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No matter what I play I always get pulled back to Diablo 2. Not even for the grind in the endgame. Just playing the normal game from Normal to Hell.

With newer games I always find myself overwhelmed with a screen full of indistinguishable enemies in later levels until I lose interest.

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Visually maybe but not gameplay wise. They are very much Metroidvanias (that genre isn’t called that by chance) where you collect gear to open up the maps more and more and shoot aliens on the way.

I really loved Prime 3 on the Wii. One of the few shooters that played well on there. I got the trilogy when that was ported but got stuck somewhere in the first game. Was too proud to look up a walkthrough.

Discussions in the past about not being able to access digital gaming content that users had paid for...

I have a recollection of some long threads about some companies discontinuing gaming content and members of Lemmy having strong feelings and evidence about all this. I have been trying to search these older threads up but I can’t find them. Does anyone remember these conversations? What companies were involved? Games? How much...

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Yeah, the gameplay looks awesome. But the story seems dumb. But then again Doom did come from a dungeons and dragons campaign.

In the end the gameplay has always been the more important part of the Doom games.

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Doom 3 is good if you don’t regard it as a Doom game. It’s also an absolute blast in VR thanks to the slower running speed.

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Yeah, the Spider-Man games are a good comparison. A ton of different moves you can do but most of them are pretty easy and intuitive to pull of. I’m patiently waiting for Spider-Man 2 to arrive on PC.

I think I’ll invest a few more hours into Arkham Knight and if I can’t get into it I’ll try Origins. And if that one doesn’t do it for me either I’ll just play Asylum again.

Thanks all for your input!

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Spectator. Beholders are even more dangerous.

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Has it ever been better?

What happened was that they made a fuckton of money that way.

Ports of older PC games are also often quite good.

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I guess the news is that someone is finally setting up a campaign with an actionable plan to punish some of the shitty unethical practices. And every bit of news in that regard is more fuel for the fire to keep it from sizzling out.

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That’s basically the plan of stopkillinggames.com. It lays out how to contact your country’s consumer protection service.

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Depends. How many As does it have?

Judging by the quality of the trailer about one or two.

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When I was a kid I was on holiday with my parents in Spain. Since Mortal Kombat was verboten in Germany I went to every shop that might have SNES games to find it. I think I was finally able to find Mortal Kombat 3 in Andorra. And it was glorious!

Nowadays I just emulate on my PC or Steam Deck.

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The old Might & Magic games are very nice. Especially 4 and 5 that you can combine into an even bigger game with additional quests and an ultimate ending are awesome. And it should even run on your phone through ScummVM.

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No, just Might and Magic. Same universe but different genre. They were RPGs while the Heroes series was strategy.

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I love the term. For me it’s not just a shooter in an older style but also a shooter that goes BOOM. Much better than boring cover shooters.

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Na, because the newer shooters still go boom. But boomer shooters are just boomer. And everybody’s waiting for the coming of the boomest shooter.

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That’s the neat part, we don’t. Can’t have the messiah coming for real. Otherwise you get splinter religions.

Now I feel like playing Messiah.

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Probably cheaper to get one scary settlement and then use that to bully everyone else.

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Not long and a remaster will be pre-order DLC.

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Aunty Ethel’s lair is a non-rest area in act 1. And I think there’s also one in the Githyanki crèche. And short rests are allowed. And by that time I usually have a few of those potions that are essentially a long rest. Or a short rest with benefits. And there’s a restoration pod in the mindflayer colony.

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Still on Baldur’s Gate 3. Just started my fifth or so character. An Abserd (someone multiclassing into every class) character who fools around in Honour Mode. Works surprisingly well so far and I still manage to find stuff I have never seen before.

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Honestly, with a good director I see this work better than as a game.

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That’s why I could never get into these games, even at the start as a WC3 map. So little time to actually assess what your choices are. You either need a dozen sessions to actually read everything or just someone to tell you what the good characters and items are.

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Oh, really? In that case let me pre-order it right away. Of course they will deliver on an empty promise!

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Which reminds me, what did we get for the 25th anniversary of Unreal, another super important game from 1998 whose engine nowadays even powers movie production?

Right, Epic pulled it from all stores…

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When I couldn’t repair my Nokia and replace the 5 € USB-Port because there happened to be a small crack in the screen (of course you have to remove the glued on screen to accese the innards), I caved and bought a Fairphone 3.

Worst decision ever. The stupid thing refuses to break to let me even use the better repairability.

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Honestly, I think I’ve never dropped a phone as much as this one. And apart from a few scratches there’s nothing. I think it’s the battery cover that usually just pops off like on the indestructible Nokia phones of decades past.

Really funny how I can use Nokia as both a positive and a negative example.

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I guess that’s the point the article is trying to make.

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How about co-op multiplayer? I’ve seen a few of those for Baldur’s Gate 3. Like Neil Newbon or Jennifer English. Neil plays with his friend Tom (whose surname I have forgotten) and Jennifer with her girlfriend Aliona Baranova. Except for Tom all of them acted in the game.

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Let’s see how it is received. That game is not modern-gamer friendly.

But the even more important question: Did they keep the In Extremo concert in?

Edit: Read through the YouTube comments. Apparently it’s littered with bugs and the concert is gone. So I guess it’s a little bit true to the original release.

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Thief 3’s Cradle level was formative in the way that I have never ever seen a better horror game. Overall I didn’t like the game as much as the previous two. But the Cradle is unsurpassed.

The demo for Alone in the Dark 1 also lives rent free in my head because it was one of the few games we had back then. Plus the graphics were absolutely astonishing. But I never knew how to finish it. I always died pretty quickly to some dog monster. I never played the full game.

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I didn’t even do the whole weapons puzzle. I just yanked it out of there and defeated the trap.

Although the temptation was big to let everyone except for Astarion die because he was right there.

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Damn, since when does Ubisoft care about Linux?

Leaked Xbox Emails Mention Red Dead Redemption 2 for Next-Gen, Fans Dare to Dream (www.ign.com)

In an email chain between Microsoft executives dated May 2022 is a list of third-party games earmarked as potential day-and-date Game Pass titles. One of the games mentioned is Red Dead Redemption 2 “D&D for gen9”, which Microsoft expected to come out during the second quarter of its 2023 financial year (October to December...

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I don’t get it when they rush to update a game that’s already looking very good. But they leave old games that could really benefit from an update by the side.

But I guess it must be worth it.

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Meh, wake me up when they continue the tradition of open sourcing old engines.

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Honestly, nowadays I just pick the first thing I find. It’s been a long while since any of them gave me any trouble. Wine has come a long way.

Does anyone know of any kid-friendly "horror" games out there for children ~7 years old?

My son loves the adrenaline rush of getting scared, particularly with jump scares, however, I have a lot of difficulty finding a game or show which is appropriate for him. He is prone to nightmares, and more adult-oriented “kid horror” is too much (Poppy’s Playtime, Cartoon Cat?) And others like Siren Head. His peers...

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Maybe the 7th Guest. I played that as a kid.

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