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20 minutes ago, Simon Steele said:

I never finished it, but I bet I put 80+ hours in. I always get hooked on leveling and skills (metal monster hunting). 

Yes!  I have been wandering the world and doing too many sidequests.  It really is a beautifully rendered world.  I wasn't sure how I felt about updating the series to climbing and jumping, but it has stayed very true to form for the DQ series.

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3 hours ago, Ferrum Aeternum said:

You should play it. I think it's still on sale? $15 including the expansion.

As downloadable content? 

14 minutes ago, Reny of Storms End said:

You are in for a treat then. 

What's it even about? I read a vague description that was fairly open to interpretation. 

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If you're a Spider-Man fan, the PS4 Spidey game is great and it's also open world.  It's also an original story so it's not bogged down by having to adhere to a film narrative.

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19 minutes ago, briantw said:

If you're a Spider-Man fan, the PS4 Spidey game is great and it's also open world.  It's also an original story so it's not bogged down by having to adhere to a film narrative.

Hmm. Spider-Man is one of my favorite comic book characters (even though I've only read a few comics in my life), but I've never had any luck with comic book themed games. I will say though that the idea of being able to swing all around the city in an open world settings sounds like a blast, especially after a few drinks. 

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3 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

Hmm. Spider-Man is one of my favorite comic book characters (even though I've only read a few comics in my life), but I've never had any luck with comic book themed games. I will say though that the idea of being able to swing all around the city in an open world settings sounds like a blast, especially after a few drinks. 

Have you played the Batman Arkham games?  Because I'd say that, quality and gameplay-wise, Spider-Man is closest to that.  Obviously you get around the city very differently (Spidey swings and flips around with ease, whereas Batman was all grappling and gliding), but the combat is similar and there are similar stealth elements.  I think the combat in Batman is a little better overall, but Spider-Man's is more versatile and crazy, which makes sense.  

But if Spidey is one of your favorite characters, I'd say this is required playing.  It's a really good game.  Swinging around the city is a blast.  Combat is really fun once it clicks.  The story gets pretty wild, and I think sometimes they kind of skip over little details (for example, at one point you control another character who sees something, but then Spider-Man somehow knows it when you go back to controlling him even though there's no way he could have found it out), but overall it works a lot more than it doesn't.  

It feels like a comic book come to life at its best.

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On 2/1/2019 at 4:22 PM, Tywin et al. said:

I have to be nearing the end of GTA V. I’ve sunk at least 30 hours into the game, have most of the map revealed and the missions I’m currently doing require me to bounce between all of the characters. I’ve really enjoyed this game, and Trevor is a blast to play with. Beating people to death while just wearing a diaper is hilarious.

Since I’m still fairly new to the current gaming world, can anyone suggest other open world games worth checking out? The aforementioned and RDR2 have both been huge treats.

I can't remember if you said you'd checked out The Witcher 3 yet? That should definitely be right up there on the list. Open world, great story and characters, absolutely fantastic side-quests.

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1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

As downloadable content? 

What's it even about? I read a vague description that was fairly open to interpretation. 

Yes, the expansion is DLC and the bundle is still on sale as of right now on the PS4 store.

It's an open world game set in the far distant future of earth, at a time when humans exist in a semi-primitive, tribalist society. Unraveling the mystery of how things ended up that way is a real joy and one of my favorite aspects of the game. Exploration and combat are a blast as well. 

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Steam is having another sale, celebrating the new lunar year, but there isn't anything I'm interested in getting.

I have the Flashpoint DLC for BattleTech on my wishlisht, but its reviews continue to be mixed, and it's only 10% off.

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3 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

As downloadable content? 

What's it even about? I read a vague description that was fairly open to interpretation. 

Ferrum just gave a good description of it a couple posts above this one. Also the graphics are amazing. 

As Wert mentioned The Witcher 3 is also amazing. 

 

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7 hours ago, Rhom said:

Yes!  I have been wandering the world and doing too many sidequests.  It really is a beautifully rendered world.  I wasn't sure how I felt about updating the series to climbing and jumping, but it has stayed very true to form for the DQ series.

Same. I don't want to spoil anything, but there was also a point in the story I got really hooked too. I think this is one of the best DQ games ever, and I remember when DWarrior 3 came out. That one held the top spot for me, well, forever. But this one is really good.

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I started God of War and it's just not holding my interest.  The combat is pretty fun, though, and that axe is a cool weapon.  It was nominated for a Writer's Guild award.  Huh.  I'll go back to it at some point.

I am installing Assassin's Creed Odyssey as I type this.  Looks good so here's hoping...

Tywin was asking about games so here's a few I like.

Tomb Raider...Rise...Shadow

Horizon Zero Dawn...which I lost my progress for when I replaced my PS4 and it almost made me cry.

Last of Us

Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

Final Fantasy XV...which I loved more than most I think.

Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen

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12 hours ago, Corvinus said:

Steam is having another sale, celebrating the new lunar year, but there isn't anything I'm interested in getting.

I have the Flashpoint DLC for BattleTech on my wishlisht, but its reviews continue to be mixed, and it's only 10% off.

It's not as a big sale as the usual Steam sales though and there's this whole coin-reward thing going on to get further discounts (or dumb temporary cosmetic stuff). You start with a certain amount of coins based on your purchase history, and gain more based on how much you buy during the sale. I was a bit chagrined to discover I was given the maximum starting amount of coins, 5k. But you need 15k to even get a $5 discount on any purchase of your choosing.

 

I did pick up Donut County while it was on sale though. That was a really fun, charming two hours and totally worth the $8 I spent.

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The Witcher 3 is that good? Do you need to have played the others to understand the story? Is there a narrative drive to it is or is it mostly open world stuff where the narrative is there every once in awhile?

I'm also going to look at Horizon Zero Dawn. I've been eyeing it for awhile now. I've just heard it can get quite repetitive.

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13 minutes ago, Mexal said:

The Witcher 3 is that good? Do you need to have played the others to understand the story? Is there a narrative drive to it is or is it mostly open world stuff where the narrative is there every once in awhile?.

It’s heavily open world but you don’t have to play it that way? I feel like you could just knock out the main story without doing side quests but it’s been a while since I beat it. 

Nahh you don’t have to play the others and yeah it’s really fucking good imo with some of the best story DLCs I’ve ever played. 

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12 minutes ago, Mark Antony said:

It’s heavily open world but you don’t have to play it that way? I feel like you could just knock out the main story without doing side quests but it’s been a while since I beat it. 

Nahh you don’t have to play the others and yeah it’s really fucking good imo with some of the best story DLCs I’ve ever played. 

Cool. I don't mind open world as long as I feel there is enough narrative drive to push me through the areas, something similar to the way Zelda was and even RDR2. It was things like Fallout IV and GTA V that was just way too much for me to the point where I got bored.

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1 hour ago, Mexal said:

The Witcher 3 is that good? Do you need to have played the others to understand the story? Is there a narrative drive to it is or is it mostly open world stuff where the narrative is there every once in awhile?

I'm also going to look at Horizon Zero Dawn. I've been eyeing it for awhile now. I've just heard it can get quite repetitive.

There's a massive in-game encyclopedia in Witcher 3 that has profiles on pretty much every character and how they know Geralt, so you don't really need to play the previous games.  Might be smart to watch a YouTube summary of their general plot points, though, just to get caught up to speed.  For the most part, though, it tells a stand-alone story and the bulk of the callbacks are when you occasionally do quests with characters from previous games (or from the books).

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16 hours ago, Simon Steele said:

Same. I don't want to spoil anything, but there was also a point in the story I got really hooked too. I think this is one of the best DQ games ever, and I remember when DWarrior 3 came out. That one held the top spot for me, well, forever. But this one is really good.

Last night I fought the Gloomnivore (that fight sucked... I have basically facerolled everything up to now and that one jumped the difficulty significantly.  Had to go out and level Rab about a level and a half to 40 so I could get Insulatle for the whole party.)  Anyways, I played some more this morning and after hitting Octogonia, I am now saved outside the gates of Snifleheim.  

I really liked the story beats that lead up to the Gloomnivore, was your moment beyond that?

I really liked DQ3 as well.  DQ4 was also a big favorite of mine.  I liked the changed structure with the different chapters leading up to getting the hero later in the game.  Just turned things on their head just a bit and the first DQ game to give your party members an actual story (other than Prince of Cannock and Princess of Moonbrooke I guess.)  

I have DQ1-6 on my phone now and sometimes enjoy firing them up while sitting around waiting places.

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23 hours ago, briantw said:

Have you played the Batman Arkham games?  Because I'd say that, quality and gameplay-wise, Spider-Man is closest to that.  Obviously you get around the city very differently (Spidey swings and flips around with ease, whereas Batman was all grappling and gliding), but the combat is similar and there are similar stealth elements.  I think the combat in Batman is a little better overall, but Spider-Man's is more versatile and crazy, which makes sense.  

I have not. Remember I wasn't exaggerating when I said I basically played nothing between 2010 and the end of 2018 when I bought my PS4 like six weeks ago.

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But if Spidey is one of your favorite characters, I'd say this is required playing.  It's a really good game.  Swinging around the city is a blast.  Combat is really fun once it clicks.  The story gets pretty wild, and I think sometimes they kind of skip over little details (for example, at one point you control another character who sees something, but then Spider-Man somehow knows it when you go back to controlling him even though there's no way he could have found it out), but overall it works a lot more than it doesn't.  

It feels like a comic book come to life at its best.

Yeah I'd be down for this. It probably won't be my next purchase, but I'll keep it in mind.

23 hours ago, Werthead said:

I can't remember if you said you'd checked out The Witcher 3 yet? That should definitely be right up there on the list. Open world, great story and characters, absolutely fantastic side-quests.

Yeah I've seen this one mentioned a lot after doing some Google searches. I'll have to check it out at some point.

23 hours ago, Ferrum Aeternum said:

Yes, the expansion is DLC and the bundle is still on sale as of right now on the PS4 store.

It's an open world game set in the far distant future of earth, at a time when humans exist in a semi-primitive, tribalist society. Unraveling the mystery of how things ended up that way is a real joy and one of my favorite aspects of the game. Exploration and combat are a blast as well. 

Okay, here's where my noobness will really show. DLC, do you have to pay for that or is that the automatic updates I keep getting? I figure it's more like an expansion pack you have to buy, but one can hold out hope.

4 hours ago, Mexal said:

Cool. I don't mind open world as long as I feel there is enough narrative drive to push me through the areas, something similar to the way Zelda was and even RDR2. It was things like Fallout IV and GTA V that was just way too much for me to the point where I got bored.

My take on GTA V is that you have to really get invested in one of the three main characters to truly immerse yourself in the game. Since one of the characters is boring and another is underused, I think you basically have to really dig Trevor to complete the game.

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3 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

, here's where my noobness will really show. DLC, do you have to pay for that or is that the automatic updates I keep getting? I figure it's more like an expansion pack you have to buy, but one can hold out hope.

If you buy the Horizon Complete Edition (which is the one for like sixteen bucks on the store right now), yes, it includes the DLC.  I assume it automatically downloads if you have the game installed.

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