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I got Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt with DLCs for Christmas! Much awesomeness! Hard to get into and learn at first but with consistent gameplay (read: daily!) I am now flowing along, except for occasional lag due to overheating (weather is atrociously hot here in Australia at this time of year) and high game specs on a lower end computer. Ah well I plod along - I can get anything to work for me. Reminds me of riding old nags in my young years and turning them into prancing steeds just through sheer willpower and telling them who's boss!
Here is a collection of my gameplay screenshots:
Tomb Raider 1996 on Win10
For anyone who has the 1996 retail disk version of Tomb Raider, this is a fantastic solution to playing the game on Windows 10. The install, following the instructions to the letter, worked perfectly for me tonight and the game looks and plays great on my 1920x1080 16:9 monitor. Many thanks to this genuine, no-viruses, no-scams youtuber and gamer from Singapore.
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walking the wastes
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!
gameplay style, is it fixed?
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
playing PS3 games
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. I am really enjoying Splinter Cell Blacklist, and what a treat to be taken to another world besides this painful one!
Tomb Raider Relic Run free gems/ankhs
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.
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!
"There's gotta be a way out of this dungeon!"
"What fresh hell is this!" - gamer friend playing Rise of the Tomb Raider
I'm a 70 year young Aussie gamer and computer nerd. The Nerdess to be exact.
I write stuff about games.