The Escapist Staff's Summer Picks: Greg

The Escapist Staff's Summer Picks: Greg

If you only play four games this summer, Greg Tito thinks that these should be your picks.

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Well I would probably like to be a Character in A Song of Ice and Fire, apart from the fact the main characters have an alarming ability to get themselves killed.

What is the freedom like in M&B? Could you possibly set up a rebel prince only to undermine and eventually betray him to take the throne yourself? (Yes I do think Tyrion is the best male character)

yeah...Starcraft is gonna soak up alot of summer for me! Cant wait till 27th!

Warband is pretty good, especially with the mods that are coming out.

Multiplayer is kinda meh though.

Greg Tito:
I lost my first few games, but that was mostly because of the pesky pirate mechanic (pirates will launch an attack every 15 minutes on the faction who doesn't pay them enough credits).

After I turned off the pirate raids, I was able to enjoy learning the game a hell of a lot more.

But they are so much free experience!

Once I've found the pirate station I just parked cap ships that I wanted to level up in orbit of my closest controlled planet. Even a low level cruiser-type or carrier can take on a pirate raid with a little support and a little micro. After they get a few levels they could be cycled off into my combat fleet and a new ship off the production line could roll in to mop up the free experience.

This is only based on the base game without any of the expansions, so perhaps they've made some changes to the pirate mechanics and fleet make up.

Slycne:
But they are so much free experience!

Once I've found the pirate station I just parked cap ships that I wanted to level up in orbit of my closest controlled planet. Even a low level cruiser-type or carrier can take on a pirate raid with a little support and a little micro. After they get a few levels they could be cycled off into my combat fleet and a new ship off the production line could roll in to mop up the free experience.

This is only based on the base game without any of the expansions, so perhaps they've made some changes to the pirate mechanics and fleet make up.

Yeah, they did change Pirates significantly on Diplomacy. They can now take out a planet with a fully upgraded Star Base (which you already need a significant fleet to take out) as well as maxed out defences, and do so with minimal losses. I played very little Diplomacy, but the games I did play essentially became a rush to wipe out my opponents before the Pirates killed me.

I want to like Starcraft, I really do. I even reinstalled the digital copy downloaded directly from Battle.Net and I worked my way into "restoring" the graphics in Windows 7 (if you don't know what I mean, it's a graphic mess once you try to run it) and good luck trying to patch the digital version of the game.

I want to like it, but there's always a certain stigma I have with the game. Singleplayer is fine and all, but the multiplayer stigma will always be there, no matter how much I enjoy the cutscenes (wich still look great today). I may end up picking Starcraft 2 at the end of the month, who knows.

Greg Tito:
I saw the StarCraft Battle Chest at Target this weekend for $20 and I grabbed it in anticipation, but you should learn from my mistake: Go to Battle.net and download a digital copy (inluding the Brood War) for only 15 bucks.

No, no, no no, NO! Bad Greg! Buying a physical copy is a GOOD thing! It is well worth the extra $5.

SupahGamuh:
I want to like Starcraft, I really do. I even reinstalled the digital copy downloaded directly from Battle.Net and I worked my way into "restoring" the graphics in Windows 7 (if you don't know what I mean, it's a graphic mess once you try to run it) and good luck trying to patch the digital version of the game.

I want to like it, but there's always a certain stigma I have with the game. Singleplayer is fine and all, but the multiplayer stigma will always be there, no matter how I enjoy the cutscenes (wich still look great today). I may end up picking Starcraft 2 at the end of the month, who knows.

Explain "multiplayer" stigma. Do you mean the idea that multiplayer is the "real" game and that the singleplayer is only for the "weak"?

crotalidian:
Well I would probably like to be a Character in A Song of Ice and Fire, apart from the fact the main characters have an alarming ability to get themselves killed.

What is the freedom like in M&B? Could you possibly set up a rebel prince only to undermine and eventually betray him to take the throne yourself? (Yes I do think Tyrion is the best male character)

Yay ASOIAF love. Double yay for Tyrion love. He's one of my favourite characters. In anything. Ever.

I played M&B a looong time ago, but it was really nothing like that back then. It was more like a first person Total War. It might be different now, though.

Tom Phoenix:

Greg Tito:
I saw the StarCraft Battle Chest at Target this weekend for $20 and I grabbed it in anticipation, but you should learn from my mistake: Go to Battle.net and download a digital copy (inluding the Brood War) for only 15 bucks.

No, no, no no, NO! Bad Greg! Buying a physical copy is a GOOD thing! It is well worth the extra $5.

SupahGamuh:
I want to like Starcraft, I really do. I even reinstalled the digital copy downloaded directly from Battle.Net and I worked my way into "restoring" the graphics in Windows 7 (if you don't know what I mean, it's a graphic mess once you try to run it) and good luck trying to patch the digital version of the game.

I want to like it, but there's always a certain stigma I have with the game. Singleplayer is fine and all, but the multiplayer stigma will always be there, no matter how I enjoy the cutscenes (wich still look great today). I may end up picking Starcraft 2 at the end of the month, who knows.

Explain "multiplayer" stigma. Do you mean the idea that multiplayer is the "real" game and that the singleplayer is only for the "weak"?

No, what I meant to say is that sometime in mid 2000's, I was a bit "obsessed" with the multiplayer. Regarding the single and multiplayer, on RTS games, I am officially more of a good Single-player campaign than a "competitor" in multiplayer.

I'm wondering what the 7th kingdom is in M&B:W as last time I checked, there were six.

I do need to check out RDR though...

I do want to give Starcraft a quick re run before the sequel drops. But with only 13 days to go I may as well just wait it out. (Plus SC2 Collectors comes with the original anyway right?)

Playing M&B: Warband feels like nothing more to me than being a character in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. If that's anywhere near up your alley, then you'll love it.

*dies and goes to heaven*

You'd better not have just tossed that out as a vague approximation, because that has seriously affected my opinion of this game and my desire to purchase it.

Tom Phoenix:

Greg Tito:
I saw the StarCraft Battle Chest at Target this weekend for $20 and I grabbed it in anticipation, but you should learn from my mistake: Go to Battle.net and download a digital copy (inluding the Brood War) for only 15 bucks.

No, no, no no, NO! Bad Greg! Buying a physical copy is a GOOD thing! It is well worth the extra $5.

actually physical copies eat up space... if you can get it cheaper with digital download go that way for sure... so Good Greg!

ravensshade:

Tom Phoenix:

Greg Tito:
I saw the StarCraft Battle Chest at Target this weekend for $20 and I grabbed it in anticipation, but you should learn from my mistake: Go to Battle.net and download a digital copy (inluding the Brood War) for only 15 bucks.

No, no, no no, NO! Bad Greg! Buying a physical copy is a GOOD thing! It is well worth the extra $5.

actually physical copies eat up space... if you can get it cheaper with digital download go that way for sure... so Good Greg!

But at least you get the sense that you actually own that copy. If you get banned from the service you got the game from or the service goes into bankruptcy, you are preety much guaruanteed to lose it.

Plus, considering that Blizzard manuals tend to include a fair bit of lore, it is worth buying a physical copy just for that.

Tom Phoenix:

But at least you get the sense that you actually own that copy. If you get banned from the service you got the game from or the service goes into bankruptcy, you are preety much guaruanteed to lose it.

Plus, considering that Blizzard manuals tend to include a fair bit of lore, it is worth buying a physical copy just for that.

ehh i always got the sense that i own a copy of a game if i paid for it.. (blunt time) and unless i got the games for multiplayer purposes i'll just get it from the net if the service goes bankrupt... also atleast you can't lose the discs for digital downloads.. (something that happens occasionally to me..) not saying you should never get a physical copy and yeah some manuals have great lore packed in but suffer from the it eats up space problem aswell (and i usually lose the manual alot earlier..)

I have yet to get my hands on RDR, but from what I've seen and heard it really has been confirmed to be a time sink lol. I def wanna give it a spin but it may be a while until I have the time/money to spare

Red Dead Redemption is the most bland, grey-and-brown-fest since.. Um.. Grand Theft Auto IV. Ballad of Gay Tony at least brightened the damn thing up, but no. A bland, dull dust field will not make me continue to play a game. Sure, I will try it, but much like Fallout 3's eventual doom, it will also be most likely promptly returned to -insert local video game store here-, sold back to them and much happiness will be had.

Funny story here.. A few months ago, I actually thought RDR would be okay, or even remotely fun. I was sadly disappointed. Call me when Saints Row 3 finally comes out..

I love starcraft, I just hate the fact that I will always get my ass kicked by some korean online.plus I can't wait for starcraft 2

 

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