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What are you playing? End of the world edition
Posted: Posted July 16th by Vandy
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Starting a new thread as the previous is getting old and long.

I recently finished up Doom Eternal on Nightmare. It was fun but got tiresome towards the end, having to go through every battle ten times to complete it. And there's not even an achievement for beating the game on higher difficulties! I kind of wish I had just played it on a regular setting. I will still go back through with the cheat codes enabled to get collectibles to to take my frustration out on the demons without dying in two hits.

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Ive been pouring a lot of time in Hell Divers. It is a great game 4-5 years later. It has been fun using the random load outs in missions. I have found myself ending matches with 2x more kills than my team members. It is a good feeling. There have been loads of matches where shit hits the fan and we are scrambling to survive. This happens when the whole team is a little under leveled and under-prepared but more often than not we play off eachothers gear/ builds and manage to pull off the crazyest of matches. Something just clicks even though we are facing overwhelming odds.

Kinda like this



I also purchased Dragon Quest Builders 2 and I am looking forward to pouring sometime into it. I enjoyed the Demo for the first game and I was told to just get the second game because it is a complete improvement and better time than the first one.

Edited July 16th by S.O.H.
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ARMA 3.

Been playing mostly Wasteland mode on a community server. Randomly drop in, steal some cars, maybe shoot a couple of people, get bombed by some asshole in a jet. It's pretty fun.

Also harrowing as fuck when you're an independent solo and you hear vehicles and gunfire around you. Real Metal Gear shit, creeping around and hoping that none of these freaks spot you.

Posted July 16th by Party Smasher
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I've been playing through Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition. This time I'm doing all the sidequests.... So it's going to be a long playthrough.

On the side I've been playing an indie RPG that was described to me as a combination of Chrono Trigger and Phantasy Star called Cosmic Star Heroine. (Can you tell I love RPGs?) It's pretty good! My only real criticism is the dialogue is a bit amateurish. But the combat is so good!

Posted July 16th by Laxan
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I'm going to be brave and try No Man's Sky a third time -- this time even if it's a grind I'm going to stick with it and see what it has to offer. Hopefully it's improved some since I last tried it.

I'm also getting through the last few stars in my mario 64 ds game (I think I have around ~10 left) and I started a playthrough of castlevania order of ecclesia which has an absurd difficulty level that feels like a megaman game.

Posted July 20th by Xhin
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I find that Arma 3 Wasteland as an independent is brutal, grinding, hopeless, unbalanced and entirely captivating. Rarely have I had such a wonderfully bleak experience, and never in a microscopically-balanced competitive game like I usually play. I have to wander and scrape and steal and be paranoid as shit to get anything done.

Edited July 22nd by Party Smasher
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I made a blind purchase and picked up Ghost of Tsushima. I’m an hour or so in....what a neat game this far. The controls take a while to get use to as does the combat but so far so good.

Posted July 22nd by S.O.H.
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Finished the Last of Us 2 recently. Was actually pretty happy with the whole experience, and I think a lot of the criticism/"controversy" about the game was unwarranted.

Since then mostly just playing old favorites. Monster Hunter World is still getting a steady stream of content, I've got a couple games of Terraria going with different people, and I fall back to Escape From Tarkov for a more hardcore experience.

I find that Arma 3 Wasteland as an independent is brutal, grinding, hopeless, unbalanced and entirely captivating. Rarely have I had such a wonderfully bleak experience, and never in a microscopically-balanced competitive game. I have to wander and scrape and steal and be paranoid as shit to get anything done.

Speaking of which, if this is your thing I'd highly recommend checking out Escape From Tarkov if you haven't already.

Posted July 22nd by Count Dooku
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Escape From Tarkov


I've heard some things about it, but I haven't really seen what it's about. I'll check it out.

I think a lot of the criticism/"controversy" about the game was unwarranted.


The very level-headed video essayists that I watch (ThorHighHeels et al.) mostly just report that it handles some of the theming and pacing clumsily for what it was trying to do. The "mean libruls kill muh white cishet dad"/"mean alt righters reviewbomb muh bideo grame because lesbians" thing is mostly a politically-driven worked shoot that distracts from the actual flaws of the game itself.

I've been watching Tyler1 play through it and it looks like it falls comfortably in the "I don't give a shit" pile, even if I find elements of it to be either too regressive or too woke (sometimes both) for anyone's good. It looks like the main """moral""" of the game is something that they floundered around for seven hours to portray while Phantom Pain delivered it in one hammerblow of a line:

"We are not responsible to judge an enemy."

I think they kinda fucked up when a self-described terrorist, mass killer, dissociative disorder case and all-around living gun has the ethical clarity to arrive at a just conclusion while their fridgebody anal sex enthusiast delivers a mangled, punitive, roid-rage driven interpretation of divine retribution that helps no-one understand cyclical violence any better. I seriously doubt that their intended message was to reveal that self-righteous moral thugs also indulge in coercion, but that's what was delivered.

Edited July 22nd by Party Smasher
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I don't want to derail this thread into a TLOU2 discussion, but briefly:

The very level-headed video essayists that I watch (ThorHighHeels et al.) mostly just report that it handles some of the theming and pacing clumsily for what it was trying to do.


I agree completely! The game's messaging is all over the place, and I'd say it outright contradicts itself at various points.

The "mean libruls kill muh white cishet dad"/"mean alt righters reviewbomb muh bideo grame because lesbians" thing is mostly a politically-driven worked shoot that distracts from the actual flaws of the game itself.


This was largely what I was referring to, as I stopped paying attention to the discussion about the game the day it launched. There's plenty of fair criticism to be leveled at the game, the story, and the characters. But much of the pre-release drama was completely over-the-top culture war nonsense.

I should also clarify that I didn't actually purchase the game - I just borrowed my roommate's copy. So my overall enjoyment of the game was weighted by the fact that I was only investing my time into it, not my money.

Posted July 22nd by Count Dooku
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The game is worth the $60 Price tag imo compared to all the other crap that has been released. When it comes to 3rd person games TLOU2 is GOAT (Graphics, Gameplay, Voicing Acting)

Ghost of Tsushima is good but you see the sharp differences in how much better it could have been had there been a team like Naughty Dog making it. It is still a good time though.

Posted July 22nd by S.O.H.
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