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  1. Hello

    Welcome to GameNader Goopi!
  2. Long time ago when I was still a teen and when I had absolutely no worries in the world, I enjoyed coming home late at night after school and wind myself up by playing some video games. Most of the nights before going to bed, I would play a couple of rounds of Counter Strike 1.6 or would accompany James Sunderland in exploring the foggy town of Silent Hill. Now that I am a bit older, the last thing I want upon coming home from an entire day of adulting, is to be called noob by some hormonal kid on de_dust2 or be chased around by the Pyramid Head and faceless mannequin nurses in the rusty Otherworld. As such I have settled down with some more relaxing games before bedtime and Cypher is one of those games. Cypher is an indie first-person puzzle game which was fully developed and published by Matthew Brown. The main purpose of the game is to explore a virtual museum of cryptography and solve different puzzles spread across multiple rooms. Each room includes puzzles which have been encrypted by different methods ranging from simple steganography up to the World War Two-era Enigma machine and on. Along with the puzzles, the museum walls are filled with interesting facts about the history of Cryptography, explanations of how different methods work as well as hints meant to assist the player in solving the puzzles. The Cryptography museum is graphically very interesting and the white marble-like floors and walls add to the feelings of calmness and mystery. Puzzles range from simple, straightforward ones all the way to mind numbing examples which will take a lot of effort and time in order to be solved. As every puzzle allows for only one hint, the process of solving can get rather challenging so expect to have some great Eureka! moments upon the discovery of the code-breaking pattern. Yes, there is a hidden word there. I have so far completed only the first room of 8 steganography puzzles which took me about 3 hours of gameplay time. As there are 5 more rooms with 8 puzzles each, I am fairly certain that this game will take much more time in order to be finished. Nevertheless, the excellent background classical music which includes scores such as Clair de Lune and Moonlight Sonata, and the feeling of success after solving a difficult puzzle is sure to make this game worthwhile. The Cypher is available on Steam for 4.99$.
  3. So i am guessing no need for coins and tokens in order to play huh? Every kids' dream lol
  4. Hello Mohan and welcome to the forums! Enjoy your stay here and have fun!
  5. My old-school favorites are the Delta Force Triology, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven and Half-Life.
  6. Looking good! Where are the speakers located at?
  7. Some of the things that the yearlong mandatory service in my home country’s army has taught me was to be patient and remain calm under stressful circumstances. Whether those circumstances involved me cleaning the floor underneath my bunk with my toothbrush, or having a 4’7’’ officer jumping and screaming at my face with his morning tuna breath, I always pushed myself to show as little emotion as possible. So, when a game known as Darkest Dungeon made me rage quit and slam my laptop shut, I knew then and there that this game is special and will be etched in my memory for a long time. The Darkest Dungeon is a turn-based dungeon crawler with RPG elements developed and published by Red Hook Studios. In in, the player controls up to four characters of various classes and personality traits with the goal being the rebuilding and cleansing of a hamlet which has succumbed to evil forces. The gameplay consists of clearing dungeons of creatures and insects, fighting disturbingly disfigured bosses who are products of necromancy and magic, and collecting treasures and trinkets which are used to improve the characters’ stats and rebuild the hamlet. The Swine King, The Blind Prophet and the Formless Flesh are just some of the bosses encountered under and around the ill- fated Hamlet. On top of the classic turn-based combat and procedurally generated dungeon crawling, the Darkest Dungeon also includes some rouge elements. Permadeath is one of them and is present from the very start of the game, meaning that once your character dies, he is gone for good along with the money invested in his leveling. Even the trinkets worn by the deceased character will be lost in the dungeon if there is no other character available to pick them up and take them out of the dungeon in the same run. Sanity, quirks and diseases also play crucial roles. Every venture into the dungeons depletes the character’s sanity meter which, if it reaches zero, tests your character’s resolve and causes him to either gain a positive virtue or a negative affliction. For example, they can either become courageous and gain multiple stats buffs or can become cowardly and start missing their targets, waste their turn on a random action or skip their turn all together. Unlike virtues and afflictions which last until the round’s end, quirks are gained after every dungeon and are permanent unless cured or replaced by another. Examples of these include kleptomania which will cause your character to steal from another or necromania which causes your character to search every encountered corpse there by risking setting a trap or contracting a disease. Speaking of diseases, they also play an important part as they can significantly alter your character’s stats. They are usually contracted through exploration and combat and include examples such as Syphilis (lowers your accuracy, damage and health), Tetanus (lowers accuracy and critical hit chance) and many others. Diseases just like quirks can only be cured for gold or replaced by new ones. Maximum stress tests the characters' resolve with one becoming Courageous and the other Hopeless. Now everything described above makes this game sound awesome, right? So what caused me to rage quit? The answer is simple, it’s the game’s dependence on the use of RNG (Random Number Generator). Almost everything, from loot drops to dodge and attack efficiency, is at the mercy of RNG. Although this might not be big of an issue later in the game when your characters are leveled and have high critical chances, for new players this can be a deal breaker. In my personal example, I’ve put about 25 hours into the game and had 4 Level 6 characters when I fought against a Shambler, an optional monster encountered once the player lights a curio and gets transported into another dimension. During the fight, the monster and his tentacle friends slew 3 of my characters while I killed the main monster and one of the two tentacles. In the last attack, I had a Man at Arms who usually dealt 10+ damage in close range while the remaining tentacle had 8 HP left. I had the first turn and the victory was in my sight but guess what happened? My Men at Arms missed the tentacle, which then scored a critical and killed my character. ……. Just like that, in one second, all the effort and time spend into building characters, finding, fighting and killing the Shambler were ruined by a simple tentacle which scored a better RNG then me. This event triggered such a rage in me, that I immediately uninstalled the game with no intentions of going back to it ever again. Combat (and pretty much everything else) depends on the RNG which can be problematic for low leveled characters. Now don’t get me wrong, despite all this I still think that Darkest Dungeon is a wonderfully imagined game. The hand-drawn artwork is beautiful, the background music is intense, the narrator who both mocks and compliments your actions is absolutely brilliant, the sanity, quirks and diseases mechanics are very immersive and fun to experiment with, however the dependence on RNG is in my opinion too great and it really ruined the entire game for me. As such I will never go back to this game again, but I would suggest people to try it out as they might discover something new about themselves or past experiences, as I did when I realized that serving a year in an Eastern European, ex-Communist army is less stressful then playing Darkest Dungeon. Darkest Dungeon is available on Steam for the price of 24.99$ (and potentially a few broken controllers, keyboards, screens or bones).
  8. My first smartphone was one of those Palm phones with full keyboard but i don't really remember the model. In 2010, however i got the Nokia N900 which was badass at the time. Too bad their Linux-based Maemo OS never got much attention as it was rather fast.
  9. I agree with both of you. I used Youtube for the longest time and just recently i started checking out Twitch. I find it much more user friendly and whereas Youtube is for everything video related, Twitch has more of a gaming feeling associated with it and i started enjoying it much more.
  10. I have my great granddad's officer sword which he carried with him in World War One, i also have some old Austrian/German music book from 1600's which i randomly found when i bought my house.
  11. I like watching soccer, although in the last few years everything has gotten so corrupt that it is getting harder and harder to enjoy it. Players are being sold/bought for ridiculous amount of money, major upsets and result turnovers occur, betting places are being sponsors of teams so yeah, no point in watching something that has already been set up beforehand.
  12. It really is, especially if you are into cryptography and puzzles. The museum also really reminds me of the setting of the stealth game Echo.
  13. Welcome to the forums Ankul!
  14. Very interesting discussion guys, but lets not wander off topic too much. Feel free to post under Creative Corner subforum and share your ideas, as i would love to hear more about your game.
  15. The 2017 reboot of the horror shooter Prey has little to do with the original 2006 award-winning game of the same name. Besides the similar opening sequence, in which the main character looks at himself in the bathroom mirror, and the fact that both installments are about fighting aliens, the two games are story-wise completely different. There are no reoccurring characters and besides a few references to the original game, such the famous red wrench being the first obtainable weapon, the two Preys don’t seem to be set in the same universe at all. The original Prey sequel, which was known as Prey 2, was in development for 5 years before being cancelled in 2014. Prey 2 was supposed to tie into the the story of the first game and follow US Air Marshal Killian Samuels whose plane crash lands and its passengers disappear during the events of the original game. A number of years into the future, Killian has established himself as a bounty hunter on an alien plan Exodus, with no recollection of what happened following his disappearance from the Earth. That is when he meets the original Prey’s protagonist Domasi “Tommy” Tawodi, a Cherokee Indian who stopped the initial alien invasion of Earth but returned back into the outer space at the conclusion of the first installment. From there Tommy was supposed to assist Killian in regaining his memories and discover what happened to him following his departure from the home planet. These two were supposed to be blasting aliens together, damn you Bethesda for ruining the friendship! Unfortunately, the comradery between the two characters never came to be, and the only thing we got from Prey 2 was few concept arts pictures, two short gameplay videos and a badass trailer which showed Killian pursuing one of his bounties. Just recently did a new gameplay video emerge on the twitter account of Andrew Borman, the curator at the Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. The trailer shows some incredible action sequences using a variety of weapons, as well as certain game mechanics, such as target mapping, shooting from cover and sliding, all of which would’ve presumably been implemented in the final release. Worthy of note are the awesome graphics for the time and the intense background battle music. Although the 2017 Prey is an incredible game by itself, the original Prey fans can only look at this footage with sentiment of what Prey 2 could’ve been and hope that Bethesda might change their minds and start working on rebooting the original sequel in the future. Check out the newly discovered gameplay of the cancelled Prey 2 underneath:
  16. Totally agree with you on this. This perfectly describes 90% of today's movies and games, its more about jumpscares and sudden loud noises then feelings of anxiety and dread. Famous youtubers gained popularity by screaming at top of their lungs when something jumped in front of them and developers took it as a sign that they should develop horror in that direction. Whoever played older horror titles would know that when something scary is happening in a game (for example, Resident Evil's first encounter with the zombie or Silent Hill's scene where Pyramid head is raping the mannequins) your reaction would not be to scream but to wait in confusion and fear, and hope that the thing in front of you does not notice you as soon as the scene ends. Now that is horror and not Five Nights at Freddy's bullcr*p, where all you do is wait around to press the wrong button and have the automaton scream and get you. /rantover
  17. Welcome to Gamenader! Glad to have you here! Would you mind telling us how you found the site and the forums?
  18. Welcome Moku, enjoy your stay!
  19. AHS was awesome the first two seasons, but after that they just kinda started falling lower and lower. Roanoke was sort of a jump back up but i wasn't impressed with Cult that followed. My all time favorite is the Asylum.
  20. Hello everyone, Just wanted to make a quick introduction, I am EchelonBrk and I will be your friendly neighborhood moderator. I will work towards providing all of our users with the best support possible, so feel free to contact me in case you have any issues and problems. I sincerely hope that all of us will work towards having a friendly community where all will be welcome, there by feel free to invite your friends to join our forums so we can - *in deep voice* - build a community that will stand the test of time (Civilization pun intended). Now that we are done with formalities let me tell you a bit about myself. Just like the most of you (as you might have expected) I am an avid gamer. I love playing RPGs, RTSs and Horror games as well as multiplayer titles such as Battlefield, PES and Counter Strike. Although i do not have much time to play games now (due to all the horrible adult stuff i have to participate in) i still enjoy locking myself in my man cave every now and then and escaping into fantasy world where i can be the mighty Geralt of Rivia or the Lone Wanderer. Anyhow if any of you play MP games, feel free to send me your steam/origin username and i’ll add you so we can play a round or two. Once again, i will be here daily so if you need anything, feel free to contact me. Sincerely, EchelonBrk
  21. No problem. Unfortunately, i am not big on consoles so i can't recommend anything.
  22. Oh i've played bf3 quite a lot also, but i think they closed the servers for it now. Same here in regards to bf1, although graphics are great, the gameplay seemed like a major step back for me.
  23. Battlefield 4, i have clocked in more than 200 hours into it and even after all the years, i still find it much better than the latest Battlefield. I also play CS:GO, although not as much recently, as there are some crazy good kids on it, so i feel like a bot playing against them.
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