Have you been spending hours trying to pass a level? Or maybe you are completely addicted to a newly bought game. Do you have a question about a game or would like to share something else? In the Weekly Discussion Thread, you can do it all!

Please don’t forget to use the spoiler tag as soon as you start talking about a storyline.

  • Lenny
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    116 months ago

    Previously not much of a gamer, I saw all the Starfield hype around release and decided to get an Xbox to play it. Didn’t like it initially, started to enjoy it around 5 hours in, have come full circle and am getting bored now (level 35) with all the repetitive stuff.

    Starfield did show me that maybe i enjoy a wider range of video games, so now I’m starting on Fallout 4, and so far I LOVE it. I’ve pretty much only done one mission and spent a looooooong time building my first base.

    I really love open world/exploration games, especially where there is crafting, hoarding, and killing bad guys in comical ways. Just Cause was amazing for that, I liked tethering people to trains because I’m secretly a maniac.

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      I don’t want to come off as to PCMR, but truly Bethesda developed games need to be played on PC to get the most out of them. The mods tremendously elevate the experience. Everything from bug fixes and optimizations (that Bethesda should have done) to full on overhauls and DLC sized expansions, and everything in between.

      I think I average about 200 mods simultaneously on Fallout 4 playthroughs.

      • @[email protected]
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        46 months ago

        xbox has mods for fallout 4 and skyrim, and when starfield gets its mod thing going itll have it for that too

        • Lenny
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          26 months ago

          I just saw that on the menu. Excited to explore it!

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          oh man, you gotta try skyrim when you can. there’s no base building, but it’s the pinnacle of exploration open world games. 12 years later and I’m still finding new shit

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      36 months ago

      Like others said, Skyrim is awesome. Earlier Elder Scrolls are awesome too, little more hard boiled. Fallout New Vegas is a masterpiece, highly recommend.

  • @[email protected]
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    86 months ago

    Tried Cult of the Lamb a mix of based management and rogue like. The game is good the lore is a bit to sour to my taste. The more I play the more the based management part of the game shadow the rhythm of the rogue like, sadly.

    At the end, I like the idea but prefer to play both type of game separately.

    • @[email protected]
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      36 months ago

      I played it on release and found it underwhelming. The combat was a little shallow and the cult mechanics too easy.

      I may give it another spin once this next dlc comes out tho

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    Dead Cells with all the DLCs. After being obsessed with Nova Drift for several months I got burnout and looked for other games to play.

    Mafia definitive edition was on sale, so I got that. However, it quickly showed that in fact I don´t enjoy 3D shooters as I used to.

    So I thought about what I really wanted to play and it was clearly roguelites with retro or at least highly stylized graphics. The DLCs for Dead Cells had been tempting me for some time already and most of them were on sale at that point, so it was pretty much a no-brainer. I erased my progress from years ago and started over fresh and it´s so much fun!

    My best run yet was when I found the Hotline Miami reference lore room, which unlocks and drops the (level I) baseball bat. Now the Baseball bat does not have particularly high base damage but very good crit damage and guaranteed crits on stunned/rooted targets. That is already really cool when you combine it with stunning enemies by stomping but I was sure I´d have to replace that weapon later in the run because it was just a level I item. A few levels later I stumbled over a golden altar with a legendary Boys Axe. This item is a throwing axe that roots enemies on hit and as I told earlier you get auto-crit hits on rooted targets with the baseball bat, so obviously I ditched my rampart shield for the Boys Axe and from there on a virtually all my baseball bat hits were crit hits. But it got even better!

    Shortly afterwards I found a sinew slicer, which is a trap that causes bleed on hit and then I got incredibly lucky and was able to roll +60% damage on bleeding targets on BOTH, the baseball bat AND the Boys Axe! Obviously from there I just breezed through the rest of the run and killed the Hand of the King in just a few seconds with a level I baseball bat as my main weapon :D

    On top of all that, during the run I was also able to figure out how to use certain weapons like they were one, as it had been possible years ago but was patched out. This also added to making the build ridiculously strong since I could spam the baseball bat and the Boys Axe like they where just a combo of the same weapon.

    TLDR: Dead Cells is crazy! If you enjoy roguelites, get Dead Cells!

    • @[email protected]
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      36 months ago

      I just got dead cells because I was in a gaming rut. I got one run in. It’s fun. Do you play with controller?

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        I just got dead cells because I was in a gaming rut. I got one run in. It’s fun

        It is indeed! Especially when you get lucky on a run and find/roll some crazy strong synergies. The game has a pretty steep learning curve at first, just keep doing runs and it will get even more fun. I also very much recommend the official Dead Cells Discord, it has some really nice and helpful people hanging out there.

        Do you play with controller?

        I do so and very much recommend you at least try playing it with a controller too, except you have a strong habit of playing games of the genre with a keyboard. In my opinion using a controller is more intuitive.

        • @[email protected]
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          16 months ago

          Thanks! Yeah I’ll try with controller. Just did 2 runs with it and died both times in the second map. Just getting used to it. It’s much better with controller but my Xbox pro controller is so trash that the recoil of flicking my move button changes my direction which was annoying. I had to mess with the dead zone. I play brawlhalla on controller so the dodge button is messing with me lol

          With m&k on my very first run playing the game I got past the first boss and died with like 8k gold. I got far. But I got a good combo I think. I’m looking forward to the steep learning. I beat hades 100% so I’m looking forward to synergies.

          • @[email protected]
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            26 months ago

            Just did 2 runs with it and died both times in the second map. Just getting used to it.

            That is to be expected, I recommend to focus on learning the enemies and building some muscle memory for the roll and the parry mechanics at first.

            With m&k on my very first run playing the game I got past the first boss and died with like 8k gold.

            Seriously? I find that pretty impressive for a first run. I think I died in Prisoners Quarters (first biome) on mine :D

            I’m looking forward to the steep learning. I beat hades 100% so I’m looking forward to synergies.

            Seriously? You mean with all those difficulty modifiers activated, right? I have a feeling you will get good at Dead Cells pretty fast, lol.

            • @[email protected]
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              16 months ago

              Yeah it was definitely beginners luck. I killed the concierge and died a map or 2 later. Since then I think I’ve done 25 runs and got to the concierge twice. But I am just trying to bull rush in. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve died in the first encounter so many times from that stupid shield zombie and jumping one. I can’t get the parry right. They do this stupid grunt then I parry then they jump. And if I wait for the “!” they do this weird timing if I hit them. Still getting used to it.

              But I got rickety wrekt by death in the castle map. I thought I was doing so effing good, got him down to phase 2 (about 1/3 health down) and with 1.4k health he killed me in a 3 hit combo, first hit taking half my life down and I got so blown away that I just missed wtf happened next. Game is very unforgiving.

              I haven’t tried any of the enhancements or crutches. Which I’m a father of 3 kids, one a new born and I’m not good like I used to be. I might check out some cheats to make things a little smoother for me.

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                I’m embarrassed to say I’ve died in the first encounter so many times from that stupid shield zombie and jumping one. I can’t get the parry right. They do this stupid grunt then I parry then they jump. And if I wait for the “!” they do this weird timing if I hit them. Still getting used to it.

                Hahaha, the shield bearer is such a bitch when one is still learning the timing, right? However he is also a perfect enemy to initially practice your parry and roll with imo, at some point you will start to intuitively time it right and the shield bearer becomes almost harmless. I recommend using the training room for that.

                Probably you already noticed that the “!” is only an indicator for the begin of the attack animation and that you have to factor in the distance between you and the enemy too, to time the parry right. Also keep in mind that only a tap results in a parry, while keeping the button pressed even for very short results just in a block / messed up parry.

                But I got rickety wrekt by death in the castle map. I thought I was doing so effing good, got him down to phase 2 (about 1/3 health down) and with 1.4k health he killed me in a 3 hit combo, first hit taking half my life down and I got so blown away that I just missed wtf happened next. Game is very unforgiving.

                How are you distributing your scrolls? You should decide at the start of a run if it is going to be a Brutality, Tactics or Survival run, based on what kind of weapons you want to use during the run. That defines your main colour and your two off colours for the run. The best practice is to take a scroll of your main colour whenever you can for max damage and distribute the two off colours 1:1 for max hp.

                Game is very unforgiving.

                Yes, indeed!

                I haven’t tried any of the enhancements or crutches. Which I’m a father of 3 kids, one a new born and I’m not good like I used to be. I might check out some cheats to make things a little smoother for me.

                Congratulations! In that situation I think I would experiment with custom mode a lot, it has many detailed options to tailor the game experience individually. I for example like to use custom mode to limit the item pool, once I have a lot of items unlocked that I don´t want to use on a run. If you find that you miss certain option in custom mode you should also check out accessibility mode as well.

                Good luck, have fun!

                • @[email protected]
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                  16 months ago

                  Hey this is awesome thanks so much for all the pointers. I’m starting to get a hang of it. Maybe 50 runs in or so and made it to that dark level and had enough money for that new shiny bomb (the light bomb) and while reading it I started taking damage. I got confused and started attacking but I quickly died. Lmao apparently the dark kills you. I’m starting to use the wiki a little now.

                  I’ve pretty much exclusively been using melee and the red scrolls. I noticed one run I had 8 red and 1/1 and died with full health in what felt like 1 hit I was like wtffff. And then realized I was maybe 300 health or so? I should have been in the 1k by then and forgot to distribute to get max health benefit.

                  I’ll try the training room. I beat death today by taking it slow. Just got the ram so I can break those stupid floors lol. Thanks to the wiki. Lot of cool Easter eggs. Loved the gordan crowbar as I’m an avid HL fan.

  • @[email protected]
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    66 months ago

    I’ve been really into Pokemon Unbound (Fire Red ROM hack) recently, once I beat it I think I’m going to play around with the settings and play it again. It’s amazing having a Pokemon game that isn’t baby easy, and I love that I don’t have to impose rules on myself to make it harder. It’s really opened my eyes to ROM hacks, I think I’ll be playing more next year

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      36 months ago

      Also a fan of Unbound! My last run I tried whatever setting it is that makes it so that all fully evolved pokemon have the same stat totals, which really made the game feel different and like I actually had options for building a team. Although I still found myself thinking “oh I can’t put butterfree on my team, it’s too weak”

      My favorite hack is Gaia, it doesn’t have as many features as Unbound but it’s got the right vibes for a pokemon game while still having increased difficulty and QOL stuff.

  • Okami
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    56 months ago

    In a bit of a gaming rut right now. Spinning my wheels on a bunch of different games. Haven’t had one hook its claws back into me yet.

    I’ve been mostly grinding out Cookie Clicker and Slay the Spire this week.

    Nice games to play side by side while I binge blind Let’s Plays of Hollow Knight, Outer Wilds, and Return of the Obra Dinn so I can vicariously chase the fleeting joy and wonder I got from playing those games the first time around.

    Finished most of the tasks to do in The Longing and now just waiting for the clock to tick down.

    Sat down one evening with my old save file and pushed through to finish the Tears of the Kingdom main quest. For all its faults, it had a really strong ending. I cried. Very conflicted on the game, but I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t already been said ad nauseum.

    Played a bit of Dark Souls, a bit of Sekiro, a bit of Kingdoms of Amalur, a bit of Subnautica: Below Zero, and a bit of Siralim. Not sure what I’ll settle on yet for next week, but I’m feeling strongest on Siralim right now.

      • Okami
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        16 months ago

        I have! I’ve finished the base game and started on Kaycee’s Mod a while back. I’m really bad at it, but it’s fun.

        I’m considering picking up Signalis if it goes on sale over Christmas. I’ve heard it scratches the same itch as Outer Wilds.

  • Hello_there
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    56 months ago

    Holocure is a surprisingly good survivors-like and it works perfectly on steam deck with no changes. Just don’t change resolution on PC to something sd can’t handle.

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      15 months ago

      Yeah, I’m not even particularly into hololive besides very occasionally watching some highlight videos. The game is amazing. And free. I played the absolute hell out of it after giving it a shot, just like I did with vampire survivors.

  • @[email protected]
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    56 months ago

    I finished Chants of Sennaar a couple nights ago, it was a lot of fun. Language-based puzzle game inspired by the Tower of Babel. It’s very pretty to look at, and a lot of the puzzles were really clever. My only real complaint is that I was really expecting the final level to be much more difficult, requiring me to do a lot of synthesizing of ideas from previous levels, but instead the final puzzles were pretty easy and linear. I’d still recommend it though, the first 80% of the game is great, and if you get that far, you’ll probably have the momentum to finish, the end doesn’t take that long.

  • @[email protected]
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    46 months ago

    I started playing Enderal, a total conversion of Skyrim. I like the deeper RPG mechanics, which the mod adds, although I’m a bit nervous about choosing something wrong and fucking up my character.

    The game is set in a different world than Elder Scrolls. I’m not sure I like it as much, but that might be because of the different music.

  • @[email protected]
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    46 months ago

    I’m playing Lies of P and it’s amazing. It’s been a long time since a game was able to draw me in like this.

  • @[email protected]
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    46 months ago

    Bioshock Remastered has been great to revisit again. I remember how mind blown I was when I was a kid playing the demo for it on my 360.

  • @[email protected]
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    46 months ago

    After finishing Dave the Diver I’ve been playing sifu and outer wilds. Interesting mix of games. Sifu is pretty tough so far. Outer wilds I think I just need to invest more time before I’m really hooked

  • @F4stL4ne
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    36 months ago

    Poe’s new league!

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      36 months ago

      Can’t wait to try crackling lance of disintegration with battlemage, rebuke of the vaal and beacon of madness

      And also try to figure out a way to use flameblast of contaction

  • @[email protected]
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    36 months ago

    finished Omori.

    Im glad I stuck around, kind of got a bit of RPG fatigue at the Sweetheart section. The gameplay was fine, i just kind of didnt have anymore RPG juice left in me and the RPG kept coming. Everything after Deeper Well was well worth the persistance though, and hoo boy the ending sequence came at me personally with a knife. Good game.

    • @[email protected]
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      16 months ago

      I went very far with it but gave up because I was feeling quite fatigued. I think I’m a bit after the underwater (?) Highway. It’s a fine game but I don’t have the patience for that kind of grind and repetition anymore

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    36 months ago

    I’ve been playing Cassette Beasts and it is phenomenal! From outside the game it just seems like a Pokemon/Digimon clone but there’s so much more depth to the combat. The art is amazing, the characters are all written very well with a lot of depth and feel real. The music is amazing. My only complaint is that when the game is starting up if I tab off into another window sometimes it crashes. I started up Hallow Knight again after putting it down close to 5 years ago and I’m slightly less lost than I was before.