What game are we all playing instead of E:D?

Well into AC Odyssey now. It's fairly enjoyable, but lots of small things make it fell less stellar than it possibly might have been. For a start, it's an AC game, so although the ancient setting is great, there's stupid high tech throwbacks thrown in here and there. Find a Stele? Holographic displays popping out of it. Use your pet eagle? When you go back to your character there's a cyberspace-like retexturing of the environment. Then, there's the store poopoo which is thrown in your face right from the first main menu. And finally, there's the social media layer: open your map, and by default you'll have markers for screenshots by lordzdank4326 and wuxxxxx14. You can remove them, but they'll be set to appear by default in your next gaming session. It feels a lot like Steep in the end, there's a "loud" feeling to the game that kills a bit the immersion in such a scenic environment. The war setting is a bit weirdly used too: I get that as a mercenary, they don't really want you to pick a side, but with its auto-flip of regions all the time and the need to level up for subsequent areas, you're basically encouraged to indiscriminately attack all camps/forts be they Spartans of Athenians, because there are no consequences to it and you need the xp and unique gear from those locations. Makes you feel a lot more like a silly video game character looking for xp/loot and a lot less like a character living in those times. And finally, in the name of balance-in-a-single-player-game (pet peeve of mine), they decided to not include shields for the player. Like, who would ever want to fight like a hoplite in a game set during the Peloponnesian War eh?

It's a pity because despite all this, it still is a lovely game. Feels a lot like a Witcher 3 with worse writing but better combat to make up for it, including an entertaining naval combat. Quests/locations are fairly repetitive, but the combat makes up for it, and it makes it a very good pick up game for short-ish sessions. Just can't shake the feeling that it could have been so much more with a slightly different direction.
 
You get my review of the week award Fishy.

I loved the world they made, if feels like I am there in those times. Until, the gameplay decisions interfere with it. It also annoyed me that special loot didn't feel terribly special after a very short time when Grunt A has levelled up and his rusty sword is now out damaging your family heirloom super sword.

I might go back to it and reinstall one day when I have inclination and time.
 
You get my review of the week award Fishy.

I loved the world they made, if feels like I am there in those times. Until, the gameplay decisions interfere with it. It also annoyed me that special loot didn't feel terribly special after a very short time when Grunt A has levelled up and his rusty sword is now out damaging your family heirloom super sword.

I might go back to it and reinstall one day when I have inclination and time.
Yeah, the gear options feel a bit daft with their gamey tiering. I'm fine with changing it and upgrading it as the game goes (and the cosmetic reskinning is great), but I'm not sure those "EPIC" or "LEGENDARY" monikers were really needed for stuff you end up throwing away a couple levels later as it's far cheaper to just use the next one rather than paying over the odds to upgrade the old one to your level.

The world scaling is a bit off too, I feel they could have either picked a smaller region but to a better scale, or at least double checked some of the dialogue. My character telling a NPC "Wow, you're far from Delphi!" when Delphi is just on top of the hill right behind us could easily have been avoided.

But yeah, all the niggles aside, it's pretty entertaining, I'm liking it a lot.
 
Yep, agree with the "review".
Though I personally wasn't that bothered by the "modern AC stuff" as it has been toned down pretty drastically from previous ACs. And I actually started to enjoy it during the Atlantis DLC, where it kind of makes sense. :)
Characters are kind of a typical AC - not stellar but definitely interesting.
I have almost 400 hours in the game - One standard playthough, then a NewGame+ with the First Blade DLC and then NewGame++ with everything again and the Atlantis, which I've just finished three days ago.

...and started from scratch once again. This is exactly how I played The Witcher 3, so to me it means it's a similarly good game. With its shortcomings and strong points.
Love it to bits, though.+
 
Nice review of AC Odyssey!
Sounds like they haven't really changed that much from the first game. I really liked Black Flag a lot but at the same time it was just a chore to so the side missions. Sailing was the thing I loved the most.

Currently on my third play through of The witcher 3. My God, it gets better and better each time. And with the latest updates, modding it is far more simpler now.
 
I was playing bit of Witcher 3 today and while doing some quest for the Bloody Baron I stumbled upon two drunk guards in the basement.
And they went with the very exact same accents as in certain movie:
"-Bring out the gimp
-The gimp sleeping...
- Well, I guess you're just gonna have to go wake him up now, won't you? "
Needles to say I fled in a hurry...
 
I was playing bit of Witcher 3 today and while doing some quest for the Bloody Baron I stumbled upon two drunk guards in the basement.
And they went with the very exact same accents as in certain movie:
"-Bring out the gimp
-The gimp sleeping...
- Well, I guess you're just gonna have to go wake him up now, won't you? "
Needles to say I fled in a hurry...
I love those small Easter eggs in TW3. Today I actually read a small note I found. Apparently, CDP are fans of Cthulhu.
 
I was playing bit of Witcher 3 today and while doing some quest for the Bloody Baron I stumbled upon two drunk guards in the basement.
And they went with the very exact same accents as in certain movie:
"-Bring out the gimp
-The gimp sleeping...
- Well, I guess you're just gonna have to go wake him up now, won't you? "
Needles to say I fled in a hurry...
Easter eggs in the Witcher 3 are awesome. There are whole guides and videos about them.
Personally, my favourite is the Monty Python rabbit, because I found it on my own, but all of them are kind of endearing. :)
 
Not having any access to t'internet for over 3 weeks, no mobile phone signal due to moving house to a very pleasantly situated communications black hole...I've been playing a lot of Xbox...namely RDR2 which is the only game I have in hard copy.

Practically everything else refused to work at all with no connection to said t'internet with the exception of Sniper, Ghost warrior 3 in my Steam library... which I finished in around 10 hours....that and Project cars 2. I've still only got half an internet connection...enough to post on here and access my digital game collection but not much else...

Just as well I love RDR2 then :rolleyes:
 
Not having any access to t'internet for over 3 weeks, no mobile phone signal due to moving house to a very pleasantly situated communications black hole...I've been playing a lot of Xbox...namely RDR2 which is the only game I have in hard copy.

Practically everything else refused to work at all with no connection to said t'internet with the exception of Sniper, Ghost warrior 3 in my Steam library... which I finished in around 10 hours....that and Project cars 2. I've still only got half an internet connection...enough to post on here and access my digital game collection but not much else...

Just as well I love RDR2 then :rolleyes:
Man, you're seriously committed to online gaming! I'd say 95% of my combined Steam/GOG library works offline. The only absolutely infuriating case I've experienced is Steep (Ubi Soft skiiing game), which, if offline doesn't allow you to take part in events (races, time attacks, score attacks, jumping challenges, etc) because reasons. There's still free skiing so it's not quite dead, but it's still pretty ridiculous.
 
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Man, you're seriously committed to online gaming! I'd say 95% of my combined Steam/GOG library works offline. The only absolutely infuriating case I've experienced is Steep (Ubi Soft skiiing game), which, if offline doesn't allow you to take part in events (races, time attacks, score attacks, jumping challenges, etc) because reasons. There's still free skiing so it's not quite dead, but it's still pretty ridiculous.
Not that interested in the online part of gaming to be honest...that's old news for me. What I did find with absolutely no internet connection at all is that 90% of my games library on Steam, Origin and Uplay simply required an initial online login before the offline option was available...kinda defeats the object somewhat.

Even strictly offline games like Metro Exodus or Far Cry Primal refused to fire up via Steam's offline mode, obviously needing a partner handshake from Epic or Uplay before they worked. Anything Ubisoft was a complete no-no since Uplay refused any attempts at logging in in an offline capacity. It's not like I had an internet connection and was just attempting to play offline, I had nothing...not even a mobile phone signal.

I managed to trick FIFA 19 to fire up by spam clicking on the executable directly from the game directory forcing the Origin launcher to fire up in an offline mode...unfortunately, that was the only game that worked at all bar the ones I mentioned.
 
They should have worked offline if you parked it offline whilst still connected, very strange. Can you use your phone a mobile hotspot just to login and go offline straight after?
 
AFAIK Uplay can work offline but you need to be online to enable the offline mode (LOL)
Steam is trash, Origin, well, I'm a fan of Origin but nope, they don't do offline very well.

Fortunately I'm mainly using GOG. I really can't thank CDP enough.
 
Never had an issue with either Uplay or Steam in offline. Origin I hate with a passion

Only ever had an issue with offline mode if I had no notification I'd be offline for a while. ie grab your kit your off on holiday to somewhere sandy....
 
Playing just the first few hours of Darksiders 3.

I loved the first one, the whole setting and story gripped me. The second had some great stuff too but something about the gameplay put me off it and I never finished it.

The third goes for a Souls-a-like type affair which is interesting. Same sort of thing where if you die you lose collected items which can be picked up and recovered however smaller mobs all respawn etc etc.

The story seems to be there and what I love most of the series the exploration of the environment is still strong.

Really enjoying it so far though reviewers didn't mark it all that highly. Maybe I'm seeing something they didn't or havent experienced yet.
 
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