Finally finished, man what a ride. Without a doubt one of the best RPGs I have ever played. The story, gameplay, and staggering amount of content all come together to form a masterpiece. It's rare that a game can make me really feel something, but this one did on many occasions.
Spoiler for Hiden:
- The Baron's wife lived and he took her to a healer in the mountains, his men now exploit the surrounding populace with impunity. Have to admit I was disappointed I couldn't cut that sergeant and all of his guards down.
- Romanced Kiera briefly, then convinced her to head to Kaer Morhen instead of Novigrad. She ended up leaving to travel and adventure with Lambert after the battle.
- Allowed Sara the Godling to remain in the haunted house. I figured the rich banker could piss off. This actually worked in my favor for Skellige's Most Wanted as I was able to convince all but one of the monsters to not attack me. Too bad the damn quest is bugged, guess I'll come back to it later.
- Romanced Triss, helped her assist the mages in fleeing Novigrad. As a result the non humans end up getting targeted by the witch hunters next. After the Battle of Kaer Morhen I came back with Ciri and noticed lots of dwarf and elf corpses smoldering on pikes while entering the city.
- Didn't even bother with Yennefer at all, save for her quest lines.
- Helped Cerys ascend as Skellige's queen. Hjalmar was cool and all, but way too hot headed for my taste.
- Sliced up Whoreson Junior with absolute pleasure after finding out what he really was. The Doppler Dudu took his place, and I guess has turned him into a respectable business man.
- Assisted in the assassination of the mad king Radovid, with the help of Roche and Ves. After he was dead Dijkstra of course turned on everyone and tried to sieze power. I was given the choice to walk away, but of course stayed and helped cut him down. I never liked that guy from the beginning, and I damn sure wasn't going to let him murder Roche and Ves.
- Unlocked the Master Armorer, Blacksmith, and Alchemist. Got everything I need to make the Mastercrafted Ursine gear, just need one more level.
- Completed the fist fighting quests. The last few fights were a bit unfair. A bear, and if that isn't bad enough the Skellige champion is a rock troll? Seriously? Fighting a rock troll bare handed? Wasn't easy, but ended up getting it done none the less. Ironically enough the rock troll didn't end up being that bad after Imlerith taught me how to roll and dodge properly.
- Won all the horse races and got all the best gear for Roach. I found a great way to maintain the lead is slow down during the tight spots over bridges and let your stamina build back up. The other riders can't get around quick enough.
- Took Ciri to visit her father the Emperor, told him to shove the coin and received a nice black stallion instead. I miss Roach though, this new Roach looks cool but just isn't the same.
- The final two boss fights were such a breeze it was kind of surprising given Imlerith. Caranthir only took two attempts and I downed Eredin on the first try.
- Ciri returned, stayed with Geralt at Kaer Morhen for ahwile, then eventually left to become Emperess of Nilfgaard.
- Nilfgaard easily won the war, Temereia became it's own kingdom again. Since I've been playing the series since the first game, this was the outcome I was going for. I liked Roche and Ves from Witcher 2, and even Foltest with his brief appearance. Seeing Temeria restored as its own kingdom, albeit a vassal state, was very satisfying.
- Geralt lived out his days with Triss in Kovir. She became the personal Mage advisor of the land's king, he took an occasional Witcher contract or two out of boredom.
- The Gwent tournament was a major pain, at least the little halfling you play first. He had such a spy-heavy deck that I couldn't even come close to winning. I think it took six or seven reloads to get a good enough hand with all of my spies to even stand a chance. The rest of the opponents were pretty easy by comparison. Even Count Tybalt was a breeze, Biting Frost and Scorch wreck Monster decks.
- Came so close to platinum, but I don't have the time or patience to hunt down every Gwent card or shoot fifty enemies in the head with the crossbow.
Overall an amazing experience and I feel a little sad now that it's over. Oh well, on to Metal Gear Solid V!
Witcher 3 whenever time permits. Just hit level 10, full set of Witcher gear, a little over 3K in gold, cruising around Novigrad cleaning up lower level quests. Death March isn't as brutal now, much more manageable than the beginning of the game.
Finished up the prologue after completing every quest and hitting all the question marks on the map. I'm a little ways in to level 3 and have been investing heavy in the Quen sign with Sun and Stars. I've got three ability points saved up, so I can potentially max out whatever skill I go with next. I'm certain I'll stick to Signs for right now, leaning towards either Igni or Axi. So far a heavy Signs build is the way to go for Death March, let's hope I don't regret it.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Griffin fight was pretty epic, save for the part when I accidentally got on my horse instead of rolling out of the way. I don't think I've ever seen Roach's fear level shoot up so fast, he kicked me off in what seemed like maybe a second or less. Fortunately I was able to roll out of the way, pop a Swallow and Thunderbolt, then finish him off. Awesome fight, not sure where the hell Vesimer ended up though. He was very active in the first half, then I think we lost him when it takes off and you've got to catch up to it with your horse.
Finally finished, level 105, only need one more trophy for platinum.
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Spoiler for Hiden:
Gehrman was reasonably hard, took several attempts to learn his patterns. Moon Presence was a push over, I only had three blood vials and still won easily. The trophy I have left is of course for the final Chalice boss. I'm only on depth 4, so a little ways to go on that one. The Defiled Chalice where you have half health looks particularly nasty. Not sure if I have the patience to make it through that one.
Wow, that's not encouraging. The build I was looking at relied on a certain weapon locked behind a particularly nasty boss. Congrats on the platinum! I'd like to get there myself, but I'm hearing some of the Chalice bosses are really hard. How would you rate the difficulty?
I'm getting close to the end, only three bosses left outside of Chalices. Just hit 81 with an Arcane build, if I play again I think I will go Skill/Bloodtinge. Arcane is pretty powerful though, especially with the right gear.
Civilization : Beyond Earth (PC) Endless Legend (PC) Diablo III : Ultimate Evil Edition - Hardcore (PS4) Chrono Trigger (DS) Bloodborne (PS4) Final Fantasy Anniversary (PSP) Dark Souls 2 : Scholar of the First Sin (PS4) Final Fantasy IV (PSP) Castlevania : Symphony of the Night (PSP, 360) Injustice : Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (PS4) The Witcher III : Wild Hunt (PS4)
I guess I just don't understand this line of thinking. GTA doesn't bother me personally because it's a game and none of these people or things happening are real. I look at it as a form of entertainment, nothing more. I have little to no emotional investment in any of these characters or situations because I know they are simply actors playing a part, no different from a film. If someone is unable to grasp the difference it's probably time for that person to put the series aside and move on. I guess my only nagging complaint would be "It's called Grand Theft Auto for a reason, it's been around for quite some time and the formula hasn't changed, why on earth would you expect anything different with this iteration?" These games are designed and marketed for adults, so an appropriate level of content is what I expect. If it was all puppies, flowers, and kittens I'd play something else.
Just as an example: Dexter is one of my favorite shows of all time, but after watching it from beginning to end I still don't feel the slightest urge to go out and commit vigilante murder. Same with Breaking Bad, I never once got it in my head to start up a meth lab in our shed after the final credits rolled. GTA is no different to me. I've played them all, yet never have I thought "Gee I think I'll steal that cop car so I can go on a joy ride and run down some hookers and maybe rob a bank." The key is separating fantasy from reality, but even the fantasy may be too much for some people. I think those type of people should definitely not be playing these types of games. Same for anyone who understands it's just a game, but still find it offensive. Best thing you can do is play something else, but let's not make those of us who do actually enjoy the game feel bad about it. I don't think anyone here on GT has gone that far, but I've seen other boards where people seem to think the only type of person who could possibly like this game must be a morally bankrupt asshole kid who lives in his parent's basement. I may be going out on a limb here, but being that GTAV was the biggest launch in all of entertainment history it's a safe bet that demographic is not even remotely accurate.
Disclaimer: I'm 40 years old, have a successful career, wonderful marriage, three teenage daughters, and a baby boy who's just about a month old. I've never been arrested my entire life for any reason, have pretty much always held a job, pay my taxes, read the news daily, and am constantly commended on how well-behaved and mature my daughters are. All of that, and yet I've played and finished almost every GTA game ever released.
Quote from: Gratch on December 07, 2014, 04:43:35 AM
I just formatted the HD and unhooked my Xbox 360 in preparation for donating it to a Sub-for-Santa family through work. Realized that this is the first time in 12 years that there has not been an Xbox of some sort in the Gratch household. Given my recent purchase of a PS4, combined with the lack of a single exclusive that interests me on the XB1, I'm guessing that this is the end of the Xbox era for me.
Pouring out a 40 for my dead Xbox homie...so many awesome gaming memories over the years.
Reciting a small prayer for Gratch's 360, let's all bow our heads...
I'm still keeping mine for now because I have quite a few games on it I don't want to get rid of yet. Red Dead Redemption, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Civ Revolution, etc. Kids still have the original Wii in their room, PS3 died which is why I bought the PS4, so I think that's about it for last gen consoles in our house.
As a side note: Wii-U and PS4 have to be two of the best consoles I've ever owned. I really feel like I've more than got my money's worth with both. Here's hoping things stay that way.
So I go to download Injustice for free and get a nice message telling me that it will only work as long as I remain a PS+ member. If I ever turn it off, I'll have to buy Injustice at full price. Haven't been a member for very long, so not sure if this is standard practice. I downloaded SteamWorld Dig last month and don't remember seeing any message like that. Maybe it's only for Injustice? Not really a big deal now, but will suck if/when I decide to cancel.
EDIT: Okay so apparently Injustice is part of their "Instant Games Collection", which is only for Plus members. I didn't know this, kind of lame though. Everything I downloaded through Games With Gold still works even though I'm no longer a member.
Yeah, eight player must be absolutely insane. I don't see me doing that at home, not enough players even if I had the controllers. Wouldn't mind getting a four player game going and then jumping online though. I'm assuming that's possible, have to try it out sometime this weekend.
A "second adapter"? Hell man, so far I haven't even been able to find a first one. Everywhere I've checked they either don't carry them or are sold out.
Just got back from the release. Played four matches with my daughters and everyone won once. I managed a victory with Little Mac. He seems pretty awesome to me, even though it's been so long I don't really know what I'm doing. The girls won with Zero Suit Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, and Kirby. The stages we played on were really cool, my personal favorite so far being the Mario Galaxy one. Graphics are gorgeous full 1080p, silky smooth gameplay with four players, and what looks like tons of content to unlock. Really think this is gonna be another huge system seller, Nintendo should have had both this and Mario Kart 8 ready at launch.
Think it's already starting to come back. The boat mission with Michael took me many attempts on 360. I just completed it tonight on the first try and got the gold medal. Now that's more like it! I think I'm giving up on trying to drive in first person.
I can't decide on which class to play. Rolled a two-handed warrior last night but didn't really like the way he looked or played. I plan on doing some research before I pick it back up for real this weekend. I may end up going Rogue for once, or possibly another Mage.
Quote from: TiLT on November 19, 2014, 11:37:37 AM
The number of cars and pedestrians depends on where you are and the time of day. Certain parts of the city have plenty of pedestrians, while others have few. Go to the highways and you'll easily see the increased traffic density for cars.
Btw, I'm pleased that with the new generation of hardware we're finally done with having the same cars everywhere (did you steal a garbage truck? Suddenly the streets are crawling with them. At least that's how it used to be before). Traffic contains a wide variety of cars at all times now.
Yeah, I took a walk down the street as Michael and their were lots of people everywhere. Must have been the time of day and location.
I've discovered some cars I can drive in first person, others it is an exercise in frustration. I was trying to take a tight corner this morning and ended up plowing into a group of people on the sidewalk. I think I'll set it up to auto-switch into third person for driving.
I botched the very first mission, got killed by the cops at least three times. After that I was a little over zealous and ended up abandoning Michael and Brad by running to far ahead. Once I finally start the first mission with Franklin I find that yet again I'm absolutely terrible at driving. This happens with every single GTA game. I start out running into anything and everything, swerving all over the road like a madman. By the time the credits roll I've got it down so good that I weave in and out of traffic with ease, rarely slowing down from max speed. Why is this not like riding a bike? I've been playing these games for awhile now, you'd think I wouldn't have to go through this learning curve each time. At any rate I barely finish the second mission, car is a smoldering heap. At least it still runs, so thankfully that was good enough. I'm also struggling a bit with the controls, after two straight Assassin's Creed games I keep hitting R2 to run. I'm trying to move quickly and Franklin is instead furiously punching the air.
All of this in first person by the way. Loving the game so far, looks really fantastic but I am kind of disappointed there aren't more peds. In the trailers it showed streets filled with people, in the little bit I've played I don't really see that. Maybe it's because I'm just starting out? Really doesn't matter since I'm obviously enjoying myself. It's a surreal experience car jacking a some hapless ped at 3AM in the morning in first person mode. The looks on people's faces when you yank them out of the car is priceless.
This is going to be the most expensive week I've had in a very long time. At least GTA is already paid for, plus I plan on wrapping up Unity and trading it in for DA:I. That should make things a little more manageable.
GTA V (PS4) Dragon Age : Inquisition (PS4) Super Smash Brothers (WiiU)
Assassin's Creed : Unity on PS4, assuming it works of course.
Maybe some Blackguards on PC since I picked it up for $6 as part of the Humble Bundle, assuming I can actually squeeze in some computer time since my daughters are doing rotating shifts to play Warlords of Draenor.
Gotta get as much as I can in before next Tuesday, once GTA V hits I don't think I'll be playing much else for awhile.
Because I'm a glutton for punishment? No, I REALLY liked the app they had for ACIV and was, laughably now that I look back, thinking this would be the same thing. I couldn't care less about those blue chests. I went premium hoping it would fix the problem I was having, but of course that didn't happen. Oh well, the app was only two bucks and I traded in a bunch of old games I didn't want or had already finished for Unity. If I'd spent cash and paid full price for it I think I would be even more pissed off than I am now.
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones too, because aside from framerate dips and the texture pop-in I haven't had any of these issues. Arno has never gotten stuck, fallen through floors, no NPC strangeness, and no lock-ups. It does drive me nuts there is no way to quit the game, I had one occasion where the map and menus wouldn't come up until I restarted, framerate seems to be getting worse the more I play, plus my Uplay account is totally screwed up for the companion app. I deleted and re-downloaded, was working great until it had me log into Uplay. After that all my progress was gone and I'm stuck back at mission 1 with no assassins to do missions and no way to recruit any. This is even after upgrading to the premium version. I'm pretty much screwed until they fix it, which is really irritating. Ubi has burned me for the last time. I am not buying anything published by them until they fix this abomination. I don't care if the PC version of Rogue is discounted to a dollar, I refuse to support this company any more until they deliver what they promised. If they never fix it then this will the last Ubi product I purchase, Assassin's Creed or otherwise.
Like I said though, I appear to be one of the lucky ones.
Quote from: jztemple2 on November 13, 2014, 03:33:20 AM
Also, I've been using the Companion App on my Android Nexus 10 and it's been working very well. I can track Arno, I have the larger map for the second screen and I've been able to assign my Nomads to various tasks.
I can get it to connect, but it won't do much besides track Arno and let me scroll around the map. Doesn't register the fact that I've completed previous games for some reason. I also can't figure out how to get Nomads. Says I have the first mission available, but always tells me I have no assassins to do it. As far as I can tell I don't see a way to recruit any, so for now it appears I'll be setting that aside.
Yep, exact same thing happened to me. I did the first puzzle, now it says I have no assassins available for the first real mission. On top of that I think the service has been spotty at best, it's down right now but was up this morning.
Ubi really screwed this launch up royally. I think Unity will be the last full price game I pick up by them. If I even bother with Rogue it will have to be heavily discounted and on sale.
The huge sprawling city is what reminds me of AC1, combat in Unity is a totally different ball game as you've pointed out. The first time I started running around Paris reminded me of the first time I started exploring Acre and Damascus. For some reason those cities even seemed bigger, but that is clearly not the case.
I did notice some slight slow down yesterday evening, also the texture pop-in can get annoying. Still having a blast and can't wait to get back to it.
I'm posting impressions, not in any way trying to "sell the game" to anyone. I get that you don't like it, but to be blunt I really don't care. You are entitled to your opinion, and I completely understand why anyone would have reservations after the wave of bad reviews. Love it or loathe it, doesn't make a bit of difference from my end. I guess at this point my comments will be directed to those of us who are playing and actually like it.
Back to the impressions: It may be because I'm still early on, but guards are downright brutal. I tried to take on a group of four and they kicked my ass over and over before I gave up. Think it was one heavy, one officer, and two regulars. I did manage to kill them all but one, but that's the closest I got. Seemed like it only took two or three hits from any of them and I was down. Combat is no joke in this game, at this point guards are definitely to be avoided.
Edit: Hopefully this doesn't come off the wrong way. I'm not trying to be an ass, and I do value your opinion Forge, it's just in this case I happen to disagree with you.
Still having a blast, for some reason it reminds me quite a bit of the original game. Combat can be downright brutal at times. I've been one-shotted by ranged attacks twice now while low on health. I could slice through a dozen guards with ease in Black Flag. In this game that would be a death sentence. I think I ran into an officer earlier who parried my attack and then killed me because I was again low on health. I seem to be low on health a lot, think it's from jumping too far.
Anyone know if once you get to sequence three if all of the map is open? In the first game other districts were locked out until you did the story missions, in this one it seems to indicate that all of Paris is open. If that's so it seems to be pretty small compared to the other games, but maybe that's just me. Of course almost every building has an interior now, so there's that to consider. Back to playing, got a few more towers to climb.
Quote from: TiLT on November 11, 2014, 05:53:13 PM
Quote from: Glycerine on November 11, 2014, 05:40:40 PM
Uh, I'm not twisting and turning things.
I apologize. It sounded like I was accusing you of twisting and turning, but I was speaking in more general terms.
No apology necessary, you are entitled to your opinion just like everyone else. And you're right, the fact that a big budget title is released in this shape is unacceptable. I'll be honest, Ubi is one of my least favorite developers and I absolutely loathe UPlay. I love the Assassin's Creed series though, so I'm kind of stuck with them. All I can do is hope they fix everything, if not then Rogue and future Ubi purchases will most certainly be a "wait for price drop and sale". Honestly it's pretty much like that now for anything they put out, save for "must-haves" like this and Might and Magic X.