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Steerpike
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April 21, 2009 - 11:59 am
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Welcome, Mr Pokeylope.

We do love Mount&Blade here. Or at least I do. Bu we've never reviewed it. I was a great fan of the early beta builds, but when I returned to it about a year later it'd grown in complexity to the point were I was rather intimidated. I do intend to try and get back into it one of these days.

Please report back on Zeno Clash - that's one I'm on the fence about.

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Toger said:

Have any of you played Musaic Box? It's a combination of hidden object - no cluttered rooms, but you do have to hunt up small pieces of paper tucked away -, puzzle - as in jigsaw - and music. I fell in love with it a few months ago.

Toger, I tried the demo and was doing okay till I hit Yankee Doodle early on. It was fun to put the song puzzles together, so I'll get back and try it again.


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I'm finishing up the Adventure addons from The Witcher.

Stumbling through Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy.

Juggling a trio of Bobbleheaded Games: Rune Factory (ds), Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry (ds, UK edition thus the name), and Animal Crossing: City Folk (wii). Much of the challenge is remembering which buttons control what stuff.

Knights of the Old Republic: Sith Lords is officially patched (given up on the fan version) and ready but I can't decide how to spec. 

Oblivion and Shivering Isles with ~ 100 mods is running flawlessly….on one computer. An identical config of mods on a weekend computer stalled out due to lack of brain-focus just four mods short of creating the Wrye patch. Unless & until I manage to make an exact duplicate (albeit with different hardware), I can't move saves between houses. So I can't start playing. [Image Can Not Be Found]

And finally, casual gaming nonsense. Only I don't play them sequentially. With a Shockwave membership I can download and play as many as I like, so I do. [Image Can Not Be Found] Usually flip between 6 or so at the same time and reject the most boring without a second thought as price per game works out to about 25 cents.

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Steerpike, or any other L4D players for that matter, drop me a line if you play the game on X360! (tag: xtal84)

I'm always looking to play some co-op with people who aren't 12-year-olds on Xbox Live for 15+ hrs a day.

Also on the Xbox 360 I am casually replaying Mass Effect a fourth time, switching back and forth between NHL '09 (it's playoff season!) and Viva Pinata too. On PS2 I am slowly but surely (and painfully!) taking down colossi one by one in Shadow of the Colossus. True story: I had next to no knowledge of SotC (I'd played it at a friend's house for ten minutes one time) and I had no interest in owning a PlayStation 2. I later read Steerpike's review and immediately went out to purchase a PS2 and SotC.

On the computin' box I've been very casually taking turns at the addictive Audiosurf and the adorable World of Goo. I also try to sneak in an hour of Call of Duty 4 every week with friends. Last but not least, my main quest on the PC as of late--probably much to the shock and horror of longtime FFC residents-- is The Longest Journey. Yes, I have never played it until this year. I'm finally starting to devote 30-90 minutes an evening to the grand adventure and I've just shifted into Arcadia for the first time. Excitement!!

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Steerpike
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Hey xtal, I'm playing L4D on PC, but shoot me a friend request - I'm Grammarboy - and maybe we can get a little co-op something in. 🙂

World of Goo is adorable, and one of the sweetest games I've ever played. I described it to a friend as "Lemmings with mucus." If you liked that, be sure to try Auditorium - http://www.playauditorium.com - what it lacks in adorability and sweetness it makes up for in absolute elegance and sublime beauty.

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Steerpike, thanks for those recommendations. My husband is an engineer and doesn't play games, except for Mafia, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. I sent Auditorium to him and he has been playing it ever since, even ignoring his NBA playoff game he meant to watch. I know he will like World of Goo too. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Happy to help, Pokey. We're a service organization here at T-R. 🙂

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The Little One has been hooked on classic adventures from my collection lately. We've been playing through the Tex Murphy series, but we took a break to replay Myst III Exile. We'd also like to play Dreamfall, but I don't have a system that it plays reasonably well on. Ugh.

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seriously…

i happily suggest playing this little diversion feed the head

http://www.feedthehead.net/

very cool!

recommended for all who like quirky stuff! [Image Can Not Be Found]

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That was very weird. I love quirky stuff.[Image Can Not Be Found]

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Okay, what did I just watch/play? That was very weird sennebec, although I especially liked the fire!

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Moi, I am playing not much.  Since I changed over to the bright side and only have a Macbook Pro, haven't played much at all.  BiGFish games:  all the MCFs that are available, both Azadas, although the second one has a bug near the end so I couldn't finish (LOVE the puzzles in the first one -- I often go back just to do a few sliders or pipes...).  Count of Monte Cristo -- what a CRAPPY game!  Very disappointed!  Just about worth the dollar I paid.

DS:  Orcs + Elves had me running down my battery at great speed, play Word Jong every day, loved Puzzle Quest: Clash of the Warlords, or whatever the hell its name is.  Hotel Dusk, Trace Memory, and that's about it. 

I had Neverwinter Nights 2 installed but hated the controls and didn't really do much with it.

Any suggestions for either Mac or DS games?

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Vermin, I'm a Mac too:  24" iMac with Windows installed on a partition, so I can play just about anything except for older games that don't seem to want to install properly, or crash, or are so glitchy that I give up and dump them.  Do you have an Intel Mac, or the G5?

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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vermin said:

Any suggestions for either Mac or DS games?


Verm, If you liked Hotel Dusk and Trace Memory, give Time Hollow for the DS a try.  It's the same sort of game - text heavy, places to go and people to talk to.

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Do you have an Intel Mac, or the G5?  I have an Intel Mac ...  shiny...pretty... 

Thanks for the recommendation, Toger.  forgot to mention I played that, too.  I tried the Ace Attorney games, too, but they just didn't grab me.

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My favorite DS game was Professor Layton and the Curious Village, if you haven't already played it.

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Vermin, yes the count of Monte Cristo was pretty bad.  I just played a bit of the demo and knew it would be a waste of time. I loved the first Azada There is another puzzle type game that is often compared to Azada, it is Pahelika and may soon be released on Big Fish, Not sure if it is for the Mac, though. The MCF games were quite good. I am playing Fairway Solitaire and having a great time with it. Quite addicting. It is available now for free with the code FREEFAIRWAY.

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I've been in a bit of a gaming lull over the last few weeks, but I just got a used copy of the Wii game No More Heroes (through Goozex) and played it enough to get through the tutorial/intro section.  Hopefully it won't end up being a lot of button mashing.  So far I don't feel very skilled at it, but I haven't died yet, either.

The game's got blood splatter fountains, beheadings and other large body part separations.  I'm not yet sure whether it's clearly ridiculous enough that I'll be okay having my teenage kids sometimes watching me play -- we have just the one TV -- and it may be hard scheduling play time for me if it's not.

And I worry since it feels like a game that if I don't play it at least every-other-day that I'll find it too hard to pick up again.

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Please report back on Zeno Clash - that's one I'm on the fence about.


Have you tried the demo which was released since?

Here are my thoughts on Zeno Clash:

I like the art style, the story and the characters. I had hoped for a slightly less linear gameplay. But what breaks the game for me are the controls / melee mechanics.

The controls are too complicated and I don't feel connected to what's happening on the screen.

Opponents can punch me when it looks as if they're too far away to reach me.

There are all sorts of button sequences / combinations I keep forgetting. Am I getting old?

Attacks can't be cancelled once they were started. The game distinguishes between quick punches which are rather weak and strong punches which take seconds to deliver. Often I start a hard punch only to realize I shouldn't have.

I guess I'm spoiled by Mount & Blade's simple yet satisfying fighting system.  [Image Can Not Be Found]

Edit: Oh, and I think blocking punches with your forearms crossed is stupid. 😉

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What I want is a total conversion mod: the art style and character models of Zeno Clash slapped onto the questing world of Oblivion. Even more better, merge Zeno Clash's banished child of a hermaphrodite storyline with the ho-hum plot of Emperor Uriel Septim's illigitimate son. Who knows, bland whitebread Martin might become spunky enough that we care about his fate. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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