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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: January 17, 2017, 03:17:40 PM
Huh, I learned something new today. Thanks for that, and I think that's causing much of my issue with the UC series in general.

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Jeffrey Matulef of Eurogamer stated that "Uncharted has often been mocked for being about a supposedly likable rogue who just so happens to recklessly slaughter hundreds of people," and commended developer Naughty Dog for their self-awareness with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End's trophy "Ludonarrative Dissonance", which is awarded to the player for killing 1,000 enemies.

I've encountered it in games before, but it's never hit me as strongly as it has with this series.  They often do such a poor job of setting up "good guy" vs. "bad guy", that it's hard to determine which is which.  I guess if Drake had a motive that wasn't quite so self-serving, and they give a bit more info about who he's fighting and why (a simple line like "the security here is made up of hired thugs who also like to molest otters.  Bad dudes." would go a long way), it wouldn't be nearly as much of an issue.  The fact that they leave it with "throw random dude off a roof" and expect the player to just be cool with that kinda bugs me.

To each their own though...I fully admit I'm in the minority here.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 1/13/17 Edition on: January 17, 2017, 03:05:22 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 13, 2017, 08:50:15 PM

After my 7:30 flight last night got delayed until 11:30 (getting me home around 2am), then having a 6:30am conference call and a full day of meetings, I can honestly say that all I want to do is sleep.  smile

If I do manage to game at all, it'll probably be FFTA2, Uncharted 4, or Dragon Age Inquisition.

Tonight is the end of my long weekend.  frown  Played lots of FFTA2, a bunch of FF Theatrhythm (working on beating all songs on "Ultimate" now), played some Archeage (meh), some UC4 (double meh), and started messing around with Neverwinter again.  Oh, and I watched most of Season 3 of Deadwood.  Damn fine show, that.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: January 16, 2017, 09:35:39 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 16, 2017, 09:18:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 16, 2017, 04:23:19 PM

He's smarmy, he's kind of a jerk, and I just find him very unlikable overall.

While I don't necessarily agree, I can see why you'd say that. Luckily for you, Uncharted 3 and 4 center quite a bit around his character flaws and what they do both to him and to the people around him. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised by where the whole thing ends up.

There's one sequence that sort of encapsulates this for me.  After stealing a certain artifact, Drake is trying to sneak out of a huge compound while security guards search for him.  He is climbing around on a watchtower, and there's a security guard right above him.  The only way to get past is to reach up, grab the guard, and toss him off the tower to his death.

For some reason, this really bothered me.  Here I am breaking into an auction, stealing an artifact, then tossing random security guards to their death when they look for me.  Yet, Drake supposed to be the good guy here?  The one everyone is rooting for?  The guy who, an hour before, was playing Crash Bandicoot on his couch?  I know it's probably a stupid overreaction, but I actually turned the game off and walked away at that point yesterday.  I don't enjoy playing the bad guy in games, and some of the shit Drake does in the search for what is ultimately his personal fame and fortune is just kinda...distasteful.  It's one thing to gun down Nazi's or cultists hell-bent on destroying the world.  I don't have much issue with that.  But tossing random people off rooftops so you can steal shit?  Not really my thing.  Probably much of the same reason I don't enjoy the GTA games, now that I think about it.

In the game's defense, they do come back later in that sequence and vaguely imply that the guards were hired thugs, but the connection is iffy (at best) and comes way too late.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 15, 2017) on: January 16, 2017, 05:53:44 PM
I haven't decided yet if I want to dive back into DQ 8 or not.  Got a couple long flights coming up, so...maybe
5  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 16, 2017, 04:59:12 PM
Been playing lots of Soccer Stars over this past weekend.  It's a combination of shuffleboard, curling, and soccer, and is a lot of fun.  I'm terrible at it, but playing against others is really fun.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: January 16, 2017, 04:23:19 PM
I cannot for the life of me figure out why I can't get into the Uncharted games.  I like the formula (thought the new TR games were great, for example), but the UC games just do nothing for me at all.  All the right pieces are there:  incredible visuals, great VO work, big epic story, etc, but I'm just left cold every time I play them.  Got up to Chapter 7 in UC4 last night, and realized I just have no desire to continue.  It's really weird.

I think the biggest issue is that I simply don't like Nathan Drake as a character.  He's smarmy, he's kind of a jerk, and I just find him very unlikable overall.  I find myself rooting for his magnetic fingers to fail every time he makes a ridiculous jump.  The whole "modern Indiana Jones" thing just doesn't do much for me either, although it didn't bother me at all with Tomb Raider.  So strange...
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: January 14, 2017, 06:00:44 PM
The more I read about this, the less interested I become.  I'm sure I'll pick one up later in its lifecycle when there are more games and it's cheaper, but it's certainly not a Day 1 pickup.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 1/13/17 Edition on: January 14, 2017, 12:41:56 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 13, 2017, 11:28:44 PM

Thea: The Awakening.

I got that as a gift in the Steam sale, and haven't fired it up yet.  Not sure I'll have the brain power this weekend, but soon.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 1/13/17 Edition on: January 13, 2017, 08:50:15 PM
After my 7:30 flight last night got delayed until 11:30 (getting me home around 2am), then having a 6:30am conference call and a full day of meetings, I can honestly say that all I want to do is sleep.  smile

If I do manage to game at all, it'll probably be FFTA2, Uncharted 4, or Dragon Age Inquisition.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anything you're looking forward to playing this year? on: January 11, 2017, 02:43:57 AM
Off the top of my head:

-  FF XIV expansion
-  FFXII remake
-  Horizon:  Zero Dawn
-  Mass Effect Andromeda
-  Neir Automata
-  whatever FFXV DLC comes out
-  Torment:  Tides of Numenera
11  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3DS "Must Play" Games (No Mario!) on: January 11, 2017, 02:39:33 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on January 11, 2017, 12:46:42 AM

I ended up with:
Pokemon Moon
Bravely Second
Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem Birthright (or the other one I forget)
Monster Hunter Generations

I finished the story and about half the Pokedex in Pokemon Moon in 5 days. I was good to keep going but my son stopped playing Sun and switched to Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

I made it through the tutorial missions on Monster Hunter Generations... I was tired of all that so I never got to the meat. I'll get back to it... eventually.
I played the first three chapters of Fire Emblem Awakening. It did not grab me. I remember the Fire Emblem games being more interesting than this.

Bravely Second is my only hope!

Whelp, you're screwed.  slywink

I have this weird relationship with both the Monster Hunter and the Fire Emblem series.  Every time a new one comes out,  I think "THIS is the one that will finally 'click' with me".  And they just never do...no matter how hard I try to get into them.
12  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3DS "Must Play" Games (No Mario!) on: January 09, 2017, 08:08:58 PM
I dug out my Final Fantasy Tactics A2 cart over the weekend, and immediately 12 hours disappeared.  I've never had a game that simply sucks away the hours without me noticing like this one does.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/6/17 on: January 09, 2017, 12:43:44 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 06, 2017, 06:07:25 PM

I'm still working through my Dragon Age Inquisition replay.  Having fun, but getting kinda slogged down in sidequest hell around the 50 hour mark.

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 06, 2017, 03:32:52 PM

Oh, and I've dipped my toes back into Diablo 3 since the Darkening of Tristam is now live. 

Is this on the console version or just PC?  I may need to revisit D3.

Or I could stumble across my old copy of Final Fantasy Tactics A2.  I forgot how quickly hours can just melt away when playing that one.

I picked up Uncharted 4 as well, and played the first couple hours.  It's kinda neat, but I'm definitely partial to Tomb Raider over UC.
14  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP votes to hide the costs of repealing the ACA on: January 06, 2017, 06:25:19 PM
I, for one, am completely shocked that this would happen. 
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/6/17 on: January 06, 2017, 06:07:25 PM
I'm still working through my Dragon Age Inquisition replay.  Having fun, but getting kinda slogged down in sidequest hell around the 50 hour mark.

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 06, 2017, 03:32:52 PM

Oh, and I've dipped my toes back into Diablo 3 since the Darkening of Tristam is now live. 

Is this on the console version or just PC?  I may need to revisit D3.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: January 05, 2017, 05:40:48 PM
I'm currently playing through Dragon Age Inquisition again.  It's remarkable how closely the aesthetics of ME match DA.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: January 04, 2017, 03:53:08 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 04, 2017, 03:14:14 PM

PS Vita TV thing.

Huh, I've never even heard of this thing before.  Might be an interesting option since there are a few Vita games I'd like to try, but it looks compatibility is hit and miss.   Will need to look into it some more.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Games finished 2017 edition on: January 02, 2017, 01:07:59 AM
Let's all happily put 2016 in the rearview and get 2017 started.  I played everything under the sun in 2016, but actually finished very few games.  We'll see if this year fares any better.  

FINISHED IN 2017

Currently Playing
-  Banner Saga 2 (iOS)
-  Dragon Age Inquisition (PS4)
-  Uncharted 4 (PS4)
-  Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (3DS)

Played and Gave Up On
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/30/16 New Years Evee Edition on: December 31, 2016, 03:45:00 PM
I've gone back to Dragon Age Inquisition, having a blast with it.  Picked up Abzu in the PSN sale, might give that a look.  I also got a ton of games in the Steam sale that I've barely touched yet:  Thea: The Awakening, Gal Civ 3, The Magic Circle, Thumper, Drunken Robot Pornography, Serious Sam 3, Syberia, Stardew Valley, Kentucky Route Zero, and a couple others I'm sure I'm forgetting.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 29, 2016, 03:24:18 PM

Quote from: Arclight on December 29, 2016, 10:38:28 AM

Final Fantasy XV.  Just couldn't get into it. The combat although visceral, was to frantic and confusing to be fun all the time. I didn't like the driving around just to get story bites. It was just boring for me.

Try turning Wait Mode on.  I felt the same way about combat, and wait Mode made a world of difference.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend/Holiday Playlist - Christmas 2016 edition on: December 28, 2016, 05:38:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 22, 2016, 08:09:20 PM

I think that for lots of folks (including me), the holiday weekend starts today.  So let's get this party started, shall we?  smile

I grabbed Stories:  The Path of Destinies from PS+, which seems fun so far.  Also picked up Mirror's Edge Catalyst for $10 on PSN sale, so I'll give that a look.  Been trying to give Archeage a shot after the 3.0 update, but have yet to see queue times on the "fresh start" servers under an hour.  Someone over at OO gifted me Craft the World, which might be interesting as well.  I played the first couple hours of Tyranny, but am getting random lockups and the game kinda runs like crap.  Might need to reinstall or wait for a patch on that.  I heard they're doing a free weekend of Star Wars Battlefront, which is a game I've always wanted to try, but didn't want to actually pay for (I can't see myself ever sticking with a MP-focused FPS).

What's on your menu?

EDIT:  Now I've also picked up Drunken Robot Pornography (a bullet-hell FPS...thing) and Thea:  The Awakening, both of which look very neat. 

I finished Stories, which was better than expected.  Tried Mirrors Edge...meh.  Still haven't seen Archeage without a 1+ hour queue, so that was a no go.   After Tyranny crashed on my another 3 times, I gave up on it.  Futzed around with Thumper (a bizarre racing/rhythm/Tempest...thing) and a bit of Drunken Robot Pornography.

Decided to go back to Dragon Age Inquisition, as I bought the "Game of the Year" edition, and never got to see any of the new DLC stuff.  Started fresh, and have gotten just about to the end of Haven.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed that game.

22  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3DS "Must Play" Games (No Mario!) on: December 23, 2016, 12:26:37 AM
Not necessary, they're basically the same game.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend/Holiday Playlist - Christmas 2016 edition on: December 22, 2016, 08:09:20 PM
I think that for lots of folks (including me), the holiday weekend starts today.  So let's get this party started, shall we?  smile

I grabbed Stories:  The Path of Destinies from PS+, which seems fun so far.  Also picked up Mirror's Edge Catalyst for $10 on PSN sale, so I'll give that a look.  Been trying to give Archeage a shot after the 3.0 update, but have yet to see queue times on the "fresh start" servers under an hour.  Someone over at OO gifted me Craft the World, which might be interesting as well.  I played the first couple hours of Tyranny, but am getting random lockups and the game kinda runs like crap.  Might need to reinstall or wait for a patch on that.  I heard they're doing a free weekend of Star Wars Battlefront, which is a game I've always wanted to try, but didn't want to actually pay for (I can't see myself ever sticking with a MP-focused FPS).

What's on your menu?

EDIT:  Now I've also picked up Drunken Robot Pornography (a bullet-hell FPS...thing) and Thea:  The Awakening, both of which look very neat. 
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: December 21, 2016, 04:00:32 PM
Man, I wish this would have either a PS4 or PC port, as I got rid of both my Vita and PS3.   crybaby  I really enjoyed the first game in the series (Trails in the Sky), although I never did get around to finishing it.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 21, 2016, 01:12:50 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 21, 2016, 05:33:08 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 20, 2016, 02:00:51 PM

$35 on amazon today. That's enough to make me think about it.
I saw that and also thought about it, quite heavily, in fact. Not sure I have the drive to stick with a long RPG right now though.

It's not all that long if you didn't get completely sidetracked by sidequests.  I'm guessing it could be finished in 30-35 hours pretty easily.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 19, 2016, 09:02:37 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 19, 2016, 04:55:17 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 keep seeing this mentioned.   I am going to have to dig up a used copy sometime.



I would love to play this, but I'm not buying a Vita for one game.
27  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Android game recommendations under $5? on: December 19, 2016, 08:50:55 PM

Quote from: katamaris4ever on December 14, 2016, 02:07:03 PM

Thanks for the help everyone! I'll check out the Kairosoft games (haven't played them since Game Dev Story). Triple town was pretty neat too biggrin

Kairosoft games are far more miss than hit for me, but I adored Dungeon Village.  I think that's the name...it's the one where you run a fantasy RPG town.
28  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3DS "Must Play" Games (No Mario!) on: December 19, 2016, 08:48:05 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 19, 2016, 04:43:06 PM


Thanks all for the recommendations. I was looking at the Bravely games on amazon because they were recommended with Fire Emblem and I've heard good things, though SkinyGratch's comments in the Second thread are a bit off-putting.

Yeah, I was going to put a big caveat on a recommendation of the Bravely series, but figured that was just my personal bias and not reflective of a broader audience.  FWIW, while I had MAJOR issues with both games, they were still compelling enough for me to sink 40+ hours into, even if I didn't finish them. 

Quote
I am not sure I can do Rhythm games anymore. I think Elite Beat Agents is the only one I ever played and I wasn't bad when it came out, but I tried again recently and I apparently have no rhythm.

FF Theatrhythm has multiple difficulty levels, including ones that are simple enough for my 6 year old to play without issues.  Don't let that deter you, as it really is a fantastic game.   It also not nearly as complicated as EBA.  I'm pretty damn good at rhythm games, and even I found EBA to be far too complex.  YMMV.
29  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3DS "Must Play" Games (No Mario!) on: December 19, 2016, 04:12:19 PM
Fire Emblem games are good.  The last two Monster Hunter games are good, even if they're not really my thing.  On the JRPG front, there's Shin Megami Tensei, Bravely Default & Bravely Second, 7th Dragon III Code VFD (weird name, good game), Xenoblade Chronicles (port of the Wii game), Etrian Odyssey (fun but super hard), Stella Glow (similar to FF Tactics).

If you have any nostalgia for the old Final Fantasy games, I'd highly recommend Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.  It's a music/rhythm game with a ton of tunes from the old games and a fun RPG system.  I've probably put more hours into that one than anything else on 3DS.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: December 17, 2016, 11:54:48 PM
Sentient Horror - Ungodly Forms.  This was a last-minute pickup based on a couple things:  a) a few really good reviews, and b) Dan Swano did the mastering for it.  This is probably my favorite pure death metal album this year, and will appeal to any fans of early Edge of Sanity, Obituary, Carcass, etc.  You can stream the entire thing here, and I would highly recommend giving it a listen.  It will probably nudge Hakiri for the Sky out of my top 20 for 2016.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 17, 2016, 05:06:50 PM
My biggest surprise and biggest disappointment might actually be the same game, Aragami.  On the one hand, it's the closest thing to a Tenchu reboot that we're ever likely to see.  The levels were big, they were challenging, and once you got the hang of it, they were an absolute blast.  Probably the most fun I had all year was sneaking through areas crawling with guards, finding ways to pick them off from the shadows.

However, all of that enjoyment came to a screeching halt with the horrible, awful, ridiculous boss battles.  They often completely changed the game mechanics, were unclear (to the point I thought one of them was bugged until I got an email response from the devs), absurdly difficult, and were basically the complete opposite of the thrilling open world chapters.  I got up to the last boss and finally just gave up in disgust after spending 2 hours trying to beat it.  It was so incredibly disappointing to have a game that was so much fun get dragged down by such awful bosses.

I'm with Dante. Titanfall 2 was a huge pleasant surprise, and I Am Setsuna was a massive disappointment.  The former was far more fun than I ever expected, and the latter looked to have so much potential but ended up being a borefest.  I'd also include Epistory (a typing RPG) as a wonderful surprise. 

32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: December 16, 2016, 02:47:09 PM
There's still a couple weeks left, so there's a chance something could sneak in, but I'm probably going with this for my 2016 year end list.

Album of the year:  Anaal Nathrak - The Whole of the Law.  This is sheer insanity and anger put to music.  As one review said, this album doesn’t just punch you in the face, it punches *through* your face and keeps going. A brutal, intense, amazing and exhausting listen from start to finish.

The rest of the top 20
2.   Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary (honestly, this one is a very close second.  More like #1a)
3.   David Bowie – Blackstar (not metal, but...Bowie)
4.   Khemmis – Hunted
5.   Goatpsalm – Downstream
6.   Vainaja – Verenvelaja
7.   The Vision Bleak - The Unknown
8.   Ihsahn – Arktis
9.   The Gorge - Thousand Year Fire
10.   Oak Pantheon - In Pieces
11.   Thy Catafalque - Meta
12.   Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience
13.   Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy of Molten Bones
14.   Saor – Guardians
15.   Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us
16.   Uada – Devoid of Light
17.   Draconian – Sovran
18.   Myrkur – Mausoleum
19.   Youth Code – Commitment to Complications
20.   Hakiri for the Sky – III: Trauma

Song of the year:  Witherscape - Marionette.  This particular combo of beautiful and harsh is one of the best I've ever heard.  
2.  Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Fool.  Symphony and mayhem that can't be matched.  It's even better live.
3.  Anaal Nathrakh - Hold Your Children Close and Pray For Oblivion.  This may be the most brutal song I've ever heard.  Ever.
4.  David Bowie - Lazarus.  Put in context of what happened, this is the biggest gut punch of the year.  I still have a really hard time listening to it, and can't believe he's really gone.
5.  Ihsahn - Frail.  A perfect example of Ihsahn's utterly insane genius.

Disappointment of the year:  Tie between Gojira’s Magma and Opeth’s Sorceress.   Both had a couple really good songs, but overall were just so…boring.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/16/16 Edition on: December 16, 2016, 02:14:00 PM
I'll have very little gaming time this weekend.  Rogue One this afternoon, Christmas light show with the family tonight, Nutcracker ballet tomorrow afternoon, family holiday party tomorrow night, fly to DC on Sunday.

What little time I have will probably be spent with Tyranny.
34  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 15, 2016, 08:23:52 PM
If you're into such things, Nintendo's Super Mario Run came out today. 

It's cute, but I doubt I'll actually pony up any $$ for it.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: December 15, 2016, 05:48:39 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on November 20, 2016, 06:25:20 PM

I just finished the campaign today.  I really wasn’t expecting much from the campaign on this one but I have to say I was kind of blown away; this is one of the best FPS single player campaigns I have played in a long time.

Every section felt unique and a couple did things I’ve never seen in a game before.  One of which introduced a new mechanic that felt like it could have been expanded into a whole game of its own.


I played through the campaign as well, and had a blast.  I don't play many FPS so I can't say how it compares to other games, but as a stand-alone, it was really, really fun.  I was surprised how much I enjoyed two things:

1.  The out-of-mech combat. Zipping in and out like a crazed madman was an absolutely blast.
2.  The relationship between Titan and Pilot.  The game would have fallen very flat if they had messed that up, but they did a very good job establishing that bond.  I honestly cared about both.

I'll never touch the MP, but would highly recommend it just on the strength of the SP campaign.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 11, 2016) on: December 15, 2016, 04:24:51 AM
Tried the demo.  Neat idea and cool execution, but don't think it's a game for me.  Not a full price, anyways.

Back to Tyranny it is.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 11, 2016) on: December 14, 2016, 09:56:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising 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.

Thanks, I was actually coming to ask exactly that question:  which one first?  smile

I'm DL'ing the ST demo to see how I like it.  That's a genre that hasn't really ever clicked with me, but I think lots of that simply has to do with the setting.  Only options were military (Commandos) or post-apocalyptic (Fallout Tactics), neither of which interest me in the least.  Ninjas and samurai, otoh...  drool

I actually bought Tyranny a couple weeks ago and played the first hour and change.  Enjoyed it but did a refund, as I wasn't sure if I would stick with it (because of FF XV) and figured I could maybe get it cheaper later.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey free on Xbox until Dec 31 on: December 14, 2016, 09:27:52 PM
While I never quite finished it, LO is an excellent JRPG.  The written stories were so fantastic.

Blue Dragon, otoh, was absolute garbage.
39  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Kingdom Hearts Unchained X on: December 14, 2016, 03:17:22 PM
I played it for a while, but tend to lose interest in the whole gatcha pulls and neverending upgrade model in Square's social RPG's.  I find that a couple months is about my limit.

Both FF Brave Exvius and Mobius FF were better takes on the same formula imo, but that's probably just my FF nostalgia talking.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 14, 2016, 04:13:01 AM
Just finished.  Level 49, 47 hours.  A couple final thoughts:

1.  It's a very good game, but not a great one.  The long development cycle showed, with a few too many ideas smooshed together into a not-so-cohesive whole.  Thankfully, it hits far more than it misses, and was thoroughly enjoyable as a result.
2.  Very satisfying gut-punch of an ending, although the final 30 seconds of the post-credits cutscene threw me for a bit of a loop.
3.  They did a great job of starting the game out on a very fun, lighthearted note, then gradually progressing into a seriously dark final few chapters.  There's a bit towards the end that demonstrates this juxtaposition, and it's heartbreaking.  You just can't help but connect with the Chocobros, and seeing the journey they go through (both literally and figuratively) is very satisfying.
4.  It's pretty obvious where the DLC will fit in.  For example, Gladio disappears for a while, coming back with a giant scar across his chest.  When one of the bros mentions it, Gladio just brushes it off with and "oh, it's nothing".  I'd be shocked if that side-story didn't get filled in through DLC.  There's a couple other spots and/or characters where you can see it coming as well.
5.  Gladio is by far my favorite, then Noctis, Ignis, and Prompto.  If I hadn't watched the Brotherhood anime beforehand, I would have wanted to throttle Prompto from the get-go, but his backstory makes him a much more sympathetic character.  
6.  While the story in the later chapters is very good, I still can't shake the feeling that it could have been much better if I hadn't spent the first 30+ hours getting sidetracked by sidequests and basically ignoring it.   The perils of open-world gaming, I suppose.
7.  I'll go back and do some of the post-game content, but without the dangling carrot of an overarching story to finish, I tend to lose interest in that side stuff pretty quickly.  We'll see how engaging it is.
8.  Kinda disappointed in the music.  None of it was bad, it was just kinda...there.  Really the only thing I remember about is that one of the songs was a LOTR rip-off.  The "Stand By Me" cover is put to great use at the end though.

I feel a bit sad (for lack of a better word) that this game I have waited with such anticipation for over a decade to play has now come and gone.  It's fun, it's good, and I'd recommend it to anyone...but it didn't knock this FF fanboy's socks off the way I hoped it would.  I'd probably put it somewhere in the mid-tier of the main FF games, with my personal list now going something like:

-  FF VII
-  FF XIV
-  FF VI
-  FF IX
-  FF XII
-  FF X
-  FF XV
-  FF XIII
-  FF III
-  FF VIII
-  FF IV
-  FF V
-  I haven't played enough of I, II, or XI to really judge

Final grade would probably be in the 80/100 range, I think...probably higher if I hadn't have come in with such high expectations.

EDIT:  /rant on.  Because it bugged me so bad, let me quickly expand on my issue with the ending.  MASSIVE SPOILERS FOLLOW:  
Spoiler for Hiden:
So the whole theme of the narrative was that everyone sacrificed themselves to save the world.  Luna dies getting the ring to Noctis.  We see Noctis absorb the power of the Lucien kings and release it on Ardyn, killing them both in the process.  Ignis gave his eyesight.  I think we are meant to assume that the rest of the Chocobros died in the throne room.  It was a powerful statement (I thought, anyways) on selflessness and love.

Then at the very end (literally the last scene of the game), we see the throne room with Noctis sitting on the throne, apparently unharmed, with Lunafreya by his side giving him goo-goo eyes.  What.  The.  Fuck???

Two thoughts:

1.  Wasn't that the whole damn point of the entire 3 hours leading up to final battle to show that massive sacrifice can change the world, even though everyone involved lost everything in the process?  
2.  Aren't they both fucking dead??

The only way it even remotely makes sense is to assume that scene is meant to be some sort of "vision of heaven" for both of them, and not the reality of how things ended.  Because if after all of that, the two of them just magically just spring back to life and everything is peachy...that would just be some Grade A bullshit.

/rant off
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