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#12683134 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 09 May 2015 - 03:00 PM

I interrupt this long winded session about Polish RPGs to announce:

 

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Gonna Fakeybro that so hard! Shut up and take my money!

 

Hell, I will probably buy extras to spread around.

Finally, a RPG to finally (try to) compete w/ Sonic + All Stars Racing Transformed!




#12683103 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 09 May 2015 - 02:16 PM

To be honest, I think Alpha Protocol blows Witcher out of the water with regard to choices and VTMB with regards to everything else.

When it comes to choices, yeah - both Alpha Protocol + VTMB do a fantastic job w/ that stuff.  Especially when doing replays of these games - gameplay play-throughs can actually look and feel much different w/ those. Alpha Protocol just can go in all kinds of much different directions - all depending what you decide, when you take a certain mission on, etc etc.

 

Alpha Protocol is severely underrated.




#12683093 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 09 May 2015 - 01:57 PM

I loved Witcher 1 when I played it a few years back. Hard to put my finger on exactly why, because it's certainly not a game without flaws, but I found it immersive in a way I don't remember experiencing since the crpgs I played as a kid. The music certainly had a lot to do with it, with its folksy, wistful qualities. I guess I found something charmingly old-school in the awkward combat and inventory management as well. I really liked the choices and consequences part of the game, although they did me in in the end.

 

Like MysterD said, if you don't like the way things turn out you have to backtrack hours to choose differently, which I had been patiently doing throughout the game to get the narrative I wanted, because I knew I'd never do a second play through. In the last chapter though I finally got distracted and left the game unfinished, so it's sat there in my backlog ever since, preventing me from moving onto the second one. Just like Mass Effect. I have a problem finishing RPGs, apparently.

I think it's the way the atmosphere + bleakness of the actual TW series is that actually spoke to me. B/c the story + character development is done as a slow-burn to slowly build things later into something awesome, you can really soak into the Lore (in the Codex), the game-world itself, quests + side quests - all things I really dug of the series.

 

There is often not anything nice about this game: it's as adult, dark & bleak as it can get. Always seems to be some manipulating of major events, conspiracies & political mischief going on. When other RPG's had "Good/Bad/Neutral" meters and things of that sort (often like Fallout series had Karma meter + BioWare games after BG had a Good/Middle/Bad Meter), TW just gave you choice + consequence - and made you often live w/ your decisions b/c you didn't feel like returning back numerous hours or so.

 

Most RPG's - make a decision now, see a result almost instantly....and you can quickly reload last save from few minutes ago to get a "preferred" result, if you don't like how things turned out. TW didn't go for this at all. You made a decision - live w/ it or go the hard route back numerous hours to change your result. B/c I'm lazy - yup, stuck w/ my decisions in this game series.

 

The other thing was - well, most games really sucked at trying to show actual sex scenes; push boundaries about nudity; and things of that sort. Most games...didn't go really there. And if they did - they weren't going for it the likes that movies would + could. Movies had no problem getting that R rating, loaded w/ sex + nudity. Movies always did - and probably always will - do this stuff way better than games b/c it looks more believable (b/c real people are involved doing the acting, in most instances). Most games, they'd either cut to black/fade to black when a sex scene was about to hit; not go for nudity; and not go for sex. When games actually did - things looked & were animated way off + came off as awkward (i.e. some of Dragon Age: Origins, anyone?).

 

At this time - Witcher series always seemed to actually do this stuff better than the rest of the pack. Games dev's and/or publishers were afraid of winding up possibly in AO territory, which meant you weren't going to find this game at your typical retail store (Best Buy, WalMart, GameStop, etc) if the game got AO rating. The publisher made them cut content out of the US version - i.e. also see what Atari did w/ Fahrenheit (b/c it got slapped w/ AO) and re-branded in Indigo Prophecy. CDPR fought to Atari tooth + nail w/ TW1 to get their game w/ nudity + sex all intact here in the USA (since Atari made them chop the content out of the original US version, not the UK Version) - and got TW1 re-rated by ESRB in the USA and all; and they succeeded.

 

About you not finishing RPG's - do you have trouble finishing long-winded games? If yes - you might just wanna take them in chunks, here and there. If you can find a worthwhile story-arc to stop at - do so. I know that often after 10-30 hours of something, I'm looking to play something else, to take a break from said long-winded game. Even if it means playing something short like Gone Home, in the middle of long-winded said game and/or some short-winded FPS (COD, anyone?), before I go back to said long-winded game. Just make sure, you get back to it soon - or, you'll likely never get back to it.




#12682808 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 09 May 2015 - 02:37 AM

I have no desire to go back and play the 1st Witcher and I only made it about 6 hours into the 2nd game. I'm not sure why I'm hyped for the 3rd game considering that, maybe it's because my PS4 hasn't had a decent game in it for months. 

 

I mean, I enjoyed what I played of 2. It's combat felt like a shittier version of Dark Souls but the story felt incredibly dull after the opening twist, though I only made it to the first monster hunt so maybe it gets better. 

TW series often uses a slow story-telling + character-builiding methods...for bigger pay-offs later. They're throw out a bunch of small things; build on them slowly; and then they'll add up to something major later + it'll hit you like a ton of bricks.

 

Same goes w/ decision-making - the pay-off comes later. You make a decision now, and you won't see the results instantly since it comes hours after you've decided. Which means, if you don't like how your decision's results turned-out, you're going to have to go back to a save some hours ago. B/c of that, it's a game that makes you often live w/ your decisions, whether you like to or not.

 

Decisions in TW games often do not give players obvious results. Often, there are lots of gray areas in TW games. Deciding what seems like a "good" moral decision here - if it's even actually offered here, in that instance - does not always give you the best results or easiest path; it could be the hardest path w/ the worst results. You might be in a situation, wanting to picking the lesser of a bunch of evils...and there's no real "good" decision here. Sometimes, staying neutral and not getting involved is the best thing Geralt can do.

 

Also, if you're comparing just about any game to Dark Souls' ultra-precision + awesome combat system & controls (with the gamepad), you're likely going to be disappointed with that game's combat. Dark Souls is just hard to beat in that area, IMHO.




#12682666 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 09 May 2015 - 12:31 AM

 

Witcher is more RPG with a hackneyed combat scheme, both of them, than a traditional hack and slash. I couldn't get more than an hour into the first because the combat was so sucky.

 

I think the biggest problem for many w/ TW1 is getting over the hump of the first few hours. The game just takes a bit, before it really gets going w/ anything. Once the story, character development + the game actually gets going, it gets great.

 

About the combat in TW1 - takes a while to get used to. I liked it b/c it was different...once it actually got going. You basically have to time attacks + use the right moves. In the beginning...when you don't have much moves, Signs, and anything behind you - yeah, it's quite dull. It gets better, as you go along - when you have more at your disposal. Though, yeah - TW2's combat is much-much better; no comparison.

 

I think TW1 does a better job w/ not destroying the story + character development; and not leaving cliffhangers - meanwhile TW2 falls apart in Chapter 3; leaves a nasty cliffhanger; and there's some elements that they could've + should've not even introduced until TW3.




#12682652 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 09 May 2015 - 12:18 AM

Screw that crap. Give me the first three Suikoden games on PC.

I'm greedy.

Bring it ALL here -- FF series, Xeno series, Suikoden series, etc.




#12682528 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 08 May 2015 - 10:26 PM

Looks like Assassin's Creed: Syndicate will be the name of the upcoming Victorian-Era AC game:

http://www.polygon.c...tars-jacob-frye




#12682524 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 08 May 2015 - 10:24 PM

omg blade, y u encourage the toaster

When's Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Xenoblade Chronicles series coming to PC? :P




#12682517 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 08 May 2015 - 10:17 PM

Now you need Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy & Final Fantasy Type-0. ;)

Cylon toaster must complete serial or face deletion.

This Toaster also wants Steam-versions of FF3, FF4, FF7, FF8.

I'd love to see the rest of the FF series hit Steam (FF1, 2, 6, 9, 10-1, 10-2, 12, 15), as well.




#12682481 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 08 May 2015 - 09:43 PM

I hate you :(

During that sale, FF13 (Steam key) was $6.40 before tax from Square Enix's store.

For me, it was $6.80 after tax.

 

EDIT:

According to ITAD, that was the best deal on FF13 PC alone, so far:

http://isthereanydea...inalfantasyxiii




#12682473 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 08 May 2015 - 09:39 PM

What the Fuck.  How many SE sales have we had in the past 4 months w/o a single FF game.  

This makes me glad I bought FF13 from Square Enix last November 2014, back when I did...




#12681566 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 08 May 2015 - 10:54 AM

[FREE Steam Keys] Play Magicka 2 Now until Sunday 10th May for FREE! Very limited stock!

http://funstockdigit...eekend-giveaway

 

It adds 3 extra copies as gifts into your inventory.

 

Edit. They run out of keys already. Thanks Madjoki for the info.

How long until Magicika 2 gets bundled in $1 tiers of HB or other bundle sites' bundles?

A week or two?




#12680931 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 07 May 2015 - 10:04 PM

Hmm--toaster alert?

Was it for an Nvidia TITAN GTRX1080° 12GB DDR9 Graphics Card + a copy of Bloodborne 2?

Hey, we need Bloodborne 1 on the PC first!




#12679770 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by MysterD on 07 May 2015 - 02:34 AM

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What's next?

A dog w/ burgers?




#12679731 GOG Deals Thread: FPS Classics $2.99 and Under

Posted by MysterD on 07 May 2015 - 02:13 AM

Uh.. it's been out of alpha.. it's a beta.

Still feels like an Alpha state.

It needs work.