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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Sun Fin » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:42 am

Pokemon GO. It has only just come out here in the UK but I can't believe I'm the only member on our board to be playing it?
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Lord_Cao_Cao » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:27 pm

I'm playing it as well. Usually combine it with my daily walk, works pretty well. The hype annoys me a little bit though.
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:54 pm

Sun Fin wrote:Pokemon GO. It has only just come out here in the UK but I can't believe I'm the only member on our board to be playing it?


Not played it but heard very good things. Also heard the soft of daft things that make one despair of humanity :wink:

Tried Telltale's Tales from the Borderlands, has an intresting game system and dialogue system, has moments of humour but it doesn't quite capture the Borderlands spirit and while some bits were really good, I found myself bored in certain passages.
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby SunXia » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:29 pm

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Pokémon Go; Terraria; Ark; Marvel Heroes 2016; Bleach Brave souls at the moment intermittently!!
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Bush Leagues » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:19 am

My wife and I took a few days off in the middle of last week to relax at a casino nearby as a sort of mini-vacation. I noticed she was playing Pokemon Go (she started at work where there's a Pokestop), and got jealous that she was having fun without me ( :lol: ), so I started as well. The casino had 4 Pokestops there, so we were able to stock up a bit on things like Pokeballs without having to spend money. Unfortunately, we live in a rural area at home, and my route to work and back doesn't really include much of interest, so it looks like I'm back to my old copy of Pokemon Diamond for my animal cruelty fix. :D

I have a little more to say about Hearts of Iron IV now that I've put in a bit more time with it. Maybe it's just me as a Paradox/HOI 3 veteran, but this game is like easy mode. I tried a game as Germany, just to see what it was like a major power (and a strong one to boot; Hitler's "Dictator" ability is stupid good), and I could conquer the world if I really wanted to at this point. The Allies and Comintern (Communist faction) have been destroyed - the only major powers remaining are Japan and USA (I conquered Italy early on), and I'm barely breaking a sweat. The UK, Lowlands, France, Poland, USSR, Balkans, Iberia, and central Asia are all under my complete control at this point. Oh yeah, It's 1942. The casualty ratio was something ridiculous like 12:1 against USSR in that war. I think by the end casualties were something like 2.7-8 million to 200K or something. I completely smashed them. Understand this isn't me trying to gloat - it's more an indictment at how bad the vanilla AI is.

When the game first released, the major Youtubers/streamers all generally went with pretty major nations for their starter game - Italy, UK, France, Germany, etc. DDRJake (A streamer who became a Paradox employee) impressed me by starting as tiny El Salvador with the goal of conquering the two American continents. But at this point, I feel like I can take on a challenge like that, and probably do about as well as he did, even though he's well-known for taking near-impossible situations and trying to turn it around. I should probably say something good about HOI4 - It is extremely stable; I've not had even one crash, and I've encountered no bugs that I can think of, which is pretty good for a game on launch. I've encountered quite a few glitches in Pokemon Go for comparison.

Aside from that, I've also started playing Rimworld, a game in alpha still, but fleshed out enough to play at this point. Rimworld is a game about 3 colonists trying to survive after crash-landing on an unknown world on the outskirts of civilization - a "Rimworld". It's essentially a base-building game where you have to defend from occasional attacks, deal with the changing of seasons and the elements, all while building a new ship to bring you back home. I've enjoyed my limited time with it so far, and except for a few UI/quality-of-life changes I'd like, it's otherwise pretty good. Modding is alive and well in that community, so you can modify as desired. My first colony died off after having two of my colonists die in a cave-in while mining. :( Damn you, physics. You've foiled me again. First not letting me kill Charlie Moore with psychic powers, and now this.

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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Sun Fin » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:05 pm

Lord_Cao_Cao wrote:I'm playing it as well. Usually combine it with my daily walk, works pretty well. The hype annoys me a little bit though.


Only thing that is annoying me about the hype is that it’s making the servers crash all the time. It’s a nightmare to log on!

Dong Zhou wrote:Not played it but heard very good things. Also heard the soft of daft things that make one despair of humanity :wink:


Yeah people are idiots!

I’m largely enjoying the game, I just wish it was easier to battle your friends and that there was more emphasis on battling each other and less upon catching hundreds of the same pokemon.
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Lord_Cao_Cao » Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:06 am

I don't really like the Gym system to be honest, the battles are pretty dull and tiresome imo (just repeatedly tapping the screen isn't fun). Also, players controlling gyms are always way stronger than me. It's hard to catch up if you don't play regularly. I tend to go for a walk every day for about 1 or 2 hours and what I catch then is pretty much all for the day. Started playing on last Wednesday I think using an AKP (as the game released only on Friday here in Germany) and I'm still only Level 11, with my strongest Pokemon having around 500 CP (and those in the gyms tend to have 700+). And I don't like walking when it's too warm outside, so this week will not be very productive in terms of Pokemon Go. :lol:
What I do is putting one of my strongest Pokemon in a gym of my team when I see an empty spot and just collect the stardust and coins right away, since you can't hold a gym for more than a few hours anyway.

Only thing that is annoying me about the hype is that it’s making the servers crash all the time. It’s a nightmare to log on!

Yeah, the servers are quite bad. Freezes are just as annoying, I usually get them when catching a Pokemon or when switching from battery save mode back to normal (the game continues but it won't react to anything anymore and I have to restart anyway).
The problem with the hype is that it brings a lot of people who don't know the game and immediately hate on it because they saw someone looking at their phone in public. As if people didn't do that before as well. I do see the concerns about the traffic and people not paying attention, but the game even tells you to pay attention each time you boot it up, so its rather the people's fault (both those who play carelessly and those who drive carelessly, I might add).
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:23 pm

Playing BlackGuards after loving a demo. Pretty solid gameplay but with confusing level up options, the sort of combat that involes hexes and turns, an amusing sense of humour, content with it so far.
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Ayame » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:27 am

Stardew Valley. It's now Spring year 2.
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Re: What are you playing right now?

Unread postby Bush Leagues » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:49 am

Ayame wrote:Stardew Valley. It's now Spring year 2.


I was playing that a while ago, but eventually dropped off. I should pick it up from time to time again. It's just too bad Robin is already married. Like all Harvest Moon games, the best marriageable characters are unavailable to the player. :lol:

I've been playing Dark Souls in earnest recently. Dark Souls is a really good game, one that I think gets overlooked a bit too much. I realize there's already two sequels out, but I'm slow on the uptake for games these days. The world-building in the Souls series is second to none. There's a lot of backstory and information here for those that want to really delve into it.

As for the gameplay, it's armor system is probably among the best in gaming right now. In addition to expected damage resistance from heavier armor, you also have an encumbrance load that affects your dodging abilities (manual dodging, through backsteps, running, and rolls), but also a stat called poise. Poise is basically your ability to tank attacks without flinching. So if you're in some very heavy armor with excellent poise, you can get hit while in the middle of an attack animation and still go through with it, taking the damage like normal, but not having your own attack disrupted.

The whole series is famous for it's unforgiving difficulty; regular enemies will kill you easily if you make a bad mistake or rush into a dangerous situation without being careful. Taking is slow and trying to limit yourself to one-on-one fights will vastly increase your survival rate. Fortunately, dying is not the end, but is usually a meaningful setback, so there's good incentive to stay alive. The boss fights are probably among the most fun I've had in this kind of third-person fighting game. In games like Skyrim, I usually don't get a sense of just how big and powerful bosses actually are; despite being right in front of me, it's more like just an enemy with a big hitbox. With no staggering effect, it's just a matter of "can I take this damage and survive, or not?" Since the bosses in this game have some significant stagger to their attacks, moving around, dodging attacks, and avoiding taking their hits head-on is usually the difference from winning and losing.

This game is super fun, and I'm glad I've had the chance to play it on a system that works (PC). I had borrowed my friend's copy for PS3, but because my PS3 is old and it's reading laser thingy is not functioning 100% right now, the game always had serious graphical glitches for me that made it basically unplayable. It's good that I can see it proper now, since it looks really good. A fun, deep, challenging, and rewarding third-person action/adventure game, set in a really fleshed-out fantasy world.
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