General Gaming Megathread: What are you playing?

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by The Commissar, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. Tagaziel

    Tagaziel Panzerkatze Orderite

    Dec 10, 2003
    Depends on the options you use. Distant land puts some strain on the GPU, but what absolutely hammers it are dynamic shadows, which aren't even needed, as the game calculates them for characters by default. So you can safely turn that off.
     
  2. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign ⛧卐⛧ Staff Member Moderator [REDACTED]

    Apr 1, 2005
    ^I am almost tempted to go back to Morrowind after watching that. The mods make Bethesda games actually worth playing sometimes. Almost every little nitpick I had with New Vegas I was able to remedy with mods.
     
  3. .Pixote.

    .Pixote. Antediluvian as Feck
    Modder

    Sep 14, 2009
    Morrowind had some very fine moments, Bethesda haven't bettered it IMO, but to be fair I haven't played Skyrim, so I'll see what you guys have to say about the comparison. :wink:
     
  4. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    One of the biggest beefs I have with Bethesda games though is rather hard to fix even for modders. - Vegas is using their engine at least ...

    Animations.

    I. Just. Hate. Gamebryo.

    Skyrim is somewhat close to Morrowind in quality. Its definitely worth a try.

    Just that you know though. It is a hiking simulator. The writing is sometimes good sometimes bad. The quests are somewhat boring (in my eyes) and I really lost motivation after 3/4 trough the game. There is simply not much else to do then running around and chopping heads. That and I have a very very nasty bug that I cant solve ... but well.
     
  5. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Cranium Cat oTO Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    How does that make it any better than Oblivion? I'm asking this because I heard a lot of good things about this game on these boards and I'm really itching to give it a try. Also, it seems that the latest patch has taken care of the crashes on the ps3 version so it's actually playble now.
     
  6. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign ⛧卐⛧ Staff Member Moderator [REDACTED]

    Apr 1, 2005
    I disagree a thousand times over dude. Skyrim is nowhere near Morrowind standards. The graphics are a given but beyond that no.
     
  7. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Cranium Cat oTO Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    Toront duder, did you beat Deadly Premonition?
     
  8. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign ⛧卐⛧ Staff Member Moderator [REDACTED]

    Apr 1, 2005
    I could not get past the controls and the horrible music. I liked it though. If it had a bigger budget it could have been awesome. I really enjoyed the story, but the gameplay is hit or miss. I can't stand fumbling with controls. That is actually why I didn't like Witcher 2 that much. If I struggle too much with control issues I lose interest fast. The fucking squirrel key fetch quest was kinda pushing it to begin with. Honestly dude. What the fuck was up with that? I almost gave up on the game at that point. It was obviously put there to annoy. It was possibly one of the worst game moments I have played through in awhile, but I am glad I kept playing. If I could skip the driving parts it would be ok, but I don't enjoy PS1 driving controls.

    I may take another crack at it once I get bored with modded New Vegas. I am having fun with Nevada Skies, NVInteriors, and Project Nevada. I am not a big nudity freak or anything, but the Type 6 replacer improved my experience a lot. I hate seeing strippers with duct tape over their nipples. A strip club should have at least nipples showing IMO otherwise it is pointless. Who goes to a strip club to see women in clothes anyway? I realize why it wasn't put in the game, but it was a minor annoyance when I first got to the strip, and saw black tape everywhere. Do the strippers need to be grounded with electrical tape or what?

    The modding community is still pretty immature though which is a shame. The most popular mods are usually lore-raping to say the least. New Vegas Bounties is a pretty good quest mod though. The voice acting is pretty decent, it isn't too buggy (Minor pathing issues), and it is pretty fun overall. I missed out on all the mods when the game first came out because I had it on 360. It is hard for me to buy another Bethesda-style game on a console. The modders are the ones that usually fix the problems. I couldn't try to go back and play Vanilla FNV if I tried. Then again I could say the same for Fallout 2. I can't imagine trying to play without Killaps Restoration Patch...it just seems wrong.
     
  9. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Cranium Cat oTO Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    I know, that was a pretty annoying part of the game. Same goes for almost every other part of the game which involves combat/driving. My advice is to play the game on the easy settings.


    Also, are there any mods for New Vegas that improve the performance of the game? I wanna start playing it on my laptop since the PS3 version is almost unplayable.
     
  10. PainlessDocM

    PainlessDocM Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 5, 2010
    Playing a bit of Dungeon Master in anticipation of Legend of Grimrock which looks absolutely fantastic.

    Is it already known whether modding will be possible/ allowed? Because at first glance this looks like a sweet engine to recreate some of the classic RT dungeon crawlers.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBYsyjTgDwg[/youtube]

    PS If you pre-order the game from the developers website you will receive a Steam code and a standalone installer.
     
  11. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    Finally got Fallout New Vegas, or to be precise, Ultimate Edition.
    I'm really enjoying it so far, great follow-up for a few playthroughs of Wasteland I've been having these days.

    Other than that, I'm playing a bit of StarCraft.
    Few days ago I've had a really weird experience with multiplayer - my pal and I joined the European server for a quick one-on-one and where the only people on the whole damn server.
    After I typed something into the chatbox, all I got was "No one hears you". One of those moments when you really, really feel alone.

    Guess I should hurry up getting the sequel, since apparently, that's where the action is.
     
  12. maximaz

    maximaz Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Apr 2, 2006
    Would you recommend it to someone who couldn't stomach Fallout 3?
     
  13. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    So far...yes. I believe I could. I've already played it once, but I'd call it a rush playthrough. As far as this "proper" one goes, I fully recommend it.

    Gameplay-wise, it is an almost same first-person formula, but really enhanced in many ways.
    There are a lot more RPG elements, and the writing is superb. Not like bland Fallout 3 dialogues. Also, the story is lot more diverse, it is not linear, and there are plenty of choices and consequences, plus some new stuff, like reputation system. Story isn't canon-breaker, or just original storylines recycled, which is a big plus from me.

    Still, it has retained some flaws. Combat is clunky, at least for me, but it far from unplayable. After all, it is an old engine, but Obsidian did wonders with it at some points in the game.

    Can't say anything about the DLCs, though. I'd personally ignore Caravan/Classic and other packs which come with UE, since they're a bit game-breaking for me.

    I could write a lot more (and a lot better), but it is late here, and I'm really sleepy.
    Still, to sum it up, it is a well worth purchase for 30-40 euros/dollars - original game with all DLCs. However, you're better off asking some more experienced players of this game, but coming from an almost complete newbey, it is a really good game. A lot more like Fallout/2 than Fallout 3, aside from the obvious technical characteristics.

    In the end, I very much recommend it. If Bethesda takes the helm in the series from now on, this could perhaps be the last decent Fallout game, so yeah, try it out.
     
  14. boer_kameel

    boer_kameel Still Mildly Glowing

    260
    Apr 2, 2003
    I second that. FO3 was a disappointment for me, trekking from one spot to another with little involvement with the characters, locations or the story.
    Obsidian has used the engine as a tool to convey their story, where Bethesda just presented the tool with some repetitive content.

    What I remember most about NV, is it's atmosphere. It came close to what the original games offered. Sleazy bars (where you can save some patrons from boredom), casinos, military groups where you can tag along for a day of training. Isolated communes with their own internal problems and personalities.

    Today at work I caught myself pondering over Vault City, for no apparent reason. That's the impression the first games left on me, it still fuels my imagination after all these years. NV comes close to that experience.
     
  15. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign ⛧卐⛧ Staff Member Moderator [REDACTED]

    Apr 1, 2005

    Hell yeah dude. Try out Mission Mojave. It reduces CTD and a lot of the bugs. Also try out Imaginator and Electrocity. They will greatly improve the visuals and graphical issues. Try the others that I have mentioned previously too. I have few issues with the game now and I am running about 40 mods or so. I am using CASM to manage the saves and that helps tremendously. Most crashes are due to corrupt saves and shit like that. Fallout New Vegas with mods is a dream come true. Fallout 3 is a lump of shit compared to New Vegas (and the other games in the series TBH).

    To anyone playing New Vegas on PC:

    Play with Project Nevada and Nevada Skies at the very least! Also run Sawyers mod at the end of your load order. I have been using Nexus Mod Manager and it works fine. With Project Nevada you can adjust everything to how you like it. If you want a perk every 4 levels instead of two, you can do that, and much more. I also use the Increased Wasteland Spawn mod to adjust the enemy spawns. Factions actually get into huge battles with this mod. The conflict in the Mojave is more believable on this scale. Of course you can adjust it for personal preference.

    The key to running mods is to read the info of every mod you download. I slowly added mods until I got the game to where I like it. I added a Pup Tent that you can carry with you and camp whenever you please. I also downloaded a portable campfire mod which makes a lot of sense. The Leather Backpack mod is great too. It is simple and it even has a sleeping mat that you can unfold to rest on. Little stuff like that adds a lot to the (I know it is a overused buzzword) immersion of the game. I don't like to be able to carry 40 guns without some kind of Bag or something to hold them in. Backpack mods are great for fixing that. I also found a good holster mod that fixes the annoying floating handgun issue.

    Generally I stay away from mods like FOOK though. Any mod that overhauls and adds too much may screw up your game. Various bug fixes are available to correct the vast majority of problems with the game. They can all be ran as mods, or you can use Mission Mojave and NV Corrections which add tons of fixes among other things, so you don't have to look for individual fixes. With Stutter Corrector, New Vegas Configator, and a couple other mods, you should have a pretty stable game. Adjusting your ini settings is usually a must IMO.



    @AtomKilla: Sawyers mod changes the DLC packs. It adds the stash stuff to Chets store in Goodsprings. Of course that is only for PC though. I really enjoyed OWB and Lonesome Road personally. The DLC was a lot better than it was for Fallout 3.
     
  16. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Also, if you are playing the game on a 4gb ram pc you should get the 4GB Loader, along with the New Vegas script extender, I was having ctds and performace drops with my new sexy PC and I was confused as to why was this happening, but once I downloaded it, New Vegas works like magic.
     
  17. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign ⛧卐⛧ Staff Member Moderator [REDACTED]

    Apr 1, 2005
    Yes that is a must have. NVSE has the 4GB extender with it doesn't it? If not I may have to add it again. I was under the impression that NVSE came with the 4GB extender. Am I wrong?
     
  18. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    I don't think it has it, I had to download it separatedly from the Nexus.

    Now onto other games, I hapened to pick up a DS game called Iazuma Eleven, and it's so silly it's awesome, also Level 5 can pull very good graphics rom a handheld, I am away from my pc right now (Holy week or however you call it in your countries) and all I have is my DS.
     
  19. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Cranium Cat oTO Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    @TorontRayne: Thanks a bunch dude! Will start modding the crap out of New Vegas once I have it.
     
  20. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    I'd lie if I would say that I didn't enjoy Fallout 3. I still have some fond memories of the first playthrough...after that, not much.
    It's game which, in a way, reintroduced me to the series. Or just introduced me. Whatever.
    I liked it the first time I played it, for what it was, because I wasn't aware there was better. Can't compare to original games, or NV, but it has its moments.

    In the end, it's a rather bland, dumb, fun-at-moments sandbox game which can serve as a good "gateway" to Fallout series/RPGs for younger, inexperienced players. But other than that? Nope, nothing.

    Very true. The atmosphere is spot-on. Some places, characters, dialogues and events really give the flashback moments - and they're often envisioned as such, which is a big plus. It's a real continuation of Fallout 2, and a very addicting one at that.

    What I've noticed so far, and it has surprised me, is how well did the Obsidian find the balance between original games and Fallout 3 - in terms of storyline and canon. Reading through some dialogues which mention events from earlier games is a very pleasant experience - not only did these guys cut many loose ties, they nicely wrapped the whole thing up, creating the picture which in a way shows that all earlier games are part of the same series and world, which is very hard to believe when you look at it from perspective of Fallout 3.
    Hope you catch my drift, it's kinda confusing :D

    The only thing that I would say is "lacking" in atmosphere (or that, at least, feels a bit off), when compared to Fallout 3, is a sense that there is a war going on. To be honest, I somewhat find it that Fallout 3 did this a bit better, with the whole Enclave VS BoS conflict, unlike NV's NCR VS Legion.
    Don't really know why is that.

    Still, it doesn't ruin the expereince

    I've seen his mod, but I've decided on finishing the standard version of the game, for start, and then mod it out. JES' is first on my list.
    Too bad my machine isn't what it used to be - I can't run a lot of mods for this game. I'd really like to try out some of those weather mods, but ain't possible.