Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Sly Boots » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:36 am

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Prey » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:39 pm

Agents of Mayhem

So after Volition finally decided to patch in older CPU support for the game I decided to pick it up once again as I always fancied the look of it and something akin to Crackdown or even Infamous is severely lacking on the PC platform. The big difference this time around was that after paying the full horse payment of £39.99 the first time this time I picked it up for just £13 which is the new low price on many key sites. For all the negativity the game has received since release there is a small but dedicated fan base for the game that really have enjoyed their time with it and quite surprisingly one of those people in question is non other than Jim Sterling, or so I heard.

What I wanted from this primarily was a no brains balls out third person out action game with exploration and a sense of chaotic fun with the usual kind of jokery all Saints Row style Volition games normally come with and let's be honest here this is a new Saints Row title in practically everything but name only combined with major shades of the previously mentioned Crackdown series. The colour purple is EVERYWHERE in this game for instance from interiors to menu's to characters and logos to even the colour of leaves on many of the trees.

The biggest difference AoM has to your typical tps however is the ability to switch out your three main characters of choice completely on the fly during gameplay which makes for some truly mental enemy encounters as you attempt to switch it up to counter ever increasingly difficult foes. Every character in your squad has insane abilities that can be buffed or swapped out for other just as equally insane abilities including cock rockets and the like and there's no denying that Volition have really gone to town on making every new ability you get one that not only looks spectacular when used but is also just plain fun. The three characters I now have running for me include a huge behemoth that has a freeze ray gun and I can dress up either as The Incredible Hulk or Panthro from Thundercats then I have another guy who pretty much looks like Tony Stark complete with red metallic armor and heel jet boots and then finally a much more restrained female that looks like someone right out of Borderlands who can do splits in the air and is a hacker type. There's twelve squad characters in all which you unlock by taking on certain missions around the city and I've only unlocked five so far.

Speaking of the city while it may not have the largest open world to offer compared to many new games the look and style of a futuristic playground is nicely represented all the same not only that there's plenty of verticality on offer by finding either lift or hacking enemy placements to open up floating air platforms that can you get you over to even higher segments. All over the city there are also hidden loot chests that contain common, rare and legendary gear, outfits, cash and upgrade material and while many are easily got to due to you being able to not only double jump but triple jump and then stick a knife in the wall to get even higher others can often be only got at through pretty tricky puzzles or platforming sections. Overall having them hidden everywhere makes exploration much more fun and rewarding. What I have noticed with so many people playing the game is that they are no doubt playing on the recommended difficulty the game serves up but me being me and with the option to actually shove the difficulty level from recommended level 5 right up to level 9 I've been having way more fun on the mid level 7 and 8 options instead although you can decrease the difficulty anytime you want during play if things get too much for you. Higher just means more hectic, more tactics, more fun. And oh yes your talking car makes you feel you are neglecting it whenever you park up and hop out to do a mission and sighs when you drive badly.

All around the city you can find hidden Legion lairs which can only be accessed when you hack a certain object which in turn will only show up once you gain a certain ability. Entering these lairs becomes a much more linear dungeon clear out type affair but I find them just as fun to do as anything above ground due to higher enemy numbers and an obviously higher frame rate at all times. They are simple but joyful.

At mayhem HQ there's all manner of stuff to be done including unlocking new vehicles, earning a steady influx of cash via enemy strongholds you have taken out just like older Saints Row games then there's the team element just like other games where you can send off unused members to do missions via a world map gaining you stuff if successful, ability upgrades, car and character customisation, online missions and much more besides. If I have to say anything negative about the game I will say that the driving just plain sucks but then driving has never truly been a strong suit of Saints Row games over the years and it's actually a slight improvement over those but er still sucks. Hitting traffic will send car physics bloody mental and the car you hit will bounce off into the distance then explode as if it were hit by a much bigger blast leaving you going well ok then. I do think that the mission structure may grate with some as it can often be a little too simplistic but of course we only play such a game for the love of the grind and there's plenty of that to be found here. In many ways the game feels close to what Destiny 2 may be like on PC only with a third person perspective and ludicrously OP assaults of power.

I will finally add that even though I am officially running under the min spec for the game I can still run it at medium to high settings with a pretty solid 50fps or more. Ironic considering my CPU was originally deemed even remotely worthy of playing the game when I first purchased it back on release. All in all I've been having massive amounts of fun for my £13 and while the game may not be the deepest dish in the oven the action is tight, the world is fairly vast and great to look at while fun to explore and encounters always end up going off in various mental ways you least expected making you make full use of having not just one but three party members at any one time so if like me you have that Crackdown itch to scratch you could do so much worse IMO.

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Rusty » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:48 pm

Wow. You make it sound quite cool. Another Prey Recommends (tm) that I'll buy into
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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Animalmother » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:48 pm

Battlefield 1

I'm really struggling to like this game. Just started playing it a few weeks ago and it still hasn't grabbed me like the previous games. I seem to spend most of my time getting shot in the back or grenade spammed. The progression is incredibly slow and you then have to buy unlocked weapons with ingame currency. Sounds a bit familiar doesn't it? Will keep plugging away and see if it improves.

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Jez » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:37 pm

Best game they've made tbh in my opinion. Runs like a dream looks lovely and no lag.

You'll unlock weapons in no time and the "base" weapons are good ... I've unlocked everything through play and still use regularly use the base weapons.

I've played 500 odd hours of it since release but I suppose if it doesn't grip you then it doesn't grip.

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Mantis » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:40 pm

I had a couple of rounds the other day having never played it before. I really dislike how obtuse the whole menu system is, but the gameplay itself seemed quite solid. The maps I played were both pretty small for a Battlefield game and I had no idea what I was doing, so players with far better gear and tactics kept kicking the snot out of me. I'm not sure yet whether I'll stick with it, but there's no denying it was atmospheric as hell. I turned the HUD off for a round and it's probably as close to a real warzone you're ever going to feel; shells going off everywhere, bullets ricocheting overhead, characters screaming everywhere. It was seriously intense.

Funny contrast with Call of Duty WW2, which I got free with my PS4 Pro so figured I'd give it a spin. It's just the same CoD as always really, though the new War mode is a marked improvement on the other modes; effectively it's the same as the Battlefront 2 main mode where you push/capture objectives and then the map progresses through to the next area; one of the objectives is even a little payload escort like TF2/Overwatch. It's still pretty mindless, arcadey and easy though. It's as good as you can get if that's what you're after but I think I'll get bored fairly quickly. Chances are I'll play through the campaign and then sell it on whilst I can still get over £30 for it.

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby eVoL » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:44 am

I hope you Kent like UTs assault mode ;) I don’t think battlefront deserves the credit :p



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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Jez » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:31 am

Stick with it Mantis. It's like any multiplayer game. Once you know the various maps and their features shit clicks into place. What mode were you playing? The maps are pretty big some very big at least in 64 player conquest mode.

If you Google youbtubers Westie or jackfrags they have great tips and tricks videos and are bang up to date with the game updates.

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Mantis » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:41 am

Fairly certain I was playing Conquest. The map I spent the most time on was a sort of forested railroad with a large artillery train that turns up towards the end.

eVoL wrote:I hope you Kent like UTs assault mode ;) I don’t think battlefront deserves the credit :p


Oh yeah! SW BF2 just came to mind because it's the most recent thing I've played with a similar mode.

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Jez » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:54 pm

Yeah that's Argonne Forest. It's a smaller one. One of the nicer looking ones but it's a meat grinder and not hugely popular.

The more popular maps from the base game are:

Amiens - devastated town map. Personal favourite.

St Quentin Scar - large countryside map based around a no man's land surrounding.

Sinai Desert - middle east based large vehicle map with great fights for infantry in around town area

Ballroom Blitz - mid sized map based around a chateau and it's grounds.

Monte grappa - large sized based in Italian mountains.

Empires edge - Italian coastline large map with lots of vehicles.

Any of the above maps are really good but I've listed them in my own rough order of liking.

The less popular one are:

Argonne Forest and Suez. I think both are good on their own merits occasionally but not my favourites.

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Mantis » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:29 pm

Funnily enough, Suez is the other one I played. It was probably the more frustrating because of the terrible open ground you have to cover to get anywhere near the points. Nice that of the two games I played it saw fit to dump me onto the two worst maps!

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Animalmother » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:36 pm

My experience is pretty much the same as Mantis's, get bum fucked by players with better guns and who know the maps. It can be very frustrating. I did have a great game yesterday where I played the flanks and tore it up with my Lewis gun. I love how mucky the mud looks :)

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Jez » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:50 pm

Lewis gun is great.

I know it seems as though there are vastly better weapons than yours but honestly they are all good. It just depends on the situation and your own personal likings. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. Having said that there are a few that you will be killed by constantly ...

Heilrigel
Automatico
Model A shotgun

These weapons are all part of the assault class and people overuse them. The most irritating is the automatico. But only up close.

Try the other maps I suggested fellas. Squad up always and don't be afraid to move squads if they are shit. It's a great game honestly I've played every game in the BF series and this is easily their best to my mind on almost every level.

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Animalmother » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:01 pm

Had 2 great games earlier and wreaked havoc with my now beloved Lewis, really enjoyed it. Then I tried Supply Drop and had all the fun sucked out of my life, will not be playing that mode again. So yeah it seems to be growing on me as I learn the mechanics of the game. Still too many random deaths for my liking though :x

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Re: Games I'm Playing 2: Playing Harder

Postby Jez » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:25 pm

Supply drop is an acquired taste it concentrate players into small areas. It good for ranking up medic though and it can be fun to snipe from a distance the folks trying to cap it. Try frontlines mode its a variant on conquest that i think works pretty well.

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