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After finishing RFG yesterday I decided to reinstall and play the first Red Faction game along with Dash Faction launcher to run it on newer systems. I really enjoy the sci-fi-esque music in this game and always enjoy the idea that you are on Mars.

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@Avoozl Such an incredibly flawed game, I used to love it, one of my favorite games and favorite shooters when I was 14-25. But nostalgia has not been kind to it. Half-Life is another flawed, aged game that's been done better (or rather I prefer its competitor, Unreal, for immersive world building and storytelling) but I still get an itch to go back to it for some reason. Red Faction on the other hand has effectively dodged any sentiment of fun or interest for long when I try to return to it as of the past 3 years (my standards have no doubt been raised). Yeah the soundtrack by Dan Wentz is amazing, same great stuff in its IMHO worse sequel (which could've been a better game if it didn't suffer from severe consolitis), and it has some great weapons and a pretty fun multiplayer. But man is the campaign a haphazard, badly paced and cliche mess.

Without the well written backstory for each character (including some that were left out even in the manual) the game does a terrible job at trying to make you care about them, since it doesn't say much outside of 'this is the good guy/gal, this is the bad guy/gal', and similarly it leaves out important buildup for the story and unfolding revolt. The game starts abruptly and the way weapon progression is handled is unusual and not very good, scenarios sorta just conveniently flow from one to another, any and all NPCs die after moments of meeting them, it's just a mess. The game's formula was clearly very obviously inspired by Half-Life, and a reviewer once even went as far as to call it Half-Life on Mars. But I don't think it's as expertly crafted.

More-so there's an extremely annoying mandatory stealth section pretty early on in the game, and the last half of the game against the new enemy (without spoiling it for those who haven't played) was more frustrating than fun due to the map author(s) seemingly forgetting to add health pickups for stretches of time. Vehicle sections are shoehorned in and underutilized (it was originally meant to be a Descent game interestingly enough before they decided on a new IP), the bosses are annoying, absolute pushovers or lazy, and that last sequence with a timer, good lord who thought that would be fun. It's stuff like this that makes it hard to go back to. The visuals also aged rather badly, especially character models, but the destruction (and the shattering glass effect) is still pretty cool to witness at least, if also horribly underutilized.

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How badly some games are aged is quite a subject, it would deserve a different topic, i recently played again games that i loved for the psx and ps2 and God, i can barely go trough them.

 

I am currently playing World of Goo and Odallus: The Dark Call.

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Doom 3
I am very positively surprised, often new parts of classic games lose their climate. Here the climate is different, but the game is great :-)

Path of Exile
Currently, my favorite MMO, I've been playing PoE for three years. A worthy successor to another classic from the game, Diablo 2. The combat system does not stand out, it's fine. Lot of fun with trading and buy or sell poe currency. Great builds, skill tree and lots of fun with PoE currency and orbs. The whole alchemy of this game is fun.
If you want to produce fast and efficiently strong and tasty food and people who also respect the laws of axioms and what we can call ourselves as people. Human action and trading on the market are so great and create an economy, they create currencies and barter - thanks to them you can trade and buy poe orbs safely - if you pay with a card, and I give you cash and I will know everything about what you do. If you dream of buying a poe currency then you can fulfill your dreams and dreams that the groats will break out, then buy exalted orbs :-)
I really respect all people who strive to make people respect and buy poe currency (Path of Exile)
So let's BUY POE CURRENCY ;-)

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Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic 2 - The Sith Lords, With The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod. Can't play without it.

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I've gone back to Severance: Blade of Darkness and I just finished the level with the ice golum boss at the end. This game can be quite brutal, I am beginning to understand why people are calling this Dark Souls of 2001 although I don't usually like to say an older game is like a newer game, it just doesn't feel right to me.

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Around 1 week ago i find game called overlord. Didnt expect much from this but i fall in love with this game. Is refreshing for me to play as a bad guy, i really like the theme and mood in this.

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I got into the Sly Cooper games since last year, I left my playthough of the first game on hiatus until today when I finally finished it and have moved on to the second game already. I used to want these games when they came out but I was a Nintendo player back then and had a Gamecube.

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Currently playing through the Half-Life 2 Singleplayer mod Dark Interval, interesting mod so far, I like their take on the beta storyline.

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On 7/30/2018 at 3:02 PM, tempdecal.wad said:

Currently playing through the Half-Life 2 Singleplayer mod Dark Interval, interesting mod so far, I like their take on the beta storyline.

 

'bout beta mods, MI is coming to Steam soon enough, after Valve is finished reviewing their game.

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I'm currently playing through Outlaws, I am up to the sawmill level and activated all four valves and replaced all three gears but I am now stuck and have no idea where to go next, I am just running around in circles.

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19 minutes ago, Lila Feuer said:

Playing Half-Life in software mode (looks superior to OpenGL) and restarted Sacred Gold as a Daemon.

Have you tried OpenGL mode with GL_NEAREST_MIPMAP_LINEAR? If I remember correctly the cvar is named gl_texturemode in Half-Life.

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@Manuel-K This post from Steam explains it best:
 

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Kurai Shidosha  Sep 12, 2017 @ 11:15pm 

Originally posted by Ikagura:

Originally posted by cd5ssmffan:

Don't use software mode, it's buggy. Use Opengl instead, and if you want pixels use "gl_texturemode gl_nearest" to disable texture filteringThanks, I like the pixelly version of the textures

This is NOT good advice. If Valve wasn't such an incompetent company, yes OpenGL would be the prefered renderer. Sadly, they fail on a massive scale and playing this game in OpenGL will greatly compromise texture clarity even when using gl_nearest texture filtering.

OpenGL has a bug where it applies a terrible filter to textures that are not a power of 2. Example of a power of 2 texture: 256x256. Example of a non-power of 2 texture: 128x256. Certain objects in the game use the latter for their textures and this makes the textures look HORRIBLE on OpenGL.

Software:
https://i.imgur.com/HLOixBV.png

OpenGL:
https://i.imgur.com/lYjKqMx.png

Software:
https://i.imgur.com/lIVWtdw.png

OpenGL:
https://i.imgur.com/VZ3wwy9.png

You'd be doing yourself a great disservice by playing this game in OpenGL today. Hell, I wouldn't even recommend the Steam version of it. I'd get a hold of the disc copy and patch it to the latest version of WON. You'll get back 5.1 surround sound and proper EAX/A3D, overbright lighting for HDR like effect, and no censorship on characters.

Modern Valve blows.


Thread: https://steamcommunity.com/app/70/discussions/0/1474222595301994446/

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I've used YamagiQ2 dozens of times without that problem both on Windows and on Linux.

 

It has to be a driver issue.

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Shining Force for the Sega Genesis is something truly special. I like it way more than any of the Phantasy Star games. 

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Been playing No one lives forever. Pretty cool for a spy game and it feels like a mix of Deus Ex with James Bond movies.

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Picked up Killzone for PS2, so hopefully I'll give that a go sometime soon between Dooming sessions.

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Fallout 4. I'm on a quest to do all the quests. Won't happen, but fuck it. Probably gonna go back to Wolfenstein 2 to find ALL THE SECRETS!!!

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I recently finshed Portal 2's coop mode with a friend, and I have to say that it's an interesting experience. Having to think with two portals is already confusing enough, so with four things get ridiculous at times, but there are two brains thinking, so it evens out (most of the time). Also, we managed to break one of the levels and skipped about 3/4 of it lol, so after finishing it we went back and played through the level again without breaking it too much, hehe. It was really nice to find out that he was playing the games, since I couldn't find anyone that hadn't played it and wanted to do so. Besides, I had the constant feeling that I was missing out on half of one of my favorite games.

 

The other thing I started to play is Warframe. It's... ok. The gunplay is kinda boring, the enemy AI is dreadful and the game is insultingly easy so far. It does have some really good-looking environments though, and TBH I'm playing just to look at and explore them :P

 

Finally, we've got System Shock. I bought the Enhanced Edition since I tried to play the DOS version a while ago and couldn't, in any way, shape or form, get used to those goddamn controls. Even with the EE it took me a while to get the hang of it, but once I did... I was sold. I've heard some people saying that the game was ahead of its time, and holy shit they weren't kidding. You can look up and down, jump, crouch and go prone, and lean left and right, you've got an inventory, you can collect logs (with some pretty good voice acting) and go around interconected levels, among other things. And the thing I'm most blown away by: It has believable and interesting environments in a 2.5D grid-based engine, now that takes some skill. You know, I don't have much consideration for pre-1996 games (with the exception being Doom and Doom 2) so I was pleasantly surprised when I realised how much fun I was having with it.

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On 8/10/2018 at 6:16 AM, tempdecal.wad said:

Half-Life Echoes has just been released today, playing through it right now :) solid gameplay and the environments are well detailed for a GoldSrc mod.


That looks amazing, I'll be bucking down for it after I play through the PC conversion of Decay.

Currently on OpFor as part of my software mode playthrough, once again I have some serious bones to pick with this overrated expansion but that'll be for another time. 

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Honestly I find the actual James Bond games particularly around the Gamecube/Xbox/PS2 generation better than the NOLF games, I even enjoy Perfect Dark more. But I'd definitely take the NOLF games over the Danial Craig based James Bond games any day as they are really just shooters with a James Bond skin and hardly anything spy related is in them. The only thing I really find NOLF has going for it is that it's on PC unlike all those other spy games I enjoy.

 

Rare really needs to get back into making spy related FPS games.

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Diablo for the PlayStation.

 

Got killed by the Butcher on my first play. Just like old times on PC.

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