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Re: General gaming chatter
« Reply #60 on: June 03, 2017, 10:00:27 PM »
I reinstalled Morrowind. Not ESO Morrowind. TES3 Morrowind. With the Morrowind Overhaul.

It's freaking beautiful (for a 15-year-old game in particular). Still my favorite TES game, too.

It also made it clear just how faithfully Elder Scrolls Online reproduced it...

This is getting off the boat in Seyda Neen for the first time in TES3.
This is the exact same spot in ESO Morrowind.


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« Reply #61 on: June 07, 2017, 09:49:05 PM »
The Story Behind Mass Effect's Troubled Five Year Development

Really interesting article, that goes a long way towards explaining why ME:A wasn't nearly what fans were expecting.

tl;dr version - Many of the major parts of the game were built in the 18 months prior to release, including the story, characters, major worlds, etc. Originally ME:A was intended to be a story driven version of No Man's Sky with hundreds of procedurally-generated planets where you piloted a star ship through space to find them. Way too ambitious, and they didn't start scaling back the vision until it was much, much too late.

It's actually seriously amazing how well it turned out for basically being done in a year and a half.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2017, 09:59:01 PM by narsica »
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« Reply #62 on: June 08, 2017, 03:37:07 AM »
This does sound like epic-proportion project management fail. Getting out of preproduction without having at all stabilized your production pipeline, clearly identified the work needed given the imposed game engine or even dterm¨ined whether they could work with generated plantes should have raised all kind of red flags already.
It does give some context to the many key departures Bioware has seen these last few years.

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« Reply #63 on: June 11, 2017, 06:29:44 PM »
In gaming, like in life we sometimes put something up on a pedestal that doesn't deserve it.  On the weekend I had a reality check for one of those things, and I realise its actually possible and won't take too much effort.   It's gone from unachievable pipe dream to something I should finish before the end of the month!

In one of the Serious Sam games I'm missing just one achievement, you have to frag 100 different people.  I thought the MP was dead (turns out its not!).  I thought it would take a long time. Turns out there is a lot of waiting, but I just do something else until randoms join my game.  I've gone from 31 done to 60 now.  Part of that was a group who setup an event.

A good reminder to test or relook at some assumptions to see if things are still valid!

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« Reply #64 on: June 13, 2017, 01:00:39 AM »
Platinum-ed Nier:Automata, which was easier than most games because there's actually a way to buy all of the trophies using in-game money (yay for skipping the grind).  Overall I'd say it deserves most of the praise it has been getting, although I don't think it quite excels at any particular part as some other games do, it's just very solid all around.  The story has some pretty dark moments and an interesting spin on some standard sci-fi tropes, the music is good throughout, the combat is fun, the world is fun to explore, although exploring and fighting can get pretty repetitive since the areas don't expand much as the game progresses, and the bullet-hell shooter and hacking sections stay roughly the same.  It's certainly a unique game that's worth playing.

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« Reply #65 on: June 20, 2017, 09:30:55 PM »
Just finished What Remains of Edith Finch. Holy cow. In the genre of Gone Home and the like, this one is the best yet. It totally deserves its 90 metacritic score and maybe more. Heartbreaking and beautiful and masterfully presented. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

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« Reply #66 on: June 20, 2017, 09:32:34 PM »
I still don't know what remains of her?

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« Reply #67 on: June 20, 2017, 09:48:45 PM »
That's the mystery to be solved by playing the game. :P

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« Reply #68 on: June 21, 2017, 11:06:49 AM »
Played Rise of the Tomb Raider again and enjoyed it.  Completed it on Survival mode.  During the toughest fights I generally went full melee and it worked pretty well.  Fully maxed melee and healing is the ticket to survive survival mode.  I bought and played the Baba Yaga DLC and overall it was pretty meh.

Tooling around in Titan's Quest Anniversary right now.  Play is pretty slow so I am not sure how far I will get in the game.  It is also a pretty tough game.  I forgot that you hit walls pretty hard in the game.

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« Reply #69 on: June 21, 2017, 07:54:39 PM »
I bought it months after it came out, so had the season pass.  Baba Yaga seemed to fit naturally when you were out of the intro phases but still fairly noobish.  I could have continued on the main story but chose to investigate it.  I enjoyed it in this context, the initial meeting felt very odd, reminded me of Max Payne being drugged.  The gameplay experience was quite similar.

The 2nd bit had more exploring/puzzle solving before the "boss" fight which took me a few goes to get hold of the flow of it.  I got the items from that, and used them in the normal game after (partly for achievements) but it was fun to do.

Actually in January I almost finished the game .. then the Diablo3 season came out.  I need to go back and finish it ..  I have so many fun games I should get back to.

On a different topic.  I bought a Steam Link today.  A friend gave me a tip off a bricks and mortar store had it at 70% off! I can't refuse that deal.  Should be fun playing in the living room with the heat pump in the dead of winter :)

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« Reply #70 on: June 22, 2017, 03:38:46 PM »
Looks like the Steam Summer Sale has started.

Need to see if there is any must have items.

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« Reply #71 on: June 22, 2017, 04:12:00 PM »
There is something to do with stickers this time.  Something about quests.  First one is just to bring up your activity page which is my default for browsing.  Don't forget to go through the discovery queue for free trading cards and money or the badge!


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« Reply #72 on: June 22, 2017, 04:47:13 PM »
As usual the Steam store is shit at sale launch. The difference is -  this time, it's still shit 5 hours later too.

Welp, time to see my backlog  explode some more...

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« Reply #73 on: June 22, 2017, 06:06:14 PM »
make sure to check isthereanydeal before buying anything

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« Reply #74 on: June 22, 2017, 06:22:22 PM »
make sure to check isthereanydeal before buying anything

or in your web browser use Enhanced Steam which gives price history ..