Gaming Confessions & Blasphemy

I feel weird about being super obsessed with games I'm really not very good at. Smash Bros. mostly.

I say I like ARPGs, but really I think I just love the original Diablo. Nothing else has really tickled me the same way.

Demyx wrote:

I feel weird about being super obsessed with games I'm really not very good at. Smash Bros. mostly.

I feel weird being so excited for Smash Bros when I've never played one and dislike fighting games. I think I'm actually just that excited about all the Nintendo fan service.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I say I like ARPGs, but really I think I just love the original Diablo. Nothing else has really tickled me the same way.

Demyx wrote:

I feel weird about being super obsessed with games I'm really not very good at. Smash Bros. mostly.

I feel weird being so excited for Smash Bros when I've never played one and dislike fighting games. I think I'm actually just that excited about all the Nintendo fan service.

Smash Bros is so different from a standard fighting game that you may enjoy the gameplay anyway, if you try it. It's like Mario Kart is different from Gran Turismo.

I dunno, I was hyped for the Wii version when it came out, and I wasn't a fighting game person or Smash person.

I picked it up, played it a bit, broke it out with friends over once or twice, and that was it. It didn't grab me at all. At least it held its value when I sold it later.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:

The hype around the collectible cards in The Witcher prevented me from playing that game.

At the time it came out I had a newly minted daughter, and I had never particularly liked that kind of objectification anyway. I went all papa bear on it and refused to have it or any of its imitators in the house. (The fact that it seemed like people wouldn't shut up about the European version being so much better didn't help) I didn't want to encourage what I saw, at the time, as a trend toward needlessly adding p*rn to games just to seem all grown up and edgy.

I've made my peace with it since then. I still don't like it but I've gotten myself to a place where I can ignore it which I think is healthier. (It helps that the industry seems to have largely gotten it out of its system.)

I'll own up to the fact that the cards are problematic,but you can get through the whole game without seeing one. Also the collectible part is overstated, it isn't like the game has a gallery for you to ogle over.

I will say one positive, some of the cards are really beautifully done, and provide an insight into the character being depicted.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

I will say one positive, some of the cards are really beautifully done, and provide an insight into the character being depicted.

Like, in a "the curve of her ass really shows off how smart she is" sorta way, or...

I only played the first hour or so of the Witcher, so I don't really have any context for the cards, other than knowing they exist.

A lot of the Witcher cards looked completely different from the actual character model, which was weird.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

I'll own up to the fact that the cards are problematic,but you can get through the whole game without seeing one. Also the collectible part is overstated, it isn't like the game has a gallery for you to ogle over.

I got seriously annoyed with The Witcher when, very early in the game, I picked a seemingly very innocuous dialogue option that somehow skipped to a sexy cutscene and collectible card. It wasn't exactly, "I'm tired and should get some rest" -> banging cutscene, but it felt like that. I was trying to avoid the cards and somehow ended up with one anyway.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

I'll own up to the fact that the cards are problematic,but you can get through the whole game without seeing one. Also the collectible part is overstated, it isn't like the game has a gallery for you to ogle over.

I got seriously annoyed with The Witcher when, very early in the game, I picked a seemingly very innocuous dialogue option that somehow skipped to a sexy cutscene and collectible card. It wasn't exactly, "I'm tired and should get some rest" -> banging cutscene, but it felt like that. I was trying to avoid the cards and somehow ended up with one anyway.

I wonder if there's a Steam Achievement for missing all of them in a single playthrough.

They could call it "I'm saving myself for the blue chick in Mass Effect."

Decided this was the better place to post this instead of the PS+ discussion thread:

Vrikk wrote:
Kurrelgyre wrote:
mrwynd wrote:

Just picked up a PS4, first Sony product for me since the original PS. Is there a GWJ spreadsheet of Playstation folks so my friends list isn't so barren?

Behold. Curious that the Xbox One part of that list is now longer than the PS4's.

To come back to this for a moment, I love how the Wii U technically has its own section, but it's far off to the right, has no formatting or colors to its header, and literally only has three people listed under it.

Poor little console, you may one day be worth it.

ccesarano wrote:

That might be because the WiiU and 3DS folks have become a bit insular and have our own spreadsheets. :P

Yup. Nintendo goodjers said forget this crap, we're going to just go have tons of fun over here and you can join us if you like when you realize how much awesome you've already missed but is still worth playing as much today as it was when it came out. I actually kinda regret getting PS+ for my 2nd year now as I barely touch games from the service, even when I look at the already installed games when I scroll past them to use netflix. The more I look at my WiiU games and realize I can get nearly everything else on PC, the more I feel I don't need a console by anyone other than Nintendo.

I enjoyed a lot of what I played and have on my PS3, but there's nothing aside from Valkyria Chronicles (which I have yet to beat) that I would miss by not having it. Not Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank, God of War, Infamous, 3D Dot Game Heroes, or even Demon's Souls. Demon's Souls wouldn't be missed because of Dark Souls, which I played first (on PC) and loved way more.

I may not have the attention span for RPGs anymore. I'm trying to settle on a new game to play, and I never got far in Fallout. I decided to fix that, so I started it up, modded to run at high resolution. Got to the first town, saved, and quit. Something about the prospect of wandering around as a low-level character, talking to everyone and trying to find a task I'd be able to do without dying wasn't appealing. I wound up playing Call of Juarez: Gunslinger instead.

I my heart says I want to finally play the old Fallouts, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to.

Chaz wrote:

I may not have the attention span for RPGs anymore. I'm trying to settle on a new game to play, and I never got far in Fallout. I decided to fix that, so I started it up, modded to run at high resolution. Got to the first town, saved, and quit. Something about the prospect of wandering around as a low-level character, talking to everyone and trying to find a task I'd be able to do without dying wasn't appealing. I wound up playing Call of Juarez: Gunslinger instead.

I my heart says I want to finally play the old Fallouts, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to. :(

It's like Mark Twain said (and I paraphrase) A classic is something everyone wants to have played but nobody wants to play.

Are you sure it's not just Bethesda?

Bethesda didn't make the original Fallout games.

And yeah, there's a steep level curve in them. Survival is difficult, and it'll take you awhile to scrounge up supplies and experience to not die to low-level creatures. It's thematically appropriate, but it's a real switch from the way that RPGs tend to get made nowadays.

I think it doesn't help that there's a lot of text, a dated UI for reading it, and it's all really small because I'm running it at a high resolution. I'm doing a lot of squinting at it.

I dunno, maybe I should just boot up Shadowrun Returns and pick up Wasteland 2 when it releases to scratch the classic RPG itch with the rough edges taken off.

Or I could just suck it up and deal.

I'd try it without the high resolution mod. Looking at screenshots, it makes the whole thing really squinty and a bit overwhelming visually.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'd try it without the high resolution mod. Looking at screenshots, it makes the whole thing really squinty and a bit overwhelming visually.

Seconded.. low res is definitely the way to go with these games. For what it's worth, the game play is not really the draw for me in these games either. Exploit the heck out of the game, read some FAQs, and get overpowered quickly. Then you can revel in the atmosphere.

I'll probably give that a shot tonight.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Bethesda didn't make the original Fallout games.

Gah, good point. I'm used to people automatically meaning 3.

The comment about a high-res mod makes a lot more sense now.

I love Fallout. It's gotta be in my top three games of all time. Part of what I love about it is that it has a complex enough system to be really broken. Without much difficulty I can make an effective sneak thief, melee combatant, or gunslinger by about level 3/4. It's one of the early games that fostered my "How do I ascend to godhood?" mindset.

Mind you, some builds are harder than others. I'd have to replay it to get back in the groove of things, but I seem to recall having a special love of the super sledge, and a gun you can only get from a quest in the Hub. It's a pistol that shoots rifle ammo. Super neat.

The game is only kind of about the game. It's mostly about going around and finding the little bits of story lying everywhere. If you don't mind being a dirty cheat and the story grabs you, go find a copy of Flache. It's a save file editor that you can use to boost your stats to... whatever. Then you can just wander the wastes and not worry about being level one (which, I agree, sucks).

And if you hate it, you hate it. I feel similarly about Planescapes: Torment, which by all rights I should love. Sometimes stuff just doesn't grab you. Maybe catch the important stuff on YouTube and read the Fallout Bible to get caught up.

See, I finished Planescape back in college, and loved the hell out of it. I'd just be sad to find out that getting ten years older has also made me lose my patience for that kind of game. I'm hoping I was just in a bad mood last night. It's definitely possible, the dog was seriously pissing me off.

Chaz wrote:

See, I finished Planescape back in college, and loved the hell out of it. I'd just be sad to find out that getting ten years older has also made me lose my patience for that kind of game. I'm hoping I was just in a bad mood last night. It's definitely possible, the dog was seriously pissing me off.

I played most of Planescape in college. Up through the encounter with Ravel. Then I replayed it a couple of years ago, and realized why I stopped where I did. The end of that game is bad, and feels... rushed, I guess. The very, very end has some interesting story bits, but the several hours between Ravel, and the very end are filled with a bunch of combat and not much else. Plus in the lead up to the final encounter, they take away your party and put you in an area with a bunch of the hardest enemies in the game. Good luck if you are a mage.

It's really good and worth playing, but honestly, I think you can stop after Ravel. If you do continue after that, get a trainer and boost your stats to 25 and just push through the very end.

I've mostly been playing first party Wii U stuff for awhile now. I started up Uncharted 3 and was surprised by how dated it looked, comparatively. I'm not sure how much of that is art style and how much of that is technology, but Uncharted looked pretty dated alongside Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Pikmin 3, although maybe I'm just not far enough along yet.

Garden Ninja wrote:

It's really good and worth playing, but honestly, I think you can stop after Ravel. If you do continue after that, get a trainer and boost your stats to 25 and just push through the very end.

But you miss some interesting bits in Curst, plus the Pillar of Skulls. Though when I did as a mage I was fairly overpowered before Ravel. And even so, I just ran past every single combat in Baator.

Just thought I'd share this with you ;
Ubisoft sent me a code on Friday (25th) to try their beta version of The Crew
Unbeknownst to myself and thousands of other users, the beta ran from the 21st - 26th, and it took a day to download.
Great work Ubi !

pinkdino99 wrote:

Just thought I'd share this with you ;
Ubisoft sent me a code on Friday (25th) to try their beta version of The Crew
Unbeknownst to myself and thousands of other users, the beta ran from the 21st - 26th, and it took a day to download.
Great work Ubi !

Ubisoft, let me count the ways...I despise you.

Chaz wrote:

See, I finished Planescape back in college, and loved the hell out of it. I'd just be sad to find out that getting ten years older has also made me lose my patience for that kind of game. I'm hoping I was just in a bad mood last night. It's definitely possible, the dog was seriously pissing me off.

I recently tried playing Planescape and didn't have the patience for it, but I think I'll force myself to give it another shot.

kyrieee wrote:
Chaz wrote:

See, I finished Planescape back in college, and loved the hell out of it. I'd just be sad to find out that getting ten years older has also made me lose my patience for that kind of game. I'm hoping I was just in a bad mood last night. It's definitely possible, the dog was seriously pissing me off.

I recently tried playing Planescape and didn't have the patience for it, but I think I'll force myself to give it another shot.

I've been plugging away at Fallout, and I think I'm back in the groove. Probably helped that I used a character building guide, got my small guns jacked up to 100% by level 2 or 3, and have steamrolled most quests. It's also really nice to have a game that I can boot and quit out of in a minute. That plus good old save anywhere means I can feel okay about picking it up for 20 minutes here and there.

Finally getting somewhere in Dragon Age 2. There are moments where I kind of love how inclusive and smart it is about things like relationships, others where I feel like it's almost over the top in that direction, and a few others that are just painfully awkward.

I never liked Planescape: Torment.