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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby PopTart » 27 February 2022, 08:59

Back to Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous for my sunday chill out.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby gameboy1091 » 4 March 2022, 09:28

Elden Ring.
Wish I had more time to play.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby BraxtonBoiToi » 5 March 2022, 20:07

I was up until 3 AM last night playing Gran Turismo 7 on my PS 5. I kept telling myself: "just one more race, then I'm going to bed..." Yeah.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby Severelius » 22 April 2022, 08:22

For some reason I've gotten myself hooked on murder mysteries and the like lately so I started playing Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments because I'd bought it years ago but never really bothered with it.

At first I thought it was going to be one of those kind of detective games that gradually handhold you through everything until you're forced to come to the only possible conclusion that the game has. But I was wrong and it lets you come to multiple conclusions but only one of them is actually right. I did good on the first case and felt somewhat competent but on the 2nd case I came to the very much wrong conclusion and realised I am a very shit detective.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby BraxtonBoiToi » 14 May 2022, 18:22

Got myself hooked on Final Fantasy XIV: Online lately. Got me a cute little Lalafell on there named Braxton (because why not). Been playing an Archer which I just upgraded to Bard. Gonna play a White Mage and Black Mage eventually, too. Fun, fun, fun.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby Severelius » 14 May 2022, 18:42

Trying, yet again and inevitably without success, to play Europa Universalis IV.

I don't know why I keep doing this to myself, honestly.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby rogonandi » 14 May 2022, 20:52

Severelius wrote:Trying, yet again and inevitably without success, to play Europa Universalis IV.

I don't know why I keep doing this to myself, honestly.

I heard the learning curve for it is horrific. :P
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby Subra » 14 May 2022, 21:08

Still Elden Ring. Second character is now an Arcane/Faith caster, using both dragon incantations and bleed. First character is back to being pure Intelligence.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby Severelius » 14 May 2022, 21:40

rogonandi wrote:
Severelius wrote:Trying, yet again and inevitably without success, to play Europa Universalis IV.

I don't know why I keep doing this to myself, honestly.

I heard the learning curve for it is horrific. :P

It really is. There's just so much to it, layers upon layers of complexities constantly in motion to keep track of. I don't doubt it'll be satisfying as hell to be able to be good at it but wow it's gonna be a long road, provided I can even stick with it long enough this time when I've never been able to previously.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby rogonandi » 14 May 2022, 22:40

Severelius wrote:
rogonandi wrote:
Severelius wrote:Trying, yet again and inevitably without success, to play Europa Universalis IV.

I don't know why I keep doing this to myself, honestly.

I heard the learning curve for it is horrific. :P

It really is. There's just so much to it, layers upon layers of complexities constantly in motion to keep track of. I don't doubt it'll be satisfying as hell to be able to be good at it but wow it's gonna be a long road, provided I can even stick with it long enough this time when I've never been able to previously.

Well the most important question to ask yourself is if it’s entertaining enough to sink the time into. It’s a game and they’re supposed to entertain. :)
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby René » 24 July 2022, 23:24

Recently:

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Now:

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I love it when they re-release old games in 4K. :awesome:

(Of which the second game (originally from 1998) is an example but not the first, which is exactly the way it was released for DOS in 1994. :keke:)
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby PopTart » 25 July 2022, 06:57

I've been playing Stray. It's cute. There's an achievement for meowing. I can scratch up people's furniture and carpets. It's nearly the complete cat experience.

Prior to that, I spent some time in House Flipper. Gotta be one of the most therapeutic games I've played.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby René » 25 July 2022, 10:35

Brenden's been playing Stardew Valley (got into it while he was stuck isolating in the bedroom with Covid), which is very cute too. :3 But also very very addictive apparently, so I'm staying far away. :runaway:
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby Severelius » 25 July 2022, 15:20

Got the urge to play Dragon Age: Origins and then most likely the other 3 so I can have them finished before the 4th one comes out, whenever that will be.

I like it a lot better on PC than I did on console. But I feel like I'm doomed to failure mostly because even on the Easy difficulty my AI companions are thick as pig shit and basically just die all the time in any combat encounter even against basic bitch enemies.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby PopTart » 25 July 2022, 15:56

Severelius wrote:Got the urge to play Dragon Age: Origins and then most likely the other 3 so I can have them finished before the 4th one comes out, whenever that will be.

I like it a lot better on PC than I did on console. But I feel like I'm doomed to failure mostly because even on the Easy difficulty my AI companions are thick as pig shit and basically just die all the time in any combat encounter even against basic bitch enemies.

I don't know about the console versions but the PC version had a pretty decent AI command scripts. You could customise a bunch of stuff that made your companions do stuff like, heal themselves instead of die and attack specific opponents and shit.

Missed that in later titles.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby Severelius » 25 July 2022, 16:56

PopTart wrote:
Severelius wrote:Got the urge to play Dragon Age: Origins and then most likely the other 3 so I can have them finished before the 4th one comes out, whenever that will be.

I like it a lot better on PC than I did on console. But I feel like I'm doomed to failure mostly because even on the Easy difficulty my AI companions are thick as pig shit and basically just die all the time in any combat encounter even against basic bitch enemies.

I don't know about the console versions but the PC version had a pretty decent AI command scripts. You could customise a bunch of stuff that made your companions do stuff like, heal themselves instead of die and attack specific opponents and shit.

Missed that in later titles.

Yeah I've had to tweak some of that. I'm also already considering re-starting this game cause I picked a Rogue as my class with a focus on archery and it's just... boring. The combat is boring for me, and I never feel like I'm contributing much as my companions wade in and I just hang back slowly whittling down one single enemy. I remember being a mage was fun so I'm tempted to restart and just plough through the opening sections, it shouldn't take too long to get back to where I am, now I know what I'm doing. And I'll have more fun with it.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby PopTart » 25 July 2022, 17:12

Severelius wrote:
PopTart wrote:
Severelius wrote:Got the urge to play Dragon Age: Origins and then most likely the other 3 so I can have them finished before the 4th one comes out, whenever that will be.

I like it a lot better on PC than I did on console. But I feel like I'm doomed to failure mostly because even on the Easy difficulty my AI companions are thick as pig shit and basically just die all the time in any combat encounter even against basic bitch enemies.

I don't know about the console versions but the PC version had a pretty decent AI command scripts. You could customise a bunch of stuff that made your companions do stuff like, heal themselves instead of die and attack specific opponents and shit.

Missed that in later titles.

Yeah I've had to tweak some of that. I'm also already considering re-starting this game cause I picked a Rogue as my class with a focus on archery and it's just... boring. The combat is boring for me, and I never feel like I'm contributing much as my companions wade in and I just hang back slowly whittling down one single enemy. I remember being a mage was fun so I'm tempted to restart and just plough through the opening sections, it shouldn't take too long to get back to where I am, now I know what I'm doing. And I'll have more fun with it.

I think I went Mage too. For the narrative but also because you could take the Arcane Warrior specialisation. Cast spells from inside heavy armour? Yes please. Reminded me of the Kensai Mage from DnD.

I don't think archery really had much going for it in the early games. Rogue characters were always better with dual wielding, but I could never be bothered with the micro required to set up criticals.

You enjoyed the other games in the series? I found gameplay suffered across the series but the story telling became much more cinematic and beautiful.

Inquisition had single player MMO written all over it's bloated mass, but damn did it feel good to watch your character in those cutscenes. Pity the main villain was so... meh.

I'm not sure I'm enthusiastic for Dread Wolf. We shall see.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby Severelius » 25 July 2022, 17:34

PopTart wrote:I think I went Mage too. For the narrative but also because you could take the Arcane Warrior specialisation. Cast spells from inside heavy armour? Yes please. Reminded me of the Kensai Mage from DnD.

I'm not sure what my specialisation will be yet. I kind of want to go Blood Mage to see what kind of narratives that opens up... but as you mentioned D&D my interest in playing that game at some point, and my desire to play a Druid when I do so, is making me kind of like the look of the Shapeshifter specialisation.

I don't think archery really had much going for it in the early games. Rogue characters were always better with dual wielding, but I could never be bothered with the micro required to set up criticals.

The only benefit of being a Rogue in Origins I've found is unlocking chests to get more cash and loot... but then I can just power through to Lothering and get Leliana in my party and boom, I can just let her pick all the locks. I like the dual wielding better but so much of it relies on being exactly in the right place and until this attempted playthrough I'd only ever played it on PS3 where controlling any of the combat is clunky and awkward so it was just annoying.

You enjoyed the other games in the series? I found gameplay suffered across the series but the story telling became much more cinematic and beautiful.

Inquisition had single player MMO written all over it's bloated mass, but damn did it feel good to watch your character in those cutscenes. Pity the main villain was so... meh.

I've never played Dragon Age 2. I enjoyed what I did play of Inquisition. And actually like the villain a lot. I'm a sucker for a monologuing villain with an impressive voice. See also Sovereign and Harbinger from the Mass Effect games.

I'm not sure I'm enthusiastic for Dread Wolf. We shall see.

I'm... cautiously optimistic. The production history has been a shit-show so far and it's been re-worked multiple times and even cancelled once, so we'll see. I like that in theory it's a direct sequel for once. My annoyance is that I've so heavily spoiled the Dreadwolf reveal for myself that playing Inquisition will lack some narrative punch now.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby PopTart » 25 July 2022, 17:40

I never tried blood mage. Let me know if you do and it's interesting.

Druid classes can be fun. I'm looking forward to Baldurs Gate 3 for that.

As for crit rogues, that's the micro I couldn't be bothered with. Too much attention to positioning, moving in and out of stealth etc. Urgh. I'm more of a stand back, lob lightning bolt, run in with a sword and hack what's left, kinda guy. :lol:

How long you been gaming on PC?

Dragon Age 2... mixed bag. Some people love it. I'm not one of them. But it does have redeeming virtues.

Totally there with you though regarding epic voice acting. Sovereign and Harbonger were mighty. Assuming. Control.

Yeah, it's a shame that all the original writers and creative leads have left bioware behind and EA has gutter it.
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Re: What games are you playing?

Unread postby Severelius » 25 July 2022, 17:51

I assumed you only got 1 specialisation but apparently you get 2 in this game. Which makes my decision a bit easier. Arcane Warrior is definitely going to be one of them if for no other reason than to make me less squishy when I get inevitably descended on in melee. The 2nd one is the hard choice. I know where you learn both Shapeshifter and Blood Mage so either of them will probably end up being my first specialisation with Arcane Warrior afterwards. Guess I'll decide at the time.

I've been PC gaming a while now. Never used to. Then I got my brother's old gaming laptop which is still able to run most things with no problem. Mainly use it for strategy games but I just got the mood to play Dragon Age and didn't fancy trying the clunky console version again.

I've only ever heard bad things about Dragon Age 2 from people I know. But it reviewed pretty well so I'm looking forward to trying it eventually.

One thing Bioware is great at is villains or just characters with awesome voices. Corytheus in Inquisition I love. Sovereign and Harbinger. Leviathan in the Mass Effect 3 DLC. Hell even Vigil, the AI on Ilos, has a really soothing voice to it.

I have some hope for Dreadwolf now. Back when Anthem first came out apparently the whole project was overhauled to be a 'live service' thing like Anthem but after that flopped and other single player games did well apparently it was overhauled again to be a more traditional single-player narrative experience so hopefully it comes out good.

Though I'm the kind of slut that'd probably love it even if it was called bad by everyone else.
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