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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 09, 2015, 01:29:46 AM
I won't be preloading because Best Buy is offering $10 gift cards with preorders of the physical copies.  Combined with the 20% off for being in Gamers Club Unlocked, it works out to a better deal on the PC version than Green Man Gaming.  The key also unlocks on Steam, so all I'll need is whatever Day 0 patch might come down once I install off the disc.

-Autistic Angel
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: November 08, 2015, 03:41:51 PM
I also own Helldivers and have never played it.  When are you planning to start?

-Autistic Angel
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/30/15 Halloween Edition on: November 02, 2015, 11:40:04 AM
I finished Dying Light which was very good.  It's still remarkable to me how that game came and went without any real fanfare, considering that it absolutely eclipses Dead Island in every category and adds some really spectacular free-running mechanics as well.

I also finished Life is Strange.

 icon_frown icon_frown icon_frown


- icon_cry
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/3) on: November 02, 2015, 11:34:35 AM
Anno 2205 will also be coming out tomorrow for the PC.  Where previous Anno games expanded single maps with different climates or multiple layers, this one will be more about linking entirely distinct maps together into a linked economy.  It sounds a bit like what SimCity 2013 was trying to accomplish, except with much more stark differences between the zones and the intent that a single player will be running them all simultaneously.

I have enjoyed every new Anno game more than the preceding one, and I played something like 200 hours of Anno 2070 and its expansion.  Still, I have a busy enough week ahead that I'll be waiting on reviews rather than preloading.

-Autistic Angel
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/30/15 Halloween Edition on: October 30, 2015, 04:46:23 PM
I'll be finishing the final chapter of the narrative game I've been playing, potentially finishing Dying Light, and hopefully getting some more time with Assassin's Creed: Syndicate on the PS4.

Trying to clear the field a bit before next week's release of Anno 2205. I loved the last game so that looks like a Day1 purchase for me.

-Autistic Angel
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 19, 2015, 10:19:40 AM
Quick adjustment to the release list: the PC version of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate won't be out until 11/19.

I have not yet decided if I'll be picking up the PS4 version or waiting -- it'll likely depend on the reviews.

-Autistic Angel
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: October 17, 2015, 05:19:48 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 17, 2015, 04:46:20 PM

Not to derail, but can you point me to some of those mods? I'd love to check it out.

The Watch Dogs graphical mod I used was ironically named "TheWorse Mod" after its creator.  Wired did an article about it, and the final version can be downloaded from Guru3D here.  I used the version without the altered "Maldo Textures" though I don't remember why.  I think it was just a matter of personal preference.

We all say graphics don't make the game, but it turns out making mischief in an open world is more fun when everything looks super awesome too!

-Autistic Angel

88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: October 17, 2015, 03:41:53 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on October 17, 2015, 02:48:09 AM

Like recent previous AC offers through GMG, it's for a Uplay key rather than a Steam key (which loads the game through Uplay anyway). However, Uplay and I have been doing well together for quite a while so I don't foresee an issue.

Yes, Uplay has been pretty good for a while now.  The big issues used to be connectivity problems, which were resolved by moving to a new server farm years ago, and the inability to back up games so they didn't need to be redownloaded.  That feature was added sometime last year, so I'd be fine with buying directly from them for a better discount.

I may just stick with the PS4 version of Syndicate, though.  Even the best Ubisoft PC ports take a good six months to get properly optimized, and some need community mods to really shine.  Watch Dogs is the best example of that: the standard game looked adequate in a flat, lifeless sort of way, but was easily modded to be absolutely gorgeous with just a couple files.

-Autistic Angel
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 12, 2015, 08:53:18 PM

Quote from: SeaMoosi on October 12, 2015, 03:23:04 AM

I thought Tales finale was next week, same day as Life is Strange finale?

I believe this is correct as well.  When October 20th was announced as the release date, I distinctly remember saying to a friend of mine, "OMG, this is like totally amazeballs right now!  Hella greatitude OTW ten-twenty, dilsnoofus!"

He was very confused.

-Autistic Angel
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/9/15 Edition on: October 09, 2015, 11:56:21 AM
In addition to the old stand-bys of Heroes of the Storm and Diablo 3 on PS4, I started a new narrative game last week that I've been thinking about all week long.  I'll definitely be playing the next Episode on Sunday!

-Autistic Angel
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 08, 2015, 04:12:06 PM

Quote from: Mr. Feral on October 07, 2015, 11:29:43 PM

I would love a spiritual evolution of the elements we cared about, but at this point the IP only feels stale and played out.  They could still make a truly great game, but it almost seems it would be in spite of what Resident Evil has become.  That being the case, a fresh IP with similar elements may be what they need to get fans excited again.

I feel like this was the intent behind The Evil Within.  Take the same over-the-shoulder aiming mechanic that everyone loved in Resident Evil 4 but roll back the move towards an action-packed spectacle and reassert the focus on marshaling limited resources to survive a dire predicament.

Some people loved it.  Game Informer's Tim Turi, who I generally agree with, adored it.  I thought it was the worst game I played that year, so I think I'd be happier if Capcom continues down the learning path Turtle noticed in Revelations 2 .

-Autistic Angel
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 01:24:19 PM
The Vita game is very meh.  The aiming is surprisingly sharp thanks to the fine tuning allowed by the motion controls, but the story plays out like unguided fan fiction.

But don't forget to log into Diablo 3 on your console and check your mailbox. I got a gift for you yesterday and there may be more from the last 30 days I've forgotten about.

-Autistic Angel
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 12:51:32 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 05, 2015, 02:59:03 AM

Uncharted is an eventual must-buy, as I've never played any of the Uncharted games. However, it will have to wait until I get some of my backlog under control.

If you haven't played these great games yet, picking up the Uncharted Collection is an integral part of getting your backlog under control.  You're also saving a ton of money compared to people who bought the three games for $60 a piece, so in a way, it would actually be irresponsible not to buy the set and play it immediately.


-Autistic Angel
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 05, 2015, 01:58:28 AM
I finished Until Dawn last night.  It's was the most harrowing video game I've played since Fatal Frame 2.

Four of my characters made it to the end credits.  Four did not, even though I really, really tried.  Turns out it's pretty easy to sit behind your popcorn bucket and chat about how stupid horror movie characters are, but when you're the one in the thick of it, the choice between Run or Hide isn't so intuitive. icon_cry

I loved it.

-Autistic Angel
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: October 01, 2015, 06:21:23 PM
There are no story revelations in Unity.  In fact, in the final moments of the game, one of the characters expressly tells the player that the main plot has turned out to be completely irrelevant to the broader story.

That sounds like a joke, but I'm completely serious.  It is the most disposable Assassin's Creed game in the mainline series.

-Autistic Angel
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/29) on: September 29, 2015, 01:58:45 PM
I grabbed the expansion for Eador: Matters of the Broken World on Steam since it was only eighty cents.

Otherwise,  I'm passing on Lego Dimensions for now because it seems a little too advanced for the kids in my life and like a huge cash sink for the adults in my life.   Everything I've read indicates it's effectively the same style Lego game we've been playing for years, except everything is three times more expensive and will require physical storage in perpetuity.

I think Jeff Cork made an interesting observation that it'll develop into a good collection of licensed properties that probably couldn't support full Lego games on their own (Wizard of Oz, Doctor Who, The Simpsons), but I'll want to see how well the experience holds up once some of those $30+ expansion sets have come out.

Anyway,  nothing else for me this week.

-Autistic Angel
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 9/25 edition on: September 26, 2015, 11:18:54 AM
What is "SS:SE"?

EDIT: Oh, never mind.  I just Googled "Exotech Larva" and found out it's Serious Sam.

Anyway, I'll probably play some more Heroes of the Storm, Lego Batman 3, and Diablo 3.  There's another narrative game I've been playing as well that may be finished this weekend. paranoid

-Autistic Angel
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 23, 2015, 10:41:26 AM
Boy, if someone had told me I'd enjoy Scream Queens more than a TV series based on Minority Report, I'd never have believed them.  Every preview looked absolutely dreadful, and having no affinity for either nip/tuck or American Horror Story, there was no fall premiere I was going into with lower expectations.

But that was actually pretty good.  It's dumb, but in a supremely self-aware way that winds up channeling the parts I liked most about Jennifer's Body and Hell Baby.  The stunt casting with Ariana Grande wasn't as grating as I expected and Jamie Lee Curtis was really great...I'm definitely on board for more!

-Autistic Angel
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 22, 2015, 02:24:24 PM
I agree with Purge.  TV pilots need to strike a delicate balance between setting up the premise of an entire series and creating a good individual episode, and there are plenty of examples of great shows that had rocky starts (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, Firefly, Agents of Shield).  But even keeping that in mind, the premiere episode of Minority Report was distinctly terrible.

Half the episode was spent trying to isolate why it looked so terrible.  CGI was splashed over every scene -- to a degree they can't possible hope to keep funding -- but rather than slick and impressive, it somehow made everything look super chintzy, like a Universal Studios amusement park version of the future.

The other half was trying to figure out why everyone was dumping out their lines as quickly as possible.  Is everyone in 2065 hooked on speed, or was this written as a two hour premiere and then filmed in forty minutes flat?  Some of the scene construction was just bizarre, with characters expressing unprovoked mood swings from one moment to the next.

"Hey man, cool birds."


"Precrime took everything from you YOU'RE THE REAL KILLER!"

"I'm scared or something and running awwaaaaaaay!"

My favorite scene was when the precog said, "I can't help you anymore, here's my sketchbook, solve these crimes, I've got to go!" and then walked all of four feet before continuing the conversation like that the lead from Memento.

I'll be real interested to see what episode 5 of this is like.  Based surely on the debut, it had better improve a lot by then.

-Autistic Angel
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2015, 01:25:40 PM
Yeah, I've played a bunch of Lego Marvel Super Heroes with a friend.  Any level where he becomes Lego Hulk means I'm going to be spending a bunch of time pulling my character back together, but it doesn't matter because at most you just lose a handful of monies.

Things are different for a five year-old.  The fact that Skylander food heals both characters matters less than the fact that "My guy is hungry and she didn't share!  Pout poutty pout!"  The kids know, abstractly, that they're both benefiting from the teamwork, but they still individually want to be the one who solves the puzzle or physically picks up the special hat.

Superchargers may be a fine game for a couple adults who enjoy leveling up the new characters.  For younger players who still occassionally spend a full minute running towards opposite edges of the screen in a debate about which way to go, the idea of splitting entire levels where one has little to do while the other races around and has fun just sounds like a bad time.

-Autistic Angel
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2015, 11:09:23 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 21, 2015, 05:38:43 PM

Where are you seeing that the new Skylanders is being labeled as the worst in the series?  Everything I've read about it made it seem like a good version of their game (and certainly better than Trap Team) and the metascore is currently 84, which is far from bad.

Here is Game Informer's review:

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
Concept: The worst entry in the Skylanders series. The vehicle segments sap the fun and personality from the experience, and are usually light on challenge.

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
By the third level, I would grimace whenever I saw an icon telling me I needed to place a car on the Portal of Power for a vehicle sequence. The cars are the weakest part of the campaign, and most are tied to the critical path. These tracks are overly wide and are largely free of any challenge. The most excitement usually comes from turning slightly to hit jumps and nab coins along the way. Pop-up barricades are introduced in later sequences, but again, the abundantly wide track gives you more than enough room to maneuver and removes the intensity from the challenge. The cars deliver further headaches in the arena battles, which end up being a test of overcoming cumbersome controls to drive in circles while firing at opponents.

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
The other vehicle sections in the campaign fair just as poorly or worse than the cars. The side-scrolling submarine sequences, which push the player to squeak by mines and other dangers, are maddeningly boring. The aerial dogfighting and overall flight mechanics are moderately enjoyable, but run into the problem of the vessels taking up a little too much real-estate on screen, which often leads to targets being blocked from view.

Reiner and Jeff Cork also recorded a Test Chamber to show it off in action.  The submarine section is especially rough, with Player 2 relegated to jamming on the Shoot button to blast torpedoes in whatever direction Player 1 happens to be driving.  Vehicle sections like those comprise about half the game, and considering my niece and nephew already have disagreements over which way to explore and who collects the treasure, divvying up which one basically has to sit and watch the other one play an entire level sounds like pure anti-fun.

I will probably pick up Superchargers for them during some steep sale in the future.  Until then, they've always had a good time exploring the different Lego demos on XBox Live so I'm hoping Lego Dimensions will be a fun co-op experience for them.  A major question will be whether or not "friendly fire" can be disabled.  Whether there's a death penalty or not, being killed by a careless sibling at their ages would not make for a fun experience.

-Autistic Angel
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 21, 2015, 05:34:24 PM
I'll be watching the reviews for Lego Dimensions.  I have a young neice and nephew who traditionally love the Skylanders games, but since Superchargers is being labeled as the worst game in the franchise, they'll need to look elsewhere for their toys-to-games entertainment.

The irony is that nearly all of the licensing will mean nothing to them.  Back to the Future?  Ghostbusters?  Lord of the Rings?  Even Batman and Scooby-doo will probably be kind of foreign to kids this young...but they still love beating up bad guys and unlocking new stuff!

Nothing for me, though.

-Autistic Angel
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 20, 2015, 12:15:14 PM
Purchasing The Taken King will give you Destiny and all previously released DLC.  It's the complete "Year 1" package.

EDIT: Specifically, the "Legendary Edition" physical disc is the complete package.  There may be some way to buy just the Taken King pack online for a discount, but that would be a big loss if you don't already own the rest.

-Autistic Angel
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 20, 2015, 11:04:07 AM
Wait, Gratch is going to play co-op with people?  When is this happening?

-Autistic Angel
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] I am Cait on: September 18, 2015, 08:08:08 PM
I watched a documentary several years ago that followed four transgender people for approximately one year.  The title escapes me, but I remember there were two transitioning from male-to-female, and two from female-to-male.  They were also from completely disparate backgrounds -- one had the unconditional emotional and financial support from her grandparents as she counted the days to the final surgery, while another was completely ostracized from his entire community and was working two jobs to cover a minimal amount of hormone therapy along with the basic necessities of living.

Four people is not a representative sample size, but with that documentary, the inescapable takeaway was that they were pursuing their transitions because of deeply ingrained biological imperative.  Each of them, plus all of the other transgender people they interacted with, felt from a very young age as though they'd been born in the wrong body and had been grappling with it ever since.  They were also acutely aware of the extreme health risks associated with gender transitions, particularly from aggressive cancers resulting from the hormone replacements.  Nonetheless, it was something they needed to do.

I think about that documentary every time I see someone handwave a publicly transgender person like Caitlin Jenner, as though she subjected herself to months of invasive and painful medical procedures as some sort of publicity stunt.  Not one of those four people was having a good time with the process -- they just wanted it to be finished so they could live their lives like they'd always felt they should.

I won't be watching I Am Cait personally, but if it helps bring a similar understanding to a broader audience, I hope it does well.

-Autistic Angel
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: September 15, 2015, 08:48:28 PM
Polygon says the save corruption bug has been patched on PS4 and PC:

Quote from: Polygon
The "Quiet Bug" in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has been fixed for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC editions of the game, with other platforms following soon, Konami

-Autistic Angel
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 14, 2015, 06:47:02 PM
The Legend of Guardian Beaners

The Taken King does not know her name. icon_frown

-Autistic Angel
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/11 Patriotic Edition on: September 14, 2015, 11:47:56 AM
In addition to the games listed above, I also finished the final Episode of Telltale's The Wolf Among Us which I enjoyed very much.  It's a shame they haven't shown any momentum towards producing a second season as the murder mystery vibe provided a distinctive feel from the Walking Dead games, but with all the other projects on their plate, I suppose I can understand the need to prioritize their more high profile licenses.

I don't want to go into much detail about TWAU because, like most narratively-focused games, there isn't a lot to discuss about the mechanics and everything else would be story spoilers.  It has more in common with Season 2 of The Walking Dead than the first, in that there's less emphasis on solving environmental puzzles than on engaging in conversation and letting your behavior color the tone and direction of the story.  It's amazing to me how broad a range of reactions these games can illicit from people -- I played it at about the same time as a couple friends and they each had much different thoughts on some of the major events which made for some great conversations.

-Autistic Angel
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/11 Patriotic Edition on: September 12, 2015, 02:36:37 PM
I'll be playing some more Lego Batman 3 and Diablo 3 on the PS4 (TheGrue and GamingTrend have soooo many gifts from me in their mailboxes!), along with more matches in Heroes of the Storm.  That really is the perfect game when you've got 15-20 minutes to grab a little more gold and XP.

I'm also looking for time to get back to Dying Light.  I was having a great time with that before getting sidetracked with some other stuff and haven't had a chance to get back to it recently.

-Autistic Angel
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2015, 02:21:54 AM
If you enjoyed combat encounters in the Halo games and are looking for that style gunplay, then yes: Destiny has steadily gotten better with time.

If you wanted to like Halo but got irritated by weird, half-explained story beats, Destiny might actually drive you blind.  It's not a game you want to play for the storyline.

-Autistic Angel
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamer motivation survey on: September 10, 2015, 03:50:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 09, 2015, 08:32:48 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 09, 2015, 08:28:08 PM

Here's mine.  High Immersion score; moderately low importance on everything else.

-Autistic Angel

Yours and mine are very close.

I still don't know how I scored so high on the "Achievement" component...that generally isn't a big determining factor for me.

I wrote about my profile more extensively in the podcast thread that kicked this whole thing off, but the survey presumes a few things that skewed my scores somewhat lower than I would have expected.

1) The survey treats completionism as a quest for Achievements or Mastery over the game systems.  That's true sometimes, but when I go out of my way to complete every side quest in a game like Dying Light or Dragon Age: Inquisition, I'm usually exploring the world for the sake of Immersion.  

2) Everything in the survey is measured by its "importance" to you.  That's a weird and arbitrary descriptor to me, implying that a game without Achievements or optional content would be less enjoyable to me than one that was stuffed full.  It's also hard for me to ascribe much importance to games in relation everything else in life, so my answers came out more ambivalent than I actually feel.

3) Some of the questions seemed oddly worded.  "Do you enjoy being an agent of chaos and destruction?" really stuck out at me.  Are we talking about Just Cause 2 or Red Faction Guerilla where that's literally the point of the game (and I loved them!), or a Bioware RPG where the options to inflict cruelty and suffering on others is usually pointlessly vicious?

It's a fun idea, but I think the execution could use a couple tweaks for greater accuracy.  Changing "How important is..." to "How enjoyable is...", for example.

-Autistic Angel
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamer motivation survey on: September 09, 2015, 08:28:08 PM
Here's mine.  High Immersion score; moderately low importance on everything else.

-Autistic Angel
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: September 08, 2015, 10:19:26 PM
Game Informer reports that a save file corruption bug has been identified, possibly destroying your progress under specific conditions:

Quote from: Game Informer
If you use Quiet as your buddy in mission 29 or 42, there is a chance that your game progress will be inhibited entirely.

Konami says a patch is already in development, but has no estimate on when it might be released.  

-Autistic Angel
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 08, 2015, 10:08:35 PM
I can sincerely say you didn't miss a thing.

-Autistic Angel
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: September 08, 2015, 07:46:45 PM
If this were a new franchise, or a stand-alone story within the existing franchise, it looks like something I'd be all over.  I like open world games, stealth games, and base building / resource management games, so everything about this would be right up my alley.

Metal Gear Solid lore, however, seems completely impenetrable to half the people who've played the games, much less those of us who haven't.  I got Ground Zeroes free from PSN earlier in the year, so maybe I'll give that a shot and see if the mechanics are strong enough to hold my interest in the absence of a story I would comprehend.

-Autistic Angel
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/4/15 - US Labor Day Edition on: September 08, 2015, 10:16:07 AM
I played some more Lego Batman 3 which continues to be pretty great, several matches in Heroes of the Storm, and a bunch of Diablo 3 on the PS4.  My Demon Hunter is pretty comfortable running solo rifts and bounties on Torment 6, but it turns out anything more than a glancing blow on T7 knocks her dead.

-Autistic Angel
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars on: September 04, 2015, 05:55:45 PM
My understanding is that the base would work and that the characters would all be available for the various toybox events.  There are reportedly many more challenge modes you can undertake with any character in your collection.

The mainline Star Wars content, however, is still locked down to the new Star Wars characters.

-Autistic Angel
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - (late) 8/28 edition on: August 31, 2015, 08:32:10 PM
After finishing Lego Lord of the Rings, I started up Lego Batman 3.  It's so good!  The current-gen Lego games look fantastic, and the writing in Traveler's Tales' original stories is much funnier and more entertaining than their retellings of existing movies.  Lego Robin's earnestness in particular is laugh-out-loud material every time.

Lego Batman 2 is probably my favorite game in the whole series, and this one is shaping up to be a big hit as well.

-Autistic Angel
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 30, 2015, 01:27:32 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 16, 2015, 03:53:33 PM

Lego Lord of the Rings is easily the buggiest game I've played in the franchise.  I jumped back into the 360 version this past week and was quickly reminded why I'd stepped away: I don't think there's been a single session with it that hasn't been marked by some sort of technical failing.  A small sampling....

I almost quit Lego LotR on Saturday morning.  One of the mithril bricks in the overworld was suspended behind a ludicrous traversal puzzle which required me to

1. Run up a pathway that arcs halfway around the room.

2. Hold down 'Y' and go to the full character roster to select Lego Gollum.

3. Climb up the Lego wall.  If Lego Gollum disconnected from the wall for any random reason, or inexplicably failed to clear the edge of the cliff, I'd have to climb it a second time.

4. Hold down 'Y' again and switch to Lego Legolas.

5. Jump up onto a small rock outcropping and walk slowly across a tightrope stretched high in the room.  If Lego Legolas failed to transition into his tightrope walking animation, he would fall into the center of the room and I'd need to start again at Step 1.

6. From the tightrope, I'd need to jump to a pole jutting out from the wall.  The length of the jump and the position of the camera made exact positioning very difficult to judge, and even when Lego Legolas made it onto the pole, it always *looked* like he was going to miss it.  If he did, I'd start again at Step 1.

7. After swinging from the first pole to a second, I'd then need to swing-jump out into the center of the room to grab a dangling vine.  The positioning for this jump was straight up impossible to gauge since the camera was locked halfway across the room at this point, so when Lego Legolas passed slightly in front of or behind the target vine, he'd fall all the way down and I'd start again at Step 1.

8. In the rare event that I grabbed on to the vine, I'd then need to swing back and forth and jump off the vine at exactly the right trajectory to grab the mithril brick.  Again, the camera is showing this from a low-angle locked position from the opposite wall of the room.  When Lego Legolas jumped over, under, behind, or in front of the mithril brick, I'd need to start again at Step 1.

I allotted myself one hour to pass this sequence, and said that if I failed, I would delete my save file and permanently quit the game.  I said several other things during the following forty minutes too, but the most important one was, "OH THANK CHRIST I'll never have to do that again!"

Then I collected all the other minikits, mithril bricks, red bricks, hidden treasures, Achievements, and characters to 100% Lego Lord of the Rings.  I do this with (almost) all of the Lego games, and it's a long-standing tradition at this point to quit out to the main menu and watch the original game trailer that runs when it idles into "Attract Mode."  It's fun to see the scenes they used to sell the game with the hindsight of how they into the experience.

Instead of returning to the title screen, Lego LotR hardlocked my system and went "BLLEEEEEUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRHHHHHHH" through the speakers.  No progress was lost -- to the game's credit, it autosaves with every collectible in the overworld -- but it was one final kick in the shin on the way out.

My final verdict on Lego Lord of the Rings is that 80% of the time it's one of the best games I've played in the entire franchise, with great variety and neat designs and really fun setpieces, and the other 20% it's the WORST.  It actually makes me really curious to see how Lego The Hobbit turned out, if they were able to polish out these many rough edges and expand on the truly great stuff, but I think I'll play something else for a while.

-Autistic Angel
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: August 30, 2015, 12:12:22 AM
Game Informer is reporting that a Collector's Edition has been announced:

Quote from: Game Informer
You can find the contents of the special edition below:

  • The game
  • A 100 page art book
  • A USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit,” pre-loaded with a 10 music tracks from the game’s soundtrack
  • A limited-edition matted 5x7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo

MSRP is $90, US.  There's nothing about retailer exclusivity, so it can probably be preordered anyplace the regular edition will be sold.

-Autistic Angel
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