## Single-player Video Games Thread

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Atheris wrote:fuse, my PC couldn't handle DAI

My condolences :P
The game is really fun and it looks awesome on PC. If you find the time, it's also out on every major console fyi.

I checked out Shadow of Mordor and it does look well-made, but I didn't care for the premise. You just get dropped into Mordor, which is a pretty bland place, and you hunt orcs.

Tip: if you've never played the Witcher series and you have an Xbox 360 and Live subscription, you might be interested to know that they're giving away The Witcher 2 as a free download in the latter half of January to anyone who wants it (http://www.vg247.com/2014/12/22/the-wit ... with-gold/). The Witcher 2 is an awesome singleplayer rpg and it's not nearly as bad a time sink as DAI or Skyrim.

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I really appreciate the bard tavern music thing that all these medieval fantasy games are paying homage to.

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I recently finished The Punisher. It's quite a short game, but fun. It's also 10 years old, but graphics and animations are still decent. Recommended to anybody familiar with the comics/movies. Essentially, he's a marvel equivalent of Batman in DC, except that he isn't a pussy-whipped idiot who refuses to kill his foes and consequently gets innocent people killed like batman, no, no. The Punisher is an absolute badass and relishes in punishing criminals, usually killing them by any means necessary, without mercy or pity. The torture/interrogation scenes in the game are quite decently done, the atmosphere and story are alright and the environment in which you fight in changes constantly, so no monotony on that part. Gameplay itself is a little repetitive, but since the game is short it doesn't matter much. Main menu is also interestingly done. I'd give it 7/10. Recommended to anybody feeling like a righteous vigilante ready to inflict some pain on the wrongdoers. Also to anybody into sick stuff like throwing people onto elephant tusks and interrogating them by threatening to blow their head off, choking them, feeding them to the piranhas, suffocating them by pushing their head in the toilet et cetera

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fuse, I've been interested in The Witcher ever since I first saw the game. Thanks for the tip, but I haven't even played the first part yet, so the second one was out of question. I'll play both during summer, definitely, read some reviews and I'm attracted to the game even more.

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No problem. I played The Witcher 2 without playing the first one and I thought it was great. The sequel is fairly self-contained and I didn't really feel like I was missing any context.

I'm excited about W3 coming out in April. The question is do I want the ultimate PC gaming experience bad enough to buy a newer top-tier video card?

The single gtx 660ti I have has lasted me a solid 2+ years -- it even let me play Dragon Age: Inquisition on near max settings with smooth frames -- but as anticipated The Witcher 3's sys reqs are intense.

The Witcher 3 system requirements announced wrote:

Minimum System Requirements

Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660
AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
RAM 6GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB

Recommended System Requirements

Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz
AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770
AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
RAM 8GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB

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I'm sort of a perfectionist, so to play the 2nd part before the 1st would be like blasphemy

I think it's worth it, if you have the money. I consider my rig to be mediocre, with 4 gig RAM, Radeon 6670 and 3.6 GHz processor. I guess it was mediocre like 2 years ago, cause now it can't even run some of the newer games. I'm annoyed by how I'm supposed to buy an above-average PC every 2 years just to be able to even run newer games, it's BS. I bet they can, right now, make 16 core processors with 8gb graphic cards, they just don't do it for the same reason diamond mongrels withheld large amounts of diamonds and pretended its quantity is low - to keep the prices high.

Are you playing any games at the moment?

This is my list of games to play when I have enough time, in that order:
South Park The Stick of Truth
Gothic 1, 2 NotR and 3 (re-play)
The Witcher 1 and 2
State of Decay
Bioshock Infinite

LOTR was there somewhere too but I ruled it out due to sick requirements. I don't mind playing games on second best resolution (1600x900) and low settings, but one thing I can't stand is inconsistent frame rate (lagging).

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Not playing anything right now. I really want to start a new minecraft server and play with some people, build a town, explore, fight stuff, each other, etc. Good times. I'm not really looking to get into any more serious games for a few months. Bloodborne and Witcher 3 are on my radar, but I'll be short on time and money for a little while.

My PC specs are good enough to last another 2 years (so that'll be at least a 4+ yr lifespan), it's just that my graphics card won't be able to breeze through all the newest games. I should be able to play 'em, but I'll have to start tuning things down a lot. That and a larger SSD are the only things I would really want for awhile. I'll just wait and nab them after prices come down and during some fire sale.

Try building your next PC. Best purchase I ever made. You'll easily save hundreds of dollars and appreciate it a lot more. All these fancy gaming laptops and ultrabooks going for ~$2000 dollars look cool, but anyone can build a desktop for$1000 that has better specs. Just takes a little bit of research on the market and timing (sales, price cuts).

Oh yeah, and play Bioshock Infinite. It's good.

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Most newer games look beautiful on low-mid detail configurations too.

I did build my PC, it cost $700 about a year ago. It's just that I live in a poor country where that is a lot of money to most people. TBH though, if I get 4 more gigs of RAM and a new video card, I should be fine too, but decent video cards are the most expensive. I'm just waiting for a really good one to get a little older and drop in price. AutSider BANNED Posts: 3337 Joined: Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:04 pm ### Re: Single-player Video Games Thread Atheris wrote:Most newer games look beautiful on low-mid detail configurations too. I did build my PC, it cost$700 about a year ago. It's just that I live in a poor country where that is a lot of money to most people. TBH though, if I get 4 more gigs of RAM and a new video card, I should be fine too, but decent video cards are the most expensive. I'm just waiting for a really good one to get a little older and drop in price.

Haha, $700 IS a lot of money, and$1000 even moreso (I ain't rich), I was just making the point that you don't have to buy a new computer every couple of years if you plan your desktop build well. The graphics card is the part that is becoming obsolete the quickest right now if you're into graphically intense gaming, but even a GPU can last you a good number of years if you get a good one and take care of your PC. It's basically just a heavy initial investment.

Right now, I personally would aim for the ~$1000 price point for a new gaming etc. PC, even if I had to save for longer. It's a price point where you can keep up with all the new high spec games on their highest settings. And you'll have a productive PC for pretty much anything else you want to do on it professionally for a long time. Of course more expensive builds will be able to run games on quad monitor setups at 4K res with ubersampling and additional post proc, but that's overkill if you just like to play games at ultra quality. What country are you from? I live in the U.S. (surprise!). fuse Philosopher Posts: 4539 Joined: Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:13 pm ### Re: Single-player Video Games Thread Haha,$700 IS a lot of money, and $1000 even moreso (I ain't rich), I was just making the point that you don't have to buy a new computer every couple of years if you plan your desktop build well. The graphics card is the part that is becoming obsolete the quickest right now if you're into graphically intense gaming, but even a GPU can last you a good number of years if you get a good one and take care of your PC. It's basically just a heavy initial investment. Right now, I personally would aim for the ~$1000 price point for a new gaming etc. PC, even if I had to save for longer. It's a price point where you can keep up with all the new high spec games on their highest settings. And you'll have a productive PC for pretty much anything else you want to do on it professionally for a long time. Of course more expensive builds will be able to run games on quad monitor setups at 4K res with ubersampling and additional post proc, but that's overkill if you just like to play games at ultra quality.

I agree with you, except that I don't really think it's worth spending so much money on new graphic cards, they drastically drop in price soon after an even newer one is released. I'm usually always at least 2 years behind in terms of gaming and PC configs because it just doesn't pay off to keep up, since if I spent 2k on the best configuration possible, it would become obsolete in a year or so. It does require me to be patient, but money-wise it pays off greatly. For example, I'll probably play Witcher 3 in 2016 or 17, when a configuration needed to play them is in the range of average-slightly above average ones.

I think that if one plans on making a heavy initial investment, it's best done on CPUs and motherboards, since those thing can last for years without needing to be upgraded if you buy a decent one. Graphics card will need upgrading anyways if you're a hardcore gamer, and RAM is usually the least problem. Personally, I'm not even obsessed about detail quality, a decent resolution and low detail is fine for me as long as there's no lag.

I've started playing South Park The Stick of Truth, and I'm starting to see why it received praise by critics. It's excellent and plays like an interactive episode/movie of South Park, the artwork is exactly the same and you can see that Trey Parker and Matt Stone worked on the game as well to ensure it's a quality product unlike previous attempts at South Park games. What can I say, the graphics, sound, animation, story, funny jokes and even gameplay - they truly nailed it. South Park fans, if you've been waiting for a decent South Park game, look no further.

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I'm playing G2 NotR ATM. Probably my favorite game of all time. Everything about it is just incredible. Gameplay, story, interaction with characters, interesting quests, the main character (who actually TALKS), atmosphere, soundtrack, combat system, animations... there are a few flaws, but they aren't really worth mentioning. I might make a review if I feel like it when I finish the game.

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picking up Bloodborne later today and I'm feeling pretty hyped. dear ancient ones above, below, wherever thou might rest, my soul is ready for the blood.

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Bloodborne looks beautiful... and brutal.

I finished NoTR, twice.

Not gonna play any games anymore until the end of the semester.

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WITCHER 3 - epic world, nice score. at first Geralt's movement is a little awkward, but the combat mechanics are quite well done so you get used to it. the world is so large and the side quests have so much depth to them that the main adventure often loses its momentum and doesn't stand out all that much, aside from featuring a few interesting lead female characters. I guess you could say the world is so vast and interesting that the story fails to keep up - it's not quite the intriguing central focus that one would expect from such an amazing world, but it's not bad either.

1. This is the area where I am now. @4:23 might be my favorite ambient track

2. The city in the distance, Novigrad, is the largest and most detailed I've ever seen in a video game.

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Metroid prime is the best single player FPS. It is for science oriented minds.

COD is gay and its graphics make me nauseous.
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I am posting this here for people who enjoy reading Satyr and playing video games (i.e. Arbiter, Trixie, etc.)

On the Genealogy of "Art Games"
by Alex Kierkegaard (a.k.a. icycalm)
http://culture.vg/features/art-theory/o ... games.html

Here is an excerpt:
In this book, 130 years of lies and ridiculousness come to an end — the aftereffect of a Western world abandoned by philosophy, of a culture in the midst of terminal political decay. How could that decay not spread into and contaminate every aspect of life, including, in due course, that of artistic production? How could the values exalted in newspapers and television channels — and even in the classrooms! — not eventually culminate in the production and glorification of despicable, revolting objects such as the one seen on the cover of this book? "None of Nietzsche's predictions that mob rule would result in the vulgarization of thought and life have come true", said Richard Rorty, with the complete cultural ignorance that has characterized Anglo-Saxon philosophasters from Bentham on down. ­— But those of us who leave our rooms now and then, and have at least some measure of contact with reality, see the disastrous results of Nietzsche's predictions all around us, and view even Richard Rorty himself as a prime example of precisely this vulgarization whose existence he so amusingly, indeed downright hilariously, insisted on denying.

To be sure there was Baudrillard, who had made a belated attempt to expose the "conspiracy", but who has understood him? And that is by no means to disparage anyone, since he had failed to understand himself! on the one hand praising the cinema as "really the place where I relax" (precisely, by the way, what videogames are to me), and on the other not deeming it sufficiently worthy to be included in the term "contemporary art". Paint splotches and shit-filled cans were art — even to Baudrillard! — but Hollywood's stunning spectacles (the only place on earth, by the way, that has so far taken the cinema with the seriousness it deserves—) were not! Such was the blanket dominance of pseudo-intellectual hipsterism and bullshit manufacturing in the twentieth century, that even its greatest thinker was powerless to resist it. As for the alleged conspiracy, if only there had really been one! That would at least have indicated some intelligence on the part of the conspirators, some measure of humanity — some common ground on which to meet, to communicate, to talk some sense into them. As things stand we are forced to acknowledge a complete and utter lack of a conspiracy, of any kind of premeditation, any thought process at all — an instinctively malignant behavior on the part of a breed of creatures that could hardly be called conscious. A monstrous vindictiveness against life, a mortal hatred of beauty, of intelligence, of competence, of power. A flat rejection of 100 millennia of art history, of all the values of the race, of all the ideals of our ancestors. — And in all seriousness, the question must be asked — for it is time we asked it — that if these creatures reject some of mankind's greatest achievements, the hopes and dreams that it is precisely art's purpose to represent and glorify — if they reject mankind's dreams — in what way exactly, can they be said to be human?

Dehumanization, therefore, starts right there; the stripping of a humanity we have so hastily bestowed on them; the dawning realization, at once terrible and hilarious, that the time is well past since bipedalism, lengthened ontogeny and decreased sexual dimorphism sufficed to distinguish men from chimps; that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it may not, for all that, be necessarily a duck; that there is something more than brute physicality, than mere flesh and bones, that is required here — in which, indeed, an orangutan far exceeds even the strongest of humans —; that what happens in the brain — the mental, that is to say, dimension — is just as important as the "physical" one (to employ, for the sake of convenience, a crude duality here — as if the brain were something immaterial, but that's another story...), and in some fields more — that is to say intelligence, and as a corollary of that ideas and consequently values.

It can't "be art" because it's good! This is the upshot of all their argumentation! It can't "be art" because it's rich, because it's engaging, because it's beautiful — it can't "be art" because it's manly! — Fagots may perhaps think that way, would be our reply today; but not everyone is a fagot. In fact a great many of us are not, and it's precisely we who have inherited 2,500 years of Western culture, and we'll be damned if we'll allow you to destroy it. Indeed it's time you learned — it's time we made this clear — that whoever attacks our culture attacks us, and thereby becomes an enemy of mankind, which should be, and soon enough will be, treated as such.

If verbal persuasion, then, has been correctly defined as mental violence, it is another kind of violence we need today, a more immediate, stronger kind of violence, to act where all the subtler attempts have failed. It's no use. Words have never gotten us anywhere: one might as well try to talk a vulture out of devouring corpses. There's only one solution to the problem — not only in the artistic sphere, but everywhere — and I am afraid it is the final one.
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On Why Scoring Sucks and Those Who Defend It Are Aspies
http://imgur.com/a/q6BUr#0

This is one of his best essays.
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I think Satyr is against video gaming, and I understand why, there are some good reasons to be against it that I know of from personal experience (namely, addiction and excessive gaming).

But, like Arc says, let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

No seriously... I do think some games are like an amalgamation of different types of art put together into an interactive whole. They're worth playing purely because of the depth of the story, characters, the world, amazing display of graphics, sounds, animations etc.
Then there are others that exist mainly to serve as sort of a temporary escape, a way to satiate some needs that cannot be satiated in real life. For example, lately I've been feeling this need to fuck shit up medieval style. So I play Dynasty Warriors 8, which allows me to do exactly that with its excellent and fluid combat system, and a vast array of different weapons, each with different combat animations. Not much depth to it story and character-wise, but it serves its purpose.

I can't really say I've played much in the last couple of months. I only played Gothic 3, nothing else until I began DW8 some few days ago. I mostly have my mind set on other things now, it's probably for the best too. Gothic 3 btw is amazing and I recommend it to all. It's worth exploring just for its beautiful world and music, if nothing else. Just make sure to patch it up with latest community patches, and add the quest and content mods.

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Addiction isn't an argument against anything. You can be addicted to sex, does that mean you should be against sex? You can be addicted to pretty much anything, including philosophy, does that mean you should be against all activities, including philosophy?

That some people, perhaps even majority of them, should not play video games is not an argument against video games either.

One has to learn how to separate distinct threads, how to avoid mixing them. Blame what has to be blamed, be precise in your blame.

However, those with no interest in video games, who cannot enjoy them, will nonetheless continue to be imprecise in their blame. Nothing can be done about that other than to point out the apparent conflict of interests brought on by their lack of interest in video games.

All art is simulation, a replacement for life that is missing, and in this sense, escapism. Paintings, sculptures, music, novels, movies and video games all serve to satisfy the needs that cannot be satisfied in real life. There is nothing wrong about that per se.

The problem occurs when one consumes more than one really needs. This has nothing to do with art per se, but with the individual's inability to control himself.
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COD is garbage. Modern degradation in aesthetics.
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GreatandWiseTrixie wrote:COD is garbage. Modern degradation in aesthetics.

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Dungeon Keeper...so fun to be bad!
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fuse wrote:
GreatandWiseTrixie wrote:COD is garbage. Modern degradation in aesthetics.

Back when FPS games were pleasing to the eye.
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Sauwelios wrote:The only games I enjoy at the moment are 2D Super Mario platform games (including Super Luigi U), Retro Studios' Donkey Kong Country games, Zelda games playable with a traditional controller, Deus Ex-like games (Far Cry 3, Skyrim, Fallout 3), the Portal series, racing sims (really enjoying Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox 360 at the moment), the Tomb Raider series, and the occasional stand-alone 2D platformer. At work I'm biding the time with Super Mario World until my order of WRC 4 arrives next week.

WCR4 was pretty great: getting it for the Vita impelled me to get it for the 360, too. I never thought I could be into rally games--i.e., no real-time opponents--, but actually this is better in many ways. In the meantime, however, I got a PS4. The PS4 still won't have a Gran Turismo for quite some time, and I always liked the Forza series better, anyway; it even tempted me to get an Xbone instead and, later, as well as a PS4... I didn't give in to the temptation, though.

Project CARS is great in many ways, but still not good enough for me. WRC5 was pretty bad (different developer than 4). DIRT Rally is now the best racing sim in my opinion. And, despite its flaws, I like Assetto Corsa better than Project CARS. Maybe I should do a short review on these games. Anyway, in most genres I mentioned in my previous post, there have not been any great new additions I have played yet--though Fallout 4 and the new Deus Ex are really great (Far Cry Primal seriously lacks guns).

Oops, almost forgot A Link Between Worlds! That may actually be the best top-down Zelda yet in my opinion. I also still want to get Rise of the Tomb Raider (on PS4 or 360) and Arkham Knight, and have preordered The Last Guardian. Far Cry 4 was only slightly less great than 3. Dishonored was great, too. Magrunner is a nice Portal-esque game, but Portal Stories: Mel is much better. Finally, Inside is a worthy sequel to Limbo--which means awesome.

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The random game generator in Heroes Of Might & Magic III Complete with it's selection options make this a long lasting challenge as far as strategy games are concerned. IV on up sucks.
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