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akarthis July 28th, 2011 12:19

Playing infamous at ps3. I really try to like it and go on but i am close of abandoning it.
Still FNV at pc. Close at my first ending. Cool game

bjon045 July 28th, 2011 12:40


Originally Posted by purpleblob (Post 1061083501)
My BG1 playthrough as Sorc was a disaster. They just don't learn enough to spells to be useful until waaaaaaay later in the game. I'm currently playing Fighter/Cleric in BG1.

My trick as a sorc was to bring along kagain as a duo as he has 20 con and regens completely every rest. Then with just the 2 of you, you can go to the basilisk area and take the friendly ghoul and kill all the basilisks and gain about 5 levels…..you get 8000 exp for one greater basilisk and 2000 per lesser. After that you go straight to the flesh golem cave where you get 2000exp per flesh golem (use mirror image to take the hits and stoneskin once you hit level 7) and you jut keep resting there and can get level 9 in about an hour with just you and kagain. The rest of the game is then a cakewalk.

Fighter/Cleric is probably quite powerful due to the share number of spells you can get i.e. 21 wisdom, and then 23 wisdom in BG2. Couple with the str enhancing spells you can easily have 25 str in most battles due to how many 4th level spells you will end up with.

I certainly didn't speed run though. My paladin (+5npcs) run took about 35 hours and completed every subquest, Sorc (duo) about 20 hours although didn't do everything, and my fighter mage (+5npcs) is about 35 hours and just hit the city of BG (cleared everything else apart from TotSC).

Alrik Fassbauer July 28th, 2011 12:44


Originally Posted by JemyM (Post 1061083543)
I remember going through Keepsake in one sitting. Something with the story that kept me going just to see the end.

Impressive. I couldn't because some of the later riddles were too hard for me - plus, the "running around" just takes a lot of time as well …

txa1265 July 28th, 2011 12:46


Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1061083496)
I don't think there is any game I could enjoy playing in that manner.

15 hours … not sure I could do it … but I know I have broken the 10 hour mark on many an occasion.

DArtagnan July 28th, 2011 12:50

I once played Drakkhen (Amiga) for ~50 hours with my brother and a friend. No sleep and no food. Only caffeine :)

JDR13 July 28th, 2011 13:04


Originally Posted by txa1265 (Post 1061083559)
15 hours … not sure I could do it … but I know I have broken the 10 hour mark on many an occasion.

When I was in my teens I did it quite a few times, but now… no thanks. I'm too health conscious to sit in front of a monitor/TV that long.

The last game I was really into was The Witcher 2, but even for that I think the longest I played without a break was 4-5 hours.

xSamhainx July 30th, 2011 08:28

playing Sanitarium, which i'm really liking. Unfortunately, it keeps crashing!

just lost a ton of progress, argh = \

bkrueger July 30th, 2011 15:07


Originally Posted by xSamhainx (Post 1061083820)
playing Sanitarium, which i'm really liking. Unfortunately, it keeps crashing!

just lost a ton of progress, argh = \

For me it stopped crashing, when I started the game directly with sntrm.exe from the game directory instead of using the preinstalled link (to start.exe).

Edit: See also this link on GOG.

xSamhainx July 30th, 2011 19:11

i tried moving the slider last night, and it actually made it way worse. So i have the slider all the way up, compatibility settings tweaked. That's stopped the crashes, so I'm going to stick w/ that until I get another then I'll try the alternate run thing.

I'm making lots of progress, and quicksaving like crazy.

This is one crazy little game, I'm really liking it! What i like the most is that so far the puzzles are LOGICAL. I generally hate adventure games because often it just amounts to a pixel by pixel scan for the right little pixel, combining every object in your inventory w/ every other object, and trying every object everywhere. It's just not fun.

Alrik Fassbauer July 31st, 2011 14:07

I'm still playing Ghosts Of Vooju Island - although this is a really nice game, some riddles appear as unlogical to me, and additionally I've found a plot-hole …


xSamhainx August 1st, 2011 02:23

omg, Sanitarium - where have you been all my life?
Unbelievable game, just keeps surprising me left and right. If you like adventure games, you owe it to yourself to play this game.

Alrik Fassbauer August 1st, 2011 12:55

I heard it is rather horror-themed ?

xSamhainx August 1st, 2011 16:14

Definitely. It' broken into a series of chapters which are delusional episodes in the protagonist's mind. Also, his memories of his deceased sister play prominently in the story, so… The theme of dead and dying children is a re-occuring one. It sounds ghoulish, and it is at times, but it's not all for shock and can be pretty sad when for example he's in his childhood home and the ghosts of the family are stuck re-enacting parts of their lives.

The horror is bizarre too, it almost has a planescape off-the-wall feel at times.

Alrik Fassbauer August 1st, 2011 21:56

I already heard it is a good game - but the setting just doesn't fit my tastes.

Thanks anyway. :)

Motoki August 1st, 2011 22:04


Originally Posted by xSamhainx (Post 1061084046)
omg, Sanitarium - where have you been all my life?
Unbelievable game, just keeps surprising me left and right. If you like adventure games, you owe it to yourself to play this game.

Wishlisted, but I am cheap and will wait for a sale. :p

xSamhainx August 3rd, 2011 02:01

I'm kinda stuck on the couch sick today so Ive been checking in on xbox live. Warhammer 40K: Kill Team is a fun little ten dollar twin-stick shooter, really violent (goes without saying), really explosive, really noisy. I'm playing solo so it isnt as fun as it should be, and surprisingly there doesnt appear to be anything other than local couch co-op. This would be a perfect auto-match game, wtf?

It's pretty fun nonetheless, you can choose between melee and ranged specialists and you can pick your chapter.

JemyM August 3rd, 2011 15:10

Im back to the "a level per day" approach that I try to keep while studying.
The game is Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Like the Penumbra Games Amnesia is a first-person physics-based adventure game, where you must solve pussles to move on.

It's also a horror game. Being a horrorgame veteran there are very few games that gets to me, but I have to confess this game got to me more than any game have done in the past. I have realized though that there are no penalties for dying and it doesn't really matter if your sanity go bad. Die and you just respawn nearby with no loss, go insane and the worst that can happen is falling down when a monster chase you (same as dying).

I have seen videos on youtube and appearently it really gets to people more than me.

xSamhainx August 3rd, 2011 18:11

How are the puzzles? Are they logical or is it a headache-inducing pixel grind?

JemyM August 3rd, 2011 19:46


Originally Posted by xSamhainx (Post 1061084582)
How are the puzzles? Are they logical or is it a headache-inducing pixel grind?

Logical and easy. Most of the time it's more about getting through the map with your nerves in place than solving the puzzles.

Thrasher August 4th, 2011 03:34

I finished Starcraft and am moving forward to play Brood War, while my skills are still finely honed. ;)

curious August 4th, 2011 07:58

judging by the achievement and items tracking i'm over half way through the First Templar, and my opinions of the game keep improving which is always a good thing. to bad i don't play co-op as that would even add some extra flavour but don't let that detract from the great solo experience it is and the ai-companion actually does really well and being able to switch between the 2 characters on the fly practically makes it a party based game. although highly linear the main character is very well voiced and the story is actually fairly well written.

Tanno August 6th, 2011 14:07

I'm playing Mana Khemia. :) That J-RPG. I like it, because of its anime elements.

Jabberwocky August 6th, 2011 14:56

I shelved The First Templar about 3/4 the way through because Alice: Madness Returns was released. I've finished Alice so now I will go back and finish The First Templar.

JemyM August 8th, 2011 19:45

I have moved onto "a level a day" with Metro 2033. It really stresses my computer to the max, making all the fans speed up.

Thrasher August 8th, 2011 20:09

Argg. Brood War is harder. Imagine that. I don't like missions that basically make you rush and hope for the best. There seems to more of that in Brood War.

I'm almost done with the Protos missions. One more to go

I must say there is a TON of gaming with this series. Original Starcraft has 30 missions. Brood War has almost that, too, for a total of around 57 missions. You have to really like it to play all missions to completion. I guess I fall in that category. ;)

JDR13 August 8th, 2011 20:37

I thought the level of difficulty in Brood War was almost perfect. The missions are hard enough to be a challenge, but I never found myself getting frustrated. Even though there is only that one level of difficulty, I thought it worked better than the multiple difficulty levels offered in SC2.

No gaming for me right now, I leave for vacation tomorrow morning. My next game will be Deus Ex: HR. :)

Thrasher August 8th, 2011 21:29

I'm not talking about difficulty, I'm talking about mission design. Some are just plain tedious or based on rushing or large numbers rather than winnable by careful systematic build / explore / conquer.

JDR13 August 8th, 2011 22:11

There wasn't a single level in Brood War that required me to use rush tactics, although I'm sure you can benefit from it on some maps.

However, there is a level later in the game that holds a significant secret if you can finish it within a certain time frame.

Spoiler – Major spoiler…

Thrasher August 8th, 2011 22:16

Well, if you wait too long, by building and upgrading before expanding and/or taking over other bases, you're screwed in all of the BW missions I've played so far. That's what I meant by "rush". The whole limited resource thing and losing to a war of attrition against greater numbers. Just annoys me that the game has to give itself such an unfair advantage, especially with all of its fully upgraded units at the start of each mission.

JDR13 August 8th, 2011 22:50

If you really think BW is unfair then I hope you don't attempt multi-player anytime soon. The aggressiveness of the AI in single-player is actually quite lax in BW. The AI factions don't even attempt to expand their bases or gain additional resources.

Thrasher August 8th, 2011 22:55

I have no desire to play multiplayer against people who have been playing this game for almost 15 years. That would be ridiculous and purely masochistic. Anyway, I don't like multiplayer in general. Too many brats out there.

JDR13 August 8th, 2011 23:04

I understand where you're coming from. I'm just making the point that the single-player game is far from unfair. You can play a skirmish map at a higher difficulty level, (unlike the campaign, skirmish difficulty is adjustable), and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Anyways, it sounds like you're enjoying it for the most part. Be sure to post your impressions when you're finished.

Thrasher August 8th, 2011 23:45

I see what you're saying. To me, enemy AIs expanding and grabbing resources seems more fair, than them starting at fully developed tech levels and bases, with more resources, bases, and units. Even if it makes the game harder.

I am enjoying it to the point of obsession. And that's a good thing, right? ;) Thanks again for recommending it!

azraelck August 9th, 2011 00:46

I just started Venetica last week, haven't got far since I've been a bit busy. Only maybe 3 or 4 hours in, if that.

Thrasher August 11th, 2011 22:55

I finished the Protos missions in Brood War. I WAY overbuilt for the last mission. Must have had 100 photon cannons defending the temple.

I started the Terran missions last night. I hope the change in factions renews my interest. After 38 missions (with 16 to go), it's beginning to get tiresome…

Jaz August 12th, 2011 00:30

Playing DA2 and actually liking it so far.

Shagnak August 12th, 2011 01:30

Playing the end of Avernum 1.
It's the only Avernum I totally finished, and with the announcement of the remake I thought I'd load up a latish save game for nostalgic reasons. Bugger me, I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I'm getting my arse handed to me over and over in some of the final sections (esp. the final fight with Grah-Hoth). :(

Dez August 12th, 2011 03:28

Resident evil 5 is a fun game, but it would be a lie to call it survival horror. RE4 was already quite combat heavy, but it had some survival horror elements present unlike RE5 which is a pure third person shooter.

The good thing is that the controls are a lot smoother and it is fairly easy to love the run&gun gameplay. The whole partner angle is a nice addition to the classic formula, but somehow the old magic is gone. For example the whole re-lore is becoming quite confusing. The entire game feels like a spin off rather than a real sequel. I prefered the slow moving zombies, mutanted, but somewhat realistic monsters, puzzles and spooky horror film cliches. Resident evil 5 instead reminds me of a bad anime film. And by the way tentacles must a japanese thing because I don't understand the fixation for them…

txa1265 August 12th, 2011 05:09

The problem is like you say … It stopped being Resident Evil and became yet another generic third person action game. Solid one, but just yet another one…

JDR13 August 12th, 2011 06:51


Originally Posted by Dez (Post 1061085972)
Resident evil 5 is a fun game, but it would be a lie to call it survival horror. RE4 was already quite combat heavy, but it had some survival horror elements present unlike RE5 which is a pure third person shooter

Which version are you playing? I thought the controls felt somewhat sluggish in the PC version. Because of that, and the fact that there are two DLC which will apparently never be released on the PC, I quit playing after a few levels.

I plan on eventually getting the RE 5 Gold version for the PS3. It's the only RE game I haven't fully played through.

I loved RE 4 btw. I consider it one of the best games I've ever played on a console. RE 4 and RE: Code Veronica are getting high-def releases on the PSN network this Fall.

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