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  1. #376
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    Location: Switzerland
    @demagogue
    I could definitely imagine joining in one of your Antistasi sessions at some point, though scheduling would be difficult as always. Who knows: perhaps there'd be others from the old Arma crowd who might be interested. Does the version of Antistasi that you're playing require any other mods?

  2. #377
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    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: melon labneh
    Has anyone tried Arma Reforger? I hear it's a mess, but it looks pretty nice.

  3. #378
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    I've not tried it out, but it looks pretty nice and it seems a definite step forward in terms of the engine and UI, incorporating some of the things introduced by the big mods (like ACRE or ACE), without overcomplicating things. I've not tried it out, but I'll definitely keep an eye on it.

  4. #379
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    Location: NeoTokyo
    @Thirith, it doesn't require any mods, although it's generally compatible with them if you want them. I basically just kept the mods we used, I think I just added Zeus as a failsafe & everyone recommends Enhanced Movement, although I don't even know how mods with multiplayer. The map doesn't really care if the host and client use different mods, right, as long as the map itself is compatible with whatever you want to use? Anyway, I figure this game will be simmering on the back burner for like the next year or so, so anyone is welcome anytime.

    Re: Reforger, I've only seen a few videos. It somehow reminds me of X Rebirth. That was also a kind of buggy mess that looked better than X3, but ultimately was a proof of concept for some X4 features and a way to get some income while X4 was still in development. In that case, it was better to just wait for X4. You knew X Rebirth wasn't going to get maintained as soon as X4 came out, and X4 would supersede it in every way.

    So the first thing I thought about Reforger was maybe it was doing the same thing & I should just wait for Arma 4. I mean the way the naming scheme worked in pretty literally the same way, and the kinds of early reviews it's getting, gave me those vibes. But I'll give it some months or a year or so and see what general opinion is on it anyway.

  5. #380
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    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    I finally picked up Wreckfest (f.k.a. Next Car Game) after it had spent years near the top of my wishlist. Why did it take me so long? It's a great game, a proper spiritual successor to Bugbear's Flatout. The driving is fun and feels realistic, the destruction can be glorious, and the difficulty level seems just right for me most of the time. The tracks look a bit more monotonous than in Flatout for example, but they're well designed. The ones with two-way traffic can be cruel though, but the way how the track sometimes looks like a war zone at the end of the race is awesome.

    There's a lot of content (both single player and multiplayer) and it's not just mindless arcade racing. In fact it's not even close to that. You can either try to outrun your opponents or be more aggressive, but you'll have to tune your car according to that. An armored car won't be as fast, but you can deal some serious damage to your opponents. It's all quite well balanced too, and I love it how intense the races can be, but unlike in many other racing games, it never feels like the CPU is cheating. I'm not too keen on the overly chaotic destruction derby events or some of the way over-the-top races with harvesters and school buses (etc), but fortunately there aren't too many of those.

    I'd highly recommend Wreckfest to anyone who's looking for a fun racing game that doesn't take itself too seriously.

  6. #381
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    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: Edmonton
    I love that they included some Rally Trophy tracks as well. That game was so good back in the day.

  7. #382
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    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: The Plateaux Of Mirror
    Rally Trophy is still good, I wish Bugbear would make a proper rally game again.

  8. #383
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Still enjoying Return to Monkey Island a lot, but there are a couple of puzzles that do something I dislike in adventure games: you have to do the same thing more than once in order to get results. I don't mean doing the same thing in different places or in different contexts, or even doing the same thing and you get some sort of joke from the repetition, just that you have to do the same thing several times for it to work. And that's not my favourite kind of puzzle design by far. In an adventure, if I do something once and it doesn't quite work I then go off to look for alternative solutions and additional actions. I don't think of just repeating the exact same "Use X with Y" action, because I've done it once and obviously it wasn't enough.
    spoiler:
    It's not the worst case of this, but I already ran into this with the monocle that I needed to read the numbers on some locks, and then later I need to use *two* monocles to read a lock with smaller numbers. I don't expect that the solution to the puzzle is to grab a second monocle where I grabbed the first one, because that's boring puzzle design. I expect that I need to find some kind of magnification device somewhere else and combine it with my first monocle, but just "Use monocle 1 with monocle 2"? Snooze.
    The bit where it *really* annoyed me was in the hold of LeChuck's ship, where I had to grease the porthole several times for it to work. Again: where's the fun in this? Where's the cleverness? I thought I might have to grease the floor and then use it to work up some speed so I can get out of the greased porthole - but just repeating the original action 3-4 times? What's the point? How is this sort of puzzle design interesting or fun or anything really?

    Also, the digital version of Gloomhaven is probably pretty nifty if you already know the game, but it does a crap job of getting a group of players used to its systems. The first mission already is tough, but it's also boringly designed. I've been playing the board game version of Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, which does a much better job of introducing you to how the game plays and giving you easy missions up front, so you can get used to the systems and figure out what works. The single-player tutorials are okay (if clunky), but there should absolutely be a series of 'learner dungeons' or something along those lines to introduce a group to the game, rather than a first mission that's just a dull meat-grinder.
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  9. #384
    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    Still enjoying Return to Monkey Island a lot, but there are a couple of puzzles that do something I dislike in adventure games: you have to do the same thing more than once in order to get results.
    Could it have something to do with the difficulty setting you're playing on? Because it sounds like something that would be added to make it "harder" or removed to make it "easier". Still, I completely agree with you that it's not good puzzle design to give failure messages for trying an action but then getting a success after repeating the same action with no alterations.

  10. #385
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    It's definitely possible that it's a difficulty setting thing. But yeah, it's not the difficulty that bothers me. I'm fine with adventure puzzles asking me to think outside the box, but this strikes me as the game wanting me to think inside a smaller box placed within the box I'm already in.

    But, to be fair, such puzzle design is the exception (so far), and overall the puzzles are fine.

  11. #386
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    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: melon labneh
    I'm at Act IV now and I can't say I'm too impressed with the puzzles, a lot of it has felt like an extended tutorial with few interdependencies. Things seem to be shaping up though. I didn't mind the monocle puzzle, grabbing a second one felt like a clever joke to me but for it to work better I think they could have had Wally replace the monocle immediately rather than needing to exit and re-enter the cartographer's shop. The grease puzzle was a bit cheap on the other hand, I still thought it communicated clearly that you could try again but it just didn't bring anything to the experience.

    Everyone seems to be fine with the art style in the end, as far as I'm concerned the general style for both the environments and animations is really nice (the use of colors is gorgeous) but I still hate the character design as much as the day it was announced. That's not enough reason not to play, though. Story is great, voice acting is meh, music is fantastic. I'm overall positive about it.

  12. #387
    Quote Originally Posted by Briareos H View Post
    but I still hate the character design as much as the day it was announced.
    You're not alone.

    To me the character design looks like something you'd find in a cheaply produced childrens cartoon with deadlines like "We need 10 episodes animated before the end of the week", even if I know the actual work that went into the RtMI art and design is a lot more dedicated.

  13. #388
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    It's not my favourite Monkey Island look, but I'm fine with the character designs. I definitely like them better than, say, Thimbleweed Park, which has a certain weird appeal, but it looked and felt too much like Maniac Mansion-era point & clicks, and I have stronger feelings about the aesthetics of the Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and Monkey Island 2 era.

    Talking of visual design: I very much dig how Sekiro has a much more Japanese flavour than other From Software games, but at the same time the aesthetic has the decaying undertone that From does so well. Visually, the game feels both new and familiar, but familiar in uncanny ways.

  14. #389
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    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Louisville, KY area
    Save the World mode in fortnite.

    This is the most fun I've had playing a game in 15 years. ive been playing a bit over 3 months and its Its fantastic. This is the original paid version of fortnite, then battle royale exploded for those that didnt know. In simplest terms, I guess its an RPG Tower defense . Its geared heavily towards building which I hated in battle royale but is actually quite fun in this mode. Theres a mini version of the game itself, called ventures. It was made to give the players who had beaten the game a new level up progression system with rewards to power up weapons and items farther than originally intended. Anyone else still play this, or used to play?

  15. #390
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    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    I've been playing Star Wars: Squadrons for the last couple of days.

    I don't know what to think of it really. It looks great, the flying is good, it has that Star Wars feeling, but... I don't know. It's not terribly exciting and everything in it feels so scripted. I'm not particularly good at this game, but I've breezed through the first ten missions and haven't died once - oh, except in the very first mission (the flight controls take some time to get used to) and even that only took me to the latest checkpoint save from like a minute ago. The targeting system is terrible and I sometimes spend way too much time just to find the enemies or whatever I'm supposed to be targeting, yet I'm still winning these missions. If I ever get in trouble and my ship is about to blow up, I just hit the left shoulder button and my droid fixes everything in a couple of seconds. Apparently I can somehow also "call for resupply" even during a battle, and magically my ship gets fixed again and I get more missiles as well. I guess I should have chosen a harder difficulty level, but I'm not exactly a "veteran pilot". Perhaps it'll get harder later on.

    Wing Commander 2 is still my favourite game in this genre after all these years. I'm a bit of a nostalgic fool for sure, but the space battles in it felt much more intense. Managing to get back home after a tough mission with your fighter full of holes was such an awesome feeling. You couldn't just fuck around if you wanted to win, there were no checkpoints to save your ass if you did, and there was none of this auto-repair nonsense. You could even fail missions or lose your wingman in the game and the story would just keep going. And the music was much better too.

  16. #391
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    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    I gotta add to my previous post that I'm still enjoying SW: Squadrons despite my criticism. I'm always eager to start a new mission and see where the story leads me, but all those little things that I mentioned above start annoying me halfway through the mission, and as soon as I'm done, I head straight to the "exit game" button. And then I repeat that during the next gaming session.

    However, the real reason for my double posting here is that I just finished Insurmountable!
    It's a great game indeed, but I'm also glad that it's over now. It was getting a bit grindy and repetitive and I don't think I'll be returning to it any time soon. By the ending I think I had seen pretty much everything that the game has to offer. I was dreading the 5-star difficulty missions at first, but with my fully leveled up character(s) they were a piece of cake really. The danger of permadeath keeps things exciting, but the normal difficulty is quite forgiving, so most of the missions were a bit on the easy side. I would actually like to see what the toughest missions are like on the hardest difficulty level, but I think I'll leave that for another time. Still, Insurmountable is definitely a game worth playing, especially if adventure roguelikes are your thing.

  17. #392
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Just for the record: I don't like enemies in Sekiro that engage in ranged combat. And I especially don't like an entire cliff face of such enemies just waiting to fire up my ass.

  18. #393
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    Location: Maupertuis
    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    Just for the record: I don't like enemies in Sekiro that engage in ranged combat. And I especially don't like an entire cliff face of such enemies just waiting to fire up my ass.
    Then you get up close and discover their musket doubles as a warhammer. >>

  19. #394
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    Location: Switzerland
    Well, that's it for that cliff face of musket jerks. Their boss (?) has shot their last shot. I'm off to fight a Junji Ito-style wannabe Wolverine (at least going by the bugger's claws).

  20. #395
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    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: The Plateaux Of Mirror
    I'm finally playing something other than WRC10, although I'm still playing that...doing season mode on 150% difficulty because it's hard as nuts.

    Anyway, I've finally gotten around to Prey: Mooncrash, which didn't really interest much based on how it was marketed/discussed and was kind of meh at the outset but is actually quite good and growing on me. I find the roguelite aspect kind of unnecessary filler, but being forced to use character builds that I would never choose on my own is a good time. I suppose I'll post more about it in the relevant thread once I've finished it up.

    After that, I need to play Deathloop. And WRC Generations, I suppose, since that's coming out in less than a month apparently.

  21. #396
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    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Turns out my "ten missions in" for Star Wars: Squadrons was actually only six missions in, and the game is getting considerably more challenging now. I like that, but there really was no need for such a long tutorial section. The missions and the story are getting more interesting as well, so perhaps Squadrons is as good as they say after all! I still don't like the targeting system, and the two-stick flying controls are surprisingly hard to master, but yeah, I'm currently enjoying this game. I would imagine that it's even more spectacular in VR.

    I've also been playing Draw Slasher. You're this little ninja and you draw lines on the screen to slash monsters and stuff. It's not as simple and easy as it sounds though, and a fairly large variation of monsters (pirate monkey zombies) makes things more interesting. The game can be quite fun and I love how it looks, but it's quite a terrible tablet/mobile port. You're supposed to play the game with a mouse on PC, but it's so obviously designed for touch screen controls. You need a good mouse and an ergonomic desk if you want to beat this game. I have neither, and even though I hardly ever give up because a game is too hard, I might do an exception here. I like a challenge, but this is just annoying.


  22. #397
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Moyer View Post
    I'm finally playing something other than WRC10, although I'm still playing that...doing season mode on 150% difficulty because it's hard as nuts.
    How's WRC10 compared to Dirt Rally 2? I love DR2, but I haven't felt like playing it lately, and I never got obsessed with it like I did with Dirt Rally 1. I like it how it's so goddamn challenging and unforgiving, but sometimes the difficulty curve is just disheartening. Especially when you try to compete with other players online. Also, I'm just sort of hopeless at tuning the cars, and all that is in such a big role in Dirt Rally.

    Anyway. To me WRC 10 looks quite a bit more arcadey than Dirt Rally, but I don't know if that really is the case. The crashes particularly look bad I think, I watched a video clip of someone crashing into a tree at full speed, and there was barely a scratch in the car? Could be just some lower difficulty settings, dunno. On the other hand there seems to a whole lot of content in WRC10, and the tracks look a lot less monotonous than the ones in Dirt Rally. Then there are the official drivers and cars of course, but I haven't really missed those in Dirt Rally, even though I'm an armchair rally fan in real life too. The historic stuff seems interesting though. Ah, I wish Bugbear made another Rally Trophy game...

    Is WRC Generations just WRC11 with a fancy name?

  23. #398
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomi View Post
    How's WRC10 compared to Dirt Rally 2?
    I don't really like DR2. I mean, it has superior tech probably in terms of graphics/sound, but I prefer the way the WRC games look. They have that sort of lo-fi realism you get from ArmA games, where it's not massively impressive to look at but feels more real than most games because it has a proper color palette and the right sort of details. In terms of driving, I enjoyed DR1 but DR2 doesn't do much for me. I find the cars feel really floaty for some reason. WRC10 probably has too much grip (as does DR2), but the way the cars move on their suspension and slide on loose surfaces and such looks and feels better, reminds me of a somewhat easier Richard Burns Rally. The damage model is pretty shitty in some ways, but I'd say that about DR1/2 as well. They scale the damage taken and amount of damage that can be repaired based on which car you're driving (so Jr WRC cars take a pounding, WRC2 cars can be destroyed but it takes some really bad driving, and WRC+ cars damage really easily) which is annoying, and there isn't a ton of visual stuff happening, but in a proper length rally it's quite possible to DNF because of cumulative wear/damage, especially in the WRC+ cars. It's not RBR level where it's actually realistically punishing, but it's something you have to be aware of and prevents you from banging off barriers or whatever (again, in the WRC1 and, to an extent, WRC2 cars). I had to DNF from a stage in Finland because I nosed into a tree on the previous stage, which didn't create a mechanical problem but meant I had no headlights on the next stage, which was at night.

    The stages are probably the WRC series biggest strength, they're way more interesting and believable than anything Codemasters has done, while being equally unrealistic in the way they take real rallies and compress them down into the more notable bits. Codemasters has always claimed that the DR games used real stages for the long ones (that get chopped upped and reversed and so on), but the stages they use in the game are always like 1/5th of the length of the real ones. The WRC stages are similar in that way, but they base them around the interesting bits from real stages with the boring bits taken out. I'd rather just have the real stages, Mobil 1 Rally style, but whatever.

    I basically play Season mode because the caRPG stuff doesn't really resemble reality in any way, and the dynamic weather in WRC makes a huge difference in the experience. As does having to put together a pool of tires to choose from at the beginning of the rally, and being able to select which compound is on which wheel. Picking the wrong tires is way more punishing than in the DR games, and seems way closer to reality to me. Soft slicks wear quickly but are the fastest on dry tarmac, work ok as a compromise on wet surfaces as long as it isn't raining too heavily, and can be used on snow (which only appears in Monte Carlo) but are really slow. Hard slicks wear slowly and are almost as fast in the dry as the soft tires, but are totally useless in the rain and snow. Grooved wet tires wear faster than slicks (especially in the dry), are the best option in heavy rain, and are ok on snow. Snow tires are ok in the dry but wear out super fast, are super grippy in snow, and have almost no grip in the wet. So in Monte Carlo, for instance, you're always trying to solve the puzzle of which tires to mount and you can only leave a service area with the 4 tires mounted on your car and 2 spares. So you might run 2 softs and 2 wets crossmounted and lose 20 seconds on a dry stage, in order to be able to run 4 wet tires on a wet stage before the next service. It's kind of awesome, plus there's strategy in trying to save your best tires for longer stages or for the power stage since you get bonus points for doing well there.

    If you want to drive old rally cars I'd stick with DR. The historic cars aren't modelled with much detail in WRC, and aren't really the focus of the game. But if you want to do a career or run seasons with real, modern cars then WRC is the only game in town IMO.

    Is WRC Generations just WRC11 with a fancy name?
    Yep.







    Last edited by Jason Moyer; 10th Oct 2022 at 00:13.

  24. #399
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    That's some mighty fine rallying, Jason!

    I just finished Arctico. A minimalist survival-game, tho I dunno if survival is the right word, as there's no death or fail-state in this. It's very chill, in both senses of the word. This game has been in Early Access forever and only hit 1.0 half a year ago, but the dev still regularly updates it and adds new stuff. Even after putting 10 hours into it I'm not really sure what to say about it. The game it reminds me most of is Sable, similar relaxing vibes of skating over beautiful vistas. But what sets Sable ahead is that movement is fun in that game, whereas in Arctico it's extremely perfunctory. It does have the traditional survival-game loop of gathering resources, then turning those resources into other resources, then setting up systems to farm resources so you can get lots and lots of WONDERFUL RESOURCES! The exploration is fun, you find some cool stuff. But the game's best feature is perhaps the way it looks. I kept snapping screenshots throughout.







    I guess my final verdict is: if you're looking for a chill game to roam around in while listening to music or a podcast, give Arctico a go!

  25. #400
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    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Yeah Jason, nice driving indeed! And thanks for such a detailed reply. I'm quite tempted to give WRC10 a try, but there's something off-putting about those game series that get a new update every year, and the changes are often something quite small and insignificant. Just knowing that you're playing an "outdated" game in the series can be a bit annoying. It must also be a bit frustrating to invest a lot of time on learning to handle these cars, and then they'll change things for the next release and you'll have to learn it all over again. But I'll see if WRC10 is ever on big discount somewhere, I think I'll buy it... even though WRC Generations is most likely out by then.

    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    perfunctory
    *takes notes*

    That's a new word for my vocabulary.

    Also, Arctico does look pretty. It's a chill game, literally. Maybe it's one to play during the Christmas holidays.

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