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post #9601 of 9652
Finally got over my aversion to tanks and am coasting through Arkham Knight. I suck, but the game is pretty forgiving. Some of the more brutal plot twists just seem so mean, though.

Eagerly anticipating Torment: Numenera. Never played Planescape, but I love the tabletop RPG this one's based on.
post #9602 of 9652
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Finally got over my aversion to tanks and am coasting through Arkham Knight. I suck, but the game is pretty forgiving. Some of the more brutal plot twists just seem so mean, though.

 

Funnily enough, I re-started this game too, trying to go through some of my Steam games that I let slide, and I'm having fun with it.

post #9603 of 9652
Anybody else planning on trying out the FOR HONOUR Open Beta this week? Been following it's development and I like what I am seeing. Just hope the ping isn't too bad for me especially with how reflex focussed the combat looks.
post #9604 of 9652

I've been put off For Honor, if I'm honest, after watching videos on it. It looks like a highly polished MOBA, which isn't bad in itself - I have almost 2k hours in a specific MOBA, after all - but the usual flashy characters of that game type have been replaced by something much duller.  I'm sure some people will love it but I can see it getting really boring really quickly. 

post #9605 of 9652

I didn't do the For Honour beta, but I did play a bit of it at PAX Aus last year. Was fun. Whether it's a full retail price's worth of fun, remains to be seen.

post #9606 of 9652
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Eagerly anticipating Torment: Numenera. Never played Planescape, but I love the tabletop RPG this one's based on.

 

I used to GM a game with my friends on Sundays. I miss it terribly. I got heavy into Numenera because of the Torment Kickstarter. Like, I've even outlined a Numenera tie-in novel in my head. I'm definitely a big fan of the Planescape version, and it's funny seeing the fanbase kvetching over whether or not it will be a worthy successor to the original Torment. Because I'm over here kvetching over whether or not it will be a worthy Numenera game. But really, for fans of science fantasy settings, the Numenera corebooks are essential purchases for the art and lore sections alone.

 

I finished my first Grim Dawn campaign yesterday. It's a good game, and single player was fun. The game obviously wants you to amp up the difficulty to get the really good gear and skills, but I don't have the time to really go through that content again. So after I beat the final boss on Normal, I decided to get Rocksmith 2014 set up for Custom DLC mods (I'm working on jazz stuff so I wanted some Kenny Burrell tracks). While thinking of firing up Rocksmith, I remembered that Trump was President and wanted something that involved guerilla warfare against a fascist regime. XCOM 2 (which I got in the last Humble Monthly) won out over Satellite Reign.

 

It sure is XCOM! Next weekend I might get on the workshop and look for some antifa/commie patch mods just to enhance the mood a little bit. Overall, I think it feels a little more authentic than the first one in terms of narrative. Your early game lack of resources makes a lot more sense when you're a ragtag guerilla force instead of an elite force commissioned by EVERY GOVERNMENT ON EARTH. In terms of gameplay, the early sections feel a little more brutal than the first one. I don't know if it's because I suck at XCOM now or because or they wanted the game to feel much more desperate at this stage.

post #9607 of 9652

Yakuza 0: My first go at this franchise, and I'm in love. An excellent, refreshingly complex story, tons of fun side activities (including going to Sega arcades and playing perfectly-emulated versions of Space Harrier, OutRun, Super Hang-On and Fantasy Zone) and a goofy streak that gives no fucks whatsoever.

 

Also: Mr. Libido, my new spirit animal.

 

post #9608 of 9652

I've heard nothing but good things about that game.

post #9609 of 9652

It's great. It's a much more focussed approach to an open world - your two protagonists' playable areas cover a few city blocks - but it's absolutely packed with stuff to do, including some of the best sidequests I've played in ages. I love how it swings between the melodramatic, ultra-serious main story and the increasingly wacky sidequests. I'm not normally a big fan of the overbearingly quirky stuff you see in a lot of Japanese games, but the way this game balances between two polar opposite tones is great fun.

post #9610 of 9652
Yeah, Yakuza 0 is great. It is making a strong case for game of the year, even as a January release.

As for For Honor, I played the closed beta a couple weekends ago and was unimpressed. I think it is important to note that itis much closer to a fighting game (with combos to learn for each distinct character) rather than an action game. I also had tons of matchmaking issues. It is a hard pass from me.

Speaking of Ubisoft betas, I played the Ghost Recon: Wildlanda beta this weekend. Unless the build they offered was a few months old (always possible), that game needs at least six more months in development. It is extremely glitchy and the enemy AI is braindead. Beyond that, I don't really think open worlds work for tactical missions. Even The Division placed most of its missions in a linear setting. Most of the missions are incredibly dull; there is usually just one guy in a house that needs shot or captured. With the AI as bad as it is, it offers no challenge.
post #9611 of 9652

I don't think I have even heard of this Yakuza 0 game, but that screenshot alone has me wanting to play it.

post #9612 of 9652

The Last of Us.  Man... do I have a love/hate relationship with this thing.

 

It's gorgeous visually, but then, you try to be all stealthy, and go into that one room to scrounge for supplies.  No zombies around.  One way in or out.  Suddenly spawned zombie, queue quicktime button mashing event.  Defeat zombie, and then another impossibly spawned one hit/one kill clicker appears, and yay, let's do it again.

 

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I just got to the part where we switch to Ellie, and yeah, massive button mashing qte, and Joel still goes over the ledge and is impaled.  So basically, it's I give up, the video game.
post #9613 of 9652

I'll take that. Come sit over here in the "The Last Of Us... it's not all that, is it?" club. There's plenty of room.

post #9614 of 9652
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I'll take that. Come sit over here in the "The Last Of Us... it's not all that, is it?" club. There's plenty of room.

 

It's getting close to the under 5$ price point that would get me to try it on PS3. I intend to play it on the easiest difficulty and try to breeze through it. I ain't got time for stealth, especially not Naughty Dog stealth.

 

I couldn't even be bothered to finish Uncharted 2, so I am not exactly the target audience for this kind of game

post #9615 of 9652
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I couldn't even be bothered to finish Uncharted 2, so I am not exactly the target audience for this kind of game

I never finished any of the PS3 Uncharteds, and didn't really care that much for Uncharted 4 (though I did finish it).

 

The Last of Us is probably one of my five favorite games ever made. 

post #9616 of 9652

With all this political turmoil, I've decided to go old-school

                                                                                                             ...and just calm the fuck down...

post #9617 of 9652
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I never finished any of the PS3 Uncharteds, and didn't really care that much for Uncharted 4 (though I did finish it).

 

The Last of Us is probably one of my five favorite games ever made. 

I'm going to second this.  The only Uncharted I played was the second one since it was free with PS Plus one month, and I really couldn't stand it.  I hated the controls and felt like I was just being led by the hand through an adventure story.  I really enjoyed The Last of Us.  And while it is as linear as Uncharted was, I felt like I had more control over my character.

post #9618 of 9652

Nioh on PS4.

 

Its exactly what it looks like: Dark Souls (style/challenge) + Ninja Gaiden (combat) + Diablo (loot) = Greatness.

 

Intro mission its a bit awkward, though, but once you set foot on Japan...oh boy, you are in for a tough treat.

post #9619 of 9652
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Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta - Jesus this is ugly as fuck on the Xbox. Textures seem low rez, world geometry has that throwback Quake 2 appearance in spots. Gunplay is good, world is massive, and it's alright doing co-op with friends. It's hilarious occasionally seeing my ai squad crouch walk right beside enemies in the open (and they can see each other) as they get in position to snipe them later from the bushes at my command through the drone mode. This game is fucked on pc, you need a Titan X Pascal to barely hit 60 fps at 1080p.

Pix The Cat XB1 - Something is wrong with this port. There's a disturbing amount of input lag for a game that is dependent on quick reflexes. What made this game cool on the Vita and PS4 isn't there on MS's box.

Rise of the Tomb Raider - Finally got around to the Gone Home dlc. What kind of asshole dad doesn't let his daughter in on the big secret in the house. What, even the butler wouldn't spill the beans or that oldman fuck from TR1? I want to punch Atlas off a cliff in the next TR.

Nioh should be finished downloading when I get home from work.
post #9620 of 9652
Bought Darkest Dungeon, as it's on sale on Steam. Only had time to play the introductory fight. I had no idea it had such a Lovecraftian story, or I would have picked it up long ago.
post #9621 of 9652
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Bought Darkest Dungeon, as it's on sale on Steam. Only had time to play the introductory fight. I had no idea it had such a Lovecraftian story, or I would have picked it up long ago.

 

I might bite on this as well while it's on sale.

 

Having a blast with Sleeping Dogs. Think I may pick up one or two of the cheap DLCs (melee costumes, better cars), but the extra mini-campaign DLCs seem to have pretty mixed reviews, so I may avoid them. From what I'm reading, they're not integrated into the main game, and are launched separately from the main menu. That sucks.

post #9622 of 9652
I'm currently giving Darkest Dungeon another go, and it's easily the game that's grabbed me most since Witcher 3. It's really, overwhelmingly deep and fiddly at first, but it absolutely behooves you to figure out its intricacies. Some of the most satisfying gameplay I've used in a while. Mastering the rhythm of Health, Sanity, buffs, negative conditions, formation, artifacts, it's been pretty great. Plus, the Mike Mignola art style is just awesome.
post #9623 of 9652
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Nioh on PS4.

Its exactly what it looks like: Dark Souls (style/challenge) + Ninja Gaiden (combat) + Diablo (loot) = Greatness.

Intro mission its a bit awkward, though, but once you set foot on Japan...oh boy, you are in for a tough treat.

I decided to try Nioh out, but most online retailers are sold out. So I was left with the choice of buying the digital copy off of the PSN or save $12 and purchase one off Amazon that will ship once they get more in stock. I went with Amazon because I don't feel like I need to dive into this on day one and rather buy a physical copy I could return if I find the game doesn't scratch my Soulsborne itch.
post #9624 of 9652

I'm still playing Witcher 3.  Starting to think I will never play another game again, as this one seems to never end.  I don't even have the expansions! Does this game ever end?

post #9625 of 9652

God, why would you ever want it to end? 

 

Trying out the For Honor beta. When I can actually get a game to run without UPlay fucking out it's...alright. The Dominion game mode is meh city but the Duels are pretty fun and cool and the gameplay mechanics are pretty awesome. But there's not really enough there that's getting me excited to actually spend money on this. It's just sort of...a game. 

post #9626 of 9652

It's not me wanting it to end.  It's more I'm going to miss out on every other game.  I guess the good thing about that is by the time I finish Witcher, these games that are coming out now will be super discounted.

post #9627 of 9652
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It's not me wanting it to end.  It's more I'm going to miss out on every other game.  

 

You won't be missing much, comparatively. 

post #9628 of 9652
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I might bite on this as well while it's on sale.

 

Well now The Magnificent mongycore has rendered it moot. Now I have it, and now I get to play it.

post #9629 of 9652
Tried the For Honor beta.

Nope. Not for me.
post #9630 of 9652

Getting a weird glitch with Darkest Dungeons not recognizing my controller buttons. Will look into.

 

Finally got past Baba Yaga Part II yesterday, am now fully invested in Rise of the Tomb Raider again. 

 

Need help in an ESO quest on the NA server, some Beholder-type boss keeps giving me fits. Yet another one of those "I got you down to 3 pixels of health and then you one-shot me you freakin' asshole!" bosses. My EU server toon is doing great tho'.

post #9631 of 9652
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Need help in an ESO quest on the NA server, some Beholder-type boss keeps giving me fits. Yet another one of those "I got you down to 3 pixels of health and then you one-shot me you freakin' asshole!" bosses. My EU server toon is doing great tho'.

 

Will be online in an hour or two. If you're around and you see me, give me a nudge and I'll come and help you out.

 

Playing stupid amounts of Conclave at the moment. Since discovering that my Steam purchase unlocks the entire browser version of the game and hooking up with a decent party of players, I've been playing it during downtime at work. Other people in my office have smoking breaks - I have breaks where I work out whether I can use my turn in combat to heal a fellow party member before they die of poison and smite a goblin archer with a fireball.  

post #9632 of 9652
Really enjoying RE7, but still keep going back to Dark Souls 3. I took a three month break and it sucked me right back in.
post #9633 of 9652
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Will be online in an hour or two. If you're around and you see me, give me a nudge and I'll come and help you out.

 

You lie more than your mama did about her crack habit.

post #9634 of 9652

Hey, I was there! I've just come back from destroying a portal and saving an entire city from an invasion by enemy forces! (Looks like I missed you by mere seconds as I saw you log off just as I logged in.)

post #9635 of 9652

Nioh is top notch. It's Dark Souls with Samurai, but loving it, especially the loot system.

post #9636 of 9652

I was listening to Jim Sterling's podcast this week and his Irish friend Gavin was uber-chuffed about the main protagonist of Nioh also being Irish. I can't remember the last time I heard him this excited over such a small detail.

post #9637 of 9652
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God, why would you ever want it to end? 

 

Trying out the For Honor beta. When I can actually get a game to run without UPlay fucking out it's...alright. The Dominion game mode is meh city but the Duels are pretty fun and cool and the gameplay mechanics are pretty awesome. But there's not really enough there that's getting me excited to actually spend money on this. It's just sort of...a game. 

The most recent episode of Game Informer's podcast has an extended conversation with the creative director on For Honor.  Dude has passion to spare.  It was really interesting stuff.

 

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/podcasts/archive/2017/02/09/gi-show-breath-of-the-wild-impressions-morrowind-for-honor-interview.aspx

 

I tried the beta briefly on PS4 and I can appreciate them trying to do something different.  I don't know if it's something I'd want to dive into right away, but it seems to be very well made and mechanically sound.  Also happy it has a single player component.  I can imagine watching someone who's really good at it being rather intimidating.  I hope it finds an audience.  

post #9638 of 9652
Speaking of which, anyone got a great gaming podcast recommendation? There's a veritable ocean of them. The only one I'm listening to is Idle Thumbs intermittently, which is great, but they do tend to stay focused on their particular fascinations (Hitman, Planet Coaster) and not offer much in the way of overview.
post #9639 of 9652
Thread Starter 
I only subscribe to Giant Bomb (East Coast Crew ftw) and Worky's There Will Be Geek. TWBG isn't exactly a pure gaming podcast though but I'm digging their stuff.
post #9640 of 9652

Thanks for the plug, Mongy! Yeah, we cover gaming stuff quite often, either gaming-centric episodes or bringing up stuff that we're playing. We did a game music episode the other week that turned out quite nicely, and planning on recording an ep on retro gaming on the weekend. Come join in, Arjen! Just bear with the occasional shonky sound issues - we're very much feeling it as we're going along, though the tech side of things has been steadily improving. Well, when we remember to plug the good mic in...

post #9641 of 9652

I didn't realize you had a gaming podcast Worky! (Or maybe I did and I forgot. This is likely). I'll have to check you out.

 

It's an acquired taste (and most of that comes from your opinion of the main host) but I listen to the Podquisition every week, with Jim Sterling, Laura Kate (from Let's Play Videogames) and Gavin Dunne (from Miracle Of Sound). It's probably my favorite podcast at the moment, and tends to brighten up my Friday commute home. Might be too rambling (or even British) for you, though.

 

It's not strictly videogames but I also occasionally give The Geekbox a listen. They talk about movies, tv and the games they're currently playing (as well as topics such as favorite game character designs or why a game like Battleborn fails in comparison to Overwatch). But, if you're after purely game talk then this probably isn't for you.

post #9642 of 9652

Cheers, Sax! Reckon you'd enjoy it.

 

As for other podcasts, I can't recommend Cane and Rinse highly enough. They cover one game in each episode, mainly older games though they do throw in newer releases every now and then. Their shows are long - averaging 2 hours - but absolutely packed with information. One of the smartest and most thoroughly-researched gaming podcasts out there.

 

28 Plays Later is also great. It's a lot more relaxed than a lot of gaming podcasts, but that's one of its greatest strengths. It has the feel of two good friends hanging out and shooting the breeze, with a fun sideline in goofy comedy sketches. It's the kind of show where you need to invest in the personalities to get the most out of it, but they're so likeable it's an easy process. 

post #9643 of 9652
Delving deeply into Darkest Dungeon still. Killed the Swine Prince. Retreated from the witch. On a whim triggered one of the altars that says to give it a torch it you want the void. Ouch. Somehow killed the Shambler, but with the loss of a level 4 Occultist and a level 2 or 3 Bounty Hunter.

Have avoided reading anything on the game other than a review to convince me to buy it and looking up some mechanics.
post #9644 of 9652
Thread Starter 
For Hodor - Not touching the mp stuff, no thanks. Just going to burn through the campaign and get it back to redbox asap. Campaign is okay in that Ryse kind of way; set pieces, large battles, and laying waste to peons as my viking Brienne of Tarth swings her sword like Sauron through the dumb hordes. Not a fan of the scripted boss battles. Fuck off, I had this asshole in a nice combo, you don't get to kick me down the hill because it was per-ordaned. My only problem with the game is occasionally mid fight accidentally making the camera look up to the sky when instead I wanted to do a high attack, getting the camera back down to normal and now being at half-health because I got combo'd.

Nioh - Haven't died yet. Came close a couple of times trying out new weapons, but I'm doing decently with my swords. Not doing any of the mp stuff here either. Game's art direction could be better. There are times the environments just look so plain, almost Gamecubish at times, that's one thing the souls games kind of spoil you with are the well made places they try to distract you with so they can kill you faster. *I'm speaking for the pc ports upscaled to 4k with proper anti-aliasing and Durante made improvements.

Wheels of Aur...turn the fucking awful music off...elia - I hate this game. Why would I replay this 15 more times to see the other endings? The characters are annoying, the pre-selected dialog choices meh, and driving a micro machine should be more fun. That indie hitchhiker game that came out 2 years back did it better, Glitchhikers. It's funny, if you just put the controller down and not play the game, it awards you the most achievement points for one session. Glitchhikers was cool, go play that instead.

Sniper Elite 4 finished downloading. I still need to wrap up RE7.
post #9645 of 9652
Darkest Dungeon - worked up to the medium dungeons, killed two more bosses in the easy ones.

I really really need to finish Witcher and go to the expansions - I've been sitting near the end for months.
post #9646 of 9652
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I really really need to finish Witcher and go to the expansions - I've been sitting near the end for months.

Wait.....so there is an end?

post #9647 of 9652

Anyone else try taking screenshots in the Witcher 3 with Ansel?

 

http://imgur.com/a/3g7VB

 

They're proper huge, the way Mongy likes his screenshots.

post #9648 of 9652

Nice! (out of rep at the moment)

post #9649 of 9652

Thanks man. I might try to get some action shots later but right now the alt+f2 shortcut is kind of fucky. I'm sure it can be moved to something else I'm just lazy.

post #9650 of 9652

The second shot, with Geralt's head framed by the moon and the shadows of Roach's hooves in midair is particularly nice. 

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