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2018-09-14 01:12:41 AM  
I've been playing Orwell a bit after getting it in a giveaway from Humble Bundle. It's OK so far. I like the idea of it more than I do the execution. I do recall seeing some preview pics of a similar game with a very colourful low resolution faux-'90s Web aesthetic that looks to be quite intriguing.

I also started in on Staxel from last month's Humble Monthly. I like it so far. I've been meaning to play some Harvest Moon or Stardew Valley for some time but I never felt physically comfortable with the way those games control. Staxel is a little awkward as well with the odd choice of the right mouse button to advance dialogue but so far it seems to work well otherwise and I do like the first person voxel 3D look of it. Given a choice I always prefer a first person game both for immersion and for smooth WASD and mouse control.

As for the worst game I have ever bought, that will take some thinking. I have bought a lot of games over the years. The first that comes to mind is this, but I bought it deliberately looking for something awful (not our onetime rivals, I mean an awful game) for kitsch value:

CYBERSWINE (PC) (1997) Full Trailer (HD)
Youtube 3AGsnZRAzwU


There was also State of Emergency on PS2, which proved beyond doubt that Rockstar can indeed do very wrong, but I want to take a bit of time and have a think about it. Search for the King on the Amiga, maybe. That game was pig shiat that mainly sold me because it wasn't a lazy EGA port like what Sierra fobbed off on us at the time.
 
2018-09-14 01:41:08 AM  
Picked up Burnout Paradise Remastered for PC.

Just finished all the stunt jumps, so my Carbon X12 and I are reunited and it feels so good.
 
2018-09-14 02:33:02 AM  
I've been doing whatever a spider can whenever I have time... who knew spiders liked collecting backpacks and photography.
 
2018-09-14 02:43:37 AM  
I've sussed it. The worst game that I have ever bought is Garry's Mod. For a game sold offering countless different multiplayer online games that work out of the box it has been in my experience anything but. I've tried several of them and every time without fail I get a cryptic error message with only the option to return to the main menu. But not right away. Oh no, that would be too easy. First there is a long, long wait to download assets. The kind of wait that would have been unacceptable in the days when games came on cassette tape.

Then comes the error message and back to the main menu only to try again and fail again after an equally long load time. I've played broken, buggy games in the past. I've played games that were nothing but grief. But for pairing that with long delays leading up to the eventual grief this one is for me the all time loser.
 
2018-09-14 03:10:48 AM  
I was on vacation, not much time to play anything.

Finally started properly getting into Discworld, though. Meant to to for years. Got through Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms this week.
 
2018-09-14 04:39:55 AM  
I'm replaying The Witcher III, because I must somehow channel my lust for Cyberpunk 2077 without committing to that minor sin, the pre-order.

I also find myself, for the third time in as many weeks, placing just about every Traveller book Amazon carries in my cart, wincing at the price, and trying to rationalize the purchase by thinking, "...c'mon, you know you want to just roll up characters & design ships - so what if you've not yet worked up to tabletopping with folks again..."  There's more than a little pathos there, but, I'm close...
 
2018-09-14 04:46:17 AM  
As for worst game? "BMX Racers" by Mastertronic, for the Commodore 64. I did, indeed, pay money for it, so I guess it counts. It was sold in a Ziploc bag, pinned to a corkboard along with other "budget games."
 
2018-09-14 05:04:00 AM  
Tried out a few PS+ games I've been sitting on  nothing really grabbing me.  Other than that, more Warcraft and that's about it.

Worst game I ever bought? Probably Terminator 2 for Game Boy. Way too short, so they made it stupidly hard as well.
 
2018-09-14 05:19:27 AM  
Well, I bought E.T.for the Atari 2600.as a kid.  With my own money.  Surprised I ever bought another game after that.
 
2018-09-14 05:52:45 AM  
Worst game might have to be a coin toss between Spore and See of Thieves.

Though I still think I was lied to about what both of those game would be.
 
2018-09-14 06:08:35 AM  
I got some real stinkers.

DNF
Flatout 3(?)
There was an Evil Dead.game that was terrible
 
2018-09-14 06:10:01 AM  
Friday the 13th NES - Playthrough With Commentary
Youtube kM8aGSHaVvQ


awful impossible shiat. 

Playing... WoW Retail until hurricane knocks out internet, then FF3/6 until power goes out, then FFT on phone until it dies, then I guess play with dogs outside (putting balloons on them and colander helmets to explore eye of the beast)
 
2018-09-14 06:37:34 AM  
I WAS playing Bomber Crew until my crew & plane got exploded on the runway.

/ pretty much had to start over
 
2018-09-14 06:53:50 AM  
Been playing Spider-Man. Gorgeous game. Not sure what the worst I've bought is.
 
2018-09-14 07:01:53 AM  
been playing a lot of Heliborne lately.something about Cold War capture the outpost with heavily armed whirly birds
is just so much damn fun.

worst game I ever bought....hmmm. For me and my tastes, Elite: Dangerous was pretty awful. Looks pretty but just not fun to play. I understand it is not, technically, a bad game. I prefer flight mechanics of old space games instead of the realism of E:D. One of the reasons i enjoy Star Citizen so much. Cannot wait for October and the next patch bringing the first planet into the mix.
 
2018-09-14 07:02:27 AM  

iheartscotch: I WAS playing Bomber Crew until my crew & plane got exploded on the runway.

/ pretty much had to start over


how is Bomber Crew? It looks cool and i have it on my wish list but i haven't grabbed it yet
 
2018-09-14 07:13:45 AM  

Gordon Bennett: I've been playing Orwell a bit after getting it in a giveaway from Humble Bundle. It's OK so far. I like the idea of it more than I do the execution. I do recall seeing some preview pics of a similar game with a very colourful low resolution faux-'90s Web aesthetic that looks to be quite intriguing.

I also started in on Staxel from last month's Humble Monthly. I like it so far. I've been meaning to play some Harvest Moon or Stardew Valley for some time but I never felt physically comfortable with the way those games control. Staxel is a little awkward as well with the odd choice of the right mouse button to advance dialogue but so far it seems to work well otherwise and I do like the first person voxel 3D look of it. Given a choice I always prefer a first person game both for immersion and for smooth WASD and mouse control.

As for the worst game I have ever bought, that will take some thinking. I have bought a lot of games over the years. The first that comes to mind is this, but I bought it deliberately looking for something awful (not our onetime rivals, I mean an awful game) for kitsch value:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/3AGsnZRA​zwU]

There was also State of Emergency on PS2, which proved beyond doubt that Rockstar can indeed do very wrong, but I want to take a bit of time and have a think about it. Search for the King on the Amiga, maybe. That game was pig shiat that mainly sold me because it wasn't a lazy EGA port like what Sierra fobbed off on us at the time.


i gave that one a few weeks, but gave up.
i just couldn't get into it.
like you, i did like the idea, but i just couldn't get hooked
 
2018-09-14 07:16:02 AM  
worst game?
half my gaming library

i'm cheap when it comes to games. i used to go to gamestop and buy used games for like $5 for my original playstation.
 
2018-09-14 07:41:07 AM  
worst game you ever bought?

You also have to understand that I actually have good taste, so I don't buy bad games very often.  And this is one of the many reasons I tell all of you to read my comments in a smug and satisfied manner, because I am a smug and satisfied person.  But there was a short period in my life where I was reviewing games out of a morbid curiosity and that included purchases of subhuman dreck like Journey and Super Meat Boy and Limbo.

I'm pretty sure I also purchased BioShock Infinite and I have been regretting my existence on your planet ever since.  And if we want to be liberal about purchases from Gabe Newell's Glorious Steam Sales™, in which I become a hardcore member of the PC Gaming Master Race™ because I am willing to spend games for pennies on the dollar, you could most certainly add Dustforce to the mix, which is the badness of Super Meat Boy as specifically designed for speedrunning manchildren.

Mind you, I tend to define games by the degree of how absolutely offensive they are, which means I don't out my smug hatred to random Newgrounds projects that were made in six weeks, even if Castle Crashers deserves it.  But if I'm going to waste my time getting mad about things on the internet, it's going to be the degree to which a game offends, where you get 300 people into a room and somehow come out with an L.A. Noire or the like.

But I guess what I'm trying to say is that 2D platformers are made by children, for children, so even two people in their basement can end up with appalling badness if they're Team Meat.
 
2018-09-14 07:55:56 AM  
Worst game I ever bought was Predator;Concrete Jungle.  A game that needed to be open world reduced to small levels, horrible combat system, awful camera and all the cool Predator tech reduced to gimmicks.  Instead of prowling the rooftops you spend most of your time running in the streets because the controls are constantly fighting you.  Just miserable.
 
2018-09-14 08:17:56 AM  
Well I didn't buy it but somehow I have a copy of Big Rigs.  I don't know if it's the worst game ever made because I'm not sure it even qualifies as a game.
 
2018-09-14 09:00:41 AM  

somedude210: iheartscotch: I WAS playing Bomber Crew until my crew & plane got exploded on the runway.

/ pretty much had to start over

how is Bomber Crew? It looks cool and i have it on my wish list but i haven't grabbed it yet


I enjoy it. It's easy to fly one mission and go on to something else. You can also spend an entire night flying missions.

It's a little grindy and if you get shot down, you might have to start completely over. You manage, literally, everything. For example: if you don't spot enemy fighters, your gunners won't shoot them. If you don't spot nave points, your plane will fly straight past your objective. If you don't spot targets, you'll fly right past them.

That's not to say you have to do everything. One skill that's priceless is your radar guy's ability to spot enemy fighters; but it's very limited. Once you spot stuff, your crew do their jobs.

/ I've made it home with 1 working engine and half a tail shot off; but you should never attempt to land with your wheels shot out. Bail out over England.

// cross training is extremely important. Have at least two crew that are capable of doing the same job. My now dead crew was set up like so: my pilot could also do radar, my radar guy could also navigate, my nave guy could also repair stuff, my engineer was also a gunner, my 2 gunners were also medics and my bombardier could also fly the plane.

/// don't forget to pack parachutes
 
2018-09-14 09:08:43 AM  

Sid_6.7: I was on vacation, not much time to play anything.

Finally started properly getting into Discworld, though. Meant to to for years. Got through Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms this week.


Congratulations!
 
2018-09-14 09:10:23 AM  
Playing more Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Progress has been slow because my weeks have been busy, despite me having no life.

I have also been working my way through the Mega Man series further, getting to Mr. X's castle in Mega Man 6. I may play more of that tonight during downtime in the Discord-based Shadowrun campaign.

As for the Shadowrun campaign, I last described the in-progress meeting after I had just talked our party's way past a checkpoint. Before I could talk past an inspection (we were smuggling stolen Aztechnology goods) one of our party members decided to shapeshift into a bear. This led to a comedy of errors that ultimately -- and fortunately -- had Awakened party members successfully magically concealing our multi-vehicle convoy from a search from a military group. I did remind our party that we had been given a modest expense account specifically for the purpose of bribing our way past checkpoints, but I had been overruled by party members who wanted to "save it for when we really need it".

We later made our way to an airfield where we moved the cargo to a cargo plane. Having the cyberware to use it, I bought a piloting program (used my own Nuyen, rather than the party pool, because I figured that it was useful enough to use in other runs) but we declined any weaponry. Then, on our way to our destination, we were hit by elven supremacists flying one-manned light aircraft equipped with extremely heavy weaponry.

Fortunately, one of our party had a bow and arrow. That, combined with a very convincing illusion of an attack chopper adorned with Ork symbols, saw us through the entire mess.


I think that the highlight of the entire run occurred very early on when a group of motorcycle gang members high on Jazz came after us. I managed to hit one with my shotgun and kill him. It was the first time, ever, that I actually accomplished something in combat.


Worst game that I ever bought: I backed Mighty No. 9. Does that count?
 
2018-09-14 09:12:43 AM  
Sim-Life for the Mac Classic was pretty awful, and while I love ants and enjoyed Sim-Ant, there's something about the game working better if you didn't play it that rubs me the wrong way from a design standpoint.

Looks like I'm about 2-3 weeks out from hitting the go-button on the Kickstarter for Titanomachina...

In the meantime:

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2018-09-14 09:15:25 AM  
Worst game? I know it's cheating, but the X-men game on the NES.  I was so pissed off.

Been playing Middle Earth Shadow of War still.  Getting close to closing out the 2nd region.
I'm kind of torn though.  I got a bunch of great stuff in that last Humble.  I don't know where to go next.
 
2018-09-14 09:17:50 AM  
Anyone get the new Tomb Raider?
 
2018-09-14 09:18:08 AM  
I installed The Witcher 3 last weekend, but then a bunch of meatspace stuff happened and absorbed all my free time, so I haven't actually played it yet.

And now I'm thinking I'll need to hold off, because my partner suggested last night that next Friday when I get my first raise-applied paycheck, we should both get Monster Hunter World and start playing that, and I figure it'll take more than a week for me to get through W3.

The freetime I have had has been mostly without access to my games, so I've been re-reading some old favorites.  Did Going Postal and Making Money by Sir pTerry earlier this week, then read started Blood Rites by Jim Butcher while at the laundromat, finished that last night and continued right into Dead Beat.

Worst game I've bought is probably a toss-up between Bionic Commando (360) and Brutal Legend.  I liked Bionic Commando on the Nintendo, loved Bionic Commando: Rearmed, the remastered version in the XBLA, and there was so much potential for a "current gen" adaptation, but it was so limited and awful.  Brutal Legend I, like so many others, was tricked by the demo and expected the game to be more of that, not suddenly become a shirty RTS with awful controls and a garbage interface.
 
2018-09-14 09:18:51 AM  
When I have time for it Warframe still has most of my attention.
Though I DO play a lot of Threshold (MUD)at work, cause you know, phones can handle MUDs.
Worst game I ever bought? Probably...Dawn of War 3. It just fell so short of expectations.
 
2018-09-14 09:20:15 AM  
Poking around at Staxel some.  It's a cross between Minecraft and Stardew Valley, but I haven't found any combat yet.  And a lot of what seem like pointlessly overdone and elaborate fetch quests that aren't well explained.  I'm only just starting Week 3 though, so perhaps I'm not getting everything just yet.  I want to like it, I think I like it, but I'm not quite sold yet.

Other that than, nibbling around with Hearts of Iron 4 and No Man's Sky.  Back to school, so not as much time or desire to start new games; this is a time for relaxing with familiar systems and mechanics.
 
2018-09-14 09:20:52 AM  
I have been playing the old Ps1 game Suikoden 2 to see if it holds up. It does rather well but already knowing some of the twists kind of let it down a bit. There are a lot of other games to play so trying to get all 108 stars doesn't really intice me either.

Mainly I am waiting for the Battle Brothers DLC. Here's hoping it is released by Christmas.
 
2018-09-14 09:21:27 AM  
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"It's like MegaMan, only the game designers hate humanity!"
 
2018-09-14 09:21:52 AM  
OMG I've been waiting all week to farking talk about this one!

THE GOD DAMNED SPIDER-MAN!

Holy shiat balls is this game great! In terms of pure fun this game ranks up there with Batman Arkham, Shadow of Mordor, AC2, and WH40K Space Marine...

I'm about 75% of the way through, I think I will have this game wrapped up this weekend. I JUST got to the Sinister 6 portion of the game with all side missions and bonus content completed and level 45ish. I have silver medals in all the taskmaster challenges and most of the base missions are at least 2 tokens earned.

This may end up being the first open world game I try and get 100% completion since AC: Black Flag.

It has fast travel options, but honestly, it's actually really freaking fun just webslinging across the city and seeing how fast you can get going or how high you can get and what tricks you can pull off (you get a skill that unlocks arial tricks it gives you small amounts of XP while you are zipping around).

They managed to tie into all three movie franchises as well as the newest comics and the animated series from the 90's.

Sony hit a grandlsam with this one.
 
2018-09-14 09:24:56 AM  
Hell, I dunno.  I'll have grand plans to catch up on games and housework and probably get sucked into a weekend of Game Dev Tycoon or something like that.

Worst game I ever bought?  I mean, I actively seek out crap as much I seek out the great games.  So I have Wand of Gamelon, most of the LJN games for the NES, Shaq Fu, etc.  I'd say worst game I bought knowing it was awful would be Bubsy 3D.  Uglier than sin, awful controls and camera, and the point where Bubsy's 'tude went from "somewhat tolerable" to "farking die already".  Not even fun to make fun of because of its pervasive horribleness.  Worst game I bought blind was MLB Front Office Manager.  The worst UI ever, no explanation or guide to navigate the shiat show, nothing but menus upon menus that made little sense and a dull game simulation.  Only cost 99 cents on Steam, but infuriating none the less.
 
2018-09-14 09:25:38 AM  

Gordon Bennett: There was also State of Emergency on PS2, which proved beyond doubt that Rockstar can indeed do very wrong, but I want to take a bit of time and have a think about it.


Basically, if you go through Rockstar's games, the ones inbetween "make billions of dollars" (the Grand Theft Auto series) were prototypes for some tiny part of the open-world experience.  Smuggler's Run for driving in Grand Theft Auto III, Manhunt for stealth in San Andreas, L.A. Noire for creepy lifeless facial expressions, and so forth.

State of Emergency was Rockstar giving their branding and approval to a budget developer with some potentially cool tech, where I band together with the neighborhood because mother burned by Hot Pockets, and then...they do nothing with it.  So it's a dead-end game that kind of sucks, AND it added nothing to my violent crime-spree murder simulators.

And that's saying something, because a game where I go through the streets and start riots, in order to protest non-violence, sounds like an awesome goddamn game.  Not that you non-violent bums would ever understand.
 
2018-09-14 09:25:46 AM  
Less awkward than your party's rogue trying to seduce Tiamat

Hey, it worked in Shrek

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2018-09-14 09:34:08 AM  
No gaming, I've been on the Outer Banks all week, enjoying the sunshine and boozing it up while writing.

Oh yeah, that's right. I haven't. I spent a day driving there only to be mandatory evacuated less than 48 hours later.

/not bitter
//a little Civ VI since I got back
 
2018-09-14 09:36:45 AM  

iheartscotch: somedude210: iheartscotch: I WAS playing Bomber Crew until my crew & plane got exploded on the runway.

/ pretty much had to start over

how is Bomber Crew? It looks cool and i have it on my wish list but i haven't grabbed it yet

I enjoy it. It's easy to fly one mission and go on to something else. You can also spend an entire night flying missions.

It's a little grindy and if you get shot down, you might have to start completely over. You manage, literally, everything. For example: if you don't spot enemy fighters, your gunners won't shoot them. If you don't spot nave points, your plane will fly straight past your objective. If you don't spot targets, you'll fly right past them.

That's not to say you have to do everything. One skill that's priceless is your radar guy's ability to spot enemy fighters; but it's very limited. Once you spot stuff, your crew do their jobs.

/ I've made it home with 1 working engine and half a tail shot off; but you should never attempt to land with your wheels shot out. Bail out over England.

// cross training is extremely important. Have at least two crew that are capable of doing the same job. My now dead crew was set up like so: my pilot could also do radar, my radar guy could also navigate, my nave guy could also repair stuff, my engineer was also a gunner, my 2 gunners were also medics and my bombardier could also fly the plane.

/// don't forget to pack parachutes


thanks. I think you convinced me to check it out
 
2018-09-14 09:38:10 AM  
Currently enjoying the Trials Rising closed Beta.  I don't like it nearly as much as Fusion, but it's still plenty good.

Worst game I ever bought?  RoboWarrior for NES.  Awesome music, but farking horrible gameplay.
 
2018-09-14 09:43:12 AM  

Regional NO MA'AM Activities Coordinator: [oyster.ignimgs.com image 468x263]

"It's like MegaMan, only the game designers hate humanity!"


To be fair, when your Kickstarter is a throwback to "that eight-bit series that had one-and-a-half good games and was rendered obsolete by its sixteen-bit spin-off", it's like getting mad because someone sent you a phony check and you were dumb enough to cash it.

Then again, that Nigerian prince seemed like a nice guy, wanted me to partake in his fortune.
 
2018-09-14 09:43:35 AM  
On the side note... worst game I ever bought...

That's a tough one...

I'm old, so understand I've been gaming since PONG. No shiat. I had an original Atari Home Pong, an Intellivision, Coleco Vision, Atari 2600, Action Max, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega 32x, Playstation, Sega Saturn, N64, Dreamcast, PS2, GameCube, Xbox, PS3, 360, Wii, PS4, Switch

That's a lot of room for really bad games...

But going through that list... I think the WORST games were for Action Max... Every one of them... Because it wasn't so much a "game console" as it was a rip off. The "games" were VHS cassettes with badly made movies on them, the console was just this box that had a gun similar to the NES gun, and this red light with a suction cup on it. To play the "games" you stuck the red light in the corner of the TV screen, then put the VHS in the VCR and hit play. The movie would start and it played sort of like Dragon's Lair in which you had to shoot the screen whenever the red light would flash. If you weren't fast enough, the red light would stay on red, and you had to rewind the VHS and start over... I had 2 "games" for that thing, one was a Top Gun ripoff, and the other was like those arcade shooters on rails, but it was a police training game. I have no idea what the names of those games were, but they were TERRIBLE.... Mostly because the system itself was shiat.
 
2018-09-14 09:45:55 AM  
More or less finished My Time At Portia.It really grew on me- it's a little too precious for it's own good, but if you're looking for a spiritual successor to Stardew Valley it's the closest I've found.  It's cheap and goes on sale fairly often so if you like that kind of game I recommend it.

A couple of things I wish I knew before I started playing.
0) You will never have enough carbon steel bars.  Ever.  You may think you do, but you don't.  Make more.
1) Mobility is amusing- you and your horse can climb almost vertical slopes and since there's no fall damage you can do things like get back home from the church in ten seconds by leaping off the top of a mountain.  Get a horse as soon as you can- Portia's pretty big
2) Opening one chest opens them all, and you can label them.  Stick most of your chests in some out of the way place and just access them though one that's next to your workbench.  Why more games don't do this I don't know.  (Looking at you Graveyard Keeper)
3) Along the same lines it's *really* cheap to expand your personal inventory.  (Graveyard Keeper...)
4) Relationship is really hard to gain at first, but it chains- move up a tier and you also move up with their friends.  Get a couple of the easy people quickly (Emily, the Civil Corps, the builders) and use them to build rep with everyone.
5) Portia is filled with adorable animals, happily bouncing and playing in the fields.  But you need a lot of cloth and quality leather, so the rivers will run red with their blood.  PETA members need not apply.
6) Cooking is a royal pain in the ass.  Just look everything up on the wiki

Yeah, it's grindy in places, but all these life sims are.  The core mechanics work, and work well- rather than Stadew's "How much can I plant" you have an elaborate puzzle trying to figure out the fastest way to build things knowing that starting from nothing will take days- what do you stockpile, when do you expand production, etc.  It's worth a play.  (Didn't hurt that the developers took a bug report I submitted and fixed it within 48 hours either)

Worst game?  Outpost.  SimCity in space- so cool. Designed with the help of actual scientists!  Also a buggy, unplayable, unfinished mess where entire blocks of features in the manual simply didn't exist.  Sierra should have refunded the money of anyone who bought it.
 
2018-09-14 09:46:24 AM  
Monster Hunter World played its credits, so I 'm done with the story and into the endgame.
 
2018-09-14 09:46:39 AM  

Extra Virgin Geek Olive Oil: OMG I've been waiting all week to farking talk about this one!

THE GOD DAMNED SPIDER-MAN!

etc..


Thanks for that, good review.  I've been thinking about getting it. Is it free roaming?  as in kind of like gta where you can dick around at will if you want to?  Also I'm a very mediocre gamer is it very difficult?
_____

Speaking of being a mediocre gamer, ELEX  is the worst game I've ever bought. Scratch that, it was a farking amazing games but it was just so farking DIFFICULT!
I haven't had a controller throwing tantrum since I was a child but that game, oh my god..
It was frustrating because it was an amazing world with great story and lovely to look at... frustrating because it was so damn hard to explore that world or make any progress without getting killed every 2 farking minutes.
 
2018-09-14 09:49:22 AM  

bekovich: Extra Virgin Geek Olive Oil: OMG I've been waiting all week to farking talk about this one!

THE GOD DAMNED SPIDER-MAN!

etc..


Thanks for that, good review.  I've been thinking about getting it. Is it free roaming?  as in kind of like gta where you can dick around at will if you want to?  Also I'm a very mediocre gamer is it very difficult?


It looks farking INCREDIBLE:

Spider-Man PS4 - 22 Minutes of Free Roam Open-World Gameplay (2018)
Youtube maJFka6Rx68


// I might violate my "wait 3-6 months to buy games" rule to get this
// not even 10% done with Witcher 3 (by my estimates), but I loved the Arkham series so goddamned hard
 
2018-09-14 09:50:34 AM  
We recently finished renovating our basement in which we made a second living room. So far, I've only plugged my Playstation 2 to this TV, and since my girlfriend watched a lot of shows upstairs this week, I've considered this the perfect excuse to revisit some of my old games.

I've played some State of Emergency, which everybody seems to hate. In fact, Gordon Bennett named it as one of the worst games he bought in the very top of this thread. I get that the actual story/mission mode is unfairly difficult, but that's not the actual fun part of the game. There's a Chaos mode, in which you have to rack up as many points as possible by destroying stuff and killing enemies, and the game gets progressively harder. There's an almost Tetris-like feel to it; you progressively go to a slow paced, easy play to a "fark fark fark fark!!!" mode where you just try to survive running around amid machine gun fire and rockets flying everywhere.

I've been severely disappointed in Tony Hawk's Underground 2. I've spent so many hours playing the various Tony Hawk games, I thought that shiat was now hardwired in my brain. And yet, when I played it, I just kept bailing and bailing. I struggle to keep my balance and to link any tricks in a satisfying way, and the way my skater moves around the various ramps is much clunkier, faster and weirder than I remembered. It just feels wrong, somehow. Plus, the soundtrack in this specific game, with a few exceptions, is nowhere near as good as in the previous games, so it got old fast.

The Return of the King, on the other hand, was just as fun as I remembered it. Sure, the graphics are dated, but it's still a blast to play as Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas or Sam and fight your way trough a shiatload of orcs (not Gimli, though; he gets all the drawbacks of being a slow dwarven axe-warrior, without being noticeably tougher or stronger). Honestly, hadn't it been for futilities like "my job" or "my family", I'd have probably already blown through this game in one or two sessions.
 
2018-09-14 09:51:49 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: More or less finished My Time At Portia.It really grew on me- it's a little too precious for it's own good, but if you're looking for a spiritual successor to Stardew Valley it's the closest I've found.  It's cheap and goes on sale fairly often so if you like that kind of game I recommend it.

A couple of things I wish I knew before I started playing.
0) You will never have enough carbon steel bars.  Ever.  You may think you do, but you don't.  Make more.
1) Mobility is amusing- you and your horse can climb almost vertical slopes and since there's no fall damage you can do things like get back home from the church in ten seconds by leaping off the top of a mountain.  Get a horse as soon as you can- Portia's pretty big
2) Opening one chest opens them all, and you can label them.  Stick most of your chests in some out of the way place and just access them though one that's next to your workbench.  Why more games don't do this I don't know.  (Looking at you Graveyard Keeper)
3) Along the same lines it's *really* cheap to expand your personal inventory.  (Graveyard Keeper...)
4) Relationship is really hard to gain at first, but it chains- move up a tier and you also move up with their friends.  Get a couple of the easy people quickly (Emily, the Civil Corps, the builders) and use them to build rep with everyone.
5) Portia is filled with adorable animals, happily bouncing and playing in the fields.  But you need a lot of cloth and quality leather, so the rivers will run red with their blood.  PETA members need not apply.
6) Cooking is a royal pain in the ass.  Just look everything up on the wiki

Yeah, it's grindy in places, but all these life sims are.  The core mechanics work, and work well- rather than Stadew's "How much can I plant" you have an elaborate puzzle trying to figure out the fastest way to build things knowing that starting from nothing will take days- what do you stockpile, when do you expand production, etc.  It's worth a play.  (Didn't hurt that the developers took a bug report I submitted and fixed it within 48 hours either)

Worst game?  Outpost.  SimCity in space- so cool. Designed with the help of actual scientists!  Also a buggy, unplayable, unfinished mess where entire blocks of features in the manual simply didn't exist.  Sierra should have refunded the money of anyone who bought it.


The best part about Outpost was the lady AI sound files. Back when windows had sounds for everything, I would assign them all over the place.

The game was rather crappy and a ripoff.
 
2018-09-14 09:53:28 AM  
Worst game? Superman Returns, PS2. Just a big empty shell of a game.

Slow-rolling my way through Witcher 3 at the moment. It's my first time, and I'm content to just explore and side-quest for now. I see what all the hype was about.
 
2018-09-14 09:54:31 AM  
Been playing HOI4, enjoy it. Still trying to figure some things out. Staying small for now and playing Italy. I can finish off the Ethiopians pretty quick. Not sure what to do from there. Tried to increase party popularity in neighboring countries hoping to get them to join me after elections but hasn't worked out so far.
Enjoying it. Just more to learn.

Worst game? Outpost. Bought that crap with my own money.Kept going "why is all this cool stuff not working for me?"  yeah, game was released with most of the features not working even though it'd gotten good reviews from publications at the time.
 
2018-09-14 09:54:52 AM  

Dr Dreidel: bekovich: Extra Virgin Geek Olive Oil: OMG I've been waiting all week to farking talk about this one!

THE GOD DAMNED SPIDER-MAN!

etc..


Thanks for that, good review.  I've been thinking about getting it. Is it free roaming?  as in kind of like gta where you can dick around at will if you want to?  Also I'm a very mediocre gamer is it very difficult?

It looks farking INCREDIBLE:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/maJFka6R​x68]

// I might violate my "wait 3-6 months to buy games" rule to get this
// not even 10% done with Witcher 3 (by my estimates), but I loved the Arkham series so goddamned hard


That game has greatly tempted me to purchase a PS4 Pro.

The triggering of alt-righters is an added bonus.
 
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