I try not to play GTA4 around the kids for obvious reasons.
Playing games with your kids is awesome
I try not to play GTA4 around the kids for obvious reasons.
Anyway, I've been working through the games I picked up in Steam's Halloween Sale.
* Costume Quest - Very much a Tim Schafer game; less than perfect mechanics (this time a lite-JRPG) married to an utterly charming world populated with winning characters. Nothing innovative or deep but an extremely pleasant way to pass 5 hours.
* Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened - Falls prey to a lot of the adventure game genre pitfalls (obscure puzzles, pixel hunting, some dodgy voice acting) but the plot, Holmes getting embroiled in a Lovecraftian conspiracy, is fantastic and the writing is quite good and even with the dated tech, the first person perspective (complete with shooter style controls) makes for a more immersive experience than the norm for the adventure genre. I'll definitely be checking out some of the other Holmes games this developer had put out.
* The Binding of Isaac - I haven't been that enamoured with much of Ed McMillen's previous output, I've admired it from afar, but this is something else. Brilliantly designed, surprisingly deep and hideously addictive, this disturbing little game is now my current GOTY by a wide margin, which considering what has come out this year, is no mean feat.
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I'm now about midway (I assume) through Act 3 of the Witcher. A couple of things have been annoying me:
- Broken Quests - By broken I mean uncompleteable due to things like certain text options only being available on the first instance of me talking to the npc about a certain topic, and other times due to the npc falling off the face of the earth and not being able to be found again, even if I come back at various times of the day, despite the fact that the quest tracker tells me that the npc should be at the location.
- Dice Poker - Whilst this game in itself is in concept quite fun and original, the absolute flukes of dice rolling that the computer opponents seem to do on regular basis is at times EXTREMELY aggravating. Note that I don't mind losing from a fluke computer roll every now and then, that would be fine. But when it's on a regular damn basis, that's a different story entirely.
- Crashes when saving. This one has only happened to me in Act 3 strangely so far, but on a semi regular basis the game crashes when I go to save and thus destroys/deletes the saved game I was overwriting. Keeping multiple saved games has been a necessity. Still a MAJOR annoyance.
- NPCs suddenly refusing to speak to me without a reason given - If they would just say for example "I won't speak to people who help -insert name here-" that would be fine. But instead a few npcs just suddenly refused to speak to me, which required alittle FAQ reading / google searching to discover why. Quite annoying and bad game design.
Other than that I'm very much enjoying the game.
Started Red Dead Redemption last night. I like the spin on the usual western by putting it at the turn of the century, with the emerging new technologies like cars. I'm starting to notice that "things change" is a possible theme of this game, where life out in the West is becoming something different from what it was. One of the US Marshals was talking about how when he first started on the job, people from a neighboring county were considered exotic; now they can have people from the Midwest get there in six days.
Them midwest folks are just testing the waters prior to the arrival of Zombies
Man, I think I need a bigger TV. Trying to play RDR on the one I've got is a nightmare.
Have prices for big screen LCDs also gone down like crazy in the States? Here they're practically throwing good 32" and 40" TVs after you...
Ain't nothing as pleasurable as feeling the corners of your lips sag downwards as you realise you've got a stuck pixel on your new bazillion-inch wonder and washing it down with a glass of frame interpolation to combat the motion blur.
Mech Warrior 3. Pornface.
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No, just zoom it in baby
I've finally started New Vegas, which I bought ages ago, before Christmas. I'm not quite sure what to think of it. I like the added complexity of of the crafting and inventory systems (and I get the sense that, a few hours in, I've barely scratched the surface), but the game is somehow less engaging than FO3 overall; can't quite put my finger on it... One of my favourite parts of FO3 was that if you just wandered off in some random direction, on a quest or whatever, you'd inevitably find something weird and interesting, distracting you from whatever you were originally trying to do. I'm hoping that once I actually hit Vegas things will pick up, but so far I've seen nothing as stunning as the DC ruins, or as architecturally interesting as Megaton. The writing definitely feels less clunky and awkward than FO3's, but at the same time it's all the more tedious; I find myself constantly skipping through conversations about political/factional matters that the game has, thus far, given me no good reason to care about. We'll see. I activated the Wild Wasteland perk, so maybe that'll help.
@ Aja: New Vegas took a minute to click with me as well. Once it did, it was awesome but at first it was just meh. Stick with it, bro.
inMomentum is the game of the uh moment. For me and, I dunno, ten other people. (te blazes with the rest of you and your hundred dollar games).
The lobby system and so on needs a bit extra, but its definitely got that Trackmania-ish quality of "One more go--Gahh!!--I know! That way this time--Noooo!--But it should work! I can do it---Ahh, missed it!! Quick, restart!--Yes,yes!! Noooooo!-
I'm currently playing RDR for the first time as well (with some Batman:AA Challenge Maps interspersed every now and then). In fact, I believe I started 1 day earlier than dethtoll, so that makes me winner.
Then again, my horse just died, so... fuck.
You should ask him how he got it running on his system. Maybe he used a Glide wrapper or summat. I got MW4 running just fine because I'm actually from the future.
I've been trying to knock out the rest of Vanilla GTA 4. I got damn close to finishing it on 360, and I've been slogging my way through it again while out in this shitty country. Given the level of detail, its a pretty good choice of game....almost makes me feel like I'm back in New York.
After that its on to Lost and the Damned. Looking forwards to it a bit more than the main game, since I'm HOG lover in real life and even in-game prever driving motorcycles.
Of course you love hogs. But not the gay ones.
Anyway, so with Red Dead Redemption shelved for now () I decided why the hell not, let's have a little Call of Duty up in this bitch -- SO: World at War to begin with. Forgot just how much darker this game was compared to the "classic" trilogy.