Hey let's catch up on some video gaming in the sandbox

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Been playing Saints Row the third. It's fun, but I find it lacking a certain polish which is evident in the gta series. Vehicle control is still a gripe for me. Nice character customisation though.

BF3 of course, I'm lame at it but I'm realising the damage system is so much better than BC2.

Fozzielad, Monday, 28 November 2011 14:04 (ten years ago) link

Anyone on Assassin's Creed Revelations? I've been thinking of getting it but I've still to complete Brotherhood, I kind of ran out of steam with it. I don't like the sound of Den Defence.

onimo, Monday, 28 November 2011 14:20 (ten years ago) link


also MTG on 360 was half-off for Black Friday + I picked it up

Mordy, Monday, 28 November 2011 14:29 (ten years ago) link

Den Defense is the fucking worst thing to happen to Assassin's Creed. Followed up in short order by the Desmond wanna-be Portal bullshit segments (of which I finished one and, after doing most of the second, won't bother doing any more of them).

It's the worst ACII, despite further refinements in Assassin recruiting/advancement and some great kill moves in combat. I'm going to finish it for the story, but I'm worried about what they might do with ACIII when it comes along.

Had to take a Skyrim break, but am looking forward to returning to it when Revelations is done and back in the box for good.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 28 November 2011 14:57 (ten years ago) link

the Skyrim frost troll pissed me off so much I had to go back and do riddles in Arkham City

OH NOES, Monday, 28 November 2011 15:34 (ten years ago) link

still playing Dark Souls - have rung both bells, no clear objective atm though which is making things a bit aimless
Mario 3D Land is a complete joy, especially playing as Luigi in his cute fox suit

zappi, Monday, 28 November 2011 15:46 (ten years ago) link

tried to play metal gear solid 3 and just can't do it. maybe i'm playing the game wrong, but it was basically 'try to find a stealthy path > get discovered > suicide > repeat' ad naseum. plus the clumsy controls and endless (admittedly hilarious) dialogue.

so i downloaded resident evil 4 and it is delicious video game comfort food.

J-Cova, Monday, 28 November 2011 17:03 (ten years ago) link

still playing skyrim, although i haven't had a chance to play since last Wednesday.

also, i posted this on facebook/ILX, but some of you might find this journal article about working conditions in the videogame industry interesting:


the abstract makes it sound dull as hell, but it's actually an easy read

Z S, Monday, 28 November 2011 17:08 (ten years ago) link

love skyrim and all but SPACE MARINE is goty for sure

adam, Monday, 28 November 2011 17:44 (ten years ago) link

SPACE MARINE multiplayer rules because it is slow and kind of forgiving so people who are bad at video games ie me can partake in SPACE MARINE clunking around and chainswording fun

adam, Monday, 28 November 2011 17:45 (ten years ago) link

i believe that ppl who are enjoying space marine have never played gears of war

Mordy, Monday, 28 November 2011 17:51 (ten years ago) link

I would be going out and buying Skyward Sword for myself but my sister is probably asking for it for chanukah so I have to wait a month

silby, Monday, 28 November 2011 17:51 (ten years ago) link

i played gears of war and it is probably better i guess? except for all the racist stuff and that all the pleasing aesthetics are straight up 40k ripoffs. also in gears of war there are not enough orks yelling SPACE MARINE over and over all the time

adam, Monday, 28 November 2011 18:10 (ten years ago) link

Tons of Skyrim, but taking breaks with de blob 2 which was on sale at target for like 13$ and is so far kind of awesome actually

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Monday, 28 November 2011 18:37 (ten years ago) link

Tonnes of cobblestone in Minecraft 1.0.0

yes this is the real (snoball), Monday, 28 November 2011 18:57 (ten years ago) link

Finally getting to GTA IV, which is kind of how I roll these days: I made a note yesterday that there have been lots of Assassin's Creed games, so I should get them in four years when they're on "all of them for $4.99" sale* and walkthrough the lot.

I imagine I'm not the first person to point this out, but GTA IV is far too realistic in many ways - they've clearly executed on their vision, but at the price of much in the way of fun. In fact my two main emotions when playing it are guilt when someone bounces off my can in a particularly crippling manner, and, er, more guilt when I don't answer the phone to someone.

I pressed a button one too many times when exiting out of a menu on a date with Kate, and gave her a nasty shove that dropped her 'like' by 45%. I was devastated, and would have reloaded except that I had done lots of pigeon-shooting and stump-jumping since my last save, so fuck that.

<a href="http://oglaf.com/sircoffee/";>Oglaf has the gist of it</a>

*such as happened for all yes all of the GTA games on Steam over the weekend!

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 28 November 2011 21:30 (ten years ago) link

Haha I am an idiot.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 28 November 2011 21:30 (ten years ago) link

you can bounce ppl off yr ass in GTA IV?

OH NOES, Monday, 28 November 2011 21:37 (ten years ago) link

yep, just hold L2 and then tap b (for butt) twice

Z S, Monday, 28 November 2011 21:49 (ten years ago) link

What level are you guys in Skyrim?

calstars, Monday, 28 November 2011 22:26 (ten years ago) link

I seem to be finding that one hour of gameplay = one level, more or less

calstars, Monday, 28 November 2011 22:26 (ten years ago) link

i'm only at 11

Z S, Monday, 28 November 2011 22:26 (ten years ago) link

14 iirc

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Monday, 28 November 2011 22:39 (ten years ago) link

i started playing friday, at 11 by now i think

sonderangerbot, Monday, 28 November 2011 22:48 (ten years ago) link

so... skyward sword. worth buying?

remy bean in exile, Monday, 28 November 2011 22:48 (ten years ago) link

uh Im level 41 in skyrim.. the game is a fucking full time job.. I kinda feel like I cheated boosting my smithing up to 100 by creating hundreds of iron daggers but goddamnit it was the easiest way.

mayor jingleberriez, Monday, 28 November 2011 22:52 (ten years ago) link

xp a quick glance at metacritic suggests universal acclaim…does that have any validity? who knows. There's some "best Zelda since OoT" being thrown around. Havent' gone and looked at SelectButton threads or anything. All i know is I want to play it.

silby, Monday, 28 November 2011 23:09 (ten years ago) link

infinity blade is eating my life

secretly glad that skyrim isn't available for macs

river wolf, Monday, 28 November 2011 23:43 (ten years ago) link

also there is some tarted up version of cave story out now??

river wolf, Monday, 28 November 2011 23:46 (ten years ago) link

I think it's the same as the WiiWare version basically.

silby, Monday, 28 November 2011 23:50 (ten years ago) link

"Best since OoT" doesn't make any sense, as Mask of Majora was already better than it!

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 00:06 (ten years ago) link

secretly glad that skyrim isn't available for macs

it runs pretty well with the cider wrapper (windows emulation nerd stuff)

diamonddaze85 (ok), Tuesday, 29 November 2011 00:11 (ten years ago) link

Best since "Link's Awakening"

oPal, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 04:37 (ten years ago) link

lol in Skyrim I am (wait for it...) level 4

this may be why the ice troll pwns me

OH NOES, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 04:38 (ten years ago) link

hahahahha what the

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 04:46 (ten years ago) link

I have been entertaining guests and playing Arkham City!

OH NOES, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 04:53 (ten years ago) link

however in AC I'm at something like 70% complete

some of those Riddler puzzles are like "WHA-"

OH NOES, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 04:54 (ten years ago) link

i think when i was getting pwned by ice troll i was uh level 10?


u doing it rong

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 05:10 (ten years ago) link


so basically I should go do some side quests

OH NOES, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 05:10 (ten years ago) link

yeah dude

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 05:12 (ten years ago) link

that kind of goes against the whole "zomg URGENT SUMMONS" thing in the main storyline but hey

I did kind of do a side quest by accident tho (the dragonstone one, while getting back THE CLAW for the shopkeeper with the gullible sister)

OH NOES, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 05:14 (ten years ago) link

yeah i did some of the companions quests and some random bandit mines and dungeons and whatever before going for the ice troll - i am finding a fairly good flow in realizing that if the main storyline = getting pwned, i need to go level a bunch.

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 05:19 (ten years ago) link

yeah, lots of skyrim here too. wonderful game so far.

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 08:54 (ten years ago) link

Damnit I would love to try me some skyrim shit(*) I just don't want it to eat my life.

(*)nb have not played an rpg since moria/larn/nethack back in school.

ledge, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 09:48 (ten years ago) link

or maybe i should try SPACE MARINE since space > dragons (only just). or maybe i should try gears of war since apparently it is better. see? it's just too hard.

ledge, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 09:51 (ten years ago) link

space is not > dragons!

does anyone have an opinion on http://www.dinodday.com/? Tempted by THE AWESOMENESS OF NAZI!!! DINOSAURS!!! but the reviews are shitty.

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:34 (ten years ago) link

@ ledge I can't play any new games since my Nethack + ADOM phase. Everything feels so sloow, "oh, I have to walk all the way over there?"

oPal, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:40 (ten years ago) link

I got caught up in wandering and sidequests; I was level 19 before I met the frost troll and was unimpressed.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:06 (ten years ago) link

I did play and love RDR, galloping around, shooting wild beasts, sidequests, just dickin' around in the desert. it's more the statscock aspect of rpgs that puts me off. and the lifesuck.

ledge, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 14:11 (ten years ago) link

I thought I might ask some recommendations here... I just finished playing Jade Empire, and I'm kinda looking for something similar to tackle next. It should be an action RPG (no turn-based stuff) or action adventure, with an intriguing plot and the ability to affect the storyline with your actions. Preferably fantasy, though sci-fi is okay too, but nothing too realistic. And it shouldn't be too nihilistic either, I like games where you can choose not to kill if you don't have to. Can you recommend anything along these lines? Oh, and it should preferably be something a few years old, I'm not sure if my computer can handle really recent games.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 14:29 (ten years ago) link

Yeah so dead island is pretty much terrible :(

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Friday, 30 December 2011 05:12 (ten years ago) link

skyrim is eating my life. thank god I'm on vacation

river wolf, Friday, 30 December 2011 05:51 (ten years ago) link

so im thinking about getting an xbox 360 and im wondering if the 4GB model is enough? im mainly planning on using it to play current gen games but also XBLA stuff like ikaruga, radiant silvergun, bangai-o, etc. dont really plan on downloading movies or any other media. will i regret it if i dont get more HD space? is the HD easily upgradable?

Armin Tamzarian (ok), Friday, 30 December 2011 06:47 (ten years ago) link

some of those xbla games can be pretty big (radiant is about 500m iirc) and they go upto about 1GB; a lot of xbox games run more smoothly when installed to the HDD too (about 6GB installation)

you don't necessarily have to get the 250GB tho because you can use USB sticks as memory (limited to 16GB sticks)

(╯°□°)╯┻━zǝɹɐns sınl━┻ (cccccc), Friday, 30 December 2011 07:37 (ten years ago) link

i would get the 250, i install most of my games on my 360 too.

i regretted not getting the larger ps3, i have to keep deleting games to make room.

Fozzielad, Friday, 30 December 2011 09:52 (ten years ago) link

Apple's "12 days" freebie today is that sonic kart racing thing, haven't tried it yet but it reviewed pretty well, probably worth grabbing.

JimD, Friday, 30 December 2011 12:32 (ten years ago) link

def interested in corpse party for the psp:


looks like some kind of jrpg/visual novel/survival horror/battle royale hybrid which is right up my alley tbqh

alan, Friday, 30 December 2011 15:57 (ten years ago) link

what's the deal with ILG steam group, I just joined (I'm 'nerd' on steam) and seem to be the only member in the sea of admins :V

V79, Friday, 30 December 2011 19:24 (ten years ago) link

guys king cashing on iOS is free, addictive and terrible
please don't download and play it ALL DAY as i've been doing

Dranke, the German Drake Impersonator (forksclovetofu), Friday, 30 December 2011 19:33 (ten years ago) link

Watching my kids play inFamous 2 - looks better than the first one which I really got into. Need to find time for it, dunno how :/

misguided white guy on the sandbox (onimo), Friday, 30 December 2011 19:34 (ten years ago) link


i like this bit in the description of King Cashing in the app store:

Here's a little fact about the game: I got the idea while playing Kairosoft's Game Dev Story! At one point in the game, I made a game with the Slots RPG combination and that got me wondering what a real Slots RPG game would look like. So I dropped the game and started taking notes of what came to mind. I also drew some mockups to have a better idea of what I had in mind. 5 months later, here's King Cashing! So, hum, thanks Kairosoft!

Z S, Friday, 30 December 2011 19:42 (ten years ago) link

king cashing is 2$, not free

polyphonic, Friday, 30 December 2011 21:48 (ten years ago) link

thought about using a gift certificate to pick up a couple of older PC games that might actually run on my system; opted for an Earthbound ROM instead.

Simon H., Friday, 30 December 2011 22:10 (ten years ago) link

there's a lite version. i just spent about an hour playing it (lite), and i imagine that it's probably worth $2 for the full version.

Z S, Friday, 30 December 2011 22:42 (ten years ago) link

anyone been doing the Steam Great Gift Pile? i got two average indie games and three worthless coupons.

zappi, Friday, 30 December 2011 23:24 (ten years ago) link

it seems like a hell of a lot of work when i can just buy games i want for 99p

thompp, Friday, 30 December 2011 23:59 (ten years ago) link

so... what games from 2009-2011 are ESSENTIAL for ilx user gukbe to play?

(╯°□°)╯┻━zǝɹɐns sınl━┻ (cccccc), Saturday, 31 December 2011 00:04 (ten years ago) link

what XBOX games...?

(╯°□°)╯┻━zǝɹɐns sınl━┻ (cccccc), Saturday, 31 December 2011 00:11 (ten years ago) link

sometime early in january i am going to look at all the crud i bought in the steam sale and think: why, lord, why

thompp, Saturday, 31 December 2011 00:43 (ten years ago) link

I bought the full king cashing and it is like a slot machine version of Dungeon Raid aka just what I wanted it to be.

polyphonic, Saturday, 31 December 2011 00:59 (ten years ago) link

Final verdict - dead island is a pile of shit, but was exchangeable for deus ex, so now I am trying that. What I really want is a used copy of el shaddai tho, but none at my GameStop :(

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Saturday, 31 December 2011 01:00 (ten years ago) link

what XBOX games...?

Well, for 2009 and 2010 there's always:


polyphonic, Saturday, 31 December 2011 01:03 (ten years ago) link

So I'm watching Oklahoma! on TCM and thinking -- what would video games have been like if we had the technology to make and play them in the 30s, 40s and 50s? Would we have had musical video games? (Freddy Farkas: Frontier Pharmacist, the Musical!) I think Roberta Williams should start work on this immediately.

Mordy, Saturday, 31 December 2011 03:15 (ten years ago) link

king cashing was free for awhile i guess; twas when i got it. it is weirdly addictive.
um, i got a wireless xbox controller for my pc. The fucking thing doesn't come with button mapping. I don't wanna have to pay ten bucks for xpadder and not have it work; can anyone swear by it or help me figure a better solution?

Dranke, the German Drake Impersonator (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 31 December 2011 03:26 (ten years ago) link

I'm on steam as jay dee ess ay ell emm oh enn

Spacemen 3 userpic/icon, shouldn't be too hard to spot

kingfish sandbox bonaparte, Saturday, 31 December 2011 04:46 (ten years ago) link

you can use JoyToKey instead of xpadder, its free
switch on controller before running the program
click the Preferences tab on the right and tick "use axes other than x and y" to activate 2nd thumbstick and "use pov switches" for dpad. change threshold to taste (30% a good starting point)
mapping instructions here http://www.instructables.com/id/Use-an-Xbox-360-controller-as-a-mouse/step4/JoyToKey-Basics/

zappi, Saturday, 31 December 2011 11:35 (ten years ago) link

let us know how you get on w/deus ex, PBBS

couldn't get past the loading times myself

(╯°□°)╯┻━zǝɹɐns sınl━┻ (cccccc), Saturday, 31 December 2011 16:30 (ten years ago) link

Today I have played Binding of Isaac until my wrists hurt.

At one point I had wings, three eyes, a turd on my head and a little angry sneer after making a pact with the devil. I was delighted by each and every one of my adjustments. And then I got stamped on and died. Good times!

Thank you Mordy for your championing of this game and my consequent carpal tunnel syndrome.

brony island baby (case spudette), Saturday, 31 December 2011 17:13 (ten years ago) link

Just bought BoI. Let's see what all the hubbub is about

kingfish sandbox bonaparte, Saturday, 31 December 2011 17:16 (ten years ago) link

Binding of Isaac totaly rules, but when played it quite intensively for a few days I had to take a break for a month now. It just got too repetitive and tiring.

V79, Saturday, 31 December 2011 17:46 (ten years ago) link

Also I'm guessing that if there's one game you don't want to end up dreaming about...

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 31 December 2011 20:04 (ten years ago) link

Fun to try out, but I want to go live in Tropico as Presidente "Don Homer" for awhile.

Note that El Presidente currently favors the full luchador look. Disappointed that they couldnt get Juanito back from the last game, then again, I miss the original adviser voice from the first games.

Also, cute that they added objectives and Sim City-style policy advisors.

kingfish sandbox bonaparte, Saturday, 31 December 2011 20:42 (ten years ago) link

Binding was Isaac was fun to try out, I mean.

kingfish sandbox bonaparte, Saturday, 31 December 2011 20:45 (ten years ago) link

Thanks for the recommendation zappi; trying joy2key now.

Dranke, the German Drake Impersonator (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 31 December 2011 21:14 (ten years ago) link

on a mission to complete saints row 3, which i've now become quite enamoured of. its trash, and its tacky, and its morally blank, but it is quite fun. struggling to complete the assassinations, though, as i've yet to find any of smoov's 'hos' in the henry steel mills area - since most of the women in the game, including my own gang, are dressed as strippers and prostitutes, its kind of hard to figure out who is actually a prostitute.

Stevie, Sunday, 1 January 2012 12:35 (ten years ago) link

GF was ill last night, so for kicks we half completed the MW3 campaign, hot-seating whenever one of us died. I think it might be the worst game I've ever played were the game does everything it sets out to do. Like, I've played games that were broken, or the controls were rubbish, or tyhe graphics were outdated or whatever, but this MW3's the worst game I've played where the badness is down to the lack of attention spent on level design and coherence. Maybe I've just been lucky and only played decent games.

You failed, you didn’t eat the whole pizza (NotEnough), Sunday, 1 January 2012 13:56 (ten years ago) link

the 'ungameness' of it has been a 'thing'

i have been playing the binding of isaac fairly intensively for the last few hours

thompp, Sunday, 1 January 2012 14:08 (ten years ago) link

oh my god, %75 off Portal 2 on Steam (€5.60)! and if you buy two P2's bundled it's €9.99, a lil bit cheaper

V79, Sunday, 1 January 2012 19:19 (ten years ago) link

Last day. Picked up LA Noire and Arkham City.

kingfish sandbox bonaparte, Sunday, 1 January 2012 21:06 (ten years ago) link

snagged dungeon defenders and heroes of m+magic V, tempted by bastion but 360 controller still a little glitchy on pc

Dranke, the German Drake Impersonator (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 1 January 2012 23:11 (ten years ago) link

has anyone spent enough time with bastion or terraria to determine whether they're truly worth bothering with?

thompp, Sunday, 1 January 2012 23:33 (ten years ago) link

i beat both of them and enjoyed them both. terraria is sidescrolling Minecraft w/ not quests but kinda sequenced locations and stuff you can do. if you're really curious, i'd check out the game diaries quartertothree did about it, they give a great sense of what the game is like and whether you'd like it.

bastion i liked, more actionary platformy. the controls feel pretty great, the aesthetics are sorta unique + very colorful, nice soundtrack etc. threadbare story and shticky narration bit, but fun to play regardless

Mordy, Sunday, 1 January 2012 23:35 (ten years ago) link


there's a whole bunch of them that go through the first 3 bosses (they have since added a 4th boss that unlocks a hardcore mode w/ new versions of first 3 bosses)

Mordy, Sunday, 1 January 2012 23:37 (ten years ago) link

ha the best bit i had in the bastion demo was the so-epic narration of my hero getting up and noticing the changes wrought in the world around him being interrupted by "... and then he fell to his death" because i was looking to see if there were invisible walls

but it didn't really bring me any joy beyond that. how long is it? does anything particularly nifty happen? it was one of kieron gillen's games of the year so i'd have thought it did something or other, at some point

thompp, Monday, 2 January 2012 00:27 (ten years ago) link

i think about 3 hours for your first playthrough. then there are challenge rooms + a new game plus feature

Mordy, Monday, 2 January 2012 00:37 (ten years ago) link

oh, it's short? that makes me about three to four times as likely to actually buy it, i think

thompp, Monday, 2 January 2012 00:40 (ten years ago) link

yeah, i think i beat it in a night or two

Mordy, Monday, 2 January 2012 00:46 (ten years ago) link

Fucking Terraria, just give me the damn ore.

at any rate, Terraria is certainly worth the 75% knocked-off price it's currently running.

Finally tried out Portal 2. Finally seeing what everyone was yammering about this year. Curious how much britishness was written into Merchant's lines and how much he brought to it. Cool that Jay Pinkerton had a hand in writing the jokes.

kingfish sandbox bonaparte, Monday, 2 January 2012 05:06 (ten years ago) link

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