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Old 16 December 2017, 03:16 AM
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left to himself he'd just write a universe simulator and make you fly from one end to the other using relativistic mechanics
Who is to say he hasn't done that yet? Most likely it runs on a Raspberry Pi in his office.

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I'm playing solo so I don't think I can use the Fuel Rats. I did find a reference to them, but the site seemed to be down when I looked anyway and I wondered if they'd ceased operating.
They seem to be still working. They use IRC to handle information exchange with clients. And most likely they will ask you to go into Open to get rescued. Which of course doesn't work on XBox without Gold. (Not sure how it works on PS 4).

BTW, should you be on PC, I'm CMDR Robert Blackwolf (Yes, I know, my imagination for names hasn't improved a bit.)
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Old 16 December 2017, 12:20 PM
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I'm XBox, sorry...!

I have thought in the past of getting a Gold account but mostly I enjoy playing on my own too much to think it would be worth the effort. And most of my "real-life" friends, or at least the friends in real-world proximity at the moment, who play on-line have PS4s, so I have never been tempted to join in with them. Plus I suspect that half of them are the kind of people I would be trying to avoid and that put me off playing on-line anyway...

My account name is similarly unimaginative (and oddly similar in construction, too) - it's Richard Redlion. That actually matches yours quite well. My logic for the last part was a) I have red(dish) hair, b) the Red Lion is a common pub name, c) Richard the Lionheart is a well-known ruler and so all the associations worked well for me.

Not that it's available to anybody I don't think, as I don't have an XBox Gold account, and I'm not sure how much information gets shared without that. These days it seems to be more than I'd expect, though.
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Old 16 December 2017, 11:03 PM
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I'm XBox, sorry...!
There's going to be a XBox under the xmas tree this year, and as a fanboi I'll be getting this game for that console as well. I already have a Xbox account (you can guess my user name there if you want. Hint: same one as on this message board).
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Old 18 December 2017, 02:17 AM
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Fallout 4 VR. It's exactly what you would expect if you've played Fallout 4 and you've played VR. The only major differences I've found so far are that you don't get the ridiculous character editor you get in the normal game, but since you never see yourself anyway, it doesn't matter.
VATS is incredibly cool in VR, though. You go into VATS and time slows. You can't move, except to aim. Rather than picking something, you sim and it highlights where you are shooting. When you shoot, you can watch it all unfold in slow motion - the casings falling, the bloatflies exploding, guts going everywhere. Lots of fun.
Biggest drawback is standing the whole time. I have hard floors in the room I play in, so it gets kind of tiring after a bit. I'll have to put a mat down or start wearing some walking shoes.
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Old 18 December 2017, 11:18 AM
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Can't you sit? How does the movement work?

I tried a friend's VR headset a few weeks ago, and all the games he showed me were "on rails" (literally, in one case - a shooter based on a horror show roller coaster) or from a fixed position so you couldn't move independently anyway. But I had the impression that if you were playing something where you could move independently, then the movement would be based on the thumb sticks anyway, so there was no real reason you'd need to be standing up other than it might feel odd - and it feels quite odd to me anyway, so that wouldn't be a major difference. I know this is why driving games are meant to be especially good though, because you'd be sitting anyway.

My friend has an office chair that he puts in front of his TV when using VR. (Mind you, although he is a gamer, I think his major interest in VR is for porn, which is a different matter... most of the games he had looked like demo versions).
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Old 18 December 2017, 02:06 PM
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I bet the one on rails is the Ghost Town Mine Ride and Shooting Gallery - decently fun game.

The biggest problem with sitting, and there may be a solution, is that you end up below the level of everyone else, and probably in the sneaking crouch the entire time. You can set up sneaking to be a button press, or by actually crouching down. I can only imagine crouching becoming horrible after a while. Movement comes from the track pad on the touch controllers, but you can move within the room space by actually walking and turning. I don't tend to walk much, although during the initial, pre-war part, I wandered around the rooms of the house that way.
I'll probably get a stool that will be high enough that I'm at the same level as the other characters.
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Old 22 December 2017, 06:20 PM
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Got a stool for the VR room, and I will now say that VR is the way that Fallout should be played. I get lost pretty quickly in a different world. The stool is just the right height, and I can get up and move around pretty easily if I need to. I'm sure at some point I'll run into it, but I have been able to return to it fairly easily thus far.
For me, Fallout is the killer app for VR.
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Old 25 January 2018, 05:34 AM
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Picked up Song of the Deep since Sony was having a bit of a sale right now plus they had a special code for 10% off all purchases.

It's a lot of fun: it's a Metroidvenia style game where you play Merryn, a young Irish girl who's father, a fisherman, fails to return home one day after going out to sea to fish. Merryn uses the pile of scrap her father accumulated to build her own minisub and go look for him,

It's been a lot of fun.
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Old 12 February 2018, 05:27 PM
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I got Shadow of War for Christmas, played it for a while and then lost interest for some reason, even though objectively it should be better than Shadow of Mordor. I took over a couple of regions by capturing the fortresses, and I've got quite a lot of the collectibles, but I sort of lost track of what I was actually trying to achieve, and stopped caring about it.

I think that's because the plot is restricted by having to fit in with the books, and so although your character thinks he's "liberating" Mordor, it's pretty obvious that he's actually just part of another evil faction, and so nothing he does is going to help. The game is good, and I've enjoyed it up to a point, so I will go back and finish it eventually; I just put it down a few weeks ago and haven't got back to it yet.

I played a bit of the DLC for Forza Horizon 3, and a few older games on XBox 360. At the moment I'm playing Monkey Island 2, the special edition on XBox 360. It came with the first game as well, and I completed that one back when I bought it (I think I'd completed it when it originally came out on PC in the early 1990s, too - I certainly played both that and the sequel back then), but I'd only got half-way through the second before getting stuck. Going by the dates on the save files, I'd not played it since September 2012, so I started a new game.

I could put this in "little things that annoy me" but I'm a bit stuck in this game now, and I've not got as far as I did back in 2012. (Either by percentage completion, or what I remember doing). There's one item in particular that I know how to get, but can't remember how to get the items I need in order to do that. But on the other hand, I've also got a few bits and pieces - none of which currently seem to help - that I'd not got back in 2012.

And I loaded my old save game to see how much more progress I'd made, and whether it gave me any hints as to how to proceed, and in doing so, immediately solved another problem (based on something I'd noticed I could do on this play-through), which means I'm no longer stuck on my 2012 save - I could now go to one location and solve a puzzle there. But I don't want to do this because I can't remember how I got to that point of that game in the first place - I want to get back to that point in the game I'm playing now!

I'm also going for the achievements to avoid hints and object highlighting - in my old game I used one hint by mistake, just by pressing the button without realising what I was doing. I could very easily look up the answers on-line, but I know I didn't do that in the past, and I much prefer to work things out for myself anyway.
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Old 12 February 2018, 05:45 PM
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I'm working through Assassin's Creed Origins and having a blast. I've got a backorder of Syndicate, Rogue and the Ezio collection waiting for me as well.
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Old 12 February 2018, 06:20 PM
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Civ VI Rise and Fall expansion. It is a fairly large departure from previous Civ games, in keeping with VI being a large departure in general. I am not sure about the governors at this point, but I like the age system. The first game I played, I fell into a dark age at the end of the Ancient Age. So for all of the classical age, I was trying to nurture things along and get caught up. I used the Isolationism card, which bumped up internal trade routes by 2 production and food, but meant I couldn't get new settlers. It was enough that I could grow my existing cities and get back in the game, and made enough of a comeback to get a Heroic age for the Medieval period.
Plus, I found Delicate Arch as a natural wonder, so that was kind of cool. There are so many wonders of various sorts now that it is going to be a long time before I experience them all.
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Old 14 February 2018, 01:16 PM
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I've got further in Monkey Island 2 than I did before - I remembered or rediscovered the ways to get the items I was missing, and solved some things I'd been stuck on in the past - but now I'm stuck again. I got all four pieces of the map, but (annoyingly) rather than helping you advance, they immediately get taken away again, and leave you worse off than before.

I'm stuck in the same old locations with a couple of new items that don't seem to help, without a clear way to pursue the goal, with less help available than previously, and without any obvious puzzles left to solve because I solved them all to get the map pieces! Whatever I'm meant to be doing must have something to do with these new items, but you don't even seem to be able to use them for anything. I'm not going to give up and use hints, though!
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Old 14 February 2018, 08:06 PM
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Dishonored 2, which to me is easily as good as the original, and has some spectacular maps. I particularly love the Clockwork Mansion, with rooms that change around and "behind the walls" areas that remind me of Portal.
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Old 01 March 2018, 03:06 PM
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I bought Mafia III with a Christmas cheque that I only just remembered to pay into my bank account. (That's what I'm telling myself to justify buying it, anyway - I might already have nominally spent that money on something else - I can't remember...).

It's got a good back story and plot, but I've been having a bit of trouble with the aiming assist. It gives you a means to adjust it independently of the difficulty level, which is unusual. Initially I set it to "low", which helped so little that I tried turning it off altogether. Then I couldn't shoot anybody without having to spend so long aiming that they had a good chance of killing me first - if there was more than one of them it was even harder. So now I've set it back to "high", which I think is quite standard for console controllers on a "normal" difficulty setting in this sort of game, but feels like cheating. Even the "high" setting doesn't give as much help as in some games - sometimes you pretty much get automatic headshots lined up as soon as you press the aim trigger.

The driving's tricky too, because it's set in the USA in the late 1960s so all the cars handle like boats. I've not found any parts where I've needed to drive well yet, though. Often I'm trying to obey the traffic laws...

I've got past the introduction and have started taking over the city with my associates, but I've only got as far as taking control of the brothels in the first area at the moment. Next is the drug trade. It hasn't gripped me enough that I can't stop playing, but it's good.

A while ago I tried to download Fallout: Shelter (free as long as you don't pay for loot boxes and boosters). It failed to download and sat on my "Waiting to install" list for quite a long time until I thought I'd removed it. But when I was uninstalling some older games to make space, I noticed that it had downloaded and installed itself at some point when I wasn't watching. So I've had a bit of a go at that. It's nicely done, but fortunately not gripping enough to make me get addicted and want to spend money. It has cunningly installed a lot of achievements, most of which only involve grinding, though. That's the kind of thing that will make me keep playing it...
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Old 01 March 2018, 03:53 PM
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Picked up Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap from the Playstation store.

It's a retro style side-scroller where you as Wonder Boy (or Wonder Girl) set off to the Dragon's castle to loot the treasure- the game was originally released on the Sega master System in the late 80s. Unfortunately, it turns out that Dragons can curse whoever slays them, and you get turned into a variety of different monsters. The game is definitely Nintendo Hard, and even has the option to run with 8 bit graphics and sound.

It's got gender choice for your character, but this doesn't matter as after 5 minutes you're turned into a monster, and none of the monsters have alternate appearances. I just got through the third dungeon, which is the Mouse curse. Being a Mouse allows you to walk on certain walls and ceilings, but you're tiny and your attack range is correspondingly reduced. Especially since your first curse is Lizard, who spits fireballs.

It's fun, but even on the lower difficulty settings it's a tough game.
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Old 01 March 2018, 08:22 PM
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Dishonored 2, which to me is easily as good as the original, and has some spectacular maps. I particularly love the Clockwork Mansion, with rooms that change around and "behind the walls" areas that remind me of Portal.
I loved it...until it crashed every time I was in a mansion. I think it was the mission after clockwork to take down Delilah's lieutenant. Every time, no matter the save.
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Old 08 April 2018, 11:52 AM
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I just finished a first run-through of Little Nightmares - I was nearer the end than I'd thought; I was going to write about it after finishing the next section but that turned out to be the final battle.

It's short but intense! And a lot grimmer and more frightening than I'd expected. You wake up as a tiny - child? possibly - in a really grim place that seems to be a cross between a prison and a particularly grim Victorian boarding school or orphanage. There's no context so you have to find out what's going on as you go onwards. In gameplay terms it's basically a platform / puzzler, and although you die a lot in unpredictable ways, once you've worked out a route or strategy for each part it isn't that difficult.

There's some very nice animation and artwork involved. Its set pieces are like animation showcases, but pretty grim ones!

According to the achievements, only just over half of players even make it to the end of the first stage, but after that, most of those go on to complete it. I'm going to go through again for more collectables, I think - the way it's set up, it took me nearly until the end even to realise what the third collectable involved, and I know I missed several and can get more of them if I start off knowing what to do.

The version I have comes with DLC, which I think involves another three bonus chapters. In fact there's a post titles-coda that's just come up as I was typing... better go and see what's going on!
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The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, and the 2016 Doom - once again, keeping on the cutting edge of gaming.

Doom is OK, so far; I only play it for maybe 20 minutes at a time, and not every day. It's a nice change of pace from The Witcher.

The Witcher is a lot of fun. Not quite Skyrim level, mostly because I prefer the first-person perspective, and I can't get that in The Witcher, but other than that, plenty good. Thanks to Skyrim, I prefer to run and swim rather than ride a horse, which of course means lots of off-road encounters, which I very much like. Significant learning curve, which I am slowly climbing. I should cross-reference this in the Books I'm Reading thread, since I am tracking down the books in the series that the games are based off of; and also in the What New TV Shows thread, since I learned that there was a short-lived Polish TV series back in the early 2000's, and at least some episodes are on YouTube.

May as well dive in, eh?
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Old 08 April 2018, 04:14 PM
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I'm about halfway through Far Cry 5. It's been a blast so far, and I'm not even a big FPS fan.
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The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, and the 2016 Doom - once again, keeping on the cutting edge of gaming.

Doom is OK, so far; I only play it for maybe 20 minutes at a time, and not every day. It's a nice change of pace from The Witcher.

The Witcher is a lot of fun. Not quite Skyrim level, mostly because I prefer the first-person perspective, and I can't get that in The Witcher, but other than that, plenty good. Thanks to Skyrim, I prefer to run and swim rather than ride a horse, which of course means lots of off-road encounters, which I very much like. Significant learning curve, which I am slowly climbing. I should cross-reference this in the Books I'm Reading thread, since I am tracking down the books in the series that the games are based off of; and also in the What New TV Shows thread, since I learned that there was a short-lived Polish TV series back in the early 2000's, and at least some episodes are on YouTube.

May as well dive in, eh?
Witcher 3 has some of the best DLC ever.

I'm working on Assassins Creed Syndicate. Lots of killing fun!
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