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|>>|| No. 19768
I figured I'd make an /e/ equivalent of that great, big /beat/ thread.
Recently I have been slogging away on XCOM: Enemy Within with the Long War mod. Humanity is doomed as I'm simply incapable of holding back the torrent of battleships the aliens keep hurling at me.
It's bloody fun though.
|>>|| No. 25622
I like the idea of that kind of gameplay. One life, battle plans, a bit of orienteering, but having to call some internet nerd "Colonel" or whatever would drive me mad. Between this and the CPU utilisation that appears stuck in 1999 I'm thinking I'll run my Steam baskets by you before hitting purchase next time.
Alright, so it's Halo Reach except I don't have any mates anymore, brilliant.
|>>|| No. 25624
This looks like a bunch of people who never played Trackmania.
I get why doing a new thing via mods in a game you love is fun. For the ARMA community in particular, it seems like doing things the hardest way possible (which may involve playing a similar game) is anathema to what they enjoy.
I honestly envy people who can find that much joy in those systems. It's like someone who is into bikes, but rat bikes, but "shove a shim in" to keep it running bikes.
|>>|| No. 25625
I think there’s a lot of joy in jank. Some of the most fun I’ve had gaming was mucking around in games barely holding it together. FarCry 2 springs to mind.
|>>|| No. 25627
New Lego Star Wars is good if you like Star Wars. The open world bits are cool, kind of like Mario Odyssey but on Tatooine or Geonosis or whatever. I never actually saw The Last Jedi or Rise Of Skywalker, so this game will be my first experience of them. Just beat Attack Of The Clones, so I have all the "good" Star Wars films (IV - VI, maybe III if you're generous) next.
|>>|| No. 25629
I'll be honest that from first impression EUIV is a lot duller than III. This is the first time that I'm touching the game so I just made a custom nation in San Francisco and have formed the oligarchic republic of California in true NCR fashion (with leaders chosen by lottery). It has got a lot of the same problems as previous EU games due to province building shortages so you end up with a manufacturing powerhouse without a church and new problems where you have a lot less control over functions like minting.
You'll notice that the native tribes are completely OP, I just utterly stomped the purple guys and yet even with war reparations they're about to remove the remnant of a Spanish colony in Texas I was going to border for institution spread. Fun but ahistorical to see Spanish settlements owned by a tribal federation. I did find also an old vape juice bottle I never used when I was quitting and puffed away while playing it, that made it much more enjoyable.
|>>|| No. 25630
Does anyone remember the name of that early VR cyber punky distopian game? An early scene from it was of a remote drone flying to an towerblock window, jsut after the protagonist aquires an illegal material.
|>>|| No. 25631
And you had to burn a piece of toast to obtain 'carbon' for your mater replicator thing.
|>>|| No. 25633
The Xbox One S is a pain in the arse, requiring an internet connection to set up, 'install' backcompatible games and even SAVE GAME STATES.
Quite simply, do not buy an Xbox one if you plan to use a console for buget back compatibility while offline.
I should have just bought a cheap 360.
|>>|| No. 25636
I had the phone line draped across the living room to the PC at one point in the AOL days, as was the norm, but when my dad tried to come through the door from the hallway it snagged on the cable and he broke his nose walking into it. A very 2000s story.
|>>|| No. 25637
No mate, it's that everything seems to be requiring access to the internet these days, incurring extra cost, when it needn't. Shelling out £150 for a console that's only partially functional without a minimum aditional £20 monthly internet connection (plus the cost of games, plus fucking gamer passes (WTF?)), is ridiculous. That's not to mention electricity bills which will no doubt be considerable being that I have no life and will likely shut myself in over the summer.
Modern gaming sucks dick, IoT sucks arse and the whole industry can eat shit. Fucking want my email, phone number, backup email, first and last name all while 'setting up' the console, for fuck sake.
No wonder noone has savings and can't afford a house these days. Their wallet is constantly drained by fucking subscriptions and direct debt(it).
Now I gotta bear the embarrassment of returning to CEX for the second time in 5 days for another refund.
|>>|| No. 25638
>No wonder noone has savings and can't afford a house these days. Their wallet is constantly drained by fucking subscriptions and direct debt(it).
Not to undermine your righteous fury here but this has far more to do with the banks being tight cunts, for me at least. Saving was easy through the Great Pandemic, but houses all doubled in value while the banks suddenly decided it's time to be all responsible and shit.
I might as well just go and spunk the fifteen grand I spent the last five years saving on coke and prozzies for all the good it's doing me in today's market.
|>>|| No. 25639
I finished Portal 2 and Doom 2016 this week. At current projections I should have caught up with the latest releases on Steam in... four-hundred-and-seventy-six-thousand-two-hundred-and-twenty-nine years. That doesn't sound right. Anyway, turns out both of these very highly acclaimed games from years and years ago are both very good. Be sure to keep an eye out for my upcoming September review of a little known gem called Deus Ex.
I'm literally going to play Dishonoured next so that joke's not too far from reality.
|>>|| No. 25640
I still maintain that Portal 1 is better than Portal 2. It felt tighter and more original and more passionate. I always say that Portal 2 was like when a TV series you like gets a film adaptation. It's more of the same, and it's usually good, but the original had a sense of purpose and a reason to exist that the bigger, more sprawling offshoot can never match.
Although Portal 2's legendary lemons rant is infinitely superior to Homer Simpson singing "Spider-Pig". I'll grant that much.
|>>|| No. 25641
I don't feel that way at all. There was a lot more going on visually and with the story, the new mechanics were implemented well and I'd only find myself stuck while not using them to their fullest potential, which says to me they changed to game up plenty. There's also the co-op and user made chambers neither of which I've touched yet. I think it suffers a little from Valve's silent protagonist habit, which takes away from the player character more than it adds in my opinion. It seems like a remnant of the nineties to me. Other than that I thought it was a perfect sequel.
|>>|| No. 25642
I'm definitely of the Portal 1 camp, but I'll grant that Portal 2 had plenty of moments that were at least on par, and sometimes better, than Portal 1. It's just that there was too much of it altogether, and there were definitely parts it could have done without, that drag the whole thing down a bit.
If I was them I would have just gone all in on the idea of making it a prequel. The most interesting bits by far were the Cave Johnson parts, going through the different eras of old Aperture. That stuff really added to the world building, and it was compelling to explore, whereas the GladOS stuff was just a re-tread, and the Wheatley stuff was entirely cringeworthy.
The co-op is fantastic, by the way, but I'd recommend doing it with someone in person rather that over the net, if possible. There's a split screen mod, but if you're a true nerd obviously you can LAN party it. I played it with my ex when we had the power couple gaming "office" with our PCs next to each other.
Ah, I really wish she hadn't turned out to be mental.
|>>|| No. 25643
It took me two days and 400GB of downloads to get the Modern Warfare 2019 campaign working on my Xbox. What a fucking hassle.
|>>|| No. 25644
Just finished it, it was shit. Black Ops 3 is still the greatest FPS campaign of all time.
|>>|| No. 25645
I'd go for 2 over 3.
3 felt like you were really supposed to play it in Co-Op rather than solo, but it definitely had it's moments. The Zombies nightmare version you unlock was ace though.
|>>|| No. 25646
I have this idea that taking Portal out of the testing facilities and intro the "real" world could be ace, but it's perhaps being a bit constrained that makes it good. Why fuck about making your way through a Half Life style map if you can just fling a portal across it.
|>>|| No. 25647
I have played two BR games this weekend. Warzone and Fortnite. Warzone is not fun. I don't like the whole loadout system, it takes away from the fun and unpredictability of the genre, also it's a tad too fast paced for me. Fortnite I liked more (because I won), and it really was focused on what you find in the world.
Both games had 3 minute long cutscenes upon starting, telling the story of this particular chapter of the game, the CoD one looked very well made, but it seems a bit of a waste of time because who is truly into the Warzone lore?
|>>|| No. 25648
>I have played two BR games this weekend
Player Unknowns Battle Grounds was pretty good early on. It supposedly has semi-realistic bullet physics (particularly audio; whip crack etc) and 'equipment lore' like realistic optical sight adjustments and supressors, all of which were interesting to discover. Also the game allows for some awesome 'meta' tactics and that; you really are playing against other people rather than a mechanical character - meaning you can effecively bluff, hide, plan ahead, ambush, bait, whatever. Such sandbox gaming allows for some awesome creativity which can actually pay off.
I haven't played since they introduced the cosmetics, so don't know what it's like these days.
I don't really want to give into the themepark nature of Fortnite. It's so full of cross overs and (apparent) political messages that it doesn't seem like a social manipulation tool rather than a videogame.
|>>|| No. 25649
Apex Legends is the only BR worth bothering with IMO. The core mechanics are inherited from Titanfall and they're just gorgeous. Sliding around the map feels fantastic, the terrain rarely gets in the way and the guns are balanced but distinctive. The different legends have distinct playstyles and their special abilities synergise in ways that make every squad unique. The maps are big, but the gameplay is fast and flowing with a massive emphasis on movement and repositioning. Also the ping communication system is so intuitive and functional that you desperately miss it in any other game - you really don't need a mic to work effectively as a team.
|>>|| No. 25650
>It's so full of cross overs and (apparent) political messages
I've never played Fortnite but this sounds very unlike what I've heard about it. What sort of political messages?
|>>|| No. 25651
I heard there was some stuff regardling BLM and censoring of speech. Perhaps it's more a social commentary. That's pretty much the extent of my awareness/ignorance.
|>>|| No. 25652
Fortnite is a Chinese psy-weapon designed to wreck the brains of the next generation of Western kids.
|>>|| No. 25657
Do you ever play games you desperately want to like, but ultimately can't get into them? The Xenoblade series, a new one is out in a couple of months and it looks right up my street, but I know I didn't finish the previous games because they were just offline MMOs, second even had an awful gacha mechanic. I don't want to go into 3 without having a finished 1 and 2, but redownloading them and playing it's like watching paint dry.
|>>|| No. 25658
The Witcher 3 or whatever the hyped one was. Just didn't really get what the amazing hype was about and I got bored riding round picking flowers to make potions.
|>>|| No. 25659
I'm not that I desperately want to like, but I've played a few games that are Overwhelmingly positive on Steam, and I try and get into them but am ultimately a bit bored by them. Stephen's Sausage Roll and [/i]A Monster's Expedition[/i] come to mind, which are both sokoban-style games so it may just be that I'm not too into them (Although Pipe Push Paradise was ok)
|>>|| No. 25664
Everything about this looks absolutely glorious.
|>>|| No. 25667
Why am I so pleased to have recognised some of the memes from this.
I wonder if it's an actual playable mod.
|>>|| No. 25669
Yeah, the last one was Steel Division 2. A realistic, but not sim level, WW2 RTS, Eastern Front focused and dealing with slightly lesser known aspects of the war, as exemplified by there being Estonian, Finnish and Soviet Naval Infantry subfactions. But as I actually played it things like the sound design, the way every map was brown and my realisation that the meta was very cheesy all turned me off it quite quickly. Not quickly enough for a Steam refund though. Also seeing that the YouTuber who uploaded a beginners guide for the game had been playing and uploading the same campaign for ten months alarmed me. I don't mind a long game, but doing the same battles on the same maps over and over again doesn't interest me, and he reached ten months at YouTuber speed; do you have any idea how long it can take me to build up the courage to press "end turn"? If I started playing Civ I might end up reported missing.
That's one of the most surreal things I've ever seen. I've never been a big Duke Nukem fan, but that Build Engine has legs.
|>>|| No. 25670
I get the impression that whole thing is based on a joke I don't get, but nevertheless we need to make this huge. Everyone should know about it. Someone send that video to Carol Vorderman.
|>>|| No. 25673
I don't think anything has ever quite so accurately captured the zetgeist of modern British life. I don't tend to say things like that, so hats off to this guy.
|>>|| No. 25674
Played a couple of hours of Trek To Yomi. Very much a "style over substance" sort of game. Not much exploration, incredibly linear, combat is boring and shallow. And yet, the atmosphere and visuals and story are all pretty special. It's free on Game Pass, and it's only £16 without Game Pass, a bit steep for me but if you're into those old Kurosawa flicks it might be more appealing.
|>>|| No. 25675
A build of the 2001 version of Duke Nukem Forever has turned up in the wild.
|>>|| No. 25676
Sure has. Saw Broussard and Miller piss and moan about it, and a video of someone playing it walking through the almost empty strip club from the end of the trailer. Just lamentable really.
|>>|| No. 25685
Finally getting around to trying Disco Elysium to find they've changed a small but subtle wording in the opening scenes .. "You must value privacy as the door is locked from the inside" instead of the more vauge "whoever locked this door.." that I believe it to have originally been (or something to the tune of).
In anticipating similar changes I feel disapointed that I may have lost the full message of the game, as concieved, which is now like an adequate but nescient translation of an old book.
It might be the sound design and apparently deep physcological system of the game that put me off playing the first time around. Listening to the title theme music now, reluctant to actually play, I think the game might prompt me to confront something within myself that I've avoided for a long time. I have been thinking lately of diving into that primordial blackness.
Am I being a fag? It just makes me think about self-obsessed failier, the concepts of god, heaven and the beauty of all things let go.
|>>|| No. 25693
Fifa 22 is eight quid so I thought "I liked Fifa games a few years ago, let's check it out". It's mostly fine, but the career stuff has gone from sign players and play matches to "do you have a sports science degree and a passion for brand management?" I don't give a monkey's about Begovic's mental wellbeing, just send me an email if he kills himself and we'll get a lad from the academy on the bench for next Saturday. These manager saves were already kind of a time sink, I don't think I have it in me to personally tutor every 17 year old that rolls in or manage my one club legend's decline. Just make line go up or down when football good or football bad.
|>>|| No. 25694
it's a bit like the WWE games now, used it's be pretty simple affair and now it's press 8 buttons to throw a punch while micro managing your stamina and crowd pleasing.
|>>|| No. 25695
EA haven't given a toss about improving Career Mode on FIFA for years, it's basically been abandoned in favour of the cynical cash cow that is Ultimate Team and finding ever more ways to get ten-year-olds maxing out their parents' credit cards in the faint hope of getting a virtual Ronaldo with slightly higher numbers than the one they've already got. I used to prefer Master League mode on PES but now that they've also shit the bed with the utter embarrassment of eFootball (which doesn't even have such a mode), I think I might just stick to the old versions of PES as you can occasionally find modded squad updates for them online.
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