15 September 2014: What video games did you play this past week?
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It is time again to share with us all what video games you played this past week! What video games have you been playing?

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1. Video Game: Orcs Must Die! [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:737]
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Plugging away at nightmare mode on OMD.. Hope to be done this weekend.

I'm governor of the Borders area in sleepy Stronghold Kingdoms. There are some negotiations but without an enemy and surrounded by allies, the game has taken a much quieter path.
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2. Video Game: Stronghold HD [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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Picked up Strongold HD in last week's GoG sale. At first I just continued on with Pharaoh: Gold, but I haven't touched it since Tuesday now (still in the first mission of the Old Kingdom).

Stronghold is billed as a 'castle sim'. Sadly, it's less sim, and more base-building RTS. It's not a bad one, but it is regularly handing my head back to me. I don't think I've seen a speed setting, but I could use one; several parts of the game have gone by in less time than I can really parse events. I'm currently at Mission 6, which is in Act 2 (no idea how many there are). Past the entirely passive first missions of the combat and economic campaigns, I've failed each mission at least once. (Though I've yet to try the second economic mission.)

It is interesting, and there is some history to it, but there's a good amount of non-history too. Not sure if I'll be going any further with it at this point.

Lastly, Smudge and I tested Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga via network this week. Spent most of the night problem solving, but got it to work. There may be more to report on that anon.
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3. Video Game: Dragon Quest [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1400]
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In my day sonny, it was called "Dragon Warrior"...

Just heard yesterday that it had been ported to Android and that it was going for $2.99. So I bought it.

The graphics have been updated and they've redone the dialogue/text. The new graphics are fine-ish. I miss the old dialogue. I've noticed a couple bugs/glitches and it has crashed twice. So there's room for improvement if/when they release updates. Oh, and they made a UI meant for a phone. It's pretty good too..though I just put it down cuz my thumb was starting to cramp up.

Anyways, it's a pretty good bit of modernized nostalgia. I wish FF1 had better reviews because I've much rather have that in my pocket at all times.

Edit: proofread and realized my phone auto-incorrected a few words. shake
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4. Video Game: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:215]
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WiiU version. Having finished Darksiders II I thought I'd go a-pirating. Have never played any AC before, and it's not as similar to Prince of Persia as I expected, so I am finding it very unfamiliar. I am a ruthless bastard.
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This weekend is our 7th annual Alphabetic Boardgaming Challenge, where my partner and I play 26 boardgames in a row, one for each letter of the alphabet. Tonight we made it through Innovation, by staying up until 1am which was totally a mistake since Debbie works tomorrow. But it's still my favorite weekend of the year. If you're curious, check out the geeklist, which I'll be continually updating until we finish on Monday night.
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6. Video Game: Fallout: New Vegas – Dead Money [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:3151] [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked]
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Definitely did not like this as much as Old World Blues. Survival Horror just isn't my cuppa. Cool story and all, but the whole ghost-zombie town is not what I want in my games.

Also a bit more Path of Exile. Man that game is addictive. I'm taking it light this time around so I don't burn myself out.
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7. Video Game: Far Cry 3 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:213]
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The deeper I get into this game, the more I like the story. There's some great meta level commentary on what would happen to a person's sanity if they were placed into a situation similar to most shooters, even assuming they had or gained the means to survive it! I could sure do without the escort missions and the quick time events, though! When will developers ever learn!?

As usual, I also played some more Ancient Domains of Mystery and a little bit of One Finger Death Punch.
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8. Video Game: Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:2403]
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With having injured my leg and having to elevate it for the past several weeks, we returned to video games to pass the time in the evenings instead of board games.

We decided to pick this back up, but restarted from the beginning since it had been since 2010 since we last played and were in year 2.

This past week, we started year 3 and boy it was challenging. There was a dragon in one of the areas that we could not beat no matter who we took. I don't know if we're supposed to be able to defeat him, but there are aspects of this game that don't seem quite balanced. Unless you can play the game over again once you're done and keep your levels.

But the most recent assignment we had, to make sundry items, was so easy because we had registered a bunch of items with one of the shops so we just bought what we had made and turned it in. Day one done!

So now we can go exploring all the areas we haven't had time for. Last assignment had us out searching this night land area for certain items, but we were shunted out prematurely because we ran across a demon that killed us. Yet another monster we can't defeat yet.

Anyway, this is a fun game. Really enjoy the character interactions, so funny! Really looking forward to getting to the end and seeing how it turns out. And if we can play through it again, Will wants to. I'm not so sure. We hardly ever finish games. It'd be nice to start a new one.
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9. Video Game: World of Goo [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:334]
Video Game: World of Goo
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I passed my licensing exam so I have more free time now. Yay!

During the week though my gaming time is in the morning when the people I usually game with are at work. soblue But I'm finding this is giving me time to check out some single player games. Though I'm worried about getting into a game too much that it makes me late for work. (Has happened to me in the past.)

I've been playing more One Finger Death Punch. As well I started playing World of Goo and I'm really enjoying the building puzzles in the game. I'm glad I picked this game up during the Steam sale.
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10. Video Game: Dota 2 [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:661]
Video Game: Dota 2
I've played mostly Dota 2. Well I suck at it.. Afraid to try real human beings, seeing how many articles on a single character there are. surprise I'm happy if I can somewhat consistently last hit.. blush

Also Dota 2>League of Legends. Why? I can play it. (linux)


However, after getting frustrated because the game is overwhelming. I also bought the latest humble bundle.

Played alot of Luftrausers and Gunpoint.

I also revisited Super Hexagon and replayed everything.. I was kind of rusty, but managed to get 60+ on every level in 2 hours.. Which theoretically could be done in 6 minutes.
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11. Video Game: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:164] [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked]
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Had a hankering to play something familiar. Enough time has passed that I can't remember how annoying this game was. So far it's absolutely delightful and captivating! meeple
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12. Video Game: Mass Effect [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:8.16 Unranked]
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After a detour to Virmire, I'm in Noveria. I've made at least one decision so far in the game that I know will work against me later, though I'm not sure how as this is my first run through the series.

About Virmire, though...
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I felt bad about Wrex dying, even though it was Ashley that killed him while I tried to get him to stand down. Then right after, I had no issues with Kaiden being the "chosen sacrifice" at the end of the mission simply because I had used him so little in my squad, he was somewhat faceless, even though he never tried to cause problems or, you know, attempt to shoot me in the face.
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13. Video Game: Saints Row IV [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:753]
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I decided to play around with this yesterday just to cause chaos, upgrade weapons, and repeatedly change my President's appearance in drastic ways. I took down a few Wardens after getting my notoriety high enough for them to show up, but it doesn't seem that there's any special reward for killing the ones that aren't plot-related.
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14. Video Game: Beat Hazard [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2373]
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I completed Shadow Operations missions in Beat Hazard for four full hours yesterday, mainly going after lofty goals (like accruing 60 million points total) with appropriately lengthy songs. Thanks, prog rock!

I unlocked a few new ships by going through so many Shadow Ops ranks, but why the hell are Steam Workshop ships locked behind high ranks? I want to play as the Millennium Falcon now, damn it!
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15. Video Game: Payday: The Heist [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3050]
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Amy, Rudy, Andy and I got paid yesterday. The four of us managed the Diamond Heist, and after Andy had to call it a night, the remaining three completed the Slaughterhouse.

We then tried No Mercy, the last level that they (not having the DLC) have available. We didn't complete it, but the goals seemed much less clear in that mission than in others, with us frequently ending up at a point where we had no idea how to progress. As with the others, though, practice makes perfect acceptable. We'll get through it somehow.
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16. Video Game: Payday: The Heist [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3050]
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Payday: The Heist - Played with Matt, Amy, and Andy. Imagine that there are 4 stooges and they try to go around robbing places. That was us and it was great.

Amy snapped my consecutive kill count streak. Her new powerful gun and my team accuracy bonus, which I do not benefit from, had something to do with. I must find a way to regain my title. Blood is gonna spill...

Alpha Protocol - Played for about 15 minutes before I stopped. I am stuck in the first room with a computer you need to hack. What the hell...? Trying to figure that out on a mouse and keyboard is ridiculous.

Path Of Exile - Burn out. It's becoming harder and harder to want to play this. One of the problems is that I like to keep things as casual as possible and the game only lets you do that for so long before it really kicks your butt.
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On both Saturday night and Sunday night I Played this, with the following reprobates:

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On Saturday we had 5 attempts at the Diamond Heist before we were finally successful. Whereas on Sunday night we played the No Mercy scenario, which is set in the hospital that features in Left 4 Dead... we had 8 failed attempts and were unable to cause the zombie plague.
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18. Video Game: Castle Crashers [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:419]
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We made it through the end of the river after the sawmill, so we only rescued and fought over one princess. When I last played this (local coop with Amy, years ago) we got stymied by one of the later bosses. It will be interesting to see if that happens again.
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19. Video Game: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:2895]
Video Game: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
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ninja Finally got through the tense firefights of Pakistan in Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Now I'm deep into a mission in frozen Russia, which has been rendered almost too smooth by the addition of a two-legged engine of destruction called a Warhound, a heavily armored drone armed with rapid-fire mortar and wire-guided missiles. It's a walker of the ED 209 school and is capable of laying down such a huge volume of firepower that I've just positioned it to command a good view of the field and let it take out all comers, only switching back to "soldier mode" to clean up the stragglers. You almost feel sorry for 'em.
Quite a bit of work done in ANNO 2070 this week--trying to replenish my license cache.
I feel like I'm breezing along in Mark of the Ninja almost too fast--like I'm missing challenge rooms and potential upgrades or something.
And, as usual, some skirmishing in Company of Heroes 2. ninja

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20. Video Game: Minecraft [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:112] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
Video Game: Minecraft
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I thought it would be fun to try Minecraft again after so much time off. I'm not sure if I'll be / should be continuing.

I spend so many hours on a map building a home only to have it blown up by some stupid creepers. Restarted in another map and secured a nice island, but then I didn't get any monster drops anymore and everything was way to far away. I don't like playing in creative mode because there's no challenge and nothing I build will ever look as awesome as the stuff you see online. And the game puts me in a weird place mentally. Even just one weekend and I'm already obsessing over the game again.

On the upside I appreciate that the animal breeding system's now finally working and that they've implemented a couple of interesting decorative ideas. But the redstone system remains clumsy as always and it still bothers me how other mechanics are implemented.

I've started again and turned off mobGriefing. That's ... better...
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21. Video Game: Port Royale 3 - Gold Edition [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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He's looking real sharp in his 1940's fedora. He's got nerves of steel, an iron will, and several other metal-themed attributes. His fur is water tight and he's always up for a fight.
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He's a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action. He's a furry little flat-foot who'll never flinch from a fray. He's got more than just mad skills, he's got a beaver tail and a bill.
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I bought a Kalypso bundle with this in it. I played through the tutorials and a couple scenarios of Airline Tycoon 2, Omerta - City of Gangsters, Imperium Romanum, and am going through the Trader campaign for PR3.

So far PR3 is the only one that's captured my attention much. I can see possible value in trying to figure out AT2, Omerta has fun turn-based combat, building cities is always a good time, but I feel kind of like I have games already that do those things but better. Doesn't mean I'm never going back, only that I'm currently going to move forward with Port Royale. I do like the way the goods are set up. Supply and demand makes sense here. The game had me make a trade route and it honestly looks to be the stupidest trade route ever in all of the history of mankind, but besides that things are good.
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22. Video Game: Band Hero [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3318]
Video Game: Band Hero
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I had a gathering of friends to play Band Hero and it is much better with them. At the same time it's worse - if they had exactly the same taste in music it would be wonderful. Nothing is ever perfect but it was pretty darn close. Had a great time shredding my fakeplasticguitar, singing a little. Enjoyable!
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23. Video Game: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:501]
Video Game: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
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Didn't do a whole lot of gaming type activities over the weekend, but the gaming I did do was mostly spent in LEGO New York city. Finished all of the story missions on Friday evening, so Saturday was chock full of finding gold bricks and character/vehicle tokens. Opened up a large chunk of the extra missions...think I only need to open two more doors, but that requires more gold bricks, so the grind continues. I did some Free Play runs through the extra missions for the red bricks, so the money grind won't be a chore anymore.
I haven't noticed any of the races to be as annoying as people were making them out to be...I had to replay the initial one once, and another race because I somehow got my car stuck and there were no other cars nearby to steal. Think I have had to replay a flying one once as well...because the flying does not have the best set of controls ever.
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24. 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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Played a bit of this as well. Attempted to fight the boss of the second stratum twice, but his status attacks just become overwhelming for my squad at the moment. I've been playing with my second string characters, trying to catch them up in levels a bit, as I might have to swap my teams around to add some status effects to my own arsenal.

I went into the game and decided I wanted to figure it out for myself; no looking at team builds or any of that nonsense. I might have to try "resting" a few characters to try and unlock some different skills that I ignored originally...which will also give me a good reason to team up different groups of characters to level grind a bit. Might find some good synergies between characters I didn't know existed as well. I'm not 100% sure what all I am losing or gaining from resting beyond "lose 5 levels to reassign points"...I tested it out and it looks like I had an extra skill point in there, but I am not sure if I miscounted somewhere. Losing 5 levels seems like a hard pill to swallow. I dunno.
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25. Video Game: Brütal Legend [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1590]
Video Game: Brütal Legend
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Spotted that this was on sale at GoG last night, and gifted it to my roommate Smudge.

She installed it (~10 GB download, yeesh...), and tried it out. She's the main RPG/adventure fan of the household; she figures she'll want my help when it gets to the more RTS portions. She also wants her husband Baron around, as he's the main heavy metal fan. So progress will be slow.

But, saw a bunch of the early parts last night, and it is hilarious.

"You ever feel like you're in the wrong time? Like maybe you should have been born... earlier, or something?"
"You mean like the seventies?"
"No, earlier. Like... the early seventies."

"What do you do with a bunch of kids who do nothing but bang their heads all day?"
[Eddie tears up a little] "...You start a revolution."
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