I currently have four games installed on my PC: Jumpgate, Firefall, Aion, and Defiance. Jumpgate is the only one I claim to know something about and have anything approaching a high-level character.
I can't really get into fantasy games. I know sci-fi is really the same thing, but I just can't get my mind around fantasy. Aion is probably fantasy but it's weird enough (I have wings) that I can tolerate it. I started Aion years ago when it released because I got a free 3-month subscription from NCSoft when they closed down my beloved Tabula Rasa. I've gone back to Aion now that it's F2P.
Firefall has just been released (on July 29) after a long beta and is also F2P. Defiance has just switched to F2P. (You might see a trend here.) I don't mind paying for a game I like, I just don't like paying for trying to figure out if I like it.
Just Elite: Dangerous, when I can bring myself to spend any time in it.
The Beta was released in the last couple days so I'm downloading the update now. Very frustrating though as there's so little economy that its hard to make any money. Perhaps the larger universe with Beta will help but they've also let in a bunch more players so perhaps not.
Agreed. Wait for it to come out and see what you think then. Maybe you will love it but maybe it's not what you want from a game. I'm not sure what direction they're taking. They're pushing more for authenticity than Star Citizen. I think Star Citizen will be more about getting in there and shooting things.
My video card died a few weeks ago, so I installed the trusty old NVidia 8400GS and am playing JG every now and then. I'm just waiting on the 4GB GTX960 to be available (and recover from paying for the removal of my step-daughter's wisdom teeth), but for now, JG is it!
I bought into (B2P) Elite:Dangerous and tried to get started. Big learning curve, and I couldn't figure out how to make any money to buy other than the starting ship. Space there, it seems, is very unforgiving and very lonely.
I'm not sure what to play now. I max leveled Firefall, and the elder game stuff is not what I can do without a group.
Hey Mint: Do you know if the AQM forum is ever coming back?
I picked up a GTX970 on Friday night and have played E:D a couple times over the weekend, using my Lacon Type 6 to cart 96 units of cargo about, making 75000 to 100000 per trip. Due to the heat issues it suffers though, I've got to run it with the weapon systems offline.
I got bored with that tonight so jumped back into my Cobra Mk3 and took a mission to take down a pirate lord for 150000 or so. Well, taking down his Anaconda earned me over 200000 bounty, plus the mission credits.
I also dropped in on a strong signal source and managed to take out a wing of bad guys, two of them in Anacondas and a few Sidewinders, Vipers and Cobras. Fortunately they took me on one at a time as there were local security forces also in battle with them which helps draw fire from time to time.
Grand total for my bounty hunting? a little over 800000 credits. Not bad for a couple hours (fun) work.
Problem is, I keep spending it on upgrading my Cobra and Lacon Type 6. At this rate, I'll never buy an Asp let alone an Imperial Clipper!
I have been messing around with E:D until the 1.1 update, kinda stopped after that due to increased difficulty on assassin missions, so it's been a month or so that I haven't played any game. Popped into jumpgate chat for a short moment about 10 days ago.
I might jump in to QC sometime in the near future.
My current way to make money fast in E:D is to bounty hunt at extraction sites. I stay out until I'm down to 80% armour or accidentally bounty myself by shooting the wrong ship (oops!), then head in and collect the bounties. I'm getting about 1million credits each time, just using my (highly modified) Cobra Mk3. I've also bought an Asp and am deking it out with everything I need to go exploring. It's a huge money sink as I've spent over 15mil on it and haven't even flown it yet. First trip will be to a higher tech station so I can upgrade the equipment to 'A' grade. Plenty of hard points though so I've got ECM, chaf launcher, turret defence and a couple of nice big beam lasers
Evo and I have flown a few times in JG, fighting the new mean pirate trio, has been fun.
In E:D I did once go to an extraction site, found barely nothing to shoot and left after wasting half an hour there. Overall E:D isn't interesting enough in group gameplay, I haven't tried the Wings update yet, but since it limits to 4 group if I read correctly, just like PoTBS limited to 6 group with the same instance type of play, its a bit pointless for big battles, not dynamic enough for my taste.
By the way Mint, be careful of that turret defence, got me killed, ticketed as I didn't know why and got the following response: Thank you for contacting us. What we need players to do when they encounter someone who behaves in this way is use the in-game report feature and report them. If a player is repeatedly reported by different sources for bad behaviour, the appropriate action will be taken.
It may also be worth turning off your point defence turret modules when docking, if your ship has them. Some players have been reported to coax your turrets into firing when you are approaching the station. This can sometimes agitate the station and cause it to fire at you. This is a known issue to us and we are investigating this. Until measures are put in place to prevent this, some players are simply turning this module off in the right hand panel when docking to avoid this situation.
I was playing JG when my video card failed as my old 9800GS is well and truly up to the task. There weren't any EL players on when I was there but it was still good to have a chat with those other players that were. Then I went and upgraded to a GTX970.... oh well.
The pirate trio is the squad OneEightSeven with Vane Vis and one other who are always online together. Lately however, they fight as Mercs in their alts. Maybe the bounties collected and/or dying causing stocking issues are slowing them, maybe not.
Having fun anyway, they are good fighters and remain polite for what little I have seen, though they run a lot, often wasting time to regroup up when outnumbered.
Once however, they drew both us and Filzi together and Evo and I whooped Filzi and his friend in a nice 2v2, twin pests on a Nix and Phoon