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  Phantom Pains
Posted by: Kesh on Hend - 11-01-2016, 05:51 PM - Forum: General Game Discussion - Replies (4)

I got Ground Zeroes pretty late into 2014 for a reasonable price, it was my first Metal Gear game and I was curious what all the fuss was about. I loved it so much that in anticipation for The Phantom Pain I went through and played all the previous MGS games. I wish that I hadn’t done so prior to playing The Phantom Pain because all it did was set me up for massive disappointment.

Don’t get me wrong I still really liked TPP but it was far from the experience I was conditioned by the previous games into expecting. Even Peace Walker, which shared the “Tactical Espionage Operations” tag instead of the “Tactical Espionage Action” of the older games, couldn’t clue me in because it still told a coherent and linear story albeit heavily and arbitrarily segmented.

Where it all went wrong for me was shortly after first arriving in Africa. By Episode 12 it really felt like the story was finally starting to pick up but after the admittedly spectacular Episode 13 I was back to doing “Main Ops” that seemed like they had as much relevance to the plot as the side ops did. There’s a great but short Metal Gear game hidden among a plethora of relatively irrelevant fluff. I totally get that a large part of the story is accepting any and all jobs unit to build up Diamond Dogs but I’m betting that if the game was given as much time/budget as it needed to be truly ‘finished’ then nearly half of the “Main Ops” would have ended up as those yellow ‘important’ Side Ops.

A lot of people are complaining about the recycled missions in Chapter 2. The problem I had with these was that there isn’t an Extreme, Subsistence and Total Stealth version of every mission. Why the fuck not? Ground Zeroes had Normal and Hard mode for every mission and the previous games had different difficulty settings, so why doesn’t this one?

Despite all these glaring shortcomings the core gameplay of TPP is the best MGS has ever seen. There is an almost unlimited number of ways to infiltrate every base and outpost. However despite all this openness I still have far less of a desire to replay TPP as I do the first 3 MGS games because the Mother Base metagame makes it all seem like such a chore and it’s not viable to completely ignore building up Diamond Dogs.

If I had to rate the series it would look something like this:

7. Peace Walker
6. Guns of the Patriots
5. The Phantom Pain
4. Ground Zeroes
3. Metal Gear Solid
1=. Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater

I really can't decide between these two. They're both spectacular games for very different reasons. One the one hand I love MGS2's deconstruction of what it means to be a sequel but I also love MGS3's bittersweet story. MGS3 has the better gameplay, making it more enjoyable on repeat playthroughs but MGS2 is, to this day, the only video game that could truly be considered 'art'.

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  Friday Night Terraria Intensity
Posted by: Easter Crown - 22-12-2015, 12:40 PM - Forum: Multiplayer Meet Up - Replies (12)

So, Terraria recently got updated with the PC equivalent of version 1.2.4 plus a few console exclusive items. There were a few features left out to avoid major game-changing bugs, but everything else is in the game. New bosses, new items, new weapons, this update is going to be one hell of a show. I was wondering if anybody is up for Terraria, and if you are, what time on Friday sounds good to you?

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  Do you plays Fallout 4 with mods?
Posted by: SuperNova - 19-12-2015, 12:37 AM - Forum: General Game Discussion - Replies (13)

Do you play new Bethesda game? Fallout 4 I mean.
Just try to decide to buy it or not) I have seen very different reviews in steam
And how hard to apply some mods there?

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  Emulation General
Posted by: GuyGo - 17-12-2015, 02:27 PM - Forum: General Game Discussion - Replies (7)

What do you use? Do you prefer it to playing on old systems? Are you having troubles with any?

I'm currently playing PS1 games such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, the old games I played when I was younger. They definitely feel exactly like I remember them, which is nice. Playing on an Xbox Controller though is quite weird though.

I did try the PS2 emulator PCSX2, but the only game I've tried is Jak 3, and I can't get it to work 100%. If I could get it to work I would be so happy.

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  Sony and Hideo Kojima Announce new partnership for PS4
Posted by: AdminGG - 16-12-2015, 08:59 PM - Forum: General Game Discussion - Replies (5)


Hideo Kojima's contract with Konami was terminated on the 15th of December finally freeing him. He and Sony immediately announced a new partnership starting a new game franchise and exclusive game for PS4

Check out Kojima Productions sexy new logo:


I am hype. Can't wait for more news on what the game might be.

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  Overthrow humanitarians who use terrible data
Posted by: crispier taco - 16-12-2015, 12:46 PM - Forum: Off-Topic Talk - Replies (3)

So I was reading an article about child poverty in New Zealand, apparently it has doubled. 

Quote: The annual Child Poverty Monitor says the number of children living in households earning less than 60 per cent of the median household income after housing costs, has almost doubled, from 15 per cent of all children in 1984 to 29 per cent last year.

That's terrible.  But wait, let's actually try to understand the data:

There is a tacit assumption that households earning less than 60 percent of median household income implies child poverty.
Median is a good value to use because outliers like the hideously affluent and outrageously poor will not skew the value. 60% less than a standard household income sounds like quite a lot less to be without. 

The proportion of children living in 'poor' households is influenced by both average family size in low income households, and the number of low income households that have children.  

But we should also bear in mind changes in cost of living and median household income.

The Childrens Commissioner Dr Wills produced this statement, and also is encouraging a social media campaign "Child poverty has doubled since the 80s" and use of the hashtag #itsnotchoice, in reference to poverty in New Zealand. He also supplied this excellent figure to the NZ Herald: 




what a cunt. I'm not sure if a bureaucrat counts as a public servant and I understand that he is promoting child welfare which is obviously important, but creating an oversimplified message for the public is not helpful (for the children or the general public). It encourages politicians to create insincere arguments and encourages dumb, simple solutions. Near doubling of a number influenced my so many factors should be treated with more respect. 

From what I've read, our politicians respond to simplified statements with simple rhetoric. Public get simple information from their ministers and from these agencies unless they mine sources and papers not designed for lay-access. It's terrible.

Am I being ridiculous?

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  How much did you spend on games in 2015?
Posted by: Pythagean - 15-12-2015, 10:49 AM - Forum: General Game Discussion - Replies (12)

Just copying my post from Gamers with Jobs:

Quote:Tallied mine up:

Playstation ($114 total)
  • PS Plus - $25
  • PS Plus - $25
  • PS Plus - $25
  • PS Plus - $33
  • Bastion - $6

Steam ($55)
  • Elite Dangerous - $17
  • KOTOR II - $3.5
  • Rocket League - $19
  • One Finger Death Punch - $1.49
  • FEZ - $2.39
  • Valiant Hearts - $6
  • Nidhogg - $5.5

Other ($93 total)
  • Various Humble Bundles - $33
  • Shadowrun Returns - $7.5
  • Shadowrun Dragonfall - $7
  • Just Cuase - $30
  • Besiege - $10
  • 80 Days - $6.5

All up $260, not too bad actually

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  2015 Game of the Year Thread
Posted by: Pythagean - 14-12-2015, 01:43 PM - Forum: General Game Discussion - Replies (16)

Figured I would make a GOTY thread for this year, feel free to post your top games or discuss existing lists.

My list consists of 10 games which I played for the first time in 2015 (most of them were released in previous years):

1. Rocket League (PC and PS4)
What more can be said about this game, it is the absolute epitome of "Easy to learn, difficult to master".
Some of my best gaming memories of 2015 come from Rocket League, that feeling I get when I score the overtime winner after an extremely tight game is one I don't get often playing video games.
A special mention is required for Psyonix for being active in the community, listening to suggestions, providing tonnes of extra free content, and only charging for cosmetic DLC. A really nice breath of fresh air in this day and age.

2. Helldivers (PS4)
Having played Helldivers from when it was first released on PS4, I can quite confidently say that it has been my favorite co-op ogame I've played this year.
I've spent countless nights sitting on a couch with three other friends, yelling and laughing at each other as we manage to screw up objective after objective.
I love the stress of trying to mash the correct buttons in order to bring down supplies or revive allies, I love the clicking sound of the PS4 controller when you run out of ammo and I love the no-nonsense and unforgiving gameplay which comes from active friendly fire and a constant threat of being overrun.

3. Just Cause 3 (PC)
Yes, this game has problems. Although I haven't experienced the massive load times or the technical issues which are being reported (I did lose the ocean at one point, but that's beside the point). The story is forgettable, the world feels rather sparse (if beautiful) and the gameplay is pretty one note.
Having said that, this game is just sooooo much fun. It truly is a sandbox for making your own fun, the game does it's best not to restrict the players' imagination or options and I think it succeeds in that regard.
I've only spent ~10 hours so far in this game, but I definitely plan on putting a lot more time into it over my Christmas break.

4. Freedom wars (PS Vita)
I only just started playing this because it was one of the PS Plus games for December, I'm nearing the end of the main story now (Code 6 out of 8) and I am enjoying it so far. 
The setting and the theme of the game is really well done, everything fits into the style of the world. In order to rename your character you have to 'request a nominative reassignment' and you start the game not being able to run for more than a couple of seconds, these little things are nice additions which add to the experience.
The story is meh, and the Code 2 part of the game is obsurdly drawn out and kills the pacing. But push through that and it picks the action back up again, combat is fun and I'm finding I have a lot more options for how to take on opponent sinners and abductors.

5. Wolf Among Us (PC)
I played this at the very start of the year, so my memories are rather fuzzy of the details. I've played the first season of Walking Dead and loved it, personally I think Wolf Among Us isn't quite as good as that (although that probably also comes from having played Walking Dead first)
I absolutely loved the Fables world, I would love to see other games take on this setting (I do intend to try out the comics sometime.)
The story and characters are definitely noteworthy, but the flaws of other Telltale games still ring true here. All in all though, a solid game which tells a complelling story in a very interesting world.

6. Shadowrun Returns (PC)
I've never been much of a turn-based strategy game player, but after hearing many good things about this game/series I thought I'd give it a go. While the actual combat and gameplay didn't exactly grab me, the story and idea of building this storytelling platform gives Shadowrun Returns a place on my list. 
I've already purchased Dragonfall and looking forward to jumping into that.

7. Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (PS3)
My time with Assassin's Creed is limited to about 4 hours in the first game, and about 2 hours in Revelations (you can tell by those hour counts that they never quite grabbed me). Ever since then I have completely ignored the series, choosing instead to get my Ubisoft open world fix from Far Cry instead.
One rainy Sunday afternoon I found Black Flag at my parents house (my brother had left it there when he went away to Uni), and decided I should try it out. I expected this one to be like the other ones I tried, but holy crap after a couple of hours I was completely hooked. I spent the next few weeks sailing the seas being a pirate, and it was great.
I eventually lost interest and moved on to other games, but that few weeks was a very surprising dip into the world of Assassin's Creed.

8. 80 Days (Android)
I only just finished this game last night, so it's still fresh in my memory. It's the first game I have played through on my new Android tablet, and I really enjoyed it. You play as a valet who is aiding his master in his attempt to traverse the world in 80 days. It's a great example of a branching storytelling, as you make choices throughout your journey which can drastically alter your journey. 
Gameplay is simple, you travel from city to city using your limited funds, interact with other characters, buy and trade goods and plan your route. The real strength of the game is the writing, the steampunk-esque 1872 is wonderfully detailed through the descriptions as you travel the world. You will find yourself immersed in the stories of the cities you travel to and the people you meet.

9. Super Time Force Ultra (PS Vita)
Another game I wouldn't have tried if it wasn't for Playstation Plus.
Overall I found Super Time Force Ultra to be a very fun experience, it's nice to see a game use the time travel theme to such great effect. The gameplay is fun and rewarding, and I personally loved the humour of the story and the characters created by Capybara Games.

10. 1 Finger Death Punch (PC)
One Finger Death Punch has a very simple premise, but it's a game that knows what it wants to do and does it well. It's a perfect game to just pick up and play when you have 10 minutes to kill, each round only takes 1-2 minutes so it's easy to quickly play through several missions. Very fun and addictive

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  let's go back in time and kill...
Posted by: crispier taco - 09-12-2015, 01:41 PM - Forum: Off-Topic Talk - Replies (13)

Hey we don't even need time travel, we can kill Donald Trump right now! Even if he doesn't make it to the race for president, he's being a real dick. 

and apparently I think that's a good enough reason to murder a person. 

If you had a perfect untraceable assassin, who would you send it to kill?

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  Game of the Year Awards 2015
Posted by: AdminGG - 07-12-2015, 08:20 AM - Forum: General Game Discussion - Replies (1)


Game of the Year awards happened over the weekend, and the results are as below:

Winners are in bold

Game of the Year
  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Super Mario Maker
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Developer of the Year
  • Bethesda Game Studios
  • CD Projekt Red
  • From Software
  • Kojima Productions
  • Nintendo
Best Shooter
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Splatoon Per Nintendo World Report
  • Star Wars Battlefront
Best Action-Adventure Game
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
Best RPG
  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale
Best Fighting Game
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Rise of Incarnates
  • Rising Thunder
Best Sports/Racing Game
  • FIFA 16
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • NBA 2K16
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
  • Rocket League
Best Multiplayer
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon
Best Indie Game
  • Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)
Best Family Game
  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Skylanders SuperChargers
  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario Maker
Best Mobile or Handheld Game
  • Downwell (Moppin/Devolver Digital)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda)
  • Lara Croft Go (Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale/Bandai Namco)
Best Narrative
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Tales From the Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn
Best Art Direction
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Best Score or Soundtrack
  • Fallout 4 (Inon Zur)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (Kazuma Jinnouchi)
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (Justin Burnett, Ludvig Forssell, Daniel James)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Gareth Coker)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Marcin Przybylowicz, Mikolai Stroinski)
Best Performance
  • Ashly Burch – Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
  • Doug Cockle – Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Mark Hamill – The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • Camilla Luddington – Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
  • Viva Seifert (Her Story)
Games for Change
  • Cibele (Nina Freeman)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment)
  • Sunset (Tale of Tales)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)
Industry Icon Award – Westwood Studios co-founders Brett Sperry and Louis Castle

Fan Choices:

Most Anticipated Game
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Quantum Break
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Best Fan Creation
  • GTA 5 – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)
  • Real GTA (Corridor Digital)
  • Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)
  • Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78/theycallmeshaky)
  • Twitch Plays Dark Souls (Twitch Community)
Trending Gamer
  • Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
  • Greg Miller
  • Markiplier
  • PewDiePie
  • Total Biscuit
eSports Categories

Game of the Year
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • League of Legends
Player of the Year
  • Peter “ppd” Dager (Dota 2 – Evil Geniuses)
  • Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan (Dota 2 – Evil Geniuses)
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (CS:GO – Fnatic)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends – SK Telecom T1)
  • Kenny “KennyS” Schrub (CS:GO – Team EnVyUs)
Team of the Year
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • Optic Gaming
  • SK Telecom T1
  • Team SoloMid

Witcher 3 takes game of the year! Very well deserved and I put about 150 hours into that game. CD Projekt Red then rightfully took developer of the year too. The game they delivered was incredible and it shows being able to take the win even after Fallout 4 coming out so recently.

Splatoon taking best shooter and best multiplayer is pretty funny. Rip Halo and CoD.

Personally, my game of the year definitely goes to Witcher 3 so my list would be:

  1. The Witcher 3
  2. BloodBorne (my review here)
  3. Just Cause 3
  4. Dying Light
  5. Muh Indies (Rocket Leagues etc.)
  6. Metal Gear Solid V (still my biggest disappointment)
Special mentions to Rocket League and Helldivers (my review here) being my favorite indies of the year. Fantastic games.

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