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What Are You Playing?

Posted by Gentlemen Death on Saturday, December 27, 2008

So, the topic explains it all folks. What are you playing right now? Right now, I just finished the new Call of Duty: World In Flames and it was good. It was nice going back to playing a WWII game after playing other FPS for the last couple of months. One of the things I did not like about the game was that it felt short. After finishing the final chapter and the creditcs came up, I sat there thinking," That's it.....?" And well, it was. Multiplayer is good but of course if anyone else has played CoD4 will know it gets very frustrating at times. Overall I would give it a 8/10

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Posted: 10 years 16 weeks ago

I'm still playing City of Heroes, and Star Trek Online (although I don't think this will last).
I'm also playing Bioshock 2. Rapture is still gorgeous, but man, for a Big Daddy, you sure are a frakking wimp. Really, I don't feel like a Big Daddy at all, and in my book that's a serious story flaw. Thinking back to the last game, Big Daddy's could pwn Splicers or me with relative ease. A few hits and we're gibs. Now? Three or 4 hits from a Splicer and I'm done in. WTF?

Also, it just came out that the new Bioshock 2 DLC was already on the disc, so you're just paying for an unlock code. Their rationale that everyone needed the same code for multiplayer rings hollow at best. I have no qualms about playing their games for free, although I doubt I'll give BS2 much more time as it's pretty much a bunch of BS.

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Posted: 10 years 15 weeks ago

I've been playing Skate 2 recently since I found a copy of it for cheap. I like the game quite a bit despite its numerous bugs and quirks. I don't think I will ever get tired of purposefully bailing just so I can see my character slam into the pavement in awkward positions. Of course, I do that by accident quite often as well. I should never be allowed to touch a skateboard in real life.

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Posted: 10 years 14 weeks ago

Thanks to a sale at GameStop, I am now playing Pure and BlazBlue as well. Pure is kind of like SSX on ATVs instead of snowboards. It's got lots of big jumps and crazy tricks. BlazBlue is an anime-styled 2D fighter with lots of flashy special moves. It's been a while since I've played a fighting game, so I'm trying to get used to some of the complex inputs required for the powerful moves. Still, the game looks very pretty, so I'm still enjoying it despite my extremely rusty fighting skills.

I am also making my way through the Wasteland of Fallout 3. I got the GOTY edition of the game back around Christmas, but I havne't been able to put any heavy time into it until now. I think that I liked Oblivion just a bit better, but Fallout 3 is still a very engrossing game.

Hopefully I can complete these games to a satisfying point before May rolls around, bringing Red Dead Redemption along with it. On paper, RDR looks to be an almost perfect adaptation of the Wild West as an open-world game. The trailers look great. Hopefully the actual game will live up to my somewhat lofty expectations.

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Posted: 10 years 11 weeks ago

So I finished my initial playthrough of Fallout 3 last night when completed the Point Lookout add-on. Playing through the main game, most of the side quests, and all of the add-on content took me about 96 hours according to my in game stats. That's on par with the time it took me to go through Oblivion. One thing's for sure, Bethesda knows how to make gigantic game worlds.

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Posted: 10 years 11 weeks ago

I finished the main game, but never got around to getting the DLC. Might have to do that.....

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Posted: 10 years 11 weeks ago

For some reason, I seemed to like the DLC that others didn't as much, but all of them are great. I got to level 20 well before the end of the main game because I kept getting distracted from the main story. So Broken Steel was awesome as it raises the level cap to 30 and adds onto the ending of the game and let's you keep playing when you are done. It also has a few side missions that were fun. The Pitt has a really great environment and a good story to it. Operation Anchorage has a different feel to it because it's a simulation. Killing aliens in Mothership Zeta was tons of fun (and there are a couple of really good alien weapons), but the climax was a little blah. Point Lookout was a nice area to explore, but it doesn't give you very many reasons to do so. The story quests there will take you to probably 50% of the map, but there isn't much of a reason to go anywhere else if you character is maxed out.

I probably liked Broken Steel and The Pitt the most.

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Posted: 10 years 9 weeks ago

I am enjoying the hell out of Splinter Cell Conviction right now. I hope that it influences how other games with a third-person perspective handle cover. Holding in a trigger button literally "attaches" you to cover, and you can move from spot to spot with a simple button press. Letting go of the trigger "detaches" you from cover and you can move around freely. It's basically a way to simulate hugging a wall with holding a button. It works very well.

Each enemy encounter is sort of like a little sandbox where you get to pick what tactics to use to take them out. Should you grab a human shield and storm in the front? Should you pop in and out of windows, taking bad guys by surprise? Should you sneak around silently, snapping necks in the shadows? Should you allow yourself to be seen, drawing your enemies towards a well-placed remote mine?

There is a reward system in the game that encourages you to try different things. Completing different actions such as pulling guys out of windows or blowing up 3 or more guys at once with a grenade will net you points which can be spent on weapon upgrades.

SC Conviction really reminds me of the Predator challenge rooms from Batman Arkham Asylum. Sam Fisher almost wants everyone to know he is there, just to screw with them. Give Batman some guns and then replace him with Sam Fisher doing his best Jack Bauer impression (holy crap, the interrogation scenes in this game are brutal), and you've got a good idea of the feel that SC Conviction has.

The one thing that is kind of annoying (and yet kind of awesome in a "so dumb it's good" kind of way) is the incessant chatter from all the enemies. They literally can't go for two seconds without shouting something silly at the top of their lungs. Sometimes I think they are trying to disorient Sam Fisher with a cacophony of noise and stupidity.

"We're city workers, Fisher! We're here to protect you!"
"Hiding is for pussies, Fisher!"
"There's no way I'm going in there, Fisher!"

However, I will admit that eliciting a "Fuck ME!" by shooting out the light above an enemy's head never gets old.

The story of the game is standard spy thriller stuff with betrayals and such, but it is told very well, and it did a good job of making me want to continue through the game. I had only played the first Splinter Cell game before this one, but I didn't feel lost in the story or anything. It did a good job of establishing everything I needed to know that was relevant to this game's plot.

I haven't tried any of the game modes outside the main story yet, but I am looking forward to doing so soon.

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Posted: 10 years 6 days ago

I am extremely late to the Borderlands party since I just started playing it.  I have to say that I am loving it so far, especially the art style and sense of humor.  I'm playing as Lilth my first time through and having a blast.

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Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago

Finished the single-player campaign in Battlefield:Bad Company 2.  Trying to decide if to get the new Medal of Honor game or wait until next week for the new Fallout game.  Or I could wait another month for the new Call of Duty

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So, let's see, since my last post forever ago, I have finished Borderlands, finished all of its DLC, found out that a new DLC pack for Borderlands was coming, and seen that pack get released.  I haven't played the new pack yet, but it looks like more Borderlands craziness, so I'll get to it eventually.

I have also played a ton of Halo Reach, some random matches in Burnout Paradise, and Batman Arkham Asylum again. I also recently picked up Enslaved, Castlevania, and Heavy Rain.  I haven't played Castlevania beyond the demo.  Enslaved is awesome, but a bit on the short side.  Heavy Rain is its own thing, and I am loving it so far.

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Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago

Though I am not a Halo fan I somehow obtained a copy of Reach.

I must say it's pretty enjoyable, and seems to be pretty accesable. As in, I can hold my own on multiplayer pretty decently. I have played very little of the campaign but what I have played has been bland and pretty light on actually telling me where to go. But, firefight is lots of fun and I enjoy representing ODST, and multiplayer is a decent ride as well.

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Posted: 9 years 38 weeks ago

Firefight is definitely the mode that I have played the most of in Reach.  It's a lot of fun whether I'm playing with friends or with randoms.

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Posted: 9 years 32 weeks ago

Playing the hell out of COD:BO multiplayer.  The currency system makes me play more so I can buy stuff for my character.  I haven't even started on the customization stuff like face paint, or emblems for you weapon, or camo, or gamer tags etc etc.

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Posted: 9 years 32 weeks ago

Trying to decide if I am going to get Need For Speed:Hot Pursuit.....

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Hot Pursuit is awesome.  It's kind of like the perfect blending of Need For Speed and Burnout (which makes sense seeing as how the Burnout guys made it).  The game looks gorgeous, it has a ton of licensed cars, and you get to drive really fast.  What more could you want?

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Posted: 9 years 26 weeks ago

Before the ether ate our posts, I mentioned I had just bought The Force Unleashed for 15bucks.  Played a little of it and forgot how much fun it was to wield a lightsaber and blast people with Force lightning.

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I have way too many games that I'm bouncing between at the moment.  I have Kirby's Epic Yarn, ModNation Racers, GTA IV, Bayonetta, NFS: Hot Pursuit, and Battlefield Bad Company 2 in various stages of completion.  However, lately BC2's multiplayer seems to be the one I'm playing the most.

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I keep playing COD:BO multiplayer.  I just hit Prestige 2.  I really need to get back to Fallout:NV or The Force Unleashed.

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Posted: 9 years 25 weeks ago

In my continued efforts to drive more traffic to other forums besides the Lounge, I'll ask it here. Hey Jakester, you interested in the new MMORPG DC online? It ships this week. I figure that's got to be a close second to Kah in terms of getting your pants all excited.

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Posted: 9 years 23 weeks ago

I'm still going strong with City of Heroes.  After 5 or 6 years of playing it, I still think it's fun.  It's gotten some major updates, and new content still comes out regularly. 

After I saw the intro mvie for DC Online, I was jazzed, but it's a frickin' console MMO.  No thanks. 

What I am looking forward to is Batman: Arkham City, but that's like another year away.  BOO!  I suppose I'll get Duke Nukem Forever when it streets as well.

Kah gets all of me excited.  Especially my weiner.

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Posted: 9 years 23 weeks ago

From all I've seen (in videos), read, and heard about DC Universe Online, the best thing about the game is the character editor.  That's about the only thing that people seem to kind of like.  So even though it's on both PC & PS3, you should probably still skip it.

I've put about 55 hours into the multiplayer for Bad Company 2 now, and I have yet to get tired of it.  I usually don't get a ton of kills in matches, but I can C4 suicide run a tank as good as anyone.  I'm experimenting some more with the C4 in general, and I'm starting to figure out proper placement to quickly bring down buildings.  Call me crazy, but blowing shit up is a lot of fun.

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Posted: 9 years 23 weeks ago

I will give that to the BF series over the COD series. Environmental destruction and vehicles defintely make the games more fun.

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Posted: 9 years 23 weeks ago

I got -- I mean, today for his birthday, Steven got Batman: The Brave & The Bold for Wii.  It's hella fun.

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I've been playing a lot of Canabalt and Toss the Turtle.

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Posted: 9 years 22 weeks ago

I wouldn't brag about tossing your turtle.  Everyone does it.

Turn your head and cough!