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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #750 on: November 22, 2014, 02:20:49 PM »
That was kinda what I thought about Port Royale 3. It was like a Pirates! Game with some Civilization elements to it.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #751 on: November 23, 2014, 09:04:00 PM »
Plus AC IV has Five Skyscrapers with Guns you must Defeat.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #752 on: November 24, 2014, 10:47:49 AM »
Plus AC IV has Five Skyscrapers with Guns you must Defeat.

After which the rest of the game kinda...lost meaning for me.

"Come on, guys. I destroyed legendary hacker warships. What do the rest of you REALLY think you can do to me?"

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #753 on: November 25, 2014, 05:06:48 AM »
Shadow of Mordor.

It just feels good. n.n

Also, new DLC just dropped adding a challenge mode and a female character skin (which I'd hoped for from the start, glee~). I currently have the #1 Elite score on the leaderboard. :D

Ditto, I love Shadows of Mordor. They did a really good in my opinion. It feels like I am playing through a forgotten book by Tolkien.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #754 on: November 25, 2014, 12:19:40 PM »
Ditto, I love Shadows of Mordor. They did a really good in my opinion. It feels like I am playing through a forgotten book by Tolkien.

I felt that way with War in the North. : )

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #755 on: November 25, 2014, 05:24:36 PM »
Ditto, I love Shadows of Mordor. They did a really good in my opinion. It feels like I am playing through a forgotten book by Tolkien.

I dunno if I'd agree with that - I read a column about how the themes of the game more or less go against everything in Tolkien's work in favor of YOU CAN WIN WITH ENOUGH KILL - but as a game it's pretty fun. But that's just me. xD

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #756 on: November 25, 2014, 05:50:15 PM »
I have played Long War, yes. Basically, if you want a game that feels a little more like oldschool X-com with more deployable soldiers and customization, you might like it. It's much harder than Enemy Within, and while some parts were kind of bullshit back in earlier versions, I feel it's more balanced now. If you want to try Firaxis's X-com with a new style and feel, Long War is definitely a good choice.

Yep, that's how it feels to me. I loved the original XCOM, and still play it from time to time. This harkens back well to it, but you're right that some of the missions are a lot harder. I got the first Council one the other night, the defector pick up from China. Wiped a half dozen times thanks to those 'ing Thin Men and their poison spitting. Eventually gave up on it, as I just couldn't get my target to the extraction point.

I'm dreading the Chryssalid mission, unless I have MEC troopers and plasma weapons :P

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #757 on: November 25, 2014, 11:05:54 PM »
Yep, that's how it feels to me. I loved the original XCOM, and still play it from time to time. This harkens back well to it, but you're right that some of the missions are a lot harder. I got the first Council one the other night, the defector pick up from China. Wiped a half dozen times thanks to those 'ing Thin Men and their poison spitting. Eventually gave up on it, as I just couldn't get my target to the extraction point.

I'm dreading the Chryssalid mission, unless I have MEC troopers and plasma weapons :P

Just wait until you start seeing Chryssalids with more health than can be displayed.

My biggest issue with Long War is that many times you'll lose hours before you actually 'lose'. You'll get strapped into a downward spiral and not realize it until you've spent even more time in a losing campaign.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #758 on: November 26, 2014, 10:08:59 AM »
The guy making long war seems to be o the dwarf fortress mentality of 'losing is fun' without realizing that losing is only fun when a tantrum spiral takes 10 minutes, not 10 hours to inform you you're fucked.

Another good game I pulled out of storage to play again; Serious Sam: The First Encounter.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #759 on: November 26, 2014, 05:52:53 PM »
Well, I'll keep on at it for now at any rate.

Have you seen Xenonauts? I've heard good things about it in comparison with the original XCOM as well, and now with the latest Steam sale just starting, it could be a good time to pick it up.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #760 on: November 26, 2014, 10:04:06 PM »
I've not heard anything Hairy. I was shaking my fist at Steam this morning. I want Lords of the Fallen, but I want it on Xbox. Why can't they have it at half price too?

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #761 on: November 26, 2014, 10:12:46 PM »
Well, I'll keep on at it for now at any rate.

Have you seen Xenonauts? I've heard good things about it in comparison with the original XCOM as well, and now with the latest Steam sale just starting, it could be a good time to pick it up.
Mmm... It's good if you just want something exactly like the original XCOM with almost no modern game design philosophy applied to it. It's bigger, better, but it misses a few key steps like there's no elevation bonuses or penalties making going up stairs a  waste of time.

Personally I prefer Enemy Within, but if you're looking for that old school game with better graphics then you could do worse. :)

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #762 on: November 28, 2014, 11:34:05 AM »
Well, I'll keep on at it for now at any rate.

Have you seen Xenonauts? I've heard good things about it in comparison with the original XCOM as well, and now with the latest Steam sale just starting, it could be a good time to pick it up.

I've played xenonauts and I did not enjoy it at all. If i wanted the original X-com, but with stupid 'GOTCHA' clauses and the game taking a dump on you... Well, i'd be a masochist.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #763 on: November 28, 2014, 07:04:05 PM »
I've played xenonauts and I did not enjoy it at all. If i wanted the original X-com, but with stupid 'GOTCHA' clauses and the game taking a dump on you... Well, i'd be a masochist.
Are you talking about the:

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You talking about the false psioncis path and the near useless plasma?

If so, yeah, big middle fingers and poor strategy game design.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #764 on: November 29, 2014, 07:19:11 PM »
Are you talking about the:

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You talking about the false psioncis path and the near useless plasma?

If so, yeah, big middle fingers and poor strategy game design.

'GOTCHA' clauses
Yes I am. Both of those trees/paths were really bad, and I see no good reason for them to be in the game.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #765 on: November 30, 2014, 11:41:14 AM »
'GOTCHA' clauses
Yes I am. Both of those trees/paths were really bad, and I see no good reason for them to be in the game.
Gotcha clause reasons
The reason they're in there is a bit of a subversion/middle finger to veteran XCOM players where psionis and plasma were the endgame, but making them pointless branches of actual research you can invest in was stupid. They could have put in some slights in the scientist's reports, but no it's basically a nasty trap designed to rob you of your first win.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #766 on: November 30, 2014, 01:22:58 PM »
I'm now playing Tropico 5. On Friday, I learned how to make large-scale capitalist societies function at least into the Cold War. Today after raking leaves, I'm going to see if I can make a totalitarian state last as long.

It's fun game, combination city builder and ruler simulator.

You start sometime in the late 18th century or early 20th century as the governor of a colony of the British Empire. You spend some time playing nice with the British Empire, letting the East India company exploit you, etc. as you slowly build up your forces and cash to declare independence. At this point in the game, you subsist mostly by selling cash crops and raw materials. The only industrial building available to you is a lumber mill so you can sell planks instead of logs. Once you declare independence, you can pay for your independence. I'm not sure if the British ever actually go to war with you over your independence bids. I usually try to keep my relations with them pretty cordial so they're willing to accept 10,000 or 20,000 cash for my independence (which is a LOT of money, especially in the early going). I think it's based on relationship though, and they will probably invade if you've pissed them off a lot.

After you declare and win your Independence it is January 1, 1914, no matter how much or how little time it took you to become independent. You enter the World Wars stage, and new buildings become available. (Including some real industry like steel mills, canneries, and cigar factories.) You also start to determine your constitution, things like voting rights, religious freedoms, and army recruitment. My capitalist society, for example, allows only the wealthiest portion of the island to vote, is a secular state (no state religion, but religion isn't forbidden), and conscripts its soldiers. (Meaning no education is required to become a soldier.) The game kind of combines events from the first and second world wars, including the "Axis" and "Allies" factions. You can trade and ally with either of them, but honk one of them off enough and they'll invade. My island was invaded by the Axis faction twice in my game, but my forces beat them back. (They don't send very many troops so far from home.)

At some point, you sign a treaty with both sides and time advances to 1946 and the Cold War era. That's where I am now. New constitutional decision, etc.

Anyway, it's a fun game, and it's on sale for another couple of days for only $19.99 on Steam. It may be the 5th in the series, but it's quite possibly the most approachable entry. Just... don't waste your money on the DLCs unless they're in the 70-80% off range (as they probably will be during the holiday sale). They're $3.99 apiece, but probably worth $.99 on a good day.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #767 on: December 01, 2014, 11:14:09 PM »
I am enjoying Saints Row IV. It has a sort of Matrix/Tron feel to it. It may be too over the top for some people's tastes though.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #768 on: December 01, 2014, 11:35:25 PM »
I remember when I was just doing drug deals with a crazy hippie in his van in Saints Row......


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...then aliens blew the Earth up.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #769 on: December 02, 2014, 01:08:34 AM »
I'm now playing Tropico 5. On Friday, I learned how to make large-scale capitalist societies function at least into the Cold War. Today after raking leaves, I'm going to see if I can make a totalitarian state last as long.

It's fun game, combination city builder and ruler simulator.

Knew that name looked familiar.  If anyone wants to see gameplay of this, one of my fave YouTubers did a runthrough here:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7j0JO-w0xWkFVRjbie4w5-G5GqScjR1C

(Don't mind the title of the first entry on the list.  The reason is explained in the first few minutes.)

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #770 on: December 04, 2014, 05:32:50 AM »
The Long Dark is a remarkably good survival game set in northern Canada. Without zombies.

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #771 on: December 04, 2014, 09:22:15 AM »
The Long Dark is a remarkably good survival game set in northern Canada. Without zombies.
So you're just surviving, huh? :|

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #772 on: December 04, 2014, 10:14:56 AM »
There's wolves and hypothermia to deal with, as well a a strangely empty collection of houses.  (I saw one episode of an LP on it.)

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #773 on: December 04, 2014, 10:24:35 AM »
So you're just surviving, huh? :|

Yes! As it should be.

It manages to keep survival though, though. Wolves are scary, but not in the zombies kind of way, as they can be kept at bay. What kills you is lack of food or water. Or freezing. It's not difficult to forage for wood, but it never works out the way you plan. You decide to go out and forage because you're running low, and then, bam, there's a blizzard, and you're trapped inside. And then your stores of clean water start running low, because you don't have any wood to start a fire to boil water ... and things escalate from there.

It does get repetitive after a while, but then, the game isn't actually finished. It will have a story mode on release, which should provide more of an incentive to keep playing. The developers seem to be doing a pretty good job of tweaking the game and implementing new features per player suggestions, too. And release regular updates.

There's wolves and hypothermia to deal with, as well a a strangely empty collection of houses.  (I saw one episode of an LP on it.)

It's 'strangely' empty because it's a post-disaster scenario - not just being randomly stuck in the wilderness. There are people around, though. But they're all dead. Every time I see one of them, I go "that will not be me".

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Re: Has anyone played any good video games lately?
« Reply #774 on: December 04, 2014, 12:00:57 PM »
Looks interesting actually.