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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2011
    @Ben - Melee combat feels fairly similar to Oblivion but with some tweaks that improve it a bit. It's still the games weakest aspect though.

    I've always played these primarily as an archer though, and that feels really satisfying this time around.

    If you didn't like Oblivion, you probably won't like this. It's not a substantial rework, more an application of everything they've learned doing Fallout3 and Fallout: New Vegas applied back onto a fantasy setting. Evolution not revolution, to use a cliché.
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2011
    Agreed--where F3's visuals were bleak and miserable, Skyrim's takes that same horsepower to make some breathtaking vistas.

    Go up a mountain at night and look up. Stunning.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2011
    I wish they'd taken a cue from Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas in the Companion department. Because they are super-annoying and practically anonymous. That's my main complaint.

    @Ben, I joined late as well, but I'm hearing that it's probably like a bigger, prettier Oblivion. The animations could use some work as well. Not a lot of expressiveness.

    Despite my complaints I'm throughly enjoying it. I love fighting dragons.
  1.  (10320.64)
    So Saints Row: The Third is wonderfully mad. After the first mission, which was simply a bank heist to intro the shooting controls, the second mission took place in a large cargo plane. After shooting your way out, you start plummeting through debris towards a friend who doesn't have a parachute, chased by goons who you need to shoot out of the sky. Eventually you're almost rammed by the plane, enter a scripted sequence where you kick through the pilot's window, use the momentum to fly through the plane, punch a baddie on the way by, and then have to re-catch the girl while flying through more debris.

    Then I landed in the city, did a few more bits, and then the world opened up and it's OCD time. :D
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2011
    @Solarium: I've always avoided companions in Elder Scrolls and the newer Fallouts. I'm just too afraid of them running around a corner and dying suddenly while I am not paying attention. Especially since given how much I loved Hardcore mode in New Vegas.

    I haven't looked much in to the feature list of Skyrim (mostly because the less I know about the game, the less I want it). Is there a hardcore equivalent mode?

    I've been playing a lot more of Sanctum and Magicka recently, primarily because of the mutliplayer aspects. I haven't really been gaming as much lately, ever since I decided to devote full-time amounts of work into the indie game I am making (which, in lieu of having employment, has made me leery about buying new fullpriced games).

    Sanctum is pretty great. Tower defense game with some first person shooter elements thrown in. There's not a lot to it (the game doesn't even try at any sort of story pretense), but what it has is executed extremely well. I personally enjoy the puzzle aspects of mazebuilding, though my friends seem to prefer the "get really good weapons" aspect. Being able to team up with three other people in multiplayer can be really neat (though I occasionally get frustrated by my teammate's purchasing decisions).

    Magicka is a real mixed bag for me. The core gameplay is really strong. It remains to date the only game I have played that has actually succeeded at a spell weaving mechanic (where you combine different base elements to get different spells). It's arena modes are also really fun. But good grief is it buggy. I generally have to start the client twice before it takes, and there are all sorts of issues and bugs that crop up throughout the course of play. Also, every single damn thing in the game is a reference of some sort. I get that that's what they are going for (why else would they release entire expansions that are parodies?) but it's to the point where if you removed all of the references you wouldn't really be left with a game, let alone a decent one. I dunno, it just bugs me.
  2.  (10320.66)
    Started playing League of Legends over the weekend. Completely hooked.
    Got Skyrim yesterday and also completely hooked. So far I've killed the first dragon, and 2 giants. Playing a dark elf battle mage type deal.
    Trying to split my time between Skyrim and finishing Dead Space 2 since it just started getting really interesting.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2011

    Which server are you on? I'm on the North American ones for LoL
  3.  (10320.68)
    Helped some people kill the endboss and a couple of invading phantoms in Dark Souls, and the resulting levelling-up allowed me to use a far better shield, that I then upgraded along with another weapon that sucked less against him. Turned out, in retrospect, that I simply had the most wrong equipment I could have against him: My only really upgraded shield sucked against his attacks and stopped me from doing one of the other ways of beating him, and my best two weapons he was strong against.

    And now of course I'm doing New Game +, and trying out other tactics. This game, I tell you.
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2011
    underwhelmed by's just a pumped out oblivion so far. Fun? yes. great? i dont think so...

    I prefer FO: new vegas far.
  4.  (10320.70)
    @RenThing I have no idea. I'm in North America. Summoner name Vorthr if you want to add me. I'm a total n00b but getting better. It's really weird for me because I'm more of an "up front" combatant and the idea of staying behind minions makes me mad and I end up dying a whole lot.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2011
    @Morac, far as I can tell there isn't a hardcore mode, just an increased difficulty. And the companions in New Vegas are pretty decent, so as long as you remember to use quicksaves or save a lot on the console, they are really helpful. Doesn't wander in the way, can carry a bunch of your equipment and have story-relevant quests. Sadly, Skyrim only fulfills one of those things (can carry equipment), so I'm playing it solo.

    I've mainly been complaining in this thread about the problems that have been reintroduced after New Vegas, but it is genuinely fun. I just became a bard AND I've been approached by a Renfield-type to go find his "master" in the closed off section of the Blue Palace. And now I'm hunting ghosts!

    I'm playing as a Nord dude, and while I had initially intended to play him as a dagger-carrying, light armour guy, I've fallen far too much in love with the broadswords. Nothing like the puniest guy you can make in the game carrying just a cyclopean sword. I slayed a dragon without using my shout, any magic or any potions last night. Feel goddamn invincible. I have to opt out of a couple of quests because they fall squarely on the evil side. Seems like there's a lot more to do, if you're playing evil than there was in, say, Fallout.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2011

    I'm Renthulhu on there and I'll add you. For upfront fighters I'd suggest getting Shyvanna, Trynd, Xin, Jax, or Lee. All of them are very good harassers and aren't as squishy as casters. Keep in mind though that if you're just starting you don't really have any runes or mastery points so at level one you're going to be far more fragile than at thirty and getting attacked by a horde of minions is a lot more frightening.
  5.  (10320.73)
    So this came out today, and it's pretty awesome so far-

    I haven't had a proper twin-stick arcadey shooter in a while, where second-to-second survival and scoring are the whole point, so this scratches that itch quite nicely. Cheap, too, and you can give your money straight to the developer and get a Steam code to go with it. :)
  6.  (10320.74)
    @Morac - I really don't know what people see in Sanctum. I found it slow and clunky and the guns felt extremely weak. Not to mention the story/setting was boring/non-existent.
    I did, however, play it after playing the incredible Trenched, so that could have skewed my views.

    I beleive Trenched will be renamed Iron Brigade and released on Steam shortly, I highly recommend it.

    @James Cunningham - on the topic of Twin Stick Shooters you can get the amazing Scoregasm was in the Difficult Second Indie Royale bundle. Geometry Wars never clicked with me, but Scoregasm grabbed me straight away. If TSS are your thing I'd recommend it at non-ridiculously-cheap-bundle prices.
  7.  (10320.75)
    Already got Scoregasm. I was getting betas on it for the last year, so I've already put a ton of time into it. Scoregasm's a great game, and an easy recommend. :)
  8.  (10320.76)
    I beleive Trenched will be renamed Iron Brigade and released on Steam shortly, I highly recommend it
    I think 'Stacking' would be up next on the Double Fine Port from XBLA list. Trenched might also have some issues coming to Steam since Microsoft Game Studios published it. I'd bet on there being at least a one year XBLA exclusivity deal on it.

    And Saints Row: The Third is even madder at home than it was at work. I credit the better soundsystem and screen and because I'm playing on PC. I need a co-op partner, though.
  9.  (10320.77)
    Hooked on Skyrim.
    Worried about tales of large save files on the ps3 causing massive slowdowns, hopefully a patch comes out soon. Just walked my ass to the Mage college, bout to get some more spells. I'm a heavy armor wearing, dual casting, weapon enchanting sumbitch.
  10.  (10320.78)
    Trenched might also have some issues coming to Steam since Microsoft Game Studios published it. I'd bet on there being at least a one year XBLA exclusivity deal on it.

    When I said Steam, I meant PC... Just goes to show how much Steam has noodled its way into my brainholes.

    Schaefer has unofficially confirmed it will definitely be coming to PC in the near future. It might have been a timed exclusive on XBLA, or perhaps they'll have to release it bundled with GfWL to keep Microsoft happy, but it's coming.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
    Have started again on Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and am taking my time instead of rushing it. Vaguely irritated as I have a copy of AC Revelations I can't play until I'm done with ACB.

    I can't wait for the new version of SSX. I need a decent snowboard game for the Xbox 360.
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
    I just borrowed AC:B from a friend. I should start playing it in a few days.