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Offline SinXAzgard21

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #575 on: May 07, 2014, 02:36:21 AM »
Meh, I don't care one way or another.  I've enjoyed all the games and have had no issue with them.  I'll most likely get this one at some point as well.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #576 on: May 07, 2014, 05:58:58 AM »
OCs are never a good way to go. I wonder what they're thinking? Unless this is some clever lie to really obscure a cannon villain. My bet (and wish) is that it's Prometheus. He'd make a really good villain.

Offline Zeth

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #577 on: May 07, 2014, 10:52:44 AM »
I endorse Lollipop Chainsaw. I enjoyed the gameplay and the dialogue between characters made me laugh out loud several times. If yu prefer something more serious, I'd say L.A. Noire. I find the whole detective thing a refreshing change of pace from constant battles and level ups.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #578 on: May 07, 2014, 11:02:12 AM »
I found Chainsaw Lollipop to be fun for the first couple of hours, but then the jokes started getting rather repetitive and without it's humor, the game isn't really anything to write home about - I'd definitely go for either Darksiders instead. The final boss was also a bit of let-down to me, as it didn't really feel like it stuck to the theme.

I've recently started Mass Effect - beautiful game, but if you're playing it on the PC.. Bring some patience, because you're in for some really.. Odd, controls.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #579 on: May 07, 2014, 12:36:27 PM »
Mass Effect was a really enjoyable series. 

I'm currently playing a little Elder Scrolls.  Mixed with the sporadic game of League of Legends.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #580 on: May 08, 2014, 03:56:00 AM »
I've been playing the new Mario Golf game. Love me some Mario Golf, even if I'm not that good at it. XD

Offline Zeth

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #581 on: May 08, 2014, 06:41:25 AM »
Mass Effect was a really enjoyable series. 

I'm currently playing a little Elder Scrolls.  Mixed with the sporadic game of League of Legends.

Mass Effect 3 pissed me off to no end. The game is good, but the entire game they emphasized the choices you make and even use save data from previous game choices to impact the game, then you get basically the same ending regardless of your choices. What was the point of all that if it turns out the same anyways? *Shakes fist at BioWare!*

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #582 on: May 08, 2014, 07:34:48 AM »
Well, I believe that was one of last generations greatest controversies. xD

Offline Hemingway

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #583 on: May 08, 2014, 08:05:28 AM »
Well, I believe that was one of last generations greatest controversies. xD

And rightfully so.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #584 on: May 08, 2014, 09:01:12 AM »
Last generation?  *raises an eyebrow*  Are we talking in terms of the consoles or the players?

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #585 on: May 08, 2014, 10:36:54 AM »
Last generation?  *raises an eyebrow*  Are we talking in terms of the consoles or the players?
Consoles. Since the Xbox One and Playstation 4 have been released we're now officially in the 7th (8th maybe) generation of consoles. :)

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #586 on: May 08, 2014, 10:37:54 AM »
^ Above point. All dem goodies are officially last-gen now. :P

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #587 on: May 08, 2014, 11:19:39 AM »
Just wanted to make sure I wasn't overdue for the walker and the hearing aid.  ;D

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #588 on: May 08, 2014, 11:21:01 AM »
Just wanted to make sure I wasn't overdue for the walker and the hearing aid.  ;D
Pffft, Oniya, you're never a day over pure awesome.

Offline consortium11

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #589 on: May 08, 2014, 11:37:41 AM »
Mass Effect 3 pissed me off to no end. The game is good, but the entire game they emphasized the choices you make and even use save data from previous game choices to impact the game, then you get basically the same ending regardless of your choices. What was the point of all that if it turns out the same anyways? *Shakes fist at BioWare!*

That's been pretty much the case throughout the entire Mass Effect series though... the vast majority of the choices and consequences are largely cosmetic and put you in the same position regardless of what choice you make.

Kill or talk down Wrex in the first game? Another character comes in to basically fulfill the same role in two and three.

Free or exterminate the Rachni in the first game? No real change to the plot when they reappear in the third (basically you get some different dialogue and a new number on your warscore).

Destroy or save the Collector Base in the second game? No real difference.

How the Citadel Council is made up at the end of Mass Effect 1? Changes a few lines of dialogue.

Choose Udina or Anderson at the end of Mass Effect 1? A few dialogue changes.

Cheat on your Mass Effect 1 romance in 2 or your 2 romance in 3? Few lines of dialogue.

I could go on...

The only choices that really make any difference are which squad-mates live or die... but even they're somewhat minimised. Sure, Kaiden or Ashley die in the first game... but the only plot changes are extremely minor and in gameplay terms you have other squadmates who can do basically the same role (as is the case if Tali or Garrus die in Mass Effect 2). Likewise place-holder characters are inserted for other squad members who die during Mass Effect 2 for Mass Effect 3.

Bioware's approach to C&C has pretty much always been cosmetic. You get a different line of dialogue, you might get a slightly different cut scene, a new character may appear to fulfill the same role and in Mass Effect 3 you might get slightly more or slightly less points towards your War Score... but that's it. It's about the illusion of choice as opposed to real choice. I can't say I particularly blame them... Bioware's strength has rarely been in detail C&C and considering how if looked at in any great detail the entire Mass Effect plot (both of the series as a whole and of the individual games) collapses into a mess of plot holes and things that don't make sense adding more significant consequences to your choices would have likely created even more issues. Bioware played to their strengths which is "epic" storytelling/moments and a large cast of NPC's.

Offline Zeth

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #590 on: May 08, 2014, 12:04:23 PM »
To be honest my biggest Wish/Demand/Request of BioWare is to make Jade Empire 2 and bring back Sir Roderick Ponce Von Fontlebottom The Magnificent Bastard.  Granted it is never likely going to happen.

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« Reply #591 on: May 08, 2014, 12:06:56 PM »
To be honest my biggest Wish/Demand/Request of BioWare is to make Jade Empire 2 and bring back Sir Roderick Ponce Von Fontlebottom The Magnificent Bastard.  Granted it is never likely going to happen.
Jade Empire 2 would be magnificent.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #592 on: May 08, 2014, 12:34:30 PM »
To be honest my biggest Wish/Demand/Request of BioWare is to make Jade Empire 2 and bring back Sir Roderick Ponce Von Fontlebottom The Magnificent Bastard.  Granted it is never likely going to happen.

Indeed. Commercially Jade Empire was somewhere between a flop and a mediocre success... and certainly one of the worst performing Bioware games of that era. Work was started on a sequel but I think that was at roughly the same time as the EA takeover and it ended up shelved. Beyond that those within Bioware who really liked the IP and wanted to do more work with it have tended to leave which means there's relatively few supporters of Jade Empire within Bioware/EA.

It's a pity in some ways; I wasn't the biggest fan of JE the game (mechanically it was unbalanced and I'm not sure it quite managed to find a decent compromise between the action and rpg elements) but the IP itself was interesting and fresh compared to the yet another space opera or yet another generic fantasy setting. Arguably the best thing to help bring about JE2 would be a huge martial arts blockbuster making waves and getting the people within EA/Bioware to remember they have this IP hanging around.

Offline Aiden

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #593 on: May 08, 2014, 01:09:12 PM »
I've been playing Payday 2 lately

I love the concept of the game and the heists you can pull off.
With any multiplayer game you get some toxic players but overall everyone is pretty cool.


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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #594 on: May 08, 2014, 02:06:52 PM »
Indeed. Commercially Jade Empire was somewhere between a flop and a mediocre success... and certainly one of the worst performing Bioware games of that era. Work was started on a sequel but I think that was at roughly the same time as the EA takeover and it ended up shelved. Beyond that those within Bioware who really liked the IP and wanted to do more work with it have tended to leave which means there's relatively few supporters of Jade Empire within Bioware/EA.

It's a pity in some ways; I wasn't the biggest fan of JE the game (mechanically it was unbalanced and I'm not sure it quite managed to find a decent compromise between the action and rpg elements) but the IP itself was interesting and fresh compared to the yet another space opera or yet another generic fantasy setting. Arguably the best thing to help bring about JE2 would be a huge martial arts blockbuster making waves and getting the people within EA/Bioware to remember they have this IP hanging around.

Yeah, it's a shame too, because if they took what they learned with Dragon Age and Mass Effect and applied it to a martial arts RP you might get something of an actually fighting game. With separate attack buttons and governed by stats. They could also add in an appropriate equipment screen with clothing items and whatnot. Also I'd like to see a create-your-own-style kind of thing where you equip aspects of styles to create your own.

I wonder if there wasn't enough story for Bioware. You kind of started at the top with the original Jade Empire. Once you save the world it's only downhill from there.

Offline Hemingway

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #595 on: May 08, 2014, 02:07:30 PM »
Sir Roderick Ponce Von Fontlebottom The Magnificent Bastard.

Best. name. ever.

Offline Chris Brady

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #596 on: May 08, 2014, 02:13:19 PM »
Yeah, it's a shame too, because if they took what they learned with Dragon Age and Mass Effect and applied it to a martial arts RP you might get something of an actually fighting game. With separate attack buttons and governed by stats. They could also add in an appropriate equipment screen with clothing items and whatnot. Also I'd like to see a create-your-own-style kind of thing where you equip aspects of styles to create your own.

I wonder if there wasn't enough story for Bioware. You kind of started at the top with the original Jade Empire. Once you save the world it's only downhill from there.
This would be assuming that Bioware could think outside of the D20 box they've managed to bury themselves into.

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« Reply #597 on: May 08, 2014, 02:14:29 PM »
This would be assuming that Bioware could think outside of the D20 box they've managed to bury themselves into.
Bioware hasn't used a D20 system in what four, five games?

Offline Hemingway

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #598 on: May 08, 2014, 02:17:03 PM »
Bioware certainly are in a box.

Personally, I think their time as the undisputed champions of cRPGs is over. Maybe it was some time ago, even. That's unless they seriously step up their efforts with DA3. I doubt it, though.

Offline Shjade

Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #599 on: May 08, 2014, 02:19:32 PM »
I've been playing Payday 2 lately

I love the concept of the game and the heists you can pull off.
With any multiplayer game you get some toxic players but overall everyone is pretty cool.

It's fun in theory. In practice, my god, the ultra-repetitive grind of it to level up is horrendous, particularly when the fastest way to level up is just running the same 2-3 missions over and over and over as fast as possible. If I never have to see that meth house again I will die a happy man.