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Title: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on December 07, 2007, 01:29:24 PM
Picked up two new DS games this week.   

Orcs & Elves

http://www.orcsandelves.com/

“classic” dungeon crawl first person RPG.   Darn fun to play (if you like this sort of thing) – a bit on the short side – I’m half way through already since Saturday (which is really fast for me since I don’t play for hours on end…), but amazingly fun.    I’ve gotten overwhelmed a couple of times so even the ‘normal’ mode isn’t a walk in the park.   I think I’ll like ‘hard’ mode a bit better though.

Luminous Arc

http://www.atlus.com/luminousarc/

A tactical/strategy RPG… somewhat similar to the Fire Emblem series (which I love and wish they’d release more titles in the states…) or games like Advance Wars.    Fight a series of battles with up to 15 characters against an army of monsters – move, attack in various ways, cast spells, etc…   This one takes terrain height and attacking from behind or the side into account which is a very nice enhancement.   

The downside of this one is the background story and dialogue is utterly horrible.   Ouch - you'll groan.   So far the battles have made it worthwhile, though.   I'm still happy I bought it.    It's also very much in the anime tradition of 13 year old children saving the world...  ha.

 
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: APK on December 07, 2007, 01:49:20 PM

- Metroid Prime 3 Corruption ... on the Wii

Really enjoying it. Basically a doom-style 1st person shooter. Excellent movement and graphics.
the Wii is a good platform for this style of game.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on December 07, 2007, 01:52:21 PM
I'm not playing anything at the moment, but just finished Halo 3, which was very enjoyable, but fairly brief.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on December 07, 2007, 08:25:01 PM
Cool topic. :)  I'm a long-time PC gamer, mostly into RPGs.

Just started playing Crysis.  All I can say at the moment that the graphics are truly remarkable, and the game world is so dynamic.

Also been playing Hellgate: London these last few weeks, but it's so unbelievably buggy that it ruins the whole "enjoyment" factor.  I'll probably shelve it and load it up again in six months.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: LNerell on December 08, 2007, 10:39:42 PM
rFactor

http://www.rfactor.net/ (http://www.rfactor.net/)

Its an auto racing game that I play on line. I spend way too much time playing this.

Timeshift

http://timeshiftgame.com/us// (http://timeshiftgame.com/us//)

A first person shooter but you can bend time as well. Interesting concept. I normally don't play these types of games but I was forced to as I was working on it.  ;D  Not a bad game though.

Baseball Mogul 2007

http://www.sportsmogul.com/baseball2k7/ (http://www.sportsmogul.com/baseball2k7/)

I haven't had any stick and ball games for a while now so I decided to try this since it was only two bucks.  :D The demo seemed pretty good. Basically a manager game, sort of a Sim City of baseball. I'll let you know it its any good.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on December 09, 2007, 06:09:06 PM
I'm addicted to Luminous Arc... great game!   I still groan over some of the horrible dialogue between battles - but the battles are darn fun.

I tracked down a used copy of Etrian Odyssey - Gamestop is shipping a used copy to my local store.  Released in May 2007 and discontinued only a few months later.   One of those titles I stumbled across on Gamespot.com - hopefully worth the effort... :)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on January 02, 2008, 07:48:35 AM
Been playing Etrian Odyssey a lot over the last week.   Great dungeon crawl RPG... sprawling huge twisting dungeons - monsters are levelled really well, strong enough to kill your party once in a while which forces you to go explore other areas and level up a bit before tackling the larger monsters again.   I'm only on level 7 of 30 - and all levels I've been through have a few secret areas I can't get to until I find a key.   

Where Orcs and Elves is a great dungeon crawl in the traditional dungeon sense - it's almost shamefully short - but great - and worth the $20 entry price.   Etrian is a dungeon built out of a forest (which is a nice touch) - and lacks the humor of the other - but makes up for it in the longer term playability.

 
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on January 02, 2008, 09:52:00 AM
Played a little bit of Oblivion this weekend, first time I've played any video games in a while.  I didn't realize it had been 7 months since I'd last played this one, but the game saves had dates on them and the last save was from May 27.

This is an enjoyable game, a free-ranging fantasy role-playing game, but tough to get into unless you invest consistent and significant chunks of time.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on January 02, 2008, 10:27:49 AM
I loved Oblivion - but yeah - I didn't sink as much time into it as I did for either Morrowind or Daggerfall.   Big key for me is I had Oblivion on my computer in my studio - as opposed to when I was playing Morrowind on my XBox - which I could play in the bedroom or living room and hang out with Heidi.   I sunk a ton of hours into Morrowind - but not all that much at all into Oblivion.   If I'm going to be squirreled away in my studio alone - I want it to be music time instead of game time.

I'm finding my little DS to be the perfect little game machine - portable - and Heidi and I like to play our DS's together (separate games - she's fond of Clubhouse Games - where I'm stuck on RPG's...).

Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on January 02, 2008, 07:00:48 PM
Ahh, another who played Daggerfall.  That will always be one of my all-time favourites.  ;D  Am I crazy to have enjoyed Oblivion much more than Morrowind?

Right now I'm playing The Witcher, which has been called an action RPG but it's anything but.  Sure, there's combat but it's much more story driven, which is a nice change of pace from the usual grind.  It also has a much darker atmosphere which I love.  If you enjoyed Baldur's Gate or Neverwinter Nights, you'll enjoy The Witcher.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on January 03, 2008, 07:01:52 AM
I spent a ridiculous amount of time playing Daggerfall - I loved it.    I also loved Morrowind, but I think I liked Daggerfall better overall (even with the graphics and falling into the void issue in the dungeons... ha).    Oblivion was shaping up to be a better game than Morrowind for me, but I just didn't have the time to sink into it hiding in my studio - vs. playing little 8 and 16 bit RPGs on my DS and being a bit more social... ha.     

I'd never played a Final Fantasy game until I got them for the DS (or the GB Advance versions) - now I've played 2 through 6 (and some of 1).    Back in the earlier days I had a Sega so played through the Phantasy Star / Shining Force type games.   

On the DS... I'm really loving Etrian Odyssey right now - and the Fire Emblem/Luminous Arc type tactical RPG's are mighty fine as well.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Hypnagogue on January 06, 2008, 06:21:41 AM
Speaking of dungeon crawls, I've now lost several hours playing "Monster's Den" at www.kongregate.com. Party-based, great graphics, and fairly addictive.

And free, which is my favorite flavor.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: LNerell on January 06, 2008, 11:44:01 AM
The last dugeon crawler I played was Neverwinter Nights, but I haven't played that in over two years now. Any ever play World of Warcraft? When I was working on that game last year just about everyone I worked with during our breaks would switch from what we were testing to WOW.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: spore on January 06, 2008, 06:39:18 PM
I'm currently playing Super Mario 64 DS. Not really different, but there are some cool changes. You start with Yoshi instead of Mario and you have to unlock Mario to be able to play with him. Wario and Luigi are also included in this game as playable characters but you have to unlock them, too.

This game is pretty old though and I only bought it recently. Still a really great game.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on January 07, 2008, 03:45:43 AM
I'm terrible at Mario games.   :)   I've got the New Super Mario for the DS - and my hand got tired of playing it long before I got tired of playing.... but oh well!   Great game - just too hard for my hands... :)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: spore on January 07, 2008, 09:20:13 AM
Haha, I know exactly what you mean!  ;D The first levels in every Mario game are fairly simple but after a while they get really hard. I don't know if you have played The Lost Levels for the SNES but anyone who played it knows how hard it is.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on January 08, 2008, 05:21:39 AM
Any ever play World of Warcraft?
Yup, I did the WoW thing for about 8-10 months.  As far as MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role playing games) go, there's a reason it has over nine million subscribers.  It's fun, and very rewarding to play casually... unlike most others that require you to spend way too much time to get ahead.

Speaking of Mario, has anyone checked out Mario Galaxy for the Wii?  I've only watched my brother play it for five minutes, but it looks quite different from any Mario game I've seen in the past.  Very open form as opposed to "levels".  Even though the Mario franchise has been going since the late 80s, Nintendo seems to be able to do no wrong and keep innovating.  Too bad it's still almost impossible to buy a Wii, after a year of the console coming out.   :P
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on February 08, 2008, 01:36:59 PM
I've actually had a chance to play Oblivion a few times in the past week.  And now that I had a few aspects of the game explained to me by a friend who's more familiar with it, things are making a lot more sense, and I'm enjoying it more.  Guess I shoud've read the manual, but I usually don't.

This game is really amazingly broad and deep.  I can see how you could play this game every day for a year and still not get to where there was nothing left to do.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jblock on February 08, 2008, 02:18:56 PM
Do the video games you plug in the TV count?  ;) If they do then we've been enjoying Wheel of Fortune and Deal/No Deal at my house.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on September 22, 2010, 05:55:14 AM
Old old thread...  better to start new one or resurrect the anceint one?   Anyway...

on DS... I've been totally addicted to Dragonquest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies - excellent jrpg game.   First Dragonquest I've played and it's blend of humor, decent story line, good character skills/abilites, and simple no suprises turn based battle system (it works well, why reinvent the wheel?)...   has me totally enjoying it.

on DS...  Also went through a bit of a Bejeweled Twist addiction for awhile - very enjoyable, easy to play - but so relaxing - and cool when you start a cascade and wipe out 60 or 70 jewels in one turn.

Also...  I just bought a PS3.   Games I've picked up (several older and very cheap...)

Oblivion: Game of the Year - I'll finally be able to play the game the way it was meant  to be seen!
Fallout 3 - never played, but highly recommended and same company that put out Oblivion.
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - I wanted a driving game and everyone said this one was to get, in spite of the fact the full Gran Turismo 5 is out in a couple months.
Tekken 6 I love fighting games.
Soul Calibur 4 - more figthiing - I had tekken and soul calbur on Xbox (as well as dead or alive)

I got the Move and the game that comes with it - but haven't played that one yet.


Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: TheBigLow on September 22, 2010, 11:18:04 AM
Great thread!  I'd missed it before today.  I'm also absolutely hooked on Dragonquest IX.  The character customization is great, the humor is wonderfully subtle and clever, and the story unfolds nicely.  Great combat system; frustrating buying and selling, alas.  Just started Halo: Reach yesterday.  It felt great to be back in a Halo game.  Up next on my DS:  The World Ends with You, which I've owned for ages and never started.  Also need to get back to FFXIII, especially since Fallout 3: New Vegas is most definitely going to be sucking up a whole lot of time when it comes out!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 22, 2010, 11:25:32 AM
Oblivion: Game of the Year - I'll finally be able to play the game the way it was meant  to be seen!
Fallout 3 - never played, but highly recommended and same company that put out Oblivion.
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - I wanted a driving game and everyone said this one was to get, in spite of the fact the full Gran Turismo 5 is out in a couple months.
Tekken 6 I love fighting games.
Soul Calibur 4 - more figthiing - I had tekken and soul calbur on Xbox (as well as dead or alive)


Oblivion might just be my all-time favorite video game.  Fallout 3 is up there too.  I also loved Morrowind (Elder Scrolls III) and almost didn't buy it (I played it after Oblivion, Elders Scrolls IV) but my buddy who got me into Oblivion told me it was worthwhile, and it was. A few sessions into Morrowind I stopped noticing how much more primitive it looked.

If Bethesda released an Elder Scrolls V and charged $500 for it, I'd be first in line.

I also rate Gran Turismo 3 and 4 pretty highly.  Buying GT 5 Prologue strikes me as a total waste of money, considering it's something like 2% of the content of the full version of GT 5, for about 50% of the price (unless of course you found it really cheap used somewhere).  I mean, I bought Prologue myself when it came out, but that was because I was dying for a GT racing fix and the complete game was more than a year away.  But I sold Prologue a while back because I figured nobody would want to buy it once the full GT 5 had a firm release date.

Not interested in fighting or sports games (except racing) personally, but I know lots of gamers love these.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: False Mirror on September 22, 2010, 12:27:30 PM
Fallout 3 - never played, but highly recommended and same company that put out Oblivion.

I usually don't have any time for playing computer games, but I recently played Fallout 3 and it was one of the best games I've ever played. Not because of the graphics (no match against Crysis, which is an awesome game as well), but mostly because of the overwhelming post-apocalyptic atmosphere and the immersive gaming experience with the freedom to do whatever you want (much more freedom than in Oblivion even).
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 22, 2010, 12:37:14 PM
The soundtrack to Fallout 3 was a big part of the atmosphere.  I found myself singing that Ink Spots song constantly for a month or so.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on September 22, 2010, 12:43:23 PM
Well - call me stupid for buying Gran Turismo Prologue... ;-)   I'll likely wait for the full version to come down in price - unfortunately - constantly holding the 'x' button down is... ummm... tiring.

Fallout 3 - can't wait to try it.   I'm knee deep in Dragonquest IX though - and anxious to see where it goes. 
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 22, 2010, 01:33:41 PM
Well, I wouldn't say "stupid"... maybe you've just got lotsa extra money.  ;)

Great, now I have "I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire" going through my head.

Ink Spots rule.

Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on September 22, 2010, 01:39:34 PM
Definitely not lots of money... so - stick with 'stupid'.  ;-)

Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: LNerell on September 22, 2010, 02:23:13 PM
Well - call me stupid for buying Gran Turismo Prologue... ;-) 

That's not stupid, here is stupid. Buying Gran Torismo 4 thinking it would work in my brand new PS3 player I just got. Sadly its a PS2 game, and the newer slim PS3 players don't support PS2 games, ooops! :o  :-[ Oh well, I only paid 4 bucks for it, but to make matters worse my PS3 player packed it in about two weeks after I got it. Still waiting for a replacement unit.  >:(
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 22, 2010, 02:26:46 PM
GT 3 and 4 are such great games, I'll have to always make sure I have a machine to play them.  If my original PS3 conks out I'll have to buy a PS2.  BTW, can you believe people still buy PS2 consoles, new?
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jeff pearce on September 22, 2010, 05:05:33 PM
we have a Wii in the family room, which is nowhere close to a serious gaming console, but I've had fun (while the kids were asleep!) playing "House of the Dead: Overkill"- good old fashioned shooter game done up like a campy grindhouse flick, with about 800 instances of the "M-F" bomb.

On the computer, I've been playing Quake live quite a bit lately- all online, all browser-based, and it runs great in Safari.  We've come a long way from 11 years ago, when Griffin and I would play Quake online with a dial-up connection.  If I remember correctly, I fragged Griffin about 100 times per game.  I eventually stopped playing Quake when, one morning while in an especially violent part of the game, my then two year old daughter (who woke up especially early), snuck up behind me and asked- with a very concerned, almost frightened voice- "daddy, what happened to that boy's head?".  "Quitting Quake" was a better option than explaining decapitation via chaingun... :)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 22, 2010, 05:10:13 PM
The label always lets the recording artist win.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: False Mirror on September 23, 2010, 12:14:19 AM
Great, now I have "I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire" going through my head.

Ink Spots rule.


Haha, me too.

You can find all of the GNR songs on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txPqV0lZaSE
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on September 23, 2010, 07:41:30 AM
My Oblivion and Soul Calibur games arrived last night!   However, I had dog washing and laundry to do and it was "America's Next Top Model" and "Modern Family" night... so... playing soon!

I really should make myself not start Oblivion until I finish my track for the upcoming Relaxed Machinery artist compilation...  no, that might be cruel and unusual punishment to myself... ;-)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 23, 2010, 08:14:53 AM
Great, now I have "I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire" going through my head.

Ink Spots rule.


Haha, me too.

You can find all of the GNR songs on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txPqV0lZaSE

I ended up getting the soundtrack CD!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 23, 2010, 08:19:04 AM
My Oblivion and Soul Calibur games arrived last night!   However, I had dog washing and laundry to do and it was "America's Next Top Model" and "Modern Family" night... so... playing soon!

I really should make myself not start Oblivion until I finish my track for the upcoming Relaxed Machinery artist compilation...  no, that might be cruel and unusual punishment to myself... ;-)


Nah, just set aside 200 hours in the next month or two to plow right through Oblivion.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 23, 2010, 01:31:43 PM
Oh, John... incredibly useful Oblivion reference wiki here. Maps, walkthroughs, all kinds of stuff if you get stuck.

http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Oblivion (http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Oblivion)

There's one for Morrowind at the same site if you ever replay that.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: LNerell on September 24, 2010, 10:52:22 AM
GT 3 and 4 are such great games, I'll have to always make sure I have a machine to play them.  If my original PS3 conks out I'll have to buy a PS2.  BTW, can you believe people still buy PS2 consoles, new?

I've never played GT3 or 4, but I have the original GT for the PS1 still. That was a fun game for its time. Mike, how do you drive those cars on your playstation, with the regular controller or do you have a wheel? Just wondering.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 24, 2010, 10:55:26 AM
I have a wheel but I never use it. My brother gave it to me 7-8 years ago when I was playing GT3 several hours per day.  I just use the controller.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on September 24, 2010, 11:58:37 AM
Thanks for the Oblivion link - used to go there all the time... haven't gone in years, forgot about it.

Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 24, 2010, 12:35:38 PM
Here's another one, not as useful as the first, but has some different content.

http://oblivion.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Antdude on September 24, 2010, 05:14:10 PM
Now that I have a computer that can run Oblivion the way it was meant to be, I've reinstalled the game and have to say it looks spectacular with all the eye candy turned on. The adventure is just beginning, and I hope to spend quite a bit of time in Tamriel again.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on September 25, 2010, 05:17:10 AM
To anyone playing Oblivion on PC:
http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/07/16/ten-essential-oblivion-mods/ (http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/07/16/ten-essential-oblivion-mods/)

I cannot WAIT for Elder Scrolls V!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 25, 2010, 08:14:04 AM
Even before you posted that, Altus, I was going to say I've considered buying the PC version of Oblivion (I have the PS3 "Game of the Year" edition with all the official downloadable content included) just so I can download some of the unofficial mods.

Speaking of Elder Scrolls V, I'm hoping too, but it still has never been officially announced that they're even planning on it.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: einstein36 on September 25, 2010, 08:56:03 AM
Well guys, I finally took the plunge into the world of an xbox 360 console(been a pc gamer for way to many years) and been enjoying it.
I got the Halo Reach edition of the xbox and some of my friends have been talking about the new Black Ops coming out...sooo...should I wait and buy this or how good do you think it's going to be??
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: matthew on September 26, 2010, 08:12:18 AM
Oblivion was also my first foray into RPG and I clocked up to 400 hours in that world, loved it. I have been a fan of Jeremy Soule since his work on Total Annihilation and although an often heard complaint about Oblivion are the "plastic looks", the world combined with his music was completely alive.

Halo: Reach is fantastic. Anyone here with an iPhone? If so, I did the music for a game called Star Defense ; )
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on September 27, 2010, 06:16:33 AM
I have oblivion for pc - and ran it on my old 2005 desktop with basically everything dialed back to nothing.  It was still phenomal - but obviously missing stuff - I'm looking forward to the PS3 GOTY edition!

I played Soul Calibur 4 a bit this weekend - darn fun. 

Otherwise - I'm still working on Dragonquest IX on DS - have to level up a bit to get through the next round of bosses.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on September 30, 2010, 08:54:44 AM
I've decided I can't possibly buy Oblivion for the PC, because the time vortex is just too great with that game. 

I love video games too much to let myself get started with them. My greatest periods of productivity (and periods of more Hypnos CD releases coming out) have been when I've abstained from video games!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: APK on September 30, 2010, 09:06:53 AM
I've decided I can't possibly buy Oblivion for the PC, because the time vortex is just too great with that game. 

I love video games too much to let myself get started with them. My greatest periods of productivity (and periods of more Hypnos CD releases coming out) have been when I've abstained from video games!

That is exactly why I stopped playing BIG games. The time consumption is huge. The end product of all that time is ... almost nothing.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: petekelly on September 30, 2010, 11:23:21 AM

I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one who doesn't play games ? ('Chess titans' not included)
I used to play 'Asteroids' as a kid, but nothing now.

cheers
Pete
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: darkenedsoul on October 08, 2010, 10:36:30 PM
I used to spend a lot of time (and even more when laid off) in Guild Wars, over the past several months a new one has taken hold of me - Perfect World, free MMORPG and waaaaaaay more in-depth for what you have to do compared to the current GW (can't wait for GW2, now I hear pushed out till 1st half of next year.....).

There is a lot of stuff to do in PWi.....check it out, free to play, don't have to spend ANY $ unless YOU WANT something from the boutique (stuff you can't get elsewhere, etc....). I've blown $140 so far in it for flying mounts, materials that were not dropping as well as they were (if u r >5-10 lvls above what drops it, ratio goes WAY DOWN for it, takes a LOT longer,  as an FYI) but it's pretty cool. If you leave game outside an outpost/city you are there when you log back in. You can have multiple accounts BUT have to be different email addresses, etc...

Mike
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on October 09, 2010, 10:39:00 AM
Good thing that game is "free" if it takes $140 of imaginary doo-dads to make it fun to play.

I'm afraid to try MMORPGs in case I enjoy them too much and ruin my life. Same reason I avoid trying heroin.   ;)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on October 10, 2010, 06:44:29 AM
Speaking of MMOs, did anyone ever play Asheron's Call 2?  It was my first MMO experience, and I still have very fond memories of that game.

Not only was the game world beautiful (amazing engine for it's time), the music was essentially generative ambient music.  And it would change depending on the situation.  If there were no enemies around, the music would be fairly calm.  Otherwise it would become more active, especially during combat.  This is very different from what most games do, where a totally different soundtrack will play/loop depending on the situation.  The music in the game never really fully changed.  It was all based on 10-20 second loops that were chosen at random.
Anyway I'm rambling, but I've yet to see such a unique music experience in a game since.  If anyone's curious to hear it, I could post a track I had compiled years ago.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Antdude on October 11, 2010, 08:24:35 PM
I've been giving Eve Online a spin lately. Yes, it can be a time-sink, but if you want to be a casual like me, mining asteroids and saving up for gradually better ships, the game allows for that, as well, without a huge time commitment. The deep, technological and meta side of the game is there as well(boy, is it ever), but i've found i can have fun and get stuff done without spending half a day doing it. Probably the steepest learning curve of any game out there, but for now, I'm enjoying being a casual pilot. Also, I got into a long session yesterday with Oblivion, but it was totally worth it!  ;)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on October 15, 2010, 10:36:52 AM
I have an unexpected (or at least forgotten until recently) 3-day weekend coming up and I have allocated a block of hours Sunday for VIDEO GAME TIME... yes!

Now I just need to choose between moving forward from where I left off on Half-Life 2, replaying Portal, or re-starting Oblivion with a magic-user character instead of a brawler.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on October 25, 2010, 11:18:45 AM
The last couple of weekends I've given myself a couple of carefully allotted video game sessions.  Seriously, I set up an egg timer in there when I play so I don't waste my whole weekend on Oblivion. I'm starting the game over from the beginning so I can play through as a Sorcerer, rather than just poking around in a mostly-depleted game world as my high-level Battlemage.

Ah, I miss buying potatoes and rat meat and picking plants and mushrooms, spending a bunch of time on alchemy, and selling the resulting potions. I wish real life worked like that -- make money AND level up!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: matthew on October 26, 2010, 12:25:17 PM
As long as you don't forget to sleep that is ; )

I remember roaming in one of those towers looking at the strange icon in the Hud and not quite understanding its purpose... until I slept and went five levels up ; )
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on October 29, 2010, 04:18:08 AM
Just in time for Halloween... Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
http://www.amnesiagame.com/ (http://www.amnesiagame.com/)

A spooky first-person adventure game that's been getting great reviews.  I just bought it on Steam (I love their sales)... I'll probably try it out this weekend.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: darkenedsoul on October 30, 2010, 10:18:42 AM
Good thing that game is "free" if it takes $140 of imaginary doo-dads to make it fun to play.

I'm afraid to try MMORPGs in case I enjoy them too much and ruin my life. Same reason I avoid trying heroin.   ;)

Well it is free to play. If you want to create multiple characters to do the lower lvl material farming you can. I do that with a couple lower lvl chars. But it is time consuming. I did an event last night for 5.5 hrs and made ~1.3mil coin = great as I needed the coinage. It was brutal too, bodies everywhere due to the roaming mobs HAHAHA. Interesting, hope to do another one again at some point. Not sure when next one will be.

Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: matthew on November 08, 2010, 12:41:49 PM
Castlevania, Lord of Shadows is a fantastic game with some of the most beautiful graphics of this generation. Replaying Alan Wake and finding it entrancing once again, despite the many mistakes the games makes. Also trying to finish up on Modern Warefare 2, the Washington DC levels are incredibly impressive.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on November 22, 2010, 09:35:36 AM
finished dragonquest IX DS - (still have lots of 'bonus' content - but main quest done a while ago) -

started the humorously named..   final fantasy - the 4 heroes of the light!  On DS.

It's very very very very very very cartoon like.   and quite a bit different from most of the ff's I've played.  still fun.  linear as always - but at this point even more linear than normal.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on November 22, 2010, 12:09:19 PM
I'm continuing to give myself short, rationed sessions of Oblivion play.  I'm up to 9th level with my new character, having fun exploring, making potions, getting mage's guild recommendations, and killing fools.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on November 24, 2010, 08:02:41 PM
I started a new game in Dragon Age: Origins (PC), playing an "evil" character this time.  I'm looking forward to seeing what changes from my first play-through.  The only problem I have is that so far the good and evil options are so black and white, whereas Mass Effect 2 had all these shades of gray.
All in all, Dragon Age still did a fairly good job at scratching my Baldur's Gate itch.  And when I had originally finished it, I didn't want it to end.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on November 25, 2010, 12:04:49 PM
I think I read an article that playing evil RPG characters causes you to become evil in real life.  Be careful!   ;)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on December 12, 2010, 06:34:30 AM
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been announced.  Can't wait.  :)
http://elderscrolls.com/ (http://elderscrolls.com/)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on December 12, 2010, 10:53:53 AM
Wow, crazy... just a couple days ago I was looking at the forum for the Elder Scrolls games' developer, reading all the "when will they announce Elder Scrolls V?" debate.  Most of the people on that forum were just saying "The announcement has GOT to happen soon," but apparently they've been predicting an imminent announcement for the last few years.

I've really been enjoying a re-play of Oblivion as a magic-oriented character. Ideally I could play Oblivion straight through (I'm only playing a couple of hours a week, at most) until the new one comes out, and transition straight over to Skyrim.

Thanks for the news, Altus.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on December 13, 2010, 06:37:22 AM
what!?  Skyrim!  Wooo hoooo... .    and of course - the site is blocked by my work's firewall...  argh.   

Been playing Final Fantasy - the 4 heroes of light.    Not only a bad title - but not a very good game either.  not recommended unless you're a die hard FF collector.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on December 16, 2010, 10:32:37 AM
Has anybody played Gran Turismo 5 yet?

I've been a big GT series fan for a decade or so, and waited anxiously for this game for so long, and even bought the "prologue" version. Lately I've been so busy, though, I haven't picked this game up since it's been released.  I'd like to hear about it, though.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: LNerell on December 16, 2010, 03:08:43 PM
Has anybody played Gran Turismo 5 yet?

I've been a big GT series fan for a decade or so, and waited anxiously for this game for so long, and even bought the "prologue" version. Lately I've been so busy, though, I haven't picked this game up since it's been released.  I'd like to hear about it, though.

Haven't even replaced my broken PS3 system yet so no GT5 here, but you can see a review of it on this webshow:

http://www.insidesimracing.tv/videos/view/200/0/Inside-Sim-Racing-Episodes (http://www.insidesimracing.tv/videos/view/200/0/Inside-Sim-Racing-Episodes)

Review starts about 12:30 in, this is a hard core sim racing show so its pretty thorough.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on December 16, 2010, 05:21:52 PM
Thx Loren!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on January 04, 2011, 01:27:47 PM
Oblivion update: I have a bit more game time over the various vacation days and holidays, and have made it through much of the main quest and the mage's guild quests. My character is 26th level now and quite fearsome, and wealthy!

Must finish Oblivion (Elder Scrolls IV) early enough in 2011 to give me a break before Skyrim (Elder Scrolls V) in November!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on January 07, 2011, 07:07:08 PM
Did anyone take advantage of the Steam holiday deals that occurred between Dec 20th and Jan 2nd?
Over that period, I purchased 16 games for a total of around $140.00, so yeah... my gaming needs are definitely covered for the next year or so.   ;D
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: LNerell on April 06, 2011, 11:27:20 AM
Has anybody played Gran Turismo 5 yet?

I've been a big GT series fan for a decade or so, and waited anxiously for this game for so long, and even bought the "prologue" version. Lately I've been so busy, though, I haven't picked this game up since it's been released.  I'd like to hear about it, though.

Haven't even replaced my broken PS3 system yet so no GT5 here, but you can see a review of it on this webshow:

http://www.insidesimracing.tv/videos/view/200/0/Inside-Sim-Racing-Episodes (http://www.insidesimracing.tv/videos/view/200/0/Inside-Sim-Racing-Episodes)

Review starts about 12:30 in, this is a hard core sim racing show so its pretty thorough.

They just released a full review of GT5, you can view it here:

http://www.insidesimracing.tv/videos/view/443/0/Inside-Sim-Racing-Episodes (http://www.insidesimracing.tv/videos/view/443/0/Inside-Sim-Racing-Episodes)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on April 06, 2011, 01:32:38 PM
Thanks for the link, Loren. I'll have to check that out. I'm afraid to get started on GT5 though, in case I go into obsessed/addicted mode and nobody hears a word from me for the next 6 months!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Antdude on April 06, 2011, 03:54:14 PM
I've been dividing my game time between Oblivion(Fighter's Guild Champeen), Fallout 3(main quest completed, now just exploring and checking out all DLC stuff), and Eve Online.

Much as I really shouldn't do it, Skyrim will probably be a Day One purchase, but also on the radar is Portal 2, which should be a unique and fun game. A good puzzle game can probably suck up as much time as any RPG.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on April 06, 2011, 07:46:20 PM
I allow myself so little video game time that I've been stretching out my current Oblivion session for something like 6 months, and I'm still nowhere near as far along as the last time I played it. It's a great game but I figure I'd better wrap this thing up and play something else for a while before Skyrim comes out.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on April 07, 2011, 10:09:05 AM
I feel like I need this Atari retro-gaming extravaganza on my iPad.

http://toucharcade.com/2011/04/06/atari-brings-100-retro-titles-to-ios-in-ataris-greatest-hits/ (http://toucharcade.com/2011/04/06/atari-brings-100-retro-titles-to-ios-in-ataris-greatest-hits/)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: LNerell on April 11, 2011, 08:27:03 AM
Thanks for the link, Loren. I'll have to check that out. I'm afraid to get started on GT5 though, in case I go into obsessed/addicted mode and nobody hears a word from me for the next 6 months!

Yes it seems this could happen based upon the review. Apparently you have to do something like twelve 24 hour endurance races to finish the game, something even these hard core sim racers complained about.

I finally replaced my PS3 and I just finished Grand Theft Auto 4, it was fun screaming down the highway in a stolen car after doing a violent crime listening to Steve Roach on the radio.  :o ;D

I just made a funny typo, I originally typed in Grand Theft Audio. Must be the game based on the sleazy underworld of people who upload mp3 copies of entire albums to p2p sites  :D
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on April 11, 2011, 08:49:47 AM
Just bought Dragonquest VI on DS - starting out good.

I've been playing Towermadness on iPad a lot...  addicted to destroying aliens bent on stealing my 10 sheep.   

Grand Theft Audio!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on October 08, 2012, 12:03:41 PM
Not sure if this is the current video game thread or not...  came up in search... 

Sooooooo,...  I finally hooked up my ps3 after moving to the new house 4 months ago (not high on the priority list).  However...  getting Dead or Alive 5 and Soul Calibur 5 kind of kicked up my love for silly fighting games. 

Having a ball playing - and eyeying my unplayed copy of Skyrim - though I just don't have time for that one right now - I think I'll stick to games that only last a few minutes at a time!   
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/SoulcaliburV.png)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b1/Art_cover_of_Dead_or_Alive_5.jpg)

Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: | broken harbour | on October 18, 2012, 08:25:32 PM
I haven't had alot of time for games in the last year, but I played Fallout New Vegas over the summer, and I'm wrapping up Binary Domain on PC.  It didn't do well critically, but it's fun.  Cheesy dialogue and bad acting and all....
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on October 19, 2012, 03:22:13 PM
I miss video games so much!

I stopped Skyrim and never started again... not due to any problem with the game, just "real life."

Saw Halo 4 ads and got that itch. I want to play co-op Halo with Lena!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on November 04, 2012, 10:37:05 AM
Recently finished Broken Sword on the iPad. Lots of fun, if you're a fan of adventure games.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/broken-sword-directors-cut/id350353259?mt=8

This is a remake of an old PC title. It is a great mystery, with solid voice acting, good character development, and challenging puzzles that are well integrated into the story.

Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on June 26, 2013, 05:55:10 PM
Anyone played anything lately that they'd recommend? My wife and kids are traveling at the moment, which suddenly leaves me with some free time on my hands. I'm tempted to splurge on Bioshock Infinite or Skyrim.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: | broken harbour | on June 27, 2013, 08:05:41 AM
Anyone played anything lately that they'd recommend? My wife and kids are traveling at the moment, which suddenly leaves me with some free time on my hands. I'm tempted to splurge on Bioshock Infinite or Skyrim.

Depends what you're into and what systems you own.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on June 27, 2013, 09:40:57 AM
PS3 or any PC game that isn't too demanding of a video card. I'm into a lot of things, although my preference is to steer away from scrollers or anything that requires twitch-style reflexes.

I was a WoW addict from 2006 - 2009. So I'm thinking that Skyrim might be worth exploring. But I'm also intrigued by The Secret World. Has anyone given that a shot? http://store.steampowered.com/app/215280/ (http://store.steampowered.com/app/215280/)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: APK on June 27, 2013, 09:58:23 AM
Secret World does look very interesting. Will have to give it a try this summer.

Skyrim is a huge free-roaming, very detailed world. It is excellent.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: | broken harbour | on June 27, 2013, 11:11:12 AM
PS3 or any PC game that isn't too demanding of a video card. I'm into a lot of things, although my preference is to steer away from scrollers or anything that requires twitch-style reflexes.

I was a WoW addict from 2006 - 2009. So I'm thinking that Skyrim might be worth exploring. But I'm also intrigued by The Secret World. Has anyone given that a shot? http://store.steampowered.com/app/215280/ (http://store.steampowered.com/app/215280/)

If you like RPG-ish games I would recommend the Mass Effect Trilogy if you haven't played it.  Both Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas are very immersive, and Mass Effect in particular has a brilliant story arc over 3 games. Neither of them require a bunch of twitch reflexes either.  Both of those series are better on PC than PS3.

Quantum Conundrum was super fun, it's on Steam.

Sly Cooper Thieves in Time on PS3 was much better than I expected, it's not very challenging, but it has a lot of heart.

The Ratchet and Clank games for PS3 are really fun, and quite hilarious.

Batman Arkham Asylum is probably the best superhero game ever created, at least that I've played.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on June 27, 2013, 05:34:40 PM
Neverwinter came out of beta last week, and you can't beat the price (free).
http://nw.perfectworld.com/ (http://nw.perfectworld.com/)

I had a lot of fun with Dragon's Dogma on PS3.

An excellent site to check out if you're curious about a game is Giant Bomb. They do these excellent--and usually hilarious--quick-look videos that offer a glimpse into a game.
http://www.giantbomb.com/videos/quick-looks/ (http://www.giantbomb.com/videos/quick-looks/)

Have fun!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on June 27, 2013, 09:45:51 PM
I decided to give Skyrim a try. I'm enjoying it so far. I love the openness of the world and how few constraints there are for exploring it.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on June 28, 2013, 04:25:08 PM
An excellent choice! If you're playing on PC, I strongly recommend trying out some of the realism (section 400) mods available at http://www.skyrimgems.com/ (http://www.skyrimgems.com/). Specifically, check out the two Hypothermia mods. But there's tons of immersion/roleplaying mods that turn vanilla Skyrim into an absolutely amazing experience.

Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: | broken harbour | on August 19, 2013, 08:43:06 AM
I lost half of the past weekend trying to beat Jamestown:

http://www.finalformgames.com/jamestown/ (http://www.finalformgames.com/jamestown/)

So close to beating the final level.....


Playing through Dirt 3 right now, and anxiously awaiting Grand Turismo 6...
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on August 21, 2013, 04:07:15 AM
Games I've played/been playing lately:

- Torchlight 2. Your typical Diablo clone. Easy and fun, especially with friends. I especially like the monster design.
- Dead Island: Riptide. I knew this got bad reviews, but I loved the first one so much (again, with friends), I figured how bad could it possibly be? Ugh! It really is a boring mess.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Great atmosphere. Excellent music! The ability to play stealthy and/or guns blazing is nice. Graphics are kind of dated though.
- Final Fantasy 14 (version 2). MMORPG. The first version was an absolute disaster, so they shut it down and re-built it. I've played the various beta builds, and it's worlds better. Proper release is next Tuesday. Looking forward to playing it with friends. :)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Antdude on August 21, 2013, 01:23:08 PM
I've been back to playing Guild Wars 2. The constant updates to the game pretty much insure there's something to do that's not grindy in nature. Every character has a personal storyline that emphasizes you as the unique hero so you don't feel like one in a thousand other people doing the same quest.

Add to that big updates to the game's Living Story lines and the addition of new areas to explore and there's a lot to see and do. The constant gear turnover is kind of lame and keeps GW2 shackled to the old MMO model of 'upgradicide.' On the other hand, if you're not into the constant raid grind of other games, GW2 is great for the casual player as well.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on November 24, 2013, 11:46:21 AM
I know we have lots of Skyrim players here, so thought it might be of interest to link to the 1/2 price deal today on bestbuy.com for the "Legendary" edition of Skyrim:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-legendary-edition-xbox-360/8977097.p?id=1218960179555&skuId=8977097&st=categoryid (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-legendary-edition-xbox-360/8977097.p?id=1218960179555&skuId=8977097&st=categoryid)$abcat0701002&lp=4&cp=1

The link is to the Xbox 360 version but the Playstation 3 version is also the same deal, $29.99 instead of the usual $59.99.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: APK on November 24, 2013, 12:06:19 PM
I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for another free roaming game like Skyrim ?
I'm not into industrial/zombies and the like. The beauty of the Skyrim landscape was one of its big appeals for me.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on November 24, 2013, 12:59:08 PM
I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for another free roaming game like Skyrim ?
I'm not into industrial/zombies and the like. The beauty of the Skyrim landscape was one of its big appeals for me.

Have you tried Minecraft? It has some beautiful landscapes. They are not photo-realistic, but it is fun game for exploration, roaming, creative-building purposes.

I also downloaded Dear Esther a while back, but never found time to play it. It sounds like it might be of interest: http://dear-esther.com/ (http://dear-esther.com/)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on November 24, 2013, 04:41:27 PM
Dear Esther is definitely an interesting experience. It's not quite a game. A better definition would be interactive fiction. It lasts around two hours, and is best played in one sitting. And I'll admit at the end I was moved, and shed a manly tear. I blame it on good timing of visuals and music. ;D

Skyrim is in a league of its own in terms of open-ended gameplay and sandbox world. I can't think of anything that comes close. Probably for the best. I don't have time for such extended adventures. The Witcher 3 could be a contender when it's hopefully released next year.

Right now, I'm playing Final Fantasy 14 (MMORPG) on PC, and Valkyria Chronicles (very Japanese/anime turn-based game in alternate reality WW2) on PS3. I'm enjoying both.

Next in line is the re-released Baldur's Gate 2 (going to play through the campaign online with a friend), and The Witcher 2.

Yay games!

Anyone here play boardgames or pnp RPGs with friends?
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: APK on November 24, 2013, 05:02:43 PM
Thanks for the info guys.
Dear Ester does look interesting, but obviously short and perhaps without replay value.
The Witcher 3 does look just the thing! Will for sure keep and eye open for that.

Right now I'm checking out Deadfall Adventures, looks pretty good.
http://deadfall-game.com/en/dfnews/ (http://deadfall-game.com/en/dfnews/)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on November 24, 2013, 05:25:35 PM
Damn, I almost forgot:

You absolutely must try Journey if you have a PS3. It is one of the best atmosphere + sandbox games I've ever played: http://thatgamecompany.com/games/journey/ (http://thatgamecompany.com/games/journey/)

The soundtrack is frigging amazing too. Stream it here, starting with the track "Temptations": http://austinwintory.bandcamp.com/album/journey (http://austinwintory.bandcamp.com/album/journey)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on November 24, 2013, 05:31:51 PM
Ack! And Shadow of the Colossus. I bought a PS3 just to play that and Journey. (And, well, because my son wanted one.) This is an incredible adventure/ landscape exploration-style game. Watch a few videos. Most of the youtube videos depict battle scenes (the core game mechanic involves defeating 15 or so giants), but 80% of the game involves exploring the breathtaking landscape to locate the sleeping giants.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: | broken harbour | on November 24, 2013, 11:43:22 PM
I've been spending waaaaaayyyyy too much time playing games when I should be recording my next album. (Shame I know)

Lately I've been playing:

Lost in Shadow - Wii  (interesting concept, feels like a combination of Ico, Limbo & Echochrome)
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus - PS3 (Short but worth your time if you like R&C games)
Mushihimesama Futari - Xbox 360 (If you like shmups its a must play)
Excitebots Trick Racing - Wii (Looks like shovel ware upon 1st look,, but is actually a kick ass arcade racing game)
Crimsons Skies - Xbox (A decade old now, but it totally holds up, great buy and even plays on an Xbox 360, it's like 5 bucks used, no excuses on this one!)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on November 25, 2013, 03:55:41 PM
I've been spending waaaaaayyyyy too much time playing games when I should be recording my next album. (Shame I know)


Get to work!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on December 02, 2013, 02:40:24 PM
I just bought for ps3 after a long absence from playing:

Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on December 09, 2013, 02:11:52 PM
I finally got around to tinkering with Minecraft a little bit. I've had it sitting here for a long time, waiting.

It's more sandbox than game, but it's fun. I can see how it would be addicting! I only let myself mess around with it for 20-30 minutes or so.

Has anybody else here bothered with Minecraft?
 
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on December 09, 2013, 04:31:45 PM
I play Minecraft several hours a week with my kids. It is a ton of fun.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on December 12, 2013, 01:29:28 PM
Minecraft seems like a game where you can just play for 10 or 20 minutes and have a little fun, and set it aside. Of course, I understand it's supposed to be addicting, and I could see how you can get caught up into harvesting resources and making stuff.

Also, I just sold my regular edition of Skyrim and ordered the Legendary one, so I can play the various add-ons. Kind of stupid, considering I hadn't even finished the regular Skyrim yet, but I found a good deal on the legendary version and wanted to take advantage of it.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: DeepR on December 21, 2013, 03:42:46 AM
Skyrim is in a league of its own in terms of open-ended gameplay and sandbox world. I can't think of anything that comes close. Probably for the best. I don't have time for such extended adventures.

Right now, I'm playing Final Fantasy 14 (MMORPG) on PC

This is sort of contradictory. You're playing an MMORPG, which are the most time consuming games out there, but don't have time for Skyrim. :)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: DeepR on December 21, 2013, 03:48:44 AM
I played through The Swapper for PC. Really beautiful atmospheric puzzle game with great ambient music. Recommended to all.

Also playing Path of Exile, a free action RPG, by far the best one out there, very deep and complex. Of course, it's a hell of a grind. But the many ways you can customize your character is one of the things that make this game worthwhile. Everything is so much better done than in Diablo 3.

I never got the hype for Skyrim. It's a beautiful world, but otherwise I found it unengaging. Also the combat is just awful.

For another type of massive open world game, you could check out some Space Sims. The recent X Rebirth is getting bad reviews, but the upcoming crowd funded "Star Citizen" and "Elite: Dangerous" are very, very interesting (and very good looking) projects.

"Elite: Dangerous retains the basic premise of previous games - players start with a spaceship and a small amount of money and make their own way in an open galaxy. Players will choose how much they interact with others, from completely offline play to something approaching an MMO. The extensively procedurally generated universe is expected to be vast both in scope and detail, perhaps allowing players to fly down into a unique cloudscape for every planet of every size in a universe containing hundreds of billions stars"
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on December 21, 2013, 07:19:54 AM
This is sort of contradictory. You're playing an MMORPG, which are the most time consuming games out there, but don't have time for Skyrim. :)
I see your point. A missing detail to clarify: I only play MMOs with a gang of friends for a few hours two times a week. I don't log in otherwise.

[...] but the upcoming crowd funded "Star Citizen" and "Elite: Dangerous" are very, very interesting (and very good looking) projects.

Yup, I backed both those games. Star Citizen looks to be quite epic in scope. Hopefully they can deliver on the hype they're selling. Those two games will also support the Oculus Rift. I can't wait for that piece of tech to arrive (the 1080p version, that is).
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Castleview on December 30, 2013, 03:08:47 PM
Games I've been playing lately:

Baroque (Wii)
Night Sky (3DS)
Realms Of Arkania: Shadows Over Riva (DOS)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS)
Sonic Adventure DX (PC)
The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
VVVVVV (3DS)
Wizardry 6 (PC)

Also got Lost In Shadow recently. Haven't played it yet though.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on December 31, 2013, 07:50:27 AM
I just started playing The Last of Us (PS3).
One word: Cinematic!

Great music too. Lots of ambient guitar stuff.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on February 09, 2014, 07:20:25 AM
Recently started playing Rogue Legacy. Great little platformer with RPG elements. It has that addictive "just one more try" thing going for it.

Also been playing Saints Row 4 co-op with my bro. That game is ridiculous and hilarious.

Unfortunately, The Witcher 2 hasn't been keeping my attention, much to my disappointment. The story doesn't engage me at all.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on February 10, 2014, 12:18:02 PM
I believe I have finally convinced Lena to try Skyrim. That's big news!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: APK on February 10, 2014, 12:28:21 PM
I recently picked up the Dawnguard addon for Skyrim.
It was excellent !
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on February 10, 2014, 12:39:30 PM
Even though I hadn't played Skyrim for 6+ months (until this weekend), I did trade in my regular version of Skyrim for the Legendary version, when I found the Legendary edition on sale for under $30 around the holidays.

I'm looking forward to the expansion material, of course, even though I hadn't finished the main quest in the standard version.  I played that game like crazy, and for some reason stopped at level 47 and never started again until now.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: APK on February 10, 2014, 01:10:42 PM
I certainly didn't do everything in the main game either. I'm at 55.
Both of the main addons are very good. I didn't go for the build your own place one.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: | broken harbour | on February 10, 2014, 03:21:13 PM
Man I wish I had time right now for an epic RPG like Skyrim!

Lately my time has been limited to playing quick arcade style games that can be played in increments of less that an hour...

Mushihimesama Futari - Xbox360 - A great shmup, get's crazy intense at times, a good adrenaline hit, if you hate anime style girls, beware of this one.
Battle Fantasia - Xbox360 - A fairly rare fighting game I found used for only a few bucks, cool art and character design, but a bit of a shallow experience
Viewtiful Joe - Gamecube - A classic I've owned for a year but only recently played, a great throwback beat em up that's hard as balls.
Kingdom Grand Prix - Saturn - A cross between a shmup and a racing game, haven't made my mind up on this one yet, it cost me a pretty penny so I'm going to try and stick with it.
Street Fighter Collection - Saturn - Has my favourite port of Street Fighter Alpha 2 on it, which I haven't played in years, but its just like riding a bike.
Radiant Silvergun - Saturn - Played through story mode, another hard as balls game, but has a great soundtrack and is really cinematic, this would have been mind blowing in 1998.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: mgriffin on February 10, 2014, 04:23:25 PM
I don't really have time for Skyrim either, which is why I haven't played it in so long.

But if I can get Lena interested in it, that would be fun!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on April 06, 2014, 07:24:36 AM
Someone turned me on to Monument Valley yesterday. It was a blast. It is an iOS iPhone/iPad kind of game; I don't think it is meant for a desktop, but I could be wrong.

The graphics are beautiful and there is a quasi-ambient soundtrack that accompanies the 10 levels.

It is a puzzle game in which you have to navigate your character from one end of the "maze" to the other. What makes it unique, however, is that it embodies Escher-like principles in which two paths might be broken from one angle, but, if you rotate the display, you might be able to find an angle that enables those paths to connect. Many of the puzzles require thinking in 4 dimensions, which is a fun exercise.

Anyhow, if you're in the US and you're looking for something interesting to do during commercials of the NCAA tournament, this is your answer. ;-)

http://www.monumentvalleygame.com/ (http://www.monumentvalleygame.com/)
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Post by: APK on April 06, 2014, 11:30:49 AM
Just put that on our iPad ... looking forward to it. Be a little shared thing with the wife. Thanks Chris.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on April 07, 2014, 06:10:30 AM
Finally got around to playing, and finishing, Dark Souls (not the second one that was just released). The sense of scope in the environments is excellent.

I must admit though that I played it wrong. I cheated. But I just didn't have time to play it the way it was meant to be played. I just wanted to explore the world and see the monsters/bosses. The funny thing was, despite having unlimited health and stamina, I still died tons. That should tell you something. Hahah!

I've started with Mass Effect 3 now. I've played the others, and have kept my save games to continue the story properly. I've heard about the controversial ending, and have been very curious to see how the game finally ends.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on April 09, 2014, 09:45:18 AM
I'm more of an ipad player these days... currently hooked on Guardian Cross... basically a collectable card game thing from Square Enix.

Just played through Monument Valley - wow - now that is spectacular... you're essentially playing MC Escher drawings - some truly beautiful moments throughout...  excellent ... although really short.   Still - as a game - a work of art.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Matthew Florianz on May 18, 2014, 06:39:30 AM
Just finished Tomb Raider which was entirely above expectations. Having dismissed it a little after countless remakes and the somewhat superior antics of Nathan Drake, I loved every second of that smartly made game. The way the music changes interactively and their story telling in the level design was all in favor of game-play.

Currently playing Bioshock: Infinite. Not yet very far into ti but it's already throwing some interesting ideas and concepts around. Game-play wise it is not yet presenting anything the previous games didn't also do., which isn't necessarily bad.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on May 28, 2014, 04:05:48 AM
Recently finished Mass Effect 3. Capped the story off quite nicely.

Without spoiling anything, I understand why some were upset about the ending. Some things weren't explained as well as they could've been. Left open for interpretation. It also had a darker tone, which was lightened up in the redux. I can certainly appreciate the original ending, and would approve had it been a film. But when someone invests as much time in the game (across the three of them, I judge I spent nearly 100 hours), you want a good payout in the end.

Overall, an excellent experience.

I'm diving into Alan Wake now. The main game is split into six episodes, and is setup like a TV show, including a "Previous on Alan Wake . . ." intro for each episode.  8)
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Post by: | broken harbour | on May 28, 2014, 02:43:56 PM
^ I agree - sort of.

I did find the Redux ending to be somewhat asinine, why does everything have to be explained?  It just seemed unnecessary, I personally loved how the story was darker in tone during the 3rd game, as it seemed fitting because, well... organic life be screwed and all....  :P *doom*.

Alan wake is excellent as well, nice choice.

I'm currently playing Final Fantasy 7, I figured I've owned it since day one in 1997, but have only recently opened the plastic and played it.  It's been on my 'to play' list longer than any other game, 17 years in fact!  So far I'm 26 hours in, still on the first disc, I like it, it's quite dated, and going back to 320x240 resolution and badly mangled engrish translation is a little jarring, it's battle system and overall theme makes up for it.


Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on May 30, 2014, 07:15:42 AM
someday I'll play ff7!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on July 04, 2014, 05:14:10 AM
Finished Alan Wake plus the two DLC episodes a while ago. A solid game. It has an interesting mechanic that has you holding a flashlight at your targets to remove their shadow armour (for lack of a better term) before you can take them down. Surprisingly, I most enjoyed the final DLC episode purely for its level design. By that point, the world you inhabit is pretty messed up, allowing the designers to do pretty much anything.

After that, I played season one of The Walking Dead. Really really enjoyed it. Very heavy on story and character development, which I love. I can't recommend it enough, and will definitely be playing season two when all five episodes are released.

Just yesterday, I finished Spec Ops: The Line, and was pretty disappointed. It was touted on having this dark, edgy story (for a shooter), but it mostly fell flat because I didn't give a damn about any of the characters. It had a lot of potential, but missed the mark. Luckily I didn't waste much time on it as the campaign only lasted five hours. I can't imagine how ripped off people must've felt buying that game brand new at $60. (Yay for Steam sales)

Right now, I'm playing two different co-op games with two different people.

Playing Elite Sniper 3 with my brother. Stealthy stuff. Lots of fun. Ridiculous bullet kill-cam (x-ray vision, similar to the latest Mortal Kombat).

Also just started playing Divinity Original Sin with a friend. We're both huge fans of the old Baldur's Gate (and similar) series, and this game scratches that itch very nicely.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Castleview on July 27, 2014, 07:59:58 PM
Just got my first desktop in several years so I've definitely been playing some games lately.

Unreal Tournament 3: Not as good as UT2K4 but still an excellent shooter.

Richard Burns Rally: Best physics in a rally game for sure. Haven't got too far into it yet due to my 3rd party X360 controller giving me serious problems. Great game so far though.

Assetto Corsa: Another game I'd be playing more if my controller were working properly. It's not even finished and it's already awesome. Best car physics in any racing game I've played, and I've barely even played it.

Raiden Legacy: If you like shmups, you have to play this.

Rainbow Six 3: This runs a lot better now than it did on my old laptop.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on July 31, 2014, 07:15:13 AM
Oddly - I'm currently not playing any games - gotten bored with all of the ones on my ipad (in general ipad games don't last long for me).

No time to dust off the ps3.  Although Broken Harbour told me final fantasy 7 is in the psn store.  I've still never OPENED Skyrim - and those games are historically my all time favorite biggest time suck games ever.  Which ... is why I haven't opened it.  Sure glad I bought it.   cough. 
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: | broken harbour | on August 01, 2014, 05:55:56 AM
My backlog is now over 40 games long... obviously never going to play them all....

I recently wrapped Final Fantasy 7, which was great, I can see how it melted faces back in 1997.

Not sure what's next on the list.  It's hotter than Satan's blast furnace in my studio right now, so I guess I have on more month before it becomes fall and cools down enough to work in there.  Might do some Super Mario Galaxy 2, or maybe the FFX/X-2 remaster.... hmmmm.....
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: lansuminc on August 18, 2014, 06:36:54 AM
just finished playing Sniper elite 3
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Matthew Florianz on December 14, 2014, 05:18:01 AM
WolfenStein: The New Order, which has a really weak opening but when it wears it's influences on its sleeve, it is actually really good: Half Life 2 and Riddick, Escape from Butcher Bay (on which many from machinegames worked) come to mind.

Alien: Isolation is also very enjoyable, even if it's tense. Great sound-design also, really brings the environment to life.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on December 14, 2014, 11:17:35 AM
My son and the neighborhood kids and I are playing Clash of Clans now and really enjoying it. It is a mobile game in the spirit of farm for resources, build an army and defense, and do battle with others. Free to play, but has some in-app ways to spend money to speed things up (not really worth it unless you're hardcore).
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Altus on January 24, 2015, 08:48:08 AM
Recently finished Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and had a blast. The combat is fluid and doesn't get boring. The banter between the orcs (technically uruks) is hilarious. Before a captain engages you in combat, everything stops for a moment and they belt out a nasty quip. Oh man, it puts a stupid grin on my face every time. ;D

On the multiplayer front, I've been having tons of fun with Payday 2. It's odd because it's kind of a grind, which normally turns me off very quickly, but for reasons I can't put my finger on, I keep coming back for more. It's not entirely serious, certainly larger than life, so I think I enjoy the ridiculousness of it all.

I took advantage of the Steam sales over the holidays, refilling my queue. Some games on the horizon, probably played in this order:
- The Walking Dead: Season Two
- Alien Isolation
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Banished
- The Banner Saga
- Dark Souls II

These should keep me busy for some time.  8)
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Antdude on January 26, 2015, 07:39:22 PM
After a gaming drought, I'm getting back into space sims with Elite:Dangerous. Finally bought a new joystick so hopefully, I won't bounce off the landing pads trying to control a ship with a mouse and keyboard.

I keep meaning to get back into Guild Wars 2, especially since the first official expansion, Heart of Thorns, was announced this weekend. The new lands of Maguuma look interesting. Not much else interesting to me, although I may pick up Wasteland 2 and get my Fallout 2-style post-nuclear RPG on.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: darkenedsoul on February 02, 2015, 01:06:19 PM
After a gaming drought, I'm getting back into space sims with Elite:Dangerous. Finally bought a new joystick so hopefully, I won't bounce off the landing pads trying to control a ship with a mouse and keyboard.

I keep meaning to get back into Guild Wars 2, especially since the first official expansion, Heart of Thorns, was announced this weekend. The new lands of Maguuma look interesting. Not much else interesting to me, although I may pick up Wasteland 2 and get my Fallout 2-style post-nuclear RPG on.

Get back into GW2 and look me up lol. I spend waaaaaaay too much time grinding out in SilverWastes. Looking forward to the expansion (finally!). Staff for Ranger, Greatsword for Necro! Guild Halls (again Finally!), etc...the new areas with the living story they open up are small but have a bunch of metas to do (which are tedious to beyond annoying - the coins for instance...have yet to find last 4 in Dry Top and a bunch over in SW area.... or the jumping puzzle there...).

As for console games, I got a bunch for PS3 I haven't played (or not in ages) and some for my Wii which I should revisit as one looked pretty cool (if I did buy it, have to search/rummage around for it...).

Mike
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: | broken harbour | on February 02, 2015, 01:40:27 PM
I've been pressed for time lately, only games I've been playing a bit are Metroid Prime and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Metroid Prime is a classic, a long... kinda tedious at times classic.

USF4 is simply the best/newest iteration of SF4, super fun, even if I get destroyed online, fun to play with a buddy on the couch.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: jkn on February 04, 2015, 02:35:10 PM
I got addicted to Skyrim - started on January 1 this year - finally unwrapped it and put it in ps3 - hasnt' been out since.

Also played through "Journey" which is flippin' brilliant - did the whole thing in an afternoon (new years eve) - i was that engulfed in the game.

Also playing  SimCity BuildIt on ipad and 4 Seasons 2 on ipad.  Nice.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: APK on May 03, 2015, 06:12:13 PM
Just finished The Talos Principle (on Steam). 
If you like puzzles and realistic environments, and some quirky philosophy thrown in, this is a winner.
Very much enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: chris23 on May 03, 2015, 06:42:11 PM
Sounds like my cup of tea, APK. Will check it out.

The kids and I are all about the Five Nights at Freddy's series these days. Jump scares galore!
Title: Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
Post by: Ein Sophistry on May 17, 2015, 08:29:45 PM
Anyone playing Bloodborne? Mike's recent post on CthulhuCon made me think of it. I'm a n00b to the Souls games, so it's been a bit of a...frustrating experience acclimating to the difficulty, but the strangeness of the lore (there are a lot of Lovecraftian elements there) keeps me coming back for more punishment.

Trailers:

Cinematic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxqQ9HTWHJk)

Gameplay (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GJmO1hh4sg)

Mix (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBGjx-4_R10)
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Post by: stargazer on November 30, 2016, 05:35:51 AM
Dear Esther is definitely an interesting experience. It's not quite a game. A better definition would be interactive fiction. It lasts around two hours, and is best played in one sitting. And I'll admit at the end I was moved, and shed a manly tear. I blame it on good timing of visuals and music. ;D


Thanks for the info guys.
Dear Ester does look interesting, but obviously short and perhaps without replay value.


We played "Dear Esther" over the last days. It is a fantastic game. I am deeply fascinated by the mystic and emotion it contains. Not only the pictures but especially the story is captivating and wondrous. There is a deeper sense behind the story that stretches out to the edges of time and space. But, how to understand the game and story, is left all alone to the player. I definitely recommend the replaying.

www.dear-esther.com (http://www.dear-esther.com)

(http://dear-esther.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/paul0087-960x300.jpg)