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4 minutes ago, Insein said:

Yea some of these games take me right out of it with how much killing they do. The whole Uncharted series was like that for me.

It's like, if I'm playing Doom, I'm going to kill stuff in the most glorifying way possible. GTA, somewhat the same if someone pisses you off because you're pretty much a psychopath anyway. Watchdogs should not be a murder sim. 

At least in the first one I understood why he might want to get a little murdery. But these cats? No, totally immersion breaking.

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Great, now I'm trying to think about how many games I play that don't involve killing everything in sight.

Tetris?

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2 minutes ago, Chaka said:

Great, now I'm trying to think about how many games I play that don't involve killing everything in sight.

Tetris?

Yea I mean even Mario, Zelda and the like involve killing hordes or enemies.

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1 hour ago, Insein said:

Yea I mean even Mario, Zelda and the like involve killing hordes or enemies.

I miss Portal so much. How has that not become an ongoing series?

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20 minutes ago, Chaka said:

I miss Portal so much. How has that not become an ongoing series?

Valve doesn't make games anymore. I mean they left HL2 on a cliffhanger ending for the last decade. They certainly have the money and the means to do so.

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I really need to win the lottery so I can retire and stay home. I just have no time to game. I own every gaming system and I have multiple games I have bought that are still sealed. I bought RDR2 and I just couldn't get into it--it was so slow and boring. I went back and played GTA5 and that was fun but again so immersive, I didn't scratch the surface on it. I have the newest Forza. Again huge game--no time invested in it.  I bought Days Gone launch day, played for two hours and I haven't been able to get back to it. I never finished Skyrim. I have the Witcher 3 sitting there sealed. It is frustrating.....

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Does anyone play Elder Scrolls Online? I want to, but there are no fewer than 47 different bundles and versions out there. What do I buy??

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10 hours ago, Courtjester said:

I really need to win the lottery so I can retire and stay home. I just have no time to game. I own every gaming system and I have multiple games I have bought that are still sealed. I bought RDR2 and I just couldn't get into it--it was so slow and boring. I went back and played GTA5 and that was fun but again so immersive, I didn't scratch the surface on it. I have the newest Forza. Again huge game--no time invested in it.  I bought Days Gone launch day, played for two hours and I haven't been able to get back to it. I never finished Skyrim. I have the Witcher 3 sitting there sealed. It is frustrating.....

I have a problem starting games because (like the ones you have listed) they’re so freaking long now. It’s one thing if it’s jampacked, but if I have 30 minutes to play, I don’t want to spend 20 of it traveling from point A to point B. I honestly wish RDR2 had an option to just play the missions if you wanted, and let you toggle an option to go into free roam.  They made an amazing world, but I can’t spend hours riding a fake horse around. 

Ive started enjoying those new retro games more like Super Meatboy. It’s difficult, but you hit start and you’re playing a game with literally a second reload time after dying. 

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13 minutes ago, bigmarc27 said:

I have a problem starting games because (like the ones you have listed) they’re so freaking long now. It’s one thing if it’s jampacked, but if I have 30 minutes to play, I don’t want to spend 20 of it traveling from point A to point B. I honestly wish RDR2 had an option to just play the missions if you wanted, and let you toggle an option to go into free roam.  They made an amazing world, but I can’t spend hours riding a fake horse around. 

Ive started enjoying those new retro games more like Super Meatboy. It’s difficult, but you hit start and you’re playing a game with literally a second reload time after dying. 

This is my problem. I have a fear of starting an unknown long game. I'll replay other long games I've beaten already because I know what I'm getting into. I'm always hesitant to jump into a game like RDR or Witcher because I know its a time sink. 

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4 hours ago, Insein said:

This is my problem. I have a fear of starting an unknown long game. I'll replay other long games I've beaten already because I know what I'm getting into. I'm always hesitant to jump into a game like RDR or Witcher because I know its a time sink. 

Meh, play Witcher 3 or go back to ME3 (for example) either way it's 30+ hours nowadays.

 

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4 hours ago, Chaka said:

Meh, play Witcher 3 or go back to ME3 (for example) either way it's 30+ hours nowadays.

 

Yea I know. But I usually choose the one I know. I'm not saying I'm normal. 

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44 minutes ago, Insein said:

Yea I know. But I usually choose the one I know. I'm not saying I'm normal. 

It is, I do the same. I have several unplayed games. The main reason is I just don't feel I ever have the time to "waste" learning controls for a new game.

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The Surge was free a couple of months ago on PSN, so I downloaded it based on the recommendation @jwb a while back.  Having gotten most of the way through the second zone, I have to say it's a pretty enjoyable game if you're in the mood for a Dark Souls clone.  I mean, it operates a little differently than Dark Souls, but it's clearly more than just heavily inspired by that franchise.  The game looks great and has pretty satisfying melee combat.  So far, so good.

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The Division 2 is pretty fun if you enjoy coop games. Very similar to the first one, but some new components and a better environment IMO. It's definitely a game that rewards teamwork and diversification of skills and punishes you when you don't do those things. 

The story isn't great, the characters are pretty bland and there aren't a lot of puzzles, but the combat is pretty fun when you're playing with others and figuring out what works and how to play together is a lot of fun.

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On 2/6/2019 at 10:23 PM, Nick Vermeil said:

This worries me. Identifying targets and engaging before they kill me have always been my biggest weaknesses in PUBG. 

who on here plays pubg mobile?  I'm pretty awful but can revive you.

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7 minutes ago, culdeus said:

who on here plays pubg mobile?  I'm pretty awful but can revive you.

I do.

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12 hours ago, GroveDiesel said:

The Division 2 is pretty fun if you enjoy coop games. Very similar to the first one, but some new components and a better environment IMO. It's definitely a game that rewards teamwork and diversification of skills and punishes you when you don't do those things. 

The story isn't great, the characters are pretty bland and there aren't a lot of puzzles, but the combat is pretty fun when you're playing with others and figuring out what works and how to play together is a lot of fun.

Split screen coop or online only?

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13 hours ago, IvanKaramazov said:

The Surge was free a couple of months ago on PSN, so I downloaded it based on the recommendation @jwb a while back.  Having gotten most of the way through the second zone, I have to say it's a pretty enjoyable game if you're in the mood for a Dark Souls clone.  I mean, it operates a little differently than Dark Souls, but it's clearly more than just heavily inspired by that franchise.  The game looks great and has pretty satisfying melee combat.  So far, so good.

This keeps showing up for sale and I keep ignoring it. Played the demo and liked it. I guess I’m scared it’s going to let me down. 

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On 5/18/2019 at 10:47 PM, bigmarc27 said:

Ive started enjoying those new retro games more like Super Meatboy. It’s difficult, but you hit start and you’re playing a game with literally a second reload time after dying. 

Philosophically I’m against “casual” games but there are a lot of these retro styles games that have a lot of depth. 

To piggyback further, I miss the cartridge/analog age. It’s nice to have all the variety and access but it was a beautiful thing to turn something on and it immediately played or worked. No buffering, no loading, no loss of signal. 

Lol, I remember leaving my NES on - literally for weeks for games like Ninja Gaiden and Hudson’s Adventure Island. 

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On 5/18/2019 at 6:03 AM, SlaX said:

Same.  SlaX#2675 is my RocketID for my PC account.  I haven't played the Xbox account as much since cross-parties went into effect.  But you're welcome to add me.  

Just added up. RedCloud49#2004

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11 minutes ago, ShamrockPride said:

Just added up. RedCloud49#2004

I accepted.  Not sure how you'd prefer cross-platform voice chat.  But I do use Discord mostly.  (I usually use Xbox app for Xbox players, but obviously, it won't work across to PS4)

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2 hours ago, SlaX said:

I accepted.  Not sure how you'd prefer cross-platform voice chat.  But I do use Discord mostly.  (I usually use Xbox app for Xbox players, but obviously, it won't work across to PS4)

Hmm. Yeah I've never done cross platform chat so I'll have to look into options. Can do discord if that's sounding easiest.

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Days Gone updates?  I'm still playing The Show 19, but I figured on picking up Days Gone at some point.  Most PS4 exclusives have been great.  

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On 5/17/2019 at 5:21 PM, STEADYMOBBIN 22 said:

Sounds like you need a break. Maybe put it down for a day or two and give it a shot. I bet you beat him easily within the first 3 attempts. Always works like that for some reason. Especially for souls games. 

Took a week or more off from it. Came back and made a +10 Lightning Long Sword. I was just never going to beat it with me Zweihander because I just got caught to many times mid-swing. Dumped some gear so I could unequip Havel's ring and go with something that would actually help in the fight (went with the ring for strength, which gave me like another +50 damage on the Lightning Sword). I think I won on the third try with this config (got close the time before). It took me about another two hours before I figured that config out and went on to beat them. But man,  finally! Now I imagine I get to look forward to a much harder final fight...

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1 hour ago, ragincajun said:

I will download it again.  I am somewhat decent.

Nice. I’m good bait. I usually get shot at while my teammates cower in a corner instead of shooting back.

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On 5/19/2019 at 8:09 PM, GroveDiesel said:

The Division 2 is pretty fun if you enjoy coop games. Very similar to the first one, but some new components and a better environment IMO. It's definitely a game that rewards teamwork and diversification of skills and punishes you when you don't do those things. 

The story isn't great, the characters are pretty bland and there aren't a lot of puzzles, but the combat is pretty fun when you're playing with others and figuring out what works and how to play together is a lot of fun.

Yep its a really good game in having team work and it doesn't reward you for the run a gun type stuff COD is known for in its multiplayer which I love. Far more rewarding then going in gun-ho. Great team based game. 

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Anyone play Days Gone? Wondering if it's wort a buy? Trying to be more conservative where my money goes these days 

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On 5/20/2019 at 8:35 AM, STEADYMOBBIN 22 said:
On 5/19/2019 at 6:45 PM, IvanKaramazov said:

The Surge was free a couple of months ago on PSN, so I downloaded it based on the recommendation @jwb a while back.  Having gotten most of the way through the second zone, I have to say it's a pretty enjoyable game if you're in the mood for a Dark Souls clone.  I mean, it operates a little differently than Dark Souls, but it's clearly more than just heavily inspired by that franchise.  The game looks great and has pretty satisfying melee combat.  So far, so good.

This keeps showing up for sale and I keep ignoring it. Played the demo and liked it. I guess I’m scared it’s going to let me down. 

If you like souls, it won't, especially at its price point. Basically, it's sci-fi souls, with more aggressive, heavier builds. I had fun with it, although I didn't finish it. But I got more than my money's worth, and will definitely return to it when gaming lulls hit.   

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8 hours ago, jwb said:

If you like souls, it won't, especially at its price point. Basically, it's sci-fi souls, with more aggressive, heavier builds. I had fun with it, although I didn't finish it. But I got more than my money's worth, and will definitely return to it when gaming lulls hit.   

I'm about 2/3 of the way through this game now, which I think is far enough along to form some intelligent opinions about it.  

First, you are absolutely right that the melee combat in this game is very satisfying.  You can't really rely on blocking, so you have to dodge and get aggressive when you spot an opening, which makes it fun to play.  The weapon variety isn't overwhelming, but it's good enough, and the various classes of weapons do play very differently.  Bloodborne is actually a good comparison here.  Single-rigged weapons play totally differently than dual-rigged than staves, etc.  I also like the fact that you essentially re-spec whenever you feel like it because of how the implant system works.  It makes for an interesting leveling mechanic that's different than what you see in most ARPGs.  

Now the bad parts.

I've beaten the first three bosses (there are only five).  All three were pretty terrible, and my understanding is that the worst one is up next.  All of the bosses I've fought so far have little gimmicks that you have to figure out before you can actually damage them. One of them features the worst camera angles and worst general boss design that I've honestly ever seen in a video game -- I beat that one on my first try because I had looked at a video for how to beat it in a manner that unlocked the best weapon drop, but it's just a ####-tier boss.  I'm glad there are hardly any bosses.  Exploration is so much more fun that boss fights in this game.

This game does not understand the difference between "challenging" and "cheap."  I can't begin to count the number of times when I got hit by an enemy who was hiding behind a blind corner and who attacked instantly as soon as I got into view.  In Dark Souls, you can protect against stuff like this by keeping your shield up, but that's not an option in The Surge.  Unless you've already been through the area before and you carefully bait the enemy out, you are going to take damage through no fault of your own.  That's bad enemy placement.

Finally, this game will really make you appreciate the level design in Souls games.  Levels in The Surge constantly loop back on themselves, and it's clear that the developers were going for the same kind of interconnectedness that Souls features.  But the rooms all look more or less the same, and by the end of the level you might have half a dozen "shortcut doors" that branch out into various parts of the map, to the point that it's very difficult to remember which route goes where.  Likewise, Souls leads you along the main path by offering clear, un-missable avenues that you are obviously supposed to follow.  It has a bunch of hidden areas of course, but the main path is generally obvious.  I have had several moments in The Surge where I had no ####### clue where to go next and had to consult a wiki to get my bearings.  Seriously, I just came out of an area where the game expected me to remember that there was a breakable door several rooms ago that I need to backtrack to if I want to advance the game.  I'm talking about the kind of door where there's usually some loot or something behind it, but in this particular case it is the only way to advance to the next major area.  I had completely forgotten about this door and was stunned that the developers hid the rest of the game behind it when I finally resorted to googling it.  And this isn't the first time the game has done this to me.  I'm an OCD gamer who tries to look into every nook and cranny of the game, so if I can't find the main ####### path, that's on the developers.  

I wrote a lot more about the negatives than the positives, but it's a fun game to play when it isn't being frustrating.  It's a nice title for when you're in between major releases. 

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Since I spent a bunch of time last night kind of ripping on The Surge, I thought I should update things.  The boss that I thought was going to be total horse#### ended up being a pushover who I beat on my second try.  It was basically a regular enemy with a really large health pool who hits a little harder than usual, who you fight in a big square arena where there's really no particular reason why you should ever get hit in the first place.  There's an extra mini-boss who shows up a little ways into the fight, but if you know the trick, it's very to deal with that and finish off the main boss with no hassle.  The bosses in this game are not good, but there's hardly any of them and they're easy as hell.  My favorite part of Souls game is the exploration part, so this kind of game -- that maximizes the amount of time you spend working through levels and minimizes the time you spend fighting bosses -- is actually right up my alley.

Also, I understated how much I like the combat.  It has the same predictable, methodical feel that we're all used to from Dark Souls and Bloodborne.  The first time I fight a Cerebus-type enemy (late game), I got knocked around around pretty severely.  After a few goes against that guy, I had no problem kicking his #### in without taking any damage and farmed him for armor upgrades.  

One new complaint is that the story goes on for one act too long.  I thought I was about to end the game, but nope, it turns out that there's a whole 'nother level that I have to work through.  Now granted, the game was just throwing very high-level gear at me, so it figures that they're going to give you some room to actually use that stuff before NG+.  But it feels like the story is basically over already.  The story is predictable but entertaining BTW.  One of these days, I'm hoping they'll make a game where the corporation that says it wants to save humankind actually is going to save humankind and their busy-body critics are the villains, not the faceless corporation.  That would be a cool twist by modern standards.  But alas, that's not The Surge.  Oh well.

I will probably give NG+ a try when I finish this run.  I failed nearly every NPC quest line because I didn't look up how to complete them -- they're just as opaque as Souls questlines, which I think is expected for this kind of game.   

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Going back and doing Borderlands 2 DLC.  So well done.  Tiny Tina's Bunkers and Badasses game is hilarious.

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22 hours ago, Mad Cow said:

Going back and doing Borderlands 2 DLC.  So well done.  Tiny Tina's Bunkers and Badasses game is hilarious.

Finally got a Sal up to max level and was able to play these DLCs recently. When I quit a few years back the cap was 50 and the only DLC was the pirate one.

Tina's D&D session was great. Now I'm looking forward to knocking out some of these raid bosses and farming loot. Able to beat Terramorphous pretty easily but that Voracidous from Hammerlock's DLC tore me a new one. Time to get gud.

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I bought No Mans Sky, I have heard decent reviews since all of the patches but I am not impressed.  It still seems like a beta game that has many of the correct pieces of a good game, but needs 2-3 years of solid development.

 

 

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2 hours ago, -arcK- said:

Finally got a Sal up to max level and was able to play these DLCs recently. When I quit a few years back the cap was 50 and the only DLC was the pirate one.

Tina's D&D session was great. Now I'm looking forward to knocking out some of these raid bosses and farming loot. Able to beat Terramorphous pretty easily but that Voracidous from Hammerlock's DLC tore me a new one. Time to get gud.

I started Tiny Tina at lvl 35, having just finished Handsome Jack off.  Pretty sure all of the DLC scale, since the mobs have varied by my level in the areas.

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2 hours ago, MTskibum said:

I bought No Mans Sky, I have heard decent reviews since all of the patches but I am not impressed.  It still seems like a beta game that has many of the correct pieces of a good game, but needs 2-3 years of solid development.

It's a game I always come back to. I'll play it for 3-4 weeks straight once or twice a year then it goes to the backburner again. It's fun for what it is.

It's still insanely exciting to me every time you enter a new galaxy and see the makeup of the planets you're looking at, or the first time you break through the clouds and touch down on a new planet and see the environment, the life forms, water, etc. And knowing that you're the first set of eyes to ever see it. It's just cool.

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On 5/29/2019 at 2:12 PM, Mad Cow said:

Going back and doing Borderlands 2 DLC.  So well done.  Tiny Tina's Bunkers and Badasses game is hilarious.

For those on PS4, Borderlands The Handsome Collection is free for PS+ as part of their June offerings.

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3 hours ago, Mad Cow said:

I started Tiny Tina at lvl 35, having just finished Handsome Jack off.  Pretty sure all of the DLC scale, since the mobs have varied by my level in the areas.

Yeah I think you're right. I just wanted to get to max level so that every nice piece of gear that drops will be end-game usable.

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so i finally played through last of us remastered on ps4.   wow what a game.  i played through all the uncharted so not sure why i never looked at this.

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12 minutes ago, need2know said:

so i finally played through last of us remastered on ps4.   wow what a game.  i played through all the uncharted so not sure why i never looked at this.

Did it a few months ago. No clue how I went so long missing out on a game like that. All I know is I'll be pre-ordering TLOU 2 whenever it comes out. Easy Day 1 purchase.

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20 minutes ago, ShamrockPride said:

Did it a few months ago. No clue how I went so long missing out on a game like that. All I know is I'll be pre-ordering TLOU 2 whenever it comes out. Easy Day 1 purchase.

im not even that big of a fan of the zombie stuff.  was still awesome

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On ‎5‎/‎30‎/‎2019 at 2:23 PM, Mad Cow said:

I started Tiny Tina at lvl 35, having just finished Handsome Jack off.  Pretty sure all of the DLC scale, since the mobs have varied by my level in the areas.

My favorite was "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage", plenty of Torgue and Tiny Tina.

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My 14 year old daughter is getting her tonsils out here, so I figured, "well she is going to need something to do while she recuperates."  I have sort of gone on a spree here this last week buying games for "her" :bag:

RE7, Life is Strange, God of War, Bloodborne, (all new) and then I got Walking Dead Season One and an absolute steal on Death Mark at Game Stop.  Death Mark was marked at almost $47 at another store used and I got it for $17.99 at Gamestop.  She has the PSN and downloaded Borderlands, The Handsome Collection for free. She also wants to get Celeste just for kicks. I think she has enough games to keep her busy for awhile.. 

I love buying games, now if I can ever find time to play for myself.  I want to get World War Z for some mindless violence.

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