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  1. What about when your character has just single-handedly slaughtered several platoons of heavily armed and armored elite enemies but then you go around a corner and there's a cut scene where two amateurs holding water pistols are like "AHA! Drop your weapon!" and your character complies like, "Well, I guess I better do what these delicate morsels want me to do or I'll get a black eye or something." Happens all the time, drives me crazy.
  2. one of the reasons it took me a million years to complete FFVII back in the day. I stuck with Red & Barrett the entire time so the rest of my party was woefully underpowered for the final battle so I had to load an earlier save and grind mooks in the wilderness forever
  3. i don’t - the cover in ME2/3 is too sticky so they play more like shooting galleries and you all have like 2 abilities. But I feel you thane’s recruitment mission + soundtrack is spot on.
  4. Lair of the Shadow broker blew my mind the other day, lol.
  5. What's this? I rinsed ME1&2 but only played ME3 once due to life circumstances. I didn't have internet at the time so didn't do any of the DLC.
  6. Famous last words. I forgot that you can't do *any* missions after the Reaper IFF if you don't want your crew to get liquified. Poor Kelly Chambers. So I guess I will be hitting that level cap after all. heck
  7. Overlord is *ok* but it’s simply a series of combat arenas, some of which look very good, with lots of Found Footage storytelling. I didn’t even know I was doing Overlord until the AI thing became apparent. I was pretty stoned, I think I thought it was another brief N7 mission. Same with Arrival - I went to rescue this woman because Hackett asked me to, thinking it would be another N7 jaunt and all of a sudden I’m getting betrayed and locked in a hospital room. Something I’m finding during this replay is that the combat is really *boring*. It’s not bad it’s just predictable and slow, even as a Vanguard
  8. Getting rather close to the point of no return in ME2 (Reaper IFF). So far I have recruited everyone except Legion & Samara, done everyone else’s loyalty mission, done all 19 N7 missions found by scanning planets, scanned the whole galaxy, have every upgrade not locked behind Samara/ Legion & beyond, have 45,000 eezo and about 150,000 of every other resource, and have all the armor and weapons and have done every side quest in every hub except Ilium. I think that’s all there is to do in the entire game. I never did Arrival back in the day … the final set piece is very cool but the whole thing’s not very … good, is it. Overlord was terrible. This has been great but I will not be doing NG+
  9. a very specific one for me: the mechanic in The Lasts of Us where the enemies only really seem to drop ammo in any meaningful quantity if you have shot them with a gun. Kind of puts the kibosh to artfully dismantling arenas full of enemies and stocking up on ammo to go on a killing spree later - I suspect I’ll need bullets later so do I expend what little I have now and hope that RNJesus gives me more, or do I save them and scrounge, hoping that what meager crumbs I gather will be sufficient?
  10. Avoid death? That's a bloody good tip, I wish I'd thought of that.
  11. Plus you're stuck with the default aiming settings, which are inexplicably poor. If you're struggling to hit people, @Vimster, just remember that it's really hard to miss people if your barrel is in their mouth rollsafe.jpg
  12. jack is embarrassingly underclothed. Embarrassing for the developers, embarrassing for the project managers, embarrassing for me.
  13. You have nailed pretty much every gripe i have with the inventory system, most specifically having to use a cursor rather than selecting options via d-pad, and having an information tile always pop up whenever your cursor moves over something. There's also no way to mark items as junk so you can sell them in bulk, which is maddening.
  14. I have seen “infinite sprint” and “skip hacking mini games” recommended, as sprint is way too short and the mini games add nothing Photo Mode in this is extremely meh but I did make a Shepard that looks passable and not like a startled mannequin
  15. I’m balls-deep into my NG+ ME1 Insanity playthrough and good god it’s the best game in the series. My semi-auto assault rifle is a 2-hit kill for just about everything but you’re so squishy you get killed quickly so you have to be really smart about using powers/ heals/ immunity etc. The cover mechanics are terrible so obviously I play like it’s Returnal and sprint into the thick of it, dancing and dodging and meleeing people, sidestepping rockets and charging Krogan. Genuinely amazing. It’s a shame they didn’t do more with it - it’s a nice reskin but the camera is way too close to Shepard’s shoulder now and all the replacement hairstyles are somehow worse than the original.
  16. yeah I completed me2 with vanguard, on both veteran and insanity NG+ not really. biotics etc don’t work if shields are up, so you end up plinking from cover and then dashing forward so you have the shooting gallery experience mixed with the squishy Shepard getting ganked at close range by enemies at 1hp. When it works its fantastic but getting it to work is a pain Infiltrator is a great class but does lend itself to the shooting gallery. I have mitigated this so far by simply never entering cover and instead strafe-peeking or dashing in close and using the SR like a pistol I started a ME1 NG+ last night to see if I was imagining it and no - the combat is much more basic and the AI is poor but I find myself enjoying the firefights a lot more even though they’re “worse”. I think BioWare played Gears of War during ME2’s development and were like yeah let’s add waist-high walls everywhere
  17. Actually having played ME2 again for 5 hours I can state confidently that ME1 is better. Yes, the inventory system is crap, the dialogue is wooden, the environments are barren, but it's actually much better. ME2's combat is "better", in that it's a bit slicker and more tightly balanced, but its reliance on cover mechanics and the squishiness of your shield/ lack of medkits turns every firefight into a shooting gallery. You also can't use biotics on your opponents until you have cracked their shields/ armor, at which point they're basically dead anyway. So you have to play each encounter quite conservatively as opposed in ME1 where you can have Liara throw a Singularity into a group of enemies and storm in guns blazing which is much more rewarding if you like fast-paced high-risk gameplay - if you're anything like me you get bored sitting behind waist-high walls waiting for someone to reload. ME2 is a great game, but it's more of a traditional TPS where you can improve some of your abilities.
  18. Thank fucking Christ, I've been holding my breath for this since it was announced back in 2020. Day one.
  19. I accidentally bought this the other night while so stoned I could barely see, and for some reason I elected to make my Femshep a Soldier of all fucking things. I have however found a semi-auto rifle which never overheats and kills more or less everything in 2 headshots. I've barely taken a scratch since I found it. So that's cool. Gamebreaking geth murder. I can't imagine what Garrus and Wrex think when I sprint through a room of Geth blasting away and am out the other side before their sparking corpses hit the floor. ME1 is very much showing its age. The environments are very big and empty compared to the much busier and lived-in environments in 2 onwards. But I still love it. It's got this lonely paranoia going on which 2 & 3 don't have as much. Especially on Feros, my personal favorite planet - that moment where you exit the garage door onto the skybridge and just gaze around taking in the scenery above the clouds is as mind-blowing and inspiring to me now as it was then. Also, and I may be imagining it, the over-the-shoulder camera seems a lot closer to Shepard and more claustrophobic, it took me an hour before my eyes adjusted and I could see what was going on. The random planetside side quests are fucking shit though. "Go to this location, kill a thing, interact with this crashed drone and read a text box. Also, the objective is up a spiky vertical mountain and it will take you 5 mins to climb it." Looking forwards to ME2, even if it is a bit twee and cringe and fanservicey.
  20. I’m having a similar problem. I keep taking gaming hiatuses due to life stuff and then when I come back nothing interests me. Ghost of Tsushima, FFVIIR, Elden Ring, Days Gone, nearly a dozen other titles I’ve fired up, played for an hour and thought “meh” and turned off the PS5. I just can’t get into anything. I think Returnal has killed gaming for me - it was just so fucking good that nothing else holds my attention.
  21. i turned off haptic triggers. Found them super distracting in this for some reason
  22. i didnt have any bugs either but the graphics/ frame rate were so fuzzy/ blurry I could barely make head or tails out of what the hell was going on
  23. Can you imagine if this was actually being developed by a competent team and not the development equivalent of the Fyre Festival promoters? It would be like Elite: Dangerous on PC
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