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Orwell - Free for a limited time

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1 day, 15 hours left to grab the game Orwell for free from Humble.
Activates via Steam, and playable on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Big Brother has arrived - and it’s you. Investigate the lives of citizens to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks. Information from the internet, personal communications and private files are all accessible to you. But, be warned, the information you supply will have consequences…

Orwell is a new governmental security program that has the power to survey the online presence of every person in The Nation. It can monitor all personal communications and access any computer. To preserve the privacy of citizens, human researchers examine the data Orwell finds and decide which pieces of information should be passed on to the security forces, and which should be rejected.

Selected from thousands of candidates, you are Orwell’s first human researcher. And when a terror attack rocks the Nation’s capital city of Bonton, Orwell, and you, are immediately put to the test. Starting with a single person of interest, you'll help the security forces build out and profile a network of potential culprits.

But are these people really terrorists? What does the information you reveal to Orwell say about them? What if you find out things about them that not even their loved ones know? What is the real price of maintaining the security that the Nation is yearning for?




Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You Trailer
by Fellow Traveller on YouTube
 
Overtime season is almost over at work, so I have had a little time here and there to play.

In Dreamfall Chapters I completed book one. Made a few different decisions when compared to my first play through of that book.

Tinkered briefly with The Division, which turned out to be much more fun than last time I played. The tweaks Ubi has made to the game over the last year are welcome IMO.  Progressed through a couple missions of Destiny 2. Almost near the end of the original game campaign. Most of my friends who were playing Destiny 2 have quit due to how the endgame content is handled.

Started a new Minecraft world with my daughters last night. With both of them on PC's, and me on the Xbox. It worked out surprisingly well. I miss some of the mods from playing the Java version, but I don't miss having to update three or four installs of the game + mods + the server and the server mods.
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E3 had some stuff that interested me this year.
My FPS playing daughter and I are looking forward to the new Halo.

The Division 2 could be promising, but I'll keep my expectations low. The setting of the new game is promising. I loved New York in the first game, but after running around tall buildings in the winter for many months, I have grown weary of it.  Washington D.C in the summer should be more varied. Plus the cosmetics wont be limited to a hundred styles of ski jackets and beanies.

Ooblets now has dance fights, which is pretty fun. Also looking forward to Don't Nod's mini adventure in the Life is Strange universe (Captain Spirit).

As far as E3 Sales go, I ended up grabbing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for $6 (I have yet to play it. Loved the Human Revolution).
In addition, I also acquired an Xbox copy of Dreamfall Chapters. I was up to chapter 3 on my PC, but since one of my daughters has taken over the machine that it was installed on, I don't have time to finish it there. Since my kids have shown an interest in adventure games, it will be cool to show off the beginning of the game to them.
PSA: Hacknet Deluxe - Free

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Crashlands v1.3 COMBOver Patch

 
No time for games this week, as I spent my spare time finishing off a cosplay.
However, I did take notice of the big 1.3 patch for one of my favorite mobile games, Crashlands.

One of my main gripes about the game was that for each crafting tier, you only had one weapon choice. The new patch adds a hammer, sword, and axe for each tier. Each weapon has its own benefits. Also trinkets and gadgets now have hidden combos. And the hotbar has a new slot which auto equips whatever your best healing item is.

Pretty solid!
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https://www.bscotch.net/post/the-combover-patch-notes?topics=crashlands

PSA: The Flame In The Flood free for another 24 hours

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redux: My List of Shame - 2017

 
Reposting my Gaming List of Shame with public permissions.

I have a ton of really interesting games that I haven't gotten around to completing. Like my list of movies or books, I should have a Gaming List of Shame.

So here it is:

1) Life is Strange - Great game. But my daughter was interested in it, so I only play when we are both in front of the TV. Which is almost never.

2) Bioshock Infinite's Burial at Sea DLC - I'm probably halfway into the first episode. Tried to pick it up the other day, and forgot how the controls work for the grappling thing, and melee.

3) Witcher 2 - I do and don't want to finish it. It was fun, and I love the Witcher. I actually own two copies of the game! However, I really want to play Witcher 3...

4) Diablo 3 - This game should be right up my ally. But I've never been able to get super excited about it. I just want to finish the main campaign, just for completion's sake.

5) Dreamfall Chapters - I'm in Book 3. Thankfully, I love the story enough that I remember exactly where I left off.

6) Wolfenstein: The New Order. I think I'm maybe 2/3 of the way through it. Haven't played since Destiny 2 came out.

2018/05/06 - Life Is Strange complete!
Life Is Strange - Chapter 5

 
Completed Life Is Strange this weekend.

Overall it is a fantastic adventure game, and I highly recommend it. I originally purchased it for one of my daughters, but started the game myself to see how it played. Both of my daughters were immediately roped into it, and we all finished the game together.

Many memorable story moments, a decent soundtrack, and the stylized art style that really works well here. Five episodes in total, with each one being roughly 2 hours (give or take) depending on how often you rewind to alter your choices, and how much exploration and side dialog you get into.

And, with it's completion I can strike another title off my List of Shame. Next, will be concentrating on completing Dreamfall: Chapters.

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Life Is Strange - Chapter 4

 
Daughters and I sat down to play chapter 4 of Life is Strange. It starts off a bit on rails, but then gets into some puzzles and interesting dialog trees. The ending was really exciting, so we decided to get started on episode 5 this morning!

Overall, 4 was the best chapter yet. Also, we had debated to on the "real" protagonist was when we started the game. We pretty much had settled on one character in particular, and in this episode it was revealed that we were correct.

Going to wrap the game up this Friday or Saturday. Then check it off my List Of Shame.
Project Avarice

 
Some intrepid folks are attempting to build a modern version of Anarchy Online.
They have a few game assets re-created. No updates in the last month. This is more ambitious than the private server projects in the past. Knowing how those fared, I have little faith this will end up being playable. I would love to be wrong though.


https://avarice.online/news/




Terrain test.
by Ken McClelland on YouTube

#ao #anarchyonline
Life Is Strange - Chapter 3

 
Chapter 3 of Life is Strange starts off slow, but the ending was fantastic! I was playing with both of my daughters, and we can't wait to start Chapter 4 now. Obviously, Max should have watched more Dr. Who. Then she would have learned not to meddle with fixed points in time!

In WOW, I'm currently doing the dailies for the Argent Tournament. I've always disliked how gated they were. Days of quests to start the tournament. Days of quests to become a champion for your city. And then days and days of quests to get enough marks to buy stuff. And if you want to become a champion for the other cities, it's days of quests to become their champion. Sheesh.  Also, I seem to have the worst luck for the Wintergrasp queue.

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Private servers have some of the funniest bugs sometimes...


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#wow #warmane
PSA: Spec Ops: The line for free

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Humble currently has Spec Ops: The Line at no cost for limited time.

Activates via Steam on Linux, Windows, or MacOS.
Spec Ops: The Line is a new original title from 2K Games that features provocative and gripping Third-Person modern military Shooter gameplay designed to challenge players' morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made. Features include, a gripping, storyline reminiscent of Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness but set in a ruined Dubai, tactical squad-based Delta Force gameplay throughout a horizontally and vertically oriented world, devastating sandstorms which can be used in combat, a variety of multiplayer modes and maps, and deep support featuring two factions.




https://www.humblebundle.com/store/spec-ops-the-line

Life Is Strange - Chapter 2

 
My daughter and I had a chance to play through chapter 2 of Life is Strange this weekend. I should see if there is a way to save the screens at the end which show your choices.

In WOW, I've hit max level of 80. Now doing some PVP. I am currently set up as restokin, which is what I had used towards the beginning of WOTLK on retail. Getting insta-killed constantly. Should get better once I have some decent PVP gear.


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Dawn of the Morninglight

 
Woo hoo! Finally, some new Secret World content. This will be the first new set of quests since Tokyo was released in the original MMO.
Hoping that the South Africa zones are decent sized, and not just a set of a few quests.

Dawn of the Morninglight - Secret World Legends

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The wait is over. You've laid low in the limelight for long enough - now, come out from the shadows and spring into action. The next leg of the journey begins April 4, 2018. Watch the trailer here.
The Division 2

 
Got an email from Ubisoft this morning that they are currently at work on The Division 2. I bought into the hype of the original game, and pre-ordered the collectors edition. I may play the 2nd game, but will not be getting it until a good discount is in place.

The reason for this was how the end game works. The Division has a fantastic storyline. Initial questing to max level, and exploring was all fun.  However, once you hit cap the game turns into a gear grind. You can grind the underground missions over and over. Or do elite versions of the missions (kind of like a mmo story dungeon). Once you have high enough gear, you can go to the next tier where the enemies are tougher and hit harder.  Repeat to infinity.  The game has a PVP zone, but my experiences there were less than fun. Once in particular, I zoned into the Dark Zone and was immediately ganked by a d-bag who was camping the door into the zone. I came back and tried to defend myself, but was outclassed by his superior gear. F that noise. Of note, there is more content for groups. If you have a regular bunch of players whom you team with, you may get more out of it.

There are other games guilty of this same sin.  The Secret World Legends has some of the best MMO dungeons, and questing content. But once you hit the end, and have an OK set of gear, there is nothing left but to grind the same dungeons, senarios, and quest content over and over and over so that you can do the next difficulty tier. Supposedly Funcom is working on the next season of quest content, but we will see.



https://tomclancy-thedivision.ubisoft.com/game/en-US/the-division-2/?ncid=1628-3502---1-odsocmed-17-23-Division2Announce-VanityURL-17-2--0318-6----TCTD_C2W___Division2Announce_ID55262


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As for what I've been playing this week:  Did some World of Warcraft on Warmane's Icecrown server. Moved to Northrend, and I'm currently questing through Borean Tundra.  Also, got a little Destiny 2 session in. Rescued Cayde-6, and got the quest to go hunt for Ikora. The Nessus zones are really pretty.
 
Continued playing on Warmane's Icecrown server. Went from mid 20's at last check in to 51 this morning.  Going to head over to Burning Steppes to finish my 50-60 levels. Since my retail toon is a feral/guardian druid, I decided at 40 to respec to balance. Should keep it interesting, plus once I get enough for dual spec I can go resto as well. My aim is to hit cap, and then log in whenever I get the urge to play some wow pvp.
Ooblets

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Kind of digging the idea of this game. It's a farming/Animal Crossing/Pokemon thing with a very distinctive art style.



https://ooblets.com/



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Over the last week, I got in a couple Secret World lair raids. Also was able to finally run The Slaughterhouse dungeon in story mode. I just have the New York raid left, and I will have seen all the old content. DPS gear set is now upgraded to purples. Three pieces of my tanking set are still blue.

Got the World of Warcraft itch, so I logged into my Warmane account. I had been playing on their Lorderon server ("Blizz-like" 1x XP), but since Warmane released their Burning Crusade servers, the population has dropped.  Its about 1500+ when i have time to play, and goes up to 3500+ players or so at peak times.  So I logged over to the Icecrown server, which is also WotLK, but at 5x XP rate. This one peaks at 12k+ players, and at low times has around 5k or so.  The problem with leveling on a fast XP server, is if its your first character and you don't have a guild, the lack of good gear really creeps up fast. As well as not having the gold to keep your skills trained.  I was able to sell a few stacks of cloth to get my most important skills up to date.


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And now to start the infinite dungeon runs...

 
Wrapped up the final story chapter to Secret World: Legends - "Reaping the Whirlwind". Level design was great at first, but quickly turned into a tedious slog. It was interesting seeing what the eight Orochi sub companies were up to, but what made it tedious was the fact that each company had three floors you played through. Every floor in the tower had the same spiral shape. Every floor had the same decorations. Eight companies at three floors each = 24 floors of mobs, and a few floors with puzzles. It took me a couple days of playtime just to trudge through to the top.

The final battle with Lillith was a bit of a letdown. You don't actually get to fight her, but she monologues and provides some insight on what might be coming should future content every come.

I have one more story mode dungeon, and the New York raid to complete. Then I will have seen all current content (barring the Orochi Manufactury dungeon, which currently isn't in game).