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i played GTAV for a couple hours at the weekend. 63% complete now.
Got Rise Of Nations on sale, loved it when I was a wee teenager, haven't played it yet though.
I've been playing a decent amount of Orcs Must Die 2 with a friend... good laugh, love ragdoll physics on Orcs.
Nothing has come out in a while thats grabbed my attention, so have gone crawling back to LoL like the weak willed individual I am and then proceeded to pay £10 for a skin because it made like a bajillion video game references... yup... just wasting money now.
me and three of my flatmates/flat neighbours had a brief obsession with Rise of Nations. playing it either over the halls network or sat in a kitchen with our laptops. ahhh... better days.
So yeah. Don't Starve vita is going to take over my life.
Really enjoying Last Light at the moment. I love how it's a direct continuation of the story.
Also, I love petting my dog in Warframe.
also also, WHY ISN'T DESTINY OUT?
I have no idea what the controls are, and the game doesn't seem to have a tutorial or training or anything (haven't looked that hard admittedly) so not going terribly well. the 7'2" 350lb freak I created is rubbish in MyCareer, think I scored one free throw and mostly got told off for bad pass requests. oh dear.
I have also played:
* the last of us, mostly online. I am pretty rubbish, but I prefer the slower pace to, say, uncharted multiplayer. any top tips gratefully received.
* persona 4 golden. I AM going to get the platinum trophy on this, even if the hardcore risette trophy appears to be a bit ridiculous. currently trying to max all social links in one play through.
from ps+, i tried an online game and obviously was already a far too dedicated and advanced American based usergroup
haven't ventured online yet, for obvious reasons, but might give it a miss altogether if i'm going to get even more humiliated than i currently am.
but I'm really really really bad at it, the shots use the right analouge stick and a skate like system to select a shot. It's not intuitive at all if you know naff all about basketball because remembering the names and the pattern u need to draw with the rignt analog stick is a BALL (hehe get it) ache. That being said you can make all the other game modes really arcadey in the options menu so it's really approachable for muttiplayer and all other game modes can be customized to such an extent that it's far more casual. Shame you dont have that flexibility in career mode.
because the game it's self feels like it could be incredible and it's presented really well and even has very good commentary.
might just change it to be more arcadey and see how that goes, seems like it could be fun if i knew the controls or what anything actually means. actually, might just play NBA Jam.
Don't go lone gunman unless you're willing to die. Get as many supplies as you can in the first minute or so. Never run after the first set of supplies.
Watch out for pop 50, it gets hard about then.
problem comes when no-one else wants to actually stay in a group. guess that's their fault though and they deserve to die brutally (on the game, i am not a monster).
also end up crafting tonnes of stuff cos it's easy parts, and smoke bombs are actually quite good. can't remember how to place bombs though and don't think i've ever managed to injure anyone with one, even though i'm sure i've hit them dead on. did once wipe out half an opposing team with a molotov though, that was good.
You just click the right trigger without aiming.
Molotovs are a pretty much a one hit kill as well.
dropped one like that yesterday and took someone out immediately, then i died and it said i had killed me. hope that counted as a kill.
also played against some guy on level 84 or something like that. that's like a minimum of 588 matches? crazy.
Where did they find the time for that? I'm level 7 or something and I'd say I've played it quite a bit.
really looking forward to trying it out during a couple of long train journeys over this weekend!
Played some of the PT demo last night. Got too scared and had to turn it off...
anti-Sarkeesian videos. I don't understand how anyone could watch this video and STILL completely misunderstand Anita Sarkeesian's arguments.
Also, I had no idea that 'Thunderf00t' is actually a 42 year old research scientist with a PHD in Chemistry. What the fuck is wrong with him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Mason
guy seems like an absolute bell.
or do the oo's in calumlynn's post look larger than the o in ridiculous?
it's cos he stylises it with zeros rather than the letter o!
some of the comments are actually quite revealing, I didn't quite fully grasp before how much people desperately want to believe Sarkeesian is saying something she isn't.
Gaming has now been drawn into the arguments.
• New 3DS announced
• Big Minecraft updates coming on PS4 and XboxOne
• SEGA says Gearbox fucked them over as well as us lot
• RE Revelations 2 coming to most non-Nintendo formats
• Samsung create a VR headset using their phones
• Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct special tonight at 11pm
• The Room 3 announced for phones / tablets
I dunno how well known these games are, but a search didn't bring up any mention on DiS before. All the games are seemingly made by one man, Stephen Lavelle (with a few collaborations). They're bizarre and brilliant, sort of half games, half digital art, with a really defined aesthetic. They're all free to download. I'd recommend Universal History of Light and Slave of God as a taster if you've never played any of his stuff before.
Some of his environments really feel like a homage to LSD Dream Emulator for the playstation, if anyone's ever played that.
Good experience? Bad experience? Worth the money?
Really loving it. I know they must have tarted it up a bit but it's gorgeous. The lighting when you open chests, the way the weather changes out at sea, the breezes that blow through the air... just lovely stuff. Also, far preferring it so far to TP & SS. Just got straight on with the story and has been solid gold so far.
I'm trying to think of something positive to do around all the current unpleasantness in the games industry. Do you think it'd be possible to put on a few regular London-based 'events' designed around inclusivity in gaming, with a loose structure (maybe a couple of talks/show&tells, or a gaming equivalent of a book club) but mainly aimed at providing a (yes mate) safe space irrespective of gender/race/any other demographic that I should probably be listing here? I'm thinking for a bit of local multiplayer stuff as well as board games, but also as meet-up spots for handheld/mobile games.
advertise it to the right audience and given the growing social acceptance of adult gaming I think it could be successful.
way I would do this without getting someone on board who had experience in setting similar events/spaces up!)
There's a place in stoke newington which is.. nearly there? Upstairs is a gaming themed cocktail bar which sounds bad but is, you know, quite good. Downstairs they have people playing games. But it's all a little insular. I wonder if the place in peckham (four quarters is it?) does anything like this.
is a craft beer/real ales kind of pub with Arcade downstairs and Game Consoles upstairs.
Maybe you could pitch the idea to them?
Shamefully I've never been able to actually find it!
after it was in the Games with Gold. Not done much but I'm enjoying dicking around with Blink.
is out of control. i mean what even is this?
and get a copy of Ico & Shadow of the Colossus. Never played them but very intrigued.
What other arty games should I look into? What's the one with all the crazy blossom graphics?
Other games to try are Journey:
Weirdly, the game I was actually referring to was Okami, which I'd obviously confused in my head with the graphics of Flower because of screenshots like this: http://webguyunlimited.com/pixelperfectgaming/wp-content/gallery/okami_hd_new_screenshots/99_okami-hd_new_screenshot_09.jpg
I'll try them all out. Okami looks right up my street as I'm a massive Zelda fan.
It's basically a Zelda game
Preordered it now which I've never done for a game before.
Remastered, improved version of the original. New fight mechanics to allow you to chain together moves and complete levels seamlessly. Bosses bigger than the ones in the first game by level 4. Playable versions of Princess Peach, Samus, Starfox and Link (the details were great too: when she locked on as Fox this square reticule hovered over the enemy and as Samus when she moved she rolled into a ball). Extra challenging Platinum hidden levels within levels for replay value. An online & local co-op mode (where you can fish taking the glory and bet you halos or not saving your partner for larger rewards).
exclusive to game though :/ not sure i want to give them any money if i can avoid it.
watched the latest trailer though, looks awesome.
I never thought I'd buy a game 3 times. It's nice to be back in the blocky little world though.
Don't Starve has it's hooks in me as well. It's pretty hard to put down sometimes.
Never really played it all that much though, I'm really waiting for the Vita version as that seems the version I'm much more likely to play.
Bigger worlds, draw distances and noticeable smoothness. At the end of the day though, it's Minecraft it'll be best on a portable.
Fixed that for you :)
Also, I kinda don't like loads of mods. It'd be nice if the PS4 one could have shaders though!!
So incredibly fun and fast. Ive got this, fez and towerfall for free thanks to ps+, really not complaining about that service. Heres some other things:
Wasnt that into Halo and multiplayer isn't really my thing anymore - I should skip Destiny, right?
- my gf found a nintendo wii at her school that is going to waste! We got a free wii! What games are essential?
- going to sell AC4: black flag cos it's fucking bobbins
- trying to locate a modestly priced, backwards compatible ps3. It is harder than I thought it would be. Like the idea of being able to play any games ps1 - 4 though. A lot. Also having dark souls pangs but sold my 360 so maybe I WILL JUST START AGAIN ON PS3!
but i didn't like the first game (i think they're related) on the vita, so i'm unconvinced. free though innit so downloaded it, might give it a go over the weekend.
But this one is loads of fun and levels are so short that there's no real commitment
If you don't play online, I don't think it's worth it. It's not PvP though it's mostly PvE.
If you don't like Black Flag it might be that you don't like AC games at all. As you know I loved Black Flag so much.
Described those games as 'like filling in a spreadsheet', which it totally is really. The main quests are annoying (following people at a distance), the gameplay is either so easy or impossible because you can't access that area yet and the story / voice acting is hammy as fuck
I'm just blinded by my love for pirates.
I recommend working off that.
I sound like a right nutjob. Not even sure I like Nintendo on the whole...
Will find my post and link it
I think I tend to rail against the total dismissal of them and end up coming across all fanboy when I'm just trying to create a bit of balance but don't really address the stuff they fuck up at times.
Any type of thing you'd like to play that previous consoles haven't allowed for?
That is an excellent and comprehensive list. Thanks Sean! Have bookmarked. I guess just marios and zeldas and multiplayer fun. Would be good to be able to play with the SO to quash the gaming guilt I get
NSMBros is multiplayer Mario. Supposedly not bad. To play SSword you'll need to have the newer wiimote or the plugin.
The wife loved Mario Kart buy not sure the online mode still works? Also enjoyed a bit of Wii Sports, Raving rabbids, EA Sports active. Managed to get her into on rails shooters for a bit too (they're all good on the Wii and the control method for FPS titles like Metroid is also top notch).
Gonna be hard after a PS4 playing these in grainy SD now!
which is a shame as i liked online a lot
Fuck, I love both seasons so much. I totally agree with this review:
and it's creepy as fuck, the faceless angel at the end D:
still preordered though. I'll just be happy to play TBOI with proper pad support - all the extra content is just a bonus.
I'll be honest; I was thinking it was maybe somewhat 'overhyped' during some of the early stages (some of the early dialogue felt a bit too stock post-apocalyptic-cowpeople-thinkin'-their-'ard), but it really is a great game.
I love how the small details in how the characters relate; Ellie and Sam playing darts, the incredulity at the sight of an ice cream, exchanging bad jokes, etc.
environmental stuff, like the toy shop or the record shop. For me, it comes together when Joel finally lets his guard down.
I have to kinda agree with the stock post-apocalyptic ruined man kind of thing though.
it's really good. i think i prefer the platforming type levels compared to the flying around levels, not sure. have got a perfect on a couple of levels but no chance i'll get it on many more, just not fast enough to complete a level and collect everything.
one annoying thing though: i was playing it on my ps4 via my vita, and the button to teleport back to the last pod you dropped is directly on the touch screen next to the left stick, meaning if you press right all the way you will almost certainly tap the screen and teleport back. it's proper infuriating.
I really struggled (with a mega hangover) with the teleporting. I'm yet to try it on my vita though, will have to see how it goes.
looks very very very very very very very underwhelming, the story is barely there so its a lot of really 'much of nothing' co-op matches. I don't see the appeal lasting at all, and to think this game was meant to be their Magnum Opus... I see it getting a lot of hate from the gaming community and middling review scores. Looks like it'll be the kind of game that'd be worth picking up on sale, because gameplay wise it looks quite solid, it just seems so ehhh.
It seems pretty good.
If you like Halo then you'll really like this.
like/... it looks like it plays like Halo but has none of the pacing and the environments are super repetitive. These guys are on the 4th mission of the day and it's got the same basic objective on the same map as the first 3... it looks like a solid shooter, looks pretty but it looks like it'll ware pretty think pretty quickly.
At least not unless they release a bunch of free content for it. I think it has the mission structure of a MMO to be honest i.e works on areas within regions.
The gameplay is really solid. I think that if the story isn't solid though it'll fall. That said, co-op games get a little more forgiveness that single player games.
£35 with a season pass. Bit pricey, it does depend on the content though. I paid £40 for BF4 premium after all.
btw Humble are doing a summer sale
Where every Monday from 7pm GMT the is a free game which can be claimed within 24hours
Warlock: Master of the Arcane is free today
Really fun. Definitely prefer this type of shooter to the military cod, cs types.
I have to say that playing both games together has really made me feel like these are some of my favourites ever. Great story, amazing atmosphere throughout the game, very grounded and believable world, not to mention a real sense of dread added by filters and bullets.
Love them so much.
im gonna have to play these games.
They look amazing as well, better than Last of Us remastered did if you ask me. you're looking at least 16-20 hours of gameplay in the story and there is some extra chapters on Last Light as well.
+ More games to come
are worth their relative prices alone, let alone as part of a bundle.
bye bye money
bet the t-shirt doesn't even fit me
thanks. I've wanted Gunpoint, Papers Please and Gone Home for a while.
Paid a bit extra to get prison architect that I don't really know what it is exactly but I heard its good.
plus the devs release monthly updates with new features and bug fixes, accompanied by amusing videos
it's probably one of the most well-rounded 'early access' games
I myself find the whole thing just so disgusting I can't read about it anymore.
In other news:
Destiny is great, it's not anywhere near as good as the hype. But here are my comments...
- Excellent gameplay, the shooting is on par if not better than Halo. This is the glue of the game you often don't mind going back and killing the same bunch of enemies again because it is do fun
- It looks good, personally I wouldn't bother on 360/PS3 though as I don't see how it will stand up well there
- Co-op gameplay is so much fun
- Loading screens are great as always Bungie ( I know a weird like, right?)
- Vistas, Bungie love their vistas
- Amazing cast of voice actors including Zoe from Firefly, Tyrion from GoT and Broyles from Fringe
- As good as the loading screens are, you see them A LOT and for a long long time. I've also been stopped walking through doors so it can load. I'm hoping this gets sorted in a patch.
- Only 3 people in a fire team (squad), why? We had to split into 2 groups of 2 last night, it was a buzz kill.
- You can't pause it, even on cutscenes and single player missions. Pee in between missions kids.
- I'm a level 7 of 20, I've played something like 5 or 6 story missions but I don't know really what is going on. It doesn't feel like one of those 'it'll all come together' moments either. There is no linear story structure which makes it hard to follow and therefore care about it.
For all it's failings, I can't wait to get home and play it again because they get the most important thing right. Gameplay.
It's 100% more fun now. Yes it still has all the above issues but now I'm getting more awesome loot and I've met some massive bosses. I had a moment on the moon that blew my mind last night. This could be the most fun I've had on my PS4 (not the best game though, I'm not saying that).
Having played both the Alpha & Beta, and read/seen quite about this game at no point has 'fun' every really come into the equation.
Everything I've seen (and a lot of what I've heard from people who've played it) seems to suggest it's competent enough but a bit bland/generic/lacklustre and nothing particularly new or special. Looks like it might be a bit of a grind (in several senses) to me, certainly comparisons to Borderlands aren't doing this any favours either.
It may be that the Titanfall overhype has tempered enthusiasm a bit (remember when that was 'the next-gen game-changing best thing ever'?) but the general reaction to this one seems fairly muted, not too many people seem to be evangelising this which is pretty unusual for any halfway decent game these days.
Basically. If you didn't like Borderlands, don't bother you'll hate it.
The most sensible description of this game is that is has taken a little from many games (Diablo 3, Halo, Borderlands, MMOs) and made something that is the sum of it's smaller parts. If you stop comparing it to other games and forget the hype you're left with a very polished co-op shooter with near perfect shooting mechanics.
I'm thinking of picking this up for the 360 when it gets a little cheaper. Not too fussed about the graphics gap - so long as it plays as well.
TWO. BILLION. DOLLARS.
OK, so Minecraft has been massively successful but it's also been around for a very long time now.
Surely there must be some question marks as to the commercial tail for that franchise?
Isn't that an awful lot to pay for a one-game company? You'd imagine there must be a limitation on how long you can continue flogging essentially the same horse (even if it isn't dead yet) and it's a dev not exactly renowned for new ideas.
Is that the Vita version dead now? Are MS going to stem Minecraft as a PC/Xbox exclusive franchise, or having paid that amount of money would they be obliged to maximise their return across all platforms? I'd imagine the iOS version rakes in a fair few quid.
I think it might have been a good purchase 6 months ago before the PS4 version came out.
the vita version will be out before the purchase is complete I think. I'll be fucked off otherwise because I purchased the PS3 version FOR the vita version.
I don't think there is 2 billion dollars of flogging going on.
- Notch initiated the talks and will fuck off once it's sold
- It will keep going on rival platforms if MS complete the purchase
I'm no financial expert/vaguely competent guy but I can't see any kind of value for money in this. Most people who want Minecraft already own Minecraft. The extra content they release is tiny and underwhelming compared to the mods available, and chances are the modders will scarper to one of the billion or so serviceable clones that exist to escape the MS taint. As pointed out, the chances of them having another Minecraft sized success up their sleeves is tiny. So what do they actually get for that money?
in terms of expansions and texture packs, although the usual merchandising route has already been quite thoroughly explored so that's one potential revenue stream diminished. Having said that, those guide books seem to be hanging around the top end of the charts still. Minecraft The Movie?
Of course there's also a good chance MS have had a peek behind the curtain and seen what's in store for either Minecraft as we know it or a future new IP and reckon there's gold in them thar hills.
Your point re: modders jumping ship is a fair one, but with the game also doing massive business on consoles now - and to a relatively fresh audience - it's a bit of a moot point for *some* of the market, and the size of that modding community does at least point to a potentially huge console dlc market.
Just not TWO BILLION DOLLARS worth.
all the updates thus far have been free, if they start charging for DLC then you'd think the userbase would be up in arms. But then, thinking about it, that userbase is now far beyond the angry gamer type and much more into the 'casual' arena, maybe they're hoping to milk the parents of all the kids who play it? I dunno.
Are MS really going to continue adding content? Or is it going to be 0.79p to breed a horse?
DON'T DO IT MARCUS NOOOOOOOOOOOO
Pretty sure the game has sold more than 30mil and still has a ton of active users. Thats worth a whole lot of money. Also having only one game they can probably bleed it dry by franchising the thing to death.
Also a great deal for Notch if his plan is to just leave and make a new game. Financially free to make the game he wants without the commitment of feeding the Minecraft users new titles.
still uses a keyboard from the 90s
that one of the most odious people connected (tangentially) to the games industry is arguing for the pro-fedora camp https://twitter.com/Cacophanus/
I'd have to come out pro-fedora. It's a fine hat. It doesn't deserve this.
But yeah, dude's a wang.