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January 21st, 2013, 12:41
Played Black Mirror for some 4-5 hours yesterday. It's been a LONG time since I played an adventure game for that long in one session.

I started this playthrough a long time ago - and I got stuck at one point, and I just left it.

Now, I'm the sort of person who can almost never remember the details of stories in games - simply because I've played literally thousands of them. They just don't stick - and I have to work at remembering even after only a few weeks after getting back to a savegame.

But, in this case - most everything is pretty clear, even after 6-12 months (I really don't remember when I began this playthrough).

There's something about this game that just feels perfect to my tastes in classic adventure games. It's just the right balance of NPC interaction, exploration and cerebral challenges. It's not a hard game - and I'd probably say it is on the easy side, but that suits me just fine.

The atmosphere is great and the story is really intriguing so far. I just reached Chapter 2 - and I look forward to getting back to it.

If you're into a really traditional point/click adventure with a good dose of gothic horror/mystery - I highly recommend this one. In terms of horror - it's not scary at all, but it does have a very foreboding atmosphere. But it's definitely more of a mystery and a nice slow burn experience.
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January 21st, 2013, 14:47
I'm playing Baldurs Gate EE. Last time i played it was when it came out. Loving it.

On ps3 i'm playing Batman Arkam city. The game is on the same path as the first one. Having a great time, though it's not the shock i got playing the first.
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January 21st, 2013, 18:56
I'm also back to playing Age of Conan. I was so bitterly disappointed upon release - because the game had such amazing potential and they squandered it. However, at this point - it's really feature rich and it retains perhaps the best combat system of any MMO - and some of the best visuals.

Also, it has the best gaming music ever created - hands down:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJkfB…390968B6CB4B30
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January 21st, 2013, 19:37
Today and yesterday were the two free days I had since the end of summer. I decided to put them into Legend of Grimrock. I am now on level 9 and I can say that I probably didn't pick optimal characters. I have only human characters so I lack the advantage of having species bonuses. I decided out of a whim to go axes with my fighter and there haven't been that many axes around. The assassin's backstab is a bit hard to pull off considering it's worth. My two mages (earth/ice/spellcraft and air/fire/spellcraft) aren't as effective as I would have liked. But at least I have something up the sleeve for every foe I met so far.

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January 23rd, 2013, 21:56
I'm in Episode 3 now of The Walking Dead, and I can see why this game has received so much attention. I've never had to make so many difficult choices in a game. Everything you do has consequences, and the story and characters are top notch.
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January 23rd, 2013, 22:12
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I am in the dragon part now, and I don't quite understand why people reacted so negatively to it
Same here. I thought it was pretty cool flying around as a dragon. However, I did have one problem with it. As a dragon, some NPCs (maybe all of them, not sure) would not appear while you were in your dragon form. So you'd have to land first to see if there were any NPCs in the area. The reason this was a problem for me is because I am a compulsive explorer. I HAVE to explore every nook and cranny. The game gives you tons of these nooks and crannies as a dragon, and it makes it very hard to keep track of where you have or haven't been. Also, the NPCs not appearing meant that you might miss some quests because you didn't see a quest NPC standing on some out-of-the-way ledge somewhere (of which there were many).

Other than that I thought it was fun.
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January 23rd, 2013, 22:53
Originally Posted by JemyM View Post
Today and yesterday were the two free days I had since the end of summer. I decided to put them into Legend of Grimrock. I am now on level 9 and I can say that I probably didn't pick optimal characters. I have only human characters so I lack the advantage of having species bonuses. I decided out of a whim to go axes with my fighter and there haven't been that many axes around. The assassin's backstab is a bit hard to pull off considering it's worth. My two mages (earth/ice/spellcraft and air/fire/spellcraft) aren't as effective as I would have liked. But at least I have something up the sleeve for every foe I met so far.
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January 24th, 2013, 02:57
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I'm in Episode 3 now of The Walking Dead, and I can see why this game has received so much attention. I've never had to make so many difficult choices in a game. Everything you do has consequences, and the story and characters are top notch.
sounds great, I finally bought it the other day. If I can quit playing Journey, I'll give it a try!
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January 24th, 2013, 18:49
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I'm in Episode 3 now of The Walking Dead, and I can see why this game has received so much attention. I've never had to make so many difficult choices in a game. Everything you do has consequences, and the story and characters are top notch.
The third episode was probably my favourite.

Looking through the forum Im quite surprised theres rather low amount of posts about the game because
a) its a good slice of virtual entertainment
b) the accent on and the nature of decision making pushes it towards RPG-y territory, at least in feel

To elaborate a bit on b), in this game the puzzles take a major backseat and serve mostly as means to provide some breathing room to plot progression (in this case Id say difficult or more elaborate puzzles would likely be detrimental to the intended experience) and QTEs + few crappy "action" sequences are really just atmosphere/intensity enhancers (in the last chapter few QTEs are used in really cool ways btw), its defining the pc and how he can affect the other characters via choices what TWDs gameplay is mostly about.
Basically, it may be sold as an adventure horror game, but its most prominent gameplay feature feels like something taken from a narrative-heavy RPG .
And it works, since the writing in this game is usually really good (the last two chapters are imo less consistent in this regard; the ending is great though).
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January 24th, 2013, 20:07
I'm installing the famous Book Of Unwritten Tales right now - I preferred to buy the collector's edition (both games combined plus stuff), but I just couldn't resist the small price of 5 Euros …

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January 24th, 2013, 20:18
Walking dead, is one of the best games i played the last years.

The choices you get to decide throughout the game, makes you realize are the choices you would make in a similar case. And the end, is one of the best in video games
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January 24th, 2013, 21:49
I am also a huge Walking Dead fan. TellTale hit hard with Sam & Max and Monkey Island, but the CSI and Back to the Future stuff wasn't so great … glad to see them in top form!

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January 24th, 2013, 22:28
Following a momentary lapse of sanity, I found myself as a tester of a translation project for "Generation XTH", a japanese dungeon crawler series for the PC. The game's actually pretty fun, feels like a cyberpunk take on oldschool Wizardry / Bard's Tale games* with some modern gameplay elements (crafting/upgrading, team skills, etc) and thankfully there's a functional automap. Also, apparently you can transfer your characters between the games just like Wizardry 1-3 or Bard's Tale 1-3. Oh boy.

Some screenshots here if anyone's interested, demo should be out within a week I think.

* apparently such games are HUGE over there, with their own sub-genre and everything
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January 25th, 2013, 11:01
I guess I should give TWD another chance. But my impression was that it was a bit like Heavy Rain, where you're basically watching a movie with minimal "immersive" interaction, basically doing trivial functions like opening doors or picking up stuff through an unusually elaborate process to emulate the real movement? Does that change later on?

Because if it doesn't - I'd rather just watch a movie - or catch the whole thing on youtube. I rarely enjoy games where I'm not actually playing.
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January 25th, 2013, 12:27
I took a break from The Walking Dead to play through the PS3 demo of Dead Space 3.

I was not impressed.
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January 25th, 2013, 12:46
Started playing Dark Souls. Died.
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January 25th, 2013, 12:47
Just finishing "Amnesia- The dark descent"
Stucked in "Precursors" with a bug
Installing "Space Siege" on windows 7 and "World of chaos" on XP (doesn't seem to work on Seven)
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January 25th, 2013, 12:57
I started playing Path of Exile on the PC, but basically watched it loading data while doing other stuff … maybe I'll have time to play tonight …

On the Mac they just released 'Legend of Grimrock', and since I just started a new run on that game I restarted on the Mac. Good solid port.

Also just released is 'Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes' on iPad, which I loved on the DS and am enjoying the port.

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January 25th, 2013, 16:00
Currently replaying NWN OC + HotU. Fun game, but it really is saved by HotU. The OC alone would not have been sufficient for me to replay it.
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January 25th, 2013, 16:54
Still getting used to SWTOR …
Playing as a trooper has pretty much the same appeal as playing as a Heavy in TF … just smile and wave.
Knowing that you can soak quite some damage tends to make you keep your calm in the middle of a fight.

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