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A community discussion about what you've been playing (any PC game old or new), why you decided to play it and what you think about it.At the beginning of your reply, please link to the relevant PCGamingWiki article to help highlight it.

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Borderlands 1 - I've been playing this regularly with a bunch of real-life friends and we're into aroud hour 7 at the moment. We had the opportunity to start with the sequel but my friends wanted to start from the beginning of the series and complete the DLC. The game has been prety fun as a co-operative experience, although many of the levels are frequently reused and some enemies are just bullet sponges without enourmous HP. 

 

Getting an online experience to work reliably has been difficult - the game uses GameSpy to complete the online connections. It's less painful than it sounds in that you can create an account within Borderlands without exiting the game or visiting their website. However, we still get frequent problems with hosting, invitations and lag, even though we all live in London with good net connections. Is this improved in Borderlands 2's Steamworks implementation?

 

Torchlight II - Fun game that I'm playing with another real-life friend. We've probably spent around 3 hours playing through it so far. Combat feels generic and disappointing compared to how visceral and physical Diablo 3's combat is. Also, the number of skills and skill trees combined with the lack of ability to respec makes that aspect quite daunting. I'm quite worried about creating a character that'll be completely gimped by the time we get to the end-game.

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Team Fortress 2 - Per usual, this is my game of choice. I'm nearing 800 hours in the game and still don't have an unusual hat. I main soldier and have been experimenting with different loadouts since the big balance update a few weeks ago. Currently, my new favorite is Liberty Launcher, Gunboats (can we combine those with the Mantreads please, Valve?), and Pain Train (or the Equalizer if there's no point to capture/cart to push). However I sometimes replace the Liberty Launcher with the vanilla Rocket Launcher since I have it in Strange quality and I'm used to it's physics.

 

The majority of you have likely already played this game and formed your opinions on it, but if anyone is interested in a PC FPS to start off with, this one is free to play and can run on nearly everything (with a bit of configuration).

 

DOTA 2 - My friends and I have been hosting LAN parties for the past 2(?) years now and we're slowly moving from Team Fortress 2 over to DOTA. I still prefer TF2, but I can understand the interest in the game. I still suck since I never play it outside of our LAN parties. The Linux version is all kinds of glitchy so I boot into Windows in order to play, something I do rarely. I think I'll probably get into this more as its problems are patched out.

 

If you're interested in the game it's free to play like TF2 and will also run on nearly everything. I'd recommend starting off by reading "Welcome to DOTA, You Suck".

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That's awesome Nicereddy. I also wanted to say I've also been getting into Dota 2 as well, particularly with playing co-op bot matches and watching bits and pieces from The International 3, which has been some of the most exciting gaming I've ever watched.

 

 

Personally I prefer TF2 (I have around 250hrs with that game). It's just a more casual, drop-in and drop-out experience where the community is more friendly and you can always feel like you're contributing positively to the team. I enjoy Dota 2 as well, but it's not something I can play at the home with family around - my wife would never understand why I couldn't stop Dota for just a second to pass her something or to even just ask me a question (my APM will drop! I'll be feeding the other team!). When I play Dota 2 I feel very antisocial which is ironic for a multiplayer-only game.

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Maaan... I played too many different games this week, so I'm going to limit that to 3.

 

Dead Space 3 since it was in a Humble Origin Bundle. Gotta say, I knew, that what devs said about PC Port was slightly exaggerated, but after solving a problem with Vsync - I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of PC port - especially presence of Borderless windowed mode, which made responding to people on Steam and recording a game extremely smooth (this week I got Avermedia Live Gamer HD - and this was pretty much a hardcore test for the device - recorded about 95% of my playthrough - no problems at all, even accidentally discovered an OOB (out of bounds) glitch). As for the game itself - I expected worse... much worse in fact. It's definitely more action oriented than even Dead Space 2 - it also is more linear at times, but from time to time, there is a pretty huge open area and side objectives. So putting it short - Dead Space 3 - surprisingly good.

 

I've played few more hours of Dark Souls. And there really isn't much to say about it - everyone knows how bad the PC port of Dark Souls is. Many know, how great the game is (currently 310hrs according to Steam). Crafted Smough's Hammer, explored the last area, which i hadn't properly explored before - Painted World of Ariamis.

 

Beside that - I thought, about playing something bad as well, so I've tried playing Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops (no PCGW page - bought it for 0,99€ on GamersGate, using bluepoints). Man, I know my PC isn't really high end, but 15-30fps, mouse that stops responding when FPS drops below 20. Almost unplayable... so yes, avoid that.

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Half-Life series is something that I have not touched until it recently came to Linux. I'm quite enjoying it, although since I did not play it around release I don't think I can appreciate it as much as others have back then.

 

Mirror's Edge. I was quite curious about this game, never got around to getting it and now it's in a bundle. I absolutely love the focus being on movement and not fighting in the game.

 

I'll be honest here, the majority of my gaming lately is catching up on whatever was the popular thing in the last 5-10 years. I seem to have missed everything!

 

Unfortunately my PC can't really handle Mirror's Edge all that well, so I've only played the first level so far. Despite this, I love it.

 

DICE is one of a handful of developers that I will buy just about anything from. From what I can tell their company is clearly filled with very intelligent people who actually enjoy what they do, while at the same time taking it very seriously. If it was given more freedom I think Mirror's Edge would have been even more universally praised. If Mirror's Edge 2 is a proper PC port with the gunplay removed (or improved, I suppose), then I'd probably buy it.

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I've played few more hours of Dark Souls. And there really isn't much to say about it - everyone knows how bad the PC port of Dark Souls is. Many know, how great the game is (currently 310hrs according to Steam). Crafted Smough's Hammer, explored the last area, which i hadn't properly explored before - Painted World of Ariamis.

 

You are a braver man than myself. I can't get over the frustration of being sent back about an hour and having to beat every single enemy over and over. There's challenging, but for me Dark Souls isn't challenging, just irritatingly hard. I guess it just depends on how much you get out of playing a hard game, but then when you do finally get past another checkpoint and onto another section, there isn't enough of a reward to keep me interested, other than your own sense of achievement, which for me was dampened by the amount of time I had spent trying to get past a small section of the game. I only ever played it on Xbox, and for about 12 hours, but that was enough for me to realise I wasn't going to get on with it. At 310 hours though you seem to have done substantially better than myself!

 

Anyway, this week I have mostly been playing the Saints Row IV Press Build. I have had a lot of fun with it and although a lot of elements (including the engine) have clearly been borrowed from the third game, the story is unique and crazy enough to keep you more than interested. Definitely worth your time pre-ordering if you are a fan of the series. If you haven't tried Saints Row before, might be worth waiting until its in a sale and then bagging it at a low price.

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Dead Space 3 I've only cleared the first chapter of DS3, but its been pretty enjoyable so far. A little more action oriented than the first two, but not so bad so far. Once I finish that, It'll likely be off to Saints Row 4 and then GTA5 for me.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Can't get enough of it. The competitive scene is fantastic. Playing at least 3 hours a day and watching a lot of matches of pro players. It's fun!

I played this a bit on Windows. I definitely think it's the best Counter-Strike game, but for now I'm just playing Counter-Strike: Source since GO doesn't have Linux support. Looking forward to its release, I think I can definitely get into it!

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I've got several games I've been rotating lately, it's not just been one or two games.  I've been working on a second playthrough of Deus Ex Human Revolution since I finally got around to getting the DLC for it, but I'm taking my time with it.  Dying to see what the Missing Link DLC is like. 

 

I've been having a lot of fun with XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Crusader Kings II.  I just downloaded a bunch of CK mods this morning and haven't had time to use them yet.  But it seems like a good way to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon, too much going on tomorrow. 

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Final Fantasy VII (2012) - I decided to play this game after seeing all of the hype about the PlayStation release and hearing some of the awesome music from it. When I bought it, I quickly changed the music files from the MIDI's to the original soundtrack, because I heard that the MIDI's weren't as good. It's been an enjoyable RPG so far and has major differences from the previous games in the series that I really liked.

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Final Fantasy VII (2012) - I decided to play this game after seeing all of the hype about the PlayStation release and hearing some of the awesome music from it. When I bought it, I quickly changed the music files from the MIDI's to the original soundtrack, because I heard that the MIDI's weren't as good. It's been an enjoyable RPG so far and has major differences from the previous games in the series that I really liked.

 

FFVII's music has now been patched, thankfully :).

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A whole bunch of stuff to be honest. With all the Humble Bundle and Steam deals i threw money at it recent weeks it's hard to focus on just one. Kid in a candy store kind of thing.
Sticking to the older titles though due to world travelling and just having a "13 inch AMD E-series netbook which is just powerful enough to handle stuff from before say 2004 and the simpler titles from now (Fez, FTL, Greed Corp. etc.).

At the moment i'm re-enjoying GTA: Vice City, which is a horrible port by the way but it's just so damn good that it is forgivable (hard to mod on Steam though), and have been playing Dungeon Siege, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and Monkey Island 2: SE on and off.
Not having a monster PC at my disposal isn't all that bad you know, gives me a chance to play some missed classics.

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Just beat Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. That was fun, but way too short. Not sure what single player game I'll take on next. Might take on Far Cry 2, then 3.

 

Multiplayer wise I've been playing the Battlefield 4 beta. Once I got it to run well, It's been a blast. Can't wait for the full release.

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Max Payne 3 - been really enjoying this so far, runs beautifully on my low spec laptop (running on a AMD 6630M). Done a ton of work cleaning up that mess of an article.

 

Brought me back to a lot of nostalgia from the original Max Payne game which I loved and modded using the Kung Fu mod which was totally crazy:

 

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Per usual, I've been playing some Team Fortress 2 at LANs with my friends. plr_hightower is still the best map :P

 

Other than that, I've been getting into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Sadly it still has yet to have been ported to Linux so I have to boot into Windows to play. I've mostly been playing gun game and I still completely suck, but I'm having fun.

 

I've also been playing Fez, which is an amazing indie game. I have yet to have had a single problem with the game (other than how hard it is, I guess). It was an exceptional port and the game's delays are clearly shown in how nearly perfect every detail is. The game is genius.

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I've also been playing Fez, which is an amazing indie game. I have yet to have had a single problem with the game (other than how hard it is, I guess). It was an exceptional port and the game's delays are clearly shown in how nearly perfect every detail is. The game is genius.

 

I quite liked Fez, even though there are a lot of people more or less hating on it, even some of the bigger names in the field. (Might have something to do with the Fish guy who's behind it.) Words like unoriginal and unimaginative come to pass. Sure most of it has been done before and a lot of little things and sounds even reminded me of classic games like Zelda and platformers like Mario but that didn't bother me at all. I'd rather see something copied right than something made up and implemented badly. It seems more likely that those older titles just inspired mr. Fish. And i really did like how everything in Fez worked out. It all feels very well done and controls are good.

I did however feel a little lost at sea when it came to all the secrets. That part of the game , with the whole hidden language thing , even though ingeniously thought out, isn't explained to the player very well and can looked over quite easily. If it wasn't for me stumbling over it somewhere in the Steam community i would never have known.

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I did however feel a little lost at sea when it came to all the secrets. That part of the game , with the whole hidden language thing , even though ingeniously thought out, isn't explained to the player very well and can looked over quite easily. If it wasn't for me stumbling over it somewhere in the Steam community i would never have known.

Isn't that why it's called a secret though?

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Isn't that why it's called a secret though?

Well sure, but if you want people to fully enjoy your game then you should at least give the player some subtle but clear hints that will get you going. I didn't get that at all.

Yes i noticed posters, paintings and writings spread out through the Fez's world but nowhere did it suggest that it actually meant something more than just that.

Anyhow, this is how i experienced it.

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Scattered game choices all over the place... plenty of games to finish, but none really complete as such.  

 

At least they get completed at a trickle rate, they'll be done eventually. 

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Warframe: Addicting sci-fi shooter about space ninjas in a quest to find the mysteries of their past and to fight their enemy factions, while grinding for materials and items needed to improve their arsenals.

 

Batman: Arkham Asylum + Batman: Arkham City: Batman epi-fied, with lots of fun investigating and hourly thug beating. What else can I say? It's bloody Batman.

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I finally managed to finish Max Payne 3. High budget, lovely graphics, fun game, good shooting. A lot of cutscenes, but I believe these were used to help mask loading times between areas (and helps to explain why the game is a whopping 30GB which I'll be glad to get rid of). I tried a bout of the multiplayer but it felt pretty bad, lacked pacing and seemed to take ages between respawn timer finishing, and then actually respawning in the game.

 

Max Payne 3 article is pretty much complete. I would like to do some more documentation with Rockstar Social Club by comparing notes with GTAIV and LA Noire, or if someone wonderful can do this that would great :). Need to test controller support, and then I can delete.

 

Next game.. I may try Batman: Arkham Asylum. I did play a bit of it on release but was too annoyed by GFWL implementation. Of course those previous savegames are now lost to the ether. I wonder if savegames are Mac/Windows cross-compatible, will try to test this.

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Titan Quest, it's adequate.

 

Gravity Rush. I'm enjoying it.

 

Killzone Shadowfall: Boring and inconsequential but pretty

 

In a world of Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Torchlight II and Path of Exile there's hardly a reason to play Titan Quest anymore. I certainly found it not nearly as good as Diablo 2 which it tried to emulate.

 

How's the PS4?

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Been getting back into Supreme Commander recently. Huge fan of the RTS genre - one aspect I hate is that if you just spam units you automatically win - this is applicable for most RTS but it really should be rectified, it's near impossible to win against normal AI just playing strategically/tactically as they will eventually send every unit they have over to you and wipe you out instantaneously. If you somehow manage to defend then they'll keep sending twice as many as they previously sent meaning that you can't hope to fully defend yourself solely via structures.

 

I gave Planetary Annihilation a bit of a whirl but I hate how you were always exposed in every direction, unless you fortified the entirety of your base you would get flanked where there is no defense. Meaning again that spam units = win. Maybe it's not like that as I haven't given it enough of a chance but I intend to dive back into it at a later stage when it's a bit more stable as I'm having performance issues with the beta.

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How's the PS4?

 

All things considered I'm enjoying it. Killzone is a good tech demo, but a boring game. Knack is OK. (It feels a bit like going back and playing Crash Bandicoot 1 after Playing Crash Bandicoot 3. More difficult and a bit less fun than perhaps I was expecting). Assassin's Creed 4 plays exactly like you'd expect and looks good (I don't have the last gen version to compare it to though) Need for Speed Rivals is an absolute blast the very little I've played of it. Resogun is fun, and Contrast looks intriguging.

 

Not a knockout set of launch games, but they do fine. I can't wait for Infamous. 

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Heroes of Might & Magic III - whatever happens I always get back to this game. It's just the closest thing to the perfect game.

Trine 2 - Still fun in coop, although I know all maps by heart.

Spectraball - Steam Roulett choose this one. Nice, little, short.

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I've been playing tons of FTL lately, and I've finally managed to beat the game on Hard mode using The Shrike ship (one of the new Advanced Edition race ships). I love how that ship allows you to start with a teleport/mind control combo at the beginning as it makes for a killer raiding party combination. The key to winning on the Shrike is to pick up a Drone Control with a defense drone to shoot down incoming missiles, and then you are basically invincible.

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