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« on: March 25, 2016, 07:31:41 PM »

I've gotten into Grim Dawn this week, although I'm starting to cool on it a bit after not picking up a weapon in nearly 6 hours that's better than what I grabbed at level 15.  Still, it's a fun Diablo alternative.  Will run a few FFXIV dungeons and probably do some Fire Emblem Birthright levels.  May poke around with Black Desert as well, as I've seen it getting a few patches.  Maybe one of them will help it actually make sense.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2016, 10:05:00 PM »

I volunteered to help a friend move the remnants out of his apartment tomorrow afternoon.  The movers should have gotten the big stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2016, 11:04:40 PM »

Grabbed EDF 4.1 on sale so like that, more Salt & Sanctuary, and maybe some Paragon
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2016, 04:23:39 AM »

futzin around in Minecraft
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2016, 07:05:18 PM »

Screaming at my TV playing Trackmania Turbo as I continously restart tracks.  *Fist Shaking*
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2016, 07:46:15 PM »

Colin McRae Rally can be frustrating as well at times.
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2016, 01:01:08 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on March 25, 2016, 07:31:41 PM

I've gotten into Grim Dawn this week, although I'm starting to cool on it a bit after not picking up a weapon in nearly 6 hours that's better than what I grabbed at level 15.  Still, it's a fun Diablo alternative.  Will run a few FFXIV dungeons and probably do some Fire Emblem Birthright levels.  May poke around with Black Desert as well, as I've seen it getting a few patches.  Maybe one of them will help it actually make sense.

 A little Grim Dawn (up to level 35) and a few FF XIV dungeons as well.  I've gotten to the point where all that's left in FF XIV is the end-game grind, which typically sees me wandering off to other things.   I also tried Fallout 4, and came away entirely unimpressed.  Feels much more like a Boston-themed expansion to FO3 than an actual new game.  Maybe that's what people really wanted, but I thought it was 'meh'.

Found out a group of my IRL friends are playing Black Desert Online as well, so I connected with them yesterday.  Was able to piece a few more things together about the gameplay systems, but even with a group available to ask questions of, it's still confusing as hell.
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2016, 03:11:27 PM »

I played a little bit of Trackmania Turbo, a few hours of Far Cry Primal, and a bit more of The Division.
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2016, 06:22:11 PM »

Played nothing this weekend but the damned addictive Doomsday Clicker on iOS. It's basically AdVenture Capitalist with better theming and the ability to kill creatures for bonuses. Completely pointless and mindless, but I can't stop checking it.
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2016, 07:48:52 PM »

Only thing I played significantly this weekend was Neverwinter Nights, the online version.

I tried it when it first came out but didn't stick with it. So the last few weekends had been playing it a few hours at a time. It's got some good and bad things to it. It's a free-to-play MMO and they are pretty generous with what you can do for free. They'll give you a mount, some bags, even a companion AI. There's plenty of quests to do and you can do instanced dungeons.

But the free-to-play stuff means you are limited without spending money or grinding. So that mount is the slowest one, the number of bags you get and space in them is limited which can become a pain to manage, and while you can do as many instanced dungeons you want you need to have a key to open the reward treasure chest at the end to get anything other than the random junk drops. You can grind to buy all that stuff with in-game currency but it's typically crazy expensive. So we plunked down our first $10 to purchase a single 26 slot bag that's only good for 1 character - although as a bonus our first purchase came with a one-time crate that had a bunch of stuff including another 16 slot bag.

The bag space is the biggest first issue you'll hit in the game. You COULD work around it but having to sell constantly is a pain. And the lowest price for purchasing a bag with astral diamonds (one of the in-game currencies) is like 250k+. And having about 1k of those astral diamonds at level 26 means it'll be a long time coming before I can get one of those.

But as far as the game itself goes its actually a lot of fun. The combat is action oriented. One of my characters is a guardian fighter and hitting an enemy with my sword is palpable. When you kill a monster with a swing they'll fall in the direction of the swing. The charge attack looks nice and when your shield bashes in to them it again feels like an actual hit. So a big plus on the action combat for this game.

The quests are pretty decent too. Everyone goes through the same quests in the game - with a few specific ones for class/race. So the quests are a nice mix of small instances with story elements, and the typical kill x # of monsters. I haven't felt bored with that part of the game yet.

Leveling is quick (early on) and when you hit about L18 you get an AI companion that helps out too which is super nice if you solo.

So I like the game. And you can play just about every aspect of the game without paying a cent. But the annoyance of having to work inside all the restrictions would likely end up becoming death of a 1,000 cuts somewhere down the line. I'd rather just pay a monthly fee to bypass all these inconveniences than a little here and there but I'm still down with the game. $10 for about 15 hours of game time so far isn't too bad.
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