute force most battles without consumables. I also wish there were abbreviated animations for the non-interactive segments of the more elaborate skills.

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Beat chapter 1 in The Witcher 2. It's crazy how good this game looks compared to many games that came after it. I don't use the signs much. Maxed out Quen is my friend.

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Not playing it myself, but a good friend of mine has taken an immense liking to Digital Combat Simulator: UH-1H Huey, such that he has read through "Chickenhawk," the autobiographical account of a former Huey pilot and taken this great .gif as his avatar on Teamspeak:

 

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"Chickenhawk," the autobiographical account of a former Huey pilot

I keep reminding myself to read that one, people say it's great.

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Let's Play Neverwinter Nights and Hordes of the Underdark

Let's Play Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

I was struggling to understand ths until I noticed you are from Finland. And having been educated solely by mkreku in this respect I am convinced that Finland essentially IS the wh40k universe.

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Beat chapter 1 in The Witcher 2. It's crazy how good this game looks compared to many games that came after it. I don't use the signs much. Maxed out Quen is my friend.

Quen is so insanely overpowered in that game.  With maxed out Quen you don't need anything else really.  

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Beat chapter 1 in The Witcher 2. It's crazy how good this game looks compared to many games that came after it. I don't use the signs much. Maxed out Quen is my friend.

Quen is so insanely overpowered in that game.  With maxed out Quen you don't need anything else really.  

 

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Finally feeling like I need a bit of a break from Banished ... which leaves me once again staring at the Steam pages regretting that I did not buy Alpha Protocol when it was last on sale.

 

Yeah, we can understand that.

 

 

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...yeah yeah. :p

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we bit o TitanFall and beat Second Son (which was much shorter than I expected and annoyingly didn't mention any of the events of the first two games by name.

What would you say your time with Second Son amounted to? I only started and was having so fun after an hour but was wondering how long it would last but it may seem longer to me as my playtime has been dramatically minimized due to a beautiful newborn but still looking forward to more time with it.

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I'm about to take out Elijah and loot the Sierra Madre but I reckon I'll only make it out with three gold bars, I haven't found any items that boost strength and Sawyer's mod has really limited my carrying capacity  :p

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Dead Space 3

 

The intro to the game is everything people feared about it. Which is hilarious, because they're sabotaging their own game. It starts with some very light shooting of some extremely humanoid necromorphs. Quickly followed by CINEMATIC MOMENTS that wouldn't have been out of place in an Uncharted game, with you repelling down a cliffside and trying to avoid debris. Then the very next sequence has you shooting human soldiers. Then a few real necromorphs finally appear, but it's generic narrow city areas. Followed by another CINEMATIC MOMENT. And that's when you finally get the suit, go into space, and get to the part you bought the game for.

 

Everything up until that point could have withstood being cut from the game. And maybe replaced with something quicker that gives the same general plot. I'm in "Chapter 5" and I feel like the game just started. It's promising so far, but that intro gives an awful impression. Though I don't like that some missions require co-op. What the heck?

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Mostly Diablo 3 with my friends, we tried Torment 6.  Funny how it was like a crappy zombie movie in Act I, with us just unloading against a tide of mook zombies.  Then we ran into champs, whoops.

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A bit of Deus Ex HR. Enjoying the simple pleasures of (augmented) life, such as hurling explosive barrels at unsuspecting gangbangers. I am a simple man.

- When he is best, he is a little worse than a man, and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast.

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Fallout New Vegas, modded out.

Beautiful New Vegas at night.

 

That brings back some nostalgic memories for me. When I first played F:NV on the main quest I was down on ammunition and hunted by Deathclaws and trying to escape through the desert...desperate to find this haven called " New Vegas". I remember going over a hill, it was night, and there was the town in all its shimmering glory. I have never been so happy to see a friendly location in any game :)

 

Weirdly the screenshot made me nostalgic too...

 

...to play RAMPAGE and destroy giant box buildings. :yes:

 

I finished my second Stick of Truth playthrough so started up the Lego Movie game...

 

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Just finished Holy Avatar... good for it's price (free). Wouldn't want to have to spend that much money on it though, it's short, and it's not as funny as it's Grotesque Tactics predecessors.

 

And... what game to play now? *browses through GOG and Steam library of many unplayed games*

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I agree that that is such a stupid idiotic pathetic garbage hateful retarded scumbag evil satanic nazi like term ever created. At least top 5.

 

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Though I don't like that some missions require co-op. What the heck?

Those are more for "sidekick dude" and not Issac.

 

If you play as Issac, you're just kinda there for the ride, if you're playing Sidekick Dude - then you get more of his story.

 

Moderately pointless depending on how much completeness you want.

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Been playing Fahrenheit. While I'm enjoying it well enough overall it would be far better as a more or less straight adventure game without the interminable QTEs. And it feels ever so slightly creepy on occasion.

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i'm currently playing a mix of path of exile and titanfall.

 

titanfall is pretty fun, but the last competitive shooter i played was Battlefield 2 when it was new, and that was a few years ago now, so it might just be fun because its a genre I don't normally play much of. running around the levels is pretty fun all on its own; it plays kind of like Mirrors Edge mixed with Call of Duty:MW and T-Mek

 

 

 

I wish Fahrenheit had an option to play without the QTE's.  Dear Esther would have been a much worse experience if you had to constantly suffer through QTE's in order to continue strolling around


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Dead Space 3

 

The intro to the game is everything people feared about it. Which is hilarious, because they're sabotaging their own game. It starts with some very light shooting of some extremely humanoid necromorphs. Quickly followed by CINEMATIC MOMENTS that wouldn't have been out of place in an Uncharted game, with you repelling down a cliffside and trying to avoid debris. Then the very next sequence has you shooting human soldiers. Then a few real necromorphs finally appear, but it's generic narrow city areas. Followed by another CINEMATIC MOMENT. And that's when you finally get the suit, go into space, and get to the part you bought the game for.

 

Everything up until that point could have withstood being cut from the game. And maybe replaced with something quicker that gives the same general plot. I'm in "Chapter 5" and I feel like the game just started. It's promising so far, but that intro gives an awful impression. Though I don't like that some missions require co-op. What the heck?

 

The co-op required missions also bothered me because I have no one on my friends list who plays the game to do those missions with.  So I still have no clue what they're about.

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Found out I can convert my Crusader Kings II game into Europa Universalis IV (slowpoke here).. Now I think I'll start a game in CK as a Norse, reform the faith, conquer northern Europe and then onwards to spread 'Asetro'/Norse paganism to the world. And then have the mighty Huscarls of Scandinavia conquer the world..

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I've been shuffling between my Mount and Blade addictions.  I prefer Warband the most, but I can't get a server with a decent ping where I live, so I've been playing a lot of With Fire and Sword Captain Co-op, and Napoleonic Wars Captain and DM modes.  I occasionally still play singleplayer as well. 

 

Also I bought The Banner Saga on GoG a while back and I've been dabbling with it.

 

I've been toying with the idea of another Baldur's Gate playthrough. I'd like to go through the entire campaign with the sequal and xpacs with one character, but realistically I doubt I possess the attention span.

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