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What games are you playing at the moment?

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System Shock

I have two separate drives I boot off of in this computer. One is this one which I use for general purposes (i.e. online activities, media, etc) and another that's used purely for gaming. Doing this allows my gaming drive to run better since I'm not doing as much boneheaded crap on it. At some point a few years ago though I decided to install Steam on this drive too so I could access the less resource intensive games I had. Such as System Shock. It's actually a game I talked about not too long ago and I found out something when I reinstalled it:

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I would strongly recommend either finding that mod or buying the re-release as mouselook completely changes the texture of the game...and oddly enough it's specifically because their was another vital quality-of-life improvement the new version didn't include: key rebinding.


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I dunno. I installed the 'enhanced edition' this time, which is what I thought I installed the first time I took this puppy for a ride. Maybe I didn't or maybe Nightdive just did a completely revamped glow up of their version since then. Either way, turns out key binding is something the game has. Also turns out that...doesn't really matter as much as you'd think.

I found the only additional actions that helped me were remapping the body position keys (i.e. lean/crouch/prone) and the mouselook toggle to the middle mouse button. A reload button would've been nice too, but I couldn't spot it. These changes made the game only marginally less clunky than the first time round honestly. It was still a fun ride though the physics felt more wonky, which is saying something.

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Posted: 24th January 2020 13:11

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I've been playing Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and I'm really enjoying it. The battle system is great, there are a lot of missions and hunts, and the story is great too.

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Posted: 30th January 2020 15:45

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I just finished playing RDR2 and am currently playing the RE2 remake. After that I may get back on the FF grind but not sure which one I will play next. I own FF8, FF12 and FF15 but haven't played any of them yet. Also have not play FF1 through FF5 and would like to visit those at some point.
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Posted: 1st February 2020 11:55

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I own FF8, FF12 and FF15 but haven't played any of them yet.

I highly recommend FF12! It's the best of those three, imo.

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Posted: 19th February 2020 09:58

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I got Kingdom Come: Deliverance from the last Epic Games giveaway and started to play. This game is awesome! I don't know why I didn't play it so far but I loved it as a big RPG fan. Actually, the mechanics are kinda silly and there are a lot of bugs like in Skyrim: NPC's sliding, people fall from the sky etc. However, the plot totally caught me. I'm not a slow player, only playing 2-3 hours a day and it took me 3 days to complete the intro biggrin.gif I got lost in the info section. The info section is one of the best sides of the game. You can find any information about medieval times and it helps you to adapt to the game better. It seems like I will be playing the game longer than 2-3 hours a day since I'm out of my mind with boredom. We came to Italy with my father and I'm sitting at home all day while he's dealing with some issues about our old property in Lake Garda. This game totally saved my life.



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Posted: 21st February 2020 21:17

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Final Fantasy 5
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Posted: 22nd February 2020 07:00
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Installed GTA IV a while back to see what the Natural and Realistic ENB looks like for it. Not bad honestly.

Also got SIGIL, which is John Romero's free fifth episode to the original 1993 Doom. It was fun, but very...uh...compact compared to other WADs I've played.

After that I replayed some Black Flag as I had a save I'd never finished and felt an inexplicable desire to dick around its high seas open world. Turns out I'd already done that for the most part and just spent the majority of the time polishing off the remaining missions with a...considerably OP'ed character, ship and resources. I noticed the performance of the game was reduced considerably and that's had me puzzled.

Now, I'm playing Alien Isolation...again. For the like...seventh time? To be fair, it's the Switch version that I've never played before and I gotta few things to say about this port it turns out.

For one...hooooooow?! It is...nothing short of remarkable just how good this game looks...on a portable gaming system? This things has the best anti-aliasing I've seen in any version...including the pc one I own! It's ridiculous!

That being said, it does have a grievous flaw to it, which is a severe response time to player input. When first I tried to move around in the game, I found that I could move the analog sticks and let go before the actual movement occurred on-screen. It's so bad, that the developers of the port openly acknowledged the issue...by saying they weren't going to fix it. Apparently for most peeps, it aint an issue, but for yours truly - having cut his teeth most of his life on PC FPS - it's...an adjustment to be sure...

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That being said, it does have a grievous flaw to it, which is a severe response time to player input. When first I tried to move around in the game, I found that I could move the analog sticks and let go before the actual movement occurred on-screen. It's so bad, that the developers of the port openly acknowledged the issue...by saying they weren't going to fix it. Apparently for most peeps, it aint an issue, but for yours truly - having cut his teeth most of his life on PC FPS - it's...an adjustment to be sure...

Always frustrating when a developer says they're not going to bother fixing a massive issue with their game. I suppose it's marginally better than total silence though.

I'm currently playing Doom Eternal and The Outer Worlds, both very good, with fun narratives that don't take themselves too seriously. Expecting I'll be getting Resident Evil 3 through the door tomorrow.

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Posted: 8th April 2020 15:24

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I'm still playing League of Legends (after a three month break... when the client allows me) and Summoners War.

I finished the Last of Us not so long ago and still need to play the extra mode. What a truly smashing game and story that was. Wowzerz
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Posted: 19th April 2020 11:35

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My three recent games in no particular order.

Chess - Mastered the game.

Resistance: Avalon - I do great nearly all the time.

Perfect Dark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGHLV3Thaww

I'm usually posting it to my Facebook page. I'm not playing FF's right now but you never know.


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Posted: 26th April 2020 05:25
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I reinstalled Deus Ex: Human Revolution since I hadn't played it in years and remember it being a really impressively solid experience when I first gave it the go round those so many years ago and made a rather unusual discovery.

So I first got the game back when it was released in 2011, but my system was using a GTX 280 at the time, which was top of the top of the top of the line...three years prior. Being as high-end as it was when I got it, it still packed an impressive enough punch to run the game butter smooth, but it was still juuuuuust this side of too old to support DX11. So while I loved the game and its visual style, I wasn't able to see it at it's fullest potential. No regrets.

Turns out, now with my GTX 970 Win10 64bit system...it still won't run with DX11 features! Breaks the game flat out. To be fair, this is the Director's Cut version - which has been visually buggy ever time I've tried to play it through the years - because the original won't play on my system at all. It's a bummer, cause it's still a really fun game to play.

Also my PS4 broke and it's past warranty, so I ordered replacement parts to fix it myself. While waiting, I dusted off my PS3 and finished up the first Red Dead Redemption. Turns out I was only a couple of a missions shy of the ending. It's still a fun game, but man have I forgotten how choppy the framerate gets in spots.

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Posted: 26th April 2020 10:13

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I recently finished the FF7 Remake! I was going to redo a chapter (that's a thing you can do after the game) to do a sidequest I missed, but I haven't done that yet. I think what I'm going to do is let the game sit for a while, then do that in a week or two.

It was a really good game. The characters look amazing, the battle system is great, and they've really fleshed out the story.

I've mostly been playing Pokemon Go! since and considering getting Animal Crossing.

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Posted: 26th April 2020 17:22

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I finally finished Fallen Order this morning, and I have to say that I'm very happy with the additions to Star Wars canon that the final act put together. They could have very easily dug some plot holes and seem to have pretty deftly avoided them. One of the new characters introduced in the game, with connections to the Clone Wars, quickly became one of my favorite new characters in quite a while.

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Posted: 26th April 2020 20:10

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I just fell deeeep into the rabbit hole when a friend showed me Control. It's pretty much everything I ever wanted SCP Containment Breach to be. I still love SCP's though, don't get me wrong. They did an amazing job for their budget.

Acquired Trials of Mana as well and now my little under the age of 10 self is screaming and crying with joy. It's so cheesy, I love it.

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Posted: 28th April 2020 05:32

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I finished Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward on Friday! It took me five months to play, but a big reason for that is because I bought a house in game on Christmas and then spent the next six weeks leveling up crafting so I could make furniture for the house.

Also: I have general anxiety disorder, and it tends to kick in when I do dungeons with pick-up groups. So I had to wait until my friend was free to run me through dungeons. She was glad to help, but yeah, the waiting slowed me down.

I absolutely loved the music in this expansion, especially the themes for Coerthas Western Highlands and the Dravinian Forelands. And all the zones are HUGE! As you might expect from an expansion named Heavensward, the zones had height to them and you needed a flying mount to explore all their areas.

I grew incredibly find of Alphinaud during this expansion, though even so, I did get tired of his company after a while.

Story-wise... Well, it wasn't bad by any means, but elsewhere I summarized the story in one sentence. So it felt light on story. It's certainly not as bad as the bridge between A Realm Reborn and Heavensward which felt like it was full of pointless fetch quests. I do think Heavensward set up a lot that will have impact on the future.

Now I'm working on the bridge quests between HW and the next expansion, Stormblood. I, uh, Also made a second character, so yeah, I've been playing a lot!

Though I made a promise to myself that once a week I will play a game other than XIV. For my first game I've chosen Bravely Default. I'm not far in it at all, but played enough to think that the Tiz's voice actor sure sounds familiar! I *thought* he sounded like Mont from War of the Visions:FFBE, and so I just googled it and yup, same actor!
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Posted: 30th April 2020 00:52

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I'm not embarrassed to say I dusted off my GE 64 game and Perfect Dark game. I have videos of my recent play on my youtube channel if you want to see it. My claim to fame is GE 64 as I was once 4th in the world at the game on it's hardest level.

The reason why I didn't get first is because the top three at the time beat the more levels considered hardest at the time. I also didn't see how the knowledge crosses over to other games. I've made money playing Chess and found the abilities in that game more useful than shooters.

I've played Resistance: Avalon at TheResistancePlus and Proavalon.com. I've lost interest in social deduction games not playing as often as I use to. My future post on the Chrono Trigger endings, all 14, will reveal my interpretations.

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Posted: 3rd May 2020 07:00
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Grabbed the RE2 remake while it was on sale and it's got its hooks in me. Yeah, I'm liking it!

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Posted: 6th May 2020 21:52

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I took a three-and-a-half-month hiatus from 100% Orange Juice, and during that time...

I beat Rabbit's Quest. It's a metroidvania where you get free up/down/left/right movement. It's reasonably difficult. Has a sort of space-ish/"planet with ancient secrets" theme to it, somewhat akin to Environmental Station Alpha (which is cited as an inspiration, and which I beat earlier but have yet to fully plumb the depths of its very, very extensive postgame material). Other inspirations include Hero Core, a game I haven't played.

An interesting mechanic in Rabbit's Quest it has is that every room you clear of enemies gives you 1 point, and you exchange those points for health upgrades -- 2 points = +1 max HP (and your HP is refilled at save points). It's also got at least a handful of optional challenges you can do to get the best ending.

Anyway, I got 100%, including beating the bonus dungeon and bonus boss. I recommend it. I also really like its chiptune jazz fusion soundtrack. It's donationware, too -- you can get it for free, but I paid for it because I think the game is very well-made. https://directshift.itch.io/rabbits-quest

I also finished Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition, with the best ending. This is a remake of the first game (Guacamelee: Gold Edition), basically. It changes the first game substantially enough that it is sold separately. Both are enjoyable, and give different experiences, but I'd say that STCE is arguably more feature-complete and a little fancier.

For those of you who don't know, Guacamelee is a metroidvania platformer strongly inspired by Mexican culture, including but not limited to lucha libre. It has a brilliant sense of flair and visual style, and the gameplay is also top notch, with an emphasis on combat with combos and special moves like throws.

I'm this close to 100%, but that would require me to do all of the Combo Chicken things and get gold medals in all the challenges and I don't care enough to do that. I already got all the really hidden secrets anyway.

Both Rabbit's Quest and Guacamelee (at least for the best ending) are games I'd consider to be somewhat on the difficult side. But, the difficulty makes them feel rewarding, particularly Guacamelee.

Since I last posted here, I've also messed with some other games.

I beat Shadowcrypt, a short combat-focused platformer where you fight your way through a dungeon. I beat Spooky Ghosts Dot Com, a short metroidvania platformer. I read a short visual novel called Sepia Tears, which is an interesting story about perceptions of people. I replayed Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland. I messed with the beginning of Atelier Sophie, a crafting-focused JRPG. I can do this now that I have a gamepad. And I wasted some time playing an internet argument simulator called Social Justice Warriors. (Yes, there's a game actually called that. It is exactly what I described it to be.)

I also beat Chasm. It's a procedurally-generated metroidvania, where the map is procedurally-generated, though static during a given playthrough. Its movement and combat are heavily reminiscent of the Castlevania games, specifically the castletroids. It also has an "Arcade" mode which lets you fight through room by room; this mode is randomized every time you play. And you can play for daily and weekly leaderboards.

I've also continued playing various Super Metroid randomizers, Zelda 3: a Link to the Past randomizers, and combo randomizers. I stream them to a few friends. I also was streaming Metroid Fusion to them once, wherein I specifically played the Metroid Fusion Repalette hack, but I didn't finish in one session and I'll have to get back to that later. I mean, the reason I played that -- the coronavirus pandemic -- hasn't exactly disappeared yet...

Speaking of streaming, I had also been streaming La-Mulana to a few friends, especially one who's supposed to be helping me co-solve the game's puzzles. I have yet to beat the remake version of the game (I've just beaten the original, and that was years ago, and that was following a video walkthrough). In return, he streamed to me Gray Matter, a point-and-click adventure whose (quite intriguing!) story involves a stage magician investigating some seemingly supernatural mysteries, written by Jane Jensen (who made the Gabriel Knight series), and a rhythm game called A Dance of Fire and Ice. He and I should continue La-Mulana and Gray Matter sometime.

I've also been meaning to get through a couple games I'm supposed to review. Specifically, I got Adventure of a Lifetime and Frane from being an admin of a Steam group with a curation list. Adventure of a Lifetime is one of VN developer Pulltop's "coming of age" trilogy, and is a story of adventure and romance set in the Ogasawara Islands, which is a real-life place, and the VN gives a lot of attention to the features and natural beauty of the island and its surrounding waters. Seems pretty nice so far. As for the other one, I haven't started playing that yet. Frane: Dragons' Odyssey is an action RPG, published by Kemco, which seems to have published a lot of these smaller games that I think are not actually-doujin sort of indie but from small companies. Frane, developed by Exe-Create, had the unfortunate experience of being localized and published by a bad troll some years ago who reportedly made a poor translation and put Securom DRM on it, but later, it seems Kemco stepped in and redid everything (I checked screenshots).

Though, ever since October 2019 when Steam mangled its Library UI so that it now lags obnoxiously on my computer, and forces me to look at advertising, among other problems, I haven't been using Steam as much. I've only purchased DRM-free games elsewhere, since then.

FYI, here are places I know of to buy games DRM-free:

* Stores where all products are DRM-free: FireFlower Games, GOG, Zoom Store (zoom-platform.com), for games in general. JAST USA and MangaGamer, for visual novels.
* Stores where some platforms are DRM-free (check the store page): GamersGate, Humble Store, itch.io (the vast majority of things here are DRM-free I think), Playism (also mostly DRM-free). Steam, too, to some extent, though (1) it doesn't supply standalone installers and also (2) does not tell you what games are DRM-free.

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Just getting back into flight simulators for this first time since, well, the 90s. The last flight sim I played was Microsoft Flight Sim 95 (or 98, I really can't remember which). But today, I'm playing IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946. Just picked it up on Steam and flew my first mission in a B-24 over Hawaii.
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Posted: 17th May 2020 18:14

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Started playing GTA V on PC after getting it for free from the epic store, I wanted to get this version so I could try some of the mods.

I've also been trying to go through my steam catalogue and play games I either haven't played in years or have never played, so I've been playing some:

Binding of Isaac
Machinarium
Overlord
Missing Translation

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Posted: 18th May 2020 12:08

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I started playing Animal Crossings: New Horizons yesterday.

I like it so far, my only issue is that I can't turn off the gibberish sound that happens when I talk to any of the characters. It's not a huge deal though, I'll just play with the sound off and play my own music.

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