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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 1/13/17 Edition on: January 13, 2017, 11:28:44 PM
Still working through Trails of Cold Steel, and a superb PC strategy game called Thea: The Awakening.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: January 13, 2017, 09:20:56 PM
I'm concerned about the handheld screen. Several of the videos I've watched show washed out viewing angles, so that leads me to believe they are using a TN screen, or a cheap IPS version. I wasn't expecting OLED like the Sony Vita, but will Nintendo EVER use a quality panel?

Hopefully these are just pre-production screens, or the YouTube videos are skewing how it looks.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: January 12, 2017, 08:00:15 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 12, 2017, 04:51:52 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 12, 2017, 03:21:02 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 12, 2017, 03:17:19 AM

Finished the campaign tonight. Loved it. Last couple missions are insanely difficult. I was kind of impressed that the pre-ending cut-scene is slightly different based on who completes the mission. Ended up replaying my last save multiple times.

Unfortunately, it looks like the game is selling poorly. A damned shame, as the developers put their heart and soul into it, and created an excellent addition to the genre. I doubt we will get a sequel or DLC.
Steam Spy says there are about 85,000 owners.  That’s not amazing but it’s a farcry from a disaster considering it only came out a month ago in one of the worst release months.  With 97% positive reviews I feel like this is one that will have legs in future sales.

Poorly doesn't equate to disaster. On Steam(?) the developers spoke about really hoping to break 150K in units at full price or near full price. I don't recall if that was just for Steam, or for the PS4, XB1, and Mac systems also. But if just for Steam, that puts them slightly over half way to goal. I think in a game like this, most of the sales would be front loaded by genre fans until a deep discount. And that deep discount forces the need for a higher sales number. When asked if there would be DLC, the developers gave a hesitant answer of it depends on sales. If sales (or projected sales) were brisk, I think their response would have been more enthusiastic.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: January 12, 2017, 03:21:02 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 12, 2017, 03:17:19 AM

Finished the campaign tonight. Loved it. Last couple missions are insanely difficult. I was kind of impressed that the pre-ending cut-scene is slightly different based on who completes the mission. Ended up replaying my last save multiple times.

Unfortunately, it looks like the game is selling poorly. A damned shame, as the developers put their heart and soul into it, and created an excellent addition to the genre. I doubt we will get a sequel or DLC.
5  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need Windows 10. Is Ebay OK? on: January 12, 2017, 03:14:29 AM
Decided to give it a try. The seller has 498 reviews @ 99.7% favorable. In the last 30 days he had 60 sales and all were favorable. 5 different comments were "The activation code was legit and worked perfectly". We will see....
6  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need Windows 10. Is Ebay OK? on: January 12, 2017, 02:51:34 AM
I purchased a new MacBook Pro, and want to bootcamp Windows 10. Newegg is selling it for $99. Looking at Ebay, I'm seeing multiple listings for Windows 10, full downloads, for $10. Some of these sellers have good ratings and a high number of sales. Is it worth the risk? Has anyone here purchased Windows from Ebay before?
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Scalebound on: January 12, 2017, 02:25:28 AM
If some of the information coming out now is correct, it looks like Platinum was focused on a strong single player experience, and that was the original scope of the project. MS at various points demanded new items be added- co op, more open world gameplay, etc. It sounds like Platinum had a very specific design in mind, and MS had a bunch of marketing execs adding in the flavors-of-the-day to the project. Sad if true. That coupled with engine issues sank the game.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: January 07, 2017, 01:46:12 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 06, 2017, 02:34:32 PM

Finally finished this one up. Enjoyed it a great deal but ultimately left with mixed feelings. I'll start with the bad since I don't want to leave the discussion on a down note.

THE BAD:

- There were a lot of things that felt underdeveloped or vastly underutilized. I never really used magic at all until one of the final fights, and never had much of a problem. I don't think I ever once used my magical weapons I got from the tombs. Many of the items seemed superfluous and unnecessary. In fact, it felt exactly like remnants of an ambitious game design that ultimately had its scope scaled way back.

This seems to be a very common misfire in most modern JRPGs. The normal difficulty is basically easy mode, and all of those wonderful skills, magic systems, and items go unused or underutilized. I'm glad to hear there are different difficulties. Sight unseen, for Japanese JRPGs it is best to choose the hard difficulty mode. That is when all of those sweet mechanics come into play. Nightmare difficulty tends to be the point in which the enemies became cheaply overpowered, forcing you to grind like crazy.

But hard is generally perfect at forcing you to properly learn the systems.

Persona? Play on hard difficulty.
Trails? Play on hard difficulty
Tales? Play on hard difficulty.

Etc.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: January 02, 2017, 11:31:50 AM
I'm about 14-15 hours into the game now. I'm still enjoying it, but the game is a very slow burn. I have yet to be introduced to the game's main antogonist, or the thematic conflict that will drive the game forward. Everything has been fetch quests and field studies (field trips) whereby the students learn more about the cities surrounding their academy. These field studies are basically broken down into 3 quests- a fetch quest, a delivery quest, and a simple dungeon. After that, the students return to the academy.

There have been some very minor introductions to the political situation between the various countries, but the game is still grounded in school life activities, and getting to know your classmates. It is obvious that the Trails of Cold Steel is clearly paced for a trilogy, as everything in these first 15 hours has been character introductions and some simple exploration. Basically, nothing of substance has happened yet.

Combat is still superlative, and I'm enjoying all of the characters' personalities, but if you are the type of gamer that prefers a quick start to the conflict, you may want to steer clear of this one.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: December 23, 2016, 12:18:43 AM
Put another 4 hours in. This will be my last quick update until much later in the game. I'm still greatly enjoying Trails of Cold Steel, and I can see it turning into one of my favorite JRPGs of the year. However, I can also see the game turning off alot of people. After I completed the first dungeon, it was over two hours before I entered the next one. Now, about half of that was doing side tasks, but realize the game is very heavily skewed toward story and characterization in the early stages. Combat takes a back seat.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: December 21, 2016, 07:09:26 PM
4 hours in---

Yesterday I stopped the game immediately before the end dungeon boss on the tutorial level. Today I fought him and was quickly massacred. Part of my problem was that while playing through the dungeon proper, I forgot you can return to rest points at any time to replenish craft points, mana points, and hit points. So when I got to the boss I was out of revival medicine for KOd characters.

I was thus forced to grind out two additional levels so that none of my characters could be killed with a one-shot. It only took about 30 minutes. I was very pleased to see that even in the tutorial dungeon it was absolutely necessary to use buffs, debuffs, crafts, items, and magical arts.

A few additional notes:

-The game is VERY dialogue heavy. The great news is that most of it is well voiced, and you can fast forward through it by holding the circle button, should you desire to skip the mundane banter.

-On 'hard' the game forces you to utilize all of the game's various mechanics, which is a big plus to me. Many recent RPGs are so easy that you can effectively spam the attack button and get by. Not with this game. On hard. And there is still a nightmare level.

-The characters, of which there are 9, are all well fleshed out. And luckily none of them are overly flamboyant or cutesy. Almost everyone is .... Normal.... Good news there.

-Really wish the game was on Steam, but there was never a PC version so that will never happen. As I mentioned earlier, the graphics are really rough.

Still in the honeymoon phase.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 21, 2016, 02:17:02 AM

Quote from: farley2k on December 20, 2016, 10:06:35 PM

When one of you decides you want to part with Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1  let me know.  I have a lot of stuff on my list to play so I wouldn't get to it quickly anyway - I can wait.

Not a problem. Really enjoying it so far, but I'm only a whopping 2 hours in. Considering the game is 50-80 hours long, we shall see if the honeymoon lasts.

+Excellent voiceovers
+Strong characterization
+Appears to have a mature plot
+Difficulty levels! (I wish every RPG did this. I'm playing on hard. There is also a nightmare level. I almost wiped twice in the first tutorial dungeon- a good thing in my book.)
+Interesting, complex, turn based battle system (there are about 20 status effects, plus chain effects, various elemental strengths/weaknesses, etc, etc)
+No random battles


-The graphics are...ugh...high end PS2
-Maybe not a negative for most, but the game starts out in a military school. As an anime fan, I'm fatigued on the high school setting. It does have a slight Persona vibe, but mostly from the social aspect- not actual combat.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 20, 2016, 09:38:18 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 20, 2016, 06:48:52 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 20, 2016, 01:49:41 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita. I literally knew nothing about the game having bought it on a whim when it went on sale. It is easily my favorite JRPG that I have played in the past 5 years. The story is incredibly deep, it sets up each character with their own background and makes them all feel unique. It plays more like book 1 of a novel series that has a planned beginning, middle and end. With part 1 just containing the beginning of the story.

This seems to fit here.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Announced as PS4 Exclusive; First Screenshots Released

Forum Effected - ordered Part 1 yesterday to arrive today lol.

lol. I just grabbed it from Gamestop.

Scraper better be right about how good it is, or.... ninja
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 17, 2016, 03:33:21 PM
Titanfall 2 was probably the biggest surprise for me. You have a franchise that went from having no true single player campaign, to a very respectable one in the second game. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, as the developers have a great pedigree. It wasn't my favorite FPS of 2016, but it was definitely the most surprising. If Titanfall 2 had a few less platforming levels, and a couple more big mech battles, it would have been incredible.

I Am Setsuna is probably my most disappointing game of the year. There is nothing inherently wrong with it, but it lacked soul. The characterization was flat, and the storyline was fairly barebones. For a game that was touting a return to the great RPGs of yesteryear, it definitely missed the target. I will give it praise for an awesome piano soundtrack and a brooding winter landscape, but the developer took that great mood they created and wrapped it around flat characters.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Hulk: Death Wing - FPS on: December 17, 2016, 03:19:26 PM
Geez... I love the Warhammer universe, but it is so disappointing to see that the vast majority of games released for it range from abysmal to mediocre. Once in a blue moon you get an actual stellar game. I would love to see a powerhouse developer get behind the Warhammer lore, and make an absolutely fantastic RPG or FPS. Bungie, Obsidian, Epic, etc.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 5 on: December 14, 2016, 02:47:53 PM
This is my most anticipated JRPG of the last several years. I haven't played a Persona game I didn't like, and each one has gotten slightly better.

In fact, my expectations are so high, I dont think the game has any possibility of living up to them. smile
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 11, 2016) on: December 12, 2016, 11:30:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 12, 2016, 01:31:18 AM

If I wrap up FFXV this week (on Chapter 13 of 14), I'll probably grab either Shadow Tactics or Tyrrany

I would grab Shadow Tactics first:

1) You just finished one RPG, so it will make a good cleanser
2) Tyranny is still relatively buggy
3) Tyranny will probably get some large expansions similar to Pillars of Eternity, which will improve the game immensely
4) The developers of ST are a much smaller studio, in need of more support

Of course, if your craving a CRPG, Tyranny is probably the best current choice.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 11, 2016, 06:58:18 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2016, 05:35:06 AM

30 hours in (just finished Chapter 6), and I think I finally put my finger on what's been nagging at me the most.  While this is a very good game and I'm thoroughly enjoying it, it just doesn't feel like a Final Fantasy game at all.  It's tough to describe, but there's little to be found here that carries over any of the spirit or soul from the previous games.

I'm not sure what you mean by this. I haven't played the game yet, but once I do I may have the same epiphany as you. As an outsider I'm seeing:

Legacy Final Fantasy monsters....check
Chocobos.....check
Gil as a monetary system....check
Godlike Summons....check
Sweeping orchestral soundtrack....check
Previous FF soundtracks....check
Top tier graphics for a JRPG.....check

And regarding story, well, Final Fantasy has been rather weak in that department for quite some time now. 13 was convoluted, 12 started out well, but lost its path in the later part of the game, 10 was...mediocre, with a few highs.

Is it perhaps not that the game doesn't feel Japanese? The only reason I ask is because I've read a few comments in various forums where people speak of Final Fantasy XV feeling like a Western developed game with a only a few Japanese influences thrown in as an afterthought.

Returning back to story line for a moment, I was having a discussion with a friend recently and neither he nor I could think of any "modern classic" JRPGs. The closest I could think of was Persona 4 Golden. In other words, we look back with great fondness toward FF VII, Suikoden 2, Chrono Trigger, etc. But nothing recent sparks that same flame. I still love Japanese RPGs, but my modern gaming moments have come from titles like The Witcher or Mass Effect.

Nostalgia is a strange thing. I should be more emotionally tied to newer JRPGs. The translations are better, the production values are higher, and the voiceovers are much more professional.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: December 07, 2016, 05:20:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 07, 2016, 04:59:30 PM

I tried out the demo and really liked it.  If I hadn't just bought like 4 other games I would definitely be getting this right away.  The GreenmanGaming sale definitely has me tempted, but I need to resist for now.

So it seems like several people have picked up the full version, any more impressions?

The game is spectacular, and the maps get increasing better and more complex as the game continues. I'm very impressed that the developers added proper 4K support AND excellent controller support. (I'm using the Xbox one controller.)

Distilled, if you enjoyed the demo you will love the full release. 13 large levels. 20-25 hours of gameplay.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 07, 2016, 03:12:05 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 06, 2016, 10:37:13 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 06, 2016, 10:09:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 06, 2016, 06:12:39 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 06, 2016, 01:21:35 AM

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun


EVERYONE who has a PC should try the demo out on Steam if they own a PC, and enjoy games like the old Commandos series. Hell, even if you don't try it out anyway. You may love it, and the demo is free!

Yeah, I'm trying this out and it seems awesome!  I never really played the old Commandos games beyond a demo or two, but this really satisfies my Tenchu ninja stealth assassin itch. 

I kind of wish it wasn't $40, but I also feel petty saying that.

$28.74 on GMG.

Damn you!  I can't really afford to get more games right now (or shouldn't), and I already have too many as it is.  But...   icon_neutral

It is worth EVERY penny. The game is simply fabulous. I love the combined kill tactics. The game is real-time, but you can queue multiple actions from multiple assassins, and have them strike simultaneously when you hit the "proceed" button. It is a great feeling watching your samurai strike down three opponents while your ninja strikes the fourth and fifth with throwing stars.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 06, 2016, 01:21:35 AM
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun


EVERYONE who has a PC should try the demo out on Steam if they own a PC, and enjoy games like the old Commandos series. Hell, even if you don't try it out anyway. You may love it, and the demo is free!
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 01, 2016, 12:42:09 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 30, 2016, 03:39:48 PM

Played about 4 hours yesterday, some initial thoughts:

-  It's incredibly beautiful.  Probably the best looking PS4 game I've played.
-  I'm really glad I watched Kingsglaive and the Brotherhood anime before playing.  Knowing how the character's relationships...

Overall, I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far.  I've kinda been ignoring the story and just exploring, which feels very strange in a FF game.  The world is just so interesting and vast, that you can't help but strap on the hiking boots and take off for the horizon.

Glad you are liking it. I just watched Kingsglaive yesterday and thought it was much better than the reviews would have me believe. I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite a few plot holes in the story. The CGI was, as always from Square, some of the best in the business. I haven't watched Brotherhood yet, but others have also said it is a good idea, so I'll set some time aside before playing XV.

I just accidentally found out that my fiancee got me a PS4 Pro for Christmas (She mistakenly used my Amazon account. lol.) so I'm waiting until Christmas Day to dive in. Until then, I'm playing "I Am Setsuna" which is on the other side of the spectrum from Final fantasy XV- small budget, small team, small scope. So far it is a relaxing throwback to the RPGs of yesteryear. I'm hoping it holds my interest.

Getting back to FFXV, the whole roadtrip aspect has me strangely intrigued. I'm wondering how you will like the game when the tempo and scope change later in the game. A few reviews state that it is a fairly wide departure from the early game, but well done and a good lead in to an excellent ending.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Thanksgiving to all American GTers! on: November 24, 2016, 06:58:23 PM
Hope everyone has a great day! Spend some time gaming after the family/friends make their way home!
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: November 24, 2016, 03:31:55 AM
Is there any benefit to buying the DLC if you are a single player focused gamer?
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: November 24, 2016, 03:19:48 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 23, 2016, 01:57:57 PM

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
http://www.shadow-tactics.com/
http://store.steampowered.com/app/418240

Quote
Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period. A new Shogun seizes power over Japan and enforces nationwide peace. In his battle against conspiracy and rebellion, he recruits five specialists with extraordinary skills for assassination, sabotage and espionage.
Very fun and surprisingly long playable demo dropped on Steam other day. Dec. 6 is release date.

While "Commands meets Ninjas/Samurais" is the easy comparison, I wouldn't say it's a carbon copy. Up to date graphics, can fully rotate the screen, very crisp and fully configurable kb/mouse controls. From my demo play, everything's well thought out in the interface.

While you have some options to not kill anyone (can knock 'em out and tie 'em up), you'd miss out on some of the more fun attack abilities of the Ninja and Samurai -- his swirling swords attack is refreshingly unstealthy.  icon_smile

Must-buy for me, though I don't think I'll match my excitement over the Dec. 7, 2015 release (and Dec. 4-6 pre-purchasers' opening weekend) last year of Helldivers on PC.  icon_smile

Played the demo and loved it! Thanks for the heads up, as I didn't even know this game existed.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: November 24, 2016, 01:17:17 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 23, 2016, 02:44:22 PM

That looks really cool, thanks for the heads-up.

Downloading the demo now. Why doesn't Steam ever recommend cool titles like this to me. Instead they recommend "Goat Simulator" and "Naruto"...when most of my purchases are FPS, Strategy, or RPG titles.

<edit> And holy sh!t, it has full controller support. I can play this on my HTPC!
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 13, 2016) on: November 16, 2016, 09:41:24 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 14, 2016, 06:16:27 PM

... as we are going away tomorrow to go celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary and She Who Must Be Obeyed might not appreciate my focusing on something else icon_smile

Happy anniversary! I'm sure the two of you have seen your fair share of ups and downs. 37 years is quite the accomplishment.

Tell her to buy you Watch Dogs 2!
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 4 on: November 16, 2016, 12:22:54 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 14, 2016, 08:45:50 AM


Gave it a try with a friend and gotta say, the main enemy in the game is disappointing to say the least.

I just finished the game. It will probably be my favorite shooter of the year. But I agree that the last boss was underwhelming. I thought it was some form of late game boss before the final boss. Nope.

They hint that the real threat has yet to be seen, but the final 15 minutes of the game could have been much more creative.

Regarding the main character, Fenix's son, I agree that he was the blandest member of the team. I think the developer's idea was for him to be the 'straight and narrow' character, while his team added the extra dimensions. (Comedy, love interest, etc) His personality came through two or three times during the game, but not enough to solidify him as a strong lead. They seemed to be looking for a more serious Nathan Drake (uncharted series) but fell well short of that target. This was the same problem in the first Gears series- Fenix had far less personality than Cole or Baird.

Also, one other possible wrinkle- I did a quick search but can't find the interview where they talk about the new cast. Although Fenix's son is the actual "leader", the MAIN character of the game is meant to be Kait. That makes sense when you think about her mother, relationship to JD, pushing the team further into harm's way, etc. Perhaps this is why JD is more subdued. Just a guess.


JD seems to be the number one complaint I've read about the storyline, so hopefully they open him up further in later games.

Also, did you watch the brief cutscene after the credits? I was happy to see that small tun of events.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 4 on: November 12, 2016, 01:49:47 PM
I'm surprised there is so little conversation regarding Gears of War 4 in the forum. After a mildly mediocre start, the game ramps up into one of the best shooters of the year. I decided to play the game on the console because of HDR, and the environments look absolutely beautiful. The developers (The Coalition) have done a much better job building on the franchise than 343 Studios has been able to do with Halo. Better story, better set pieces, better pacing, better characters.

I'm hoping the game sold well, as i would love for them to continue the franchise AND finally remaster the other two games.

I can't speak to the multiplayer aspect, as I'm a single player gamer. But if you enjoy shooters, especially cover shooters, this is a must own. I'm particularly impressed with the AI. It isn't whack-a-mole. Enemies flank your position, use grenades effectively to flush you out, rush your position, heal one another etc.

Solid review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bum8j-adZ0s
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 12, 2016, 01:38:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 11, 2016, 11:13:23 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 11, 2016, 11:01:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 28, 2016, 03:13:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 28, 2016, 02:32:09 PM


I cannot wait for this game.

I was really excited for the game, but I think playing World of Final Fantasy may cool my desire for another Final Fantasy so soon. I'm really enjoying WoFF so far. I absolutely recommend turning off turn based and going with the active battle system set to 4 or 5. It transforms a game that was far too easy into one that is much more difficult, but still far from frustrating. No party wipes, but I've come close multiple times. Once I finish the stellar Gears of War 4, I'll be back to WoFF.

And maybe then XV....if the craving is still there.

I didn't like WoFF at all.  It even completely missed the nostalgia itch I was expecting it to scratch.  I found it to mostly just be an overly cutsey (and I have a high tolerance for JRPG cutseyness), generally annoying, very mediocre, boring RPG with a collect/evolve system that wasn't even remotely interesting.  I put in about 4 hours, then traded it in towards my FFXV pre-order.

To be fair, I'm not a fan of Pokemon-ish games to begin with, so WoFF didn't have much of a chance to succeed with me from the get-go.

I may end up in the same spot as you. I'm not even at the 4 hour point yet. If the game had been strictly turn based, I would already be out. The game is far too easy on that setting. But active keeps me on my toes. I've said this before about Japanese RPG developers, but why have all of those crazy good skills and weapons, and then just create a combat system where i spam one button and one attack. I don't want to use all of those systems only in a half dozen boss fights. Better to have 100 memorable fights using ALL of my skills, as opposed to 5000 fire-and-forget random battles.

I'm not certain if it is due to laziness, inability to properly balance, or focusing solely on the Japanese audience which seems to prefer easier, cute games. Maybe all three.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: November 12, 2016, 01:29:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 12, 2016, 07:02:44 AM

So, I'm starting to suspect that the frontier is worth every part of this fight.

It's just something that hits me every single time I'm about to drop onto the battlefield.  I have no idea why...

Yeah, the game had some absurdly memorable moments. I would have loved an additional hour of titan combat. I do think the developers did a great job limiting the filler. Despite my complaints with some aspects of the game, it was very tightly paced. On the Angry Joe show, he was lamenting the fact that the campaign was 6 hours instead of 12. For me that would have been too much of a good thing. By the end i was winding down on the game. It ended at the right length.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 11, 2016, 11:01:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 28, 2016, 03:13:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 28, 2016, 02:32:09 PM


I cannot wait for this game.

I was really excited for the game, but I think playing World of Final Fantasy may cool my desire for another Final Fantasy so soon. I'm really enjoying WoFF so far. I absolutely recommend turning off turn based and going with the active battle system set to 4 or 5. It transforms a game that was far too easy into one that is much more difficult, but still far from frustrating. No party wipes, but I've come close multiple times. Once I finish the stellar Gears of War 4, I'll be back to WoFF.

And maybe then XV....if the craving is still there.
33  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 01:49:54 AM
Apologies, Gratch. I thought you were speaking in generalizations. On civil liberties, you are on point.
34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 01:32:24 AM
And you subscribe to the philosophy that 'one side is good'? If you do, you aren't looking closely enough. Take a good look at Democratic corruption. Read a little bit about my home state, Illinois. The Democratic Party did not build the shining city upon the hill.

Regarding your civil liberties question, the answer to you is "no". There are not enough vocal members in the party to move that needle as quickly as desired. But the number is growing. I have no qualms about admitting to the faults of the Republican Party.

The Simpons got it right--

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4v7XXSt9XRM

35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 12:41:38 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on November 10, 2016, 12:35:46 AM

Another thing that bothers me is Trump is now the leader of the military. The same man that will doggedly go after a person for the slightest of perceived insults.

Yes. And this cannot be stopped. Not by the House. Not by the Senate. Not by the Supreme Court. Not by the nation's generals and admirals. Not by the populace. Not by military advisors.

He has his finger on the trigger, and no one else is in the room. 300 million people will go to war if Putin calls Trump a pussy. Good luck with that delusion.

<edit> I hope you don't truly feel that way, and are simply voicing a knee jerk reaction. If not, in the words of my best friend, "THEY got to you." I'm still not entirely certain who THEY are, but THEY apparently are very convincing and very busy. And by the way, always capitalize "THEY".
36  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 12:33:21 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2016, 09:37:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 09, 2016, 09:08:57 PM

Thank you guys for this thread.  I was beginning to think no one here cared at all lol.

Trust me rittch, we care.  A lot.  I've just chosen to express most of my frustration elsewhere, as this isn't the place I typically come to for nuanced political discussion.

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Really? Protect them from the President of the United States?  What type of fear mongering is that? Perhaps a better response would have been, "We will work with the President to help him see our point of view. We will explain our fears and hopes, and work with him to create an America that stands for everybody."

Yes, protect them.  With all the passion and energy we can muster.

When the President campaigns on a platform which includes "minority group X or minority group Y are not deserving of the same rights, dignity, or respect" and the majority of the people vote to ratify that viewpoint, then it requires protection from the rest of us, not creating a fucking "understanding of their point of view".  There is no alternate point of view to understand that is acceptable.

The ONLY point of view to understand that is acceptable is to avoid fear mongering rhetoric, and collaborate with the new leader of the free world for the next four years. I don't point this criticism solely at the Democrats. Many Republicans were quite insistent that Satan himself had been elected to the presidency 8 years ago. All that rhetoric did was divide the country even further. The Democrats are now taking their turn to kick the can down the road.

My point is this. Neither Clinton nor Trump are statesmen, but that is because the general population on both sides has reduced the race to this. To say "I will protect you from the President" is nothing but inflammatory and devisive. The answer is "We find a way to change his mind." For example, Apparently Obama and his wife changed the mind of Glen Beck, if his commentary was sincere. People are not inanimate edifices that cannot be swayed.

All of this hateful speech from both sides is an attempt to control hearts and minds to the point where people vote blindly for one party. And everyday citizens increasingly push this agenda. There are good Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the argument. A truly informed citizen crosses those lines when necessary, especially on a state and county level, depending upon the needs of the population, and the state of the landscape. But the fringes of the party, which now have the loudest voices, are terrified of thoughtful investigation into the spectrum of party candidates beyond the 1 minute sound clips.

My fiancee's niece (she is 13 or 14) thinks Republicans hate Mexicans. Period. And homosexuals too. Period. Yet somehow I'm a moderate, fiscally conservative Republican that will be marrying a wonderful Mexican-American woman. And as for the homosexual population goes, I don't give a flying f!ck if they can marry. Let them join the rest of America in divorce court. I'm hardly the only moderate Republican that thinks this way. But that isn't the picture painted in the media, or by the DNC. And the Republicans are often just as culpable. Cooler heads must prevail.

America awaits the next great stateman. Will either party ever deliver on that hope? Not with this United States, where neither side wants to give an inch.
37  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 03:21:27 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 09, 2016, 02:52:01 PM

Sometimes the worst thing that can happen is that we get exactly what we wanted.

Ok Republicans -- you own the whole shitshow.

I'm gonna have to tune out for the next four years.  This is a nightmare.

They do own it all, and this will be a moment in time that defines the Republican Party. No excuses for them. Lead the country to prosperity, or reap the whirlwind in 2-4 years.

And I would challenge you not to tune out. Good people always fight the good fight. Politics is a community endeavor, not just a national one.

<edit> I guess I should be more specific. Trump has control of Congress, just as Obama had control of Congress for two years. But it isn't total control. The Republicans don't have the seats in the Senate to push anything they want through. The Republicans feared Obama's control those first two years, and it was a relatively benign time. The same will be true of now. Democrats can still intercede. But the American public will not view it as such, so the Republicans are on notice.

It isn't over, Knightshade, for the people that share your ideology. It's just more difficult.
38  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 03:14:45 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 09, 2016, 02:16:05 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 09, 2016, 02:06:35 PM

The American people elected the lesser of the two evils. It is as simple as that. The overly dramatic teeth gnashing, the "America is DOOMED" rhetoric, have no place in calm discourse. The Republicans "survived" 8 years of Obama. The Democrats will "survive" 4 or 8 years of Trump. There is no apocalypse. Starbucks is still handing out coffee, Comcast still has sh!tty customer service, and your dog is still happy to see you when you walk in the door. The founding fathers did an admirable job creating a government of checks and balances. Have faith in their vision.

How is that faith of yours going to work when Trump, as he has clearly stated during his campaign, not only stops all progress America has made towards stopping global warming, but actually reverses the progress as he has promised? We're already past the point of no return. Any delay to the process caused by Trump will have effects that will reverberate across generations.

How is that faith of yours going to help the minorities in your nation? I'm talking about the homosexuals, the lesbians, the bisexuals, the transsexuals, the non-white population, women, and so on. One look at your post reveals that you're privileged. That makes you special, but it also makes you an asshole if you abuse that privilege by ignoring those who don't have it. Trump has clearly demonstrated animosity and even outright hatred of most of these groups. They are going to have to face vile treatment over the coming years. How is the faith of the privileged going to help there? Is a lesbian couple that wants to get married going to appreciate your faith in the system when Trump makes it illegal for them to do so? Will your faith in the system comfort the thousands upon thousands of people who will be deported for no reason except their religion or skin color? Will your faith in the system help the women who will struggle to legally get an abortion thanks to Mike Pence and his crusades? I'm not extrapolating any of this. It's all been clearly stated by the candidates that this is what they want to happen.

No, I'm concerned about people, not about the institutions. The system can go fuck itself as long as the people suffer. I appreciate that your priorities are different, but I don't have to respect it.

Yes, I have faith in our Constitution, our forefathers, and the American people. ALL of them. Your commentary is absurd. If we are "past the point of no return on global warming" (as you say) then why would anything Trump does matter? Good or bad. If you already drove the car off the cliff, does it matter how quickly you hit the ground? Or perhaps you meant to say global warming is a clear and present danger that we must address. If that is what you meant, then say it that way. Dont speak in absolutes unless the outcome is absolute. And while you are at it, point that angst toward China also, if you are a crusader for the environment.

And why would you categorize me a privileged, and thus "special"? You have no idea who I am, or what my friends, family, and I have been challenged by throughout our lifetimes. My fiancée is Hispanic, and my best man is Thai. Or do you assume I can only have white, privileged, special friends, and no understanding of minority concerns? Neither of them would classify me as privileged, but I can see that you are race-baiting out of anger and frustration. Rise above it and learn not to paint with a broad brush. How many Coyotes have you had to deal with in your lifetime, Tilt? (I'm referring to the transport coyote along our southern border, not the animal). I've had to deal with three, one of which did some rather unspeakable things to my fiancee's cousin. But her story is neither uncommon nor unreported.

I wouldn't presume to think you are privileged, special, racist, nationalistic, idealistic, or any other variety of terms available to me. But you definitely sound ignorant.

Good or bad Trump is one man. I believe in the resiliency and strength of our country. I believe in our Constitution, and I believe in self reflection which leads, slowly, to a better United States. You've already stated that you wash your hands of the situation and country. Be gone then. Other people will work on the solutions.
39  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 02:06:35 PM
The American people elected the lesser of the two evils. It is as simple as that. The overly dramatic teeth gnashing, the "America is DOOMED" rhetoric, have no place in calm discourse. The Republicans "survived" 8 years of Obama. The Democrats will "survive" 4 or 8 years of Trump. There is no apocalypse. Starbucks is still handing out coffee, Comcast still has sh!tty customer service, and your dog is still happy to see you when you walk in the door. The founding fathers did an admirable job creating a government of checks and balances. Have faith in their vision.

The better question is, in a country of over 300 million people, how did the election distill to these two people? Neither candidate was particularly palatable to either party, but we still, somehow, ended up in this spot.

Don't forget the words of Thomas Jefferson (or Joseph de Maistre, or HL Mencken...)- "The government you elect is the government you deserve."


Quote from: ATB on November 09, 2016, 01:53:18 PM

Yep. It's this ^^^^ kind of self righteous arrogance and empty reductionism that We The People just revolted against.

It's a referendum on media and political elites telling the hardworking average american what they think is wrong and what they should think and do. It's saying, guess what: we built this country and we still have a voice...

I agree with you, but you must admit that Trump capitalized on the fear of the xenophobes, just as Clinton capitalized on the fears of minorities and racial division. Neither side is without fault. I will say that a part of me found myself almost wanting to vote for Trump by how simply one sided the reporting was throughout the campaign. For a brief period of time I was counting the articles on Yahoo's main page related to both candidates. There were 236 negative articles about Trump. 5 related to Clinton. That is hardly impartial reporting based upon Clinton's political history.  Last week at one point there were 55 articles on the Yahoo news feed, and 12 were Trump articles- all negative. Clinton had one mildly favorable article. All I kept thinking was, "with everything that is going on in the world, Yahoo picks 12 articles about Trump? Really? You want me to hate this guy SO much that I just might end up feeling the opposite if you aren't careful." It smacked of Newsroom bullying.

More frustrating to me is what I read among our nation's educators. My fiancée is a bilingual school teacher, and on their shared Facebook page it was a torrent of ridiculous drama on how could they possibly explain the outcome of this election to their students. One teacher posted a link to an article, that was intended to help them speak to the classroom. One of the initial lines was, "Tell your students we will protect them".

Really? Protect them from the President of the United States?  What type of fear mongering is that? Perhaps a better response would have been, "We will work with the President to help him see our point of view. We will explain our fears and hopes, and work with him to create an America that stands for everybody."

40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: November 07, 2016, 10:26:51 PM
When I first heard marvel was releasing a Doctor Strange movie, my first thought was that they were scraping the bottom of the barrel for a new franchise. Doctor Strange was never a wildly successful comic, and I figured they were just trying to capitalize on the current super hero fad. But like Ant-Man, it looks like they put together another fine movie. If they can be this successful with "b" tier heroes, Marvel is going to be printing money for a very long time.
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