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NiteFall
post Jun 23 2009, 07:01 PM
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Which one? Broken Steel? I've had that for a while now and it's surprisingly unbroken, especially compared to the state that The Pitt and Operation: Anchorage were in when they were released.
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post Jun 23 2009, 07:08 PM
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Quick saves don't ruin games, because no one forced you to use them. Games that don't let you save often enough are far more irritating. The best save system is one you never even notice, it regularly auto-saves at just the right moments so that you never have to trudge through too much tedium or indeed cutscenes before you get back to where you were, BUT lets you save there and then if you feel the need to because you need to stop playing right away. The Half Life games have always been good at this, I've played for hours and hours sometimes without even thinking about saving the game until I was leaving.
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post Jun 24 2009, 04:53 PM
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QUOTE (NiteFall @ Jun 23 2009, 08:01 PM) *
Which one? Broken Steel? I've had that for a while now and it's surprisingly unbroken, especially compared to the state that The Pitt and Operation: Anchorage were in when they were released.
The point lookout one (I think thats it's name). I read somewhere it's out but I guess not.
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post Jun 24 2009, 05:49 PM
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I have now, expect a report back in a few hours...
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post Jun 24 2009, 06:10 PM
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Silent Hill: Origins - Shit gets rusty, all doors are locked.

I'm not very far at all into it, but it's better than I thought it would be. It's Silent Hill by the numbers, but that's not a bad thing as such.
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post Jun 24 2009, 07:32 PM
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I was browsing the iTunes App store last night and came across a game called Zen Bound. It's really, really nice, and it's difficult to describe in a way that makes it sound remotely interesting. The object is to wrap a set length of rope around a wooden figurine and then to tie it of fover a nail at the end. It's best played with headphones on because the music really sets the mood.

edit: Pfft. Thought I was in the video game thread.

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post Jun 24 2009, 07:38 PM
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QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Jun 24 2009, 08:32 PM) *
edit: Pfft. Thought I was in the video game thread.


It is now!
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post Jun 24 2009, 08:10 PM
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I'm currently playing GTA: Chinatown Wars. It is a very well made game. The remarkable integration of the DS's touch screen manages to enhance the GTA format. I'm particularly enjoying the drug dealing aside but this part of the game may be too easy. Well, probably not as it requires considerable investment of time and the occasional police drug busts are a genuine nuisance. If anyone is considering getting it, Play.com are selling it for a very reasonable 9.99.

Also recently got Empire: Total War however it doesn't play adequately on the antiquated computer I have access to at the moment. Which is a shame as it seems amazing.
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post Jun 24 2009, 09:05 PM
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If any of you are budding Point 'N' Click fans then I reccomend checking out Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator free from the Adventure Game Studios site.

There are seven case files and they're great. Good humour, good pacing and some fiendish puzzles make these some of the best freeware games I've played. Check them out.

EDIT: Don't jusge the series on the first case, it's a little bit rough around the edges.

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post Jun 25 2009, 01:20 AM
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QUOTE (Raven @ Jun 24 2009, 03:38 PM) *
It is now!


Thanks!
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post Jun 25 2009, 04:07 AM
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Got my 360 Pro as a high school graduation gift from my parents. And I was even able to get a leftover one that was bundled with Lego Indiana Jones! Although right now I'm rockin' the Ghostbusters game.
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post Jun 25 2009, 05:49 AM
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QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Jun 24 2009, 03:32 PM) *
I was browsing the iTunes App store last night and came across a game called Zen Bound. It's really, really nice, and it's difficult to describe in a way that makes it sound remotely interesting. The object is to wrap a set length of rope around a wooden figurine and then to tie it of fover a nail at the end. It's best played with headphones on because the music really sets the mood.

edit: Pfft. Thought I was in the video game thread.


That's hilarious. After I first discovered Zen Bound ages ago, I was going to suggest it to you and completely forgot. It made me think of the Koi Pond.

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post Jun 25 2009, 06:24 AM
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Contrary to what I'd expected, The Sims 3 has actually managed to get me hook a bit. Can't play it now because I have to pack for a move this week but by god am I aching to. Probably do some form of critique once I've totted up a few more hours of play.
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post Jun 25 2009, 02:49 PM
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QUOTE (fatseff1234 @ Jun 24 2009, 10:05 PM) *
If any of you are budding Point 'N' Click fans then I reccomend checking out Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator free from the Adventure Game Studios site.

There are seven case files and they're great. Good humour, good pacing and some fiendish puzzles make these some of the best freeware games I've played. Check them out.

EDIT: Don't jusge the series on the first case, it's a little bit rough around the edges.

I do like AGS, it's an easy way to make decent P'n'C games (if you've the patience).
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post Jun 25 2009, 06:37 PM
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QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Jun 24 2009, 07:10 PM) *
Silent Hill: Origins - Shit gets rusty, all doors are locked.

I'm not very far at all into it, but it's better than I thought it would be. It's Silent Hill by the numbers, but that's not a bad thing as such.

It is a very good Silent Hill game, there are a few things you have to let go though, the item breaking/collecting is a tad silly and annoying and...well that's it actually. Thats all that really bugged me. I mean, it is a Silent Hill game and by that I mean it's similar to 1 and 2 and doesn't really reveal much new which is a bit annoying, but the atmosphere, sound and music is pretty damn spot on.

QUOTE (zeden @ Jun 25 2009, 07:24 AM) *
Contrary to what I'd expected, The Sims 3 has actually managed to get me hook a bit. Can't play it now because I have to pack for a move this week but by god am I aching to. Probably do some form of critique once I've totted up a few more hours of play.
I've never really been interested in the Sims, I think I always found them too constraining or something.
Ghostbusters is still fun, though I can see that it might get a bit boring if there isn't constant new weapons and upgrades. The proton stream looks great, but ghosts don't react hugely to being hit with it except to move occaisionally so it can sometimes be a case of standing and blasting with not much tactical skill needed. Still, it is damn fun though, pissing around with the slime tether is a good laugh.
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