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#363940 - 01/17/12 12:27 AM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: CV]
grunt Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
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Iím still playing Skyrim trying to get my fill of it before ME3 comes out. Iím at level 53 so far with Speech, Sneak, and Smithing maxed out.

Iím working on Enchanting and am up to level 87. Iíd already be at 100 if Iíd have found the best enchantment earlier but I just wasnít find it so I went with the best I had. So now I just found the best one but ran out of filled soul gems. Iíve found hunting along the shoreline an effective way to fill them since the sea creatures donít move very fast so if my soul trapping bow doesnít one-shot them they donít run away. I especially like the Horksters (sp) because I can put an15 second soul trap into arrow into one and then let Lydia kill it with her bow. I not only get the soul but often some free Daedric arrows she uses recovered from the body. I only had to buy one arrow and give it to her and she has an unlimited supply to shoot.

In buying and selling stuff to find more enchantments I finally found a pair of Ebony boots with silence on them for her so now she doesnít stomp around alerting everything within a mile. Down side is that now I have to periodically turn around to see if sheís still following me because I canít hear her stomping around.

Iíve had the game hang up on me four times in the last 2 days of gaming. These are different than the occasional hang-up before which were always preceded by me button mashing and hitting multiple incompatible things. These times its things like going through a door or just standing there.

Some other glitches are double looting a dragon I killed when I had to reload after something killed me. I didnít get a second soul but when the game reloaded it was re-skinned and lootable though still dead. I also had it start raining mammoths, a very impressive sight. They must have spawned up in the air.

Dragons are really starting to annoy me. They keep popping up more and more often when I really want to be focusing on something else. I more dragon souls in the bank than I know what to do with.
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#363956 - 01/17/12 08:29 AM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: grunt]
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Registered: 10/05/06
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Star Wars The Old Republic, my initial review for those who care.

It's proving to be a very well done MMO. Best of all, despite the mass of converts from WoW, it seems that most of the more experienced players moved over to try it and the more famously annoying & immature WoW crowd must have stayed in WoW for it's new expansion. I've been grouping with people from all over the world and it's been a good experience so far. I don't normally play on PVP servers so I can't comment on that aspect. Maybe that is where they are all hiding.

While game play is solid, well paced and combat mechanics were unusually smooth right from opening day. The real strength of this game is it's unusual adherence to a story line combined with the freedom of an MMO. It's other major strength is the AMAZING level of detail put into it. It definitely lives up to the exceptional levels of detail that the movies are known for. You can spend a lot of time just staring at the surroundings. Especially the architecture of the cities. All the planets and locations are very true to the movie versions.

Even if you were disappointed in some aspects of the movies, if you like the concept of the Star Wars Universe at all, this game does the best job to date of making you feel like you really are living a part of it.

I'm especially enjoying my Sith Inquisitor's storyline (think the Emperor with his political deviousness and flashy lightning.) It's refreshingly fun to actually be rewarded for making the most morally wrong decisions you could possibly make for a change. This includes backstabbing and double crossing the very people who give you the quests in the first place, if you feel it suits your whim or your rise to power.

You are not tied to traditional stereotypes though. You can, if you choose, make evil decisions as a Jedi or play your Sith with a growing tendency towards the Light Side. No matter what class you are, your choices and interactions are tracked and you begin to increasingly flow towards the light or dark side. While this obviously influences the outcomes, there are also weapons and other items in the game that can only be used by people who have slid one way or the other far enough to wield them, such as a lightsaber that could only be wielded by the darkest Sith or a blaster rifle that will only be awarded from an NPC who takes note of say a Bounty Hunter's unusual acts towards the light.

Crafting takes a bit of a different angle. I never found I had the time to spend a lot of time building my gathering and crafting skills in other games. I was pleased to discover that as you gain ship and crew, you can actually task your crew with these tasks. They go off and become unavailable for a while but they eventually come back, hopefully successful with the results of their task in hand. You can even train your crew in less traditional MMO skills, like Diplomacy. Send them off to solve a problem. If successful, they will return with appropriate rewards and the mission may even award additional light or dark side points to you.

They have also included space combat. While the ship serves nicely as your home base and lets you roam the differnt planets at will, you can also engage in space combat missions. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in this aspect. It is a fun distraction but more in a traditional video game kind of way. Missions are all on rails. In other words, it is not true free flight. You can only maneuver in a virtual tunnel that constantly keeps you moving from point A to point B. You have until you get to point B to finish your mission then it's game over.

I know a true space combat simulator would have almost been like building a whole separate game but I think they really missed out on an opportunity here. Partnering with a company who does flight simulations would have given them a truly complete gaming universe like no other. Right now, it's a fun diversion at best but I personally won't be putting any time into it or wasting any in-game credits towards upgrading my ship.

In short for MMO players who are looking for something new, it is not a radically new formula from the usual MMO mechanics but things like the alternate genre instead of fantasy, the strong story lines that follow your whole career instead of just the first nn levels, and a few of the more original combat mechanics (such as classes who actually take advantage of natural cover) will be refreshing enough to make it worth trying out.


Say high to "Wraithlin" on "The Constant" server if you decide to play.
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#364033 - 01/17/12 04:59 PM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: Murph]
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Andrew, your review of Star Wars reminded me to tell you fellow gamers about RydarGames on YouTube. That link goes to his Star Wars The Old Republic Walkthrough Part 1, but if you check out his channel, you'll see he has numerous walkthroughs including one for Skyrim. I think he's one of the best game resources on YouTube.

I don't only watch his videos - for hours on end eek - to see if I'll like a certain game. I really enjoy just watching him play, as his gameplay and commentary are entertaining.
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#364034 - 01/17/12 05:03 PM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Speaking of Skyrim, do any of you guys play it on a PC?
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#364060 - 01/18/12 12:25 AM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Yeah, I'm playing it on PC, though I haven't opened it up lately. I need to do that again since my alchemy is close to maxed.

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#364075 - 01/18/12 07:59 AM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: CV]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
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Loc: PEI, Canada
Thanks Cam,
These types of videos are a great way to check out games before buying. Especially when they also require a monthly subscription. New players just have to bear in mind that he is purposefully taking his time so that he can let you see things and can explain what's happening, otherwise, people new to this type of game might think the game play a bit slow.
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#364086 - 01/18/12 09:04 AM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: Murph]
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Thanks for the great review Murph! One of these days I will have to get into MMOs but there already isnít enough time in the day . . . .
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#364092 - 01/18/12 11:01 AM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: CV]
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Originally Posted By: CV
Yeah, I'm playing it on PC, though I haven't opened it up lately. I need to do that again since my alchemy is close to maxed.


Charles, you should check out Skyrim Nexus. There's a litany of addons like maps etc., but there's also files that improve the game's performance (FPS el.al.). The only caveat is that you need a very high end computer.
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#367291 - 02/18/12 11:47 PM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: terzaghi]
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4848
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Playing the mass effect 3 demo. Holy smokes what an ep500 workout!
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#367292 - 02/18/12 11:51 PM Re: What video games are you playing tonight? [Re: terzaghi]
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Is anyone going to buy the PlayStation Vita?
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