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What are you playing?

Discussion in 'Gaming Forum' started by Desides, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    I decided to buy Elex when it went down to $14.99 on Amazon. It is....worth that price, lol.

    Its an ambitious game by a small studio in Germany that tries to cram every possible RPG genre into one game. I knew what I was getting into, and had realistic expectations, but the game is still pretty rough. The graphics are similar to early to mid life PS3 games. At its best, the game can look something akin to the original release of Skyrim, or Dragon Age Origins. But its often less polished than even that. The gameplay is similar to games of that era, or Fallout 4, and the voice acting is....there.

    You can't choose anything about how your character looks or sounds, and play as a rough, bald guy with a gravel voice. Think Vin Desiel cast as a terminator. The player menu and map are equally rough, and frustrating to use, and the game doesn't give you enough of a prompt for anything whatsoever. Most frustrating is that you have to level up, and choose where to put your points, to use any weapons beyond the lead pipe that you find at the very start, and even the lowest level enemies just outside of the first town will kill you almost instantly if you don't run away effectively. Its a slog. However, after about ten hours of play, I'm to a point where, with a companion, I can hold my own against lesser enemies and have a set of low level equipment.

    I'm glad that I didn't spend more on it than I did, but I'm also going to keep going. I've read reviews that if you can tough it out for the first 20 hours or so, the game really opens up and gets better. Thats **** poor game design, but it is what it is. The map is fairly large, and there's clearly a lot to be discovered beyond the very start of the game.
     
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  2. AGuyNamedAlex

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    I decided I want to collect some classic hardware since I've lost all my old stuff.

    I just bought a Sega Genesis, Sonic 1 and 2 start the collection. So I'll be playing these soon.

    I'm even considering starting up a YouTube channel, kind of like a "Let's Play" channel, but focusing on analyzing classic games. The level design, graphics, difficulty curve and so on as I play. I'm kind of shy with groups of people so I think it might be good for me.
     
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  3. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    Sega was always something almost foreign to me. I was a Nintendo kid and teen, and then moved to Sony when I was in college. I never had a Sega system, and none of my close friends, relatives or neighbors did either, so I've never played one.
     
  4. AGuyNamedAlex

    AGuyNamedAlex Well-Known Member

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    Ahhhhhh man you missed out. I had both, but I played the Sega Systems into the ground. The Nintendo systems got played got played a lot too no doubt, but I loved the Genesis/Saturn/Dreamcast more than probably any other systems.

    Sega had really bad management though and ran the company into the ground. They were actually offered the technology for the N64, PS1 and XBox before their respective companies and turned them down. It's a crazy story.
     
  5. Stitches

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    I never had a Genisis growing up, but our first system (after Atari) was a Sega Master system, and later on I had a Saturn. That thing was amazing. Virtual On and Nights: Into Dreams were great.
     
  6. AGuyNamedAlex

    AGuyNamedAlex Well-Known Member

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    Saturn was great. I'm not even a fan of racing games and I'd spend all day playing Daytona on it lol apparantly the thing was just really hard to develop for even though it's technically more powerful than a PS1 =[

    I was a lucky enough kid that as long as my grades were good my family wasnt strict about gaming and would buy me whatever even though we werent rich by any stretch. Youth was awesome.
     
  7. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    During those years, I was finishing high school and starting college. My parents grudgingly allowed me to ask for cold hard cash for my birthday starting when I was in HS, so I'd use that, the money I got for cutting grass, and then later my part time job to buy games. And even though I was transitioning to being a young adult and it was my own money, my parents still didn't like me buying games!

    A few months ago, I was talking with my brother in law about the new MLB The Show, and my mom (who I love with all my heart) looked at us and shook her head and said she couldn't believe we still played with "kids toys". :001_rolleyes: So....I've rarely gotten support for my hobby on that end, lol.
     
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  8. AGuyNamedAlex

    AGuyNamedAlex Well-Known Member

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    How good is The Show this year btw? 18 was fun but The Road To The Show lost its luster with me after a season or two as my pitcher.
     
  9. Unlucky 13

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    I didn't buy it. My Brother in Law did, though, and I messed around with it a little. Really, both on the field and franchise mode, which are all that I care about, are essentially the same from the previous year. SDS had gotten a mandate to cram the online stuff into the game as the main item now, and sadly thats almost all of the focus. I couldn't tell you how any of that is as I have zero desire to do it.
     
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  10. AGuyNamedAlex

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    I bought Madden 95 for my Genesis for a few bucks. It's hilarious but still actually pretty fun. The games stay relatively close so far for me and it's fun to play as Marino.

    It feels nice making a user interception or throwing a nice slant route for a TD.
     
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  11. ToddPhin

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    Never played Minecraft nor ever had an interest in it. Downloaded it on Game Pass for my 6 yr old granddaughter..... and now I can’t put the damn thing down!! :tantrum:

    Started playing at like 3pm yesterday and then magically it’s 4am. F*** YOU VERY MUCH MINECRAFT! :pity:
     
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  12. AGuyNamedAlex

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    I beat The Revenge Of Shinobi on Genesis today, hardest difficulty with the good ending.

    Never played it as a kid but it's a hell of a game with some great music.
     
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