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  1. Avatar North
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    I, of course, loved Bioshock. What did you think of Bioshock 2?Report

    • Avatar Snarky McSnarksnark in reply to North
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      I know it wasn’t me that you were asking, but I was hugely disappointed by Bioshock 2. Bioshock is still my favorite game, and its endless invention, and the creation of a complete organic-feeling world, it’s beatiful production design, and it’s toying at the edges of videogame morality all made it a completely absorbing dream experience.

      Bioshock 2 struck me like a K-mart knockoff of the first one. It didn’t really re-imagine anything, it just featured another trip to the same place: it was clearly just a rehash of the surface components of the first game.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to North
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      Yeah, I agree with Snarky. The main thing I noticed about 2 was that Andrew Ryan was such an awesome character that his palpable absence was the most interesting part of the game. The Objectivist themepark? Everything else was downhill after that.

      Now, without getting into politics, some of that might be because the first game actually treated Objectivism as a philosophy worthy of serious exploration and criticism and that was novel and interesting while Communism and Religious-based Institutional Racism are concepts that have been deconstructed and criticized a non-zero number of times (at least in my circle).

      But, even so, Bioshock 2 felt like an expansion pack and Bioshock Infinite felt like a true sequel (where everybody from the first game came back except for the writers).Report

  2. Avatar Morat20
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    Finishing up Street Samurai (playthrough 2.0) of Shadowrun: Hong Kong. Might try a mage next.

    I need to figure out how to make a Shadowrun character in a D20 game. (A friend is setting up a sort of multi-verse thing, so character creation is…very open. You end up stuck travelling from dimension to dimension). Of course what happens when your cyberware breaks in Crapsack Fantasy World is a problem I have yet to solve.Report

    • Avatar Alan Scott in reply to Morat20
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      @morat20

      What version of D&D? If it’s 3e, d20 modern integrates pretty seamlessly. I played an gunslinger in a D&D game without much trouble (beyond the difficulty in finding new ammo).Report

      • Avatar Morat20 in reply to Alan Scott
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        Pathfinder, which is improved 3.5 basically.

        Problem is Shadowrun is it’s own system entirely, and conversions aren’t reliable. So I’m cobbling something together with Future Tech style sourcebooks.

        I think we’re leaning towards something along the lines of the setup used in Deus Ex: Human Revolution — that is, my character has cyber and bioware that was already there (so I was fully tooled) but that it got ‘knocked offline’ by whatever calamity tossed me into the multi-universe set. So when I level, it’ll be stuff “coming online” or “self-repairing” or whatever. And in high-tech universes, I can (potentially) pay for further upgrades.

        Pretty much just starting out with hand razors and cyber spurs.Report

    • Avatar Zac in reply to Morat20
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      Just finished my second run of SR: Hong Kong a couple nights ago myself, this time as a combination sniper/decker with cranked up charisma. That was a pretty fun run; I think I’ll go cybered-up rigger next time.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to Zac
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        @zac

        I bought this game on your recommendation a few weeks ago and to try gaming again. I liked the Shadowrun setting as a kid. The game was fun for a while but there are too many moving parts. I don’t quite how to use decking to further my quest. For example, I am currently at the party where you are trying to get dirt on the film guy. I noticed there is an opportunity to deck but I am unclear about what programs to pick and what a successful decking will do for the side quest. The instructions are really too complex for this.

        Also I would like to leave the quest to raise my stats and armor because vampire lady is kicking my ass but this seems impossible and opportunities to pick up cash for better equipment seem rare.Report

        • Avatar Morat20 in reply to Saul Degraw
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          The default loadout for Isobel is pretty solid for a decker. (Running a decker on your first playthrough is a bit hit or miss). By and large ,you need either a decker and a mage/shaman in any party.

          Ratchet even mentions a ‘well rounded party’ and your character mentions both Isobel and Gobbet.

          I don’t really like the new pac-man style matrix running, but I adapted quickly enough (especially once they added a tutorial).

          Money comes from completing Shadowruns (as does getting more karma). But if you have Karma to spend, you can spend it at any time through the Karma screen.

          The Vampire fight isn’t that bad if you have a full crew (which you should!) because everyone but the Vampire are civilians and easily killed. Not a whole lot of cover, I admit.

          If I’m a fighter (Physical adept, Street Sam, etc) I run with Isobel, Gobbet, and either Duncan or Ratchet. If I’m distance, I can swap Duncan for Gauichu.

          You don’t need to upgrade your companions (other than pick their skills) or their weapons or stuff. Just your own.Report

  3. Avatar Hoosegow Flask
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    One thing I didn’t like about Dishonoed was that it gave you all sorts of toys and abilities, then “punished” you for actually using them. The low chaos path was a bit boring. It would have been nice if there were more non-lethal options.Report

  4. Avatar Kim
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    Have you played System Shock and System Shock 2?
    (Anyone know if the unlocked (bootleg!) Thief 2 engine works with System Shock 2? It should, as it’s the same engine, just different graphics…)Report

  5. Avatar Brandon Berg
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    I finished the Witcher and started Fallout 3. My assessment of the former remains the same: Potentially good game drawn out way too long by tedious mechanics. I’m a bit confused as to why Fallout 3 has 1940s music, 1950s design, and 1980s technology when the apocalypse happened in 2077.Report

  6. Avatar Kim
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    They put Dopefish in Deus Ex: Human Revolution!
    My mind is blown.Report

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