Humm, I have tended to be mostly a rpg and strategy fan.
1.) Bhaalspawn from Baldur's Gate 2 (just a fantastic rpg and characters)
I also really enjoyed the story of the Grey Warden from Dragon age Origins as well.
I am going to have to agree here. I do not have large amounts of free time to waste redoing areas, restarting a game, or patching continuously. I actually refuse to buy Bethesda games until they have been out for at least a year due to how buggy their games are.
Humm, Everquest 2 has the best crafting experience in my opinion. The mini game aspect of crafting keeps you involved while the results of crafting are very useful. Add in the ability to research special patterns plus unique crafting quests /rewards makes for a pretty deep crafting experience in Everquest 2.
DRM remains a topic of debate on one hand you have the World of Goo / Call of Duty (console vs PC) piracy arguments and on the other you have DRM free semi success stories like TOR books.
What is not disputable is Diablo 3 was the best selling PC game in last few years. Diablo 3 beat Blizzard's projections by quite a bit. To put the numbers in another way, Diablo 3 had revenues far greater than every single successful Kickstarter project in 2012 combined. Diablo 3 also had always on line DRM.
Note, I did not buy a copy of Diablo 3 but was given one as a gift. I disagree with always On line DRM (error 37), but the games that have used always on DRM have beaten expectations.
Back to EA,the model that they used to use on Origin was modeled after Valve's Steam DRM method of authenticate once. The success of Diablo 3, I believe pushed them to try the always On line method. While Sim City 2012 sales beat expectations, the brand name suffered. Thus EA is not going to use always On line DRM for the SIMS 4.
Charlie Bell wrote:
Yeah, Miranda and Samara were just awesome as a team with my Sentinel. I am thinking of replaying the series again. I was a paragon last time around. I am thinking going Renegade this time around.
DRM? Please, show me one DRM method that hasn't been bypassed in a week after the game's release?
Diablo 3 took awhile. Even after the hacks came out, most were trojans in disguise. Piracy creates the desire for game companies to use always on DRM like Diablo 3. Blizzard sold 12 million copies of always on DRM Diablo 3 so games with extreme DRM can be popular.
IMHO, I buy games based on how much I like them. Game series that EA published that I like are Battlefield, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age. I also really liked Mirror's Edge and Kingdoms of Amalur. I like the stories from the Old Republic but the combat is just okay (still believe they should have went with Unreal for the engine).
A Battlefront game by DICE would be very interesting to me. I have not played Dead Space, so I have no opinion on how good a Star wars game from Visceral would be.
Shadow Broker (ME2) & Citadel (ME3) are my favorite DLCs of the series. Both pieces really served their purpose well. I would recommend both to pretty much everyone who is a fan of the series.
I am torn on the subject of follow up. I really enjoyed the Mass Effect series. I would tend to agree with Mass Effect being the best Sci Fi rpg experience I have ever played (Kotor was awesome just not Scifi). The great multi player was just icing on the cake.
However, the central conflict of the setting is gone (unless control becomes default). The repears and those that they controlled gave a real purpose to your actions. I do not want the series to go downhill into shooting other people simply for the sake of shooting.
QFT! The Citadel dlc is simply great! This is a great send off for a series that I really enjoyed.
Roberta Yang wrote:
If the alignment system sucks at describing characters that aren't specifically tailored to it, then that says a lot about the alignment system.
The good and evil axis of the alignment system really did not get added until after Arduin (third party dnd supplement)was released. The original game only had lawful, choatic, and neutral. The first version of the game to include the good /evil axis was AD&D, while basic DnD continued to use the original system of lawful/chaos. By this time, I think that the best games have moved past the simplied system of alignment.
I also find it quite funny that most who want to define a paladin strictly as a LG Knight in shining armor forget that the very first paladin was a cowboy with magic six shooters at Gary Gygax's table.
I'm a LG Paladin of Serenrae, would I tolerate a group member summoning Daemons or Devils to fight other evil?
QFT! Sarenrae is a redeemer. Her goal is to redeem fallen souls. Sarenrae is fearless true, but promotes mercy. Her paladin code in faiths of purity was well written. I would recommend Faiths of Purity to anyone interested in a Glorian campaign
Paladins are tied to the alignment system, and some people DESPISE the alignment system. In fact, the mere existence of Paladins is one of the main reasons you can't simply excise alignment from the game entirely.
I fall into that group. The alignment system really limits the styles of settings and games you can play. A paladin player turns on the radar (aka detect evil) and walks around until they find the bad person. The game becomes nothing more than a mathematical exercise at that point.
I have nothing against people playing a noble character (ala a paladin). However, I despise detect evil which is required for the core abilities of the paladin.
I also really liked Thedas as well. The Dwarves were simply awesome in Dragon Age I. The Darkspawn race was pretty interesting to me as well. The reused environments in II bothered me a bit. The story line of Mages vs Templars seems a little over done. I would prefer a return to the Darkspawn as the major villains.
I cant tell you how much fun I would have if I could have played Mass Effect or Skyrim with my friends online. I mean the actual games too not some co-op battle arena. Hell I miss the old hack 'n' slash Champions of Norrath which had a server for multi-player. Either way I completely agree there is a huge hole in the market for gamers like us.
Yeah, I really enjoyed the horde mode coop in Mass Effect 3 and coop in Borderlands. There does seem to be a decent market for coop. Co-optimus ( http://www.co-optimus.com/ ) specializes in coop games. As far as games go, Borderlands 2 is on its way out as well as Torchlight 2. If you can get past the graphics, my buddies and I have had a really good time in a Dungeon defenders.
I really like the additional races being opened up even thou I am full up on toons to play atm.
Humans will remain strong either with feat intensive builds, dual talent archetype, plus spells known favored class option. I really do not see humans getting dislodged from the most populous race.
My choices have been reflected here pretty well already but here is my list:
1 Baldur's Gate series (in particular 2 Shadows of Amn).
There are a lot of honorable mentions: Dragon Age, Planescape, Diablo, Starcraft, Age of Mythology, Neverwinter Nights, Final Fantasy Tactics, etc.
I have played D&D/PF since 1975 and have used point buy since it became an option. I DM mostly and have found that the so called "randomness" of other methods only meant that a player would roll until he was happy with the results. If you insisted they roll them in front of you they would kill off their own characters to get better ones. Point buy not only eliminates that, but forces people to make choices---and start a character concept from the beginning. That's my 2cp.
This has been my experience as well. With point buy, you can craft a character concept and play that style. Point buy allows a lot more freedom in designing and playing a character concept. I have seen a lot more variety in character concepts since we went to point buy. I have no desire to go back.
Edit: Far and away the most powerful that did not need anybody else was done through rolling (3x18, 16, 15, and 10). The character was a one person army. In point buy, you are pretty limited in stats (ala 15 or even 20 point buy).
Well, you have picked my favorite two MMOs. I am playing both as well. I play SWToR with a few close friends. I really enjoy the story element plus we pvp in SWToR a lot. In Rift, the hard working devs at Trion keep content pretty fresh. Trion's raids are second to none.
Umbral Reaver wrote:
The characters in Dumb and Dumber make more sensible decisions.
The deep nature and just stunning visions of the movie could not cover this fact. Some of the decisions by the movie's characters just made my head hurt. The lack of rational thought was amazing especially coming from "scientists".
Melissa Litwin wrote:
I use point buys in PF, usually either 15 points or 20 but you can't buy down stats. I've played in a few rolled-stat games, but due to power disparity they weren't nearly as much fun as point buy games. I'm ok with everyone being low-powered or everyone being high-powered. I'm not ok with one guy having a PB of ~10 and another having ~40....
I have not found that wide discrepancies in power generated by dice rolls to be fun either. One person could be anything / do most anything while another was "stuck" in a very basic role. This was fun for the "star" of the party (very high scores) but rarely much fun for the rest (low to poor scores).
We switched to point buy quite a while ago. People actually get to think and design their characters rather than being limited by random roll of the dice. I have no desire to go back in time, so I only play in point buys now.
Every DM and their players make the rules thou. The important part is to play the game in a way that is fun for you. If that means rolling stats for both the GM and the players, then roll away.
Yeah, I was a fan of several campaign settings (Darksun, Ravenloft, Planescape, Spelljammer, & Eberron) where I first got interested in the setting due to their unique art styles.
Saint Caleth wrote:
Pretty much this, multi-classing a spell caster in PFS is extremely discouraged. I know players who do not play PFS because of this. However, the rules of the campaign are after all the rules.
It wouldn't have bothered me if it was an AP or something else but this along with Adanced races book are really high on my interest list. Well at least it's only a month away.
Yeah, this book is really high on my list of what I want as well.
I am another one that does not like playing gnomes / halflings. Funny enough, I have really enjoyed playing a Bard a couple of times. The classes that I have a hard time playing are the low int, high str, classes such as barbs and straight fighters.
I am a huge fan of the advantage / disadvantage system so far. You get a extra confidence boost with an advantage. On the other, you do everything you can to get out of a disadvantage. The mechanic definitely reduces the math needed as well as adding a additional element of excitement.
*Taking a deep breathe* The development of Liara is one of the story lines from the series that I really liked. I did not care much for her as a character in ME1, but the developments in 2 & 3 created a character that was very interesting.
the DZA wrote:
Hello DZA,The red ring of death is usually caused by a issue on the board. Your drive most likely is okay. You can transfer data fairly easily between Xbox's. There is a special cable from Microsoft that does the transfer. If you get the xbox up again you can use a USB stick
( http://www.gamefront.com/how-to-transfer-old-xbox-360-data-to-a-new-xbox-36 0-slim/) or
(http://kotaku.com/5563448/how-to-transfer-your-old-xbox-360-data-to-the-ne w-xbox-360 ).
You could also have your local computer shop transfer the data for you.
Lol, this is very true. The vast majority of user reviews are trash. For example, I had a great time with Mass Effect 3 including multiplayer (even thou I disliked the ending).
I am still interested in picking Game of Thrones game up. I hope the game is pretty good.
I can understand your feelings. My buddies got me to try the Diablo 3 demo. I was not that impressed. Diablo3 kinda of feels dumbed down. I will just wait for Torchlight 2. Still for those picking up the game, I hope the game is fun for you.
I thought I was the only person out that had read Paladin. I really liked that book. I then read and really enjoyed the Chronicles of Morgaine and Foreigner series as well. I miss having more time to read. My job takes up way too much of my time now. :(
Still, this thread is giving ideas on what to do on vacation this year.
My friends and I are still having fun in The Old Republic but I do understand your point. Games are meant to be fun, if games are not fun you need to do something else. I got really tired of the drama from the population of WoW. Everything was about gear and maximizing dps. Playing WoW became more like a job than fun. Eve felt the same way.
I am now mostly a very casual player. I rarely group outside of real life friends and a couple of their guildies. Still, playing with my friends in The Old Republic or Mass Effect 3 coop is quite fun. So I catch up with them on the weekends quite a bit.
First I want to say the book of nine swords is NOT BROKEN! If you think it is broken you are just not using it right.If you actually play the characters, you find they don't do any more damage than a flanking rogue or raging barbarian. After having played a swordsage and dm'd for a warblade, i actually decided to combine the three classes. I used a rogue/barbarian style menu including the abilities from all three classes, and used the swordsage as a base. I changed to a fighters attack bonus, added shield proficiency, changed recovery to your level in levels of maneuvers.(i.e. at 6th level you can get two level 3, etc). I found that the warblade was like a certian battery-pushing bunny while the swordsage spent too much time cooling his heels. You pick four disciplines, and get proficiency in those weapons. You pick one mental ability score for your saves and concentration checks(I just used the new pathfinder concentration check system instead of a replacement skill). As for the low level devoted spirit that does 8d8, i just think that was a typo ( i use 4d8)
I like your ideas on balance. Currently, in our home campaign, we really have not seen any issues with a swordsage either. The character sometimes shines, but at other times the character gets knocked around.
Yeah, I am getting tired of MMOs as well. I am still playing SWToR (I like the class stories), but yes going through the side quests again can get old. i really do like pathfinder and hope that the game revitalizes my interest in an MMO.
Charlie Bell wrote:
Lulz adepts. Weapons are for soldiers. Biotic detonation FTW.
Playing a sentinel and infiltrator here. Powers on one and guns on the other.
So far, I have really enjoyed the game including multiplayer strangely enough. I am ignoring the ending, lol.
I like this product and idea quite a bit as well. I hope to help fund later this week. Good luck!