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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by dezm0nd » October 27th, 2019, 5:13 am

Suits wrote:
October 25th, 2019, 10:03 pm
The Outer Worlds is good.
I wish I had more time on it per evening but I'm really enjoying my time with it. I hope it does well across all platforms but gamepass has never felt more worthy. It's a bargain!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » October 27th, 2019, 11:05 am

I wanted to feel like I was playing The Outer Worlds last night so played the first couple of hours of Borderlands 2 on PS4. I've played the first few hours of this game about 4 times now, but I enjoyed it more than usual last night. I don't know if I'll stick with it this time, because I'm having trouble sticking with anything at the moment, I but enjoyed it enough to want to try. I haven't played a shooter for ages, and am feeling the pull a little. It's not my favourite genre by any means, but there's enough different about Borderlands to mean it doesn't turn turn in to another corridor FPS.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Flabyo » October 27th, 2019, 11:07 am

I thought that Borderlands 2 took a little while to really get going, but once it does it really sings. Some of that may depend on whether you find Tiny Tina as hilarious as I do.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by clippa » October 27th, 2019, 12:08 pm

Oof, I'm having flashbacks to the huge pile on and the amount of downvotes I got on that awful forum for suggesting claptrap might be an annoying little wanker rather than the sweetest, funniest, most well written character in gaming history :lol:

I'm pretty sure he's even supposed to be annoying! Ugh, I hate gamers.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » October 27th, 2019, 4:54 pm

The opening to hours did raise a smile once or twice, I'll admit. I'm not sure I've ever really found a game 'funny' funny (other than the one I'm about to mention), they just never do that for me, but there were a few moments that did coax a slight chuckle out of me. I think the funniest game I've played is South Park: The Stick Of Truth, but, as with anything else subjective, your comedy milage may vary!

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by macstat » October 27th, 2019, 7:08 pm

Ive been playing a bit of Outer Worlds. What a shame. its a good game, great even. But all this time i can only think "Its not as good as Disco Elysium". Its really a shame that hose two came out in less than two weeks from each other. It would be much more enjoyable experience.

Also Outer Worlds has the dumbest toilet design. Literally and figuratively unusable :D

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » October 28th, 2019, 12:42 pm

What builds are you guys playing in The Outer Worlds, eg 1 Handed Melee, Sniper or whatever, and how is it?

I am playing State of Decay 2, the Heartland DLC, which takes you back to the original game's Trumbull Valley, for a scripted campaign (the original is more open ended survival with goals). It's good, quite difficult - all the zoms are now 'infected', but this is balanced out by giving you a great base straight off the bat, and all potential recruits are hand crafted with great skills now, rather than procedurally generated like before (so you will no longer be tempted to recruit that Scrum Project Manager over a Demolitions Expert).

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by DomsBeard » October 28th, 2019, 2:54 pm

Spider-Man continues to delight and frustrate in equal measure. There are various points where you
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don't play as spider-man
and they are so dull and frustrating it takes away from what is a great super hero game. Combat is fun and the story hasn't been overly predictable
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I hope they twist Doc Ock on its head and he is a good guy
. I did set out wanting to 100% it but the map has vomited out so many icons (pigeon catching!?!?!) I won't bother now. Combat is has a great flow to it now I have unlocked a few options.

Started The Outer Wilds and I can tell I'm going to have a good time with it. Decided to go off the rails instead of being super Paragon and be well an arse. Sent two people to their deaths already and bullied someone into giving me their gun. Good stuff

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Caligulas Horse » October 28th, 2019, 4:58 pm

DomsBeard wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Spider-Man continues to delight and frustrate in equal measure. There are various points where you
Spoiler: show
don't play as spider-man
and they are so dull and frustrating it takes away from what is a great super hero game. Combat is fun and the story hasn't been overly predictable
Spoiler: show
I hope they twist Doc Ock on its head and he is a good guy
. I did set out wanting to 100% it but the map has vomited out so many icons (pigeon catching!?!?!) I won't bother now. Combat is has a great flow to it now I have unlocked a few options.
I felt the same way on those points and it was starting to get me a bit down on the game but by the time the end credits rolled those sections felt pretty insignificant to the overall experience.

I was also starting to doubt whether I would clear everything, pigeon catching seemed ridiculous but I ended up seeing all of the side missions as an excuse to swing around a bit more. I think they did such a good job with the web swinging that it makes the most mundane missions enjoyable (podcasts in the background can help also!)

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Flabyo » October 28th, 2019, 5:40 pm

Most of my points in Outer Worlds are into long guns and stealth, I’ve treated all the melee stuff (both attack and defence) as dump stat, and I’ve got the bare minimum into the skills that affect companions to unlock their secondary talents and no more.

Melee does seem like it would be totally viable though, there isn’t the same kind of long distance sniping opportunities (so far) as there is in New Vegas.

The skill system here is interesting in that you can raise a whole group of skills (eg, all the gun skills) by just spending one skill point, until any of the skills in that group reach 50 (out of 100), and then you have to raise the skills individually from then on. So you can get, for example, all the dialogue type skills up to a value high enough to do fun things, but if you want the really crazy things you then have to start specialising.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Alex79uk » October 28th, 2019, 8:02 pm

Chopper wrote:
October 26th, 2019, 8:15 am
The differential applies drive to all wheels equally - so if you were in a situation where you were stuck, rather than all the power being directed to the wheels that aren't stuck, it puts an equal amount to the stuck wheels. Or on a climb etc. On a paved surface, the wheels are powered independently, so when you turn at speed, the wheels on the outer side of the truck have to turn more than the ones on the inner side. If you have the diff on, you might see a small loss of control.

On the higher difficulty, engaging it on paved surfaces damages your engine and it uses more fuel (there is 'tactical refuelling' in this game :lol: ).

If you see a vehicle without 4WD or Differential steering or whatever it's called, it's not really suitable for off road.

Using 4WD on a paved surface also uses more fuel.
Sorry, I only just notice this reply! Thanks for the info :)

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by duskvstweak » October 29th, 2019, 1:34 pm

The wife and I went through Street Fighter 1,2,Alpha,3,4 & MvC3 over the weekend. Considering I've been playing Street Fighter since I was a small child, I didn't appreciated the sound thumping I received through the course of all the games. My mom also used to beat me in SF2 as Chun-Li.
I guess I'm destined to always be defeated in SF by the women in my life : (

On a more positive note, it's always fun going back to the series. I only recently got to 3 and 4 because of the 30th Anniversary release and they're both a joy to play. Still haven't played 5 and not sure I'm going to anytime soon until the game and all the DLC characters are bit cheaper.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ReprobateGamer » October 29th, 2019, 2:09 pm

Flabyo wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Most of my points in Outer Worlds are into long guns and stealth, I’ve treated all the melee stuff (both attack and defence) as dump stat, and I’ve got the bare minimum into the skills that affect companions to unlock their secondary talents and no more.

Melee does seem like it would be totally viable though, there isn’t the same kind of long distance sniping opportunities (so far) as there is in New Vegas.

The skill system here is interesting in that you can raise a whole group of skills (eg, all the gun skills) by just spending one skill point, until any of the skills in that group reach 50 (out of 100), and then you have to raise the skills individually from then on. So you can get, for example, all the dialogue type skills up to a value high enough to do fun things, but if you want the really crazy things you then have to start specialising.
I'm pushing a higher count into the 'soft' options in talking, science and tech - and even with that even in the first area there are already dialogue options I've not been able to pick. It gives a nice passive talent in that enemies will sometimes just cower in fear! Both melee options and the defense options are my dump stats but I have began to siphon one or two points across so they don't get too far behind

Domsbeard - do you mean the Outer Wilds. Or the Outer Worlds?

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Flabyo » October 29th, 2019, 3:08 pm

One thing that’ll help you tell the two apart, there’s no definite article in the title of Outer Wilds. (Ie, it doesn’t actually have ‘the’ in its name)

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by stvnorman » October 29th, 2019, 3:22 pm

I’ve been adding to my GameCube library for a while now, having never really given it the love it deserved when it came out, and this month I’ve been successful in getting some of the last of my targets at decent prices - Resident Evil 4, Donkey Konga (with drums), Viewtiful Joe and, after months of failed eBay auctions, Super Mario Sunshine. I picked the latter up this week for £16, and I’m only a few levels in but so far it’s an absolute joy to play. My first 3D Mario too! It runs so smoothly despite sometimes looking more low-res than a lot of GameCube games do on a new TV; that said, sometimes it looks stunning too. Now just Mario Smash Football and F-Zero GX to find, ideally at similar prices!

Also finished the brilliant Bleak Sword on Apple Arcade, and I can’t recommend it enough. If you’ve got an Apple device, sign up for the free trial and play it (with a PS4 or Xbox controller)! Currently number three on my games of the year list, one spot behind Resident Evil 2 Remake, where I just finished the 2nd Story mode. Really enjoyed the second character perspective and the true ending (according to my trophy list), and really just enjoyed a reason to play it again! Definitely worth the second play-through.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Stanshall » October 29th, 2019, 3:55 pm

I'm on my hols properly now so hammering a range of Switch stuff with a cold tinnie almost round the clock:

Divinity Original Sin 2 . This is such a rich game, really well polished, insane depth that I can't begin to appreciate and it's very much the next step beyond Diablo and Fire Emblem's combat child. Having a great time and dying loads even on Monkey difficulty.

Steins; Gate. I just fancied a visual novel and this popped up for half price by coincidence. They seem dead expensive in general for whatever reason but at 24 quid I'm willing to take my chances. Meant to be one of the very best. I keep playing it in bed but have to restart every night because it sends me to sleep. Nice atmosphere, daft dialogue in a good way.

Overwatch. Really getting into this now. I can see how important the team stuff is so it's very variable whether my team gets battered or whatever because I'm not talking to the buggers. Can't be anused with voice chat, to be honest, but I'm playing support and tank a lot and sticking to the gang and doing my part.

Rolling Gunner . This is just a frigging great game, almost as good as actual Cave stuff and it's probably my favourite hori shooter. Chuffed to see haze get the 1CC on it and to see a number of folk on here playing it. If you're tempted by a shmup and you don't really play the genre, this is very accessible and really great fun.

Witcher 3. Such an atmospheric bedtime game with the headphones. I decided not to play through the main game again but I never really did much of the DLC because there was just too much game at the time but that's what I'm doing now, anyway. I don't feel quite the same attachment to my build of course but it's not really about builds, it's all the same old shite besides the characters and stories.

Ghost Blade HD. Good little Cave rip-off. Clippa reminded me that the devs are a bit dodgy but I'm happy to sling them a tenner for a decent little handheld vert. I'll hope to gradually chase KSub's score attack HS over time, but I find this game bloody hard.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by ReprobateGamer » October 29th, 2019, 6:19 pm

Another of the irregular board games entries - yesterday marks the first time that I have ever played Game Of Life.
For one of the Hasbro/MB Games 80s/90's era games this isn't too bad. There is actually a little bit of strategy to it and isn't just a rush to the end (though that is a largely viable tactic ...) and even my youngest daughter has been able to grab the idea of it. I've also found my most favourite bit of flavour text ("You inherit a skunk farm ...") :lol:

Coming back a little more to video games, I also unearthed my Android version of Talisman A board game that I've never actually physically played but which I've played the digital version of it a few times over the years. I presume this is a pretty good version but there is a little bit of fiddliness to it - the troll character managed to immobilise himself on the Crown of Command (the central square you need to reach in order to win the game) as the spell casting is a little unwieldy in the version I have. I was playing solo but trying to get six characters through the game. Narratively it ended up interesting with the Troll failing to get past Death on his first attempt, restoring his health then trying again and forcing his well through the second time reaching the centre and beginning the spell that kills off all the other player characters, though with only 1 hit point left. The Wizard who had been building his craft all game then made a determined dash to the centre (including killing six pit fiends in a single turn!) and slew the Troll, taking over the Crown of Command. The Druid made a spirited attempt to make the centre whilst Fighter, Monk and Ghoul consistently failed to get through the Portal of Power to even reach the central section. Despite the Druids attempt, he died just before reaching the Wizard and the game ended with the others having to accept their fate.

I think this is definitely a case of the physical game doing it better but as it's something that Games Workshop only seem to release every few years. the digital version will have to do for now.

And on other video games, still slowly playing Picross Luna 2 (it's been played at least a few minutes every day for around 18 months now) and Minion Masters

Finally, powered up Rainbow Six Siege for pretty much the first time since the Outbreak event. Specifically going into try the Doktor's Curse event (which is hide and seek with two-handed mauls!). The gametype works well and is a fun little Halloween themed diversion - the only issue was that my last game of the session was marred by a most toxic team-mate. All swearing and trash talking the rest of his team for being useless, even on the round where he was the only one to die. Winner of the first person I've felt the need to report as he spammed voice chat with his bile for the entire game. A disappointing end to what was otherwise a fun little casual gametype.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Chopper » October 30th, 2019, 5:56 am

ReprobateGamer wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Flabyo wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Most of my points in Outer Worlds are into long guns and stealth, I’ve treated all the melee stuff (both attack and defence) as dump stat, and I’ve got the bare minimum into the skills that affect companions to unlock their secondary talents and no more.

Melee does seem like it would be totally viable though, there isn’t the same kind of long distance sniping opportunities (so far) as there is in New Vegas.

The skill system here is interesting in that you can raise a whole group of skills (eg, all the gun skills) by just spending one skill point, until any of the skills in that group reach 50 (out of 100), and then you have to raise the skills individually from then on. So you can get, for example, all the dialogue type skills up to a value high enough to do fun things, but if you want the really crazy things you then have to start specialising.
I'm pushing a higher count into the 'soft' options in talking, science and tech - and even with that even in the first area there are already dialogue options I've not been able to pick. It gives a nice passive talent in that enemies will sometimes just cower in fear! Both melee options and the defense options are my dump stats but I have began to siphon one or two points across so they don't get too far behind
Yeah, I saw an account by someone who went dumb as a brick/all points into Strength/2H Melee, and he was having an absolute blast.

Guess I can try this out on game pass, though I’ve moved away from that Fallout New Vegas vibe.

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by DomsBeard » October 31st, 2019, 5:46 am

ReprobateGamer wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Flabyo wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Most of my points in Outer Worlds are into long guns and stealth, I’ve treated all the melee stuff (both attack and defence) as dump stat, and I’ve got the bare minimum into the skills that affect companions to unlock their secondary talents and no more.

Melee does seem like it would be totally viable though, there isn’t the same kind of long distance sniping opportunities (so far) as there is in New Vegas.

The skill system here is interesting in that you can raise a whole group of skills (eg, all the gun skills) by just spending one skill point, until any of the skills in that group reach 50 (out of 100), and then you have to raise the skills individually from then on. So you can get, for example, all the dialogue type skills up to a value high enough to do fun things, but if you want the really crazy things you then have to start specialising.
I'm pushing a higher count into the 'soft' options in talking, science and tech - and even with that even in the first area there are already dialogue options I've not been able to pick. It gives a nice passive talent in that enemies will sometimes just cower in fear! Both melee options and the defense options are my dump stats but I have began to siphon one or two points across so they don't get too far behind

Domsbeard - do you mean the Outer Wilds. Or the Outer Worlds?
Worlds, been waiting for it to trip someone up and it was me!! :D

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Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Post by Suits » October 31st, 2019, 11:30 am

Very much still enjoying The Outer Worlds.

I’m level 17 now and about 20 hours in.

I’ve been poking around at whatever looks interesting and following the most interesting quests regardless of the main storyline.

Interestingly, I stumbled across a sort of hidden areas and found a terminal that led me on a quest for a series of prototype weapons.

This in turn led me to a planet (the back way in) that meant that I inadvertently bypassed a whole main story quest where you need to search/trade/purchase landing co-ordinates - which is now listed as Botched but the next mission is available in the series.

Which felt great, really adventury and self exploring.

I’ll be cooking it for a while though as Luigi’s Mansion 3 landed today and I’m keen for that.

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