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Since I see AC games posted here quite often I have a general question regarding the games.

I did not play AC games except for AC Black Flag and even that I did not finish 'I will get to it one day..'.
Back in the days when the first game was new I did not really like it so I pretty much skipped all of the games after that.

Question is, does the games connect at any point like do I have to play them in a certain order or it doesn't really matter?
I have some of the older ones+Black Flag/Unity/Syndicate since those were free but sometimes I see Origins and Ody on sale and I was considering buying them.

I'm just wondering cause if I do decide to play most of the AC games then thats a lot of gametime, maybe by the time I get to Valhalla the GPU prices won't be as bad as now. :D
Not that I don't have enough backlog games already but adding AC to the list would definitely give me enough games to play this whole year.

To be honest, I played AC since part 1 (on PS3) and back in the day that game really presented an utterly AWESOME story that could really go super deep and be interesting the whole way through. But somehow this turned into a marketing dream where every installment is just another time frame with random events that are somehow related. Another part of the reality is probably that the first installment was... well, pretty critical of religion. Basically, you could say they shat all over it - albeit implictly. Town criers, the motivation of your enemies and how they express it, everything can be connected to it in some way, its an overarching theme and its also integral to the story itself. It gives the game a soul that perhaps only the next sequel somewhat preserved, but only because of its main character being a well crafted personality, it carries the parts that are missing otherwise coming from part 1.

Play the first one, really. Its slower, but many little details are done so incredibly well, the pace is never a drag. Just look around and enjoy things. Even back then it looked the part but the attention to detail was arguably higher. This slowly devolves into repetitive crap and everything slowly turns into a map marker as the sequels progress. But in the first one, most of it isn't actual gameplay, its just there. The city's alive without being there just for you. The first game isn't chock full of side quests either. Every thing in the city is there just to support the big assassination missions really, and screw around with random mechanics. There is no farm, there is barely any progression tree and collectibles are scarce. Its GTA on foot, sandbox fun with a dozen superbly crafted missions to go through.
 
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Recently played through (finally) DOOM 2016 and then DOOM Eternal. I really liked both games!
Now playing through (or trying to) DOOM Eternal The Ancient Gods Part 1. It is challenging and at times frustrating, but man is it fun.
 
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Recently played through (finally) DOOM 2016 and then DOOM Eternal. I really liked both games!
Now playing through (or trying to) DOOM Eternal The Ancient Gods Part 1. It is challenging and at times frustrating, but man is it fun.
Haven't played Eternal (just tried that it runs perfectly as I have the Xbox Game Pass subscription) but the Doom 2016 was insanely good!
 
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I don't see competitive esports players here.
I usually end up playing more esports games than single player games because I'm usually gaming with friends. Valorant, League of Legends, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Civ 6 are the core of the rotation at the moment when I've got a couple buddies online. That said, I thoroughly enjoy single player games too. Most recent one I finished was Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Combat was a bit one-dimensional and clunky, but god damn, the visuals and audio in that game really serve to immerse you in the experience. Graphics aren't life-changing given it's a 2017 game, but look pretty damn good maxed at 1440p. The audio however is very cool. The protagonist suffers from psychosis, and all throughout the game you hear little voices (not constantly, but context-related) in response to what's happening in the game: e.g. if you're moving towards a door or something, they'll pester you "don't open it!, turn back!"; if you're struggling in combat they'll berate you, but they'll also help you too (if an enemy is out of sight they'll say "behind you!" or "watch out!" when you're about to get hit by someone you're not currently focused on). Extremely unique audio experience in my opinion. It's kinda short (only took me a little over 6 hours to finish), but the story is good ("Set in the Viking age, a broken Celtic warrior embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover."). Currently on sale for $7.50 at GoG.

Question is, does the games connect at any point like do I have to play them in a certain order or it doesn't really matter?
I have some of the older ones+Black Flag/Unity/Syndicate since those were free but sometimes I see Origins and Ody on sale and I was considering buying them.
Thank you for asking this! I'm in a similar boat. Played a bit of the original AC back on PS3 but never finished. Beat AC3 and Black Flag, but haven't played any others. Think I have Unity on uPlay from when they were giving it away for free. I always see Origins and Odyssey on sale (especially on Epic) and have always toyed with whether or not to pick them up.

Everything changed with Origins. I do not recommend Origins. I strongly do not recommend it.
Origins bring this new form of gaming/mechanics/graphics. Even so - Origins was preparation for Oddysey.

Oddysey is where I would start. Oddysey comes together very well. Graphics are what we call a good-looking games, fighting is done right and the story is very very good.
You don't recommend Origins because Odyssey is just better? Or is there something inherently wrong with Odyssey?

You get only the main quests. All other things on the side are activities. If you hear someone talking out loud, a little girl calling for her mother, 2 people crying next to a burning house, a drunk man angry screaming in the streets, everything that is out of the ordinary - that is a "side quest" and activity.
This sounds pretty cool.
 
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To be honest, I played AC since part 1 (on PS3) and back in the day that game really presented an utterly AWESOME story that could really go super deep and be interesting the whole way through. But somehow this turned into a marketing dream where every installment is just another time frame with random events that are somehow related. Another part of the reality is probably that the first installment was... well, pretty critical of religion. Basically, you could say they shat all over it - albeit implictly. Town criers, the motivation of your enemies and how they express it, everything can be connected to it in some way, its an overarching theme and its also integral to the story itself. It gives the game a soul that perhaps only the next sequel somewhat preserved, but only because of its main character being a well crafted personality, it carries the parts that are missing otherwise coming from part 1.

Play the first one, really. Its slower, but many little details are done so incredibly well, the pace is never a drag. Just look around and enjoy things. Even back then it looked the part but the attention to detail was arguably higher. This slowly devolves into repetitive crap and everything slowly turns into a map marker as the sequels progress. But in the first one, most of it isn't actual gameplay, its just there. The city's alive without being there just for you. The first game isn't chock full of side quests either. Every thing in the city is there just to support the big assassination missions really, and screw around with random mechanics. There is no farm, there is barely any progression tree and collectibles are scarce. Its GTA on foot, sandbox fun with a dozen superbly crafted missions to go through.
Dunno, I tried AC 1 when I was a lot younger obviously and lacked English understanding + the map design and the horse riding all over the place just noped me out of the game.

Sure I'm more patient now and actually understand what the hell is happening in games but still. 'The firs time I tried Witcher 1 I deleted it in 1 hour, now I actually finished it and enjoyed it:laugh:'

As it is right now AC 1 director's cut is 3 Euro on GoG so I might just grab it cause you said so.:D

Slowly wrapping up the achievements in Serious Sam 4.

And then I get a notification that Serious Sam 2 is getting an update with new content, almost 16 years after its debut.


A shame it doesn't have achievements, but I'm gonna play it anyways..

Man I just finished a re play of the whole serie a few months ago except 4 which was very unstable on my system.:oops: 'random crashes with no errors to desktop even after updates'

Recently played through (finally) DOOM 2016 and then DOOM Eternal. I really liked both games!
Now playing through (or trying to) DOOM Eternal The Ancient Gods Part 1. It is challenging and at times frustrating, but man is it fun.

Fan of those games, 2016 has it charm and if I really have to pick then I think its the better and more enjoyable game in overall but both are great and fun games.
2016 was gifted to me by a friend and I had Eternal pre ordered as a physical box copy.

Don't yet own the DLC but I do plan on buying it sometime this year.

Too bad that theres a pretty big performance hit betrween the 2 games, 2016 I can easily max out @ native res and not really drop any frame yet Eternal is a lot heavier to run while looking same-ish.
Especially the gore nest map thats heavy.
 
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You don't recommend Origins because Odyssey is just better? Or is there something inherently wrong with Odyssey?
Not an easy answer.

Officially with Origins, they changed everything.
- new graphical engine, new npc / AI, with the engine came movement (combat included), and most importantly more than ever in history. History included main quest and side stuff. Your gonna go to a place, talk to an npc do an activity that has something to do with a piece of history, a story a legend with a known historical character.

Wrap your mind around this: AC was NEVER open world. It had big maps, but not what Skyrim calls the open world.

Origins was the beginning of this new AC type of game, with open-world gaming. Bayek is also probably the less most interesting main character with a story that starts very strong and .... dissipates very fast to boring.
So unless you LOVE Egypt or you are a fan AC, you can skip.
I don't love Egypt, but i had to play the AC game where the story started - the creed begging. Female empowerment: the creed was made by a woman
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Oddysey was the polished version. Better graphics, better everything. Very strong story, some sort of multiplayer (at least you had something), more voice acting and much more story
Valhalla is the very much upgraded version of Oddysey.

If you would had to choose ONLY one, go for the one that shows the Era that you feel most attracted to.
Do you need summertime and exotic places with a romantic story go for ancient Greece

If you like a more era with a much much darker and cold atmosphere - Valhalla is for you.
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Okay so I tried out Magic:Legends, new online ARPG or whatever its trying to be.

Damn I'm rarely this critic about games but this is a hot steaming you know what.

Yea I know its only open beta but tbh its more like an alpha version if anything, no graphics settings just presets and AA off or on but that doesn't matter cause the game actually runs worse than Cyberpunk at relase. :laugh: 'there are ppl reporting on the forums that the game actually overheats their gpus'

Can't disable/mute the chat so you are forced to see the twitch 10 year olds spamming level madness, apparently there is a chat command I found on the forums that works as a temporary solution but why its not built in the game by default is a good question.
Don't even have an XP bar on screen, have to open the char screen for that.

Also apprently ppl who logged in with their EPIC account and bought support/cosmetics packs in the game can't claim it cause that needs an actual game account registration and after they registered they can't see nor claim their previous purchase. 'I assume this will be fixed but still, how can they relase it like that'

Its just a total mess, had enough of it after ~1 hour of playing and that doesn't happen often with me.

Too bad cause I can see some fun in the gameplay mechanics but everything else is broken or non existant at this point.
 
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Damn I'm rarely this critic about games but this is a hot steaming you know what.
You can say it. Crap. Hot steaming pile of crap!
 
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I've had Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens in my Steam library for about a year or so...but only started playing it last week, LOL. I've played most of the Lego Star Wars games, going clear back to the Nintendo Gamecube, and not one of them has failed to give me a good time with lots of laughs! While I do have the 3DS version of TFA (also hilarious), I never did play the PC version. I bought the Complete Edition of it when it was on sale on Steam (came with the season pass and a bunch of new adventures and character packs).

Last week while playing a side quest, I kid you not, at one point I was laughing so goddamn hard I had to pause the game for a bit! Good stuff!

I took some screenshots the other day of my two cuties getting their boogie on in the Millennium Falcon....

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Also, does anyone know if The Skywalker Saga is still coming to PC?
 
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Finished my first Yakuza game Like A Dragon. I did rather like it. The game reminded me of some of the old JRPGs just as Final Fantasy did...that's good and bad but mostly good.

Now back to Immortals Fenyx Rising and the DLC Myths of the Eastern Realm. I still think that Immortals Fenyx Rising is one of the most underrated games out there. The DLC is more of the same in a new land and story. The story so far is not near the quality of the original. It's pretty dry compared to the LOL moments in the main game.

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Also, does anyone know if The Skywalker Saga is still coming to PC?
I'd say the PC version would correlate with the Xbox version...

 
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Now back to Immortals Fenyx Rising and the DLC Myths of the Eastern Realm. I still think that Immortals Fenyx Rising is one of the most underrated games out there. The DLC is more of the same in a new land and story. The story so far is not near the quality of the original. It's pretty dry compared to the LOL moments in the main game.
I have Immortals installed and ready to go once I finish AC: Odyssey. I've gone as far as character creation and it looks like it's going to be a great game. Waiting for a sale to eventually pick up the DLC.
 
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I have Immortals installed and ready to go once I finish AC: Odyssey. I've gone as far as character creation and it looks like it's going to be a great game. Waiting for a sale to eventually pick up the DLC.

It was made by the same crew that did Odyssey and the basics play the same...which is not a bad thing in my book.
 

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Doom isn't bad but it's just soooooo overrated... :laugh: I prefer Wolfenstein 3D. ;)

I took another stab at Wolfenstein 3D last year and finally finished it. Took me 3 tries to finish it but it really is a classic.
 
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I took another stab at Wolfenstein 3D last year and finally finished it. Took me 3 tries to finish it but it really is a classic.
I could never get into the Wolfenstein series until Return To Castle Wolfenstein. That was the game that roped me into the series.
 
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The second level's music from Wolf 3D is more than awesome!


I could never get into the Wolfenstein series until Return To Castle Wolfenstein. That was the game that roped me into the series.
Return is also pretty good! :)
 
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Finished my first Yakuza game Like A Dragon. I did rather like it. The game reminded me of some of the old JRPGs just as Final Fantasy did...that's good and bad but mostly good.

Now back to Immortals Fenyx Rising and the DLC Myths of the Eastern Realm. I still think that Immortals Fenyx Rising is one of the most underrated games out there. The DLC is more of the same in a new land and story. The story so far is not near the quality of the original. It's pretty dry compared to the LOL moments in the main game.

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I'd say the PC version would correlate with the Xbox version...

I was on board with Immortals until I saw Ubisoft. Nah, not really in a mood for another open world.
 
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I was on board with Immortals until I saw Ubisoft. Nah, not really in a mood for another open world.

Strangely that's what is stopping me too, I really don't want to play another AC especially not the numbers game they've put into it now, which really isn't much of a numbers game at all.

But what I've seen from Immortals so far did look nice..

Okay so I tried out Magic:Legends, new online ARPG or whatever its trying to be.

Damn I'm rarely this critic about games but this is a hot steaming you know what.

Yea I know its only open beta but tbh its more like an alpha version if anything, no graphics settings just presets and AA off or on but that doesn't matter cause the game actually runs worse than Cyberpunk at relase. :laugh: 'there are ppl reporting on the forums that the game actually overheats their gpus'

Can't disable/mute the chat so you are forced to see the twitch 10 year olds spamming level madness, apparently there is a chat command I found on the forums that works as a temporary solution but why its not built in the game by default is a good question.
Don't even have an XP bar on screen, have to open the char screen for that.

Also apprently ppl who logged in with their EPIC account and bought support/cosmetics packs in the game can't claim it cause that needs an actual game account registration and after they registered they can't see nor claim their previous purchase. 'I assume this will be fixed but still, how can they relase it like that'

Its just a total mess, had enough of it after ~1 hour of playing and that doesn't happen often with me.

Too bad cause I can see some fun in the gameplay mechanics but everything else is broken or non existant at this point.

Like you I really want that game to be something... but I think deep down I know it'll never be anything worth wasting time on :D

The idea is inspring... cast big spells like you do in the card game. But the card game isn't really about big spells at all. Its about turning crap and seemingly random stuff into something useful to play a card game with.
 
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Like you I really want that game to be something... but I think deep down I know it'll never be anything worth wasting time on :D

The idea is inspring... cast big spells like you do in the card game. But the card game isn't really about big spells at all. Its about turning crap and seemingly random stuff into something useful to play a card game with.

I'm not familiar with the original card game cause I don't really like those games. 'don't like playing cards irl either'

I just saw some gameplay and trailers on a channel I follow and I was interested, idk it looked fun in a way.
Oh well it was worth a try, every now and then I will check on it and see if its getting better or not. 'I have my doubts obviously:D'
 
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I finished, Gothic 1 again. Yes.

I have to admit, Gothic 1 has been an incredibly challenging adventure for me. Frankly, it took me almost a few hours to get used to the controls. Fortunately, I was finally able to add the WASD combination to the controls and play comfortably. The controls were quite challenging, I want to say that.

On the other hand, the story of the game amused and surprised me a lot. At times, even though I had travelled the same places hundreds of times for different missions, I didn't give up, and I was happy to finally learn the piece of a really good story. The story of the game, the dialogues and quests are very cleverly written. I was amazed by The Nameless Hero's reactions to some situations. Additionally, some quests let's yo to solve some puzzles, too. Switches. Switches. Switches.

Almost for everything, I had to deserve a place to obtain something. For example, to be able to wear good armour, I must first gain prestige and position, so to speak. However, every old-school game has this feature. I think this triggered the player to spend more time and experience more in the Gothic universe. It is very good because the experience points and the skills you have will save your life in the future.

In terms of character development, Gothic 1 looks very different. It encourages the player to use their experience points wisely and be more careful.

I want to state that I have had a hard time in the beginning. However, as I get used to the controls and explore the universe of Gothic, I start to realize that I enjoy the game. That's why I suggest you try to play the game, learn more information about its story and get better equipment. This is a good thing, of course. I want to add though if you don't love to play old-school games, Gothic might be a bit of a challenge for you.

My most important suggestion is to save the game often. You will thank me later.
 
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