6 June - 12 June 2016 : What video games are you playing this week?
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1. Video Game: Total War: Warhammer [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:1240]
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I managed to look at other games this weekend, but most of my time has gone on either playing this or reading or watching something related to it.
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2. Video Game: Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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Not sure if I'll play this more this week, but it just truck me that I've been playing this to and fro during the two weeks back and haven't listed it here, so I guess it deserves a mention.

I wrote so in the review too, but this game managed to hook me because of its complete silliness. There is something so utterly senseless with the fact to spend hours to play a video game just to unlock a swimsuit for a ficticious character, or get a specific ending movie, and the enjoyment comes from this complete devoid-ness of meaning and the hilariously stupid waste of time that it is.

A few games have managed doing that; this is one of those few.
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3. Video Game: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:57]
Video Game: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
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Playing the last level. Where is Zelda when I need her? ninja
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4. Video Game: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1867]
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5. Video Game: Mini Metro [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:989]
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Still refining efficiency through Mini Metro's achievement challenges, but found time to play some Game of Thrones, Lexica (when in a word game mood), Tap Heroes (although I should be dabbling in Clicker Heroes instead) and Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 (which is far less funny than I thought it would be and also much less of a game than it could have been).

I tried out Yargis - Space Melee, The Next Door, Why So Evil 2: Dystopia, Midvinter, Space Farmers, Secrets of Deep Earth Shrine, ENKI, Waste Walkers, Heaven Island Life, and Soccertron for 10-30 minutes each but none of them sparked anything in me --- some were even the opposite of fun.
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6. Video Game: Killzone: Shadow Fall [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2872]
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Was in the mood for something light (this was recently in a PSN flash sale). To fill in some context, Killzone 2 had some redeeming qualities that I could get into, whereas Killzone 3 was pretty bad.

Shadow Fall continues the bizarre and semi-tragic legacy of Gorilla Games, a develop with incredible technical talent and awful world-building skills. The lore here is just sooooo bad you begin tuning it out right away. I would almost say that if you turn down the voice-overs, you can enjoy Shadowfall more by just making up your own story to correspond to the action.

It's a very pretty game. Surprisingly so, for a PS3 launch title. I'd give this a pretty clear edge over Witcher 3, and it has the performance on deck as well.

I feel kind of sorry for the developers, because they seem to taking some queues from the right places, while still being stuck making yet-another Killzone game. You can see clear influences from games like Dead Space, Vanquish, and even Dishonored, which all prop things up when you're *not* shooting Helghast. It's almost like the Killzone template rejects actual depth when you get into the meat of things. I did really enjoy the hostage rescue with the destructable environments.

Success so far seems to be all about having the right weapon. The Helgan shotgun is godlike at close-to-mid range. Sniper rifle likewise at long range. I do pretty well if I can stay stocked on the right weapon.

So far I don't think much of the special powers you can activate from your drone. Sometimes it's nice to throw a shield up, if I need to make my own cover.
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7. Video Game: Payday 2 [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1724]
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I played Payday 2 with my brother today and had a lot of fun. The new skill tree thingy seems to work pretty well, even though I initially kinda got upset that they made yet another major change to the game. This one seems like a good change though.
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8. Video Game: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2015]
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Had my most successful and enjoyable night with the game yet and that was after not playing for several days (partly due to being busy and such). Tried out a new Operator I never use and man was HE a revelation. So fun. Will add a video clip or two to this post when I get a chance!
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9. Video Game: Marvel Heroes [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:4856]
Video Game: Marvel Heroes
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Ended up getting sucked back in for the (currently running) anniversary event. They just keep adding more heroes. And the tie-ins! After seeing Marvel: Civil War in theatres, I got to come fight against Crossbones, choose sides between Iron Man and Captain America, participate in an epic hero vs. hero fight on the airfield, and work for or against registration. Marvel is cross-promoting the whole universe, and I'm enjoying it.

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Hilariously, he found the most prized item in the game, the exceedingly-rare, limited-edition legendary scroll, of which only 1963 will drop ever in the entire game. Said scroll drops 5-6 chase high-level prizes, any one of which is a much-sought-after item that would signify a successful day farming. And he doesn't even have a single character to Lv40 yet.

(My stable of 10 lv60 characters have yet to find one of these, or even any but one of the things it drops)
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10. Video Game: Dungeon Defenders [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1073]
Video Game: Dungeon Defenders
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Dungeon Defenders II, technically. Played with a local friend as my first try of the game. Reasonably fun, but doesn't seem very different from the original so far aside from a few minor tweaks/improvements. Would be great to play with other VGGers, but annoyingly there doesn't seem to be a way to mitigate the level differential, so now that I'm Lv11, I'm already overpowered to play with new people, and underpowered to play with anyone who has played the game for multiple sessions.
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11. Video Game: Hand of Fate [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1561] [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
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I jumped back into this. Still need to beat the final boss, but also explore all of the extra content added by the DLC since the first time I played the game.

A few cool game and execution. Definitely worthy of a sequel (scheduled for 2017), so I need to finish this before that is released.

Also dabbled a little more in Civilization V, but I have no more ongoing campaigns, so I likely won't sacrifice more time to that in the near future.
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12. Video Game: LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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I played this a lot with my 5 y/old, until he wanted to move on to something else... then I eventually picked it back up to try and complete the game.
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13. Video Game: Microsoft Flight Simulator X Gold Edition [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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One of the things that I've always found irritating about Flight Simulator is the awkward control scheme for looking around. A POV hat or a keyboard key is a poor substitute for actually being able to look around while trying to hold a particular attitude.

Today I discovered FlyInside, an add-on for FSX that uses the virtual cockpit view and renders it in VR, complete with head tracking. This completely solves the problem! My only complaint is that the relatively low resolution of the current generation of VR headsets makes the instruments hard to read; all the numbers are just fuzzy blobs. This is helped somewhat by leaning in, and I think there's also supposed to be some sort of zoom feature that I haven't really tried yet.

Now maybe I'm going to have to get an actual flight yoke and rudder pedals to complete the experience and address my other long-standing issue, that of having crappy flight controls.
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14. Video Game: Pools of Darkness [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:2064]
Video Game: Pools of Darkness
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I'm away at a conference, and brought my laptop, and played Pools of Darkness on the plane (when I wasn't watching the Canadian Rockies out the window. I have not flown over them before, and they are stunning. ...Is it odd that, on seeing beautiful pristine snow glistening on mountaintops, I wanted to play some SSX?). It is the only game in this series I have yet to beat. I've cleared a couple maps and am trying to dig myself, XP-wise, out of a series of questionable dual-classing decisions that I'm hoping pay off in the long run.
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15. Video Game: Singularity [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1489]
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PS3. Almost through this. Quite liked the docks/ship section.

+ Only a few guns but all solid.
+ Smooth gameplay
+ Good length
+ Generous checkpoints
+ Decent graphics

- Don't like having to drop a normal gun to use special guns.
- Grim, claustrophobic atmosphere
- Few enemy types.
- Story and setting not interesting
- Puzzles too easy
- Very linear, backtracking prevented
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16. Video Game: Ancient Domains of Mystery [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:759]
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Still trying to beat this with a fate (randomly) determined character. I've got a dwarven paladin who's making good progress at the moment. I have the Ring of High Kings and the Water Orb, now comes the part of the game where I start grinding like crazy to try to prepare for the final run.
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17. Video Game: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:612]
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Continuing to slog through MGS V. Not because I'm necessarily enjoying it, but mostly out of sunk costs fallacy. "I'm this deep in, I might as well see it through."

My god, Chapter 2 is a trainwreck. I thought it was bad when the "To be continued..." nonsense in Chapter 1 broke the game's entire framework (so, my chopper got shot down, and I have to defend the old man, but I can fly in to mother base in my shot-down chopper to shower/rest and hang out in the ACC and fly it to other missions before I continue with the process of getting shot down? What?), but Chapter 2's copy/paste missions are just total narrative-breaking nonsense.

Also, the Quiet subplot managed to develop about a hundred glaring plot holes in one cutscene! Excellent work, Kojima!
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18. Video Game: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:442]
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Okay, learning more and more about the game. Had a good run this evening trying out stuff and killing of captains. Have to kill 4 war chiefs but that seems a bit hard for me at the moment. I'm just killing and doing side missions as the moment, still learning how to pick them off and kill them without putting myself in harms way.

As Batman I never had this problem as I knocked them all out, but here they keep coming and coming and coming, much harder like this to have an open fight. That is why I still have troubles taking on the warchiefs, so let's train a bit more.
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19. Video Game: Final Fantasy XIII [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1136] [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
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In Chapter 4 now. As combat gets a little more complex, it's getting a lot more interesting, though I already thought it was a nice change of pace initially.

Since I'm such a fan of open-world games, I was warned before I started that the linearity of the game would turn me away. I think the story is holding its own and the narrow maps haven't made me feel trapped at all.
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20. Video Game: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
Video Game: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
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Finished the first Uncharted.
Bloody hell if I didn't fall in the church scaffolding like 50 times.

But IT IS COMPLETE! Yay. Now onto my favorite one.
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21. Video Game: Hand of Fate [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1561] [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
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This game had been on my wishlist since before it was released, so when I saw it was in the newest humble bundle, I grabbed it and immediately started playing. While it's more story and less combat than I expected, it is still delightful, and very cool. Glad to finally get to try this one.
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22. 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
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‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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Something keeps drawing me back to this game. For years I've said Civilization is the most compelling game ever. That's often a complaint rather than a compliment, as I don't love the game all that much. Still, I can't stop playing, and I keep coming back.

My last few games have been on King level, on "tiny" maps (which, to me, aren't tiny at all, but just about the right size). I randomized my leader and the map type this time, and I ended up as India (Gandhi) on a "continents" map.

My continent is a big U-shaped one. I'm on one end, the Shoshone (Pocatello) are in the middle, and Carthage (Dido) is on the other end. The Netherlands (William) has a smaller continent all to itself.

I haven't played as India in a long time, and it feels strange. I normally expand as much and as quickly as I can, but since India is penalized for that I restrained myself this time. Still, I have five cities--about the same as the Shoshone and Carthaginians. William has only three. One nice thing about playing India is that my people have been joyously happy and productive all game long. And our Mughal Forts have fended off several Shoshone attacks; they've gained nothing, and peace terms were in my favor every time.

It's the early 20th century now, and Flight is the latest thing. I've been able to make allies of most all the city-states, and I host the world council (or whatever it's called). Unfortunately I was not able to keep ahead in world wonders or spread Hinduism very far (it was all I could do to keep my own cities Hindu).

Tonight I expect to race toward a diplomatic or science victory. It's possible Carthage or one of the others may win a cultural victory before that. We'll see. (I hope it doesn't come down to nukes. I've only experienced that once or twice in all my games.)
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23. Video Game: Race for the Galaxy AI [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:573] [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked]
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‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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I've taken to playing a game of this while waiting for Civ V to load.

I haven't even finished learning the (basic) deck yet, and I only play two-player games (without the special "advanced two-player" rules). I manage to win often enough to avoid getting discouraged, but I generally do better when I've got some military might. If I have to rely on an economic engine, it's very iffy; sometimes I get lucky, but half the time I don't know what I'm doing.

It's kinda fun when I pick a strategy and end up getting the cards I need to pull it off.
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24. Video Game: Child of Light [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:720]
Video Game: Child of Light
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Wii U. Started this one up as a break from shooters. I'm not hooked yet. Pity there's no voice acting.

Edit: I dunno, I am just finding this game super irritating.
- Right stick control for Ignatius is very sloppy (probably better with mouse).
- Combat is confusing and not explained well. Well, I am not a fan of this style of combat system. Reminds me of Final Fantasy.
- Story is not interesting.

Just been thumped down hard by the giant twice.
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25. Video Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:2953] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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I've been continuing on my game of CIV:BERT. My ally in my 4p game had taken over another faction. So, while his forces were poised to attack our last mutual enemy I did a major backstab and took his capital and wiped out all his major production cities. It was glorious. Now I am surrounding the last opponent and preparing to enclose him entirely before I roll in. Good times.
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