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post #9801 of 11194
No it fucking isn't.

I don't know what Ghost is on about as I have had characters literally tell me to piss off after I have said the wrong thing. It's no different from ANY Bioware game in that regard. In fact, it's much better as their are tons of great shades of grey instead of a binary morality system.
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post #9803 of 11194
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Thats fucking awesome. Nice one Sax!

post #9804 of 11194
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No it fucking isn't.

I don't know what Ghost is on about as I have had characters literally tell me to piss off after I have said the wrong thing. It's no different from ANY Bioware game in that regard. In fact, it's much better as their are tons of great shades of grey instead of a binary morality system.

 

Maybe you're further along than I am but I've cleared two planets and literally done the opposite of what my teammates and the NPCs asked me to do and no one's left or told me to kick rocks. It's always, "I'm sure you did your best Pathfinder."

 

I'm not shitting on the game either, I've been playing it everyday so I must be enjoying it.

post #9805 of 11194

I liked Andromeda a bunch, but there's only one decision in the entire game that can have a negative impact on the final story mission.

post #9806 of 11194

So I've stalled on Torment and don't know if Im going to hurry back. There's barely a game there at times, it's almost a visual novel. Looks like inExile really cut the game back from what Kickstarter backers were promised and overall it's started to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Shame.

I'm thinking of moving on to Arcanum:Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura. I've never played it before yet Ive owned it for years. The world seems interesting and it gets generally good to great reviews, so that may be the next crpg for me.

Has anyone given it a go before? Is it worth having a crack at all these years later?

post #9807 of 11194

I played about 30 minutes of Persona 5 and I'm pretty sure this game just isn't for me.  The anime storytelling and "I'm so hip and COOL, right?!" menus completely put me off.

post #9808 of 11194
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I played about 30 minutes of Persona 5 and I'm pretty sure this game just isn't for me.  The anime storytelling and "I'm so hip and COOL, right?!" menus completely put me off.

Its probably my most wanted game this year, but yeah, I get why someone might be put off by it.

 

In othe news, for those that wnat to join Fett's Earth Defense Force cult, EDF 4.1 is on sale for Vita and PS4 on PSN this week.

Fun mindless, crazy shooter action if that floats your boat.

post #9809 of 11194

Well Arcanums off the table. I cant get it running in it's original native resolution and the HD fan made patch that I installed on it does make it work - but I can't read a bloody thing on the screen. The game was never designed to be played in 1920 x 1080, so everyone looks like ants and the text is just too small (and Im playing on a big screen tv ffs)

Im getting too old I guess, but I find myself leaning forward and squinting constantly. It looks to be a great old crpg, but I just can't play it like this.

So, as a consequence, I'm moving onto the indie crpg thats essentially Fallout 1&2 meets Metro 2033; UnderRail.

ETA - Damn it., I literally tried one more thing to get Arcanum working and it just bloody worked (had to lower the pc's native res). Problem is I've now put a very small start into both that and UnderRail (like character creation and ten minutes of the actual game itself) and now I can't for the life of me decide which one to play.

Epic #firstworldproblems over here...


Edited by The Rain Dog - 3/28/17 at 2:22pm
post #9810 of 11194
I've just begun playing the Ringed City DLC for Dark Souls 3. It's the final piece of Dark Souls that From Software will release for a long time since they've more than once said that Dark Souls 3 is the last of the Dark Souls franchise for now. They haven't completely said that they will not make any more Dark Souls games, but the father of those games, Hidetaka Miyazaki, has now become the CEO of From Software and has publicly said that he's done with the Dark Souls universe. He however has said that if anyone else in the company comes up with an idea for another installment they are more than welcome to pitch it to him, which leads me to believe that currently From Software hasn't started development on Dark Souls 4 and won't be starting any time soon.
post #9811 of 11194
Started Alien Isolation here. Don't know what makes ir so scary, haven't spotted a xenomorph yet and it's been like 45 minutes.
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I'm dreading first contact, I don't think I'm built for these games. Where's my plasma cutter when you need it.
post #9812 of 11194

So I'm galloping around the wasteland in Horizon on my cool robot ram, when I run into a pack of robot ostriches. Naturally, I aggro them and spur robo-ram onwards to outrun them. Problem is, I then pass a bunch of robo-raptors, who decide they want a piece of me. Really not wanting to face down those kinds of numbers, I race towards my next mission marker, only noticing that I've NOW aggro'd a couple of giant robo-alligators when one of their tail swipes barely misses me.

 

I'm racing along with a robotic menagerie bearing down on me, but I know I'm OK when I see my destination ahead.  Unfortunately, the gang of thugs standing outside see things differently, and now THEY want to kill me. Chasing animal pack from behind meets puny thug band coming at me from the front. Animals decide that they're much better game, and absolute robo-stampede bedlam ensues. In the flurry of robo parts and dead bodies flying around, I lose my steed, but get to run away giggling like an idiot. This fucking game, man.

 

Also, put in my pre-order for Planescape: Torment EE as GOG had a 30% off offer for owners of the original. Can't wait for that one. I played a few hours' worth when I first bought it, loved it but it ran like absolute shit on my PC. Will be nice to get an updated, modern Windows-optimized version to finally get properly stuck into.

post #9813 of 11194
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So I'm galloping around the wasteland in Horizon on my cool robot ram, when I run into a pack of robot ostriches. Naturally, I aggro them and spur robo-ram onwards to outrun them. Problem is, I then pass a bunch of robo-raptors, who decide they want a piece of me. Really not wanting to face down those kinds of numbers, I race towards my next mission marker, only noticing that I've NOW aggro'd a couple of giant robo-alligators when one of their tail swipes barely misses me.

 

I'm racing along with a robotic menagerie bearing down on me, but I know I'm OK when I see my destination ahead.  Unfortunately, the gang of thugs standing outside see things differently, and now THEY want to kill me. Chasing animal pack from behind meets puny thug band coming at me from the front. Animals decide that they're much better game, and absolute robo-stampede bedlam ensues. In the flurry of robo parts and dead bodies flying around, I lose my steed, but get to run away giggling like an idiot. This fucking game, man.

 

 

Bruv u should use the Playstation video function. I would love to see that.

 

Sax and Singer look like backup dancers at a Prince concert, good stuff.

post #9814 of 11194
I don't know where to post this, but it's looking more and more like the Dark Souls universe is the same as the Bloodborne universe.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
In the Dark Souls 3: the Ringed City DLC the Slave Knight Gael consumes the dark soul of man in order to create the "blood of the dark soul" for his niece to paint a new painted world with, the process consumes him and the dark soul of man drives him mad. There has been talk online that in the ensuing boss battle after you damaged him enough he mutters something about bleeding "old blood" and a form of magic begins to take the shape of a cloak around him that is reminiscent of the blood magic from Bloodborne.

In the game Bloodborne the Healing Church of Yarnham has a saying that is repeated often within the game which is "Fear the Old Blood", it's even used as a password at in the game that the player must learn in order to progress. I don't think this use of the phrase "Old Blood" in both games is a coincidence, both games were directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki who is known as being very exacting in the lore of these games and I don't think he'd let something as telling as part of a phrase Bloodborne uses as a password to suddenly show up in Dark Souls without meaning. For those who are unfamiliar with the dark Souls lore, there has been one reoccurring theme throughout the series which is whenever someone messes with one of the four Macguffins which are the 'Lord Souls' (one of which is the namesake of the series, the Dark Soul) they fuck things up and create a something huge and powerfully destructive, if not outright evil. A Witch long ago tried to create a second life giving flame with one of the Lord Souls and created the chaos flame which roared out of control and created the demon race. Later the people of an ancient civilization known as Oolacile got a hold of another Lord Soul, the Dark Soul, and ended up accidentally creating a creature that spawned a powerfully evil force known as the Abyss, one could argue that the abyss is where all black magic within the DS universe comes from.

Now it looks like the Slave Knight Gael has messed with the Dark Soul and as a result has created a powerful thing known as the Old Blood and Bloodborne depicts a world obsessed with the "Old Blood" because it drives people mad, turning them into beasts much like werewolves.

I'm currently trying to find a clip of Gael mentioned the "old blood" to make sure that this crazy theory of mine has some basis in reality.

Edited by Tim K - 3/30/17 at 1:23am
post #9815 of 11194
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I don't know where to post this, but it's looking more and more like the Dark Souls universe is the same as the Bloodborne universe. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
In the Dark Souls 3: the Ringed City DLC the Slave Knight Gael consumes the dark soul of man in order to create the "blood of the dark soul" for his niece to paint a new painted world with, the process consumes him and the dark soul of man drives him mad. There has been talk online that in the ensuing boss battle after you damaged him enough he mutters something about bleeding "old blood" and a form of magic begins to take the shape of a cloak around him that is reminiscent of the blood magic from Bloodborne.

In the game Bloodborne the Healing Church of Yarnham has a saying that is repeated often within the game which is "Fear the Old Blood", it's even used as a password at in the game that the player must learn in order to progress. I don't think this use of the phrase "Old Blood" in both games is a coincidence, both games were directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki who is known as being very exacting in the lore of these games and I don't think he'd let something as telling as part of a phrase Bloodborne uses as a password to suddenly show up in Dark Souls without meaning. For those who are unfamiliar with the dark Souls lore, there has been one reoccurring theme throughout the series which is whenever someone messes with one of the four Macguffins which are the 'Lord Souls' (one of which is the namesake of the series, the Dark Soul) they fuck things up and create a something huge and powerfully destructive, if not outright evil. A Witch long ago tried to create a second life giving flame with one of the Lord Souls and created the chaos flame which roared out of control and created the demon race. Later the people of an ancient civilization known as Oolacile got a hold of another Lord Soul, the Dark Soul, and ended up accidentally creating a creature that spawned a powerfully evil force known as the Abyss, one could argue that the abyss is where all black magic within the DS universe comes from.

Now it looks like the Slave Knight Gael has messed with the Dark Soul and as a result has created a powerful thing known as the Old Blood and Bloodborne depicts a world obsessed with the "Old Blood" because it drives people mad, turning them into beasts much like werewolves.

I'm currently trying to find a clip of Gael mentioned the "old blood" to make sure that this crazy theory of mine has some basis in reality.

 

Great theory, but given how obscure and manipulative From Software is, we could be debating this for ages while waiting for a response from them...like that damn pendant!

post #9816 of 11194

So I settled on UnderRail and Im pretty happy with the choice so far. It's incredibly old school - there's no hand-holding, no map, quest descriptions are vague and you're expected to remember conversations you've had to know what you're doing, but for a game made by basically one guy, it's incredibly impressive. It's immersive, I'm intrigued by the world and I'm basically having fun at this early stage. I may end up losing a few dozen hours to this one.

post #9817 of 11194
The release of the new, final DLC made me try and continue Darks Souls 3 from where I left it.
It was at the the beginning of swamp section...so that meant that after 1-2 hours of getting back into that DS gameplay zone/groove, I ran into that goddamn poison swamp with the goddamn basiliks and the goddamn demon on thorp of that goddamn wall, and those goddamn goat looking tree freaks that ram a complete log at you, roots and all.
So, yeah, it was fun, in that Dark Douls way.
Gonna finish Breath of the wild's story this weekend, play some more ME:A, and then, its Persona 5 week.
post #9818 of 11194
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Maybe you're further along than I am but I've cleared two planets and literally done the opposite of what my teammates and the NPCs asked me to do and no one's left or told me to kick rocks. It's always, "I'm sure you did your best Pathfinder."

 

 

Just to follow up on this, I made a specific choice at a MOMENT in the story...and now one of my squadmates won't even fucking speak to me.  

:'( 

post #9819 of 11194

Got NieR: AUTOMATA today and needless to say it's what I wanted it to be. A very well made action RPG with a deep existential and intelligent slant on the nature of the world it portrays. Utterly fantastic.

post #9820 of 11194
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Got NieR: AUTOMATA today and needless to say it's what I wanted it to be. A very well made action RPG with a deep existential and intelligent slant on the nature of the world it portrays. Utterly fantastic.


 Yeah as soon as that goes on sale I'm all over it. Looks refreshingly different to much of it's open world contemporaries.

post #9821 of 11194

It's funny, for a guy who's been generally iffy on Japanese games these last few years, this year I've hugely enjoyed Yakuza 0, have FFXV waiting to go and am planning on grabbing Neir and Persona 5 as soon I have the funds/time to play. It's really refreshing, tbh.

post #9822 of 11194
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It's funny, for a guy who's been generally iffy on Japanese games these last few years, this year I've hugely enjoyed Yakuza 0, have FFXV waiting to go and am planning on grabbing Neir and Persona 5 as soon I have the funds/time to play. It's really refreshing, tbh.

I'd also throw Nioh on that list if you have a PS4 and are into 3rd person action RPGs. A lot of people call it a Dark Souls clone and I'm not sure what you think of the Souls series, but I feel Nioh actually has much better combat than the Souls games. When dark souls 3's last DLC pack came out I had a hard time getting back into it because of how much Nioh spoiled me.
post #9823 of 11194

Second the recommend for Nioh. Literally just now finished it finally. Much less frustrating than any of the Souls, but also more rewarding and accessible. The Diablo-esque loot system makes replayability less of a chore. Highly recommend.

 

Not sure what to pick up next, very much behind at the moment on game releases, but tempted to dive into NG+ to do some Divine hunting.

 

But then there is Nier or Last Guardian... or whatever happens to be on sale when I open Steam right now...

post #9824 of 11194
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Second the recommend for Nioh. Literally just now finished it finally. Much less frustrating than any of the Souls, but also more rewarding and accessible. The Diablo-esque loot system makes replayability less of a chore. Highly recommend.

 

Not sure what to pick up next, very much behind at the moment on game releases, but tempted to dive into NG+ to do some Divine hunting.

 

But then there is Nier or Last Guardian... or whatever happens to be on sale when I open Steam right now...

Loved Nioh, gotta get back to it; Im currently catching up on Dark Souls 3 (got the GreatSword, so I'm currently going full Berserk farming souls for leveling up), finished Zelda:BOTW and started up Torment: Tides of Numenera...but with Persona 5 out, all will be left aside.

post #9825 of 11194
Persona 5 is out? *checks* Well, that answers "what to play next".
post #9826 of 11194
Thread Starter 
Zelda Breath of the Wild - Finished. All the beasts, all the memories. Missed some shrines and gave up on deeznuts. Just a nice epic showdown until the end with that majestic music topping things off after the credits. Fuck it, it's my Game of the Year and we're only in April. A part of me wants to tackle the Twilight Princess remaster sitting in my closet; been ages since I touched it on the WiiU.

Mass Effect 4 - I don't see anyone mentioning playing the multiplayer stuff in the official thread. Is it worth my time? Now that I'm done with Zelda I can start no life-ing this game. Especially now that newegg delivered the Strix OC today.

NHL 17 - Fake Canucks just won the cup while real life Vancouver is bottoming out in the gutter of the league. Jesus. Fucking Oilers are first in their division. This is the darkest timeline.

Persona 5 Giant Ass Box edition got delivered today. Might dive into that and push ME4 aside until that patch drops Thursday.
post #9827 of 11194
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Mass Effect 4 - I don't see anyone mentioning playing the multiplayer stuff in the official thread. Is it worth my time? Now that I'm done with Zelda I can start no life-ing this game. Especially now that newegg delivered the Strix OC today.

 

From Ejoiner in the official thread:

 

"I'm not usually a multi-player type (spoiler: I suck) but I'm absolutely loving the one for Andromeda. Spent four hours yesterday just "one more"-ing till midnight and dying to get back today. It's a blast and I always feel like I'm doing great but always end up fourth on my team - which is part of its secret, I suspect."

post #9828 of 11194
Well, I've obviously got more money than sense because I have finally joined the PC tribe. I didn't go crazy so I plumped for a GTX 1070 with an air-cooled Kaby Lake processor in a mini it build that at least means I'm not going to have a monstrous box on my desk or hidden away from view. It's being built by one of our more longstanding system integrators and will be with me next week. I suspect I'll still end up getting a PS4 or Xbox One at some point but that's kicked down the lane a bit now. I have little interest in VR.

So, I'm looking forward to perusing this thread for good ideas on what games to play. I have a Steam account although I haven't yet got the first idea how to use it, and I imagine I will have a learning curve of mouse and keyboard skills and remapping controller buttons ahead of me. Pretty sure Witcher 3 is going to be first on the list and that Elite: Dangerous thing looks intriguing.
post #9829 of 11194
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Mass Effect 4 - I don't see anyone mentioning playing the multiplayer stuff in the official thread. Is it worth my time? Now that I'm done with Zelda I can start no life-ing this game. Especially now that newegg delivered the Strix OC today.
 

 

My connection is shite so the game keeps rubber banding but the few games I managed to play were super fun with a good amount of characters and customization options.

post #9830 of 11194
I understand that it's similar to ME3 MP, how does it compare?
Because that was one of the few mp games I really loved!
post #9831 of 11194
Tomorrow will be Persona 5 start day.
We'll see if anything else matters playing after I go through it's initial hours.
post #9832 of 11194
I am just about finished with Nioh, I took a peek at an online wiki and found that I'm around four main storyline missions from the end.

I ordered Nier: Automata to play after Nioh. This year has been a boon to me, I'm someone who can't get enough of third person action games with RPGs elements. After Nier hopefully Nintendo will have more Switches on shelves and I can finally find one selling for its retail price so I can dive into Zelda.
post #9833 of 11194
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I understand that it's similar to ME3 MP, how does it compare?
Because that was one of the few mp games I really loved!

 

Never played ME3's multiplayer but from what I've heard they're very similar with the upgraded combat system making all the difference in the world. 

post #9834 of 11194

My quest to find an ARPG to take Diablo 3's place continues in vain. I put about 25 hours into Grim Dawn but I'm back on the D-train.

 

If that Warhammer 40K one, when it comes out, fails to take over Diablo's spot I guess I'll have to stop searching and just wait for Diablo 4.

post #9835 of 11194
I've barely touched the ME:A multiplayer (because I'm consumed with the campaign), but it's very much like ME3, but with the new fighting mechanic. I'm looking forward to getting into it (and it will probably help me determine which weapons to spend my research on - there's a fucking lot of them).

Truly, I expect to be playing this game until June at least. And then replay a year from now. It's super fun.
post #9836 of 11194
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the MEA-MP feedback guys.

Switch Snake Game - Gonna say it, the snake has better facial animations than some of Mass Effects npc's. Game itself is annoying to play. Mostly because the camera likes to lag behind too far when you're doing elaborate platforming under bridges or over bottomless pits and crap.

A Link Between Worlds/Wind Waker HD - I needs my Zelda action. Give me a tri-force enema Nintendo.

Shovelknight - Picked this up again after snagging the prequel dlc thing. Should be a free update to original owners on steam.

I Am Bummed Out Now - More software purchases to justify the switch. Same boring snow landscapes, same boring piano soundtrack. Okay battles - but I could just go play Chronotrigger or Radiant Historia on my 3ds if I wanted to.

Mass Effect 4 - New patch is alright. Nice improvements to the game but still needs work. Social circle just stopped playing this after Persona 5 came out; no longer seeing messed up PS4 shares anymore.

Still haven't cracked open my copy of P5. Hearing great things from friends who normally have an aversion to anime/jrpg stuff so that's encouraging.

If I had no life I'd probably be down for the Stellaris dlc that dropped this week, but realistically I don't think I'd find time for it now.

Doubt I'll get to play anything this weekend, my next project is throwing together an NCase M1 build and see if I can ram in an Asus 1080 Ti Strix into the bugger and watercool the cpu. Fucking case is so puny vs every other itx case I've been looking at. For the curious, this is the NCase M1.
post #9837 of 11194
I downloaded the Dishonored 2 free trial on XBone. I stopped after the tutorial. The input lag on the sticks is bad enough to make it nearly unplayable (and this is on a wired controller).

I don't know what weird mix of negative resolution scaling/AA/shmear filter they are using, but it looks horrendous. The net result has the look of sub-720p.

The input lag thing is what stopped me more than the graphics. I don't think the Dishonored world is for me anyways. I only made it a few missions into the first game. First person stealth works a lot better for me in the new Deus Ex games, probably because of the switch to 3rd person in cover. I couldn't get into it here.
post #9838 of 11194

Persona 5 all the way for me. It has absolutely consumed me now I'm into the game proper. I can see many hours lost to this.

post #9839 of 11194
Thread Starter 
Bayonetta PC - Was having fun revisiting this...and then I ran into the rank killing qte stuff. Nothing wrong with the port at all.

Yooka Laylee - Grating. I hate the mumble voice shit. I hate the writing. I like the music at times. The camera is the worst. There should be an fov option so bring your point of view back a little so you can see if you'll actually make some of the platforming jumps in this goram platforming game, and not just blindly hope you didn't fuck up climbing ass mountain for the fourth time. Console performance (on a ps4 pro) is fucking disappointing. This should be running at 60 fps like the pc release, not barely hitting 30 fps (just moar ammo for the Unity Engine sucks argument). Got to the point where this shit pissed me off so I just fired up Rare Replay instead for a proper Rare fix and not this gimped out Kickstarter shovelware.

Shovel Knight and dlc's - Finished. Didn't really enjoy the post launch content stuff. It was nice visiting this on the switch which should become a home to indie side scrollers like Hollow Knight, Rain World, and Ori. There's enough entertainment value there without draining the battery like Zelda did.

Mass Effect Andromeda - So what classes are people playing at? I thought I'd try out the Infiltrator/cloaking/sniper but found myself missing my biotic godness; or the damage from triggering primers and detonations on my own. Weird that it's not strictly hardlocked into one class seeing as I could just dump points into the biotic tree at any time. Not sure if it's intentional but the Strike team stuff doesn't care what save file you're using. I replayed my way through the boring intro and got the notification they completed their mission. Think I'll just go back to my pure biotic character and delete the sniper guy.

On my plate: Cosmic Star Heroine, Sexy Brutale, and The Wild Eternal (former 2K Marin coworker just shipped his first indie game).
post #9840 of 11194
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Mass Effect Andromeda - So what classes are people playing at? I thought I'd try out the Infiltrator/cloaking/sniper but found myself missing my biotic godness; or the damage from triggering primers and detonations on my own. Weird that it's not strictly hardlocked into one class seeing as I could just dump points into the biotic tree at any time. Not sure if it's intentional but the Strike team stuff doesn't care what save file you're using. I replayed my way through the boring intro and got the notification they completed their mission. Think I'll just go back to my pure biotic character and delete the sniper guy.

 

Vanguard is fun, charge, nova and overload. If you put points into barrier you can play the same thing in multiplayer and punch your way to top of the boards too.

 

The stupid phone app makes the strike teams an easy way to get tons of research points, materials, credits and random loot. It makes buying the juggernaut shield for multi faster too.

post #9841 of 11194

Profiles I'm running are Explorer, Vanguard, Adept and Soldier. 

 

Explorer's using Charge, Concussive Shot and Flamethrower to great effect. Light em up with Flamethrower and you can knock out a quick fire combo with Concussive Shot or Biotic Charge. 

 

Vanguard's using Charge, Backlash and Nova. Great for getting behind enemy lines and sending them flying with Nova, with Backlash there for insurance. 

 

Adept's using Backlash, Warp and Throw and this is probably the most fun one. Using Warp and Throw to beat motherfuckers with other motherfuckers. Throwing them into the air so I can snipe them on the way down. Or just beating their fucking heads against walls. Warp and Throw have pretty hefty cooldowns so I use Backlash to buy myself some time. 

 

Soldier's for when I need to hold the line. Barricade for Cover on the go, Omnic Grenade and Flak Cannon to do fuckloads of damage. Not as flashy but the bonus weapon damage is very welcome.

 

This is what I've been running for most of the game and 130 hours later at Level 58 I have yet to grow tired of it. 

 

Next character's gonna run Engineer, Infiltrator, Sentinel and probably Explorer again. 

post #9842 of 11194
I've actually just been maxing out Engineer, which is probably contrary to the game's intent, but feels correct to me, somehow. I'm playing on too easy a difficulty though. I might up that this weekend.
post #9843 of 11194
I'm halfway through my second playthrough of Nier: Automata and I'm halfway convinced that Yoko Taro is a genius. Imagine the kind of game you'd get if you took I, Robot, or if you want to go back further Frankenstein, and crossed it with Rashomon.

Nier: Automata's new game plus has you play through the same story, but this time you are playing 2B's, the central character, sidekick 9S. It forces the player to see the story from a new perspective and also changes up the fighting mechanics because 9S isn't an Android built for combat, he's a scout. So rather than having a light and heavy attack you have a light and "hacking" attack. Hacking an enemy brings up a dual joystick shooter mini game that is quick enough to not interrupt the flow of combat while at the same time really changes things up when it comes to combat since a successful hack basically turns a small enemy into a grenade. This makes hacking really useful when dealing with crowd control if there are a ton of enemies on screen. It also is a useful strategy against the game's huge mini-boss style enemies that simply had too much armor for me to kill on my first playthrough. A successful hack won't kill large enemies outright, but it will interrupt their attacks and take off a significant chunk of their health pool.

I only wish there was more of a stealth element to this game because when you hack an enemy that hasn't seen you yet, you're given three choices, take remote control of it, reprogram its AI to become your ally in battle, or cause it to self destruct. The problem is that the game's enemies have a long aggro range and your hacking has only a medium range which makes it really difficult to hack them without them seeing you coming. So far I haven't encountered any items or equipment that help with this by either shortening the aggro distance of enimies or lengthening the distance of the hacking ability. It's a minor gripe though, because I'm still having fun even though there aren't many opportunities to turn enimies against each other.

I'm interested in seeing all the permutations in the story to this game. There are 26 possible "endings", one for each letter of the alphabet. Only endings A, B, C, D, & E are actual endings to the story. Endings F through Z are situational joke endings that pop up when you die and you don't have to restart the game from the beginning of the story if you stumble upon one. So far I've encountered four endings, only one of them was one of the five main endings.
post #9844 of 11194

I've got NieR: Automata (which is my GOTY) and Persona 5 on tap and good lord so much good gaming right now it's pretty amazing.

post #9845 of 11194

Still stuck on Zelda. To the point where its minor shortcomings are starting to slightly annoy me. I'm likely to finish it soon and move on to my back-log; first up being Horizon Zero Dawn.

 

I've got 10 shrines left, one more Divine Beast, gotta wrap up Tarrey Town, and a handful of small side quests. At first I was hoping that, much like traditional Zelda fashion, wrapping up the four Divine Beasts would reveal a new twist in the story and a new set of dungeons (IE: in Ocarina, the three Sacred Gems dungeons led to opening the Door of Time and a new set of dungeons to find the Sages), but now I'm honestly kind of ready to wrap things up.

 

Been a fantastic experience, but I feel like I'm going to finish it before I start feeling burnt out, and that's probably a perfect amount of game play for any game.

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I've started playthrough #3 on Nier: Automata. All I can say is that anybody who doesn't get to their third playthrough of this game is doing themeselfeves a disservice. The third "new game" of Nier literally opens like it's a sequel that's picking up where the story left off after your first two playthroughs, you're not repeating any of the same missions of your first two playthroughs (although the open world remains roughly the same). I'm astounded that this much content, basically the second half of Nier: Automata's story, can only to seen by players that get to new game plus number 3.

I didn't even expect this much of the story to be left, because the endings I got in playthrough 1 and 2 left me feeling fairly satisfied. In other words those endings really felt like endings which is why I guess the third playthrough feels like Platinum Games made a sequel to Neir: Automata and then put it on the same disk.
post #9847 of 11194
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Still stuck on Zelda. To the point where its minor shortcomings are starting to slightly annoy me. I'm likely to finish it soon and move on to my back-log; first up being Horizon Zero Dawn.

 

I've got 10 shrines left, one more Divine Beast, gotta wrap up Tarrey Town, and a handful of small side quests. At first I was hoping that, much like traditional Zelda fashion, wrapping up the four Divine Beasts would reveal a new twist in the story and a new set of dungeons (IE: in Ocarina, the three Sacred Gems dungeons led to opening the Door of Time and a new set of dungeons to find the Sages), but now I'm honestly kind of ready to wrap things up.

 

Been a fantastic experience, but I feel like I'm going to finish it before I start feeling burnt out, and that's probably a perfect amount of game play for any game.

 

Same boat.  I wrapped up all the shrines over the weekend.  I've tried not to check online for anything, but for the last five shrines I consulted a map after spending a few hours kind of just searching sparse areas of the map for them.  I'll probably go ahead and wrap up the story, then mess around with the many side quests I have left whenever I get the urge.

 

I got very annoyed that the coliseum switched from royal weapons to elemental weapons.  Apparently their weapons change based on how many beasts you've defeated.

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Yeah, I'm a bit sick of Great Thunderblades and Royal Claymores.

 

While this game is fantastic, a game-changer and easily the Game of the Year, you can also tell that it's also pretty prototypical for Zelda games going forward. There's a fair amount to improve upon and change up for future games.

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I finished Neir: Automata last night and even though I really liked it, it left me feeling like the story in it didn't add up to anything more than the sum of its parts and this wasn't because I was looking for answers to the questions the game makes the player ask. Perhaps this is because I'm the kind of person who lies awake a night wondering what the meaning of life is and will there be a me that exists after death?

Since I'm use to that kind of introspection this game wasn't asking any new questions I haven't asked myself (questions which I've already worked out my own answers for to the best of my satisfaction). I even found myself disagreeing with some of the choices the game made in the story. I still whole heartily recommend the game, it's just the main plot didn't move me like it seems to have moved so many people.
post #9850 of 11194

So, I've finally taken delivery of my new PC with a GTX 1070 in it. Several games came free, including Halo Wars 2For Honor, and Euro Truck Simulator (!). As far as the first two go, judging by the views I've superficially perused on t'internet, there is a reason they are being given away. The last free game is Dreadnought. That looks interesting, although I'm slightly allergic to anything online and multiplayer. Anyone played it?

 

Having opened up a Steam account, I also wandered by GOG. I thought I might want to download Starfleet Command since my hard disc copy is way, way old. Having seen that getting the GOG version to work looks problematic, I then on a whim decided to type in Star Wars in the search box.

 

Holy shit...

 

All the X-Wing and TIE fighter games...okay, to be expected, I suppose. Battlefront II? Cool, didn't think that was on PC and I loved it on PS2.

 

But Rogue Squadron? The N64 Rogue Squadron. Holy cow. Pretty much my favourite game ever. That's a weekend gone for sure.

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