Been playing Stalker: Call of Pripyat lately. Despite something like a hundred hours in Shadow of Chernobyl, I had never gotten into Call of Pripyat. I think the first time I was just burnt out (had just played SoC), then I started and an emission killed me like 15 minutes in and I said "nuts to this", couple other false starts, re-tried it a few days ago then learned that the CoP Complete mod now breaks the game, reinstalled with a different mod, hit a point with constant crashes to desktop, uninstalled, reinstalled, started over and am finally well into it. A worthy successor to Shadow of Chernobyl and most of the Quality of Life improvements from SoC Complete are part of the CoP base game (repairs, namely) so playing this vanilla is fine. My older son was watching me play and was amused by me wandering into a building, hearing a shouted Russian (Ukrainian?) phrase, a burst of machine gun fire and then me promptly being dead. Good ole Stalker... certainly less forgiving than when he's playing Borderlands 2.
So Wasteland 2 is out and people seem to be receiving it well. I was a little tempted by all the launch praise to use a 20% Gamersgate coupon and go in on it for $32 but think I'll hold off and see how it's priced for the winter sales. I don't really need a new game right now and told myself that I'd try to get through Witcher 1/2 (or at least 2) before Witcher 3 launched in January and Alien: Isolation is out in a few more weeks as well.
Wow. Regular ol' Joph fan club in here.