8 September 2014: What video games did you play this past week?
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1. Video Game: Unity of Command [Average Rating:8.58 Overall Rank:1095]
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Played a fair whack of this while writing up a review (it should be out of GeekMod shortly). Rather than repeating the review here, I'll just say it's great and you should check it out if you like any sort of strategy games.

I also played some And Yet It Moves, but this time with a 360 controller. The native controller support is very buggy so I ended up using a keymapper. Anyway, the game comes alive when played with a controller and is a lot of fun until you inevitably get stuck. Good times.
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2. Video Game: Euro Truck Simulator 2 [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:1446]
Video Game: Euro Truck Simulator 2
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It's been a while since I played since I still needed to put the save files over. But now I'm up and playing again. Discovered some new cities and went to Italy for the first time in the game.

I also have now 2 small garages and we are with 4 drivers. Bought a new truck for myself, a Volvo FH Globetrotter XL and did a custom paint. So quit enjoying it again for the moment.
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3. Video Game: Path of Exile [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:595]
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I must maintain equilibrium. Path of Exile is a sometimes food. But I played a little more with Alex and Rudy, where the chat is more challenging than the monsters in a game I like to call "Path of Alexile". Also, Alex helped me revive my favorite character, Captain Helpful, a cleric who is incapable of dealing damage, but runs 6-7 auras at once to boost the party and quadra-curses enemies.

A little more New Vegas which keeps crashing, and a little more Ys Origins where I am definitely approaching the endgame.
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4. Video Game: Pinball FX 2 [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:603]
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Ever since I picked up some tables for this in the Steam sale last weekend I've been playing it quite a bit... After 9 hours of playing, my favourite tables are Doctor Strange and Paranormal, both quite different tables.
I've been gradually working my way up the Superscore and Wizard leaderboards.. Who would have thought I'd be a Pinball Wizard. There has got to be a twist!
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5. Video Game: Overlord [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1279]
Video Game: Overlord
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This was heavily discounted on Steam, in the Codemasters weekend sale... I was going to pick it up only to discover I already had it from the Codemasters Humble Bundle, so I installed it and decided to give it a try.

It's a fun twist on the 3rd person action adventure, in which you are the newly appointed overlord in control of an army of minions and you must beat up the nasty hobbitses in order to get the items you need to restore your Tower of evil. From the sounds of it, the Elves have it coming too!!!
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6. Video Game: Darksiders II [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:891]
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All optional dungeons completed. Many sidequests completed too. Just started the 4th world (counting the short ice dungeon at the start as the first world).
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7. Video Game: Diablo II: Lord of Destruction [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:44] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
Video Game: Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
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Just a couple hours of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction so far, with my dual-clawed Assassin character, Quiana.
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8. Video Game: Planescape: Torment [Average Rating:8.63 Overall Rank:12]
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I'd seen some people talking about this. I've never got too far into it, so I thought I'd give it a go again.

It got pretty annoying when, still in the Mortuary, I'd equip the Dustman robes to be all incognito and the game would crash. angry

Happened a couple of times, then I looked up and saw I needed to get to bed. I'll keep trying though because I really want to play this game..
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9. Video Game: A Dark Room [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2949]
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Wow this is kinda addicting.


Really slow paced at first.

I think I ended up goldbricking all of yesterday playing this instead of earning my keep.
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10. Video Game: Pharaoh: Gold [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Picked this up on almost a whim when it was on sale on GoG last week (and I keep hearing about it on Three Moves Ahead).

And it's pretty much the only thing I've played this week. The campaign mode of course introduces you to elements gradually, but does so through the lens of a historical narrative which is kind of nice.

I'm at the end of the Archaic Period (just need to finish off a Medium Mastaba—man, that's a lot of bricks), and I have an idea that this will fade from my attention soon. But it's a good run so far.

And Pharaoh has really been throwing me under the bus lately. "Build three mastabas for the necropolis—oh, by the way, there's no straw or clay to make bricks with, and not a lot of food to be had."

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11. Video Game: Civilization V: Brave New World [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:79] [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
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This game has me hooked, at least for the time being. After finishing a standard-map game yesterday, I switched to an old favorite, Master of Orion, for a change of pace and for comparison's sake.

The MOO game went bad almost from the beginning, as it sometimes does. And the problem was the same as usual: my part of the galaxy was too crowded. I ran into the Darloks before I could expand far, and before long the Silicoids also barged in and started colonizing planets I wasn't ready for yet. When the Bulrathis came along and took one of my planets by brute force, not bothering to declare war, I was ready to give up. Just then, the game crashed, saving me the trouble. So I shut down and went to bed.

I've had Civ games go like that too. Most recently, I was trying out a new faction, the Shoshone. Their cities start with more territory than usual, so I expected to be able to stake claim to a continent more easily. Unfortunately, I started on a pretty small continent, and the Romans and Russians were both there. I cornered the Romans, but the Russians expanded pretty fast and didn't hesitate to attack me. I beat off the attack, but I wasn't strong enough to do any conquering. And I didn't want to live with that Russian threat throughout a long game, so I quit.

Sometimes in Civ, I play a duel on a map with continents, and I quit immediately if it turns out I don't have a continent to myself. I played a game as the Celts that way recently. On the other continent were the Mayans, but they never built more than three cities during the whole game. I played it through, but it was very lopsided all along. My only setback was a Mayan takeover of one of the two cities I built on their continent. With so much else in my favor, I just let that go.

I enjoy this kind of game when I have plenty of room to expand peacefully in the beginning. I always groan a little when I first encounter another civilization. Maybe I need to take on a more belligerent attitude: regard my neighbors as tender meat that I can feed upon. Then I'd welcome the crowding, as it would mean others are building cities I can soon raze or add to my empire.

Maybe I'll try a game like that with a warrior race like the Zulus or Vikings or Huns. But this morning I started a game as Korea. So, one thing at a time. (Already, though, I've met the Ottomans. That doesn't bode well.)

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12. Video Game: BioShock 2 [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:230]
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Begin to play this, after a month of no video gaming. I didn't like the first one, but find this to a good price. Didn't like this either. Only played the first level.
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13. Video Game: Bully [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:727]
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I finished beating this one this week. It was my third time going through the whole game, and it was every bit as fun as my first!

I'm also still working my way through Far Cry 3 and Last Dream as well as playing bits of Our Darker Purpose, Rogue Legacy, and Temple Run.
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14. Video Game: Sacred Citadel [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:6374]
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I just added this to the "Beaten" list, so go have a look! I played with my friend with a box of pizza and a sugary drink. It's very much a game that I played for nostalgia value.

I also have played a bit of Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. I have only one more story mission to go (I think), so I am catching up on quests. I don't know if I should do everything I can before I go in to the final battle and then call it quits, or do the final battle and then go back into the game so I can recruit all the secret characters and finish low-level quests to get them some easy AP.


On a side note, this weekend was the quarterly board game convention, so I got some new games played and got to catch up with some friends I don't see very frequently. I think I used to be very into board games because I felt a sense of community on BGG and the Toronto gaming forums, but I'm now getting that sense of community from VGG so I've spent more time on video games and less on board games.
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15. Video Game: Starseed Pilgrim [Average Rating:4.71 Overall Rank:7366]
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I finally decided to grab this, and I am really digging it. I'm not very good at it yet, but it's so unusual, I'm really having a great time with this. I haven't gotten very far, but I'm into the way it works. It's a kind of exploration that is pretty fascinating. I expect there is more to it too, so we'll see what happens.
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16. Video Game: ArcheAge [Average Rating:5.45 Unranked]
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Trion's new MMO went into open beta this weekend, which has pulled Smudge out of 'no gaming' doldrums to try a new MMO.

Of course, I'm solidly in 'strategy game' mode at the moment, so I'm not willing to pull really long stretches with it.

But, we've been adventuring together, and have hit level 10. So far, it's relatively average.

Characters start with one class, and gain two more later (with the third activating at level 10), which allows a good amount of customization, especially since you then have to distribute your skill points amongst the three classes.

Combat is fairly standard, though it is over-fiddly with lots of statuses that can be inflicted on enemies, and every attack can gain benefits if the target has particular statuses. It's all nicely spelled out, but there's a lot of it. Should reward the people who dive deep into that well, though.

The world and critter design is pretty good (much better than RIFT (2011)), and there's a lot of things to interact with. I even found a boat that we could get in and row across a lake. We got our mounts last night and found they can take one passenger—we could even get on each other's mounts (at the same time), but only as passengers, so no one could drive....

Questing and plotline are holding at about 'average' for me. There is a clear plotline, there's a number of other things to do, but they don't yank you away from your immediate goals. NPCs have a strong case of 'helpless', and the world isn't quite gelling, but I've seen worse.
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17. Video Game: Wild Arms [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1554]
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For most of the week, I marathoned my way through Mass Effect 3, wrapping up Mass Effect 3: Citadel yesterday. Still letting the full experience soak in. Will post it to the beaten list shortly.

I'm actually considering another run of ME3 on Insanity. Possibly even ME2+ME3. I'm not sure if I have it in me to play the original Mass Effect for a third time, but its a testament to the game's quality that I'm considering it.

Now I'm back to Wild Arms, which may finally be gathering some steam. I hate solo prologues in party-based RPGs. The combat is just incredibly tedious. But, after a very long 1:45, I have the three main characters all gathered together. So far I've been underwhelmed, but the "crest graph" magic system looks like it may be interesting. Looking into that a bit online.

Not sure what my next game will be. Considering Alice: Madness Returns.
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18. Video Game: One Finger Death Punch [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1335]
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I have a licensing exam early Tuesday morning so this past week has mostly be study, study, study. Today I need some games that I could play for just a little bit for some stress relief.

The first game I tried was Our Darker Purpose. Unfortunately, repeating things over and over (even when rooms are randomly generated) isn't my idea of fun.

But I started playing One Finger Death Punch and wow, is that game fun. Exactly what I needed. Fast paced action in a simplified format with lots of flying bodies was exactly what I needed.
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19. Video Game: Civilization V: Brave New World [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:79] [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
Video Game: Civilization V: Brave New World
I played a little bit of Civ V, just to get my feet wet again.
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20. Video Game: Deep Black [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Actually "Deep Black: Reloaded" from a recent bundle. The jury's still out on this one for me.

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Exciting game play suggests using both environments for combats: land and underwater.
That part from the official blurb is very misleading. There's no freedom to choose how to approach an objective. The game's highly linear. Sometimes you fight on land then you get to an underwater part. Back and forth, rinse repeat. It is however pretty well done when it comes to switching between the two domains and the fighting and moving is actually quite good.

It has the distinct feel of a game that tried to copy several better games. The whole suit + limited weapons + pick up rocket launcher heavily reminded me of Crysis 2. There's a cover system but it's not as smooth as it could/should be. The voice acting again is just a step below what you would expect for a game that looks like this.

For the most part (so far) it's a competent but not excellent game. Enjoyable aside from the occasional difficulty spike.

One thing that's a big glaring though are the AI deaths. There's only a couple of variations and one of them prompted me to rename the enemy faction from Ishiguro-Himmel-Systems to Ishiguro-Willhelm-Systems. So far I still find it humorous, though...
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21. Video Game: Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance
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Levels in this game are pretty short, so I dipped in for a couple of 15 minute sessions over the weekend... When I wasn't playing Overlord or Pinball FX 2 that is!
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22. Video Game: Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:1393]
Video Game: Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City
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Play a LOT of this over the weekend. I don't feel like I am scrounging for cash at every step anymore, but you can easily tap yourself dry if you aren't careful. I have made a bit of progress and am down in the second stratum (trying to finish up the map for B7F, but I've been down to B8F a tiny bit).
I've also just about finished up the map for the first screen of the ocean sidequest. I think I am missing something...or have overlooked some island with a necessary provision, as I can't quite reach the last port area, so I've been trying to do all of the sea quests instead. I've done the first two port's quests, and I've been working on the third. It would be better if it wasn't just fighting the same boss creature three times with different forced party members, but whatever.

I played a bit of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes as well. This game is kind of enormous. The 100% Platinum trophy run will be a ways off still.
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23. Video Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition [Average Rating:8.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.96 Unranked]
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...124 to run fleeing from the mountain. ...125 to use a rope to climb the steep cliff. ...126 to quickly cast "summon stairs." ...127 to dodge under the falling rocks.
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Well, I played about 5 no 7 hours of this on Saturday, which made for a nice a relaxing day. I completed my current self-imposed quest (which is an actual Dungeon Quest in the game) which was to explore all of Forelhost. I was not quite a high enough level to do the quest in one go - I had started it last weekend and hadn't finished it them. And this weekend I had to take a break from the dungeon to restock my healing potion collection.

But by my careful allotment of potions, massively increasing my use of my bow, and sneaking like a boss, I was able to get through the dungeon.

I had fun making the draugr run into the dungeon traps, which saved my life a couple of times. Especially because a couple of traps had glitches and would not turn off (poison dart traps in particular - they kept firing forever!)

All in all, I managed to get all the way to the end and defeat Rahgot due to some massive pathing glitches, which I was all too happy to exploit (Rahgot kept blasting my last location with fire, while I snuck behind some pillars and emerged elsewhere in the room to blast him with magic and fire arrows at him.)

The dungeon run increased my level to 25 (I started the dungeon at 22) and I gained increases in light armor, stealth, bows (I went from 20 something to over 40 because I was using bows for their sneak attack bonuses!) I increased my alchemy to almost 50, I increased my enchanting, and I increased my destruction and restoration. I do love those healing spells!

So now I can finally continue with my previous goal, which was to join the Dawnguard. I was actually looking for their stronghold when I found Forelhost. Turns out, after wiping out two vampire dens, the vampires are now showing up in random cities when I am around... which has already caused some collateral damage with NPCs dying... so I might was well join the Dawnguard at this point. But that is a quest for next weekend...
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24. Video Game: A Dark Room [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2949]
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Started this on Sunday morning before my board game party.

I was able to play for three hours before I had to stop and get ready for said party.

Wow, this little game is addicting! I just got to the part where it turns into a rogue-like, instead of just being a resource management game.

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I can't wait to see how far the map extends!

And I need more steel! I have plenty of iron, but steel! That's where it's at! Steel for better armor and items... I did find a steel sword, but I am afraid to lose it.


Anyway, I'll be playing this more throughout the week, trying to get to the end!

So addictive...
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25. Video Game: The Banner Saga [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:800]
Video Game: The Banner Saga
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Played The Banner Saga exclusively this weekend (after playing through a game of Civilization V: Brave New World during the week). It's quite good. I've found it kind of annoying that many of the decisions I make in the game are opaque, and can result in totally unforeseeable consequences, some of which are incredibly bad. But that's just sort of how the game goes - it's really about how the story plays out, and it's supposed to be a relatively dark game, I think. On the whole, I'm enjoying the setting, aesthetic, and story quite a lot.
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