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Thread: NOW what are you playing?

  1. #876
    Taking a break
    Registered: Dec 2002
    Quote Originally Posted by dethtoll View Post
    Can't wait to get home and do the next level.
    Next level is an on-rails shooter so don't get your panties wet

  2. #877
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: ideally far away
    Yes, well, I'm past that part now.

  3. #878
    The Alchemist
    Guest
    Battlefield 3. Still playing Skyrim, but that game has enough content to coast as my secondary for a long time. I also picked up the HD MGS and Ico/SoTC collection. Coupled with Minecraft I'm playing with some friends, and Frozen Synapse whenever I'm ... somehow bored of that list, my gaming is full. @_@

    Not much to say about MGS and Ico HD. Amazing games, in 1080p. The control scheme for MGS2 feels archaic however, but the emphasis was obviously on stealth more so than newer incarnations, so it's nice to play by those rules.

    As far as Battlefield 3, at first I was underwhelmed. I'm not sure what I was expecting or what I felt was missing, but having played a few games with some friends, focusing on teamwork and finally getting comfortable with my weapon loadouts and unlocking a few things, I was doing much better and enjoying myself quite a bit. The movement in the game also felt awkward to me at first. Having been praised for its smooth movement I was surprised that moving around felt a little strange. The controls werent as tight as expected and navigating corridors didn't have that strong CoD feel of control. However, I realized that this game simply has different focus. Once I learned the beauty of hoping over cover and diving into prone, I saw why people said it felt very smooth. In fact, the game does have some amazing movement animations. Once you start to understand what everything on screen means, the game really opens up. My only gripe was that despite us being in an organized group, we were pretty much the only ones doing so on our team (from what I could tell) and confronting enemy armored vehicles was still a thorn on our side if none of us had one as well. Perhaps we should make it a rule to always have at least one AT on our team or to move around with some vehicle for tactical placement/cover/cover fire. I was playing way late at night however, so I expect there to be more people at more reasonable times.

    Anywho, I have a consistent group of people (about 5 of us) who play together so I expect us to get better at handling these situations. I had a lot of fun, however, with the increased ability to be stealthy in this game, unlike the CoD games which have UAV's and other ways of identifying you. I was in many confrontations heavily outnumbered and managed to slaughter 3 or 4 of the enemy... and then I took advantage of this opening to get around behind them, many times staring at a group of people hiding behind cover looking in the wrong direction. Suppressed pistol + knife for the last guy is always fun.

    So yeah, I see myself playing this for quite some time. The maps aren't nearly as large as advertised, however.

    Now, about Skyrim. Still an amazing game. Still causes frisson when I stare off into the vast distances. I love the way space and terrain is displayed in this game. I wandered down to the coastline near Solitude and seeing that city perched on that arch above the bay was awe inspiring. Also, staring down the valley and following the river to Windhelm from that great waterfall NW of Riften was also godsmacking.

    My stealth skills are finally reaching fruition, and the thieves guild quests are a lot of fun. I'm going to try to invoke the attention of the Dark Brotherhood now, and maybe visit some of the other cities. I've put so much time into the game already it amazes me how much of the map is left to explore, also the fact that I've only been to 4 of the 9 cities, and my visit to Solitude and Windhelm were brief.

  4. #879
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Since we have to send in our Wii, I did the final boss level on Super Mario Galaxy beforehand. My first Super Mario game, and while platformers aren't my favourite genre by far, I do admire the inventiveness of the design - except when it comes to boss fights, as these are pretty samey IMO.

    Other than that, I finished Human Revolution (enjoyed it a lot, but Panchaea wasn't exactly a high point) and started Saints Row 2, which I played for about five minutes when I got it on PS3 but only now returned to it. Based on my first ~2 hours, I'm not a convert - what I miss compared to the Rockstar games is a strong feeling of location. Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City and the landscape of Red Dead Redemption feel like real places, which is what I enjoy most about open-world games. Stillwater may be the better sandbox, but it *feels* like a sandbox to me: something put up for me to play in, but not anything real or tangible. At least for now I guess that's why I prefer the GTA games to the likes of SR2 or Just Cause 2.

  5. #880
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    Aside from Age of Conan still occupying the majority of my gaming time (fairly standard MMO features, but great melee combat and exemplary world building), I'm bouncing between Saints Row The Third and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which is really what I want to talk about here.

    Skyward Sword still has the Zelda charm and magic, and the bundled 25th Anniversary music CD would be the national anthem if a nation of gamers ever formed, but the Wii is really showing its age.

    First off, having been spoiled by so many HD games recently across all the other platforms, Skyward Sword's low fidelity takes a LOT of getting past. Jaggies everywhere, blurry textures and a poor viewing range really don't do the excellent art style any favours, but the classic charm just about redeems the game.

    The motion controls however are almost irredeemable. Every time I think about playing the game, I'm put off by the prospect of having my gaming experience ruined by fucking waggles.
    There is nothing in this game that could not have been done better with a gamepad. Yet unlike Twilight Princess, there is no option to use one this time around.
    You're constantly having to think about how you're using the controllers, with shield controls in particular being ridiculously offensive. This is in stark contrast to previous Zelda titles where controls were responsive and became second nature, essentially transparent to the player.

    The sooner the industry abandons shoe-horning of gimmick controls into every title it can and gets back to implementing intuitive control schemes, the better.

    Waggle and Stereoscopic 3D need to fuck off and die already.

  6. #881
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City and the landscape of Red Dead Redemption feel like real places, which is what I enjoy most about open-world games. Stillwater may be the better sandbox, but it *feels* like a sandbox to me: something put up for me to play in, but not anything real or tangible. At least for now I guess that's why I prefer the GTA games to the likes of SR2 or Just Cause 2.
    I haven't played any of the Saints Row games yet, but I had the same issue with Volition's RF: Guerilla. Admittedly there's only so much you can do with a Martian landscape where you're meant to be able to blow up any and all settlement structures, but this lack of sense of space to me is why I stopped playing RF:G after a few hours (I will go back to it eventually, I'm sure, but for now it's on hold). Still going strong though on RDR.

  7. #882
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: cesspool
    Uncharted 3. A heavenly game, like UC2 was.

  8. #883
    El Shagmeister
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Under your fingernails.
    Killing people all over the globe in Modern Warfare 3.

    Traveling the skies and the land in Skyward Sword (and not suffering with the controllers at all, I'd like to add).

    Running errands for crazy scientists' brains-in-a-jar in Fallout: New Vegas' Old World Blues.

    That is all.

  9. #884
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2006
    Location: On the tip of your tongue.
    Every single review of Skyward Sword I've read so far has unremittingly praised the motion controls as being fluid and incredible, and showing that when used right, they can be a truly amazing way to play. Unfortunately my Wii CPU is on the blink, and it's too old to have motionPlus, so when I do get around to buying Skyward Sword, it'll be a pretty expensive purchase!

  10. #885
    The Architect
    Registered: Dec 1998
    Location: Lyon
    I'm not playing anything. I took a week off and traveled, did some photography and read two novels. And now I face a staggering cliff of gaming possibilities. Skyrim, Ico/Shadow Pack, Diablo 3 beta, Blackwell Series, and Alice 2. I'm just glad I resisted buying Batman AC or Serious Sam BFE.

  11. #886
    Still working GTA 4. I re-played and beat the original Earthsiege games, but the mouse won't work in Starsiege which is a bit of a bummer. I also beat GTA 4's original campaign and am now hopping back and forth between both of the episodes. Haven't got that far into Tony yet, but the missions so far have been delightfully crazy, and have a lot more variety than the repetitive "go to location X, have shootout, go home" missions of the base game. L&D also manages to be entertaining in spite of how massively it screws up biker culture ( no territory rocker and wearing the colors in cars....seriously?). The bikes were fun before but the improved handling, new bikes, and new weapons make them an absolute blast to use.

    Plus I've got a nice collection of "no fucking way" videos, including one where Niko survives jumping out of a helicopter at near-max altitude and causing a motorcycle crash that propels Johnny to a landing about 2/3 of the way up the empire state building.

    Also starting Psychonauts, and Its still amazing how much of a cut above that game is.

    Rest of my agenda: I still can't try Skyrim due to the STEAM activation requirement, so I'm going to try to beat GTA 4, then beat the Baldur's Gate series. I've never managed to do it so far.

  12. #887
    El Shagmeister
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Under your fingernails.
    Makarov is dead. That is all.

    Last edited by MrDuck; 24th Nov 2011 at 15:11. Reason: Missed the spoilers' tag. Not that you didn't see it coming ;)

  13. #888
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Talk about spoilers, Duck

  14. #889
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Quote Originally Posted by CCCToad View Post
    L&D also manages to be entertaining in spite of how massively it screws up biker culture ... wearing the colors in cars....seriously?
    What do you propose? That you should have to change clothes every time you're about to hop into a car? This is an instance I'm glad they sacrificed accuracy for more fluid gameplay.

  15. #890
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    What do you propose? That you should have to change clothes every time you're about to hop into a car? This is an instance I'm glad they sacrificed accuracy for more fluid gameplay.
    Simple, he takes a half second to pull off his vest before sitting down.

    Also, it looks like I will have a solution to play Skyrim. Pity its not a legit sale, but there simply is no way for me to use a "legit" copy of the game out here.

  16. #891
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    It'll take a bit longer than half a second man. Also when he gets out of the car he'll have to put it on again. Which is all fine and well until you get out of the car because it's on fire and people are shooting at you and then the character pauses for a few seconds to put on his west while the car is blowing up and people are shooting him to death and you'll have a lot of angry gamers fuming about Rockstar's idiotic design choices.

  17. #892
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2006
    Location: Washington DC
    I'm at home for two weeks so, armed with my netbook, can't play anything more advanced than Half-Life 2 or thereabouts. So, I'm playing Morrowind. While it gets the atmosphere and open world right, the combat is just as much MISS-MISS-MISS-HIT-MISS-MISS flailing as ever. Still, definitely a good game.

  18. #893
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2006
    Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

    Can you guess?

    Fucking Kleers!

  19. #894
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    redboxed me some Skyrim. I have Morrowind (both normal and GotY) on Xbox and PC and oblivion on both. They were serviceable ports on cpnsole, but Skyrim is GLORIOUS on 360. I would much rather have it on PC, but shit, it is hardly a compromise at all at this point (no mods an, etc...)

  20. #895
    El Shagmeister
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Under your fingernails.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    Talk about spoilers, Duck
    The Titanic sank.

    Hitler kills himself.

    Verbal Kint is Keyzer Soze.

    The One Ring is destroyed.

  21. #896
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: ideally far away
    FUCK YOU ABOUT KEYZER SOZE

  22. #897
    is Best Pony
    Registered: Nov 2002
    Location: The magical land of Equestria
    I haven't actually seen that one.

  23. #898
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    That's your punishment for being a grown man who watches a cartoon for pre-teen girls, where characters are named things like Pinky Pie and Twilight Sparkles.

  24. #899
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Neither did I. Thanks, Dooky. Why not ruin Dark City while you're at it? Requiem for a Dream?

    Eva: And that's worse than naming yourself after a red robot in a Japanese cartoon for teenage boys piloted by an annoying adolescent German girl whose entire screentime consists of yelling the word 'BAKA' at people?
    Last edited by Sulphur; 24th Nov 2011 at 17:19.

  25. #900
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    299 Spartans die.

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