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28 Jan 17, 19:17
By Dimbeak
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Local Man Ruins Everything
I like Overwatch.
11 Feb 17, 17:16
By Solokiller
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I decided to install Far Cry 2 again, hoping that somebody figured out how to enable cheats in it. Nobody seems to have found any so i took a stab at it myself. I found that cheats do exist in the engine but are disabled in a manner that i cannot find.

The one thing i found was that the command line parameter -zombieai disables most AI behavior. Seems that only scripted AI are still active.

I suppose one could somehow interface with the engine using its map editor hooks, but then Punkbuster will ban you. Another game that falls victim to overly protective systems.
14 Feb 17, 15:16
By Urby
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EA Shames
I have been attempting to start an evil character in Fallout 4 and it just cannot be done! The voice actor, Brian T Delaney, is just too nice a guy to pull it off. My character looks evil as absolute sin thanks to the in-depth character creation, covered in scars and markings with sunken, dead eyes. However, he sounds like my GOOD character woke up on the wrong side of the bed...

So I fired up Fallout New Vegas and modded the crap out of it to take the edge of the graphics, specifically the horrendous character models. Within minutes, it was so much easier to be a real nasty bloke.

Come on Bethesda. If you're not going to let Obsidian make another Fallout game, at least learn by their example!

Don't get me wrong, I love Fallout 4. I just can't replay as a new character. I'm just going to need to scour the entire map with my initial build. frown - :|
14 Feb 17, 18:17
By JeffMOD
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Call 141.12
I've been re-playing Fallout 3 using Tale of Two Wastelands. There were a few bugs involving missing voice lines, I got attacked when I went to Tenpenny Tower because I defused a bomb earlier in my playthrough (Maybe not the best use of the factions system from NV) and the combat was brutally hard at earlier levels (Don't even think about going to DC until you're level 12 and have plenty of ammo!) but I'm really having fun now that I've gotten my repair up enough for handcrafted ammo.

They also made a minor change to Operation: Anchorage that really opens up your possibilities during the DLC.
14 Feb 17, 22:37
By Urby
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EA Shames
Might be worth looking into. Just the graphics overhaul alone has made New Vegas seem fresh again, not to mention that J Sawyer released a directors cut mod which I'm meaning to get hold of.

Obsidian Entertainment just seems to care a lot more for their projects and the true nature of RPGs. I must try out Pillars of Eternity at some point. smile - :)
14 Feb 17, 23:05
By Shepard62700FR
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Been replaying recently RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 and it's extensions through OpenRCT2. The open-source implementation is well made and even feature a cooperative mode (imagine a TWHL amusement park managed by the whole TWHL community).

I finished Resident Evil 7 last weekend, I'm glad Capcom went back to the saga's root instead of releasing another tactical shooter.

Still haven't finished Dishonored 2 so I'm gonna to finish that too.
15 Feb 17, 05:32
By satchmo
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My son and I have been playing Astroneer. It's a hybrid between Minecraft and No Man's Sky. It's also known as "Yes Man's Sky" for that reason.

It's quite fun, if you are into exploration games.

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05 Mar 17, 20:24
By ZikShadow
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Finished Betrayal at Krondor last week, wonderful game despite its age. Lovely music as well, couldn't stop humming most of them for the longest time. Sad that the proper (Thief of Dreams) sequel never come to light.

Also going through the Doom mod ALT combined with WildWeasel's Police Brutality mod, so far so good, though some maps get REALLY confusing sometimes, with small buttons or obscure solutions. The gameplay mod on the other hand is all fun despite the lack of gibs, always fun to blast kinda-Wesker with a .50 cal sniper rifle that explodes on contact.

EDIT:

Been playing MoHAA with its expansions, modded it with some sound mods and MRW's weapon models, on Hard. Reached Breakthrough's Sicily part.

AA is still quite fun, the occasional stealth section breaks up the shooting monotony, Sniper Town was painful (despite that, I still managed to get atleast 6 guys alive), the Bazooka-Med minigame is fun when you're not cheating by going under the arch, Behind Enemy Lines is moody (though the Command Post map got REALLY tedious), Schmerzen forest was load-save city with how the fog covers half the aimbotting snipers, ending was sudden and not that great (seeing Schmerzen in flames was alright).

Spearhead is alright, the addition of leaning was a blessing, the sound mod that I'm using got me to overuse the Lee Enfield in the first mission (finding out that it combined with the leaning makes for a deadly weapon in ranges above CQC). Bastogne got a lil' bit hairy with the turret section, mostly since I'm supposed to not only cover the supply truck but also myself while the truck I'm on seem to really like juggling around throwing off my aim. Berlin is fun, it's basically Sniper Town if it doesn't suck.

Currently storming through Breakthrough, whoever thought it was a good idea to have enemies not drop ammo needs to get shot.
14 Mar 17, 14:26
By Urby
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EA Shames
Shadow of Mordor

Picked it up again after a year and having a lot of fun with it. Cannot remember the plot or anything about the main characters at all. Somewhat forgettable.

What I do remember is Ogrush the Literate One, an Uruk who had killed me many times in the past, usually by calling in a bunch of his mates. He had grown to a ridiculously high power level that was causing me no end of trouble. I finally levelled up a bunch and unlocked a whole load of abilities that allowed me to carve through his entourage and lob off his ugly head.

The Uruk hierarchy is easily the highlight of the game and something I hope other RPGs implement in the future. It doesn't end the game when you die, but it does punish you in a pretty brutal way.

"Hey! You just tried to kill an Uruk captain who was way too powerful for you. Well guess what? He killed YOU. Now he's MORE powerful! Ha! BUT WAIT. Now that he is more powerful, he's taken out his superior in a dual and has gone up ANOTHER level! ...Boy you really fucked up, huh?"

Yeah... thanks game.
14 Mar 17, 14:51
By Jessie
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Ladytype
I played through that game mid-late last year for the first time. Was entertaining enough. I think I liked the Uruk hierarchy stuff, but everything else around it was a little dull.

And hey, there'll be a new one out soon enough.
15 Mar 17, 13:42
By Urby
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EA Shames
Killed my nemesis from when I just started the game. He's now been replaced by a guy that's a hundred times more annoying...
15 Mar 17, 15:03
By Jessie
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Ladytype
I nipped back in there for a while just before and reaquainted myself with the controls and so forth. Discovered the only warchief I hadn't branded was one that was immune to combat and stealth finishers, and ranged attacks. So basically everything I could possibly do to him. After a little thought, I realized that I could (and pretty much had to) get another of the warchiefs to attack him with me, so he could do the dirty work for me.

Yeah. That game is pretty alright. I don't recall enjoying the story and progression of the game itself a whole lot, but this post-game mucking about is solid.
18 Mar 17, 03:19
By Archie
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My Empire of Dirt
Urby and myself are channeling HL's HECU in Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

18 Mar 17, 13:52
By Solokiller
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They actually added a face mask that looks a lot like the HECU gas mask:
18 Mar 17, 14:59
By Archie
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My Empire of Dirt
It's a shame there's not one that has the solo filter on the left of the mask.
18 Mar 17, 21:26
By DiscoStu
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Sometimes I kind of miss Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine. With its wildly out of proportion and terribly polygonal level geometry.
21 Mar 17, 01:07
By TJB
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That mask looks to be an M17 gas mask with an NBC hood, the HECU mask is most likely an M40.
23 Mar 17, 14:44
By Urby
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EA Shames
I'm feeling really torn at the moment in terms of what to pick up. The more I hear about Mass Effect Andromeda and the general "cool to hate" attitude that seems to be the way these days, it sounds bad.

However, most of the critic reviews seem to rate it favourably, saying it gets much better as the story progresses. A lot of users are posting negative reviews as soon as the game unlocks in their region. This means they either haven't played it at all or are basing it off the first two missions from the trial.

(These same people scoff at paying for the game so as not to support EA / Bioware, though must be using EA Access to get access to said trial, so they're dropping monthly payments to EA regardless... derp?)

On the other hand, Tyranny / Pillars of Eternity have gotten a ton of praise and were developed by Obsidian with crowdfunding money. They actually care about their games and offer a proper CRPG experience where your choices impact the game world...

Gah!

Why do AAA game developers suck so much these days!?
23 Mar 17, 14:48
By rufee
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Sledge fanboy
One more hour and i get off work to play Mass Effect.
24 Mar 17, 15:22
By Urby
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EA Shames
Like... the first one? Good choice.
26 Mar 17, 00:10
By Kurosaki Ichigo
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Shepard. Wrex.
26 Mar 17, 19:57
By Suparsonik
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Withstood the post-nuke test.
@Archie, whoever that shotgun guy is, I applaud them. It's pretty much a dead ringer for that guy.
27 Mar 17, 12:56
By Archie
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My Empire of Dirt
Compliment accepted!
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