I'd say it was the smoothest online-only game launch I have been a part of. The Origin unlock took about 20 seconds and while connecting wasn't perfect, once I got into a matchmaking queue everything seemed to work very smoothly. I had to restart the game a couple times, but switching regions from the default got me into the system immediately.
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It's not a video game, but I would suggest Dungeons and Dragons due to the exhaustive list of mechanics and concepts that it innovated that have spread to nearly every kind of game:
- Games as narrative delivery vehicles
- The currently accepted concept of a role playing game.
- Character Classes
- Character Levels and persistent progression
- Loot and gear
31 here as well... I'm an amateur musician and my twin brother has a music major, is in a couple of performing bands and is a paid choral singer. We both loved Guitar Hero and still play Rock Band as often as possible, drunk or sober. We play on expert and can beat most 0-4 difficulty songs with 5/gold star ratings and at least pass most 5+ difficulty songs. It took us about 6-8 months of almost weekly play to pick up guitar and a bit longer for me to pick up drums in Rock Band at that level. Now we play once every month or two, but we are still able to jump back in at basically the same level with minimal warm up. I was even able to parley several years of Rock Band drum experience into actual drumming, but even that took months of work and retraining for me to get to a passable state and I think is a more or less unique case to Rock Band drumming.
My point is, rhythm games tend to have steep learning curves and high skill ceilings and I wouldn't expect musicians to be able to short circuit that learning curve. I think your aptitude for rhythm games mostly has to do with your ability to learn hand-eye coordinated patterns and your interest in them has to do with your interest in the music and presentation and your tolerance for the learning curve.
I feel like there is a case for a generalized system built into download services that allows players to select various asset quality sets to install. I mean, it's cool that Titanfall has the "insane" texture resolution, but aren't they wasting most players' time and EA's bandwidth costs by prematurely installing assets that 95% of gaming PCs aren't adequately equipped to use? Even something like Skyrim's high resolution texture pack as free DLC might be appreciated.
Of course, as Nashvilleskyline points out, no one ever seems to be happy on the internet and people would be complaining about needing to download them separately. Hopefully those people wouldn't be the same people who are now complaining about the 48GB install not fitting on their SSDs...
I haven't seen a class based shooter that isn't a left trigger right trigger game. I can't remember the last time I played a multiplayer shooter that I liked. Maybe Uncharted 2, but I have problems with that as well.
Team Fortress 2 is not left trigger right trigger, right? It's also the last multiplayer shooter I got into at all.
I usually play games that are some combination of strategy, first person shooter and RPG, which work great with a keyboard and mouse. I still use a DualShock 3 when a controller is necessary. I'll be getting a Steam Controller when it comes out to replace it.
I don't know what to say, that seems very strange. I watched a lot of Netflix on a side monitor while playing Civ V on my primary a couple of years ago. This was with an AMD Phenom II and an ATI Radeon 5770, not at all high end even for their day.
A good turn based strategy game I like to play is Frozen Synapse. You control 3-5 soldiers by plotting their actions for the next 5 seconds, while your opponent does the same. Once you both submit your action plans, the server executes them and shows the results. Since you only play to 8 turns, this works just as well as a play by email game as it does when you are both online.The art is a little abstract and cyberpunk, but the game is focused and 100% mouse usable. I've only played it head-to-head, but I think the expansion adds a cooperative mode to the single player campaign.
You might also consider online card games like Hearthstone, SolForge or Dominion or online board games like Ticket to Ride, Small World or Hive (On Steam). These are much more casual than most of the other suggestions, so you could probably have one on as a background activity while you carry on a conversation. They are also all pretty great and most of them (except Hearthstone and SolForge) have physical versions too.
@chaser324: Yeah, I got the impression that Vella was actually rebelling and Shay was just following the script. He may actually be exceptional, considering how incurious everyone in Vella's world is, he just never had anyone to foil that for him.