This Week, I have Mostly Been Playing...

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by von Poop, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Hegemony - Wars of Ancient Greece.

    Picked up for a fiver in the always-feels-like-it's-teetering-on-the-brink-of-bankruptcy Game sale.

    Just the kind of incredibly dull strategy game I like; though annoyingly it was easy to pick up - I'm usually not satisfied if I don't spend the first few days of a game wondering what the hell's going on.

    Share with the group now; many of us do it, though may not admit it, particularly when the other half is looking at us funny after creeping into bed at 6AM 3 nights running:

    Whatchya playing?
     
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  2. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    At the moment i am playing on the X-Box is Call of Duty 3.

    Adam i no what you mean about creeping into bed playing games in the middle of the night, the wife and kids had to hide Football Manager away from me i was totally hooked night after night i would be there trying to get Carlisle into the Premiership.
    Fortunately i am alright now the adiction is over o_O
     
  3. LesCM19

    LesCM19 "...lets rock!"

    Battle Academy, France 1940 addon
    A pretty wargame for the PC/ipad/mac & probably phones of some sort.
    Have also got the whole family playing together on Rise of Nations.
     

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  4. Alan Allport

    Alan Allport Senior Member

    Just the kind of incredibly dull strategy game I like

    Adam, have you ever heard of SPI's The Campaign for North Africa, published in 1979? Simultaneously the most realistic and the most boring wargame ever made.

    You and the family can thrill to the prospect of spending hours filling in hundreds of pages of supply returns, only to discover that you've made a mathematical error* and have to start from the beginning!

    It's a sort of fantasy exercise for young boys who grow up dreaming of becoming storeroom clerks.

    *Inferior British cans mean that the water evaporation rate for Commonwealth forces is 9% per turn, not the standard 6%. D'oh!

    Best, Alan
     
  5. LesCM19

    LesCM19 "...lets rock!"

  6. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    World at War CoD.
     
  7. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I don't think that I've ever played a video or computer game. Is it me that's odd or the rest of you ?:unsure:
     
  8. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    I don't think that I've ever played a video or computer game. Is it me that's odd or the rest of you ?:unsure:

    I haven't either. They are odd, not us:D

    Lesley
     
  9. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

    I haven't either. They are odd, not us:D

    Lesley

    I'ts them, the only thing I play is Blues & Jazz on youtube :D
     
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Alan, I do vaguely remember the box on that one, but don't think we tried it.
    I do have recollections of Squad Leader and another massive tile-based thing called Barbarossa (I think), where the vast part of the time spent was in laying out hundreds/thousands of little squares, and then forgetting the increasingly complex rules.
    I have tried with friends to re-live tabletop gaming (among the ribald laughter of Wives/Girlfriends), but it always just descends into alcohol-related use of BB guns, crossbows, ball bearings etc., and sometimes even small fires lit on dining tables.

    This is why we let computers do all that staring at charts etc. for us now.
    Nostalgia is not what it used to be, but Hearts of Iron II was the best of that sort of '2D Strategy' game I've yet played on a pooter.

    Mr Payne, haven't you got some valves to grind? Or at the very least something to polish? There's always something to polish, surely?

    Games what I have been badly addicted to:
    Hearts of Iron II
    Napoleon Total War
    Rome Total War
    Medieval Total War 1 & 2
    Command & Conquer
    Assorted Grand Theft Autos
    Evil genius
    Populous
    Sim City
    Tekken
    Bushido Blade
    Manic Miner
    Cannon Fodder
    Hang On
    Sonic
    Doom
    Wolfenstein
    Bip
    Shadowfax
    Blue Meanies
    Tetris... Damn you Tetris.

    And, sadly or not, an ever-longer list of shame...

    Anyway, whatchya playing now? - I might start rattling and need a fix of something new.
     
  11. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Thanks to all involved for the timely reminder - the Matrix Games sale finishes tomorrow so I've just got the order in for the updated classic Close Combat - Last Stand Arnhem. Prices are ex-VAT, though, so that hurt. I still fire the Microsoft originals up from time to time, but the controls don't behave properly under XP.

    A month or so ago I found that the bought-but-unplayed Half Life - Blue Shift ran acceptably on the onboard graphics I'm forced to live with. That killed a few hours.
     
  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Crusader Kings II.

    Crusader Kings II - Paradox Interactive

    Bought on a Saturday - finally had the vaguest clue what was going on by Thursday.
    This often the sign of quality in dull Strategy games...

    Now a few weeks later; utterly hooked.
    Tremendous depth - ridiculously complicated Feudal rules (Agnatic-Cognatic Gavelkind succession anyone?) - arcanely confusing down to the Nth detail.
    Rather good.
     
  13. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Got addicted to Hearts of Iron II (with a propensity for playing as Italy, shuffling around the Med trying not to get blasted by the Royal Navy whilst having loads of fun scrapping with Greece in the Balkans)
    Other games that have garnered my interest were:

    Elite
    Syndicate
    Close Combat series (Still the most enjoyable squad level wargame I've played)
    Company of Heroes
    Battlefield 1942
    Battlefield 2 and Bad Company 2
    Civilization
    Age of Empires 1
    Shogun Total War
     
  14. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    HoI 2 was like crack.
    I'd still be on it now if I could force it to use a higher resolution on much larger monitor. Looks sorta fuzzy now.
     
  15. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    I bought 3 but got completely bogged down in it. Its wayyy too intense for me, and my rare free time. HOI 2 got the balance between realism and playability just right. Yes, I know that HOI 3 is much bigger and gives you far greater control but sometimes I just want to play a game, not actually fight WWII as every single general at the same time!!!
     
  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Never got 3 after reading reviews.

    Thinking about it, Crusader Kings is a similar sort of game.
    Ah... same publisher.
     
  17. gliderrider

    gliderrider Senior Member

    Crusader Kings II.

    Crusader Kings II - Paradox Interactive

    Bought on a Saturday - finally had the vaguest clue what was going on by Thursday.
    This often the sign of quality in dull Strategy games...

    Now a few weeks later; utterly hooked.
    Tremendous depth - ridiculously complicated Feudal rules (Agnatic-Cognatic Gavelkind succession anyone?) - arcanely confusing down to the Nth detail.
    Rather good.

    Got the demo, thought after what seemed like days, that i would never understand it, and after days still have'nt. So back to total war :)
     
  18. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    :lol:
    I nearly thought 'sod it' too, and then read to ignore the Tutorial (which is useless, and broken) and just start playing as a tiny faction (One of the Irish lords or similar).
    Good advice - only way to learn it I suspect.
     
  19. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    :lol:
    I nearly thought 'sod it' too, and then read to ignore the Tutorial (which is useless, and broken) and just start playing as a tiny faction (One of the Irish lords or similar).
    Good advice - only way to learn it I suspect.
    You? :lol: An Irish lord??? :lol: I knew you had it in you, Adam!!!:)
     
  20. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Well this German bank called and told me how much land I could get there for next to nothing.
    Hard to resist; so for the price of a three-storey leicestershire terrace, I think I might actually be king now.
     

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