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What have you been playing recently?

As the title says, what have you guys been playing recently. Just looking to strike up a discussion with the community here.

3 years ago by MyAnacondaDoes with 15 comments

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  • Autumnal
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    Ton of Wildstar, Diablo 3, and Clicker Heroes. I'mma try to take a break from my regulars though, I'll be trying Path of Exile here in half an hour when the expansion hits.

  • Xeno
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    I've been playing Mini Ninjas by myself.... though been taking a bit of a break since I've been taking a C class over the summer.

    Playing a co-op game of Borderlands with my boyfriend since he never played it before and we were looking for something to play together.

    • MyAnacondaDoes (edited 3 years ago)
      +2

      I have only really seen Mini Ninjas in a passing manner previously and it didn't really look interesting to me, but I'm a bit of a knob and judge things mostly by their cover or what my friends say on it. Looking it up now though, it looks pretty interesting. Going to have to download the demo.

      Also, I hope you and your boyfriend are having as much fun playing Borderlands co-op as I did when I played through with my friends. The game really shines in co-op.

      • Xeno (edited 3 years ago)
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        I've beaten Borderlands 1 and 2 awhile ago now and loved it. He doesn't play games that much and seems to get a bit grumpy at mechanics... but I think overall it's pretty fun for him.

        Mini Ninjas' gameplay looked fun and relaxing and I was looking to take a break from longer more serious games; I have a list of goofy games that I eventually try when I feel like taking a break from darker content. lol

        What games are you playing?

        • MyAnacondaDoes
          +2

          I've really been trying to 100% The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth recently, but to take a break from that I've been playing Fallout: New Vegas and Super Hexagon. Thanks for asking.

          • Xeno
            +3

            New Vegas! Yissss. :D

  • Fuyu
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    League of Legends is pretty much a normal go-to game for me, though I've been in a bit of a slump with it.

    Other than that, I've been playing Starbound which is really fun, though surprisingly difficult since you can't just spam attacks and you rarely kill an enemy with just a single stamina bar. And I'm currently stuck investigating that abandoned place so I have no idea how to progress the story.

    Also been occasionally tapping at Dishonored. I really wish there was a way to just knock out people who spot you because I'm really bad at stealth and even when only killing about half a dozen guards my chaos rating is high.

    • MyAnacondaDoes
      +1

      League of Legends never really caught my eye, but it's probably because I'm not that competitive of a gamer. What do you find interesting about League of Legends though, maybe there's something that's in-depth about it that I would like.

      In respects to Starbound, I've played it a few times, but it just happened to be one of the games that lost my interest. When I originally played it though, I had loads of fun.

      And with Dishonored, that game was crazy fun. Granted it was fairly difficult, so I did spend most of my time trying to gyp the system and leap past most things that weren't immediate threats.

      • Fuyu
        +2

        I'm an inherently competitive person and before League, the only real PvP games I knew of were FPS, fighting games, and of course MMORPG combat. I'm terrible at FPS; the only real fighting game I like is Super Smash Bros and Nintendo has never been the best for online play; and MMORPGs require investment that isn't play a ton to get good, it's just play to get gear and levels otherwise you don't stand a chance. So League kind of became that competitive game for me.

        I enjoy the MOBA format more than I enjoy League itself. The starting at level 1 and building up to a higher level in a single game, as well as purchasing items each game makes the gameplay feel more customizable, especially when you use a variety of champions. You're not just doing the same thing every fight like you would be in games with a single character, there's actual strategy and in-game adaptions you need to make. Some of my favorite champions are the ones that can go full damage, full tank, or somewhere in between depending on what the match calls for and still be good (compared to some champions that just can't do one or the other).

        The quick gameplay, and always starting at level 1 makes it so if something isn't good, you can always do something different next time, compared to other games where you build up in a certain path and there's very rarely any going back on that except for just restarting.

        The only reason I particularly like League over any other MOBA is because League was the first one I've played and I've spent over 600 hours playing it and so I know the champions pretty well and how things work. Also the variety in champions helps. I can't get into Heroes of the Storm specifically because I can't find a hero that feels good even though I like the gameplay and maps a lot more.

        Honestly though, if you're not into League, you're better off not trying to jump in now. It's still very much a grinding experience to get to actual content (you have an account level that goes up to 30 and restricts some things at lower levels) and the people are absolutely horrible. The stereotypical Xbox 13-year-old is an angel compared to some of the people I've had to play with.

        • MyAnacondaDoes
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          The starting at level 1 and building up to a higher level in a single game, as well as purchasing items each game makes the gameplay feel more customizable.

          Now this is exactly what I was looking for. Nobody ever really was able to explain it in a way that would appeal to me, or use laymans terms so I couldn't really figure it out. This is the exact reason why I play The Binding of Isaac. You start each and every game at what would be considered "level 0" and you experience building a character and beating a game in a matter of ~40 mins. So similarly, League would be like a competitive multiplayer experienced condensed to 1 match.

          The stereotypical Xbox 13-year-old is an angel compared to some of the people I've had to play with.

          This is another reason I was turned off from MOBAs, but I should probably check some others out. Because it sounds like loads of fun.

          Thanks for taking the time to explain!

          • Fuyu
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            Not a problem! I would recommend Heroes of the Storm if you're looking for one to get into. Instead of items, at interval levels (I think it's every 4th level) you choose a different power-up for your Hero. It can change your abilities to make one more powerful or do additional things or gives you additional spells to use (usually something like a shield or dash). Plus, you can select your 4th spell (your most powerful one) from two different options for your hero. The matches are also generally quicker because you're constantly doing quests/objectives as a team (League has a "lane phase" where people are mostly on their own and are just killing small monsters for gold or dueling their lane opponent to get stronger before they start grouping up as a team to take objectives), and it has multiple maps so gameplay is varied even more.

            From my experience, DOTA2 has the highest learning curve, but also the most features and all champions are free (biggest problem with free to play games, unless you want to pay a lot of money, it's going to take some time to unlock all the characters). Strife is very beginner friendly and has a much lower complexity, but that's also it's biggest fault as it gets old after a while, and thus has a low user base (I'm not even certain if it is going to be around in a few years because of this, but I haven't looked at it in about a year so things may have changed). Smite is also a good one if you want a MOBA experience with a more action-y feel since instead of a top-down view it uses a 3rd person over the shoulder perspective and is pretty newbie friendly because you can automate all skill leveling and item purchases at first; it's doing pretty well for itself alongside League and DOTA plus if you like it, you can buy all current and future characters for about 30USD.