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N7RobBob

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Breath of the Wild is... quite a game.
I have yet to pick it up. I'm waiting for a price drop at this point. Nintendo does their selects for $20 bucks in the past that BOTW would fit nicely into.
 

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I have yet to pick it up. I'm waiting for a price drop at this point. Nintendo does their selects for $20 bucks in the past that BOTW would fit nicely into.
Greatest game I have ever played, worth $60
 

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Maybe it's not relevant but i have been playing 200NL poker online and just had a night where I won 10 buy-ins. Had a stack of 600bb on two tables.
 

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I picked up Loop Hero, as it looked fun and was only about twelve bucks. Game is a lot of fun. It reminds me a lot of Slay the Spire. It's not the same type of game, but has a very similar vibe. Essentially it's a roguelite where you character is on a circular path. At the start of a run, there's nothing around the loop. It's just a worn stone path populated with a handful of low-level enemies. Enemies can drop loot and/or cards. Cards are used to add terrain to the map around and on the path. This terrain can have active or passive effects on your character and enemy characters. Certain cards may spawn in enemies on a timer (time is loosely measured in days, and I believe each loop takes around three in game days).

You don't actually control your character, either. You choose what armor, weapons, and accessories they are equipped with, but they act independently of your control. You can pause their traversal through the loop and during combat, but that's it.

At the end of each loop, you have the option to safely leave the run with all the resources you've collected. You can exit other times as well, but you only keep 60% of resources. Dying means only getting away with 30%, so don't die. Resources are used to upgrade your settlement between runs, which will give you access to new items, new cards, new abilities, new game systems, and new character classes. It takes a lot of resources to build new settlement features, so I've only got a couple of them right now. I did unlock the second of the game's three characters, the Rogue. The Rogue carries two weapons instead of a weapon and shield like the default Warrior class and evasion and crits become a focus of your build. You also start unlocking additional features, like quests and in-run character leveling, as you upgrade your settlement.

So it's like a mix of Slay the Spire and Darkest Dungeon, I suppose. The graphics are pretty much trash, as it's got a very retro look to it, but it was twelve bucks and probably made by one dude, so I'll forgive it that. It's addictive, which I guess is all that really matters.
 

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Maybe it's not relevant but i have been playing 200NL poker online and just had a night where I won 10 buy-ins. Had a stack of 600bb on two tables.
There's a poker thread, but where online are you playing? Hell of a night!

 

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Some further thoughts on Loop Hero...

This game has a lot more depth than it appears to your first few runs. I finally unlocked the third character today, the Necromancer. The Necromancer has no direct attacks. Instead, he summons skeletons to attack for him and his amulet gives him a magic shield that refreshes between battles. Unlocking the Necromancer also unlocks a new card, the Ancestral Crypt that gives you three extra max health points for killing any enemy with a soul (mousing over enemies in game will tell you whether they have a soul or not). If you coordinate this one with your other cards properly, you can effectively farm health points and become really powerful by the end.

Another card unlocks an additional inventory slot for your character. By default, each character has only four inventory slots that vary by class. The Warrior, for example, has slots for a weapon, a shield, armor, and a ring. The Rogue has two weapon slots along with slots for boots and armor. I've only used this card once and it added a helmet to my Rogue. Helmets apparently offer revenge damage, which is inflicted every time you're attacked. There are a few other item slots that I haven't gotten to utilize yet.

Coupled with the various buffs that each of your equipped items can offer you, which range from vampirism (you gain a percentage of all damage dealt back as health) to health regen per second to evade or counter percentage, there are a ton of different potential builds you can roll with in this game, although at the end of the day you'll succumb to the game's RNG and sometimes just won't get the items you need, dooming a run. Still, for a game that appeared so simplistic on the surface, I'm starting to see what it can truly become as I continue to unlock new cards and abilities.

I've beaten Act 1 with all three characters now, but have yet to get far in Act 2, which is more of the same, just with tougher enemies and more rewards.

This game definitely has that "one more run" thing going for it that a lot of my favorite games have always had. You feel like you're constantly on the cusp of unlocking something new, and sometimes you get absolutely railroaded by your greed when you push for one more loop only to find the enemies are leveled a bit too high for you. In my last run of the evening, I foolishly thought I could take on the Act 1 boss with my Warrior and his ridiculous health regen. I was at 11 health per second, which was working really well for me right up until the boss was hitting me for 150 every five seconds. Should have bailed and kept all my shit. Instead, I walked away with 30% of it.
 

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Copped a Series X today for no particular reason. Not much next gen action going on but when it happens at least now I’ll be prepared. I’ll grab a PS5 eventually, probably in the Fall.

But I am just a huge fan of Microsoft’s approach right now. GamePass, and their gigantic acquisition of Zenimax now housing 23 first party studios, it’s all very impressive and I think they are going to really bring the big guns this gen.
 
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Anyone else playing VR?

Right now I am absolutely loving Beat Saber. It's a blast, it's really good cardio, and anyone new to VR falls in love once you show them the Steam VR home screen apartment thing, then let them play Beat Saber.

Other than that, working my way through Alyx. Played Superhot VR, which I didn't actually enjoy as much as the original Superhot games. Played Pistol Whip, waiting on Myst. Played Gorilla Tag, which was dumb. Played a little bit of Moss. Any hidden gems?
 

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Anyone else playing VR?

Right now I am absolutely loving Beat Saber. It's a blast, it's really good cardio, and anyone new to VR falls in love once you show them the Steam VR home screen apartment thing, then let them play Beat Saber.

Other than that, working my way through Alyx. Played Superhot VR, which I didn't actually enjoy as much as the original Superhot games. Played Pistol Whip, waiting on Myst. Played Gorilla Tag, which was dumb. Played a little bit of Moss. Any hidden gems?
I've debated picking up a VR headset for racing sims, but I think the resolution and focus issues with those type of games still need to get ironed out for me to make the jump.
 

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Anyone else playing VR?

Right now I am absolutely loving Beat Saber. It's a blast, it's really good cardio, and anyone new to VR falls in love once you show them the Steam VR home screen apartment thing, then let them play Beat Saber.

Other than that, working my way through Alyx. Played Superhot VR, which I didn't actually enjoy as much as the original Superhot games. Played Pistol Whip, waiting on Myst. Played Gorilla Tag, which was dumb. Played a little bit of Moss. Any hidden gems?
I picked up a quest 2 and have used it for both it’s native games as well as using it as a pcvr headset wireless using virtual desktop. It’s phenomenal.

One of my favorite games is in beta and is free on the app lab. It’s called ancient dungeon. It’s a rogue lite with Minecraft style graphics, very interactive physics, and very fun combats.

I like to pull our cars out of the garage so I can play it in a large play space.

 

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Went back and been playing Dragon Age Inquisition. Really enjoying it, got all the DLC. Lots of fluff quests but I just ignore what I find boring. I’ve been having fun gearing and building my party although the dragons are all still kicking my ass even at level 15. I probably just suck.

Not sure what to play next, we’ll see. Still got BotW going on Switch but I’m taking it slow.
 

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Anyone else get an Xbox Series X yet? What games you guys looking forward to?
 

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