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Discussion in 'All Other Games' started by GoodGame, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Quintillus

    Quintillus Archiving Civ3 Content Supporter

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    Yeah, I'd noticed that seems to be like 75% of new releases the past two months. Probably a hyperbole, but it seems like it. Not really sure why, whether it's a bunch of new publishers on Steam adding back catalogs or there's just a really quick turnaround in new titles in that genre. But regardless as someone not into anime, I'll also be looking at adding some keywords to the block list now that I've read that it's possible.

    Still a bit burnt out on Paradox games. Want to pick up Stellaris/HOI4 eventually but perfectly happy waiting for a few more patches, and the price to fall to half off list at this point.
     
  2. civvver

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    Wowzas, a nice humble bundle!

    $1 tier is sins of solar empire trinity, galactic civs 2, space hulk ascension. Eh, not bad for a buck I guess.
    BTA tier Planatary annhilation titans, rebel galaxy. Hmmm interesting I guess?
    $15, galactic civs 3 and offworld trading company WHOA BABY. I'd easily pay $7.50 for each of these. Not complete edition of gc3 but beggars can't be choosers I guess.
     
  3. Nials

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    I've been wanting to pickup Offworld Trading Company for a while, but I just don't have much interest in new games these days.

    This deal is rather tempting, though.
     
  4. Quintillus

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    That is tempting. I already have Offworld; it's a fun game. Got 14 hours in it so far and plan to play more. A nice change of pace from most strategy games; real-time but with the focus on building and trade, not units and combat.

    Of the rest I'm mainly interested in GC3 and Sins. Been curious about the latter for awhile but never picked it up. And GC2 was fun back in the day. GC3's scalability is interesting and something Civ cannot match; on the other hand I picked up Endless Space recently and haven't played it yet, and also would like to pick up Stellaris at some point in the not-too-distant future. Could have quite the space game collection going.

    Will probably get at least the low tier for Sins, maybe $15 for the rest. Don't really know the mid-tier.

    Edit: Ah, looked up Planetary Annihilation. I remember that now. Had it marked as Not Interested on Steam and a couple of the reviews reminded me of why - it was basically a broken mess on release after its Kickstarter, and then they released Titans as a somewhat less buggy paid standalone expansion a year later, conveniently getting a fresh average review score in the process. Kinda shady. By comparison, when Stardock had a similar issue with Elemental: War of Magic, they released Fallen Enchantress for free to Elemental purchasers; much better business practices.

    So I'll probably go for the low tier on this one and pick up GC3 later. Wouldn't be the first time I've skipped a Bundle due to one of the games, though the first time due to business practices.
     
  5. civvver

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    Planetary annhilation doesn't seem very good but I would check it out as a throw in. Which is sad cus I loved total annihilation and supreme commander.
     
  6. Arakhor

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    The Talos Principle is available cheap on Steam right now. You can get the gold edition for just £10, which is an absolute bargain, and definitely comes in above the hour/<local currency unit> ratio.
     
  7. Synsensa

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    I have an extra key for each of the following games: Galactic Civilizations Ultimate Edition, Galactic Civilizations 2 Ultimate Edition, Space Hulk Ascension, and Planetary Annihilation TITANS.

    They're through Humble Bundle and Steam so make sure you can fulfill a gift URL from there if you're interested. PM me!
     
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  8. civvver

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    This isn't really a special but starcraft and brood war are now free downloads at starcraft.com. Blizzard is releasing a new remastered version this summer so I'm sure this is just to hype that mostly, get new players hooked and get older ones to revisit.

    https://starcraft.com/en-us/articles/20674424

    The remaster does look really nice from screenshots I've seen. I have the old star craft cds somewhere but this free download is sweet since all my games are digital now and cds are a pita and mounting iso images isn't fun either. So it's a nice gesture from blizzard, though I would much rather have wc3 frozen throne!!! But beggars can't be choosers.
     
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    Starpoint Gemini 2 is currently free on Steam. Haven't played it yet, but looks interesting.
     
  13. Synsensa

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    The latest negative review for it is an adventure to read. :lol:
     
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    I assume you mean this one? :)

    Spoiler for long Steam review :
    Right. Free space game. NICE!
    Install
    Open
    Greeted with ugly color pallete.
    Red, yellow, blue, green. The color pallete is rainbow. Complete eyesore. Whatever. Moving on...
    Wait. Why is the bink video in the background of the main menu stuttering. That's weird. Whatever. Moving on...
    I go in. Freeroam. Lets just see what its like
    Game loads. Ugly UI. Same as the opening. No coherent color pallete. Thats fine. I accept this as an art style choice. Personal tastes.
    Game start
    How do I move...do I move with WASD? that just turns and pitches my ship. What do i do? I dont get it. What?
    Clearly, I am an idiot and I need a tutorial.

    Quit. New game but this time, Campaign. Surely the campaign will have a tutorial.

    Start campaign. Cinematic starts to play. the bink video once again stutters. It's a video. Why would it stutter.
    Alt-Tab to search on google if this is a common problem.
    Immediately, the game exists out of fullscreen mode and reverts to window mode. Not borderless window. Full bordered with a bar at the top. Cant fix it. Have to exit game and restart

    Restart

    Same thing. Bink video cinematic starts to stutter. Stuttering intensifies. Bink video freezes. Audio plays a while then cuts off...Whatever. Just load the game
    Game starts. Reminder of awful UI. Ignore it.
    Ingame cutscene. No comment on voiceacting. I am no expert.
    First objective. Go to this planet. Easy enough. Perfect for movement tutorial.
    Tutorial starts. ...and ... its a popup box that explains how the movement works. Instead of showing what to do, it tells me what to do in this tiny popup that barely fills 1/9th of the screen real estate on my 1920x1080 screen, explaining me with screenshots of UI on what to do...Why screenshot. Why not just explain on the in-game UI...Whatever

    Actually have patience to read the movement.
    Propulsion is done with a mouse wheel. RIGHT. Maybe its a common thing in space games. No expert in Space games.
    Mouse Wheel up raises speed. Mouse wheel down. Right. But why is there 0 weight to this ship? Why does ship stop dead still. There is 0 momentum. You could be going at full speed and then stop dead in a matter of...well. how fast can you mouse scroll down? I mean. shouldnt spaceships move with some sort of momentum? I mean, like I said, I am not an expert in space games....but vehicles...or things with mass tend to have momentum. And I would think the effect would be more pronounced in Zero-G vacuum environment. And contrast to this, when you want to turn, you turn slower than the Titanic trying to dodge the iceberg. Whatever. Moving on.

    Combat time. Right. I just turn on the auto attack on. Ship moves close, the enemy is destroyed. The enemy that I cant even see against the background. Cant see. Zero player input needed. Dont care. Moving ON
    Picking up loot. 3 out of whatever cargo spaces filled. Right. I picked up 3 of something. Of WHAT. TELL ME WHAT I PICKED UP. WHERE IS THE CARGO HOLD IN THIS CARWRECK OF AN UI. Is it the "I" buttonf for Inventory? No. Is it TAB? No. Is it "C" for cargo? No. WHAT. WHERE. WHO. CANT FIND IT. MOVING ON.
    Just gotta get to that planet. Gotta get to that planet that is 5000m away. When my top speed is 25m/s. I timed it. The top speed is 100m per 4 seconds. (yes. I find out later that you can assign more power to the engine. But its still too slow) Thats like at least 3 minutes and then some. DO I REALLY NEED 3 MINUTES TO KNOW HOW TO GO STRAIGHT? And from the exciting battle to the planet, there is nothing to do. Nothing. MOVING ON

    This surely cant be the top speed. Surely there are better way to travel the galaxy than this. Lemme look it up while my ship gets there Ignore window mode. I look on my browser. And what do I notice? The game has paused... Thats marvelous. I cant have the game run in the background while it makes its tedious movement. Amazing. Just Amazing

    I wait out the 3 minutes of travel. I land on the planet. Ok. What is the planet going to look like. Huh? Lets see it...And its just a static concept art of a street level view. Amazing. Spared no expense.
    Right. I am here to pick up a cargo. Some message about a cargo flashes. Where do go do it? Do I do anything? Or is it done? Am I meant to buy something? huh? What? Maybe I am done. Lets undock from the planet and see if it continues with the next part.
    Oh and so it does. So...I needed to do...nothing. Great.
    Another ingame cutscene. Right. Some emergeancy. By this point, i dont care what the story is. I just want to freeroam and i can only do that once i finish this tutorial. I press escape. Nothing. Umm..."S" for Skip? Nothing. Space? No. Backspace. No. Mouseclick? No. I run my hand across the keyboard? Nothing. I cant skip this cutscene. Cant pause it, cant look at the menu. Great.

    Cutscene basically tells me to hurry back. Nice. I, AGAIN, make my 25m/s tedious journey back.
    When I get there. Cutscene. Again. Unskippable. Something about the hero's resolve for vegeance. Cant skip
    Cutscene ends.

    At this point, the game asks you if you want to continute as normal campaign or freeroam. I choose freeroam.
    Thats it. That was apparently all the tutorials one could ever want. Just movement and auto attacking. No trade system. No upgrade system. No mining, no indepth combat mechanics. Just go from A to B. Shot something.
    Furiously smash that Alt + F4 button

    Cool off. Reopen the game. Freeroam

    Right. Gonna recheck.

    Check again. Movement Mousescroll. Right. Confirm that there is ZERO momentum to these ships. Things have mass. Things in this game do not.

    Ok. Read more of the tutorial and things on steam. There is apparently like a Boost mode. Right. Is it SHIFT? No. Is it Space? No. Of course. It's B for BOOST. HOW STUPID OF ME. If I want to sprint next time I am in a FPS, I should press B for BOOST. No. Not shift. Shift should do nothing. Thats the only logical thing to do. Shift does nothing. B BOOSTS.

    Oh. and of course, coming out of boost, you stop on a dime again.

    Pressing Tab. What would that do? Stats? Inventory? Menu? Navigation? OF COURSE NOT. It changes the camera mode.

    Pressing Spacebar. What would that do? Jump? BOOST(we already established the answer is NO)? Act like a handbreak(we've already established that these ships can stop on a dime)? NO YOU DIMWIT. It changes the way you point your ship. You toggle whether or not you want orientate your ship to the mouse movement. Right. That is so crucial that it needed the spacebar. I would think that once you choose a camera mode to play with, you stick with it and not change so often that you reserve the spacebar for it.

    Right. Lets land and see what this space station offers....And what it offers is again shown to me in this tiny popup box that is only 1/9th of the whole available space. Why. There is all these empty space around it, doing nothing. The worst offender of this is in the ship color customisation. your ship displays within that 1/9 space as a tiny 3d model, not much bigger than a standard RTS vehicle unit such as a Battlecruiser from Starcraft 2. Except, in this, the model is not properly lit and thus you can barely see what you are changing. Great. Other games have a full model view and sometimes in a fully modeled drydock. Again, this game spared no expense.

    The real cherry on top is that when you pick a color for customisation, it doesnt show. You have to confirm the color, the popup menu for colorpicking closes and then the changes are displayed. So if you arent happy with the colors, you reopen the color menu again and change and reconfirm so the model updates. Marvelous. Ive seen better color picking on a Warcraft 3 model viewer.

    You know what? Enough of this. Alt+F4

    Write review in rage
    Spend extra 1 hour editing to fit under word limit cos there is just too much to say. Spent more time on this review than the game.
    Post

    PS: I know its not actually Bink videos. But the idea of what I mean hopefully isnt lost upon the reader.
     
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    cardgame Obsessively Opposed to the Typical

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    I guess I won't waste my bandwidth on it, then.
     
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    FO4 Vanilla is having a free weekend
    Iam waiting for a GOTY edition to be on sale, it shouldnt be long now
     
  18. Arakhor

    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    Talking about GOG, Fallout 3 + all DLC and Fallout New Vegas + all DLC have just come to GOG for the first time, both without Windows Live or Steam. What's more, they're both 50% off!
     
  19. GoodSarmatian

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    And talking about GOG, there's quite the sale going on there.
    I got the Witcher 3 expansions and Grim Dawn which I have been considering for a while. You also get Rebel Galaxy for free with your first purchase.

    Also got Shadowrun - Dragonfall practically for free, ie for less than the wallet refund I got from the other purchases.
     
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