Playing Star Wars: Battlefront 2 online

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With the new Star Wars Battlefront being teased and disappointing people, you can still play the old Battlefront 2 online even without GameSpy.

The easy steps

  • Go to the download page;
  • Download the corresponding archive, “BattlefrontII_1.1_europe_clientfiles_english.zip” was the one I downloaded for me;
  • Extract it to the game folder “\Steam\SteamApps\common\Star Wars Battlefront II\GameData”;
  • In-game: create an account like if it was a GameSpy one;
  • Execute order 66.

Source: http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Battlefront_2

No gamepad in Evoland ?

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Evoland is a journey through the history of action/adventure gaming. You unlock technologies, gameplay systems and graphics upgrade as you progress through the game.

For some people the game won’t detect gamepads. I’m running Windows 8.1 and this is how I resolved my issue:

  • Navigate to Evoland’s folder: \Steam\steamapps\common\Evoland\;
  • Rename dinput8.dll as _dinput8.dll;
  • Launch pad.exe to see if your gamepad is detected;
  • Enjoy the game.

Get PSO2es’ APK file

Update: The game has been release, you can get it on Arks-Layer.

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If you don’t feel like setting up a VPN or if you can’t set it up, there is another way to obtain the game. You’ll need:

  • An android device (2.1+)
  • Google Chrome (on a desktop)
  • A Google Chrome’s extension called APK Downloader
  • Drag’n’Drop skill points

Disclaimer

I’m not responsible of anything. If something breaks or works it’s because of you.
If you follow the instructions, it should work, otherwise the instruction were not followed correctly.

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Get Phantasy Star Online 2es (VPN)

Update: The game has been release, you can get it on Arks-Layer.

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After receiving a mail saying that I was chosen for the closed beta of Phantasy Star Online 2: es, I wanted to install it on my phone like anybody who’s supposed to play it.

Like always, things don’t go smoothly: it’s region locked on the Play Store.
I’m using a Nexus 4 running the stock Android 4.3.

Disclaimer

I’m not responsible of anything, if you have a problem with scanning a QR Code you can get Google Goggles. For other problems I consider you know how to read so there should not be any.
Keep in mind that your device is probably not compatible.

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Trine 2 not running on Windows 8

header_292x136This blog could be called the “not running on Windows 8”, and if people actually read this blog they’ll think that I’m trolling them about Windows 8.
Windows 8 is not that bad at all, it just has some small issues with some software not written for it.

I personally think that Trine 2 has some of the best graphics, and the story or the gameplay is not that bad while it’s linear.

There are 3 little steps:

  • Browse to the game’s folder: \Steam\steamapps\common\trine 2
  • Locate trine2_launcher.exe and right-click, then choose properties
  • In the properties window, go to compatibility then tick the box called “Run as admin” or something like that (I have a French system).

Even if you disabled smartscreen and the UAC, programmes won’t run with Admin rights if you don’t ask them too (with a manifest or right clicking then running as admin).

You can now enjoy Trine 2 !

Telltale titles not running on Windows 8

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Once again some games are not written for Windows 8, especially for the up to date dinput8.dll file !
Apparently this bug feature happens when a controller is plugged in, but I’m too lazy to find out.

The answer to that problem is in a Steam Game Hub thread, thanks to Dolimite.

To enjoy your Telltale title, follow the following steps:

  • Download the dinput8.dll: [Mega] [Mediafire];
  • Copy it in the game folder, for example for The Walking Dead: \Steam\steamapps\common\The Walking Dead

Telltale should really do something…
Enjoy your game !

Waking Mars

Waking Mars is an Indie game produced by Tiger Style studio and release on Windows, Linux, Mac and Android.
The game was greenlit, then put on the Steam store during December 2012.

Storyline

In 2097, life is discovered on Mars. When your mission of first contact becomes trapped by a cave-in, you must master the alien ecosystem to survive. Soon you stumble upon more than anyone expected, and with time running out, you will make a decision that determines the fate of a lost planet

Impressions

At first I started playing it casually, because the plot wasn’t really interesting at first. Then I started playing it more and more on my Google Nexus 4, and somehow got addicted to it.
It was a great experience and the game was getting more and more interesting.

I even played instead of sleeping and finished the game in about 5 hours, that’s about as long as Call of Duty’s campaign mode !

I honestly recommend it to anybody interesting in original Indie games.

QTE or gaming’s cancer

You all played a game with QTE or Quick Time Events, but what is it really ?
QTEs are performing an action during a game, sometimes during cut-scenes, it seems to be a good idea but sometimes they are overused.

In this post I’ll be talking about two games that use QTEs, the first example will be what harms gameplay and the second example won’t add anything to the gameplay.

Far Cry 3

Talking about QTEs without talking about about Far Cry 3 is like talking about J.K. Rowling without talking about Harry Potter.
What’s so bad about Far Cry 3’s QTEs ? Well they just stop what you were doing and prompt you to press (possibly) the same key you were going to press.

Even if I press forward I would just fall...
Even if I press forward I would just fall…

There are other moments like “Hold E to interact”. Why should I hold a key to just press a switch ?
Or be prompted to hold a key I was already pressed.

With that said, I don’t hate Far Cry. This game had the best bad guy ever, and interesting gameplay that in fact was supposed to designed as bad gameplay.

Metal Gear

Metal Gear has QTEs too ! In fact in Metal Gear Solid 3 you can even press R1 to view some cut-scenes from another angle.

Are those made out of kevlar ?
Are those made out of kevlar ?

In Metal Gear Solid 4 you can also see moments from the previous games when a character appears on screen. Some other moments will be key mashing to get Snake somewhere.
In this case the player will experience the struggle Snake is going through.

Alan Wake

Click when the arrow is on the green part to start the generator.
Click when the arrow is on the green part to start the generator.

Alan Wake is a pretty good example for the good QTE. While reloading you can speed up the process by pressing the reload key multiple times or start a generator a bit more realisticly.

Conclusion

I personally think that QTEs must NOT be overused. I understand the use of it if you must perform certain actions to stay alive during a cut-scene or to get an alternate ending.
If they don’t harm the game it’s good to have them, but otherwise I’d really like having a choice in the options to disable QTEs.