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does anyone want to give me the rct3 expansion packs? ill pay like a fiver for both.
now playing batman arkham city. fun so far.
May have, ahem, switched it to easy mode for a couple of boss battles when I got sick of seeing the game over screen. Paid a bit more attention since & getting to grips with the combat & beefing my stuff/stats up.
nintendo make some big (and some vague) announcements
Free on PSN+ at the moment. Not bad, story is kind of interesting (although not as much as you'd think considering it's origins).
Also picked up Duke Nukem 3D and Indie Game Sim for Linux in the sale last night. Lots of fun!
...and a little Guild Wars 2.
I'll drop the discs in the post.
completed Thomas was Alone - mechanics towards the end kept things interesting, but the plot went nowhere... half the blocks just vanished to be replaced with different ones. Still a nice game at sale price though.
Also 'completed' Papers Please (got two out of the twenty endings - one I was locked up for pissing off my boss). Still highly recommend to anyone who hasn't bought it yet. Might replay in a month or two to try and see if I can help out the EZICs or get the family into Kolechia.
Restarted Arkham Asylum (I'd played a chunk about a year ago, but never completed it) and played a little bit of Cook, Serve, Delicious. Good games.
Saw the Deus Ex game getting rave reviews but can't imagine a FPS would play well on a phone. Does GTA Vice City out of interest? Would be tempted to give that a shot...
Downloaded SCUMMVM for the phone and the Flight of the Amazon Queen files from the site and eventually got it working. Played it for 15 on the way to work as I love those old point n click Monkey Island style adventures. If anyone wants to know how to set it all up, let me know...
I assume it would be the same on Android unless your connecting a controller, Chinatown Wars played pretty well on touchscreen.
because it was too hard to control.
Nintendo 3ds XL on the bus this morning. Console looked very impressive. Thought, I'm too old for that, then thought feck it, might actually get one.
What classic Ninty games are available for download on the store. Super Metroid? Prices?
Haven't checked how up to date this is, I think you're looking up to £4 each:
Is the 2ds much smaller as in screen size?
it might be very slightly sharper as a result but it's certainly less impressive (as well as unprotected), having gone from the regular 3ds (same same as 2ds) to XL it would be hard to go back.
then it should come with 10 NES and 10 GBA download titiles - http://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/423/p/430
I bought mine in last couple of days before this programme game in, when a couple of online shops had already dropped their prices for this very reason.
Still toiling at dark souls to try and complete it! Lost steam after I got the lordvessel
The Duke's Archives is a utter bastard. In comparison Lost Izalith is just a bit of a twat, but still a twat nonetheless. New Londo Ruins can be a bit of a shit too though. And don't get me started on The Tomb of the Giants...that's just a straight up cunt.
i only just started uncharted: golden abyss on the vita. and I only got like ten minutes in because I got on the wrong train and had to change quickly. but it's a start. seems alright, doubt i'll use half the touch screen functions when you can just press a button most of the time, but still.
have also got into f1 2013 a bit. started a career with lotus and intentionally put the AI difficulty on a bit too high to try and make it a challenge - had it on too low for a season challenge game and ended up winning most races despite not qualifying half the time. finished my first race 9th, but a bullshit penalty meant I finished 12th or so. think this is as far as I got on 2011 and 2012 before just playing multiplayer instead, so progress definitely being made.
trying to decide whether to get the definitive edition of tomb raider for ps4 too. I have it for the ps3 but never played it (was bought for the mrs who 100% completed it), so could just play that, but I dunno, I like super nice graphics.
It better turn up tomorrow. :D
Gonna download War Thunder, War Frame, Blacklight, Don't Starve and Marvel MMO tomorrow though.
don't forget Resogun!
Is that good fun then?
An easy game to get addicted to, looks lovely too.
involving thousands of players and costing somewhere in the region of $300K?
There are some new videos of it up here: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-01-28-its-a-good-day-to-be-an-eve-player
...which might appeal to dads what do gaming and that.
My brother does most of his gaming on Friday nights after they've gone to sleep and when the wife is out on the razz.
Hope the Wii U sticks around long enough that I can get it in a year or so and play it with the little one, because Far Cry 3 might have to go up in the loft.
it's only 2 hours long but it's probably one of the most charming, and funny, games I've ever played. Seriously good stuff and with steam workshop I expect more challenges to keep me invested, really recommended for someone who wants a heartwarming, challenging and stupid game to kill an afternoon with :)
Seriously its great!
I love Fire Emblem but I've run out of games. Is there anything even slightly like it that is GOOD?
You might like strategy RPGs like Disgaea or Final Fantasy Tactics, if grid-based micromanagement appeals to you.
XCom isn't a million miles away.
why aren't they making more of them? I know the last one wasn't great but still.
also disgaea is all sorts of awesome although i'm a bit behind, only recently finished 3.
Shadowrun Returns and Banner Saga look like they give good grid.
The best games in the series were on the Megadrive and Saturn consoles, but you can download some of them on more recent consoles (3DS,Wii,Xbox360,PS3), or even on Steam. Shining Force II is the best of the series I have played.
After taking the whole day off to play it, it turned up 15 minutes after I normally get home from work. CHEERS YODEL.
Run down of games I played on it:
- Battlefield 4, easier on next gen, SO pretty and generally better
- War Thunder, nails, pretty but very interesting flight sim
- DC Universe online, mega fun mmo if you don't take it too seriously
- Resogun, eyegasmic explosions
- Don't Starve, creepy but awesome
- Blacklight Retribution, kinda shit
- Killzone, only played 10 minutes but looks like it's been built as a showcase for the PS4. Never a good sign.
Menu system is better than the PS3s but it's not as good as the Xbone. Party chat is a nightmare, we had people are weirdly different volumes and the boxed headset that comes with it is SO uncomfortable. That said, the 360 didn't come with one.
Thought it was a really well balanced and fun free game.
they're different games, Retribution is like COD [But better at being a claustrophobic frag fest] Battlefield is like Battlefield :)
It won't appeal to you if you don't like claustrophobic shooters and prefer the sprawl of Battlefield
BF4 has always been more for me.
shouldn't play it at night before bed as it makes me sad :'( Really good though. The spider is unsettling.
and I'm hooked.
Currently I have an iron pickaxe and a mine that is WELL DEEP. I've gone for a classic 'straight down into the bowels of the earth, climbing back up with an enormous ladder' approach. Just hit a level that contains gold, redstone and diamond all within a few blocks of each other and I'm very excited.
Apparently I need to get a bucket in case I hit lava.
it won't be much good on its own once you're on fire :)
It's so relaxing (until you find lava). I've spent hours of my life just mining and looking for diamonds. No regrets.
Can't wait till it comes out on PS4. That will be the 3rd copy I will have purchased haha.
If you like that, I can't recommend starbound enough. It's got a bit more combat in it and complex crafting system which drives you to build more.
p.s have you found a horse yet? I'm yet to see one.
I've only got a 360.
Nope haven't seen a horse. There seems to be a colony of ocelots permanently camped out/spawning by my main base though which is nice.
Terraria is on 360 though!
it'll be able to run terraria, Starbound still looks a long way off from what I personally want it to be so I'm going to wait a lil on that one.
fucking loads of them, m8. loads. even had a couple with saddles and rode on them and everything.
haven't had a go yet but I hear it's worth a bash through.
It's not nearly as fun without a friend.
trying to get 3 or 4 online for it :)
Had got to a point where I was finding it all a bit repetitive to be honest but returned to the storyline and the past 3 or 4 missions have been wicked. Done the whole Buck & ancient Japanese knife storyline now which I enjoyed a lot - felt a lot more like exploring tombs than Tomb Raider did at times. Do wish modern games wouldn't bloody signpost stuff so much though. I think I could have worked out that the giant compass thing goes in the big hole in the door with navigation points on it.
It has made me wonder if I like sandbox games though? Tend to struggle with freedom and a variety of paths and instead of doing hundreds of different things, find one thing I like and just repeat it to death. I think I like my games linear and pretty orchestrated...
between the open world experience and the story line. Skyrim did a good job blending the two but it can be difficult to have an engaging storyline you can drop out of.
A sandbox game without a storyline? That'd be interesting. Sure it's probably been done...
One of the missions had me take on this camp site yesterday but I'd already explored that bit of the island and liberated the camp, so that was a bit odd.
but Terraria and Minecraft are sandboxes without any objectives.
yes, the first one and its many imitators since: Elite
There's so much 'to do' (although its debatable how much of it is actually 'fun') that I've really struggled to play through the story. I'm not even convinced that there IS a story to the game. I don’t care about playing golf, or hiking up the mountain, or bmx biking or any of that - give me tank rampages and bank robberies anyday.
I almost think that sandbox games are bad for the industry - trying to ape the real world in video games is not what video games are about, nor has it ever been. Video games have always been about escapism and I struggle to see what imitating the banality of life can achieve.
it's just GTA V chooses to do so and out of all the sandboxes (ignoring all story missions and what have you and other gameplay mechanics) I think GTA V has the dullest sandbox of them all in that it tries so hard to imitate real life it doesn't actually let you do that much in your sandbox apart from simulate real life.
Take this alongside Red Dead Redemption which had such an awesome atmosphere that it was genuinely enjoyable and cathartic to just go off and ride for a little bit, Just Cause 2 is just chaotic and becomes a great game of 'lets play with physics' and Saints Row IV is bloody hilarious especially in multiplayer... then you GTA V and for as good as a game it was it'll be a much much much better game without the open world.
It would be a better game with a longer linear story - maybe one that included some of the choicer activities available in the open world.
I think I'm just not one for sandboxes, I found RDR to be boring and Just Cause did nothing for me either.
Games like Uncharted 2 are the nuts for me I guess
I love them when I'm playing thru the story its ace you can do so much and go all over the place but as soon as thats done I'm not that interested anymore they just fall empty really quick for me. So if I play it again I usualy just start the story again and do other stuff I missed the first time while doing the story. Because fuck collecting a million fragments of a letter or something in GTA when that is all you have left to do, this isn't litter picker simulator 2015.
I'm playing through the 2nd story now (the one with the girl) and my opinions are thus
-> Incredible looking, like seriously one of the best looking games I've ever played.
-> Very funny, the writing is top notch.
-> Very well voice acted
It's really good and you should get it (though maybe wait until both parts are out?) Double Fine as a studio made up of fantastic talented people have never lived up to their potential which was demonstrated by 'Psyconauts' but this game is certainly up their with Nauts in terms of quality. This doesn't feel like a budget title unlike their games post-Brutal Legends and feels a hell of a lot more flushed out, glad Tim has gone back to making adventure games.
After The Wolf Among Us four-month burn I seriously doubt, however, I'll ever buy an episodic game ever again until all episodes are out.
I reserve the right to change my mind when Telltale's Game Of Thrones comes out.
I'm gonna have to replay the first one now. Big annoyed to be honest as I loved it.
but yeah, DAT WAIT THOUGH! :/
the wait forced me into picking up 'Fables'. So there is that.
Forbidden Planet here I come!
but I got given Volume 5 for Christmas, I read it but didn't have a grasp on the story up to that points XD. I think I'm going to order Volume 1 this weekend.
especially after my replay of Grim Fandango recently; if Schafer manages to even get close to recapturing something of that, then I'm onboard.
got straight back into the swing of things until i got cocky and fought a massive dinosaur thing on my own, and got killed. forgot about the lack of autosaving and lost about 3 hours worth of progress. d'oh
it's my favourite FF game but i'm not sure I want to sink another 40 hours into it having completed it about five times already. would mean I can play the sodding card game on the bus though.
balamb garden? In that combat room or something? I remember there being some badass dino in there
my own fault, was trying to use my limit break and messed up
and started on dead space 3 - Only cost a sevener from asda.
Dunno what the problems with DS3 are so far - seems like more of the same, particularly on hard.
Watched Indie Game: The Movie at the weekend, that was good
ending that it's worth playing for that alone, the plot goes fucking batshit insane especially in the final hour or so.
90 mins or so in and it seems very action oriented, which is ok. I didnt buy it on release for this reason. I've come to terms that were never going to get the nerve shredding survival horror of DS1 all over again, but a redux of DS2 is a fine substitute
thats out this week, Broken Age's 2nd part wont be out until the summer (If I remember correctly)
i'd buy a PS4 for something like that.
So thought you might like this. Echoes my thoughts about what made the original so good, largely the sense of isolation and sparseness of the music.
Also, 100% agree with this comment: 'For those moaning about the controls in the classic Tomb Raider games, the main thing to remember is that the entire game-world is laid out in a grid of uniformly-sized blocks - and Lara's movement is also in blocks, despite efforts to hide that. As soon as you understand that, you can tell at a glance which jumps you can make - and which jumps will result in the scrunch of broken bones. Careful-walk to the edge, to align yourself with the edge, step back one block, and go for it. Personally, I really liked the clarity of the block-based maps. Sigh... I'm so old-school.
Anyway, those of us who played - and completed - the original Tomb Raider back on the PS1 were truly hardcore. I salute you all. You see, on the console version you had to return to fixed (and punishingly infrequent) save-points if you wanted to save your game - none of this namby-pamby where's-my-mummy save-before-every-jump safety-net stuff that the PC port offered. When you died on the PS1 version, you stood to lose a significant amount of progress - so most jumps were genuinely tense, clammy-controller affairs. Which is absolutely as it should be. '
was the best mansion simulator ever, as a game I thought it was pretty pants.
Look at what Mario 64 and Soul Reaver were doing.
But then RE took ages to move on too.
Funny though, the controls for those games get universal hatred yet for me created the tension and drama. Making a jump in TR and avoiding a bear attack was properly heart pounding. The new game, as much as I loved it, was always really clearly signposted and did the jumping for you.
Let's face it, a large amount of the original Tomb Raider's popularity can be attributed to a pubescent male gaming demographic and massive polygonal bazongas. I thought there were much better third-person games around in the era (Heretic II for example).
Let's not forget that. I think 'Baps' was on the marketing byline though.
A pair of triangular titties. TR1 was jst an incredible game all round, combat was shit by todays standards but it was an adventure game at heart and about the environments and the discovery of it all. The lost valley for one was awesome.
TR2 tho was the nuts. Played that again a few years back and it was still mint
Loved it on PS2 and hear the Wii version is the best version due to the controls...
think I got about as far as the boat bit. it's definitely a good control system, but after playing it loads on the gamecube I just couldn't be bothered to do it all again
The most complete version in terms of extra content and definitely controls better with the Wiimote. No doubt the PS3/360 versions will probably look a bit better since they came out though. Enjoyed it, even though I'd played the GC one.
Come to realise that actually, a wealth of games that people rave about this last generation would all have been loads better played with a Wiimote.
Far Cry 3 has been a blast, but at no point has it been as enjoyable as Metroid Prime, COD: Modern Warfare or Goldeneye on Wii, largely due to how beautifully those games controlled.
My experience of the Wii remote is basically that of a mouse if I had the shakes and 10 cups of coffee before that. The Move controller on the other hand was actually fucking brilliant for Killzone but even that being said the mouse and keyboard is always the most accurate way to control an FPS.
I haven't tried the Move but it's probably even better. Still, having the shakes when staring down Ridley or a horde of angry zombies probably adds to the realism.
Mouse still rules all though, been playing through Max Payne 3 recently and I can't imagine it'd be quite as intense while fumbling with dual sticks.
Mouse rules with keyboard but it's all too accurate and perfect for my liking. FPS shooters on PC don't feel 'real' because of how slick they are, whereas FPS with 2 sticks is like trying to align two complex gears that don't want to marry up. The wiimote got the balance just right for me, allowed you to turn and aim accurately like a mouse but with the removing of that stupidly unrealistic turn speed.
The controls for Goldeneye & COD were shit unless you tweaked them though.
I'd imagine some of the ropey early implementations and dodgy defaults go some way to explaining why some of those who tried the wii scheme hated it so much. Odd though, because Metroid Prime was a fairly early release and it more or less nailed it, as IMHO does RE4 for the Third-Person Shooter.
Twisting the nunchuck to lean around corners remains the most badass stealth move I've ever seen in a FPS. Goldeneye is such an underrated gem.
(I still haven't given you the GC Beyond Good And Evil yet, have I?)
i have spent my whole day on dayz. dont think ive experienced this much drama and anxiety while hiking so much is one day.
Are we aloud to talk about iPad games n such?
Can I talk about Kingdom Clash?
Actually I'm not sure I've got much to say about it. Just interested to see what happens if I mention it.
so i'm going to allow this.
Try Kingdom Clash.
Pretty good dog fight sim, with a good pace. Bit tricky to grasp at first but I think I'm getting there, terrible menu system port that needs the PS4 trackpad (not perfect to be honest) but still playable.
should i buy it? bear in mind i used to like Theme Park games but always kinda ended up drifting away from them
thinking about getting it and running a Daily-Mail-baiting Flatsceen TV Paradise
but I stopped playing after about alpha 6 and I'm now waiting for the actual release. It's plenty playable at the moment, but there are still bugs around and unfinished game mechanics, so it may be worth laying off for a bit.
It's got a lot of charm considering the subject matter!
got a beard and punched a cow to death
Now I miss punching cows.
Tell me where to go next: Blightown to ring the second bell? The Depths? The Catacombs? Or back to the ruins which I kind of gave up on because I kept falling to my death/getting killed by ghosts.
This is really picking up for me right now, feel like I'm 'into it' for the first time, even though I'm still shit (haven't beaten anyone online yet, heh).
and you should go that way. The catacombs contain some useful stuff but it's a pain to get through at that stage and it's nothing you can't do without. New Londo ruins are definitely not worth going through yet.
Another option is to go through darkroot garden and if you can afford the thingy (can't remember what it's called, the blacksmith sells it for 20k) to to open the door you can adventure around there for a bit. There are some bosses and useful loot to be had that aren't too tricky (comparatively..)
I basically got stuck on Sif for ages, took a 3 month Dark Souls sabbatical to play GTA, came back and beat Sif first time on my own. You can't quantify that kind of joy/relief.
I've actually been playing it for a stupid amount of time for how far through I seem to be, went back to the prison and got the rusty ring (!) so I could beat the hydra in Darkroot Basin. Can't think what else I've really done.
Did some of The Depths last night actually - pretty smooth sailing so far. I'll go to Blighttown that way instead of through the Valley of Drakes then.
you've done plenty of stuff that isn't necessary for where you are but you would have had to do way down the line anyhow, so you're further on than you might think.
Blighttown is every bit as horrible as everyone says it is I'm afraid. But once you've done that a few more options will open up.
I got to it via the Darkroot Basin->Valley of Drakes route. Decided against going that way eventually for some reason, probably because the game gives you no indication that that's the way to go. Fucking game.
My playthrough has basically been a series of balls ups. Missed the Estus flask on the first level and got all the way through Undead Burg/Parish and half of Darkroot Garden with no way to heal myself (I've only just figured out how to use magic, incidentally). That was challenging.
So long as you manage to find the bonfire. Which is tucked away in a cave you have to wade through a poisonous swamp to get to. Via the depths is an unholy pain in the arse, but there's a boss to kill and some loot to be had.
No Estus? Sweet jesus. Even the nutjobs who do deprived playthroughs at level 1 for the whole game pick up the Estus. Impressive stuff.
It's not supposed to be that hard obviously. I finally snapped and googled it, before kicking myself.
Time to play episode 2!
number one was really suprisingly good, I might just wait until its all there though and do it all at once or near enough, becuase I really can't remember what just happened in the first one and I only played it at xmas.
I just finished it, about an hour and a half (par for the course) but it really delivered on the story front... less action and way more dialogue and gets pretty fucking creepy and dark in places.
ROLL ON EPISODE 3
In 4 months time D: (though they promised the next one quite soon as it was a technical issue causing the delay with the 2nd one)
Is it worth playing, never heard of it until Burial said he wants to release more music before the second one is out because he wont get anything else done after that for a while. Should I go play them while waiting for new Burial? Or is it as I fear from the name, the usual dragons and shit? Or am I wrong and it is the usual dragons and shit but really fucking good dispite that?
- Edge said in hindsight it deserved a 10/10
- Very hard
- Other players appear as 'ghosts' to offer help
- Very hard
- People are still finding secrets years on
- Very very hard
Been meaning to play it for ages but fear I no longer have the time to do it justice. Plus I'm offline.
I really enjoyed it, but didn't get that far. If I'm totally honest I prefered Dragon's Dogma. It was a half way house between being hard with good combat (climbing up two story ogres to stab them in the head) to having a good narrative I cared about.
out of pretty much anyone who sticks with it past the first few hours. It's a fantasy setting but it's got a dingy, oppressive style all its own. It harks back to a time when progress in a game involved rote learning of attack patterns, like Strider (though aesthetically a million miles away obviously, and with Zelda-like exploration elements).
I've not played much of it but I've been slowly hacking my way through its predecessor Demons Souls for the best part of two years, and I'm not sure I could do that to myself all over again...
It definitely reminds me of gaming when I was younger. Harder, less forgiving, less checkpoints.
and if it wasn't for the one area where it's actually kinda broken (PvP) I'd have no qualms declaring it the greatest game ever made. Really.
(in_limbo was bang on with the gushing fanatics thing)
I tried to explain why I love it so much in a blog post a while back, but I don't think I covered half of what makes it special:
I may well be in, I do come from the olden days when games where harder and I've not really been challenged by anthing I've played for years so yeah. I'm usualy not into fantasy stuff so that might be the downfall, but I'm open to naything really, loads of games look like shit from the outside and play so well it doesn't matter where they're set.
Bayonetta 2 and X in ages, has there? Hope they're still being made and out before the Wii U gets axed.
Doubt they'll get canned. Not in Nintendo's interests to shaft 4m of their core fans and kill off the Wii U for at least 18 months.
It's typical of Nintendo's PR for most of their games though - announce something about a century in advance, then go silent on it before announcing the release date a couple of weeks before it's in the shops and trying to hype it over the space of a week. Even the Smash Bros campaign's fucking awful this time around, and that's one they did pretty well last generation.
But to my knowledge, there have been no official videos of Bayonetta 2 and only 1 of X. For two games that - to me - would be a huge draw and pique the interest of many current PS3 / xbox360 owners thinking about their next move, they're doing an even more terrible job at promoting them than usual.
Anyone.played this? Just started it and it seems pretty cool
but I didn't play it through to the end because the combat gets VERY repetitive.
I'm on 91. I'm going to delete it if I can hit 100.
It was great if maybe about an hour too long, the last few puzzles in particular were a bit repetitive.
Going to start Mark of the Ninja tonight before starting Dark Souls.
But agreed, did drag in places and repeat itself. Never going to match the first game's impact but really glad I played it.
Need someone to come round to do co-op with... :(
My work have made a pretty nifty space game which analyses cancer data as you play. It's on iOS https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/play-to-cure-genes-in-space/id784643890?mt=8 and Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guerillatea.elementalpha&hl=en_GB if you want to have a go.
Would be interested to know more about how it works (I used to work in cancer research).