3089 – The Futuristic Action RPG

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What even the hell? I have no idea when I bought 3089 but it must have been one of those $1 Steam sale games. I’m honestly surprised I picked it up at all since the graphics don’t really call to me and there isn’t anything in the Steam videos that would make it a must buy title. I played it for about an hour and then turned it off and went to breakfast with my wife.

Then I came back and I was looking at my Steam games list and feeling frustrated that the game just seemed so bad while the reviews were generally positive. So I did what I always do in cases like this, I hopped onto YouTube and found a couple video reviews and gameplay channels that covered 3089. What did I learn? The game has a lot to do but nothing is particularly deep. Still, these videos gave me an idea of how I should proceed so I decided to give 3089 one more hour in honor of the #backlog_slog challenge.

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Six hours later I had beaten the game and was planning my next play-through. So what happened? Honestly I’m still not sure. The general flow of the game is that you go to quest terminals, pick up a single quest that you then do and get another quest. You do this until you get enough credits to upgrade your gear and enough skill points to improve your character to go a bit farther out and do it over again.

The quests are very simplistic. Literally “Go Kill Suzy. Once Suzy is dead go talk to Bob.” There are several types of quests, from kill quests to escort quests to spying (just looking at enemies walking in a circle) on an enemy, disarming a bomb, etc. There isn’t any flavor text for any of this though so it feels very underwhelming and “procedurally generated” which, like the rest of the world, it is.

The combat isn’t much better at first with the accuracy being extremely poor while the enemies have near pinpoint accuracy. Eventually though I learned to play the way the game wanted me to and the combat really started to click. That’s, I think, where my opinion of the game really turned around and I started having fun. The time rip ability really turned the combat into something that I looked forward to doing, and the better weapons and higher skill points helped too.

Another thing that helped my enjoyment are a few of the items. I’m not talking about the weapons and armor but the hoverboard, grappling hook and teleport gun. The hoverboard will zoom you around the map if you aren’t carrying too much. The amount of weight it can hold depends on it’s level. That goes double for the grappling hook which is a really cool way to move vertically up mountains or buildings. The teleport gun shoots a ball and when you right click you teleport to it which is super helpful for getting away from enemies or getting up a tower without fighting and losing health.

I played through generally putting all of my points into being a soldier. High guns, high health, high agility. My next play-through I’m either going to go as more of a pet class (high prestige lets you recruit more robots to follow you) or a pilot (pilot skill lets you fly and the higher it is I assume you do more damage or the game spawns better ships. Not sure yet). Or maybe I’ll go Rogue (high stealth and melee skill).

The game isn’t great, I’d say for most people to just pass on it. That said, if you watch the videos and you enjoy a sandbox game then give it a shot because for the cost it really was a lot of fun. I will say that the game ended very abruptly and I wish they had done just a bit more. Or let you continue playing after the ‘story’ ended.


If you are interested in some good YouTube videos of the game check out the below:

 


The nights PVP started out fine. I played a game of Dota 2 and I picked Lich for the first time. It was the mode where you are presented with three champions and you have to pick one, so I went with the support. I always go with the support in MOBA games, partly because I suck at them. I got better at LoL, and now I’m back to square one with Dota 2. I really miss the combat of LoL, but I hate the runes/summoner spells that mean that no one is on an even footing necessarily.

The second game I was invited to a group by my best friend, who happens to be a massive curse for me. Everytime I group with him in any game it turns into an exercise in frustration and anger. That’s weird too, since we are both pretty good at the games we play, him usually better than me. But whenever we combine our powers, we get stomped. Tonight was no exception either, I played Lich again, trying to get better with him, and he played Drow. We took bottom, and we were holding our own. Sadly, our middle wasn’t doing anything and our top was getting destroyed. That’s when my own “skill” left and I started feeding the other team no matter how hard I tried not to. We ended up with only the towers in our base and we held them off for a good long while, and this is where I started getting back into my groove. We pushed back for a bit and it looked like we might have a small shot when we had a bad group battle and we all died. That was the end of the match, and we decided to take a break from Dota 2.

We moved over to Team Fortress 2 and this time my wife joined us. She is the best Medic I have ever seen in TF2, and that is ALL she does. Have I EVER seen her be anything else? Nope. Does she ALWAYS make a massive difference on the team she’s on? Yep. We started the night with me and my wife on one team, and my friend on the opposite. It became pretty apparent that the game was pretty one sided. Me and my wife can generally turn a match around together, me the Heavy and her the Medic, but we were stopped at every turn. Often they would cap a point and within 5 seconds have the next point capped as we had no rear guard. We lose several matches in a row, badly, until my friend was able to come over to our team. We managed to do pretty well that time and actually held the attackers off for most of the match, only losing in the last few minutes. This is when the server decided to scramble, since it was obviously not fair that we didn’t get squashed right away. I ended up on a team alone, and had to endure my wife and friend wiping the floor with my dignity for two matches before we all agreed that it was time to grab some dinner and take a break.

Meanwhile I’m sweating, angry to the point of shaking, and frustrated beyond belief. That is not good, I’m trying to stop myself from getting like that. Luckily my wife is awesome, we grabbed some dinner and we have some ice-cream in the fridge. As long as I take it easy the rest of the night I should be ok, but I can already feel that PVP adrenaline/frustration headache starting. Gonna grab some asprin and relax. See you all tomorrow with a new Let’s Play video.

From a DC RPG to a DC FPS

I started the day playing DC Universe Online, a game I’ve put some serious time into recently. According to Steam I’ve spent 233 hours in the game so far, with 93.4 of those hours in the last two weeks. Good thing I’m on vacation! Anyway, after a few hours of DCUO this morning I decided to play a couple games of another DC title, Gotham City Impostors. I picked it up real cheap last weekend from Gamefly and I’ve not put much time into it. Why? Games for Windows Live. Half the time it won’t connect, and so I can’t play the game. The rest of the time is split between not being able to find any players in the matchmaking and getting in a rare few games. Still, the gameplay is fun enough to keep me coming back, at least for now. Below I’ve included a video of one of the matches.

Sometimes a clown just needs to shoot someone.

I prefer playing as a Bat, but the game automatically chooses which side you’re going to be on. Sadly, it makes you purchase the costume pieces for each side seperately, so while my Bat character is finally getting decked out, my Joker character still looks lame.

F2P Glitches and a GG

I started out the night feeling like some nice clean FPS fun. Now, I own Modern Warfare 3 AND Battlefield 3, but I don’t really play either of them anymore. There are reasons for that that I will get into in another post but for now suffice it to say that my personal tastes don’t mesh well with either of the big two. I’ve been playing Blacklight: Retribution for roughly a week now, ever sense it debuted on Steam, and I have to say that I am in love with it. Graphically it’s very nice, not Battlefield 3, but much better than any other F2P shooter. The best part of the game is the HRV which will allow you to see through walls/floors for a few seconds, with a bit of a cooldown. You are entirely vulnerable while using it, as you can’t fire a weapon with it on and it takes a second to turn off again, but when you get the hang of it you can use it before going into a building, see a soldier kneeling facing the door and either come in shooting directly at him or lob a grenade through the window and flush him out. It’s changed the way I want to play shooters from now on.

Sadly, the game has it’s share of problems. First and foremost are the bugs. Sometimes I just can’t log on, other times I’ll join a match and everyone will be named “Player”, be level 1 and have none of the gear they’ve managed to buy/earn. It’s as simple as leaving the server and joining a new one to get your stuff back, but it’s still a pain. Another problem is the cash shop. You can use real money or GP that you earn in game to rent/purchase weapons, armor, really anything in the game. I really want an item that lets you resurrect fallen friendlies, like the medic in Battlefield with his jumpers. Sadly, it costs 11k GP. I’ve been playing on and off for about a week and I have 5.5k. I can also pay $10. $10 for that ONE item. I’ve seen Battlefield 3 go for less than the cost of three items, and that’s sad. I’m not one of those people who refuses to pay in F2P games either, just ask DCUO. I’ve spent more money in that than it would have cost to buy it at launch, because I am enjoying it. LOTRO has gotten at least $50 from me, not counting my original purchase and purchase of the Mines of Moria Expansion. Other games have gotten more or less, such as Tribes: Ascend getting about $10 so far. Still, I refuse to pay $10 for one item, so I’m going to grind for it the old fashioned way. Why? Because I’m playing the game to enjoy playing the game, what does it matter if it takes a few extra days to get it?

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I got this when I tried to log on. Server is Online, ping is 25, no queue size, no wait time, won’t connect. One of the bugs.

So, since Blacklight: Retribution didn’t want to come out and play I decided to two-time it with one of it’s F2P sister shooters, Tribes: Ascend. I’ve put a few hours into Tribes and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the combat. The skiing is a lot of fun, the spinfusor is insanely hard to master but really fun to use, and the F2P system really isn’t done badly in the game at all. Of course, I haven’t really touched Capture the Flag. Why you ask? Because I’m terrified of it. There is just so much to deal with, the Skiing, the unique weapons, vehicles, turrets, radar, generators, flags, little hover rings that lead to the enemy ship, etc. It’s just a lot to come to grips with at once, so I’ve been practicing in Team Deathmatch to get better at skiing and aiming the spinfusor. Well, I finally decided to take the plunge, and overall I didn’t do too badly.

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I’m still not used to using my credits, and truth be told, I have no idea what any of them do. I know ONE of them calls in an airstrike, but I’m not sure which one.

I believe I came in fourth on this map, thanks to my flag camping and blatantly committing suicide to kill any flag nabbers before they could get more than a foot from the flag position. I played another match that we won, but I didn’t do as well. It was the snowy mountains, and I’m just not any good on that map. Still, overall I had fun and managed to keep the rage down, mostly thanks to winning. Now, I think I’m going to mess around with some TF2 and perhaps Warlock: Masters of the Arcane, as it’s one of the current Steam Summer sales.