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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Rico » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:44 am

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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Friday » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:05 am

"here, we know you want to play dq8 again so here's some starting gear to make you think you are"
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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby François » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:43 am

When I started my DW1 LP, I had no idea this was coming up. And now it'll still be months and months before it even starts making sense for me to think about buying it. :D

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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Friday » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:57 pm

Dragon Quest character tier list

B Tier

Jessica, Angelo, Torneko, Aishe

A Tier

Yangus, Alena, DW3 Female Solider, DW3 Female Wizard

S Tier

Sandy the Smog Paralyzer (Dog)
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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Rico » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:14 pm

100% accurate.

François: I'm not very far in, but yeah, it is A Dragon Quest Game. You've earned your break.

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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Thad » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:27 am

Friday wrote:"here, we know you want to play dq8 again so here's some starting gear to make you think you are"

Well, it has been 13 freakin' years since DQ8. I'd have preferred something more in the mold of DQ5, 7, or 9, but 8's mix of gorgeous graphics and accessibility as a jumping-on point is worth going back to.

I hear it runs under Linux, which is a plus; I hear it uses Denuvo, which is a minus. In case of a tie, my fallback position is "Hey, isn't there a shitload of games I already paid for? Maybe play one of those."

So anyway I went and played Zelda.

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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Friday » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:41 am

FRIDAY'S IMPRESSIONS SO FAR

"Hmm, this seems easier than typical, but DQs tend to ramp up later, and there's always Draconian Restric--"

*Great Sabercub frolics freely!*

"God damn it this enemy is bullshit using an attack that grants invincibility now I have to run away"
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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Rico » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:36 am

Great Sabrecubs are pretty great but they're no Sham hamwitch.

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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Friday » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:03 pm

Yeah I was actually coming here to talk about how I threw my controller and shouted when I first saw them

Small mechanics spoiler/info for those playing: There are respecs now (I guess they unlock later, maybe halfway?) so feel free to do whatever with your skills because unlike 8 you don't have to worry about locking yourself out of the best endgame spec
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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Friday » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:27 pm

Well, hit the point you can respec. It's not halfway, that post I read was full of shit. It's really early on, within the first ten hours or so. (Or much faster if you're not an "explore literally every rock" slowpoke like me.)

20 gold per point reset. Cheap and easy.

Now some other news,
An entire town full of dudes
Who speak in haiku.

Searching the bathhouse
I found, inevitably
The puff-puff woman.

But her puff puffs were
sadly, not in haiku, so
My heart is empty.
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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Brentai » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:27 pm

Soft sacs smoosheth thee.
Be they treats, or be they beasts?
Nay, best not to know...
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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby mharr » Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:17 pm

Hey uh, if any of you happen to have Night Dive's re-release of the original System Shock, they've dropped a rather quiet engine update that makes it just plain work on modern systems. Switch to OpenGL, activate linear texture filters and anti-aliasing, hit the old fullscreen button and press E for freelook, and you'd think it was an indie project released on itch.io this year.

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/0 ... -rerelease

... I am just going outside and may be some time.

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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby beatbandito » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:40 am

If anyone else here is terrible enough to play Maple Story 2 (fully f2p on Wednesday) Mad Gear lives on U.S. East.

It's isometric now with a terrible static camera and okay diablo-like combat that works fine with keyboard or controller. You can upload your own textures for icons, equipment, some furniture and public advertising which somehow I haven't see go terribly wrong yet, and freeplay or upload your midis to a special mml type for instrument. Other than dungeons and leveling there's lots of dopey minigames to play in groups and guild or as open events and the public community isn't terrible, largely because almost everything is shareable and instances so there's no fighting over resources.

The pay shit is completely ridiculous, but limited to cosmetics (uploading files and in-game outfit items) and stuff that makes gathering and crafting less of a slog, or at least lets you idle through it. I'm on the edge because if you just play around like a casual game you should never have to pay, but for any level of customization or secondary character skills you are going to need to, and the numbers are pretty high (item to toggle gear slot visuals costs $10).

Basically it's fun and dopey and if you want to have dopey fun and can hide your shame, come hang.
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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Newbie » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:09 pm

Apparently I bought Tacoma during some Steam Summer Sale or other, and since I really liked Gone Home best out of all walking sims I've played, I was pretty excited to finally play this one now that I have a laptop capable of running it.

The context this time is that you're a contractor who's been hired after the Tacoma orbital station had to be evacuated; your job is to recover the station AI, along with any Augmented Reality recordings you can find. Each of the six main sections of the station has a major recording of the events of the last 72 hours, through which you can piece together exactly how and why the station had to be abandoned. Because these are "augmented reality" recordings, they play back in 3D in the environment where they actually happened; when a group splits up, you can follow one couple out of the room to hear the rest of their conversation, then rewind and follow a third party in a different direction to see what he did instead. They all have AR consoles that pop up in front of their faces as well, which you can interact with to see what they were accessing at that time--messaging apps, email, online shopping, etc. There are also a bunch of minor, often incomplete recordings with little more than audio, usually in peoples' private quarters or other isolated spots. Access enough of these recordings and AR consoles and your handlers will clear you to enter the next two areas, before finally grabbing the AI wetware and leaving.

It's pretty good! I really enjoyed the setting; the Tacoma station feels plausible, for the most part, and it's fun to peek into people's bunks and rifle through their offices. Plus, the AR playback gives you a lot of excuse to hang out in areas you'd normally walk right past in other games; sure, everybody might leave the locker room early in the recording, but if you stick around, you can hear a broadcast from their employer about contemporary events. Little touches like that meant that exploring felt rewarding across the entire game.

A friend on another forum complained that the game's politics are so impeccable as to be distracting, and I can kind of see what he means. So many characters are such Good, Earnest People that anything outside those boundaries is rendered almost cartoonish. Otherwise, my only complaint is that the pool table physics are a little klunky, but the fact that the pool table even works is wildly unnecessary. Overall, I recommend it!
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Re: Hey [%target] Whatcha Playin'?

Postby Maximillian » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:34 pm

Forza Horizon 4 is my first step back into the series since Forza 3. They're very careful in the language to never imply that anybody has lost a race. They'll print 'Finished' on the screen, even if you're in 12th place. Screwed up on a corner and took out a ton of barriers? You got destruction points for that. There's positive reinforcement on this game akin to your parent(s) coaching you on your first time learning to ride a bike. My roommate, who isn't very big on video games, has taken to this like crazy and is now glued to it.

Also, Bond cars!
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