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Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Anything for Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War? I got Gold Edition + Dark Crusade + Winter Assault.

And while you're at it, feel free to inform me about Dawn of War II.

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Kennel
May 1, 2008

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AuntJemima posted:

Any tips for the first Assassins Creed? Thanks!

Collecting flags gives you nothing (well ok, achievement if you're on a console).

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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A shrubbery! posted:

Civilization V

Yeah, the easiest difficulty is very forgiving.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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What kind of character should I play in Gothic 2?

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Lakbay posted:

The wiki appears to be down, so any starting tips for Gothic 2 Gold?

I played and enjoyed Risen so I'm not too worried about getting frustrated but is it worth it to get used to keyboard-only controls? the mouse/kb controls are extremely awkward?

Here's a good post:
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...9#post390460348

I got used to keyboard-only after few hours (it's still quite awkward but better than m+kb).

Some pointers:
-It's a long game. I've played for 45 hours and still far from the end.
-Your starting character is a weakling so running away is often the best strategy. It gets better.
-Whenever you are travelling with an ally, try to attract monsters. Your friends kill them and you get the xp.
-Gold version made some big balance changes so some hints for the original version may be outdated.
-Leatherworker's apprentice is probably the best occupation.
-Health potions are cheap. Use them.
-You'll get a faster travel method in the beginning of act 3.
-Go to steamapps\common\gothic ii\system\ and open Gothic.ini set useQuickSaveKeys=0 to 1. This allows quicksave and load with F5/F9 (saving/loading during conversation breaks the game)

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Happy Bear Suit posted:

I've never played a Civilization game before but I want to start. Is starting at Civ 4 a good idea? What addons/mods/expansions do I need with my first playthrough? Any newbie tips?

The easiest difficulty is very easy and unforgiving. The ingame hints are good and mechanics are great. Just concentrate for 1-2 hours and you'll get.

One of the greatest games ever - seriously.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Tips for the original Jagged Alliance?

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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What is the best way to learn to play Europa Universalis III?

I'm familiar with Civilizations and Total Wars.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Kruller posted:

If you aren't causing fires from cooking, try not putting flammable poo poo by your fireplace. You want at least 1 square on all sides of it with nothing but walls or flooring.

If you ARE causing fires from cooking, read the starter book you get until you hit level 3, and then cook stuff until you won't set the house on fire any more. Get a smoke detector. Try training in the handyman skill so you can learn the fireproof upgrade. Any of those should prevent fires.

Having a picked skill be the cooking one will also prevent fires.

And don't cancel cooking while there's stuff in the oven.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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The.GreyWolf posted:

Any tips for Gothic II without spoiling anything? I know this game is pretty old but I did recently get to play through Risen and I rather enjoyed it. I'm only about 15 or 20 minutes in.

Here's something http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...4#post391545850

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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I'd appreciate all character creation tips for Baldur's Gate.

(I already read this http://beforeiplay.com/index.php?title=Baldur%27s_Gate)

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Anything for Velvet Assassin?

Are experience points important/worthwhile? I've finished 3 missions and only got like 600 xp.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Pyroxene Stigma posted:

I grabbed the Restoration mod linked in the wiki (and bugfixes), but does anyone know offhand how long Planescape: Torment is? Enjoyed the first bit I played (still in the Mortuary).

howlongtobeat.com says about 50 hours
http://howlongtobeat.com/gamebreakd...cape:%20Torment

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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DeathBySpoon posted:

How about Hitman: Blood Money? It's my first Hitman game and I'm absolutely awful at it. I'm on the second mission with the drug lords and I can't seem to do anything right. How should I be going about scoping the place out / figuring out what I can do? Also, the map is kind of confusing- is there a key?

The game is all about trial & error. It can be frustrating sometimes but finding good or perfect solutions by yourself is a major part of the charm.

If I remember correctly, the lower difficulty levels let you save more often so they are more suitable for the first run.

Don't mind if you can't get the best (or even good) ranks. Play the next level and try to improve earlier ones later.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Wrist Watch posted:

What the gently caress is BIT.TRIP

BIT.TRIP games are terrible but you just keep playing because finally beating them feels so great.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Capitalism Bro! posted:

So I bought Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis the other day despite never really playing many point and click adventure games before. Any advice?

Also which path is good to start off with: team, wits or fists?

-You need the game manual in several puzzles (it's an old school copy protection). You can read the pdf by right clicking the game icon in Steam.
-There's few slightly different endings but only one of them is really the good ending. To get that you need to do a couple of missable things during the last act.
-It might be a good idea to play all of the paths at the same time and switch whenever you get stuck with one.

-Universal Hint System is pretty good for adventure games. It gives you small hints instead of telling exactly what you should do.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Speaking of AC, I'd like to add this to the wiki because it would have saved 30 minutes of my life.

Assassin's Creed II:
-You can't reach the central tower of Venice until certain story mission.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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I got the newest Indie Royale Bundle. Tell me about Avernum 4-6

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Anything else for the first Fable?

http://www.beforeiplay.com/index.ph...e_Lost_Chapters

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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WarLocke posted:

Discussion in the Steam thread got me nostalgic and am finally installing The Longest Journey. Are there any easter eggs or classic Sierra-style 'gotcha, now you can't finish the game' type things to worry about or should I just go in blind?

Turn on time skip in the options menu. This allows you to move around quickly and skip some pointless recurring character animations.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Xythe posted:

So considering getting around to playing The Bard's Tale (2004) after buying it forever ago on iOS. Anything I should know (such as if the game is secretly bad)? I never played the older ones but this game being based on a super old rpg series makes me feel like there are tons of missables.


It's a simplistic action rpg and has nothing to do with the earlier games. It's not a bad game but little swallow and repetitive gameplay wise.

Assuming it's the same as the pc version:

-Charisma is the least useful attribute. It gives you cheaper stuff but after the early game money shouldn't be an issue.
-Max value for each attribute is 20, but there's +3 token for each of them so you shouldn't put more than 17 to any of them. Max character level is 21.
-There's a dog companion you can get in the first town (I missed it).
-You'll miss some bonus tokens and stuff, but the game isn't very difficult (on normal at least) even without them and you should be able to find most of the important loot without trouble.
-The last shop is in Stromness and you won't need money after that. The point of no return comes soon after.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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ThatWhiteGuy posted:

So I just beat Hitman: Blood Money and now I'm going back to play the original, Hitman: Codename 47. Is there anything important to know or expect? I understand that Blood Money is considered the best in the series, so I'm expecting a drop off in quality.

Hong Kong levels are worth playing but the jungle levels after them are just dreadful. Find a way to skip those because the hotel in Budapest is easily the best mission of the game and was pretty drat awesome back then. As the others said, Contracts remade all the good levels, but they still have kind of historic value in their original form.

Kennel fucked around with this message at 20:10 on Apr 5, 2013

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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OilSlick posted:

Where does The Witcher 1 store its saved files? I copied my old save files from my old computer to my new one, but I can't seem to get the game to find the saves when I try to load them

C:\Users\{username}\Documents\The Witcher\saves

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Is there a lot of traditional Sierra bullshit (game becomes unbeatable) in Larry 5/6?

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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McCoy Pauley posted:

Any tips for NBA2K13, particularly the mode where I create my own player, how not to have my guy be a total scrub? Assume I have only a passing knowledge of basketball.

I've played only few hours but I can tell that your position and attributes have a huge influence. I managed to accomplish next to nothing as a center but then I created a 3-point specialist Shooting Guard and was able to get 20 points in every game.

Reading this might help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball_positions

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Xander77 posted:

Stuff on Alan Wake that might be worth adding to the wiki.

* Don't bother to conserve your ammo / flares / batteries. Not only will you get fairly constant pickups (on Normal mode at least), but the game will empty your inventory at least twice per chapter.

It's been a while but "at least twice per chapter" sounds like an exaggeration.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Throw me some stuff about Thief 4.

Yeah, it's bad and blasphemous and all, but I tend to enjoy stealth games even when they are badly made.

What I'd like to hear:
-Recommended difficulty for a Thief veteran
-If the secondary objectives have important/good/easily missable content

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Managed to be Thief 4 (it's a bad game)

Stuff:
-Buy thieving tools (wrench, wirecutter, razor) as soon as possible.
-There's a point of no return when you start chapter 7 but everything opens again after you beat the game.
-Talking Basso gives you extra tasks which can be done while roaming the city. Many of these require tools, rope arrows etc.
-There's two characters who give side missions. Ector's workshop is in the northern part of the city. Vittori is in The Siren's Rest inn. One new side mission opens after each chapter 1-6.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Lunchmeat Larry posted:

All the stories are standalone.

Far Cry 1 is a brilliant game and still my pick for best of the series. It's nothing like the follow-ups and is very much a hard-as-nails early-2000s PC FPS with some rough edges. If you can deal with that, I guarantee you'll have a good time, up until 2/3 of the way through when they introduce the lovely mutant enemies. There are still a fair few good levels after that though.

The lovely mutants (shitants) are introduced in the 6th level (out of 20). Fortunately there's still few good merc levels after that.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Pierzak posted:

Anything for Bard's Tale? (The 2004 one, not the DOS ones.)

Here's my 2 years old message:

Kennel posted:

-Charisma is the least useful attribute. It gives you cheaper stuff but after the early game money shouldn't be an issue.
-Max value for each attribute is 20, but there's +3 token for each of them so you shouldn't put more than 17 to any of them. Max character level is 21.
-There's a dog companion you can get in the first town (I missed it).
-The last shop is in Stromness and you won't need money after that. The point of no return comes soon after.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Anything for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (the first one)?


e. found stuff from the thread.

Sylphosaurus posted:

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

I've just started to play this game but it feels that I missing something regarding how to build your character. I feel way too squishy when I'm in melee but if I focus on guns it seems that I'm simply plinking away on endless hordes of monsters. Am I missing something regarding what skills and/or attributes I should go for? I'm hardly a newcomer to the ARPG genre but it seems that I can't get a grip on the character building for this game.

Mayor McCheese posted:

Your companion Katarina can be used as a primary tank or as an off tank. Also you will spend quite a bit of time kiting to regen health, waiting for her to revive, or for cooldowns; especially in the beginning of the game, and on harder difficulties. If you haven't already, you should also grab the Blue Blood DLC (it's like $2) which will greatly improve Katarina's options for combat -- it makes life easier if you're soloing.

duckfarts posted:

Make sure you learn how the rage system works; those little bubbles next to your skills on the skill tree don't do poo poo unless you press some key to expend rage to power up your skill to level 1/2/3, which goes off the next time you use that skill. I didn't figure that out for a while and was running around squishy, essentially crippling myself until I figured it out, and you become way more survivable after that when your life steal actually works finally.

OneThousandMonkeys posted:

The game is going to drown you in gold, the rare drop rate explodes when you get near the Palace of the Machines, and you can port your character to Van Helsing 2 once it hits level 30.

Kennel fucked around with this message at 20:30 on Jun 12, 2015

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Lizard Wizard posted:

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

The most important thing that the game doesn't teach you is to ignore HQ whining about grenades. Leveling up your rookies is more important than getting loot and a guaranteed grenade kill is much safer option than a 75% shot. They are also very useful destroying cover which makes tough enemies much easier to kill.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Mr. Dragoon posted:

Anything on Tropico 4 aside form whats on the wiki? And aside from Modern times, are any of the other DLC's worth getting?

When building roads, try to have as few intersections as possible. Traffic jams can get really bad (until you get teleport metro stations).

Other DLCs are pretty much just (minor) cheat buildings and cosmetics.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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XCOM: Don't listen Vahlen when she complains about explosive kills. A guaranteed grenade kill is almost always better than throwing a dice with 70% rifle shots.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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food court bailiff posted:

Probably a weird question but about how long does a single playthrough of Until Dawn take?

https://howlongtobeat.com/game.php?id=21924
About 8-10 hours for average player

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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IIRC the good ending requires beating some really tough platforming sections.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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What's the best solo character for Borderlands Pre-Sequel?

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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IMO http://www.beforeiplay.com/index.ph...des_of_Numenera could use a rewrite by someone who doesn't have a hate-boner for Monte Cook.

Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Shibawanko posted:

Do you guys do board games? I want a list for Hero Quest.

Always pick Barbarian.

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Kennel
May 1, 2008

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Anything for God Eater Resurrection?

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