Saturday Morning Gaming: Anticipation


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  1. Jaybird says:

    First impressions after about an hour: OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS THE GAME I HAVE BEEN WAITING FORReport

    • jason in reply to Jaybird says:

      Damn it. I’m probably going to have to get this. Maybe after Thanksgiving.

      When games released on Tuesdays, I would buy them in town because I could get them early and play all day if I didn’t teach that day–our amazon always arrives after six pm or so, especially in the fall.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to jason says:

        If you are one of the folks who has said something to the effect of “I liked New Vegas better than 3, and I really liked 3”, then run, don’t walk, to your local establishment where finer video games are sold and push people out of the way in order to get your copy. Rip it out of someone’s hands and yell “THAT’S MINE!” and run to the checkout counter.Report

  2. Fish says:

    I’m really looking forward to playing this game on PC (checks Steam) sometime in 2020! 🙂 🙂Report

  3. James K says:

    I hope the Outer Worlds does well. If it does well enough they may put a 3rd-person mode in so I can actually play it.Report

  4. Marchmaine says:

    This is probably just the crew I’m looking for… out of curiosity, I downloaded the new *mobile* Call of Duty (not the new fullscale game)… and kinda got a kick out of it… I tried it on an emulator to use KB/Mouse and liked it more. I’m wondering if there’s a PC game that I might like, since I’ve skipped the entire FPS genre forever. But, here are the parameters:

    1. I’m terrible at FPS
    2. #1 is not false modesty.
    * PVE focused… did you read #1 & #2?
    * I like progression games… hate linear pvp games… if I can level my pants, I’ll level them.
    * I’m totally and completely immune to Stories… in fact, if there’s a story that I’m supposed to follow, I’ll find whatever bug the devs overlooked thinking the story would never go there… but more often, its just the end of content, and me wondering where the game went [hint: it went over there, where the story was pointing].
    * I’m ok with repetitive maps, like POE and Diablo… in fact, that’s what I’m looking for 1st person progressive solo FPS diablo … does that exist? That is, I don’t want to have to riddle my way to the next area of bad guys.
    * Bonus, no Z axis, no parkour… I want 2D (more or less) ranged shooty shoots with loots.


    • Marchmaine in reply to Marchmaine says:

      I’m re-trying Destiny2… and man is there a lot of dead space… like tons and tons of deadspace… coupled with really really long dead space cut-scenes to land me in mostly dead space where I have to run to try to find something to do… and finding something to do isn’t really clear to me.

      I read somewhere that its an FPS MMORPG… but its like MMORPG in 2002 where I’m constantly riding my horse to get somewhere to kill some stuff, only to get obliterated by some supper baddie that wanders in assuming that there will be 20 other people in the game to take it out. Nope… just me.

      So amazingly dated. Or am I doing it wrong? Or both?Report

      • jason in reply to Marchmaine says:

        Yeah, I thought about recommending that one to you, but it doesn’t quite hit those buttons. You can solo it, but it’s better if you play with some friends. And the random events are meant for a group of players. Whichever planet is the weeks hot zone (I can’t remember what it’s called) will typically have more folks running around. And while Destiny 2 was better than the first, I stopped playing a while back. It’s fun but the grind gets old, and yup, there are lots of empty places. And the strikes and stuff have to be done with others.Report

        • Marchmaine in reply to jason says:

          Thanks… yeah, there are some things that look like I could sink into it. But I think I’ve outgrown MMO’s… I’m not really interested in the open world. Just want the fun.

          I mean, the intro is such a disaster of drawn out “Not Playing-ed-ness” like literally not doing anything other than walking around as a wounded unarmed soldier – for what feels like a near eternity in Game Playing Time Dimensions.

          And then after finally getting to “the game” after the long intro, I thought maybe I’d try a different class.

          And. The. Intro. Was. EXACTLY. the. same. for. the. other. class.

          Still, I’ve suffered worse in 35-years of gaming… so I’ll probably give it a whirl for another few days and see if I ever push through to the fun.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Marchmaine says:

      Have you played Fallout 3 and/or Fallout New Vegas?

      It’s true that they look like FPS *BUT* there is a thing called “VATS” that turns the game into a dice roller. (Like, you’re being attacked, go into VATS and now the game tells you that you have a 85% chance to shoot your opponent in the chest, 65% chance to shoot in either leg, 55% chance to shoot in the right arm, 45% chance to shoot in the left arm, or a 58% chance to get a head shot. Then you pick and then it tells you if you hit successfully. There are skills you can get to level up your abilities which are not limited to VATS.)

      Warning: It has a story and it’s a pretty good one.Report

      • Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird says:

        Thanks… yeah, I tried Fallout 3. I agree that it had some pretty cool mechanics and VATS was nice for an anti-twitch guy like me… but ultimately the aesthetic depressed me. I stopped playing after some mission had me kill a few folks sleeping in an old road underpass. Moved from post apocalyptic “game” to homeless person murder sim.

        But that’s probably just me ignoring the story and merely looking at the pictures and my actions. I’m sure the people sleeping on a road in corrugated tin huts needed killing if I immersed myself in the story. 🙂

        I’ve dabbled in Borderlands and that had the right jaunty attitude to cover the bad aesthetics… I can’t remember why I quit… either it got too repetitive without enough progression… or the scripted next encounter exposed my incredible lack of skill? I want to be able to out-level/gear my ineptitude dang it. And heck, these days I’ve got the cash to smooth out a few humps too. I am not ashamed.Report

        • Jaybird in reply to Marchmaine says:

          They totally did. (For my part, I prefer Fallout 3 and New Vegas because you can easily operate under a NAP. And, of course, a presumed NAP once you establish that anybody with “RAIDER” in their name is just going to shoot at you anyway.)

          Now you’re really taxing my knowledge. You want an FPS RPG where the emphasis is on tactics and story/dialog is secondary but you can tweak and modify all of your equipment and it’s sandboxy but not depressing.

          I’ve got games where it’s a bird’s eye view RPG where the emphasis is on tactics and story/dialog is secondary but you can tweak and modify all of your equipment and it’s sandboxy… it’s XCom and XCom2.

          Deus Ex, maybe? (Mankind Divided, probably…)

          Jeez! I dunno!Report

          • Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird says:

            I prefer to think of it as a business opportunity for some gaming company to address the dozens of people just like me and our under served need.

            How about this:
            15 Minute “map” just a bunch of bad guys… some sort of boss/objective… clear the map, get a foozle.

            If map is too hard, do Map -1, get foozle. Save enough foozles for better gun. Try Map +1 again.

            Some maps are run/gun, some favor sniping, some are cloak/dagger.

            Can be co-op… just increases bad guys #s and power… more foozles… dynamically scales.

            That’s it… Path of Exile with assault rifles.Report