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by Cal » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:57 am

Recently returned to Sword Coast Legends on PC and PS4. This is a D&D dungeon crawler, which was released back in 2015. I have to say I do find the dungeon crawling aspect very enjoyable - kind of like a Diaboesque loot-'em'up with a much slower pace and even the ability to pause the gameplay for a faux turn-based aspect of play. It's not very strategic, though, and even in the procedurally-generated Dungeon Crawl mode (you can play against the AI with three AI party members to help you out) it's just a simple linear 'get from point A to be B' affair.

The consoles never got the complete Dungeon Master mode, either. A shame - on PC the fully-fleshed-out DM Editor mode offers the player the ability to create entire campaigns, complete with questing, a story line and interactions with NPCs across a huge variety of tile sets. There are almost 2000 user-made SCL Campaigns available to download for the game.

The game is dead cheap now on any platform and well worth picking up if you're even marginally partial to fairly good-looking isometric (fully 3D) dungeon crawlers set in a classic D&D universe. Get the PC version if you fancy creating your own campaigns to share with others.

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by Gemini73 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:31 pm

Cal wrote:Recently returned to Sword Coast Legends on PC and PS4. This is a D&D dungeon crawler, which was released back in 2015. I have to say I do find the dungeon crawling aspect very enjoyable - kind of like a Diaboesque loot-'em'up with a much slower pace and even the ability to pause the gameplay for a faux turn-based aspect of play. It's not very strategic, though, and even in the procedurally-generated Dungeon Crawl mode (you can play against the AI with three AI party members to help you out) it's just a simple linear 'get from point A to be B' affair.

The consoles never got the complete Dungeon Master mode, either. A shame - on PC the fully-fleshed-out DM Editor mode offers the player the ability to create entire campaigns, complete with questing, a story line and interactions with NPCs across a huge variety of tile sets. There are almost 2000 user-made SCL Campaigns available to download for the game.

The game is dead cheap now on any platform and well worth picking up if you're even marginally partial to fairly good-looking isometric (fully 3D) dungeon crawlers set in a classic D&D universe. Get the PC version if you fancy creating your own campaigns to share with others.


A work colleague has mentioned this a few times. Says it's good.

Same work colleague gifted me a code for Guardians of the Ember. An isometric MMO that I believe can be played alone. Haven't tried as it yet though.

“But I don't want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can't help that,” said the Cat: “we're all mad here".
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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by Cal » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:56 pm

Gemini73 wrote:
Cal wrote:Recently returned to Sword Coast Legends on PC and PS4. This is a D&D dungeon crawler, which was released back in 2015. I have to say I do find the dungeon crawling aspect very enjoyable - kind of like a Diaboesque loot-'em'up with a much slower pace and even the ability to pause the gameplay for a faux turn-based aspect of play. It's not very strategic, though, and even in the procedurally-generated Dungeon Crawl mode (you can play against the AI with three AI party members to help you out) it's just a simple linear 'get from point A to be B' affair.

The consoles never got the complete Dungeon Master mode, either. A shame - on PC the fully-fleshed-out DM Editor mode offers the player the ability to create entire campaigns, complete with questing, a story line and interactions with NPCs across a huge variety of tile sets. There are almost 2000 user-made SCL Campaigns available to download for the game.

The game is dead cheap now on any platform and well worth picking up if you're even marginally partial to fairly good-looking isometric (fully 3D) dungeon crawlers set in a classic D&D universe. Get the PC version if you fancy creating your own campaigns to share with others.


A work colleague has mentioned this a few times. Says it's good.

Same work colleague gifted me a code for Guardians of the Ember. An isometric MMO that I believe can be played alone. Haven't tried as it yet though.


Hmm. I'll investigate Guardians of the Ember. Thanks for the tip-off.

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by Ste » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:59 pm

Had a day off yesterday so played quite a few different games. Probably got the most Gamerscore on a single day ever - even ahead of MHTL for the month!

Battlefield 1 - Finished the campaign. The first chapter I played when I got it when it first come out was the tank one. I think that was the worse one. Quite enjoyed the rest of them. Took a few goes to destroy the train on the Arabian level.

Ryse - Working my way through replaying it on Legendary so did a level and then as I was quite close to picking up quite a few multiplayer achievements worked on them. Anyone else still play this?

Forza Horizon - Thought I'd start this so by the time I'm through 3 will be really cheap. I think I'm going to prefer it more than the second. The location seems better. Got some belting songs on the soundtrack too.

Mortal Kombat X - Done some living towers with 3 different characters to edge a bit closer to several different achievements.

FIFA 17 - Pick up halfway through a Division 2 season where I was facing relegation. Beat Dortmund 3-2 after going 1-0 down. Bit Liverpool 2-1 after going 1-0 down - this was particularly satisfying as he played a very high pressure game, but I defended well and took 2 chances clinically within minutes of each other. Went 2-0 up against someone playing as Sporting Lisbon who then quit. I was now safe from relegation and in with a chance of promotion but my winning run came to an end. It was a particularly disappointing to lose to this person. He was Dortmund and played a defensive 4-1-4-1. For the first half he spent most of the time keeping possession in his defence, think he had about 65%. I normally edge possession but generally are doing something with it. He then scored with a header from a free kick, that might have just been in his half. I equalised, he scored, I equalised, he scored and this time I couldn't pull it back.

Finished off with a few games of Battlefront for old times sake. First game took town the AT-ATs on only the second opportunity to attack on Twilight on Hoth which is some going. Normally Empire win on that.

Also playing a few different things on my new 3DS XL when I get a spare few minutes - mostly in the morning before I get up for work. Super Mario Kart and Super Mario Land - still as good as ever. Mario Kart 7, initial thoughts are very good. Mario Tennis - seems similar to the N64 version which is good. Zelda OOT, I've only ever played through this the one time when I first game out, it's not my imagination it's been improved graphically hasn't it?

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by Knoëleo » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:52 pm

I played about an hour of Batman Arkham Knight last night. I really hope there's not going to be too much of the strawberry floating Batmobile, but I've got a horrible feeling there will be.

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by CitizenErased » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:57 pm

Knoyleo wrote:I played about an hour of Batman Arkham Knight last night. I really hope there's not going to be too much of the strawberry floating Batmobile, but I've got a horrible feeling there will be.


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by jawafour » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:45 pm

Ste wrote:...Zelda OOT, I've only ever played through this the one time when I first game out, it's not my imagination it's been improved graphically (on the 3DS) hasn't it?

Yeah, the 3DS version has been spruced up a bit from the N64 original, Ste. It looks great running on that smaller screen(s), too!

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by Knoëleo » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:52 pm

CitizenErased wrote:
Knoyleo wrote:I played about an hour of Batman Arkham Knight last night. I really hope there's not going to be too much of the strawberry floating Batmobile, but I've got a horrible feeling there will be.


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I've just had to run a rooftop obstacle course in it, before using it to winch itself up the side of a building to play an engine revving minigame. It's bad.

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by Buffalo » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:04 pm

It gets worse.

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by SMPL » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:50 am

I was playing Dark Souls SOTFS recently. got up to the Demon of Song and for some reason I just dropped it there... It's a solid game and I was enjoying it, but since putting it down I've had no inclination to pick it back up. Maybe later.

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by Knoëleo » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:21 am

Buffalo wrote:It gets worse.

:dread:

Not much of a "silent predator" any more, is he?

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by lex-man » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:16 pm

I quite like Arkham Knight although it's the worst of the trilogy.

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by CitizenErased » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:39 pm

lex-man wrote:I quite like Arkham Knight although it's the worst of the trilogy.


It's a great game but the Batmobile stuff is too forced. Made worse by the fact it's essentially just a moving canon.

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by Squinty » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:58 pm

lex-man wrote:I quite like Arkham Knight although it's the worst of the trilogy.


I find it sad that people forget about Origins. I know it's not made by Rocksteady, but it's better than Arkham Knight for me.

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PostRe: Currently Playing in 2017....
by IAmTheSaladMan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:27 pm

I really enjoyed Origins too apart from the time I fell through the floor.

Speaking of Batman I've finished the hero campaign in Lego Batman and I've just started the villain levels. I'm actually enjoying playing as the villains more than I was Batman and Robin.

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by lex-man » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:37 pm

I didn't really get on with Origins it was good but didn't grab me like the other Batman games.

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by Jazzem » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:46 pm

I really love Origins, it has by far the best narrative of the first three (haven't played Knight). As much as I love Asylum and City, they're not emotionally resonant games on a character/plot level. The focus on Bruce and Alfred in Origins on the other hand got me good, it was especially satisfying to see a bit of an arc in the former. Amazing performances by Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker for Bats/Joker too.

Just wish it wasn't so buggy, I had a few crashes on PC and I got stuck in level geometry once or twice. Sounds like that's the case with every version of it sadly.

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by Jazzem » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:51 pm

Brerlappin wrote:
Jazzem wrote:I really love Origins, it has by far the best narrative of the first three (haven't played Knight). As much as I love Asylum and City, they're not emotionally resonant games on a character/plot level. The focus on Bruce and Alfred in Origins on the other hand got me good, it was especially satisfying to see a bit of an arc in the former. Amazing performances by Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker for Bats/Joker too.

Just wish it wasn't so buggy, I had a few crashes on PC and I got stuck in level geometry once or twice. Sounds like that's the case with every version of it sadly.


I dont remember having any issues with it. The Physx snow in Origins on PC is awesome.


For whatever reason, I have to turn off the Physx stuff in City/Origins as otherwise they introduce stutters and kill the frame rate =/ I remember it being especially bad with indoor sections for whatever reason.

Am on a GTX 960 4GB, which while far from the best card should be able to handle those fine...maybe it's newer NVidia drivers not playing nice with it.

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by Squinty » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:05 pm

That weird. I have a GTX950 and the Physx stuff ran fine when I played through City (this year I think?)

Might be the drivers.

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by lex-man » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:31 pm

it ran fine on my machine which was probably a 4770 at the time.

Maybe I'll go back and have another go. I kind of want to do all the DLC stuff for Knight as I got the special addition pack.


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