Back into Fallout 4 again after completing Dishonored: Death of the Outsider and replaying Dishonored 2. Nick Valentine walks the wastes. A desolate area the mid-southern wetlands of the map, full of mirelurks, mirelurk kings, crazy radstags, deathclaws, bloatflies and radscorpions. YUCK! I'm a mad saver so plenty of saving the game in between running for my life because I ran out of ammo and standing my ground and getting myself killed because too close for comfort firing a minigun!
I've always considered myself a stealth gamer. I've used this style since I seriously started gaming in the noughties (2000s). Creeping around, and especially in Skyrim where you get xp for no-one seeing you and it pops up gratifyingly on your screen, is very satisfying. Tomb Raider 2013 was a disappointment because the game takes control and you can't manually decide when to use stealth. It's called "cover", where the game mechanics make you crouch automatically. Same with the later Splinter Cell series. Franchises like Far Cry that take control away from you and you have to mash buttons - now that's very un-immersive.
But I digress. I'm currently playing Dishonored 2 again and every time I finish a level, High Chaos (Lethal/Assault) are my stats (below) and I have a giggle (after all, it is a game):
Do you agree that life circumstances affect the way you play a game? I've never agreed with this pov but lately I'm changing my mind. Life has thrown me a series of curve balls - accidents, betrayal and emotional abuse - and now I'm going around in Dishonored 2 killing everyone instead of being merciful! Feels good! Now actually, this being my second playthrough of course I want to change it up - I know my way around now, I know that the repurcussions of playing lethal instead of stealth aren't that big or important, I know that npc's are just characters and not the protagonist, and I know lethal is faster than stealth - things are over and done with and so the story moves on. So it's not all reactionary, and yes I disagree with the current notion that violence in games begets violence. Not so. I would never murder someone and we definitely don't carry guns on us in Australia, well I don't.
Which brings me to another digression. I was moderator on a graphics forum for 14 years and some of the ladies were up in arms (pun intended) saying that it was ok to carry a gun in their handbag to the shops, just in case. Just in case what? I have not yet heard of one case in America when there's a mass shooting that ladies take their gun out of their little handbags and shoot the guy who's murdering people at a concert, school, kindergarten, theatre. So why carry the gun and then not use it if you're so intent on protecting yourself and others?!? Let's just say it - America needs to do something about guns. Copy Australia.
Back to the topic in question. So from stealth to lethal. It seems a clear choice, but then next time I will highly likely play stealth again.
I CAN SAFELY SAY THAT PLAYER UNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS IS THE BEST GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED AFTER THIS - Chris Grant (@BIGHONKINBURGER) ON TWITTER:
...to Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, a last man standing multiplayer offering online. Especially enjoying watching Australian Twitch streamers Sickenxox and Bajo (Steven O'Donnell from ABC's axed game show Good Game). Bajo is hilarious fun and keeps his chat endlessly entertained; he is a born prankster and much loved. I don't have high enough specs on pc or internet to play it myself, and quite honestly I think I would be stressed out of my brain playing it ...but it's fun to watch. There are plenty of players streaming solo or in teams on Twitch from all over the world and it's fun chatting with gamers and learning the ropes. www.twitch.tv
Recently got some pickups for PS3. I broke my arm in September so PC games are still on hold because of lack of arm movement and swollen hand. However, I have started playing PS3 games again since swelling is gradually going down and I can at least use the controller to some degree. Here's a video of my pickups on my youtube channel:
I am really enjoying Splinter Cell Blacklist, and what a treat to be taken to another world besides this painful one!
How to regularly get free gems and ankhs in Tomb Raider Relic Run on Android when you get new Supply Drop notifications, without playing:
1. Load app
2. Tap these as screens come up: Store / Get More Gems / X / Watch Video
3. After watching the video, tap the back arrow top left. You will receive 5 gems. Tap your device's physical back arrow to go back to the Store screen
4. Tap X / Supply Drop Ready / Collect to receive coins or ankhs. X again to get to the main screen if you want to play.
5. You will get a new notification every 24 hours or so, so rinse and repeat. This will quickly build up your collection. Use to buy and upgrade.
Gaming Treats Journal:
Loving FarCry 4 (scenery to die for!), Rise of the Tomb Raider (finished but @ around 98% completion with a couple of hard-to-find collections illuding me) and Fallout 4 (started yesterday and loving it!).
I'm addicted - to the games and my new rig & gaming keyboard!!
A couple of days ago I bought a new laptop for gaming (to replace my Vista 5+ year old laptop), plus a gaming keyboard. Fan-bloody-tastic!!
Hubby gave me FarCry4 18 months ago but we didn't realise it was OS-dependent so of course my Vista wouldn't play it. So it's super cool to have a fast gaming rig that will play all the modern games. I'm looking to get Rise of the Tomb Raider as well, plus FarCry Primal...eventually.
Started playing FarCry4 last night and the graphics are super terrific (laptop is plugged into my flatscreen monitor). I have an NVidia 2Gb GeForce 940MX graphics card. The keyboard is very responsive and an added plus is now I can see the keys in the dark - good for my eyes.
Oh, and I really like Windows 10 shock horror!
Excuse all the superlatives while I go back to playing.
Over 'n' out!
I'm satisfying my itch and replaying Skyrim from the beginning. I'm about 2 months in or some such. A few hours here and there because I've started a study course and can't afford to waste time. HOWEVER, that said, Skyrim is not wasting time and it's a wonderful way for me to relax. Yup, I relax killing trolls at Keeps or Draugrs (notice the word "guard" backwards?) in long-forgotten dungeons.
Skyrim's music is just beautiful. Sometimes I play just for the music. Jeremy Soule wrote the score. Here's his Streets of Whiterun theme, my video from my riteasrain youtube channel:
And a comment someone made on there:
"Multiplayer is incredibly overrated. It makes it so the games have a shelf-life, a moment where there’s not enough people playing it anymore and the only way you can play with them is to painstakingly gather enough people to play it and even then a lot of the game’s content is locked away for public matchmaking. And that’s assuming the publisher doesn’t shut down the servers completely after a few years. Games like Skyrim don’t have that problem, in fact as time goes on modders make hundreds of hours more content to play."
"There's gotta be a way out of this dungeon!"
I'm a 68 year young Aussie gamer and computer nerd. The Nerdess,
to be exact.
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