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#1157313 - 07/19/18 12:23 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
TJL Offline
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Unfortunately the 3rd person option of the remastered version of Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened was a disappointment. I was hoping something like 'over the shoulder' view but it was only clumsy 'follow the click walk'. It was often impossible to get a view from angle needed and 80 % of the time you were still forced to use the 1st person view. I can't remember from my first play through if it was possible to walk with left mouse button down or using WASD only. This time I found it tolerable to walk with mouse that caused almost no sign of motion sickness.

The story was good, playtime long according current standards and some puzzles still very challenging. I think I used walkthrough three times and that's too many, I usually manage without. But I didn't give up easily, used hours for each until finally became too frustrated.

Starting re-play of The Black Mirror II next.

Oh, and before SH I played The Amazing Adventures of Captain Spirit. Didn't find this new demo as captivating as previous LIS games. And the dad's mobile PIN code puzzle was a total flop by my opinion. That was the only one for which I had to use the walktrough. Afterwards I checked PIN code from Wiki and for my great surprise I learnt that mobile PIN code can actually be as long as long as 10 digits. But even then, why would dad choose such a code?

Timo

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#1157326 - 07/19/18 03:26 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Sorry you were disappointed with the 3rd person option of the remastered version of SH: The Awakened. I hope you enjoy your replay of Black Mirror II!

Like you, I do my best to stay away from walkthroughs but actually use them more than I think I do. I recently had to use one while playing Sentinel after going most of the game without it, however, due to misunderstanding the clue, I was making a lot of repetitious movements (trying to solve the puzzle by process of elimination/trial and error) which caused the game to start crashing and freezing. I had a lot of trouble trying to get out of the game without wrecking my XP computer which has a broken start button. I could not get to the desktop or Task Manager. I decided it was best to use the walkthrough to solve that particular puzzle. I just have one more "world" to visit in the game.

Last week I finished my replay of the Ankh series and I must say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'm not sure yet what I'll replay next but two days ago I started a first playthrough of Journey to the Center of the Earth. So far, so good, although I am stuck in it at the moment.

I don't know anything about mobile PIN codes, so no comment on that!

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#1157394 - 07/20/18 08:27 AM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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TJL, that's a shame about Awakened. I do remember I had to switch to first person a couple of times, but for the most part, I was able to complete everything in third. Sorry it didn't work out that way for you. frown I also prefer the over the shoulder view offered in Testament and Crimes and Punishments as well, as their point and click option does tend to be clunky. Hope your Black Mirror 2 replay is better! That's such a great series.

I enjoyed The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, though I agree it isn't as captivating as the main series. Then again, I didn't really expect it to be. When I found out what the code was later and where it led, I wasn't overly disappointed, as all I had missed out on was a mini arcade hotdog game. lol It's cute, but I'm not really into arcade games. I liked Chris a lot, but I hope we're playing someone a bit older in the sequel. I'm not sure a little kid could carry a game like Life is Strange, though I could be wrong, of course.

Oldbroad, I never played Ankh, but I enjoyed the original Jack Keane by the same developers. (The sequel, not quite as much. lol) I notice the Ankh games are available on Steam, so I may pick them up sometime. thumbsup Hope you enjoy Journey to the Center of the Earth. I thought it was a fun game. thumbsup

I'm mostly focused on a new game now, but in between, I've been replaying Culpa Innata. thumbsup It's still one of my favorites, though it's a shame that there will never be a sequel, and the intriguing side story (which I assume would have become the "main" story in the series) will never be complete. I really like how nonlinear the order of the visits can be, and I don't think I've ever replayed the game the same way twice. thumbsup
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#1157570 - 07/22/18 10:32 AM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Originally Posted By: oldbroad
Like you, I do my best to stay away from walkthroughs but actually use them more than I think I do. I recently had to use one while playing Sentinel after going most of the game without it, however, due to misunderstanding the clue, I was making a lot of repetitious movements (trying to solve the puzzle by process of elimination/trial and error) which caused the game to start crashing and freezing. I had a lot of trouble trying to get out of the game without wrecking my XP computer which has a broken start button. I could not get to the desktop or Task Manager. I decided it was best to use the walkthrough to solve that particular puzzle. I just have one more "world" to visit in the game.

Years ago I used even days for some hard puzzle or point in game but then in couple of cases it appeared there was some bug or glitch that had prevented me solving it forever had I not started from an earlier savepoint and done something 'correct'. Nowadays a couple of hours stucked is my limit, Then I start to delicately reveal the solution little by little if possible and do as much as I can on my own.

I too know too well the situation where you repeatedly try something and the game is poorly optimised or whatever causing it to freeze, CTD or in worst case prevent you from terminating it in any 'normal' way and endangering your save file integrity.

I have played a few Egypt themed games and my next big challenge there is playing Assassin's Creed: Origins. I hope it's challenge lies mostly in stealth instead of more aggressive way of approach.

Originally Posted By: venus
When I found out what the code was later and where it led, I wasn't overly disappointed, as all I had missed out on was a mini arcade hotdog game. It's cute, but I'm not really into arcade games.

I totally agree what Game Watcher comments on that particular puzzle (beware, it partly reveals the solution):

Click to reveal..
We'll be honest, this is an incredibly terrible puzzle, in many ways. There is no indication that Chris' Dad likes Hawt Dawg Man, PIN codes are 4 numbers rather than 8, the phone goes up to 11 digits so "Hawt Dawg Man" makes more sense... and worst of all, there are no letters on the phone's password screen so you have to work out which letters correspond to which number.

Originally Posted By: venus
I'm mostly focused on a new game now, but in between, I've been replaying Culpa Innata. It's still one of my favorites, though it's a shame that there will never be a sequel, and the intriguing side story (which I assume would have become the "main" story in the series) will never be complete.

I remember having played Culpa Innata. It's a pity that for a reason or other not even many good games do not get a sequel to finish their story. I believe one of the most waited games waiting for their sequel(s) is the Crown trilogy/quadology or whatever we've been (mostly) patiently waiting for over a decade now. In the light of resent years I get a feeling of developers reaching perfectness and I hope the time doesn't run too fast for them in what the majority expects from a new game from technical aspect. It's not so important for me, the great story is what matters most. But it doesn't harm to get as wide audience as possible, to make them commercial success and enable continuation.

Continuing to enjoy re-play of Black Mirror II. Only partial memories from first playthrough years ago.

Timo

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#1157584 - 07/22/18 12:39 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: TJL]
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Quote:

Years ago I used even days for some hard puzzle or point in game but then in couple of cases it appeared there was some bug or glitch that had prevented me solving it forever had I not started from an earlier savepoint and done something 'correct'. Nowadays a couple of hours stucked is my limit, Then I start to delicately reveal the solution little by little if possible and do as much as I can on my own.


Same here. I remember when I played Atlantis: The Lost Tales. The game let me into an area I could not leave without solving a puzzle but I needed an item that I had not picked up before entering that area. I don't know how long I spent trying to solve that puzzle before looking at the walkthrough only to find out I needed to go to a prior save to pick up that item and then continue on to the next area.

How long I'll spend on a puzzle sometimes depends on how much I like the puzzle or whether I think I'll actually be able to solve it or not. Sometimes I post in the "hints" forum rather than look at a walkthrough and risk seeing more than I want to see. With my Sentinel problem, once I saw that I misunderstood the clue, I did try a different method to try to figure out the puzzle but still wasn't getting it, and was just too worried about the game freezing up again. I didn't go straight for the solution.

Glad you are enjoying your replay of Black Mirror II!

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#1158462 - 07/31/18 01:11 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Finished my Black Mirror II re-play yesterday. I was surprised how little I remembered from my first play through years ago. The graphics were much better than those of BM1 that slightly disturbed my gaming experience. It felt good to manage totally without walkthrough. I was glad to notice and remember BM2 is equipped with autosave mechanism that saved you from losing even several hours of progress should you happen to 'die'. Hard to decide which game to take next. When you have time to play on weekends only (or mostly) you tend to become quite picky and use that time well.

Timo

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#1158466 - 07/31/18 01:55 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Glad you enjoyed your replay of Black Mirror II TJL! Is Black Mirror III on your radar? Let us know what you choose to play next.

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#1158486 - 07/31/18 05:17 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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I finally finished Testament of Sherlock Holmes. I have been at it on and off for a long time. I could never figure out getting across the gallery. I found a walkthrough that had pictures and finally I was able to finish the game. I played it in 3rd person, but, I found out that sometimes I had to go to 1st person to see things better. I like that in a game - where you can do 3rd person and 1st person. Also, I really liked that if I was working on a puzzle for quite a while, it would give the skip button. I think all games should do that. There is nothing worse than a puzzle that you can't figure out and not being able to finish a game.

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#1158503 - 07/31/18 09:46 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: mbday630]
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Originally Posted By: mbday630
I played it in 3rd person, but, I found out that sometimes I had to go to 1st person to see things better. I like that in a game - where you can do 3rd person and 1st person. Also, I really liked that if I was working on a puzzle for quite a while, it would give the skip button. I think all games should do that. There is nothing worse than a puzzle that you can't figure out and not being able to finish a game.


I agree with ALL that !!!! 😎
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#1158579 - 08/01/18 12:42 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Hi,

I am having great difficulties deciding which game to play next.
So I listed all my games owned but never played too see how many choices I actually have.
Didn't make my decision any easier.
There are also several games that came along some bundle as 'extra' and I have no idea whether I ever gonna play them.

01 The 7th Guest
02 The 11th Hour
03 Alice: Madness Returns
04 Assassin's CreedÂŽ: Director's Cut
05 Assassin's Creed II
06 Assassin's CreedÂŽ: Origins
07 Back to the Future: The Game
08 Batman™: Arkham Origins
09 Beneath a Steel Sky
10 Beyond Good and Evil™
11 Bully: Scholarship Edition
12 The Cat Lady
13 Closure
14 Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, The
15 The Chronicles of Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
16 The Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet
17 The Crew
18 The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
19 The Darkness II
20 Dead Space
21 Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut
22 Deponia Doomsday
23 Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
24 Dragonsphere
25 Dominique Pamplemousse
26 Far CryÂŽ Blood Dragon
27 F.E.A.R.
28 F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point
29 F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate
30 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
31 F.E.A.R. 3
32 The Flame in the Flood
33 Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within
34 Grand Theft Auto III
35 Grand Theft Auto IV
36 Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
37 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
38 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
39 Grim Fandango Remastered
40 Guardians of Middle-earth
41 Harry Potternd The Deadly Hallows™
42 I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream
43 Jazzpunk: Director's Cut
44 The Journey Down: Chapter Two
45 Kelvin and the Infamous Machine
46 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
47 Left 4 Dead
48 Left 4 Dead 2
49 The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
50 Magrunner: Dark Pulse
51 Metro: Last Light Redux
52 Moment of Silence, The
53 Mortal Kombat Kollection
54 NaissanceE
55 Neverending Nightmares
56 Odysseus Kosmos and his Robot Quest: Adventure Game
57 Omerta: City of Gangsters
58 Oxenfree
59 Outlast
60 Oquonie
61 Pathologic
62 Real Myst
63 Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space
64 Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse
65 Sam & Max Save the World
66 Subject 13
67 Sunless Sea
68 This War of Mine
69 Tomb Raider: Legend
70 Tomb Raider: Underworld
71 Treasure Adventure Game
72 Tropico 4
73 Tyrian 2000
74 Ultima™ 4: Quest of the Avatar
75 Warsow
76 The Whispered World Special Edition
77 The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
78 The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings - Enhanced Edition
79 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition
80 World in Conflict
81 Worlds of Ultima™ : The Savage Empire
82 XCOM: Enemy Unknown
83 Yesterday Origins

Now I'm asking your help to find me a 'nice' game offering some 5 to 15 hours of gameplay on that list to start next.
I would also appreciate a game that is storywise easy to stop playing any time and continue some other day or time.
Any recommendations?

Timo

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#1158589 - 08/01/18 02:27 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Most of these games are not my type of game and some of them I have but have not played yet either, so my vote would have to be #18 The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav.

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#1158591 - 08/01/18 02:34 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Originally Posted By: TJL
I would also appreciate a game that is storywise easy to stop playing any time and continue some other day or time.

So you want a casual game?
Maybe one of those "Chronicles of Shakespeare" games then.

The Sam & Max games and Back to the Future are also relatively short games, not too difficult, from Telltale while they were still making classic adventures -- before they started making CYOA/QTE games instead.

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#1158669 - 08/02/18 11:26 AM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Originally Posted By: Jenny100
Originally Posted By: TJL
I would also appreciate a game that is storywise easy to stop playing any time and continue some other day or time.

So you want a casual game?

No, I must have expressed myself poorly. I still like full bodied adventures and action games too. But I would like to find a game within my list which don't take more than a month to play through if I am able to play let's say 4-5 hours each weekend. And such a game whose story consists of 1-2 hours long chapters or which you can stop quite freely at almost any point without breaking the natural flow of the story.

Thanks for your recommendations oldbroad and Jenny100! smile

I would appreciate some more recommendations perhaps with your opinion what you like in that game specially.

Timo

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#1158775 - 08/03/18 12:01 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: TJL]
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Have you not yet played Gabriel Knight 2 ?? If not, I would certainly suggest that.
And if you can cope with ancient graphics, Dragonsphere is another.
Also, oldbroad's suggestion is an excellent one.

However, as people play at different speeds, it's difficult to say how long anyone might take to complete a game.
And also when to "end a play session" will vary considerably from person to person.

But these three games certainly carry good storylines smile
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#1158777 - 08/03/18 12:06 PM Re: Current Re-Plays and Plays :-) [Re: Mad]
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Originally Posted By: Mad
Have you not yet played Gabriel Knight 2 ?? If not, I would certainly suggest that.


I agree with Mad - if you haven't played this game, it should be a top priority!

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