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Video games thread - "What are you playing?"


Yeah, who also un-pull the levers you’ve pulled. I was being vague as I wasn’t sure how far you’d got.


Yeah, I’ve done that section and I can see why you’d bail on it - it’s a bit of a pain and the same idea is repeated with higher difficulty a bit later on.


Oh fuck. Yeah, clearly I was never going anywhere on that one then!


Yeah, the other jammer (or orbital gun - I geuinely forget) has levers that are on high platforms that you have to jump around to get to and grapple while being attacked by jetpack pirates.

I really like the transport rail sections in Skytown. They’re like the bits from Bioshock Infinite, but less totally pointless.


Just getting into the insanely popular MOBA genre and learning DROPZONE on Steam and Epic’s PARAGON. DZ is a lot easier to play but Paragon has terrific graphics and effects.

Both incorporate different elements. DZ has a lot of RTS and Paragon something of a first or third person shooter play style.


Is DZ the one that’s basically a play on Starship Troopers?


Wow I just finished Bioshock Infinite (yeah, it took me a while to buy it :smile: ) and I gotta say, I’m a bit disappointed by it all.

First of all, the ending kinda takes a shit on everything because it’s completely illogical and just plain stupid… so yeah, it sort of ruined the whole story for me. But the gameplay itself is a bit lackluster, I didn’t really like the plasmids in this one, and I didn’t really like the plasmid bombs. The guns were too “normal” for such a fantastical place, and the whole “tear” system was awkward and honestly not that interesting. The rails were also just kinda there… I dunno, maybe I was expecting something more, but on the plus side, the graphics were really cool, and the whole floating city was really well made.

All in all though, I really emjoyed more the first one, I think it’s muuuuch better, even if older. And Rapture has this charm that’s very unique, heck playing the DLCs reinforced that notion quite a bit.

Too bad about the idiotic ending, there were some things that were VERY neat, like the link between Columbia and Rapture, but ugh, they should’ve stayed the f*ck away from quantum physics, time travel and infinite universes all mashed up like that. What a mess they ended up with =/


Not directly. Starcraft is really Starship Troopers, but so is Warhammer 40k (with a lot of Dune) and Halo. DROPZONE has a lot of mechanics like Starcraft but it is much less military based concept. The players kill a “bug like” alien hive to get power cores and fight another team to get the most cores in the allotted time.

They do have power suit rigs but these are not unusual. The main difference is that they aren’t power armor as much as they are utilitarian for the job.



So last night I ended up on a quite epic session of the new free stuff in Diablo III, which was:

  • 4 Realm rifts - split into a paired Upper / Lower duo
  • 3 individual rifts
  • Temple of the Firstborn

It was in the last I found this audio account by a cultist where he talked of abducting kids asleep and opening their veins! To that there was only one response: Killing every single one of the motherfuckers - so my mage went around doing her best impression of a severely pissed off Emperor!

Also found the Royal Quarters - not new, but I hadn’t found it before so it was new to me! Blizzard have issued a stunning amount of free stuff for this game - you only realise it when you see all the patch notes after an update install.

The rifts they’ve added now are quite genius. It’s a simple idea, mix up the worlds, with dimensional thresholds that you cross over, with all the enemies to each, but they can cross dimensions too! The result is glorious madness, brilliantly executed, as you tear through all manner of adversaries while racking up crazy kill counts - on one slaughter run I somehow got up to 150+ kills! Killing sprees have never been so well animated against such deserving targets.

Hugely fun.


This game?

I liked the concept art but could never really understand what was going on in the gameplay. Is it easy enough to start playing? I’ve read this genre of game was in decline, but there still seems to be a lot of interest and players.


Yep. There’s a big multiplayer element to it I’ve not explored but as to the single player game:

  • The isometric view is combined with some really excellent design that takes advantage of the perspective.
  • The amount of enemies it will throw at you, even on the lowest difficulty setting, is quite nuts - as is tearing through them with various abilities and moves, while dodging. The enemy death animations help in this respect too.
  • The gameplay is more-or-less a loop of: Go out, kill stuff, get better gear and gold, sell stuff to get more gold, all the while gaining XP to make killsprees easier, until you move onto the next difficulty level - and again.
  • The stronger sub-boss and boss enemies have a lot of variety and various effects, with combined abilities. The Boss fights proper tend to be suitably epic too.

It’s not the greatest game ever, but neither is it the most demanding one either - it’s not like say HZD where I have to be far more alert and focused on the gameworld and what I’m doing, it’s lighter, easier and there are times when that’s what I’m after. I suppose it could be termed RPG-lite. For me it’s a different kind of action RPG game. The way the various armour / weapon pieces change your character’s appearance is a nice touch too.

Can’t comment on the decline or not as haven’t seen that, but Blizzard keep putting out a load of free stuff they don’t have to for it, so it seems to still be doing pretty well.


The good, the bad and the explosive today:

The bad:

Cauldron Sigma, sure it looks pretty but playing was an exercise in frustration - fire vent to get cover? OK, do that - fire at vent, vent stays closed. Bastard. Had I not gotten a lot better with tripwires the Bellowback would have been much harder, but it was still a crappy experience. (Also used a tripwire or two on the Shellwalker)

The excavation site - this ended up being a pain the ass due to one of the corruptors just doing random crap, no pattern or anything - the other? Walked into 4 explosive tripwires.

Oh and when this game ambushes you, it doesn’t do it by halves, just about survived a Snapmaw ambush - which wasn’t helped by Aloy not doing a Critical Hit when prompted, another time it was Stormbird + Snapmaws! Yeah, stuff that, I legged it.

The good:

Most of the good has been fun with explosive tripwires - it’s hugely fun to watch a Sawtooth top itself by walking into a set of wires, 3-4 does it! Took out a load of Forelegs with sneaky electric arrows to the power cells.

A big coup was surviving taking out a Thunderwing! Bunch of Carja turned up to run interference, I managed to knock off its disc launchers, grabbed one and near-killed it - had I known where the other launcher was it would have been over far faster! As it was, it was very satisfying blowing a monsyer robo T-Rex to crap, with its own weapon, then melee’d it to death. Yes, a Thunderwing, a near-death one yes, but still.

The explosive:

So, I took on a Snapjaw pack - set up a brace of protective explosive trips near my position, double fire shot the blaze canisters, then one walked into a tripwire. So did another, the third must have still had its blaze canisters intact and walked into a couple because the entire horizon behind Aloy just went up in flame! It was a big boom - so peaked over the hill to check if anything was still active- nope, just fire and dead robos.


Getting some more Shadow weaponry does make quite the difference to Aloy’s arsenal. Also pulled off some headshots when going after Olin. Also killed Zaid and saved Nakoa - bye bye bastard.

Meridian is suitably impressive too. Have racked up just over 30 hours and am Lv 28.

It is quite funny watching a punch-up: A pair of Ravagers decided to kill the guards and their Watchers outside the excavation site, so I watched the show, let the Ravagers go off and then went and looted it all!


PSN sale on, what should I be buying?

PS4 Games (Name, Price, PS+ price)

101 Ways to Die £3.99
8DAYS £2.89
Absolute Drift: Zen Edition £3.99
Abyss Odyssey: Extended Dream Edition £3.99
ACT IT OUT! A Game of Charades £1.69
ADK DAMASHII™ £6.49 £4.09
Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault £11.99
AeternoBlade £3.99
AeternoBlade Super Set Bundle £5.79
Akiba’s Beat £29.99
AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead & Undressed £11.49
Amazing Discoveries In Outer Space £3.29
Amplitude £3.99
Anima: Gate of memories £9.49 £7.89
Anoxemia £3.29
Aragami £6.49
ARCADE GAME SERIES 3-in-1 Pack £3.29
Asemblance £3.29
Assault Suit Leynos £3.99
Astebreed £3.29
Atelier Sophie ~The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book~ £19.99
Bedlam: The Game by Christopher Brookmyre £3.99
Blackwood Crossing £9.29
BLADESTORM: Nightmare £9.99
BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend £6.49
Bound™ £5.79
Caladrius Blaze £6.49
Claire: Extended Cut £3.99
Corridor Z £2.49
CounterSpy™ £3.29
Crawl £7.39
Croixleur Sigma £3.99
Danganronpa 1/2 Reload £24.99
DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours £9.99
Dark Chronicle™ £4.99
Dark Cloud™ £4.99
DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin £8.99
DARK SOULS™ III - Deluxe Edition £29.99
Darkest Dungeon® £7.99
Dead Nation™: Apocalypse Edition £3.29
DEAD RISING £8.99 £7.39
DEAD RISING 2 £8.99 £7.39
DEAD RISING 2 Off The Record £8.99 £7.39
DEAD RISING Triple Bundle Pack £19.99 £15.99
Death Squared £9.79
Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition £8.99
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth - Digital Edition £11.99
Digimon World: Next Order £24.99
DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition £11.99 £8.49
DMC4SE Demon Hunter Bundle £11.49
Doki-Doki Universe™ £1.69
Don’t Starve Mega Pack £9.99
Don’t Starve Together: Console Edition £7.99
Don’t Starve: Console Edition £3.99
Double Dragon IV £4.99
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 and 2 Bundle £34.99
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 - Season Pass £11.99
Dragon Ball Xenoverse: Time Travel Edition £15.99
DRAGON QUEST HEROES™ Digital Slime Collector’s Edition £15.99
DRAGON QUEST HEROES™ II Digital Explorer’s Edition £29.99
Drawn to Death™ £7.99
Dust: An Elysian Tail £3.29
DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires £11.99
DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition £9.99
DYNASTY WARRIORS: Godseekers £24.99 £19.99
Eekeemoo - Splinters of The Dark Shard £2.49
Emily Wants to Play £2.49
Entwined™ £1.69
Escape Plan™ £3.29
Escape Plan™ Collection £4.99
Euro Fishing £8.99
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture™ £4.99
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky £19.99
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force £11.99
Fat Princess™ Adventures £3.29
Fat Princess™ Adventures Mega Loot Bundle £4.99
FINAL FANTASY XV Digital Premium Edition £36.99
FINAL FANTASY® X/X-2 HD Remaster £19.99
Flower™ £1.69
flOw™ £1.69
FORCED: Slightly Better Edition £3.29
FU’UN SUPER COMBO™ £6.49 £4.09
Gun: Double Peace £11.99
Ginger: Beyond the Crystal £7.99
GOD EATER 2 Rage Burst £19.99
Godzilla: Digital Edition £3.99
Hardware: Rivals £4.99
Harvest Moon®: A Wonderful Life Special Edition £6.49
Has-Been Heroes £11.49 £8.49
*Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X £19.99 £16.29
Heart&Slash £3.29
HELLDIVERS™: Super-Earth Ultimate Edition £7.39
Hohokum™ £3.29
I am Bread £3.29
I am Setsuna £16.99
Infinifactory £6.49
Ironclad Tactics £2.49
Jetpack Joyride £1.69
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven £15.99
Journey™ £4.99
Journey™ Collector’s Edition £7.39
J-Stars Victory VS+ Digital Edition £9.49
Kholat £4.99
Livelock £6.39
LocoRoco™ Remastered £7.99 £6.19
Marvel Heroes Omega - Avengers Pack £37.49
Marvel Heroes Omega - Deadpool Pack £11.24
Marvel Heroes Omega - Guardians of the Galaxy Pack £22.49
Marvel Heroes Omega - X-Men Pack £37.49
Mega Man Legacy Collection £3.99
Megadimension Neptunia VII £15.99 £11.99
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes £5.79 £4.19
Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience £11.99 £9.49
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain £9.99 £7.49
METAL SLUG 3 £3.29 £2.34
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae £3.99
Monopoly Deal £1.69
Monopoly Family Fun Pack £9.49
Monster Loves You! £3.29
N Plus Plus (N++) £4.99
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 £11.99
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 Road to Boruto £24.99
Nights of Azure £19.99
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel £8.99
NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Sphere of Influence £24.99
NUBLA £2.49
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir £19.99
OKAGE: Shadow King £3.29
Omega Quintet £6.49
One Piece Burning Blood £11.99
ONE PIECE BURNING BLOOD - Gold Edition £19.99
One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 £9.99
One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 - Gold Edition £15.99
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos £6.49
Orc Slayer £1.69
Overlord: Fellowship of Evil £3.99
PAC-MAN 256 £1.69
Paladins Founder’s Pack £10.71
Pang Adventures £3.29
PaRappa The Rapper 2 £3.29
PaRappa the Rapper Remastered £7.99 £6.19
Persona 5 £44.99
PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness £19.99
Push Me Pull You £3.29
Resident Evil £5.79
Resident Evil 0 £5.79
resident evil 4 £8.99
Resident Evil 6 £8.99
*RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard £29.99
*RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard Deluxe Edition £44.99
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X £8.99
Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Season Pass £6.49 £4.89
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition £9.49 £6.99
Resident Evil Triple Pack £19.99
Resident Evil: Deluxe Origins Bundle £9.49
RESOGUN™ £3.29
*Rez Infinite £15.49
Rise of the Kasai £4.99
Rocket League® £7.99
Rocket League® - Game of the Year Edition £9.79
Rogue Galaxy™ £4.99
Rollercoaster Dreams £7.39
Root Letter £15.99
Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul £9.49
Salt and Sanctuary £7.39
SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 Empires £19.99
Shadow of the Beast™ £4.99
Skyforge: Aeli’s Chosen Immortal - Starter Pack £4.86
Skyforge: Loremaster Pack £7.11
Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island £7.99
Song of the Deep £3.99
Sound Shapes™ Ultimate Bundle £3.29
Star Hammer: the Vanguard Prophecy £5.79
Star Ocean® Till The End Of Time™ £13.99
SteinsGate 0 £19.99 £14.99
Street Fighter V £15.99
Street Fighter V - 2017 Deluxe Edition £34.99
Strike Vector EX £3.29
Super Stardust™ Ultra £3.29
Surgeon Simulator A&E + I Am Bread £4.99
Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition £2.49
Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment £4.99
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization £19.99
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition £29.99
Sword Art Online: Lost Song £11.99
Tales of Berseria £29.99
Tales of Zestiria - Digital Standard Edition £11.99
Tethered £9.49
Tethered Divine Edition £11.49
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition £24.99
THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2000™ £3.29 £2.49
THE LAST BLADE 2 £3.99 £2.79
The Park £3.99
The Sexy Brutale £9.99 £8.39
The Silver Case £15.99
The Unfinished Swan™ £2.49
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter £4.99
The World of Nubla £3.29
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Special Gigs £15.99
Touhou Double Focus £9.99
Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet £8.99
Touhou Genso Wanderer £24.99
Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity £5.79
Toukiden 2 £34.99
Toukiden: Kiwami £11.99
Tricky Towers £4.99
Umbrella Corps £4.99
Umbrella Corps Deluxe Edition £6.49
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception £29.99
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered £7.39
Verdun £4.99
Viking Squad £6.49
What Remains of Edith Finch £11.99
Wild Arms 3 £4.99
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap £11.49 £9.89
Yakuza Zero £26.99 £20.24
Ys Origin £11.49 £9.89


All of them.


If you buy all of them, you’ll never need to ask this question again ever for the rest of your natural life.


Is there any reason to get an X-Box One if you have a PS4? I need something new for my kids to play Blu Rays on.

Pickings look slim for X-Box exclusives, particularly if you don’t care about shooters (I am interested in Forza however).


Xbox One has some backwards compatibility with certain old games too, doesn’t it? I guess if you want to be able to still play some old games but don’t want to keep a last-gen console around, that’s good.


Sunset Overdrive was a cool exclusive. Beyond that, there’s the Master Chief collection if you’re into Halo, which I’m sure you can get for dirt cheap. Also the newest Halo. Other than that, Xbox has some weak exclusives, but if it’s not much more than a regular Blu-Ray, that’s the choice I would make.


I will likely get one for Forza and for my kids to watch Blu Ray games on (it is mainly for them).

I do miss the days when Microsoft at least had Fable though.