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« on: May 21, 2010, 07:33:32 pm »

So what game are you playing at the moment? Discuss away at your leisure. Smiley

I'll start off. I'm playing Just Cause 2 for Xbox 360. Brilliant game! Great graphics, good music, hilariously bad voiceovers at times. And a massive environment which is really fun to play in. Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010, 08:05:43 pm »

I just got done finishing God of War III for the third time last week.  Then I blew through Brutal Legend in about 6 days(very funny game btw).  Right now I am playing inFamous for the second time.  My first playthrough was as a good guy so now I am taking the roll of the bad guy. I just love the red lightning. Evil

Oh yeah...all on my PS3 with an upgraded 250GB hdd.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2010, 08:17:19 pm »

I just got done finishing God of War III for the third time last week.  Then I blew through Brutal Legend in about 6 days(very funny game btw).  Right now I am playing inFamous for the second time.  My first playthrough was as a good guy so now I am taking the roll of the bad guy. I just love the red lightning. Evil

Oh yeah...all on my PS3 with an upgraded 250GB hdd.

Sweet. I played the GOWIII demo on my PS3, it's insanely cool. Brutal Legend demo too, might have to buy that some time.

I was a bit silly and bought the 80gb model back in January when it was going cheap. Should've got the 60gb really, it was cheaper and had more functionality. Ah well. Still lovin' my console anyways. Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010, 04:38:53 pm »

I've been replaying both Command & Conquer 3 campaigns (and a few of the skirmishes).  Probably going to be getting C&C 4 and Legendary sometime in the next 2 weeks
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010, 02:05:19 pm »

I've been replaying both Command & Conquer 3 campaigns (and a few of the skirmishes).  Probably going to be getting C&C 4 and Legendary sometime in the next 2 weeks
I've been replaying both Command & Conquer 3 campaigns (and a few of the skirmishes).  Probably going to be getting C&C 4 and Legendary sometime in the next 2 weeks
What is the draw to RTS games for you?  I've tried a couple and just got lost in the steep learning curves.  What is a good "beginner" on to start with?

Oh & I'm trying to finish up Final Fantasy XIII. I am in Orphan's Cradle and man are the bosses tough.
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 03:06:09 pm »

I'm still playing Fallout 3 {about 10th time through}, Red Dead Redemption, Metero 2033, and several racing games.
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2010, 05:51:26 pm »


What is the draw to RTS games for you?  I've tried a couple and just got lost in the steep learning curves.  What is a good "beginner" on to start with?


The challenge.  As the name indicates (rts = real time strategy), there is a great deal of strategy required, more so than most other types of games.  I love FPS's, RPG's and most everything in between, but RTS's are easily the most challenging because they require strategy and tactics. 

They aren't like other games where you just kill enemies until you can upgrade your weapon; you usually only get a few minutes to prepare your forces before the enemy attacks.  So you have to balance what types of units you need to mass first in conjunction with what upgrades/buildings to purchase.

One of the most difficult aspects is learning how to micromanage your forces.  If you build an army then send it right at the enemy base, you'll easily get beaten.  Since each unit has its strengths and weaknesses, without constantly commanding each of your forces, they'll just attack the nearest enemy while the AI/your opponent is going to attack your forces with units your forces are weakest against.  So you are going to have to constantly build new forces and deploy them while focusing on the battle to advance certain units while others retreat. 

This becomes even more difficult when you're fighting multiple battles.  You then have to jump around the map, from battle to battle, instructing your units where to go, what to attack, pulling them out of the fight, jumping back to your base to build new units/structures, and so on. 

There really isn't one single game that will help you get accustomed to this style.  It's just one of those things you learn through trial and error.  Selecting the easy mode and playing through the campaigns will really help.  This allows you to get accustomed to the style without having to worry about all of the complexities of the game that will be required to know later on.  Plus you can replay the levels as many times as you need to until you're comfortable moving on to the next one.

 But there are a lot of good ones out there. 

Some of my favorites are:

Lord of the rings: Battle for middle earth 1 and 2
Star Trek: Armada 1 and 2
Command & Conquer: Generals and the expansion pack Zero Hour
Command & Conquer 3

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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2010, 01:25:00 pm »

Some of my favorites are:

Lord of the rings: Battle for middle earth 1 and 2
Star Trek: Armada 1 and 2
Command & Conquer: Generals and the expansion pack Zero Hour
Command & Conquer 3[/color]
Do any of these have less of a learning curve than others?  Or at the very least a really good tutorial.
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2010, 05:35:10 pm »


Do any of these have less of a learning curve than others?  Or at the very least a really good tutorial.

Not really.  Most RTS games have a very similar play style and tutorial; the tutorial usually being the first few maps of the campaign and just explains the units and what they do, not really giving any tactics or strategy.

Here's some tips I found on a novice's guide to RTS that you might find helpful:



The real-time strategy genre, or RTS games, as they are also known, can be intimidating, as they call for players to manage dozens of units at a time, build structures, and organize battle tactics. The genre is more rewarding for those who come to the game with a basic knowledge of strategy, and that's where this Novice Guide comes in.


What it is

First, you must understand the structure of the game itself. In its simplest form, RTS games ask you to build, manage, and use units to overcome an evolving obstacle, most often another force controlled by another player or artificial intelligence. The key to these games is that the game takes place in real time, as you play it, so you need to be constantly reacting and making decisions on the fly.

Typically these games involve building and developing massive armies to do battle. This often includes harvesting various resources to build units like soldiers, and to construct buildings to both produce and upgrade your units, such as developing more powerful weaponry.

The following tips apply generally to the real-time strategy genre generally, and should cover the basics you will need to feel comfortable tackling any game in the genre. Good luck!


Patience

The RTS genre is action-packed, but that action is preceded by long spells of preparation. First-timers may struggle to understand this as they pull together a team of green units to throw at their opponent. Rather, choose at the beginning to focus on developing technology, setting up a perimeter defense, and organizing your fighting force. You must make dozens of decisions before going into battle, and while you may be tempted to get right to it, seasoned players understand that preparation is the key to Real-time strategy in space.


Rush and Attack

This idea may seem to fly in the fact of being patient, but mounting an immediate attack on your enemy actually buys you time. Build several of the cheapest, quickest units you can, and when you have four to six units, send them to your enemy's base. Once there, concentrate on damaging their buildings and resource gathering units, and ignore the attacking units.


Building Placement

In the first frantic minutes of a match, inexperienced players will plop down buildings wherever there's room. Unfortunately, this lack of foresight will typically come back and bite them where it hurts.

When placing a building, determine its importance to your success, and place it accordingly. For example, if you plan on utilizing vastly upgraded infantry, you want the building that develops those upgrades to be heavily defended.


Group Selection

When battle does begin, the new gamer may tend to get flustered by what they perceive to be a lack of control. Dozens of units can be involved on screen, and sorting them out can be disastrous if you're unprepared.

When first learning to play an RTS title, take some time to familiarize yourself with unit selection. Specifically, understand how to select "all" of one unit type at a time, as well as how to group a variety of units into a single group.

Learn the balance between units in combat.

For example, in Battle for Middle-earth II, utilize your cavalry to run down enemy archers. You can simply hold the left trigger and tap the A button to select every mounted unit on the screen and attack them swiftly, instead of scrambling to click every cavalry unit on the screen.


Upgrades

Researching upgrades for units is expensive, and throughout any RTS game, your resources will be precious. Don't spread your focus on research options, but rather make sure to choose one or two specific unit-types to upgrade.


The Battle Begins

Victory in RTS games comes from preparation and clutch battle decisions. Far too often, once a battle begins, a player will simply sit back and hope for the best. Instead, you should be engaged throughout the battle, matching up your units to focus on their strong suit, toggling back and forth between the battle and your home base, making sure to build replacement units and continue research even while fighting. Make sure to watch the tide of battle carefully to see when you need to use a special attack, such as calling in a missile strike, or granting your troops a stat boost.


Two Waves

When instigating a major battle on your enemy's turf, never show your full hand. You don't want a surprise or special attack to destroy your entire army, but the element of surprise is always a huge factor in any RTS game.

The classic example of this strategy is allowing a mid-level army to engage your enemy's base, while holding back your more powerful forces just out of sight. Once the enemy is engaged and is confident they have you in hand, bring in the second wave to clean up the mess. This can be particularly effective against human opponents online.


Base Bravo

It can be wise to build a second base on a remote part of the map, particularly when fighting a human foe. This can be a very effective ruse. Your opponent will typically always be aware of your primary base, so having a backup means you cannot be taken down so easily. If you abandon your initial base when it comes under attack, your can lure your opponent into thinking that they have already won, setting them up for an effective counterattack.


Faction Fit

Contrary to popular belief, not all RTS factions are created equally. Yes, the design is balanced to that no power can dominate over another, but they do not always have corresponding strengths and weaknesses.

After a few rounds of play you should start to get an idea of what kind of strategy you are comfortable employing. Whether you like holding back and playing defensively, or rushing your opponent immediately, whether you like light mobile units or heavily armored ones, there should be a faction just right for you. Once you make this decision, focus on developing your skills with that one faction. It is very difficult to be successful focusing on more than one faction at a time.

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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2010, 08:53:14 pm »

Just spotted this thread while replying to another one. I see you are a fan of C&C, JadedOne.
I've been addicted to 'C&C - Tiberian Sun' on the pc for years now. I started on Red Alert on the original Playstation and also tried Generals on the pc, but for me Tiberian Sun is the best for weapons, units and gameplay etc. I've never enjoyed the campaigns, preferring the skirmishes with ever more enemies and difficulty levels. I know the maps intimately LOL. It was only fairly recently that I found out there was an expansion pack for it ... Firestorm, I was in geeky wank heaven with all the new units and maps
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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2011, 06:13:44 am »

anyone plays SSIV on PSN? i love that game
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2011, 05:38:40 pm »

At the moment I'm playing Battlefield 3, but it's not really my game. Going to play Uncharted 3 next week, still waiting till the publisher is going to send me the game for a review.
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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2011, 10:27:07 pm »


Hi. I play World of Warcraft since 5 Years. Had times where i was very active and pro. Our Guild was in the World top 200 in 2009. But now i'm a bit more chilling and do only fun raids and achievments.

Other games i play sometimes are Starcraft II and some old games on my PS2 Smiley e.g. Ratchet & Clank, NFSU1-4, GTA a.s.o. But i'm out the age for so much gaming. I changed to other interests like programming languages, linux, net security...

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« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2011, 06:48:34 am »

REVIVE.

I'm currently playing a bunch of different things.

Halo: CE Anniversary (360)
Halo Wars (360)
Skyrim (360)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (3DS)
Dragon Age II (Mac)
The Sims 3 (Mac)
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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2011, 10:06:35 am »

Actually i play Need for Speed 'The Run' for PC (on a mac lol) if i have time for playing.





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« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2011, 04:33:57 pm »

lol. The only racing games I tend to play are Mario Kart.

I did play Blur though. It was moderately fun.
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2011, 12:56:03 pm »

Actually i play Need for Speed 'The Run' for PC (on a mac lol) if i have time for playing.

I bought it for PS3, should've waited for a review first, I seriously regret this one, 2010's Hot Pursuit was 10x better.
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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2011, 01:58:57 pm »

I played the demo of "The Run" and that made me decide not to buy it.

I'm guessing that's why so many games no longer have demos, because they let us know which games are rubbish.
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2013, 02:01:10 pm »

Playing Dark Souls for the 3rd time now Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2013, 02:51:25 pm »

SimCity 5   Cheers

And they fucked up the launch of the game, so they are giving a free EA game of my choosing. Any recommendations?
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