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18 Oct 2020 07:18 #315310 by san il defanso
We took a little family trip this week, and I played lots of Hades. I've made it to the end of Elysium, but I've not yet cracked through that boss fight. Came real close though. I am favoring the shield as my primary weapon, because its ability to deflect is so clutch when every enemy is spewing projectiles left and right. It's so, so good.

Also I was inspired by the early access for Baldur's Gate 3 to start a new character in Baldur's Gate, since I don't have a setup that can run the new game anytime soon. I went with an Archer kit, and I'm going to be focusing on shortbows with an eye toward taking this guy all the way to the end of Throne of Bhaal. After finishing the game on Story Mode last year I wanted to try this one with some actual stakes, which for me just means Easy. As many long-time BG fans know, archery in the first Baldur's Gate is almost a cheat mode. So far I'm having a MUCH easier time in this play through than I expected. It's interesting, because I remembered BG1 having lots of empty wilderness to wander around in, and it totally does, but I'm finding it kind of meditative. It's a CRPG I can play while my wife and I watch TV together in the evening. I know it picks up in the last quarter or so, but for right now wandering around and killing monsters has gotten me pretty far. It's been great to revisit it.
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18 Oct 2020 10:54 #315314 by hotseatgames
Still playing a lot of Apex Legends. Also still hacking away at Spelunky 2. It's still not going great. Friday I got to see one of my sons beat the game. Youth.....

I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons Online with Jim Felli. He's hardcore and has tons of resources, with which he has been very generous in helping me test the waters. This game is old, and it shows. The quests are fun and interesting, generally giving opportunities for various party members to shine.

The map... fuck that map. You can't find anything on it, nor can you just go full screen with it. There are filters, but using them is so clunky that it isn't worth it. And my god... how the hell is there no "warp to party leader" feature? We have wasted so much time with someone trying to find us in town. Long story short, I enjoy the game, but will not be hanging around. MMOs have never grabbed me and I doubt they ever will.
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20 Oct 2020 12:36 #315367 by jason10mm
How are MMOs doing these days? My oldest is 100% into these mindless arena battle type games like Fortnite and whatever the hell Roblox is. It's all wacky costumes and dances and meta-goals, nothing persistent between games from what I can tell. While its all online (which sucks when travelling) it seems kinda like the opposite of MMOs with a persistent world. Seems to me that the quick streaming e-sports type games are dominating while the long form world story games shifted back over to single player games like Assassins Creed and Witcher.

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20 Oct 2020 12:43 - 20 Oct 2020 12:43 #315368 by hotseatgames
I suppose some MMOs are still doing fine, but it's true you don't hear as much about them these days. I know this is very old man yelling at clouds, but I think games took a couple of significant turns for the worse.

The first was Call of Duty Modern Warfare. Once that RPG-style progression made its way to this and every other kind of game, it was no longer about just playing for fun. It was grinding this or that. I fondly remember the days of Quake World, when you could jump in a match that was ALREADY going on, do some fragging, and then bounce back out. No need for XP gains, skin unlocks, etc.

The second big turn was the domination of streaming. Now games are made specifically to cater to that type of audience, and in my (again, old) opinion, it is not for the better.
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20 Oct 2020 14:15 #315374 by jeb
SPELUNKY 2 is getting a hold on me. My 9yo and I built the shortcut to 1-4 and we've been exploring the cave-area over there on the right for a bit. I am trying to figure out how to turn on the drill we see sometimes, that looks fun. We made it to Olmec once, but I goofed while trying to get him to bonk his way into the drink there.
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20 Oct 2020 14:49 - 20 Oct 2020 20:22 #315378 by Disgustipater
The drill took me a while to figure out, but I think that might be due to poor design? There’s nothing special to do, it’s just real easy to miss.

Edit - I was wrong, there is a particular thing that needs to be done.
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20 Oct 2020 15:55 #315379 by jeb
I'm probably making it too hard! Don't spoil, but I have been trying to put lava on the little button thing. Sounds like I am overshooting the mark, haha.

This game is great for gamers. If you've been playing games for your whole life and can still get into CASTLEVANIA or whatever, you can't go wrong with SPELUNKY. It's a marvel.

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20 Oct 2020 17:03 #315381 by Ah_Pook

Disgustipater wrote: The drill took me a while to figure out, but I think that might be due to poor design? There’s nothing special to do, it’s just real easy to miss.


There is something special you need to do, I'll spoiler it

Warning: Spoiler! [ Click to expand ]
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20 Oct 2020 20:21 #315384 by Disgustipater
That's probably why I couldn't figure it out. Thanks!

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20 Oct 2020 20:36 #315386 by hotseatgames
I've been practicing robbing / murdering the shopkeeper in Spelunky 2. Having a shotgun is SUCH a huge advantage. Of course dealing with rabid shopkeepers after the fact is usually a death sentence for me.
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20 Oct 2020 21:34 #315389 by san il defanso
I unlocked all the weapons in Hades, and now I'm in that part of the game where you start gaining Aspects on all of them. It's like the whole thing has opened up to me.
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22 Oct 2020 11:40 #315437 by hotseatgames
On a whim, I picked up Disc Room on the Switch. It's also on PC. My initial impressions are very positive. It is essentially Pacifism mode from Geometry Wars, cranked up to 11. Each room has various rules that you have to figure out, but rule number 1 is to simply not get cut in half by swirling saw blades.

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