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  1. Fish says:

    Wasteland 2. The difference between “Normal” and “Ranger” difficulty is quite a bit, but I’ve found that I prefer (for now, anyway) save scumming or restarting (for now, anyway) to a cakewalk. Can’t recommend this game enough.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Fish says:

      I finally said “okay, I’ll just watch the opening sequence” to Wasteland 2… AND THEN I WAS HOOKED.

      It was only my need for an oil change that got me to stop playing.Report

    • Hoosegow Flask in reply to Fish says:

      How necessary is playing the original to understanding any references in the game?Report

    • Reformed Republican in reply to Fish says:

      This is high on my list of games I want to play, but I am not sure if I am ready to commit the kind of time it needs. Right now I have been playing Conquest of Elysium 3. It was on sale this week, so I jumped on it. It took me a few false starts to figure out how to play, but now I understand the basics. I have to figure out the strategy part now.Report

  2. El Muneco says:

    Wasteland 2, of course…

    @hoosegow-flask – I think they’ve kept the references to the original to the “fanboy bonus” category – the characters in the main narrative stand for themselves with just what they see. And shout outs like the night terrors are just that, they still are fully within the sequel’s narrative.

    That said, I didn’t realize at first that they’d gone away from the “improve a skill by using it, and if you don’t have it you never will” paradigm, so my initial party has a bunch of skills at level 1… I was using a variation of my Jagged Alliance 2 “Eurotrash” strategy – fill your party with cheap, overlooked talents but try to maximize your leveling-up bonuses, and eventually you’ll be better off than if you’d min-maxed from the start. Not sure how well that is working out so far. But I’m only just now going to the first real encounter – Highpool/Ag Center – now, so it’s still early days and plenty of time to readjust.Report

  3. Morat20 says:

    Slowly finishing up Assassin’s Creed I. I can’t understand how this game got to be so popular. Whomever designed the dock level should be dragged out and beaten with copies of better games.

    It’s not just the ludicrous one-mistep-equal-death jumping puzzle — there’s also the total lack of “help” (your guy DIES if he touches water. Yet for some reason, he’ll happily jump off at insane angles which are not the ones I had him going) on jumps like that.

    And lastly, my personal favorite, the stupid camera locking onto a guard in combat. I mean it’s nice when fighting, but when trying to run it seems to lock on RIGHT as I’m hitting the “jump” key, which means my character spins and jumps in a random direction because the facing changed right as I was committing to the move.

    Which leads me back to the “water = instant death…”

    Parts of the game are great. Parts of it are just head-banging frustrating.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Morat20 says:

      For what it’s worth, Assassin’s Creed wasn’t awesome until Assassin’s Creed II. Assassin’s Creed was merely a next-gen Prince of Persia with a really silly conceit.Report

      • Morat20 in reply to Jaybird says:

        So I’ve been told, but I’ve got a rather stubborn “completion” streak in me. I’ve started it, it’s not annoying enough to call it quits on, so I soldier through because I have to finish it. 🙂

        It’s okay. I’m playing a ton of Civ 5 in between. (Greece is about to win culturally, after France has twice broken itself trying to take my via military might. After the second time I reduced their military to scrap without losing a single unit, they went and picked on the Brazillians. That war has been raging for 60 years now…)Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

        Just like real life.Report