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Re: What video games have you played lately?

Post by Drury » 29 Sep 2017 22:36

Okay so I managed to beat Tooth and Tail. It wasn't easy.

It's the bees knees, but not for everyone. It's really fast for an RTS, matches/missions are over in under 15 minutes, ranked 1v1 games I've played were in the 3-7 minute range. This is great for me as I tend to get really stressed playing PvP RTS for too long, and besides I'm perfectly used to shorter matches in multiplayer games, but if you're looking for huge glorious battles lasting at least 30 minutes this isn't your game.

One of the great things is that playing with a gamepad doesn't handicap you in any way, which is monumental for RTS. Even more impressive is they actually kept all the nuance, the little micromanagement techniques that Starcraft players use are all there and much less demanding to execute. You can focus fire, kite, pull fodder out in front and artillery in the back, all with a thumbstick and two triggers, and it doesn't feel clunky at all - in fact I much prefer not having to assign any control groups or do awkward box selection to pull these off. Macromanagement has been streamlined as well so there's no need to manually select buildings and queue unit production, it all happens automatically and you just decide between building structures and selling them. Might sound like you'd run into problems with units building when you don't want them to, but you can sell them for full refund instead so no problems there. The overlaying strategy is still present - same old decisions between going eco or aggro, whether to take early expansion or stay on one, between mass Tier 1 or rushing Tier 3. You can turtle, you can rush. Everything as usual.

As for the story campaign, it's dark and great, with some neat twists. The missions themselves are nicely varied, but the difficulty ramps up quickly. It's definitely not the type of game where you storm through every mission on the first try, by the end of the campaign you'll be pretty much used to your first try on a mission being you trying to get a feel of what's being demanded of you, then the next 3 tries will be spent trying out different strategies. Very different, but neat. Short mission length ensures you never feel like you lost much progress when you lose.

It's different from most RTS, yet oddly familiar. I guess a good way to put it would be it's streamlined in an eccentric yet very efficient manner. It controls differently, it's faster and more focused, but still the same old beast. Did they have to sacrifice a lot of what makes RTS games fun to make it work? In my opinion, not at all. However, if you don't care for the gameplay or the competitive aspect of RTS games and just want to build a lot of tanks and roll over the enemy, you're probably better off getting something like, I dunno, Ashes of the Singularity? :wink:
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Re: What video games have you played lately?

Post by lobster » 31 Oct 2017 11:40

Recently been playing Transport Fever, Mashinky, Rocket League and Dungeons of Dredmor (I'm currently at level 15 fighting the man himself).
On my Switch I'm still playing Zelda BotW but I've preordered the Switch version of Farm Sim, which I'm very excited about. Still wondering if I should get the new Mario, too.
Mostly I've been playing Animal Crossing New Leaf though, that has even thrown Pokémon Sapphire Ruby out of my 3DS.
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Re: What video games have you played lately?

Post by Chrill » 06 Nov 2017 08:54

I recently participated in a playtest at Paradox Interactive's offices here in Stockholm. As a thank you, I got a steam code for Hearts of Iron IV. Anyone play it?

It's incredibly difficult, so I decided to play a minor nation (Sweden!) and side with a major nation (THE NAZIS!!!) in order to get some security. Turning Sweden fascist was rather easy, and after a Swedish civil war we had a fascist dictatorship in Sweden. I conquered Norway easily, and then turned my eyes on Finland at the same time as the Soviet Union did.

Bam, World War II starts. And you know, I'm with the Nazis. So the British invade me. That was painful, and I struggled just to defend my shores. Now, I have driven them out of Sweden but lack the power to launch a counter offensive with what them being an island and all. I fly lots of bombers over southeast England though, so that's neat.

Any tips on how to make it across the channel? I don't understand naval warfare and I pretty much don't understand airborne warfare either. I barely understand troop movements despite the tutorial, so that's a negative...
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Re: What video games have you played lately?

Post by Pyoro » 11 Nov 2017 15:35

I've played basically every PI series except for HoI ^^; But from what I've seen it shouldn't too complex. I mean it's not War in the West -
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Meanwhile, I've discovered this puzzle game:
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I suck at it, but might appeal to some here ^^;

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Post by Drury » 12 Nov 2017 03:01

hold on is that a bloody ripoff of The Codex of Alchemical Engineering?

wait it's also by zachtronics nvm
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Post by oberhümer » 14 Nov 2017 15:23

Just started playing Antichamber. This is one weird game - but certainly fun.
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Re: What video games have you played lately?

Post by rbos86 » 05 Feb 2018 18:21

Just begun to play 'Cities: Skylines'. And beginning to get it, liking it already.

Usually 'Medal of Honor: Airborne',
Regularly 'Euro Truck Simulator 2' and 'American Truck Simulator'.
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Post by Toinis » 11 Feb 2018 12:55

Right now playing "Teen Patti''

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Re: What video games have you played lately?

Post by Toinis » 15 Feb 2018 02:10

It was Candy Crush for me. Much interesting that I didn't realize before.

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Post by Chrill » 20 Feb 2018 12:46

So I made a mistake last night. I found a new game. Subnautica.

If this game is unfamiliar to you, the setting is simple: Your large space ship (about 150 people onboard) crash on an unexplored alien water planet. You are the sole survivor (or at least that's what I know so far).

The goal of the game is basically to survive there. Find food and water to maintain health. Find minerals, etc. to build more advanced tools. As you dive deeper down, there are scarier more dangerous animals around. Not to mention more valuable goodies to find.

Yep, a first person survival/builder game basically. So far so good. I stayed up way too late last night.
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Post by Transportman » 20 Feb 2018 19:13

Chrill wrote:So I made a mistake last night. I found a new game. Subnautica.

If this game is unfamiliar to you, the setting is simple: Your large space ship (about 150 people onboard) crash on an unexplored alien water planet. You are the sole survivor (or at least that's what I know so far).

The goal of the game is basically to survive there. Find food and water to maintain health. Find minerals, etc. to build more advanced tools. As you dive deeper down, there are scarier more dangerous animals around. Not to mention more valuable goodies to find.

Yep, a first person survival/builder game basically. So far so good. I stayed up way too late last night.
I guess the finding water part wasn't that difficult?
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Post by Chrill » 20 Feb 2018 21:46

You know what I mean :P
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Post by Drury » 21 Feb 2018 08:55

I've heard good things about Subnautica. The devs are apparently super dedicated, so it's not a trap like other openworld survival games.

I finally got around to playing Fallout 4. This being a Bethesda one, I decided to ignore the main quest and just randomly roam around. Came across some guys who told me to grab a laser musket and help them. I grabbed the gun and left them there. I'm really happy about both of those decisions because the gun hits like a truck and I've heard bad things about the guy (he apparently gets really annoying when you save him).

Exploration is as fun as expected, but what's really keeping me hooked is the weapon modding system. I didn't have high hopes for that, and I'm still not sure if it's objectively that amazing or I'm just stupid, but I can't get enough. My obsession has gotten to a point where I have an excel spreadsheet open as I play and whenever I come across a weapon workbench I spend hours at it, going through all my guns, evaluating what mods to put on to make them work as I want, which parts I'll need to scavenge to craft them, and where I'd have to go to get them. It's like Minecraft except made by Americans for Americans.
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Post by lobster » 21 Feb 2018 09:12

Chrill wrote:So I made a mistake last night. I found a new game. Subnautica.
Yeah that game is pretty good. I played it a bit during the early access days, saw it got a full release the other day and the likes of Zisteau and others have started playing, too.

Personally I've been playing hours and hours of Breath of the Wild recently, every free nook and cranny in my time is filled with it. At the last beast now, got the Master sword and everything. It's proper fun, the most fun I've had with a Zelda game since Wind Waker and that's perhaps my all time favourite. Been playing some Factorio on and off again with some friends, and to be honest it's really time for a proper session, too.

There's other upcoming stuff I'm very excited for, though.
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Post by SkeedR » 21 Feb 2018 10:20

I've bought a few new games recently;
Endless Space 2 - 4X Turn Based, it's got a lot of depth that you can get lost in
Life is Fuedal: Forrest Village - Like Banished? But I killed my first child in the first game I tried, didn't go well from there...
TransRoad: USA - It's like, I dunno, it's a truck transportation company simulator, in the US. It would've been good if it weren't restricted in some ways
Also been playing Airport CEO, which I've concluded I prefer to SimAirport, and Startup Company, which has got better now you don't need to, needlessly, click a million times for the first half hour.
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Post by Redirect Left » 21 Feb 2018 16:36

I'm still chilling out with Counter Strike: Global Offensive. I've now got over 1,500 hours on it, and I'm still silver 1 - the lowest ranked position :P
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Post by Chrill » 22 Feb 2018 06:06

Drury wrote:I've heard good things about Subnautica. The devs are apparently super dedicated, so it's not a trap like other openworld survival games.

I finally got around to playing Fallout 4. This being a Bethesda one, I decided to ignore the main quest and just randomly roam around. Came across some guys who told me to grab a laser musket and help them. I grabbed the gun and left them there. I'm really happy about both of those decisions because the gun hits like a truck and I've heard bad things about the guy (he apparently gets really annoying when you save him).

Exploration is as fun as expected, but what's really keeping me hooked is the weapon modding system. I didn't have high hopes for that, and I'm still not sure if it's objectively that amazing or I'm just stupid, but I can't get enough. My obsession has gotten to a point where I have an excel spreadsheet open as I play and whenever I come across a weapon workbench I spend hours at it, going through all my guns, evaluating what mods to put on to make them work as I want, which parts I'll need to scavenge to craft them, and where I'd have to go to get them. It's like Minecraft except made by Americans for Americans.
I do love Fallout 4. I know I know, I'm supposed to prefer 3 and NV over it, and then the isometric top-down games of the past over those. I still really like Fallout 4. The weapon modding is neat, once you unlock the higher perks you can do some really fun stuff. Change ammunition type, make them automatic or not, and so on.

I do recommend checking out the annoying guy with the laser musket, it takes you forward in the main story. You are able to bypass that by simply finding your way to the relevant characters, but those stories will point you there. Most of all, however, it pushes you toward settlement construction which is something I personally spent my hours on doing. I even downloaded a mod that allows me to build more items than the game is meant to allow (performance issues, but that limit is set way too low!).
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Post by Badger » 23 Feb 2018 15:34

To be fair, musket guy doesn't get annoying for quite some time.....
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Post by Drury » 24 Feb 2018 09:40

So I went back and saved him with a pipe gun. As a token of gratitude he annexed my home town.

I guess I don't care anymore so he gets away with it this time.

EDIT: Apparently they think they can bribe me with information about Diamond City's whereabouts? Way ahead of em
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