8 August - 14 August 2016 : What video games are you playing this week?
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1. Video Game: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1867]
Video Game: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
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Did run around a bit in Bangkorai. Did visit Blackheart Haven. Did get a pirate disguise. Didn't do that many quests.
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2. Video Game: Baseball Mogul 2010 [Average Rating:8.75 Unranked]
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There is no updated item, so this will have to do. I recently took advantage of an opportunity to buy the 2014 version of Baseball Mogul, which even though is outdated will let me play historical and fictional seasons just fine.

There's no guarantee I can do it, though, as whatever caused my arm to do what it's doing is still there, and playing games is a challenge.
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3. Video Game: Ori and the Blind Forest [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:819]
Video Game: Ori and the Blind Forest
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Me = Shame.

Shame! Shame! Shame!

I got tired of running from the stupid rock in Black Root Burrows so I got my daughter to do it for me.

Shame!


Matt, thanks for taking over for the next weekish!
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4. Video Game: Hearts of Iron IV [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:1292]
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I'm going for world conquest this week as an alt-history fascist British Empire. The plan is to beat Germany to the conquest of France, then stab it in the back to take Central Europe. Depending on whether the Japanese are in the Axis and how Russia ends up reacting to everything, I'll probably end up fighting at least a couple of land wars in Central Asia, so wish me luck!
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5. Video Game: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2834]
Video Game: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
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This is a Final Fantasy Themed week, apparently.

Playing:
* Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
* Final Fantasy: Record Keeper
* Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
* Mobius Final Fantasy
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6. Video Game: Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:2698]
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My old DAOC/WAR guild started a Facebook page at the weekend and one of them mentioned he was playing WAR on a private server. I should have resisted but after installing the client last night I've remembered how good it is. Spent last night and a bit this morning before working killing followers of Destruction in the battlegrounds. Being able to enter them at level 1 was a great feature.

I was dubious but the server seems well run and quite populous. There were over 400 online last night and it didn't take long to get a group for some battleground PvP.
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7. Video Game: Master of Orion [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked]
Video Game: Master of Orion
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Surprise! I'm playing the same game I play every week.

Right now I'm finishing up a large-map one-on-one game. I picked the weakest race, Mrrshan, and my opponent turned out to be the strongest race, Psilon. If I hadn't chosen average difficulty level, I'd probably have lost, but as it is I'm about to win. The Psilons are ahead of me in tech, and until late last night they were ahead in everything else too. It has been a hard row to hoe. Turns out we Mrrshans are better at relentlessly destroying stuff, though.

MoO is nowhere near perfect, but I keep coming back to it because so far I haven't found a game I like better.
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8. Video Game: Sword of the Stars Complete Collection [Average Rating:8.26 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.26 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'm also in the middle of a game of SotS, playing as the Tarkas against a random opponent who turned out to be the Liir.

Because this game was developing so slowly, I got impatient and went off to play Master of Orion for comparison.

And how does it compare? Well, SotS looks better and has some cool features, I guess. But it takes a long time to get much of anything done. And I can't imagine playing on anything but the smallest map, since a large-map game would take forever to finish.

Even with the clunky old interface in MoO, I can play a whole game in an evening (or a larger game on a day off). I guess that's important to me; I don't like to leave things hanging.
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9. Video Game: Dota 2 [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:661]
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Okay, I haven't posted in a while so I thought I was due. This is it. I play against hard bots. Co-op or by myself. I have no interest in playing against other people, too tense. 99% of the games are with people who know what they are doing and are friendly & relaxed experiences.

I threw a fiver in the steam wallet and shopped the marketplace for some cosmetics for my favorite heroes. Currently Dragon Knight, Sven, and Vengeful Spirit. And Crystal Maiden. I like to play about half the heroes so I always random (repick to a favorite if I get something like Meepo)

Do not micro, so Lone Druid, Meepo, Chen, etc. are right out.

Recently I completed a Total Warhammer campaign as the Orcs, it was fun but left me burnt out on the game. Finishing the game gets pretty tedious. The chaos invasion, while thematic, ends up extending the already too long campaign. Feels like, as the Orcs, you hit critical mass and then the game is a forgone conclusion, and a tedious mop-up as you steamroll the enemies with ridiculous numbers and autoresolve.

Total Warhammer had a second DLC released involving the beastmen, whose superunit is a giant (also available for chaos and orks.) They want to charge $18 and they cant even make a new superunit? zzz. Did not buy, seems overpriced. Same with the Gore DLC. $3 for what the game should have had to begin with seems a bit ridiculous.
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10. Video Game: Saints Row: Gat out of Hell [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:4635]
Video Game: Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
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This was free through PS+ and I remember Saints Row IV being way better than it had any right to be.

Gat out of Hell is certainly amusing. The NPCs who you encounter in hell include, among others, Shakespeare and Blackbeard. Shortly after you run into Shakespeare, he narrates a mission, constantly saying the phrase "in which the protagonist." Satan's daughter Jezebel quickly develops a crush on our hero Johnny Gat. Exactly what I'd expect from this dev-team.

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Since I'm playing on PS4, load times are extremely short, which is appreciated. Game handles smoothly. A light, breezy freeroam romp. Lots of upgrades to invest in as you rapidly become overpowered.

Obviously not designed to be as long as the numbered Saints Row games but it's a cool little distraction.
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11. Video Game: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:433] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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With a new adventure launching this week (including a free prologue wing, as I understand it), there's a very good chance I'll be playing some Hearthstone. I'm a sucker for free cards, and it'll be interesting to see how the new class cards shake up an already stale Old Gods meta in constructed play.
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12. Video Game: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:7235]
Video Game: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
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I'm continuing on with this puppy, still unsure of what to make of the Challenge Dungeons. Edward's chapter was surprisingly fun, and the challenge dungeon was great - it didn't challenge my combat ability, but instead was a giant loot-fest, where the decisions you make as well as a lot of RNG impact how much you can pay to open a chest at the end of the dungeon (which in turn impacts how good your final treasure is). Neat stuff. I'm currently on the Lunarian (Golbez and FuSoYa) chapter, and then on to the end-game. I'm hoping by this time next week I'll be done, but that's probably optimistic. We'll see.
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13. Video Game: Star Wars: The Old Republic [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:457]
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Still on the SWTOR train. One of my D&D buddies has been playing solid since launch and has a huge collection of characters that I can play with. It's pretty cool actually.
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14. Video Game: Final Fantasy VII [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:36] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
Video Game: Final Fantasy VII
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Well, I just kicked off this game for the third time. The other two times I made it most of the way through the first disk, but this time it's for real. I'm gonna do it, ok?!? Then I'll know for sure that FFVI is actually the best game ever, and all you FFVII fanboys can get off my back.


Personal issues aside, I'm really looking forward to this. Controls can be a bit wonky at times but the music is great and Barrett is as crotchety as ever.

So far I exploded two reactors, survived a fall of hundreds of feet by landing on some flowers, and befriended an underaged girl, who then convinced me to put on a dress to infiltrate a pimp's mansion to rescue a childhood friend, who I have a weird 'will they or won't they' vibe with, even though I think she's married, right?

Can't wait to get my talking cat and talking dog later in the game.

PS I really am looking forward playing this. And it's on the BGG top 100 challenge. Doubleplusgood.
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15. Video Game: Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:3824]
Video Game: Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan
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Started playing this one today. I'm apparently on a hidden object game spree currently. I'm really enjoying playing something relaxing with puzzles, so these games are perfect for me right now
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16. Video Game: Final Fantasy XIII [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1136] [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
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I decided to pay attention to the mission list for the Cie'th stones, so I now have chocobos available in Chapter 11.

I'm also up to Mission 18, which means to start it, I have to
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17. Video Game: Starbound [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1616]
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Not normally my type of game, but I went ahead and picked it up in the name of broadening my horizons. I like the sci-fi thing, though I'm not sure if that's enough for me to enjoy spending twelve hours collecting rocks so that I can build a crafting table that I can use to turn little bits of dirt I collect into bigger piles of dirt that I can collect.

I guess we'll find out.
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18. Video Game: Fallout 2 [Average Rating:8.47 Overall Rank:19] [Average Rating:8.47 Unranked]
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I'm starting off on my August Fallout adventure, this time with Fallout 2. Should be fun, I was just re-acquainting myself with the controls (which I'm not fond of) and already I'm on the road to Klamath.
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19. Video Game: Neverwinter [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:2371] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Played some more of this, reached 7th level. It's no Skyrim, but it's pretty goofy fun. Reminds me of playing D&D back when I was 10 years old, which isn't a bad thing.

My ranger recently raided some sewers and killed a bunch of wererats with her bow. The bow fighting is enough tactical to be fun. I have a spread shot, a rapid shot, and now an injuring shoot the punks in their knees shot.

I was hoping to level up the range of my bow, but I guess I'll have to level higher before I can shoot across the map. devil

Now, if I can learn any tells for all the traps I keep walking into, that might be helpful.
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20. Video Game: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3531]
Video Game: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
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This has been on the backburner for quite awhile. PS+ gave it out free some months ago, and I finally got to it.

These little twin-stick Tomb Raider adventures are up with my favorites of the genre. The shooting was good, dropping bombs, and traps.

The traps were cool.

Still have 2 weeks until Deus Ex: Mankind Divided releases. Really thought Rebel Galaxy was going to fill that time, but that was way too boring.

Might give Apotheon another try, now that I am more familiar with using the triggers for attack buttons.
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21. Video Game: The Talos Principle [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:577]
Video Game: The Talos Principle
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I've had less time for gaming lately due to a very hectic schedule and being exhausted in the evenings, but I'm still plugging away at the Talos principle.

I've now collected all the normal sigils from Zones A and B. I'm still missing a lot of the stars though, as they are often harder to find and tend to require more out of the box thinking.

I've also opened up levels 3 and 4 of The Tower, despite the warnings devil
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22. Video Game: No Man's Sky [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:5523]
Video Game: No Man's Sky
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I started my journey across the stars last night. The game doesn't give you a specific goal, so I'm pretending that I ordered a pizza from the wrong store and now I have to travel to the next galaxy over to pick it up.

From gallery of vyran

Off to a rough start. My ship has crashed on this strange planet, and I have to find materials here to put things back together myself. There is a red orb hovering in a container next to my wrecked ship, but it's not something I brought with me. It actually talks to me, calling itself the Atlas. It offers to guide me, and since I'm pretty damn lost right now, that sounds like a good idea, even though it looks like a clown nose.


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The place looks nice, but it's a little chilly despite being so colorful and lively-looking.


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After repairing the launch thrusters, I'm able to fly over the planet and even beyond the atmosphere. Asteroids beyond it provide me with a resource I can use to activate the ship's boosters.


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The boost cuts my travel time to the nearby space station from 20 minutes to about 2.


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I'm now in touch with civilization, but I'm limited to self-checkout to buy new materials.


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A Gek colonist on another planet in the star system. Alien beings are oddly friendly, offering me items to upgrade my ship despite the fact that we can't even speak to each other. I do find some Knowledge Stones scattered around my initial planet later which teach me words from his language, though.


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After installing a hyperdrive into my ship, I'm able to travel to nearby star systems. The journey for my pizza has just begun.
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23. Video Game: DOOM (2016) [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:286] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Video Game: DOOM (2016)
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On sale recently. On my 2016 challenge https://videogamegeek.com/geeklist/201276/item/4368132#item4...
Actually, finishing Doom would complete the 2016 Hardcore challenge for me so I will probably keep playing regardless of what I think of it.

I played through "level 1?" last night. The movement felt fluid, the way you can jump up ledges and the guy auto-scrambles up was nice.

Combat was pretty meh. Glory-kills, I think they are called, are available once you weaken an enemy: shoot em a couple time then close in for a mini-cinematic melee kill. This seems neat in concept but gets real boring real fast. Different minicinis depending on what angle you melee from. Great, but you are gonna fight like 50 zombies and after seeing the variations once will just melee from the front because its the direction you are facing. You do glorykills because it creates health drops. So this results in a very repetitive melee style combat. You either have the infini-pistol or the shotgun. The shotgun is good at close-range but can run out of ammo pretty quickly. The pistol is pretty weak and helps set up the glorykilling.

The environment all looked the same, couldn't really tell where I came from or where I had to go half the time after killing up the baddies nearby.

Graphically it looks nice, and it plays pretty fluid but I couldn't really recommend it to someone who wasn't already certain they had to have it. Pass on it if you aren't sure.
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24. Video Game: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:2455]
Video Game: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
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Started playing this last night.

First thing that pops up is a message saying, "This is a narrative-based experience that doesn't hold your hand."

I feel like, by saying that, the game has essentially invited me to hold it to a very high standard. And after 30 minutes, I don't really know why it extended such an invitation.

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25. Video Game: Kentucky Route Zero: Act I [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:2219]
Video Game: Kentucky Route Zero: Act I
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I got through the first four acts of this magical-realism visual novel and am now eagerly awaiting the fifth!

I also played some more Overwatch with Amy and the computer version of Ascension: Deckbuilding Game with her and several other folks.
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