Discussion in 'Gaming' started by charlhussey, Apr 29, 2010.
The Witcher 2
I picked up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for my partner as a Xmas present after she'd binge watched the series on Netflix. She finished the main story in a week -- time off work well spent.
I've been pretty slack on the game front since Red Dead Redemption 2. Rather than starting something new I fire up Grand Theft Auto V, throw on the cheats and wreak havoc for half an hour. I've had Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain sitting in my collection for over 6 months and have yet to play it. Thinking I might finally give it a go this week. That, or I might succumb to getting Fallen Order.
Finished Fallen Order, but I've started a new journey because I had my Mum visiting for Xmas and could only play in short stints while she was walking the dogs, so I missed time to look around. I'll agree on the difficulty - I turned it right down and I still have trouble with some fights. If you can get your block timing down, you can do well, but with some enemies it's hard to spot how many of their attacks you have to block to initiate a strong counter. Once you get Howling Push it's often easier to just knock 'em off the nearest ledge...
It felt a bit short, really. Oh, I still had secrets to find but I was already frustrated by some of the platforming... I'm not a fan of jump puzzles and some of the areas were very annoying. Especially on Dathomir when the big Nightbrother destroys the platform you're on and drops you onto a slide section - unlike many of the other slides it's very narrow and has open drops on both sides... VERY easy to slip off the edge on the final curve.
The game doesn't hand-hold at all beyond the very basics. The map is almost useless - a waypoint or two would be useful or some limited Force ability to "sense the way forward"... and there's no indication in any of the lightsaber duels which force powers the opponent might be vulnerable too - if any... Malicos seemed to tank any ability I used, but Second Sister was affected by Slow in my later fights with her. Buggered if I know what worked or didn't against Ninth Sister.
I did and it was kind of funny, because my opponent went from kicking my ass and spending most of the time standing still and letting me hit him. Once the fight was over I went back to the default difficulty, Jedi Knight.
Spoiler: Boss Fight spoilers
For people who have played the game, it was the big fight against Malicos in the Tomb of Kujet.
Yeah I was reminded how bad this was replaying the second visit to Kashyyyk - wandering around for ages before I remembered how to get from the Imperial base to the Shadowlands - the map doesn't really help at all.
Looks like I missed quite a bit of stuff on the different planets in Jedi: Fallen Order, but I really don't know if I'm going to want to go back and get everything once I finish up the story. I started trying to get everything on Bogano, but after a while I got bored and decided to move on to the last part of the story. I was looking at the map of Zeffo, and that one is way bigger than Bogano, so I can't see myself having the patience to go back through the whole thing trying to get everything on the planet.
I just uploaded Northgard and Hollow Knight. I bought Cities Skyline but it's the latter (Hollow Knight) that I'm working on.
Just bought an Oculus Quest so messing around with the demos at the moment. It came bundled with Vader:Immortal but my playspace is a bit small (unless I move lots of furniture) to move around too much, so I'm having to use the teleport movement which gets disorientating after a while. It's pretty cool though and VR really gets across how imposingly huge Vader is when he's right next to you.
Beat Saber is pretty fun - slice blocks with red/blue lightsaber depending on the indicated cut direction and block colour, in time to a music track. Dodge walls and avoid slicing bombs. Makes for a pretty good workout.
Anyone got experience with the single-player elements of Star Trek: Bridge Commander? I might spring for it, but I suspect it's largely meant for multiplayer with players manning different bridge stations. If there's a decent single player element too, I might go for it.
Really want the Doctor Who Edge of Time game but that isn't out for Quest until end of January, having been delayed from the planned December release.
I got Greedfall for Christmas so have been playing that. A bit clumsy and unpolished in places, the fast travel system is a pain for example, but enjoyable to play and the story is engaging.
Since I'm almost done with both Spidey and Fallen Order, I decided to start another game, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. I started years ago, but I never finished. I decided to give it another go, especially since I'm a lot more familiar with the Marvel Universe now than I was the first time I played it.
Modern Warfare. Trying to complete the Battle Pass. I’m at Tier 83
My brother got a Valve Index for Christmas, so I had my first chance trying out VR. It's quite impressive, though I wouldn't be buying one as I don't have the room for roomscale VR nor the place to store it. But I think one of my favourite experiences is with Batman: Arkham VR. Very immersive. At its best, VR can be absolutely immersive, but I've also noticed that if the implementation is clunky, the opposite will be true. I've found the Google Earth VR implementation to be rather clunky and not as intuitive as it should have been, and creating an imaginary boundary line in how far you're able to rotate the globe, leading to frustrating use as you're dragging around. But what an experience!
I really want to try VR, but I don't know how my brain will react, so I'm not going to blind buy a VR system before I try it somewhere first. I've looked around a bit, but haven't found anywhere with a VR set up I can check out.
I have to admit, I was kind of nervous about trying it. I wear glasses and can't see very well without them, so it made me wonder if I'd have a problem, but it turns out Index can be worn with glasses, but it does also mean that the focus point is very specific and if the headset slides just a little, and it does have a tendency to do so with me, it gets blurry and then I have to push it up a bit. I was fully expecting it to be disorienting, but aside from a slight adjustment period having more to do with getting used to the controls, I was feeling totally fine. I did have more of an issue with older titles from when VR had just come out where the resolution or antialiasing in them wasn't the greatest. There's an older Star Wars demo featuring R2 and the Millennium Falcon I felt had that problem. Other than that my experience with it has been really comfortable.
Destiny 2 is my go to right now.
Got a friend to play Uno last night online. Fun little game to pass time.
Since BFV and COD have been huge let downs, I've been playing BF1 from time to time.
I turned down the difficulty on Fallen Order again, so I could finish up. Did not end how I expected, but I am hoping we get a sequel.
If you have a PS4, you could do what I did and buy the PSVR Starter Pack from Amazon, see if you suffer any VR problems and send back if you want. They'll accept returns within 30 days with no objection. There are enough free games bundled with the starter pack (or available for download) that you can get a feel for it.
VR issues like motion sickness can vary by game type. The Mission: ISS game really threw me out of whack with the virtual weightlessness since ou move using the thumbsticks - any game where you "walk" but aren't actually walking can be disorienting unless it's on "rails". I get on OK with seated games where the movement gives the impression of being in a vehicle.
Vader Immortal gave me some issues as my playspace isn't big enough at home to wander about, so I havd to use the "teleport" type movement a lot. That made me dizzy after about 10 minutes of play. Playing at work where we have more floorspace was a lot better - only had to make teleport hops every so often, rest of the time could move about by walking.
I started playing Kingdome Hearts: ReChain of Memories this morning. I actually never finished my replay of the first game, so I just read through the synopsis of the end on the Kingdom Hearts Wiki before I started CoM.
I played for a couple hours this morning, and I'm still trying to get used to the whole card system it uses for fighting and opening up new areas.
I finally had to turn down the difficulty to Jedi Knight after getting my ass handed to me by one of the Second Sister encounters. Now, I'm back on Kashyyyk climbing the Life Tree. The game's still hard as crap, but at least I don't feel COMPLETELY useless with a lightsaber now
Edit: I also have decided if this game is this hard, there's no way in hell I'll ever try a Dark Souls game. I'm afraid I'd end up breaking some controllers or possibly my TV
The Legend of Zelda - NES (the DIY battery replacement process was also fun to do beforehand! Saving games are cool...)
Baby Pac-Man - Atari 7800
Arkanoid - NES
Ms Pac-Man - NES & Atari 7800 via "Pac-Man Collection" (the NES is the best port despite the 7800 version having better ghost colouring)
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