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Anyone playing Bioshock 2?
Scout
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I am trying hard to not buy this right now as the price is steep and it's sounding like a straight-up shooter all the way. Not my best genre. Still, the world in Bioshock was so enticing I played it through once and nearly finished it a second time. I think I'll go get a cheapo RPG off Steam instead and scratch the itch. 

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I'll be waiting for a better price. I'm not nearly as excited about the sequel as I was about the original. Playing as a Big Daddy doesn't appeal to me, and I'm annoyed at all the hoops Games for Windows Live makes you jump through to play. I'm much more interested in the new Splinter Cell.

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Yeah, I think I will wait for the price to drop as well. I just checked out the Torchight demo and wasn't very impressed by the controls.

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I'm holding off on Bioshock 2 until the summer lull when nothing comes out. There's just too much on my plate to play now!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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I just played the Mount and Blade tutorial and no love there either. I'm half tempted to go back to Gothic 2 and play the enhanced version with the extra gameplay I never did get around to it. I think what I want is an rpg with real time combat controls like the Gothics. I thought Mount and Blade might be it but it's too "thin". I'm tired of the Bioware combat where you sort of watch your character fight for you.

At least I am honing in on what I want.  RPG, direct control combat, great story, halfway polished interface and graphically dazzling…I don't want much. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Scratch the graphic dazzle & you can't get more worth for $30.  

Two factions, ten classes, ten races, eight professions, plus cooking & fishing.  Hell, you could spend all your time playing the auction house for fun & profit. Only limit is ten alts per server. You could play both factions in every class covering ten races & level every profession to max. And never spend a dime past your initial $29.99 (free shipping/no tax).

That's assuming you can do all of the above in 30 days. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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I forgot to add single player.[Image Can Not Be Found]

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Seriously? You've already skimmed the cream.

You might consider Jade Empire, a clunkish console port in a beautiful faux-Asian world. Or perhaps Fable I (no II for pc as yet), another console port. Neither would be mistaken for pc-originals but interesting enough in a pinch.

Or Drakensang: The Dark Eye, but not in the same league production-wise as DA:O.

And almost forgot, Neverwinter Nights 2 + two expansions although I personally have a difficult time enjoying the NWNs, don't understand why.

Me? I'm playing Divinity II, or trying to between WoW sessions.

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I thought about Drakensang, but I don't think it has real time combat. Night of the Raven is probably a good choice. I enjoyed it. Even replaying a bit of Gothic 2 to get to it was fun. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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I like turn-based, I really do, but I'm itching for a more immersive combat system for the next game. I checked out the screen shots for Gothic 2. I forgot how rough the graphics were but heh, can't have everything. I know I've sort of spoiled myself with Witcher and Fallout 3 and Dragon Age but I'm just getting more picky these days. I have less and less time for gaming and my to play pile is long gone (which is very nice actually) so I'm only buying the next game I'm going to play now and not storing up for the future as devs seem to be releasing an endless stream anyway. 

I want single player cause I want an complete game with beginning, middle and end, and one I can complete within around 45 days.

Thanks for the Drakensang tip. I'll check it out most definitely.

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You're okay with older titles, right? Have you tried Summoner? That one might fit the bill.

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If we're allowed to completely ignore graphical dazzle (tm), then consider Arcanum on gog.com.

I played about 60% through & continue to carefully guard a save from oh....maybe, two computers ago. I probably used mods so it's doubtful I can duplicate an installl that will load my saves without massive collapse/errors/lock, but I still intend to finish one day. Or start over if I must. It's that good.

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I think I'm going to have to shuttle back in time a bit to get what I want so those look like good options. Thanks for the suggestions. Now I just have to find the time.

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Scout said:

RPG, direct control combat, great story, halfway polished interface and graphically dazzling…I don't want much. [Image Can Not Be Found]


How about something that meets those like, thirty-five per cent?

Not BioWare, no.

RPG, no.

Direct control combat, check.

Great story, no.

Halfway polished interface, sure.

Graphically dazzling, no.

= MDK2

If being wrong's a crime I'm serving forever

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I went with Gothic 2: Night of the Raven. I had forgotten that the first time I played this game, the original Gothic 2, my computer was pretty puny and the game stuttered a bit. Now it plays smoothly at max settings via Steam on Windows 7. Being the PC tinkerer I am, I fussed around with the .ini files and installed a customizer mod that lets me adjust the difficulty level. I'm starting to remember the game and now I get to explore a whole new area as well. I have the video looking about as good as it is going to short of messing with the texture mod.

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I feel dirty bringing this crunchy old post back on topic, but I bought Bioshock 2 since the price dropped thirty-five dollars (this is complete truth: two weekends ago I saw it new on store shelves for $69 CAD, last weekend it was down to $34).

 

If there's one game in the past few years whose existence I have cringed at that game is Bioshock 2. Naturally I must face my sequelitis demons. I'll report on how that goes sometime in the near future.

If being wrong's a crime I'm serving forever

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Brave Xtal.

 

I played & enjoyed Bioshock (the original) but it looks from screenshots & videos that #2 is much more creepy, jump-atty* & shooty. Features that would outweigh any enjoyment (for me). I await your impressions.

 

* enemies jump at the player, not player jumping.

 

P.S. As Queen of Tangentistan, I hereby absolve you from bringing this thread back on topic.

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