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Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Reply #870 on: February 18, 2021, 06:04:47 pm »
Iíve been homeless again. Right now I have no internet (on my phone here) and so so so much free time in an unfurnished basement (my joints are death and if I had 500 dollars Iíd be buying some of that ultra light camping equipment to get a chair, table and cot because lord Iím desperate rn) so Iíve been playing Tyranny finally.

I actually REALLY like the worldbuilding. Like... itís obviously a pretty crap CRPG in gameplay terms, but the worldbuilding is really well done. Of course, the worldbuilding is also sort of a blatant pastiche of BioWare and Bethesda properties, so it sort of was inevitable that it would be good.

The plot isnít too bad either: incompetence, selfishness and egotistical bullshit is the order of the day, just like real life.

Most interesting of all to me, I actually... donít really hate Kyros? Thereís a lot of weird shit about that. I donít really know how to feel about it.




Iíve also been playing more Phoenix Point, which is really worthwhile for anyone who likes Firaxis XCOM type gameplay, but wishes it was a bit more detailed and nuanced. No XCOM classic level, but still, not insignificant amounts of added control.

I find the smaller maps and shorter mission structure greatly benefits it as well compared to the XCOM formula. Itís at its slowest in the story missions, but the most tedious Phoenix Point mission is an order of magnitude more sensible than the snappiest XCOM 2 mission.

An example: Clearing the Phoenix base in the tutorial (the most mindnumbingly tedious mission Iíve played so far) compares favorably to XCOM 2s Operation Gatecrasher ó the NON tutorial one. Yes, really.

Thereís also some really good sorta zone defense type missions and while there are definitely rough edges and itís obvious the developers were not able to include everything they wanted, it STILL stands out as an impressive game to me. And thereís more DLC to come besides.

If it included the XCOM 2 character pool and allow for full visual modification of your troops like in XCOM 2, I think it would handily beat that game.
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Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Reply #871 on: March 12, 2021, 07:25:02 pm »
I have heard good things about Tyranny. I picked it up for free from the Epic store, but I've not yet committed myself to sitting down and giving it a playthrough

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Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Reply #872 on: July 21, 2021, 03:12:20 pm »
I've been playing some Frostpunk, lately.  It's a survival city-simulator with a steampunk aesthetic, where some sort of cataclysm has caused the global climate to cool drastically.  The temperature starts at -20 C...and then drops from there.

The ostensible object of the game is to keep your people warm, fed and healthy, while meeting certain objectives that are thrown at you.  In reality, though, the game is about managing hope and discontent.  It doesn't matter if everyone is alive, and you're producing enough raw materials to keep everything going; if your people are angry about extended hours, cold workplaces, and being fed nothing but thin soup, there's a real possibility you'll find yourself kicked out into the frozen wasteland.  Sure, you could shorten working hours...and risk a coal shortfall which causes the generator to shut off in the middle of the night...and then everything freezes, people start getting sick, your medical posts are overwhelmed, and production drops even further.

It's a fun game, and a pretty decent challenge on the higher difficulty settings.  There's not a tremendous amount of replay value once you've finished the main scenarios, though.
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Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Reply #873 on: July 23, 2021, 09:05:44 pm »
I have heard good things about Tyranny. I picked it up for free from the Epic store, but I've not yet committed myself to sitting down and giving it a playthrough

Have you given this a fair try yet? I quite liked it, and there are a few nice "betrayal! moments. Which only happen if you really look for them, but that's actually quite nicely done too.
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Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Reply #874 on: July 27, 2021, 04:05:45 am »
No, my computer died for a bit, so I'm trying to finish my Mass Effect trilogy vanguard playthrough (which isn't too far off) and grinding hard in ESO when I'm not (Elsweyr celebration = double drops on dragons = get rich quick scheme). But once Mass Effect is finished I'll either sit down and play that or Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

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Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Reply #875 on: December 01, 2021, 06:46:09 pm »
Might upload me soloing some ESO dungeons here. Just did the Undaunted event (extra loot drops on dungeons) and I soloed a lot of them on normal on my Templar, just because.

Soloing normal dungeons isn't any great feat for a mildly optimised character, but it might be fun for someone to watch. And Templar is good for soloing because you have great sustain, a powerful spammable ability, a lot of resistances and can easily purge negative effects, all while outputting decent damage.

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Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Reply #876 on: December 01, 2021, 08:08:46 pm »
i used to play Shadowgate but I've kinda gotten out of games since then
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Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Reply #877 on: December 01, 2021, 09:01:40 pm »
I LOVED shadowgate. I can still hear the music.

My mom is not a gamer, but back in the early 90s, she loved Tetris... and Shadowgate.

She was obsessed with Shadowgate for a little while. I remember her beating it while the rest of the family clawed their faces off.

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Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Reply #878 on: December 01, 2021, 10:51:08 pm »
I LOVED shadowgate. I can still hear the music.

My mom is not a gamer, but back in the early 90s, she loved Tetris... and Shadowgate.

She was obsessed with Shadowgate for a little while. I remember her beating it while the rest of the family clawed their faces off.

As I've gotten older I've come to realize that my favorite thing about my favorite video games was the music. 

Edit- man, you ain't kidding.  I confess, Cain's poat reminded me of the game, but it took a little googling to figure out what it was called.  I couldn't recall the music, so I decided to listen to it on my way home from work.  I found a youtube video of the game play.  It's a little off putting at first but it really does get pretty cool after awhile.  I hope I'm not just exploiting some sort of long form neurological feedback loop that just makes me think it's good music because it's a nearly forgotten childhood memory.  Either way, A+ enjoyable time.  Will def listen again
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