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Everything posted by StaceyPowers

  1. I think I'm most of the way through Dragon Age: Origins now, and I’ve really fallen in love with the character interaction. I love how the party members banter with each other casually while walking (often about completely mundane stuff), and how aside from basic greetings when you open dialogue, conversation doesn’t repeat much. It feels very lifelike, and the approval/disapproval system is complex and had a lot of thought put into it. I enjoy the friendship/romance aspect. I’ve never played another game like it before. I was wondering if anyone can suggest anything to me? What other games have you played that feature a similar level of depth in interaction and feature a similar system for evolving relationships?
  2. Fallout is pretty surreal, but it is of course full of real-world references, many of them obvious, others less so. Anyway, I was reading up on gambling history the other week, and that brought me around to Las Vegas history, and I learned about the atomic bomb parties. Basically, in the 50s and 60s when they were testing nuclear weapons near Vegas, the tests brought in an influx of curious tourists. They would watch the tests and party all night—because atomic detonations seemed cool, I guess? Apparently during this time, there was a lot of atomic-themed stuff marketed as a result—like you would see in a Fallout game. One such item was a beverage named the Atomic Cocktail. And that of course is a beverage in Fallout: New Vegas. I thought that was some pretty cool trivia, and it really highlighted how a world like that featured in Fallout isn’t that far-fetched (disturbingly). I was wondering if anyone else has some similar cool trivia to share with links between Fallout and real life?
  3. Nice list, thank you! You can move the thieves' guild to a different location? How does that work?
  4. Having only recently obtained a PS3 and rejoined the gaming world after a long time away, I can't actually give an answer to this question myself. But I'm curious--someone posted asking about games that are overrated. What about games that are massively underrated? Are there any games out there which got panned by reviewers, but which you love?
  5. What's the dullest game you've ever played on any platform? For me, I have to go with Tetris. Yes, it's a classic. Doesn't change the fact that it bores me to tears.
  6. When I was a kid, we had an original NES in our house, which my parents kept clear through my college years (I assume they still have it). The oldest console I have is a PS3, which is also the newest console I have. I talked to my neighbour the other day who mentioned that she has a PS2 and an older system—it’s slipped my mind what it was—which she keeps just to play one game. Anyway, it got me wondering how many other people keep all their old working consoles around. What’s the oldest console you own?
  7. I’m about to start my third replay of Skyrim. I love the game and I’m not tired of it, but I am having a hard time coming up with ways to keep it fresh. The first time through, I deliberately avoided a number of large quest lines, and then played those the second time through so I would have two very different lives. But now I’ve probably done 95% of the quests in the game at least once. What are some more ideas for “refreshing” the experience of an open world game you’ve explored so thoroughly? So far all I’ve come up with is taking a totally different approach to combat and perk distribution. Usually I fight one-handed and use conjuration, so I’m thinking of going pure destruction mage on my next play-through. I’d love to hear more ideas!
  8. When I was younger, I didn't understand why anyone would ever buy a console. Our home PC worked great for gaming and did everything else. I felt like it saved money and physical space. Then I got older, computers changed, games evolved, etc. Now I have a laptop which is cheap, but doesn't even have a real video card. I play games on a PS3, and I realize it has some benefits. I like being able to play using my TV screen, I prefer the controller (it's more ergonomic), and it gives my computer a break, probably extending its lifespan. I'm guessing by the nature of this forum that most of you are console gamers, but overall, are you happier that way? Or do some of you still prefer PC?
  9. I want to play that. Do I need to play the other Bioshock games first, or are they all pretty independent of each other?
  10. Quick technical question here. When I load Dragon Age: Origins, sometimes it goes really fast through the screen where it says "Checking Save Data," but other times it hangs on it for like several whole minutes. Does anyone here happen to know why this happens and how I can stop it from happening?
  11. I haven’t completed all the quests in Skyrim, but I’m pretty sure I’ve done like 90% of them (though I haven’t played Dawnguard yet). I love open world games, but they tend to leave a lot of loose ends. Here are some quest lines which I wish were in Skyrim: “The Reach will be ours again!” Of all the quests in the entire game, the Forsworn Conspiracy was the one that came the closest to impacting me on emotional level. I really, really wanted to give the Reach back to the Forsworn. I was super excited to start a revolution, and really let down when I realized the Forsworn I’d helped out could only walk around saying “The Reach will be ours again” indefinitely (really annoying how all the other Forsworn stay hostile too). Fix Windhelm. After the Civil War quest line is completed, there should be a way to start gathering resources and making repairs to this run-down city. If you side with the Imperials, there should also be a way to start fixing the economic and racial disparities in the city. Fix Winterhold. Same basic issue. I’m the Dragonborn. Why can’t I do something about the wreck this town became after half of it fell into the sea or whatever? I really like the College, but Winterhold itself is so useless. “Riften is my great beast to slay.” Mjoll says something like this. I like the Thieves Guild, but Mjoll is one of the more developed characters in the game, and there’s no way to resolve her storyline with wanting to bring order to Riften. It’d be cool if you could choose to side with her and clean up Riften. Not a “quest” per se, but I wish Skyrim let you donate as much money to homeless people as you wanted, and that if you donated a lot, they would get better clothes, a place to live, etc. I wish you could patron all the orphans too. I can save the world from Alduin, but I can’t save it from poverty? What gives? I have way more gold than I need. What quests would you add to Skyrim if you could?
  12. What are some of your favorite songs in video games? I'll share Leliana's song in Dragon Age: Origins: Share your favorites!
  13. Do you enjoy puzzles in video games? Obviously I know a lot of people do, considering there are whole games which are puzzle-based. I've enjoyed puzzle-based games myself, though not too often. I liked Myst way back in the mists of time, but most of the time these days I just seem to find puzzles in video games frustrating and tedious. Actually, they were often tedious and frustrating in Myst as well. It just makes me wonder if anyone finds them relaxing or exciting. For my part, I'm far more likely to want to rage-quit over a puzzle I can't grasp than a boss I can't defeat. Those computer puzzles in Fallout games drive me crazy for example. I'm stubborn though, so I will try repeatedly to hack a terminal until I get it. But it makes me angry the whole time.
  14. What in your opinion are some of the most beautiful game worlds in existence? I’m not necessarily talking about the quality of graphics here—more the aesthetic design of the world, both in terms of nature and architecture. In terms of modern games, I love both Skyrim and Dragon Age. In terms of classic games, I still think Myst and Riven (PC games) are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen.
  15. Yeah, you can :) My potions skill just isn't high enough yet. At least I finally found a merchant who sells flasks.
  16. Thanks so much for taking the time to type all of this out. That confirms what I was thinking about leveling Alistair wrong (I was distributing his points way too evenly). Funny you haven't figured out Leliana either. One thing I haven't figured out--do merchants restock? If I buy all of a merchant's injury kits, will he restock later, or are they gone forever? I'm on PS3, btw.
  17. I don't know why I forgot to mention the Misty Grove from the quest where you get the Sanguine Rose.
  18. Why can't I picture this? Was I just not paying attention to stuff going on in the background?
  19. A friend sold me his PS3 for cheap with a bunch of games last year, and since then, I’ve fallen in love with my PS3 games. The thing is, I have zero extra space where I live, so I can’t really buy a PS4 unless I was willing to give up my PS3 and 1-live without a lot of games I enjoy, and 2-spend more money buying remasters of those which are available. I’ve opted not to do this.But that means I can’t play any PS4-only titles for the indefinite future. Does anyone not find the lack of backwards compatibility in PS4 maddening? I really, really hope they change this with PS5. But what are the odds they will? I think they have to if they want to stay competitive with Microsoft. What do you all think? For those of you who bought a PS4 and got rid of your PS3, what games do you miss the most? Are you happy with your decision, or do you sometimes regret it? If PS5 isn’t backwards compatible, will you still buy it?
  20. If you’ve seen more than a couple of my posts around here, you probably know that I’m obsessed with The Last of Us. There are a hundred reasons I could give, but probably the main one is that it’s a strong character-driven narrative, and it was easy for me to feel like I was walking in Joel’s and Ellie’s shoes. I got really attached to them, and even though it’s been months since I finished the game, I still think about it at some point of the day on most days. Does anyone have any other recommendations for other character-driven video games with compelling storylines like The Last of Us?
  21. That's why I like that in Skyrim, you can switch back and forth at will, and even circle around your character to admire your gear.
  22. Does anyone here have any tips to offer for combat in Dragon Age: Origins? This is my first play through. I'm playing a fighter class character (which I already regret; I’m totally going to play a mage next time), and for the life of me, I cannot seem to get the hang of group tactics. No matter what I do with the settings, it seems like Alistair is constantly getting himself killed (I think I screwed up distributing his stats from the beginning). I can’t figure out what to do with Leliana, beyond getting her to open chests, and every member of my party seems to have 2-3 injuries at any given time. I open the radial control in the middle of fighting to pause it constantly, but it’s like I still can’t issue orders fast enough. And is it just me, or is there a massive difference between “Casual” and “Normal?” Seriously, it’s like they’re missing 2-3 difficulty tiers. Casual is absurdly easy, and Normal is like “hard” on any other game.
  23. Pretty broad question here. Which video games have the best combat experience? What makes you enjoy them? What do you look for in combat? Customization? Tactical game play? Intuitive controls? For my part, The Last of Us leads the pack. Usually I’m more of a run ‘n gun type rather than a stealth player, and I liked that it pulled me out of my comfort zone and forced me to become patient and strategic. I always felt like every challenge I was facing came down largely to tactics and depended only a little on luck. In a lot of other games, I feel like that situation is reversed, and whether I’m successful hinges mostly on my luck (either because there is only a minor tactical element, or the tactics are simply beyond my capabilities to master).
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