General Gaming Megathread: What are you playing?

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

  1. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    I also play Pokemon on release and I have a Persona 5 sig. I am immune tags.
     
  2. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Not Gollum Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    You are part of the community that has railed against Bethesda so hard that all of you guys then turning and sucking their dicks shows how hypocritical and prone to being fanboys you are. Persona and Pokemon have not diverged into a path that took them into mediocrity. They are still like they always have been. Anyway the more of you I see buy Bethesda games the more I want to stab you with my penis.
     
  3. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    I am just gonna play it when it has mods for it. Not really gonna buy it day one, specially with Bethesda prices on Steam lol
     
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  4. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars.

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    Jan 23, 2022
    I bought Alien resurrection , not started it really just the first 5 to 10 minutes. Is it any good ? Fuck it might as well talk to the wall.
     
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  5. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    The accents and dialogue in Redfall made me cringe really hard. Why not hire an actual cockney instead of having Troy Baker do an accent while simultaneously doing his Troy Baker protag voice? Absolutely insufferable.
    Also the typical coop or competitivie shooter trailer with Pop Punk music on the background, what an annoying cliche.
     
  6. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Since last week I have a new PC (I may talk about that in detail later) so I can now finally play a backlog of games I have accrued over the last couple of years.

    I have started on replaying Terminator Resistance. I already finished the Infiltrator mini DLC and am now currently going through the main campaign again as I could not play it properly the first time. After that I want to play the Annihilation Line DLC.
    It is a decent game but I think most of the strength comes from the license it uses. I would give it an 8 or a 8.5. It doesn't have much replayibility.

    Next would be The Outer Worlds (someone gifted me a copy last year). I don't really have high expectations on this one but I want to finish it myself to see what it is like.

    Then Metro Exodus and its DLC or Prey which I bought on GOG during a winter sale.

    And then Halo Wars which I bought cheap during a sale this week on Steam.

    I also still need to finish Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 and its expansion.


    The PS1 game?
     
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  7. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars.

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    No mate, it has moved onto GOG. I got the full version for just over £11. I've played Outer Worlds but wont voice any opinion. I was going to buy Metro Exodous + in the Winter sale but I had other stuff and never wanted to spoil meself :)
     
  8. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Oh, that is interesting, I am going to check that in a moment.
    I wanted to try the PS1 game but its controls always held me back as I don't like using a controller for FPS games.

    And don't worry about telling me your thoughts about the Outer Worlds as some of the people here and my online contacts already voiced their thoughts on it. I mostly want to try it because I already own a copy. If I did not I probably would not have bought it.

    We'll see what Metro Exodus is like. I will save it for later as I don't want to play two PA games in a row.

    Edit: me thinks you have mixed the title of Alien Isolation for Alien Resurrection and I did play that a couple of years ago.
    Was a decent game though that really captured the Alien vibe in general. I like the DLCs with Sigourney Weaver and the other actors but I never bothered with the survival DLC on Sevastopol Station as there is no story in them.
     
  9. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars.

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    Jan 23, 2022
    I've never had any interest in consoles although I've played on them when my son would visit then play stuff split screen. Like you I found controllers awkward so the arrogant lil 4ker would gloat when he wiped the floor with me playing Halo. I checked and the title is Alien Isolation . If you go to a lot of fancy dress parties you will love Outer Worlds. Metro and Metro last light were ok but you may have to tinker with graphic settings a touch although with a new comp you should be able to play most stuff. Has it got a dedicated graphics card ?
     
  10. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    There are some really decent console only games or games that play very well on the consoles. When I play console games I mostly focus on platformers, overhead action games, and JRPG types.

    I definitely recognize that. I had it recently with Dead Space 2 and 3 which I had bought for my Xbox One.
    At some point I got swarmed by zombie children and because aiming with a controller is so awkward I kept missing most of the little bastards. I decided to replay DS2 on my PC and suddenly aiming became much better and I finally had a fighting chance.

    Yeah I have been hearing about the art style. The artists wanted to recreated the Gilded Age but in space with the technology also have this weird early 20th century feel despite being more advanced than what we have now.
    The style doesn't bother me that much (though the faces of characters do), but it is not a selling point for me. I prefer atom punk and diesel punk sometimes.

    Yep, an Asus RTX 3080 TUF. I wanted to go for a 3080TI or maybe even a 3090 but the person who helped put my PC together told me that these cards while slightly better would not be worth the extra 500 or even 1000 Euros I would have to spend extra.
     
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  11. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    The Outer Worlds actually criticises the current tech bro corporate obssession with space colonization as the solution to the problems they have caused and how that would just result in misery in space when they have free range to do what greed dictates with no governing body but themselves. A colorful miserable dystopia.
    Combat is average. Questing is good. The Skill system is pretty good. Companions are also good for the most part. Has a decent amount of endigns but not on the level of New Vegas or Fallout 2, it's comparable to the amount in Fallout 1. Perks are pretty bad tho.
     
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  12. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars.

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    Jan 23, 2022
    Yeah I have been hearing about the art style. The colour palette is way brighter than later Fallouts, Skyrim but what I meant about fancy dress was as well as upgrading armour for the squad the uniforms contain buffs ie stealth or lockpick. Dressing up is a big part of it in many ways.


    Yep, an Asus RTX 3080 TUF. Very nice. If I was the envious type I would be huffing and puffing ;)


    Good advice then. I know cards went sky high because of global problems not just covid. A friend who is very computer literate said certain parties were snapping them up also they do the Maths better on certain stuff. I think it was floating point (not sure ) for number crunching maybe for bitcoin mining or whatever. That was a year or more back though.


    games that play very well on the consoles. .... I have no problem with consoles. Again my son years ago had been up to mine for a few days with a Nintendo, when he was leaving he said I will leave that till next week . I was delighted lol playing some Donkey Kong Country. Lol I immature with age .
     
  13. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010


    This game looks pretty interesting.
     
  14. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars.

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    This game looks pretty interesting. It looks like Guybrush Threepwood dropped acid . Side scrollers have come a long way since Ghosts 'n Goblins.
     
  15. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Not Gollum Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    Fuck I was literally just talking about this and you said it. Ugh.
     
  16. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    This gameplay system of providing player characters and companion characters with buffs has been around for some time now.
    I don't mind dressing up the player character if I think it improves the look and the same goes for companions but I always found it a bit weird that wearing say a lab coat suddenly improves the player character or companion character's scientific skills.

    It made better sense if clothing either provided armor bonuses, improved stealth, or allowed you to pose as or disguise yourself as a member of a group or faction.
    In settings that involve magic I can kind of understand the concept of magically enhanced clothing but in a more 'scientific' setting I might have gone for a more 'technological' reason why the player can get 'buffs' in skills, temporary or permanent as long as something is in effect without improving the skills. (in a Cyberpunk setting perhaps implanted chips or software)

    Van Buren would have done something with programmable 'tubes' (think data storage devices) the player could plug into their Pipboy to improve certain skills.
    That gameplay plot device does work a bit better for me though.

    I honestly urge you not to be envious as I had to save for a very long time before I could afford this computer. I for example have not done any vacation trips in many years.

    Yes, a lot of bitcoin miners bought video cards by the dozens for crypto mining, raising the price of of the available cards.
    It wasn't until yet some new crypto currency came out that can't be decrypted or whatever it is called by a large number of processors as the more someone tries to mine it the slower the process goes, that it became unattractive to use a large number of video cards as the purchase costs and electricity costs would be more than the mining would actually make.

    However prices of cards still seem somewhat in flux. Even the card I bought rose in price again the next week.
     
  17. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars.

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    Jan 23, 2022

    Yeah mate. I know manna/health/endurance + buffs and de buffs have been around a long, long time. Deus Ex did the 'augs' for various improvements very well I think.
    I think a character who is able to either wear all including heavy or say medium armour as done in system shock2 made sense. Heavy armour would impede a less strong character.
    Where an agile character who was a cyber technician with a psi amp implant needed to run medium armour suited.

    Van Buren not being the true Fallout 3 is the main cause of animosity I think. Big crushed smaller (as always happens) So Bethesda is loathed by a lot of people. Microsoft buying out or applying corporate pressure to something smaller is tantamount to a school bully :)

    I admire your sacrifice to get your new card. This comp I am using came with an Nvidia gtx 1050gti (dated now) but It plays everything ok. I think introducing Ray Tracing and newer brighter, newer this that or the other just pushes consumerism. On my other computer from 2010 lol. When I installed Metro last light it ran like a bag of shite about 30 frames per minute. After ditching one of the graphics settings it ran great looked good so no problem.

    In 2009 I read in a computer mag PC Format about block chaining, bit coin etc. It would have cost me about £900 to a grand at that time. I was a bit skint but as you said with bit of saving I could of managed it. But instead I gave some of my downtime to SETI. Typical me.

    @TorontoReign Yes I know you were thinking that! I am either psychic or psychotic, you decide huahuahuaaaa .
     
  18. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    I think how it was explained how it worked in a sci-fi ish setting was better than how Fallout 3, 4, and New Vegas even if it is one of my favorite games did it. Or the Outer Worlds right now.

    Yep, it makes players try to think how to best build a character based on the role or this case specific gameplay type character they are playing. You are not able to be good at everything so you have to choose.
    Maybe the character you describe can still get to wear heavy armor and not be encumbered by it but it will cost you many upgrade points when it is perhaps better to get a psi upgrade that allows for psionic shielding that costs less points.

    Maybe, but you have to admit that graphics when done by a competent artist look great. But if the content behind the graphics is not any good than it does not matter how good it looks. I wish a lot of gamers these days understood that.

    My new card is also sort of an investment for the future so that I don't need to upgrade my PC any time soon. I do hope that some games will come out that I want to play that will make good use of it as so far I have been playing a lot of old and indie titles that have no need for it.

    My neighbor who used to work for a bank explained how bit mining worked and how cheap initially bit coins were and how valuable now. I wish I had understood bitcoins back then, I could have had a future. But I never really learned how to invest even if we during economics class got an assignment in which we had to buy fictional stock from various companies and monitor the market each week to see if our stock had increased in value or not.


    Regarding the Outer Worlds, I have finished the Emerald Vale and have reached the Groundbreaker.
    Emerald Vale is a really boring opening section and I probably made the mistake of taking too much time to go through it. FNV's was a lot faster in that regard and even in FO3 you could head to more interesting places once you had sufficiently leveled up.
    I guess at least it teaches you the mechanics of how gameplay elements work but this is really a section I do not want to go through again.

    So far the Board and its members come over as laughably incompetent if their stupidity didn't get people killed.
    I am not a very religious person but Scientism (it shares its name with a belief in the Foundation novels) as a company designed religion to make sure that people stay in their place and even develop a loathing for themselves if they are not doing well at the careers is pretty disgusting
    Thanks to this conditioning since they are a child they don't dare to questioning the control and power of the higher ups of the companies they work for when it is clear that a lot of these are not suitable to govern a colony.
    So far I have seen no argument in favor of it other than that a lot of people believe it is the only way as any rival philosophy has been effective suppressed.

    Phineas on the other hand believes in a wild shot that may or may not save the colony, putting all his money on that to work.

    If I could I would have jumped on the first interstellar freighter and leave Halcyon to its fate. Maybe the coward's way out but a lot of these people don't want to see there are problems that are not solved if they just stop becoming sick and work harder.
     
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  19. freya

    freya First time out of the vault

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    Jun 17, 2022
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  20. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    There is nothing wrong with liking Halo. I just find it a very overrated franchise as a lot of people make it up to be this brilliant military sci fi universe that has never been done before
    I actually played the fiirst seven Halo games; Halo Combat Evolved/Anniversary Edition, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo ODST, Halo Reach, Halo Wars, and Halo 4. I played most of them on the Xbox but I prefer PC controls.

    One of my main annoyances with the franchise is that at some point the people running the IP made it so that you actually now have to read the spin off media such as the comics and the books as not only important background details that are missing in the games are brought up in these, but also important plot developments that you would expect to appear in the game such as how the Didact was dealt with.

    I also think some of the background story became really convoluted with there being earlier branches of man that ran their own interstellar empire that was at war with the Forerunners, the Precursors, etc.

    In a way I felt that Halo 3 ended the storyline well but when Microsoft wanted to continue the franchise the new development team 343 studios should have stuck with the Forerunner arc they started in Halo 4, and not constantly switch antagonists or protagonists for that matter. First Cortana gone rampant and then Atriox which was introduced in Halo Wars 2, so if players had now played that game they would not know who Atriox and the Banished are.
    And then there is the matter of the Endless which contradicts previous established lore and feels more like a gimmick; a species even worse than the Flood that can survive the firing of the Halos. There is no proper build up towards them.

    On a sidenote, I read the books the original writers took a lore of inspiration from; Starhammer, The Vang: The Military Form, and The Vang: The Battlemaster. All three books are still worth reading.