9 November - 15 November 2015 : What video games are you playing this week?
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1. Video Game: Fallout: New Vegas [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:50] [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked]
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With all of the hype surrounding Fallout 4's impending release, I thought it was time that I got stuck into New Vegas again. The furthest I've previously managed to get is to meet Mr House for the first time, and no further.
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2. Video Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [Average Rating:8.68 Overall Rank:7] [Average Rating:8.68 Unranked]
Video Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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Playing on Wii U Virtual Console. Just beat the Forest Temple and moving on to the Fire Temple. My kids are very impressed with my knowledge of every square inch of this game.

Also still plugging away at Super Mario Maker. The recent update was great, so hoping Nintendo continues to support it.
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3. Video Game: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:1292] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
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Been playing the CRAP out of this one lately. I've been mostly doing the dailies (I keep screwing up the Lost ones, but I usually win the others unless I do something dumb).

I've finished greed mode with every character but The Lost at this point (blue baby took way too long, I kept doing dumb things), but now I have to go back for Mega Satan and Hush on most characters since they didn't keep track of my victories pre-expansion (which I did on every character just because, except for The Lost).

I do have one complete victory sheet on Isaac, and should on Azazel but I keep playing tired and making dumb mistakes.

I also have about half the challenges done. I LOVE the blue bomber one but again, stupid mistakes on a game I should have won.
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4. Video Game: Fallout 4 [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:183] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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10 more hours until Fallout unlocks................


Finally finished Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The secret ending was awesome, really moving. thumbsup

The actual ending, where you replay the hour-long tutorial was unforgiveable. I skipped it and watched the end of the vid on Youtube. Really poor design choice for such an excellent game that I'll never play again.

Cannot fathom how someone would think you'd like to play the most boring part of the game twice. And If I ever wanted to replay it...I'd have to play that awful tutorial again. yuk
So I traded in my copy.

Still 10 outta 10 though. 50 hours of good times.
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5. Video Game: Guild Wars 2 [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:468]
Video Game: Guild Wars 2
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Technically this was over the weekend, but I'm a rebel posting it now. Had a ton of multiplayer gaming over the weekend, but I failed to type it up then, which is why I've now forgotten who all was playing.

Gauntlet was where we started, I think with Amy, Rudy, and Matt.

Then single round of Dungeonland amidst which people crashed out.

Then we joined Jythier and some others for a massive Guildwars 2 questing bumble.

Most excitingly, after all my nostalgia for Path of Exile, I played it for the first time in a year or so with Rudy. And I realized it's really just a single thing that had been keeping me away -- the experience penalty on death. At high levels, the prospect of losing 2-3 hours of progress every time you die, with the very real possibility that after playing 4 hours (and dying 2-3 times) you'd be a few hours worse off than when you started, is just something I no longer enjoy dealing with. But the game, with its skill forest, remains awesome. Got to see a few new skills which looked cool.

And Jythier and I joined smudge and rindis for a dungeon in GW2, which was fun.
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6. Video Game: Mass Effect 3 [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:68]
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I am playing this when I can, which is not as often as I'd like.

When I played the game the first time, I had not played the ME2 DLC Arrival. So the beginning of ME3 made absolutely no sense and made me angry at the game's writers, both because of how little sense it made and because it was inconsistent with my conception of Commander Shepard. I still am not a fan of the beginning, but it is at least understandable now. Similarly, the changes in Liara didn't make a lot of sense and her character's situation and behaviour seemed really disconnected from what I knew of her, but those things are now understandable. I think setting up a sequel so it hinges on DLC that many people may not have played is a poor decision.

Relatedly, I'm non-stop shocked at how much of an impact ME2 DLC makes in ME3. There is a large amount of side missions and general state of the world stuff that relies on ME2 DLC, and there's a few bonuses I get just because I played ME2 DLC. I don't like that - ME3 shouldn't be so impacted by one's purchase of DLC for a previous game in the trilogy.

I really like building up war assets. I spend a lot of time reading the descriptions of the assets and imagine the different elements coming together and working in battle, watching a force come together. Also, I found out one of the assets is an elite team of Alliance marine front-line engineers called the "Bridge Burners", which is awesome. It reminds me I haven't read anything Malazan in a while, which is a problem that needs fixing.

I'm doing the DLC in the order recommended by Simon, and have thus far done the From Ashes DLC. It was excellent.
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I find the new squadmate entertaining. I took him to Sur'Kesh. When Wrex threatened to eat the Salarian soldier's livers raw if they didn't comply with his wishes, Javik commented something to the effect of "Wrex is correct. In my time, that was a delicacy." Awkward silence ensued. I can imagine Shepard taking him aside later and trying to explain some of the finer points of inter-species diplomacy, like don't casually acknowledge you've eaten some of the other species, for example. It's just not cool.

The Protheans are precisely what I didn't expect them to be, which is perfect, and exactly what they should be. I've seen a number of sci-fi games with something like the Protheans - advanced progenitor races who mysteriously vanish. MoO had it, Star Control 2 had it, GalCiv II had it... Seems a common trope. In every other context I can think of, these races are portrayed as morally perfect, idyllic, and near omnipotent, but invariably missing for some mysterious reason. The Protheans, as far as I can tell, were jerks. Not evil, per se, but not really people you'd want to share a galaxy with. Anything closer to type would've been eyeroll-worthy, but I think what they've done works incredibly well. Given how idealized the Protheans are in the ME universe, Javik is hilarious, and is currently probably my favourite squadmate to bring along simply for his dialogue.
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7. Video Game: BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:4743]
Video Game: BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
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I've tried to sit through the Story Mode of the game to understand more of the setting, with its time loops, clones and past versions and future versions of people crossing paths.

I've had more luck looking on Wikipedia than I have in the actual game. Actually, I've made some progress in that regard because of a rather succinct character list. The in-game Story Mode - even the chapters that summarize the first two BlazBlue installments - are filled with so much pointless dialogue that barely anything of consequence comes of it. It doesn't help that several of the characters have stereotypical annoying anime voices or mispronounce already difficult names ("Takamagahara"? What?).

I did get through the game in Arcade mode, though, and will keep playing for the frantic in-game action. Patience got me through training. It will eventually get me to comprehend what the hell all these fights are for.
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8. Video Game: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:611]
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I am trying to finish this one before Fallout 4 hits is. I don't think I'm going to make it. Still having a ton of fun with it though. Definitely one of my favorite games of the year.

I'm also playing a bit of:
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9. Video Game: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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Finally finished up Tomb Raider. Not a bad game in the end and did give me a few hours of gaming fun.

Pluses: shooting part was fun, puzzles could be fun at times, story line has some engaging aspects.

minuses: Hunting for items, puzzles could be annoying at time, dumb cut scenes that put you in situations. No REAL open world asspect.

When I finished it, I went back and found almost everything and upgraded all my skills and weapons.

World of Tanks
Went back to playing this some. Still trying to get my Tiger upgraded to a level where it was worth all the hassle of getting. Enjoying my pimped out Wolverine and trying to get my T1 heavy upgraded to where its more useful.

Fallout 4
I have to have surgery on Thursday, but nothing too bad. I will have to spend about 4-5 days of recover time at home.....did I mention this game comes out on Tuesday... coincidence... I think not.
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10. Video Game: Riven: The Sequel to Myst [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:448]
Video Game: Riven: The Sequel to Myst
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Plays Riven for the first time, and have played it for two evenings. Heard it's gonna be harder then Myst, but I don't know. It was really easy, at least in the beginning.

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The only hard puzzle I have comed across was the animalstones circle. But that puzzle was unbelievable hard. I was quite sure it had with
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the seal sound on one of the eye balls, and then the other four stones would be connected other stones. But at time I had only found 3 eye balls. One bird, and one I could not identify. I checked up this puzzle in a walkthru. And the last two eye balls are hard to find. And even then you know the all, it is hard to connect them to the right stone. Then you have the number system, if the puzzle wasn't hard enough without it.


I have now comed to another age. Let's see when I continue the journey.
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11. Video Game: Distant Worlds [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:2811]
Video Game: Distant Worlds
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I've been dithering about buying this for the last few months. But I'm feeling the urge for some strategy, so I finally put down the $60 for it.

I just fired up the tutorial and haven't actually read anything yet. But the first screen that pops up has a solid 100 distinct visual elements on it.

This should be fun.
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12. Video Game: Rocket League [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:279]
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, who happens to be the guy who gave it to me.

We make a really good team, in my opinion, and I had some neat moments and a lot of bad moments, and so did he, though he had more neat moments than me and less bad moments.

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13. Video Game: Undertale [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:601]
Video Game: Undertale
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Mostly just adding this here as a reminder that everyone should just go play this game. Learn as little about it first as you can - the less you know, the better. Just play it - it's simply that good.

I'l be playing and voicing it once more, probably next weekend. We'll see what else we discover.
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14. Video Game: Dark Souls II [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:244] [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked]
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I'm mostly focusing on my musical pursuits this week, but when I've got some downtime, I'm playing Dark Souls II.

New character -- this time a strength build -- and I'm going Covenant of Champions, which disables the "limited enemy respawn" mechanic that I hate so much... and also disables all summoning (including NPC summons), gives all enemies 40-50% more HP and 40-50% more damage output, and makes all enemies more aggressive.

Playing in that covenant makes the game a crapton harder. I chose to go down the Huntsman's Copse/Harvest Valley/Earthen Peak/Iron Keep route before going after The Lost Bastille (I have enough problems with Ruin Sentinels when they're not made *even harder*, so I'm saving them for when I'm higher level), and the Skeleton Lords -- a boss I've never died to in two previous playthroughs -- smashed me about a dozen times before I finally killed him.

I'm kind of wondering if I'll have the skill to do TW+D when they're even harder than normal, and I can't summon.
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15. Video Game: Diablo III [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:516]
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Since my son and I quite enjoyed the co-op of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (and Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for that matter), I found myself researching other isometric games, and naturally arrived at Diablo III. We launched into it this afternoon, but were bored after 15 minutes. I think partly he didn't like the class he had chosen. The reason being, neither of us really knew what we were doing. So I played 30 minutes by myself this evening, and a lot of things became clearer, plus I found that I had some nice items waiting for me in the stash...

Edit: Question, is it worth getting the Reaper of Souls expansion?
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16. Video Game: Arx Fatalis [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1947]
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Continuing along in this game at which I am not good enough. I did not think I would ever beat that demon boss, and I didn't...fairly. Somehow it glitched and got stuck in a meteoric sculpture, which I took advantage of and even with no retaliation it took me a long time to kill it; no idea how I'd have done it otherwise.

Now I'm facing off against Liches and having a similar dying all the time problem... haven't figured out how to glitch them into a wall yet, and they're casters so it might not matter. But I'm making progress again until the next unbeatable boss.

EDIT: Liches taken down through the dual power of Drain Mana and Chug Life Potion. Next stop: Final Boss
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17. Video Game: Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:3007]
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I'm 8 hours in now. Still having fun, but the game certainly lacks polish, as the quality of the mini-games is extremely irregular. In terms of difficulty, some are almost trivial, and can be easily completed on the first try, while others are frustratingly difficult. In terms of design, some are very uninspired. The worst offender is a version of the children's game "Pop-Up Pirate". A single-player implementation of a completely random activity isn't fun, specially when you remove the flying doll, the only gimmick which can make it amusing.

The game still has its charm, and I still find enjoyable a lot of mini-games, but the more I play it, the less patience I have for achieving gold scores. Thus, chances are I'm going to beat it, but I've already abandoned my initial intention of achieving 100% completion: I was looking for something charming and relaxing, not frustratingly difficult.
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18. Video Game: Eidolon [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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Started playing this survival game / walking simulator. It's good thus far, though my first impression is that it should have fully committed to one genre or the other. Stopping to survive gets in the way of my walking around, but the survival aspect is not deep enough to drive the game. Enjoying it anyway for now.
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19. Video Game: Path of Exile [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:594]
Video Game: Path of Exile
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I got my Templar in the 40s for the month long race. I am towards the end of act 4 on normal. So far I have died 4 times since level 34, so for cruel I need to start picking up health nodes and work on surviving and not damage output. I want to make it to the 50s and stop if I hit the wall, then I will just make another character and do it again.

Today played a hour long Descent race. Again I chose the Templar and made it to level 17 before time ran out. I could have made it to 18 if I hustled a bit more, but it was my first short race in a long time. It was a lot of fun. I finished at 400 out of 1000 contestants. Looking forward to more quick races.
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20. Video Game: The Talos Principle [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:577]
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"Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering." ― Steve Maraboli
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I started playing this game yesterday. I hve been "saving" it as I knew I'd like it. I have no idea what I was thinking not playing it right away! Anyway, so far I've really loved the game! The music is beautiful and calming, there's an interesting story (I love games that has a story!) and the puzzles have been fun to solve. I'm so looking forward to spending more time playing this one
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21. Video Game: Belladonna [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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With some patience and help from Dean I got my steam account up and running. Getting the game to work properly took a bit longer (had to edit the config file on the PC) but I got to play. So far I like it. The music is very apt and great for setting the mood. So I'm finally playing something else then iOS games
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22. Video Game: Fallout 4 [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:183] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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23. Video Game: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:739]
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On monday evening with Rudy and Andy.

Had some fun racing some levels. Great to find out the 'soccer' game. Pick up a -can't recall how they called it so let's say ball- and get it to the goal.

We really should play this one with even more VGG'ers when we are all online.
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24. Video Game: Hammerwatch [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2290]
Video Game: Hammerwatch
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And since Andy was playing Gauntlet when I joined the chat and I don't have that one. We played Hammerwatch to stay in character. Rudy joined us as well. We had a ranger, priest and wizard stepping into a dungeon.

We used HP regen, which was pretty handy. Got to the boss fight but even with 9 lives to spare it wasn't enough.

But it was fun playing Hammerwatch again.
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25. Video Game: Fallout 4 [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:183] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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My first house in Fallout 4.
I've added some benches out front and a couple posts.

My favorite part is the bridges that connect to the rooftops of the other houses for raider prevention.
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