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  1. #12176
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    I picked up a few golden oldies in this bundle: Kingpin, Sacrifice, Giants, and MDK 1 & 2.

    Kingpin is more complex than I remember. It's a bit reminiscent of Strife in it's slightly-open-world with NPCs you can talk to and missions you can accept from various characters. It basically starts off with a stealth mission where you have to steal a thing for the pawnshop guy so he'll give you a gun. I got my butt kicked hard when the combat started tho, so I gave up.

    Next up I tried MDK. Now, either I'm turning into one of these rose-tinted-glass fuckers, or this thing actually... holds up.



    The only thing that feels odd control-wise is the lack of looking up or down, but besides that it uses WASD+mouse and feels perfectly normal. Gameplaywise tho, yeah, it holds up. Even back then, MDK's greatest strength was never the combat or the platforming, but the way it constantly surprised and delighted you by introducing new mad concepts at every turn. It's a pretty short game, but jam packed with weird, wonderful shit. If you never played it back then, I'd encourage you to give it a go now that it can be picked up for next to nothing. You will need this fan patch to get it running on newer systems, but it's easy to set up.

  2. #12177
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    Kingpin is intriguing but really hard indeed. I had to resort to save scumming to make any progress.

  3. #12178
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Finished off the main campaign for Sleeping Dogs. Wow this game is excellent. Was not expecting that. This game has bugs a plenty, but not in a game breaking (majority of the time) kinda way. Just enough that it's quite noticeable when they happen.

    Overall the plot is excellent and whilst some things did go the way I expected, much of it did not, and has many genuine plot twists that were great. I had been hoping that they'd present you with a choice toward the end on which path to go. But the way they did it was quite good. The melee combat takes some getting used to. Starting off I was terrible at it, but as the game often forces you into it + many of the side quests and activities do as well, after a while I got quite good at it. By the end I was kicking ass. When you do get guns, they all control great and REALLY make a difference. Some excellent gun battles take place throughout the game (more so from about 3/4 onward).

    One of the side quests I could never beat no matter how many times I tried, where you had to ride shotgun, attempting to take down a seemingly endless supply of motorbike enemies. The rest I did fine on without issue.

    Overall, bugs and all this is one of the best GTA-clone-like games that I've played in a long time. Right up there with Watch Dogs. The asian element that it brings provides for a great change of pace. And the whole world of it, feels very different to past GTA-like games that I've played. Great game.

    9/10.

    Currently I'm taking on the first DLC which has the whole city invaded by asian style demons and undead. Quite fun.

  4. #12179
    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    Finished off the main campaign for Sleeping Dogs. Wow this game is excellent.
    Sleeping Dogs is definitely worth a play, even if you're tired of open world "cars, guns and crime" games.

  5. #12180
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    It's a breath of fresh air for those types of games. I had more fun playing that than GTA 5.

  6. #12181
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: The Plateaux Of Mirror
    I think Sleeping Dogs is the only game in that vein that I actually enjoyed other than GTA 3.

  7. #12182
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    "how can you be a real man without a pork bun in your hand!!"
    great atmosphere in that game, one of the few GTA style games I have actually finished.

  8. #12183
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    It pulls off the serious angle very well. Most games of its type fail when they do try.

    And if you feel like some non serious stuff you have the karaoke.

  9. #12184
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Tried Sleeping Dogs as I got it a while ago. I can play GTAV & Arma3 at a decent clip on my laptop, but SD was a slide show. The slow performance made it unplayable, which was curious considering how old & low-fi the game was compared to those others. Guess I'll have to wait for whenever I scrounge up enough scratch to repair my gaming laptop. Even at a crawl I liked that intro sequence anyway.

  10. #12185
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Weird. Game ran like a dream on my PC even on max settings.

  11. #12186
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: The Plateaux Of Mirror
    Are you guys playing the original version or the DC?

  12. #12187
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Erm. Whichever the Steam version is. It came with all of the SP DLC built in.

    On a side note while I'm on the topic. Finished off the 2 SP DLCs for the game. The first one goes for the non serious angle and feels like that bit in the first Ghost Busters movie when all the ghosts get loose city wide. Lots of crazy shit going on. Nice bit of fun.

    Second DLC "Year of the Snake" goes for the more usual gameplay and is a continuation from the end of the main game. Playing more like an actual cop this time round makes for a change of pace, though the side quests are pointless as you get nothing at all out of them. Some good battles towards the end.

  13. #12188
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: The Plateaux Of Mirror
    If the DLC is integrated then it's the Definitive Edition. If that's what Dema has, it might be why it runs like shit for him. This was the original release https://store.steampowered.com/app/202170/

  14. #12189
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Ah. It says I already have that version of it. I must have picked up the DLC at some point.

  15. #12190
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Yes for the record I knew it was because it was the Definitive Edition, but for a DE it still looks like it's 10 years old, it's unfortunate that buying an updated game doesn't get you access to the original, and it still doesn't really explain why GTAV & Arma3 still run basically fine. It's one thing to run slow, it's another to crawl to a slideshow. But anyway I've got enough to play for the time being, there's no rush; I'll get to it on a better system eventually.

  16. #12191
    Finished Dark Souls Remastered. Had a blast with it, especially being my first time through the game. But I was still was jonesing for more Souls type gaming, and NG+ just wasn't doing it for me. So I decided to go back and start - Demon's Souls! Great game so far. Even though it has nearly identical mechanics to the DS games, the mood and atmosphere feels different. Really digging it. It's a nice change of pace being able to warp to multiple areas right away, unlike the interconneted way that DS does it (I think neither is better or worse, just different). Didn't take long to get hooked, I guess I know what I'm doing for my next 50 hours of gaming time.

  17. #12192
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    That game desperately needs a PC version. Remaster be even better.

  18. #12193
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    I’m currently abroad with my wife; she’s doing a language course, and while she’s at school I’m catching up on my reading, as well as working off my YouTube backlog (so many good video essays, so little time) - and playing some of those tablet games I got ages ago because they sounded cool.

    One of the games I’ve been playing is Device 6 by Simogo, one of the most stylish puzzle adventures I’ve ever played. I’m greatly enjoying its Sixties aesthetic, which is very reminiscent of The Prisoner, as is the story. It’s also a game that only really works in portable format, yet at the same time it’s deeply indebted to the book format. What you end up with is wholly unique, intriguing and strangely creepy. Also, it helps that the puzzles make me think but they don’t feel unsolvable; each chapter has one puzzle with a bunch of subpuzzles, so you usually don’t have to go out of your way to find the clues and can instead concentrate on solving them.

    I also replayed The Room, which I very much enjoyed - again, this is a game that uses the strengths of portable devices and touch screens. I’m looking forward to continuing with The Room 2.

  19. #12194
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    The Room 2 is more of the same, but it’s yummy, attractive sameness. It’s a bit of a shame that many of the puzzles boil down to knowing where to continue rather than figuring out other things, but these are still great, atmospheric fun.

  20. #12195
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    I actually finished The Room 3 (skipped the first sequel) a while ago and concluded the same thing. There's more of everything, but it's very consistently put-together all the same and always engaging enough to kill some time with. Hopped onto the next one (Old Sins) and it's providing about the same amount of satisfaction in figuring out doodads in a decently atmospheric setting. Whatever the story is, it's never in the way enough for me to care, which is good because it seems like the sort of mildly portentous, throwaway guff the game needs to justify the setting.
    Last edited by Sulphur; 19th Jul 2018 at 13:25.

  21. #12196
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    The wife was set to be away until 11pm tonight. So with an entire house to myself + since I just finished a game yesterday (Aliens - Colonial Marines) and on the look for a new one to play, I thought to myself "When was the last time you played a game on your actual PS3?".

    And people have been saying to me for years that I need to play "The Last of Us". So set up the PS3 in the lounge and been playing that for the past 7 hours. So far this is great stuff. Annoying for me is that the starting bit got spoiled on me last year in my job (in a game design unit I was teaching, where one of the other tutors showed the class the entire first segment of the game), so that part did not have the same emotional impact that it would have had on fresh new players. The rest of the game after that though, I've never seen. Great game.

    I'm currently fighting through hordes of undead to acquire a car battery, to get a car up and running. Not sure how far through the game that is.

  22. #12197
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Still doing an Opus Magnum puzzle every other day or so.
    I'm proud of this symmetrical beauty and wanted to show it off.
    Great majority users can't get this under 100 cycles and this is down to 51.


  23. #12198
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2008
    You absolute madman.

  24. #12199
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Finished Prey. 49 hours. I guess I'm slow. Although some of that was when I decided in Crew Quarters that if corpses were being turned into Phantoms, I should just recycle all the dead. That was time consuming, and I don't think it affected the rate of Phantom spawning at all.

  25. #12200
    Member
    Registered: May 2006
    Location: Anchorage, AK
    ^ Prey is quite good IMO. As far as I know it's the closest modern shooter out there to System Shock. The Mooncrash DLC is good too if you haven't yet tried it.

    I just finished the Lost On Mars DLC for Far Cry 5. It contains at least two System Shock references as well.

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