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AndyDufresne    41

So what game(s) are you playing? What do you think about them? This is the topic to post your thoughts. I apologize if there is already a topic like this, but I didn't see it.

 

I'm currently playing Lost Odyssey on the Xbox 360, an old school JRPG. I'm on the 4th and final disc, but I'm not sure I can bring myself to finish. The game started out fairly entertaining, but I've just grown disinterested. I might give it another shot to push through to the end, or I might just say screw it and play something sitting in my backlog that looks more exciting.

 

Lost Odyssey - Xbox 360

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epocSoN    357

I'm making people cry in Halo Reach Beta right now. Waiting for Starcraft 2, and Reach's official launch.

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Enhance    3,349

Replaying Gears of War 2, throwing in a little bit of MW2, and playing some Trials HD.

 

I highly recommend Trials HD to those of you who want a challenging game that might make you want to rip your hair out.

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BIGREDIOWAN    2,056

Started GTAIV: The Lost and Damned last night. Only about an hour into it, but it's pretty great so far.

 

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I've started playing this one as well and I have Just Cause 2 still in packaging waiting for me to destroy things.

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AndyDufresne    41

I've started playing this one as well and I have Just Cause 2 still in packaging waiting for me to destroy things.

 

Let me know how Just Cause 2 is. I've heard good things.

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AndyDufresne    41

Finished the Lost & Damned over the weekend. Even though the missions were similar to those in GTAIV, being part of a gang and riding a motorcycle in formation with your brothers was very cool. There were only a couple of missions that you had to do solo. I really liked how the story tied back into Niko's tale several times over the course of the game.

 

I also started the next episode over the weekend, The Ballad of Gay Tony. From what I can tell, the missions are more varied but the story is weaker than L&D.

 

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hskerholic    113

I Have been playing alot of Halo Wars waiting for Starcraft 2. Gears of war 2 so i can be ready for Gears 3, and a ton of runescape.

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AndyDufresne    41

Finished up The Ballad of Gay Tony last night. It is almost the opposite GTA experience from The Lost & Damned. I didn't find most of the characters very interesting (except Yusuf - "We're gettin' A-rab mo-ney") and the story was not that great, but the missions were original and varied and the new weaponry you get to play with is awesome.

 

I also put just over an hour into Mass Effect 2 last night. Dear god that game is awesome so far. In fact, I'm going to start over tonight just so I can experience the beginning again.

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Husker NoNo    109

I simply cannot put away college football 2010 (this will not happen till Mid July), but the other games in the rotation are Red Dead Redemption & FIFA World Cup 2010.

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Red Dead Redemption, NCAA Football 10 (and now 11 Demo), and just finished Splinter Cell: Conviction.

 

Red Dead is amazing, the new NCAA Football is fantastic. This is going to piss off my wife in a month, I can guarantee you that.

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sd'sker    3,251

Red Dead Redemption, NCAA Football 10 (and now 11 Demo), and just finished Splinter Cell: Conviction.

 

Red Dead is amazing, the new NCAA Football is fantastic. This is going to piss off my wife in a month, I can guarantee you that.

red dead is shockingly amazing, and i can't what for the new NCAA, i've been waiting since the holiday bowl.

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Red Dead Redemption, NCAA Football 10 (and now 11 Demo), and just finished Splinter Cell: Conviction.

 

Red Dead is amazing, the new NCAA Football is fantastic. This is going to piss off my wife in a month, I can guarantee you that.

red dead is shockingly amazing, and i can't what for the new NCAA, i've been waiting since the holiday bowl.

 

I can't believe how ridiculously efficient Red Dead is at wasting time. You can be on it for hours and not even know it. Far superior to GTA to me right now.

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AndyDufresne    41

After close to 50 hours of gameplay, I finished Mass Effect 2 last night. The story was engrossing, the characters were interesting, there were plenty of epic moments, and the gameplay was solid. IMO, it is easily one of the best games this generation.

 

Also, I started Assassin's Creed II. I'm only about an hour in, but it seems fun even if a step down from Mass Effect 2. I'm sure that given time, it will grow on me.

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AndyDufresne    41

Finished up Assassin's Creed II. Although I do like Altair more than Ezio, everything else in ACII was better than in the 1st game. The Truth video and story segments were mind blowing.

 

I've put a couple of hours into Alan Wake. It is captivating, both in gameplay and story. Anyone who is a fan of games like Silent Hill should definitely check it out.

 

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Husker_x    1,007

I've been diddling around with FIFA 10, which BTW is much more realistic to soccer than NCAA is to football. Their manager mode is a bit buggy but still very fun. Just started with a club, Newcastle United (mostly because it's named after one of my favorite beers). Currently third in the Champions League (the one beneath the Premier League––trying to get promoted, don't know if it'll happen this year). It would probably be easier if I knew more of what I supposed to be doing on the pitch. Unlike football, I barely know the basics of soccer tactics.

 

Anyway, surprisingly fun game.

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dudeguyy    3,314

For anybody that wants an easy time killing game to play at work, try Five Minutes to Kill Yourself Reloaded from Adult Swim Games. No, it's not a platform game, and not very deep, but fun and addicting nonetheless. So many ways to die!

 

You don't know true fear until you've run into the Noogie guy.

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dudeguyy    3,314

Are you a super sensative weenie who takes everything too personally and is thinking I want you to make a game out of offing yourself? Or are you simply the Noogie guy?

 

I hope its the latter. If it's the first, don't do it brother... it's not your fault ;)

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Dewiz    1,512

I usually just play online games except for sporting games because a lot of people leave when they are getting worked especially football and MMA games.

 

I just got back into Socom: Confrontation for the PS3. I am an avid Socom junky and have enjoyed Socom since Socom 2 back in the day but Confrontation is not a great game but its not a bad game. I was working a bunch of fools last night with my trusted M4A1 with the front grip. Awwww memories

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strigori    687

I'm kinda surprised this thread has been dormant so long.

 

I'm playing the hell out of Mass Effect 2 on the PS3 right now, getting close to the platinum trophy

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Rike Miley    2,188

Unfortunately, I gave up video games for Lent, so Im not playing anything at the moment. But when Lent is over I want to try Homefront out

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VectorVictor    1,830

Going through Dragon Age II at the moment...but it's unfortunately a chore to me. The game just isn't nearly as good as DAO...or Baldur's Gate, or any of the Gold Box D&D games.

 

Otherwise, will be going through Beyond Good and Evil and the Tomb Radier from XBLA (the later was on sale for $7.50 last week) and some Battlefield BC2 multiplayer.

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jsneb83    1,377

Unfortunately, I gave up video games for Lent, so Im not playing anything at the moment. But when Lent is over I want to try Homefront out

You could still play video games on Sunday.

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strigori    687

Going through Dragon Age II at the moment...but it's unfortunately a chore to me. The game just isn't nearly as good as DAO...or Baldur's Gate, or any of the Gold Box D&D games.

 

Otherwise, will be going through Beyond Good and Evil and the Tomb Radier from XBLA (the later was on sale for $7.50 last week) and some Battlefield BC2 multiplayer.

What makes it not as good? From what I've seen they took it more in a Mass Effect direction

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Enhance    3,349

Going through Dragon Age II at the moment...but it's unfortunately a chore to me. The game just isn't nearly as good as DAO...or Baldur's Gate, or any of the Gold Box D&D games.

 

Otherwise, will be going through Beyond Good and Evil and the Tomb Radier from XBLA (the later was on sale for $7.50 last week) and some Battlefield BC2 multiplayer.

Elder Scrolls - Skyline will probably blow all former RPGs out of the water. That's unfortunate to hear you don't like DA II, because I have been looking forward to that game for awhile.

 

The game I'm currently playing right now is Battlefield: Bad Company 2. I also just played through Batman: Arkham Asylum for the third time and am excited for it's sequel this year.

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Unfortunately, I gave up video games for Lent, so Im not playing anything at the moment. But when Lent is over I want to try Homefront out

Years ago I gave up Lent for Lent, It's been so easy I have been able to stick with it for years! :corndance

 

I actually threw in Devil May Cry on the PS2 last night just for the hell of it. I loved that game when it game out. I am looking forward to Homefront, can't wait to see if it stacks up.

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VectorVictor    1,830

Going through Dragon Age II at the moment...but it's unfortunately a chore to me. The game just isn't nearly as good as DAO...or Baldur's Gate, or any of the Gold Box D&D games.

 

Otherwise, will be going through Beyond Good and Evil and the Tomb Radier from XBLA (the later was on sale for $7.50 last week) and some Battlefield BC2 multiplayer.

What makes it not as good? From what I've seen they took it more in a Mass Effect direction

 

Sorry I didn't reply sooner.

 

If you're an action fan over Strategy/RPG fan, then you'll probably love the changes in the combat engine, as it now rewards button spammers over planning/executing attacks and using special abilities.

 

Story-wise, it's surprisingly linear and claustrophobic. DAO was, despite having a certain penultimate battle, very open-ended on how you went about your business. That's not entirely the case with DA2, as you're tracked (whether you realize it or not) through much of the game. Even with ME2, despite the scripted beginning, middle chapter, and penultimate/ultimate battle, you were given an incredible amount of flexibility in which to scavenge/pillage/kill/romance.

 

Another gripe is how the game constantly reuses the same dungeon over an over again for multiple 'cave explorations'. Additionally, you'll be going to the same drab bar, the same drab port, the same drab upper-crust neighborhood to complete your missions, so the environments get stale fast.

 

Additionally, you don't outfit your NPC characters any longer--instead, there are one or two minor updates you can procure to their existing armor or weapons (when applicable), and your personal/hero character is the only one that can custom outfit completely. This is especially bad if you're going down a certain moral 'track' in the game, as the tanks that accompany you are both moral white knights and anything that you do against that strains friendship. So unless you're a tank yourself, you're left with using what kits are available for the rogues and/or mages, which are no tanks.

 

NPCs can't receive specialized training any longer. While they have a character-specific level-up track, it pales in comparison (save for one of the tanks) to what the available 'advanced' classes offered in DAO.

 

Armor/weapons don't have details/story any longer, and jewelry, with very few exceptions, just shows up as 'ring', 'amulet', etc.

 

I don't know how much was EA "streamlining" the game in an (unsuccessful per sales data so far) attempt to broaden appeal, and how much was the dev team being rushed to get the game out the door--I figure the truth is somewhere in between.

 

Long story short, they skewed the game heavily towards hack/slash action and away from strategy, the story is rather linear when all is said and done, they reused assets heavily, failed to detail existing assets as necessary, and took 75% of the NPC customization out of your hands.

 

In summation: If you're down with what amounts to a heavy-handed hack-n-slash sprinkled with RPG elements, then DA2 is just for you. If you were expected more DAO strategy goodness, then you may be disappointed as I am.

 

Hope that helps. And don't get me wrong--I love me some Mass Effect 2, but DA is not a series that needed to be 'streamlined' IMO.

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strigori    687

Going through Dragon Age II at the moment...but it's unfortunately a chore to me. The game just isn't nearly as good as DAO...or Baldur's Gate, or any of the Gold Box D&D games.

 

Otherwise, will be going through Beyond Good and Evil and the Tomb Radier from XBLA (the later was on sale for $7.50 last week) and some Battlefield BC2 multiplayer.

What makes it not as good? From what I've seen they took it more in a Mass Effect direction

 

Sorry I didn't reply sooner.

 

If you're an action fan over Strategy/RPG fan, then you'll probably love the changes in the combat engine, as it now rewards button spammers over planning/executing attacks and using special abilities.

 

Story-wise, it's surprisingly linear and claustrophobic. DAO was, despite having a certain penultimate battle, very open-ended on how you went about your business. That's not entirely the case with DA2, as you're tracked (whether you realize it or not) through much of the game. Even with ME2, despite the scripted beginning, middle chapter, and penultimate/ultimate battle, you were given an incredible amount of flexibility in which to scavenge/pillage/kill/romance.

 

Another gripe is how the game constantly reuses the same dungeon over an over again for multiple 'cave explorations'. Additionally, you'll be going to the same drab bar, the same drab port, the same drab upper-crust neighborhood to complete your missions, so the environments get stale fast.

 

Additionally, you don't outfit your NPC characters any longer--instead, there are one or two minor updates you can procure to their existing armor or weapons (when applicable), and your personal/hero character is the only one that can custom outfit completely. This is especially bad if you're going down a certain moral 'track' in the game, as the tanks that accompany you are both moral white knights and anything that you do against that strains friendship. So unless you're a tank yourself, you're left with using what kits are available for the rogues and/or mages, which are no tanks.

 

NPCs can't receive specialized training any longer. While they have a character-specific level-up track, it pales in comparison (save for one of the tanks) to what the available 'advanced' classes offered in DAO.

 

Armor/weapons don't have details/story any longer, and jewelry, with very few exceptions, just shows up as 'ring', 'amulet', etc.

 

I don't know how much was EA "streamlining" the game in an (unsuccessful per sales data so far) attempt to broaden appeal, and how much was the dev team being rushed to get the game out the door--I figure the truth is somewhere in between.

 

Long story short, they skewed the game heavily towards hack/slash action and away from strategy, the story is rather linear when all is said and done, they reused assets heavily, failed to detail existing assets as necessary, and took 75% of the NPC customization out of your hands.

 

In summation: If you're down with what amounts to a heavy-handed hack-n-slash sprinkled with RPG elements, then DA2 is just for you. If you were expected more DAO strategy goodness, then you may be disappointed as I am.

 

Hope that helps. And don't get me wrong--I love me some Mass Effect 2, but DA is not a series that needed to be 'streamlined' IMO.

Sounds a bit different than the first one. Though not horribly so. Off hand I'm guessing you got them on PC? I had my run on PS3 and it did not focus as hard on tactical positioning as the PC version. And overall I'm game for either strats or hack and slash, as long as its good to itself.

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strigori    687

Just finished Final Fantasy XIII. I would say it was one of the more aggravating games I've played in the last few years.

 

Installing the files for Dragon Age II right now.

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It'sNotAFakeID    1,839

GMoose: Virtual Augusta is a sight to behold...it's truly the best addition EA has made to the Tiger Woods franchise...and the new career mode is pretty awesome as well.

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strigori    687

Nothing

 

Damn PSN Network has been down too long, now when they gonna get this sh_t straight.

Yeah, its really making me mad now. Down since Wed with no ETA. Thanks to what Sony called 'an outside intrusion' I really would like the fingers cut off of the damned hacker who pulled this crap

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Enhance    3,349

I just recently beat Portal 2, traded it in and got L.A. Noire. I'm on the third disk of Noire. I think I'll trade it in when NCAA 12 comes out.

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VectorVictor    1,830

I just recently beat Portal 2, traded it in and got L.A. Noire. I'm on the third disk of Noire. I think I'll trade it in when NCAA 12 comes out.

 

Dragon Age 2--third playthrough as a mage, one 'cheevo away from getting a perfect on the game. Very tedious, though I'm having fun going through being a hypocrite.

 

Battlefield 2 BC: On level 22 after getting the game a couple of months ago, have all but two weapons unlocked, and the game is hella fun.

 

Red Dead Redemption: Picked it up for $20 and got the DLC when it was on sale via XBL. Going to go through that game after DA2 is finished (read: until DLC is available).

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Enhance    3,349

I just recently beat Portal 2, traded it in and got L.A. Noire. I'm on the third disk of Noire. I think I'll trade it in when NCAA 12 comes out.

 

Dragon Age 2--third playthrough as a mage, one 'cheevo away from getting a perfect on the game. Very tedious, though I'm having fun going through being a hypocrite.

 

Battlefield 2 BC: On level 22 after getting the game a couple of months ago, have all but two weapons unlocked, and the game is hella fun.

 

Red Dead Redemption: Picked it up for $20 and got the DLC when it was on sale via XBL. Going to go through that game after DA2 is finished (read: until DLC is available).

I was going to get DA 2 but I read online that it didn't reach the expectations a lot of people had for it. I had a lot of fun with DA, however. Once DA 2 is around $20 or $30 I might get it.

 

You'll have a lot of fun with Red Dead Redemption, I think. It's my favorite Rockstar sandbox game of all time so far. Word to the wise - finish the Bonnie missions as quickly as possible. They're one of the first set of missions you get if not the actual first. She teaches you how to hogtie people, and if you want to maintain a good guy aura you need to hogtie people rather than shoot them dead. There was one mission I had no choice but to kill a guy in because I didn't know how to hogtie. All I needed was the deed to his land.

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walksalone    2,500

I'm an MMO guy, and have been playing the hell out of a free MMO, APB Beta...

 

It's like a GTA and an MMO, it's pretty enjoyable

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