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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:57 am 
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Started playing Dragon Age: Inquisition after finishing Dragon Age 2 the other week. So far things seem promising, I've only just reached Skyhold, but I have already explored several regions and completed quite a few quests. The combat is quite different to the previous games and while I haven't mastered it yet I do prefer it (playing as warrior), the older combat style was a bit too 'point and click' for me, the new system flows much better as I like to play real time and not pause to give orders. With that said though it can be vary annoying with the camera at times during combat, if you are fighting in a forest sometimes the foliage of the trees will completely block your view, or if you are fighting on a steep hill it can become frustrating to move. Sometimes your companions will randomly run off to fight someone that you didn't want them to, but this I found was the same in the previous games as well, but all in all it's not bad.

As far as the rest of the game goes:
- The inventory/upgrade system was a bit confusing at first but I've figured it out now, I would prefer if weapon upgrades didn't take up inventory space, but now I have storage in Skyhold that will be less of an issue.
- The side quests could be better, they all seem to follow the formula of 'Go to area A' - 'Complete objective X' - 'Get reward Z', there's not a lot of variety or interactions in them and can be a bit repetitive, the main quests so far however are much better and is where the game shines the most.
- I am a bit of a completionist so having endless requisitions was a bit mean, they could at least tell you, but hey at least I don't have to worry about my power points and extra influence doesn't hurt.
- The game is clearly made for a controller and not a mouse + keyboard. If they enabled you to control the camera with your mouse the game would be sooooooo much better. hmm maybe there's a mod to fix that, I should look into it.
- Companions so far are good, there seems to be a good variety so that your decisions will gain the approval of some and disapproval of others. as for their personalities, I don't really care much for Iron Bull. Sera and Dorian I don't mind, although I wouldn't have them in my party all the time. Cole I've only just recruited so we'll see, and the rest are all good. One thing I didn't like about DA2 was how Bethany got locked out of your party mid game, annoying as I teched my Hawke and her to combo really well together, hopefully they don't do this in DA:I.
- The addition of the war table is great, gives the impression that the Inquisition is much more than just yourself and the 3 other party members you choose to bring along with you at that time.

So far I'm enjoying it, but it's early stages so we'll see how things pan out.

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So I'm still addicted to Fallout 4.

I tried playing Bloodborne and left utterly confused. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but also not an idiot and quite like a game that doesn't guide you every step of the way, but I feel like I'm just doing something inherently wrong. I'm probably going to need to be a gimp & Google It.


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Been playing a few games of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer again since an old friend has gone back to it. Still great fun. Still missile glitchers as well, the game's 5 years old ffs, move on :lol: Haven't played Andromeda yet, heard too many disappointing stories so shall wait until it goes super cheap and/or any fixes have made it better.


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specdecible wrote:
Started playing Dragon Age: Inquisition..


I like most of the DA:I team mates. Cole has some pretty cool story. Cullen too. Lelianna might vary depending on decisions in DA. I really liked Dorian's character once you get past his outer shell, but I didn't like Sera apart from her romance specific parts. Over 3 plays I never really used Iron Bull very much. Or Varric, though I still like Varric. DA2 and DA:I really nailed the character writing I think.

I liked the war table too. I know it's a fantasy videogame, but it was always a bit silly when it's basically 3 or 4 people changing an empire by murdering everything. This felt a bit more like you were a field general.

I really did enjoy the game and I spent time doing a lot of the extra bits and bobs. Hopefully it keeps you entertained.

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Been playing a few games of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer again since an old friend has gone back to it. Still great fun. Still missile glitchers as well, the game's 5 years old ffs, move on :lol: Haven't played Andromeda yet, heard too many disappointing stories so shall wait until it goes super cheap and/or any fixes have made it better.


Someone mentioned Mass Effect so I am contractually bound to comment. ME:A is getting better. They added a few bits to the MP, and might have done more since I last played it. I think they've ironed out most of the SP bugs and issues now too. However, I still think it's a bit of a boring game just to play. I'd far rather have a game of structured story missions than the free roam fetch quests they have. I've given my opinion on the game a few times, I might be a little harsh on it due to how excited I was for the game. But, having replayed ME3 after ME:A, I still think ME3 is easily the better game. And it has 100% more Garrus.



I was away for the weekend with my family (4 generations of the family actually). Bought my 3DS along for late nights. Bought a couple of original gameboy games - Mario Land 2 and Wario Land. Both I had played before, both I really like. The emulation is very, very good but not perfect to my recollection. It's really minor things like "random" brown pixels on a loading screen or an animation not looking right in very specific circumstances. Doubt they'd impact the enjoyment of anyone. Didn't last me very long. I 100%'d both games probably in 5 hours total. And a bit of that time was missing the last treasure in a Wario Land level that took me about 30 mins to find. Anyway, enjoyable enough and £3.59 is maybe a little more expensive than I'd like but I got my amusement and might replay them again someday. Still wish Super Mario World was available on the 3DS model I have, I'd gladly pay for that game again.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:06 pm 
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mac_d wrote:
specdecible wrote:
Started playing Dragon Age: Inquisition..


I like most of the DA:I team mates. Cole has some pretty cool story. Cullen too. Lelianna might vary depending on decisions in DA. I really liked Dorian's character once you get past his outer shell, but I didn't like Sera apart from her romance specific parts. Over 3 plays I never really used Iron Bull very much. Or Varric, though I still like Varric. DA2 and DA:I really nailed the character writing I think.

I liked the war table too. I know it's a fantasy videogame, but it was always a bit silly when it's basically 3 or 4 people changing an empire by murdering everything. This felt a bit more like you were a field general.

I really did enjoy the game and I spent time doing a lot of the extra bits and bobs. Hopefully it keeps you entertained.

Don't worry, I didn't decapitate Lelianna in my DA:O play through so there's no continuity issues, she seems a lot 'darker' now though... maybe she's bitter my Warden chose Morigan over her. As far as the actual companions go, my favourites are Cassandra, Solas and Varric, not sure how trying to romance Cassandra as an 'Athiest' warrior will go but we'll find out.

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Dead Island bundle is on sale for £10 on xbox live atm. Includes the rereleases on the original and Riptide and a retro side scrolling beat em up that I'd not seen before.

I loved the original and I've put in 4 hours already on it again. I'll be playing this for a while I think :)

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Been going a bit crazy with the game buying again. Bought Volume, which is basically pretty much exactly the same as Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions in its gameplay style. It's pretty fun (and was like £3 on the PSN store).
Also finally got around to properly playing TWD: A New Frontier. It's standard Telltale Games fair, although it doesn't feel as strong as the first two seasons.
Picked up another game in the Steam sale, called Absolute Drift (it's available on PS4 as well). It's a minimalist drifting game, that feels a lot like Motorstorm RC, but with drifting. It's stupidly hard to be good at it as well. Absolute joy to play though.


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huggybear wrote:
Also finally got around to properly playing TWD: A New Frontier. It's standard Telltale Games fair, although it doesn't feel as strong as the first two seasons.


Damn, I liked S1 and Michonne but I absolutely loved S2(loved Tales from the Borderlands and Batman too). I'd hoped they'd have kept the level up. I love a Telltale game, but I've been holding off as I like to run through the whole thing in a short time or else I tend to forget the little details of the story.

I picked up F1 2016 for Xbone last week or thereabouts. I got into the Codemasters games when they came out (wow - pretty close to 10 years ago) but after about 2012 I stopped playing them - partly as I had a wheel for the 360 but not for the Xbone. I must say, I really enjoy this game. I think it could do with more difficulty settings as hard is a little too easy at circuits I don't suck on, but the difficulty one up from that is damn near impossible for me to do anything. I still suck horrendously at Monaco and Baku but I'm pretty good at Singapore which seems weird to me. I like the addition of active things to do in practice and the resource points. I also realise this is probably the most redundant review ever, as I'd guess any of you guys who were likley to play and F1 game probably have done so.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:51 pm 
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mac_d wrote:
huggybear wrote:
Also finally got around to properly playing TWD: A New Frontier. It's standard Telltale Games fair, although it doesn't feel as strong as the first two seasons.


Damn, I liked S1 and Michonne but I absolutely loved S2(loved Tales from the Borderlands and Batman too). I'd hoped they'd have kept the level up. I love a Telltale game, but I've been holding off as I like to run through the whole thing in a short time or else I tend to forget the little details of the story.



I have played a bit more of this, and it seems to just be the first episode that is a bit off. Second episode is great (so far), although the addition of flashbacks is still a bit annoying.


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Played splatoon 2 demo this wkd on nintendo switch. I was pleasantly surprised by this game. Its a 3rd person cartoon shooter where you splatter/ shoot ink (paint) to cover as much of the environment as possible. It was pretty fun and alot of strategy comes into play depending on your load out. Turf war was the only game mode available in the demo but from what i gather its not a shooter that rewards you for kills, you are rewarded for controlling the environment with your teams colors.

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Punch Club is good, but grindy.

Hollow Knight is a good Mvania title.


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/Still loving F1 2016. The only thing kinda annoying is that for my skill level Hard is a little too easy but the one up from it leaves me no where. I'm in the Manor and I've pretty much won the championship with races to spare. I wanted a more realistic experience with building up the car or moving to a bigger team. Anyway, this got me thinking and I have a question for those of you that play racing games (which I'm guessing will be most of you).

When you play a racing game, do you play like a slow build up and more realistically (So the Manors I'd be looking for low points finishes) or do you set it so you can get wins in any car?


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/Still loving F1 2016. The only thing kinda annoying is that for my skill level Hard is a little too easy but the one up from it leaves me no where. I'm in the Manor and I've pretty much won the championship with races to spare. I wanted a more realistic experience with building up the car or moving to a bigger team. Anyway, this got me thinking and I have a question for those of you that play racing games (which I'm guessing will be most of you).

When you play a racing game, do you play like a slow build up and more realistically (So the Manors I'd be looking for low points finishes) or do you set it so you can get wins in any car?

I set it to be fairly realistic, for F1 2016 I've been trying to push myself up to Ultimate difficulty.

I played season 1 in a Manor on Expert which was my max difficulty on F1 2015, then I moved to McLaren for season 2 and turned the difficulty up to Legend. Now I'm in my 3rd season and I'm trying to go for the title with McLaren on Ultimate. Want to finish the season before I get 2017 and I'm only at Sochi so I've got to pull my finger out a bit lol.

Honestly for the difficulty thing I'd say just turn it up, you will struggle at first but stick with it and you will find that the AI will drag you up to their level after a few weekends (races mainly as you can compare yourself to the AI and learn what you should be doing). It's worked for me.


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My 8 year old daughter gave me a £10 Game voucher for my birthday. So we went to Game and she decided that I should buy a Skylanders game with it. She's now been happily playing Skylanders Imaginators for 2 days!!

(this maybe should've gone in the awesomeness thread for cute things things kids do, but it is game related!)

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My 8 year old daughter gave me a £10 Game voucher for my birthday. So we went to Game and she decided that I should buy a Skylanders game with it. She's now been happily playing Skylanders Imaginators for 2 days!!

(this maybe should've gone in the awesomeness thread for cute things things kids do, but it is game related!)

:lol: and that's how it's done.


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Speaking of F1 2016 does anyone else find that the AI are stupidly fast in practice and to a lesser extent qualifying?

I'm rarely in the top 15 during practice 1 and 2, then I always seem to fail the qualifying simulation in P3 or just scrape it. Then in qualifying I generally just about get into Q3, if I'm within a couple of tenths of my teammate I consider it a good result, but come the race I'm miles quicker than my teammate and a challenger for the win or the podium at least.

I can't work out if it's just me taking until the race to get dialled into the track, or whether I'm quicker when following another car (something I've found to be the case when karting IRL) or whether it is the game being inconsistent.


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Speaking of F1 2016 does anyone else find that the AI are stupidly fast in practice and to a lesser extent qualifying?

I'm rarely in the top 15 during practice 1 and 2, then I always seem to fail the qualifying simulation in P3 or just scrape it. Then in qualifying I generally just about get into Q3, if I'm within a couple of tenths of my teammate I consider it a good result, but come the race I'm miles quicker than my teammate and a challenger for the win or the podium at least.

I can't work out if it's just me taking until the race to get dialled into the track, or whether I'm quicker when following another car (something I've found to be the case when karting IRL) or whether it is the game being inconsistent.

I remember in F1 2011 AI times in practice and qualifying were not what they were actually doing on the circuit but an automated number. I imagine they haven't actually changed that system (I haven't bought any of the other F1 games), it would explain why you cruise away from the AI when you are actually racing against them when their times are not made up. From memory I believe they use that automated number system because when you fast forward through a session having real time numbers can no longer be calculated correctly and causes all kinds of other issues.

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