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Roleplaying in Wasteland 2

Playing a role.

I finally gave in and bought one of the games that was lying at No.1 spot for a long time on my Steam wishlist – Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut. I am a huge fan of the classic Fallout 1 and 2, love post-apocalyptic scenarios and isometric role-playing games. Most of the followers of the genre already know that Wasteland 1 is what inspired classic Fallout.

I always had in my mind a very particular set of characters, which I believed would be really interesting in a game like this. I love Firefly. I felt like coyboys, sci-fi and wasteland would be a perfect fit for me to roleplay (as a party). I went ahead with that decision and I am seriously so in love with this game.

Firefly party creation and composition:

  • There are so many amazing characters in the series, I had to shortlist the best taking into account character skills (TV series), ones that would really matter
  • Their chemistry – if made as an away team in a party
  • I know the game to be combat heavy (like Fallout Tactics, unlike Fallout 1 and 2), so made an appropriate selection – since 4 is the maximum number of party members allowed at game start
  • Unfortunately, biography for characters I made in Wasteland 2 party is blank at the moment (I thought those could also be edited after starting the game, but I’ll need to modify saves to do it – will update this later)
  • I’ve tried to make my party as close to their characters on the show as possible (attributes, characteristics, personalities and skills)
  • Quirks were truly interesting – and it took me a long time to choose!
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State of Firefly characters – Party creation process

I’ll now share how the characters grew in around 30 hours of gameplay. Most of the characters in my party are Level 13 as of this post. I tried to roleplay and add only those skills which made sense to me (staying in line with their show counterparts and also helpful in the game/ but not always)

Malcolm Reynolds

Without any thought, this guy had to be there. There was no question about it. A leader. Smart Ass. Charmer. Can make horrible/ bad choices ;]

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Character Screen – Coordination, Charisma

Quirk: Opportunist [description from Wasteland 2] –> It takes a certain ethical flexibility to take advantage of others, and it’s a flexibility you possess. Your predatory nature means that you kick your enemies just a bit harder when they’re down. However, you’re also equally timid and fearful of harm coming to you, and as a result, you do less damage to those that are healthy.

I believed that quirk to fit Mal perfectly in this game ;]

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Skills – Leadership, Smart Ass, Handguns

Skills: At this moment in the game, Mal is kind of above average in handgun combat. He also has Pulse Rifle as secondary weapon. Leadership helps during combat and Smart Ass provides interesting dialogue options in conversations (wherever possible). He is also perceptive and overall failure in safe-cracking.

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Perks – Know-it-All!

Perks: bonuses for your characters as they level up.

Mal is pretty much having bonuses in Conversations and a little combat advantage. Overall, I use Mal for primary communication with others in game.

 

Zoe Washburn

I really needed a character that can be strong in combat, hardcore and a true, good friend of Mal. It had to be Zoe. Bad-ass, strong and aware.

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Character Screen – Coordination, Awareness, Strength

Quirk: Now, I went through the entire list present in game, couldn’t really feel like a particular quirk to fit Zoe. So, in this case, there is no quirk! No plus, no minus.

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Skills – Shotguns, Field Medic, Assault Rifles

Skills: So, I really wanted Zoe to be a shotgun expert, bad-ass and strong. Her Field medic expertise (coming from Army) really helps out the other members. She also has average Rifle skills, really really useful when friends are in the way ;]

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Perks – Hardened!

Perks: Without blinking, as soon as I got an opportunity to give her the first Perk, I chose Hardened. +1base armor. Perfect for this character.

At this moment in game, she is one of the best combat lady in my party and really messes up raiders and other critters in-game! Just amazing :]

 

Jayne Cobb

Now, Jayne is a very interesting character. In the series and also in this game. I wanted a brawler, hard-ass and ranged expert at the same time. Jayne is all that and perfect Watchman!

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Character Screen – Awareness, Strength

Quirk: Thick-Skinned [description from Wasteland 2] –> All the boys ‘n girls in the playground used to pick on you. They called you stinky, fatty, ugly, and beat you up until you were bruised and sore. But the more you took it, the more you learned to shrug it off. Sticks and stones won’t break your bones. Years of physical abuse have left you thick-skinned and you can shrug off attacks more easily, but you’re heavier and more sluggish, and as a result, you move slower.

Isn’t it perfect for this guy? Such an easy choice for me – works especially well in the game too!

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Skills – Sniper Rifles, Hard Ass, Brawling

Skills: I did mentioned I wanted Jayne to be ranged expert but also a Hard Ass. Like how he really is. Brawling works wonderfully, when someone makes a mistake to jump on him ;]

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Perks – Watchman

Perks: Now, being a strong-willed sniper, Watchman it was! Also, we have here intimidating and Hoarder – all Jayne bonuses ;]

Right now, after around 30 hours, Jayne is one of the best combat specialist in my party. Ranged destruction FTW! I have even seen him breaking down a Robot Crawler by brawling him!

 

River Tam

Okay, so I’ll be frank, the aforementioned 3 selections (Mal, Zoe and Jayne) were easy choices for me. I mean, I had to have them in my party in Wasteland 2. For the final one, I took some time to decide on the best one.

I wanted the last member in my party to be one of these:

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Going with either of those, can give rise to their respective benefits, personalities and skills. After thinking a lot, I almost went with Kaylee. I mean, wouldn’t she be perfect for Mechanical repair, toaster repair and also charismatic? Then it hit me, River is someone who must be tremendously more interesting to have here, because she is so different. And, that is why, even in the game (after finally choosing her) she is so different – useful and oftentimes useless – but oh so interesting!

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Character Screen – Intelligence, Strength and Luck!

Quirk: Manic Depressive [description from Wasteland 2] –> Mania and melancholy are two sides of the same coin, and you have known it all your life. You are subject to intense mood changes, and those around you say you’re almost like a different person each time they see you.

Perfect! Ain’t it? Also, so damn risky. This directly means, her attributes keep shifting every few mins (~15mins) – depending on whether she is feeling Mania or Melancholy! Trust me, because of this the gameplay and how we play around it has become tremendously more enjoyable for me.

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Skills – SMG, Mech Repair, Computer Science and Animal Whisperer!

Skills: Obviously, since I didn’t choose Kaylee, I still needed someone skilled enough to repair stuff, break into locks and use her intelligence to hack into computers and blast into enemies using Submachine guns!

Also, I loved using her Animal Whisperer skills to tame more than 20 animals including gila monsters, goats and worms! :]

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Perks – Weathered

Perks: For bonuses, I’ve selected her to have Weathered (resistance to crits) and Camel – which is really useful in this wasteland. Save, conserve and efficiently use precious water.

During gameplay, if possible I always try to use her whisperer abilities to tame animals (unless its impossible – level difference is high). It is really interesting to make choices based on her mood-state in the game. Many times, I had to wait for her to regain her abilities so that I could lock-pick an important safe!

Well, so that’s about it! I’m currently engrossed in Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut and find the role-playing pretty enjoyable. Especially, with a team like this… what can go wrong?

If you are reading this and love Firefly, RPGs or have been playing Wasteland 2, do post your thoughts.

 

 

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Virat Cricket Challenge

Virat Cricket Challenge

Android Release

Hey all, sorry I had been away for a while. Our team at Nazara were very busy since few weeks now, pushing our production on our recent release Virat Cricket Challenge.

Finally, it feels great to bring out a simple, easy to play game – fast and arcade cricket experience based on Virat Kohli! If you are a Virat fan, you must check this game out!

I am so happy that the game got featured on its release date on Google Playstore :] Entire team is overjoyed!

Google Playstore Download Page

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Virat Kohli announces the game on his Facebook page!

A news article on Times of India came out yesterday with the announcement.
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Here is a poll on twitter –>

Do play the game, rate, shoot feedback and share with your friends and family.

Fresh update!

Virat Cricket Challenge is No.1 today on Google Playstore! We have beaten mighty games to get to this position :]
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Cheers :]


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Currently Playing – Papers, Please

After hearing a lot about this tiny little game called “Papers, Please” making waves across the world, I finally decided to pick up a copy on steam during the Christmas sale! I started playing the game with a brief idea about the plot already in my head (articles from net).

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Papers, Please

Just when I started the game, the first thing that captured my attention was its streamlined, retro title-logo and soundtrack. The beautiful feeling of paper coming out of typewriter just got me. I started to fall in love. But, I knew its not a funny little game, this is serious. The matter the game covers is serious.

I checked into options, made sure everything is as I would like to have (perks of PC) and started my adventure as a petty Government official. The game’s charm took my by surprise as I went from one Day to the next and tried to verify people’s passports and documents. I was amazed to find such a nicely made progression. To cut this matter short (as I am bound to put my review for this game soon), my first play-through ended on Day 6 :[ yes, all my character’s family members got R.I.Ped. It took just 1 hour. I made several wrong choices and some bad decisions. My next play-through went a little better with Day 26 and 3 hours record!

That’s about it for the day. More Papers, Please post to come soon! Keep watching the page!


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Demon’s Souls >>>>> Girlfriend

Written and posted by me on Facebook (Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 6:08pm)

I guess the post title is also valid for Demon’s Souls’ successor, Dark Souls! So, whatever I mean below is completely valid for the sequel too 🙂

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After countless retries, fear, deaths, arduous mishaps, broken bodies, looting, devouring and flirting, I present to you my personal feelings that clearly state and re-state the quintessential and inevitable fact of life (regardless of race, origin, species)…Demon’s Souls is a better deal!

5ive reasons:

1) When you play DS, you cherish each and every moment of your time with it! You know the value of life, money and gaming! This is so NOT true when it comes to spending time with your girlfriend. Demon’s Souls scores!

2) “YOU DIED” – 2 Words. 2 Sweet orgasmic words. It kills You. But, you know, you can come back! You know all has not failed! You know you have the power within you, to come back and murder that red-eyed hoplite bastard. “YOU BROKE UP” – 3 Words. 3 most unethically used words Ever!(perhaps I LOVE YOU is another one). When it comes to your girlfriend, there is NO coming back. Demon’s Souls scores! Again!

3) “It’s NOT you, It’s ME…Routine!” Seinfeld? Anyone? George? I bet many of you must’ve heard those words, uttered by your girlfriend, right before..you know what! It cracks up your skull. Its pure MindfuckAnyway, my point is, Demon’s Souls NEVER does that! In DS, it is always YOUR fault! You die, because YOU SUCK. DS will never say – “It’s NOT you, It’s ME”. Demon’s Souls scores! Yet Again!

4) “SOULSUCKER”. When you feel bad, down, fallen, your girlfriend might always support and be part of the global force which helps SUCK SOULS from you. Girls will SUCK away your SOUL. In Demon’s Souls,YOU SUCK….SOULS! You have the power. You fuck, You suck….souls. Plus, you can buy stuff with souls. So, it ROCKS. Demon’s Souls scores! Again and Again!

5) Married Men! I know its late for you…But, all hope is NOT lost! Deep in your heart, you always wanted to keep a sexy Mistress by your side. Some might even have one! Forget about having a girlfriend as your Mistress, choose Demon’s Souls. You WILL never feel alone…For people who enjoy and feeding off their FEAR, feel true gruesome fear in Demon’s Souls. Demon’s Souls scores! Forever and again!!! DS FTW \m/

If you actually DIE, face true Death playing Demon’s Souls…just remember and recall these words from Demon’s Souls – “If I only had some friends…”