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#41 - 22. Jun 2018 14:33
Childhood goal complete!



Wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be.

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#42 - 22. Jun 2018 23:18
what game is this
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#43 - 23. Jun 2018 11:18
anthony wrote:
what game is this

Colin Mcr... ohh, I see what you did there.

Dunno what to play next. It can't be too modern/big because I need the precious hdd space for the movie, lol. I have been thinking about Fallout: New Vegas because I never finished that game many years ago. I got stuck because I didn't have enough Speech and got bored grinding xp.

P.S. Steam summer sale has started. I was hoping to get GTA V for a cheaper price than ~19€ that it costs now but I have no rush (and it would take up too much space anyway).
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#44 - 23. Jun 2018 16:31
Step 1: Buy a PS4Step 2: buy Detroit: Becoming Human
Step 3: love yourself more for making great life decisions
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#45 - 30. Jun 2018 19:29
Found GTA V for a mere 12€ on Green Man Gaming, so I bought it instantly!

Have to wait with actually playing it though as I don't have enough hdd space right now (70GB wtf??) xD
 
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#46 - 1. Jul 2018 16:48
GTA V was decent. Had the chance to create a lot of "epic" missions with map changing implications, but Rockstar was lazy IMO.  Nothing beats San Andreas to this point.  Hope they knock it out of the park with Red Dead Redemption 2 or my faith in Rockstar will definitely diminish. 
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#47 - 8. Aug 2018 13:19
I played through the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series in the past month, for the first time in 7+ years, and this time with a Complete mod.
The first game (Shadow of Chernobyl) must be one of the most immersive and atmospheric shooters I have ever played. It also has some horror elements, more so than the other two games in the series. There is a dark vibe in the whole series, but it feels the most present in the first game, presumably because you are mostly alone doing the missions and facing some scary creatures sometimes. In the sequels you are getting more help from NPCs which lessens the impact of the potential fear of the area or creatures you are facing.

In the sequel, technically a prequel, Clear Sky, there is a lot more focus on factions and the conflict between them. This is my least favourite game in the series, mainly because what I stated earlier about getting help from NPCs, and the zones feel more crowded (with mostly human NPCs rather than scary creatures). The game also takes place in similar zones as the first game, which makes it less interesting to explore, and by the time you get to new zones you are in the endgame where you "cannot" return to sort out your equipment, repair or upgrade etc.

The final game (Call of Pripyat) feels more like a "true" open-world RPG because unlike the previous games, you don't move from zone A to B. There are only three zones, but they are much bigger so you spend more time roaming around and exploring. You also have more choices, and those choices affect the [secondary] storylines. Those side missions feel a little more relevant to each other as well, sometimes even to the main storyline. I ended up doing 90% of the content because it felt more incentivizing compared to the previous games and their side missions, which made you go killing random enemies, or collecting something for an amount of money.
This game released roughly a year after Fallout 3, and it has a many similarities with that game, though I think Fallout 3 did most aspects better, and has a lot more content (even when excluding the DLCs). The game/physics engine feels similar as well, with stiff animations and movements, which is a minor annoyance in both the Fallout and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series.
Update: After trying out Fallout 3, that game feels even worse when it comes to the movements, see my post below.

Ratings:

Shadow of Chernobyl (9/10)
+ Best immersion and atmosphere
+ Best story
+ Multiple endings
- Uninspiring side content

Clear Sky (6/10)
+ Minor features and details
- Too much focus on factions
- Getting too much help from NPCs
- Mostly the same zones as in SoC

Call of Pripyat (8/10)
+ Best technical details (improved features, UI etc)
+ New and bigger zones, making it feel more like an open-world RPG
+ Incentive to do side-missions/content
- Boring ending


I still have a month to play something before I can continue on my movie project. I was thinking either Fallout: New Vegas or maybe even Fallout 3 again. With mods this time.

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#48 - 9. Aug 2018 17:26
Urgh, the movements and motion in Fallout 3 feel even worse than S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Feels like watching a 30 fps movie with resampling disabled. I think the [physics] engine is limited to 60 fps, but even with and without V/G-Sync the mouse movement feels jittery.

Stupid Bethesda, limiting their games so future hardware can't improve the experience.
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#49 - 18. Aug 2018 16:07
Finished Fallout 3 and now moving on to New Vegas.

The engine feels somewhat better, but it's still limited to 60 Hz, I think. I found a stutter removal mod which presumably unlocks the Hz limit, so now I am enjoying smooth 144 Hz! :-)
Now I just hope there won't be any side-effects.
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#50 - 18. Aug 2018 17:49
monster hunterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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#51 - 18. Aug 2018 18:51
is that another battle royale game?
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#52 - 18. Aug 2018 23:16
O_o
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#53 - 5. Nov 2018 14:47
I installed Metro 2033 almost two weeks ago on Steam when it was made available for free, and could finally try it out after thinking about it back in 2011, but got too busy with other games back then.
I have heard from other people that it's similar to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games, and playing it myself I can confirm that it has a similar bleak atmosphere and various details that add immersion to it, so I will be comparing it to that series.

At first I thought it would be more like an open-world game, but to my surprise, the story and areas are basically linear, with some small secret areas here and there, if you can even call them a secret. The majority of the game takes place in the underground so I suppose an open-world would be somewhat of a waste in such environments. You do visit the surface a few times, but not enough to change the whole game into an open-world. The only areas where you can move around freely is when you are at stations or market places, where you can trade currency, weapons and other equipment.

If we compare it to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, Metro 2033 is focusing a lot more on the horror aspect, with dark underground tunnels and you would usually hear the creatures before they appear. While I didn't particularly enjoy NPCs in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (mostly in Clear Sky) I often felt relieved to have friendly NPCs with me in the scary areas. Plus the characters actually have some personality to them, and they didn't feel useless nor invincible, unless the story required them to survive for a little longer.
The amount of weapons felt a tad underwhelming, and you didn't get any stats of their properties. You would only hear traders tell you if your guns were better or worse than the guns you wanted to trade to. The main difference between weapons were the modifications such as silencers or scopes. I think you only had one type of revolver (pistol slot) with 3-4 different variations, two types of assault rifles, and thirdly a shotgun slot.
The ammunitation felt scarce, and it was also used as currency, so if you ran out of a caliber you could use the currency as ammunitation (for the assault rifles at least I believe) but currency didn't seem to matter that much. You would already find weapons, ammo and equipment from (human) enemies and sometimes from corpses of deceased humans.

I liked the immersion, such as using a gas mask which slowly runs out of air so the player would (automatically) refill the oxygen container, and as you run out of air, the player's breathing would get louder and louder. Another detail is that you would often have to recharge the battery to your nightvision device with a portable hand-driven generator. You also had a flashlight but you didn't need to recharge that, presumably because a battery would probably last over the whole period of the story, which I think was around 8 days. The downside with using the flashlight is that you would give away your position to enemies. The game sometimes allows you to use the darkness in order to either sneak past enemies, or to stealthily kill them with a knife or a silenced gun.
 
TL;DR: If you were to merge the linear gameplay, along with the occasional cutscenes of Call of Duty, and the bleak atmosphere and immersion of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, you would get Metro 2033.

+ The atmosphere and immersion
+ NPCs felt human
+ The soundtrack
+/- Linear story and map design (depends on preference)
- Currency and trading felt nearly useless
- Underwhelming amount of weapon choices
- Poor hardware optimization

Rating: 7.5/10

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#54 - 5. Nov 2018 18:20
where do you go to see what free games are available?
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#55 - 5. Nov 2018 18:36
Swedish gaming sites, or forums.

https://isthereanydeal.com might tell when something is free as well.

Destiny 2 is free for a couple of weeks, but I have no interest in that so fuck that!

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