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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #80 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!
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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #81 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.


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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #82 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.

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #83 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.

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #84 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/

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #85 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.
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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #86 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/


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.

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #87 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/

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/

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #88 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.

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #89 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/. Specifically, check out the two Hypothermia mods. But there's tons of immersion/roleplaying mods that turn vanilla Skyrim into an absolutely amazing experience.

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #90 on: August 19, 2013, 08:43:06 AM »
I lost half of the past weekend trying to beat 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...

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #91 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. :)
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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #92 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.
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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #93 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$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.
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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #94 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.
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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #95 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/

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #96 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?
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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #97 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.
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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #98 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/

The soundtrack is frigging amazing too. Stream it here, starting with the track "Temptations": http://austinwintory.bandcamp.com/album/journey

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Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Reply #99 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.