Curious to hear what everyone has been playing lately? I haven't really been playing anything specific and hope to hear something interesting that I can dig into.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 03/11/2014 at 06:48am

I feel like I've gone old school, but I've been playing a lot of Dota 2 and Awesomenauts, with some NBA 2K14 mixed in.

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/11/2014 at 03:19pm

Next to nothing, except Portal 2 the other day.

Speaking of which, we need to get back into that.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 03/11/2014 at 06:15pm

I'm tiptoeing around my wall-of-shame. Just finished Darksiders and started Darksiders II. If you haven't played, the first is a mix of God of War and a 3D Zelda game. The second is the same but a much more spacious landscape, and deeper RPG elements. It's a sequel progression similar to Arkham Asylum vs Arkham City. I love the art style of Joe Mad in the Darksiders series; moving around within it is like playing a comic book. Highly recommended.

Also, a scattering of platformers, including Intrusion 2 and Capsized. Capsized is pretty, but with frustrating controls. Intrusion 2 seems like a ragdoll-physics Contra game, but, again, the controls can fight against you at times.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/11/2014 at 06:19pm

I agree with you on Capsized. I loved the idea and tone but the controls are super odd. Then again, that might be part of the fun.

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/11/2014 at 06:40pm

If you want super odd controls, try out Octodad. I have never had so much fun in such a small amount of time and then completely lose interest so quickly.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/12/2014 at 12:47am

Minecraft! I realized recently that every time the game plays it's music (it doesn't always play), I fall deeply in love with the game again. I think the game is extremely relaxing, I love it!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/12/2014 at 04:36am

Minecraft is very relaxing. When I play it I really have no agenda and my focus really drops off. I think that's why Terraria is my jam. Not only can you build, but there is progression and boss fights. Sweet, sweet boss fights/

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/12/2014 at 01:20pm

And bees.

vdogmr25 wrote on 03/12/2014 at 04:05pm

My copy of The Stick of Truth is arriving today. Also been playing rymdkapsel and Fire Emblem: Awakening.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/12/2014 at 07:05pm

I have heard a lot about Stick of Truth. I might pick that up in a sale, it doesn't catch my fancy for $60 though.

How is rymdkapsel? That looks really neat.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/12/2014 at 07:05pm

@Travis AND BEES! I hope in a later patch we get more with bees. Like a super Bee hardmode boss.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/12/2014 at 10:27pm

LOL I agree with you Jon. In Minecraft, you make your own agenda. I have more to say about both Minecraft and Terraria, but I'm going to say that on my most recent Minecraft post.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 03/12/2014 at 10:54pm

I've been looking at Stick of Truth, as well. I think it would be a blast to play, especially since Matt and Trey have been really close to the project.

vdogmr25 wrote on 03/17/2014 at 05:34pm

Stick of truth has turned out pretty good. It's a little buggy (Thanks Obsidian), but it's incredibly funny. Definitely worth $40, maybe not $60. Also, rymdkapsel is a blast. Pretty simple TD-esque game. Perfect for the work commute.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/17/2014 at 09:12pm

Adym, what are your thoughts on Dota2? I have it installed, but haven't tried it yet.

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/17/2014 at 10:09pm

vdogmr, I'm absolutely shocked that an Obsidian game is buggy.

... that was sarcasm, yes.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 03/17/2014 at 10:46pm

Dota2 takes some effort to get into really, but is worth the initial effort. I normally skip tutorials, but this is one game where they definitely are useful. I'm really enjoying playing it, and try to get a game or two in a day right now. I am completely brand new to the world of ESports, but think that it would be really interesting to get into someday.

If you do get into it, my recommendation is to start with the Death Prophet as your hero. She's pretty easy to play (ranged, so you're not in the middle of the action) and powerful.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 03/17/2014 at 11:17pm

Adym, by 'completely brand new' do you mean that DOTA 2 is the only MOBA you've played? Just curious if you've given League of Legends a try.

I'm starting to like DOTA 2 more and more as I play, but it took a lot of getting used to, coming over from LoL, and I still trip over some of the basics, like tower aggro and denying. Taking advantage of the courier was another thing that I had to get over, especially without a default base-return option.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 03/18/2014 at 12:20am

Yeah, I wasn't even aware of MOBA games. I do love RTS, but MOBA was completely foreign to me.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/18/2014 at 01:11am

What is MOBA? I don't think I've heard of that one.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 03/18/2014 at 02:02am

MOBA = Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, sometimes knows as ARTS (Action Real-Time Strategy), used to describe games like DoTA, LoL, HoN (Heroes of Newerth), SMITE, Awesomenauts, etc. The genre started with a mod for Starcraft called Aeon of Strife. It's like Starcraft, but with just hero fights.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 03/18/2014 at 02:05am

We should totally start a DoTA 2 group!

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/18/2014 at 05:23am

Thanks for the clarification, Scrypt.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/18/2014 at 05:30am

That's a good idea, too, Scrpyt. I saw Ragnarok Online and Ragnarok Online 2 on Steam. I used to play the first one long ago and miss it. It would be cool if we had a guild in there. I'm getting tired of Minecraft.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/18/2014 at 11:18pm

I gave DoTA 2 a try and passed the tutorial, which is more than I can say about Star Trek Online (the Borg are still kicking my ass and preventing me from finishing the tutorial). It looks interesting, I might try to play it more. I remember the days of playing Ragnarok Online with friends, that was probably the best MMORPG I've ever played (well, I've only played it and FFXI). I was delighted to see it on Steam. I thought I'd check out RO2, but the reviews for it are horrible. So, I've decided to give RO another try. It's been a long time and I still remember gripes I had with the game (people taking my loot from monsters), but I also remember being a bad ass knight, too. So....this is me, tired of Minecraft, looking for something else to play.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 03/19/2014 at 01:55am

We'll definitely have to put together a Dota2 group and schedule a game :-)

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