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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - Memorial Day Weekend 2016 edition (5/27) on: Today at 01:29:01 PM
I'm in the thick of two RPG's, which is never a good idea.  I think I'm getting near the end of Bravely Second, as I just got the typical "you can't go back after this point.  Do everything you need to before proceeding." message.  Given the first game, however, that probably just means I've hit the point where I have to replay the entire game a second time.  slywink

I'm also still thoroughly enjoying Sword Coast Legends on PC.  I wholly acknowledge it's an average game at best, but something about it has just clicked with me.Of all the recent isometric CRPG's, this one is by far my favorite.  I admit that that's a lot due to sentiment, as it reminds me so much of the first Neverwinter Nights, which a game that brings back very fond memories (both as a game and that for that particular point of my life in general).   

I really need to finish one or both of these before June 6, when the big FF XIV 3.3 patch drops.   ninja
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost a friend on: May 25, 2016, 03:34:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 25, 2016, 01:52:12 PM

It still hits me when I see metallicorphan's name pop up places, and I was never able to figure out for sure what happened to him.

3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost a friend on: May 25, 2016, 01:48:01 AM
Damn, sorry Engine.  frown
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "I Am Setsuna" (alternate title "I'm not Chrono Trigger, honest") Squeenix JRPG on: May 24, 2016, 10:44:30 PM
I Am Setsuna comes out on July 19, and it looks fantastic.  As Kotaku said in their headline, it's Chrono Trigger in everything but name (trailer in link).

How this isn't getting more attention is beyond really does look fantastic.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/24/16) on: May 23, 2016, 01:04:13 PM
Nothing for me.

Quote from: SeaMoosi on May 23, 2016, 03:34:32 AM

lso, Game of Thrones like the Telltale series? That ended last year so episode 4 is well and out already.

Was wondering that as well.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 22, 2016, 11:18:06 PM
Man, I was all over the gaming map this weekend.

Bravely Second:  Got all characters past 50, working through the storyline.  Man, that area with the invisible bridges is annoying.
Doom:  I actually made it through 3 checkpoints in one sitting.  Progress!  Still not all that enthused about it, but will probably keep messing with it off and on.
Tera:  Spent most of Fri night/Sat afternoon playing the new Ninja class.  Meh...see above.
Sword Coast Legends:  Thoroughly enjoying it so far.  My only gripe is that it's often very difficult to figure out what to do next.  There's a map marker if you happen to be standing near a quest-giving NPC, but nothing otherwise.  Been depending on some online walkthroughs to figure a few things out.
Guild Wars 2:  Tried to get back into it and finish my personal story.  Got bored again after about an hour.  Weird how I just hit such a massive wall on that one.
Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition:  I liked this one when it came out originally, but couldn't get past the crazy difficulty.  They supposedly toned it down for this "Definitive" version, so I figured I'd give it another shot.  While the enemies are certainly easier, the precision platforming required certainly is not.  Not sure how far I'll get...I just suck at these Metroidvania types.
Tree of Savior:  I need to give this a dedicated look when I'm not quite so distracted.  Looks like it could be cool, the art style is simply beautiful.
New Super Mario Bros U:  I bought this mostly for Little B 7.2, and while she likes it, it's waaaaaaay harder than the Super Mario World game she's been playing.  Took me a bunch of tries to finish a few of the levels as well...might be a bit too much for her to handle.

Whew.  I'm exhausted.  smile
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: May 22, 2016, 04:10:56 PM

A "definitive edition" of Ori was recently released.  It adds a lower difficulty level, as well as some fast travel options, and a couple new areas.  For owners of the original, it's just a $5 upgrade.

I'm excited about giving it another look.  There was so much to like about it, but the plentiful bugs and the crazy difficulty pushed me away.  If those two things got fixed/adjusted, this could really be a on amazing game.  Here's hoping...downloading now, will report back later.

EDIT:  They definitely tuned down the enemy difficulty and being able to reuse Spirit Bond sites is helpful, but a level of precision platforming skill is definitely still required...and is sadly beyond my skill set.  frown
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 22, 2016, 03:13:09 AM
Tried the new Ninja class in Tera (up to level 23) and wasn't terribly impressed.

Tera has gone the SWTOR route and made leveling so ridiculously easy that it's really not much fun.  SWTOR could get away with having zero challenge because the story was really good.  Tera doesn't have that, so you end up grinding through trash mobs and doing endless fetch quests without any real reason for doing so. 
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 20, 2016, 06:27:53 PM
Just read that Tera has released a new Ninja class.  Looks like I'll be giving that another look as well.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 20, 2016, 05:12:29 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 20, 2016, 04:32:25 PM

I have a surfeit of options...

Oooooo, good word.   thumbsup
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 20, 2016, 11:56:09 AM
Picked up Sword Coast Legends on a Steam sale this week, and am really enjoying it.  I know it got trashed for not being a "faithful" recreation of D&D, but I find that I really enjoy it's more simplified, streamlined approach.  The last few CRPG's I've played (Pillars of Eternity and Divinity Original Sin) have fallen completely flat because they were so damn SCL is exactly what I was looking for.  Helps that the writing is genuinely funny and engaging as well.

Will also probably put some time into Bravely Second and will hope that Doom grabs me more than it has after the first couple hours.  Also grabbed New Super Mario Bros U for Little B 7.2, so I'm sure that'll see some time as well.

This will be the first weekend in a long time that won't spend mostly with FFXIV.
12  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Titan Quest on: May 19, 2016, 08:30:17 PM
I'd be all over this if I hadn't already played through it 3 times on PC.  It's a good game, but that's probably enough.  smile
13  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 19, 2016, 03:21:27 PM
If you enjoy either pinball or "games as art", I would strongly recommend INKS.  At it's core, it's a simple pinball game that requires you to hit colored squares to complete each level.  When you hit the square, it explodes in a burst of colored ink, which can then be tracked around the board as your ball rolls through it.

While the bulk of the game isn't terribly challenging (you can probably finish all the levels in a day or two), the designs you make by splashing multiple colors together and tracking the ink are often stunningly beautiful.  As in "I wish I could frame that and hang it on my wall" beautiful.  You can get a sense for how it looks here

14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 19, 2016, 02:15:13 PM
Fixing the FOV helped with the nausea issue (thanks Tilt!), but I'm finding the game to be rather 'meh'.  I was hoping this would scratch the same ridiculous, ultra-violent itch that Bulletstorm did, but I just end up bored with it after 15-20 minutes.  I find myself playing one, maybe two checkpoints, then switching over to something else.
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: May 17, 2016, 03:36:46 PM
My lukewarm thumbs-up is becoming warmer as I've started unlocking more and more classes.  Just got access to the Ninja class last night, which is pretty awesome.  Each of the four characters (level 43) now has a variety of skills they can use to handle nearly any situation.  While the main story still sucks, the side mission stories are fantastic.  Not sure how crazy I am about having to choose between two classes though.  For example, the side story I did last night required me to choose to unlock either the Knight or Ninja class, and whichever one I didn't choose became unavailable (for the rest of the game, I assume).  Frustrating to have to make those sort of decisions blindly, since you don't really have any intel on whether or not the class you choose will be effective or not.  Still, I don't feel like I've made any horrible decisions, yet.  smile

It does feel like a few of the classes are a bit redundant.  White Mage and Bishop are nearly identical, as are Black Mage and Wizard.  There's a few nuances, but they both basically do the same thing.

I have finished my moon base and upgraded my ship to the point that wearing down the level 60 Ba'al monsters doesn't take forever.  I usually set everyone to start firing when I leave for work, and they're down to a decent target level by the time I get home.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: May 17, 2016, 03:02:17 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 17, 2016, 06:33:43 AM

I never felt like Elite Dangerous is complicated. Sure, there can be a lot of controls to master, but you don't need to grasp them all right away, especially with a HOTAS. Just do two or three basic tutorials, and you'll be ready to head out there and do whatever you like. I suspect anyone who claims the game is complicated is talking about trying to grasp every single concept in the game, which isn't at all necessary. I've played the game for many, many hours and have barely even touched combat or exploration, being more of a trader.

^ this

Just be sure to watch a few tutorials (especially around docking and warp speed traveling), and you'll probably be able to pick up the rest pretty quickly.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 17, 2016, 03:00:27 PM
Played this for about an hour last night, and had to stop because I started getting a massive headache and my stomach was doing flip-flops.  Once I stopped playing, both the headache and stomach churn stopped. 

Motion sickness due to gaming would be a first for me (it has never bothered me in FPS before), so I'm hoping it was maybe something unrelated.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/17/16) on: May 16, 2016, 07:52:51 PM
Hearing enough good things about Doom that I may give it a shot.  Trying to decide between PC or PS4 though...  

PC it is...20% off at GMG was too much to resist.  Downloading now.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 15, 2016, 11:39:02 PM
How long is the SP campaign? Also, does it have a "wuss" difficulty level? 

I sometimes enjoy FPS, but am completely awful at them.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 15, 2016, 07:59:39 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 15, 2016, 02:27:04 PM

Though the guy who thought it was a good idea to selfie video himself crowdsurfing twice crowdsurf is a total douchecanoe.


In every instance.

21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pinball FX2 on Steam on: May 15, 2016, 01:22:30 PM
I've literally spent hundreds of hours with Zen Pinball, which is the iOS version of FX2.  If anyone wants to do a score comparison thread (we have one at OO), let me know.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 13, 2016, 09:57:11 PM
Agalloch annonced their breakup today.  My favorite metal band is no more.   crybaby
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 12, 2016, 12:49:08 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on May 11, 2016, 06:42:17 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 13, 2016, 09:12:40 PM

One more interesting tidbit on Youth Code, from the Pitchfork review of their album.  It was produced by Rhys Fulber of FLA fame.  Which explains why it sounds so much better than the first album.

not sure what this band is doing in this thread (i feel like there should be a non-genre specific music topic), but since we're here .. their material sounded very inspired by late-80s WaxTrax! sound.

This thread is now my personal music log, didn't you know?  slywink


Holy shit, that was fantastic.  Thanks for posting it.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 09, 2016, 05:35:19 AM
Might get Uncharted 4 eventually, but I'm not in any hurry.  I'm intrigued by all the positive review, but the first three games also got glowing reviews and I didn't care for them much.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/6/16 Capt. America -Civil War Edition on: May 09, 2016, 03:04:33 AM
Played some FFXIV, Bravely Second, and restarted Chaos Rings 3.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fork in the road? on: May 08, 2016, 06:07:40 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 08, 2016, 10:46:45 AM

I know the feeling (despite having 25 fewer years of life experience behind me), and I believe it's just part of getting older. I've found myself gravitating towards unique gaming experiences over the last few years, finding more interest in indie games than in the by-the-numbers AAA games. It's also one of the reasons I'm so into Virtual Reality, because it offers something completely unique and new. I'm once again discovering the pleasure of being surprised and awed by something as simple as a pretty view, and thinking about where this new platform can go in the future makes me incredibly excited.

It might just be that you're tired of gaming in general and would rather do other things with your life now, despite your nostalgia reminding you of how much fun you had with it back in the days. Or it might just be a call for you to try something new within gaming, instead of jumping back on the same bandwagon over and over again while expecting it to give you something you haven't seen before.

Well said Tilt.

I'm in a similar boat these days, and find myself struggling to enjoy even those games that would have been no-brainers in the past.  For example, I would consider the Infinity Engine games (Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment) among my favorites of all time, yet the new crop of isometric RPG's (namely Pillars of Eternity and Divinity Original Sin) have fallen completely flat with me.  I struggle to really get into current JRPG's (both standard and tactical), which were practically the sole staple of my gaming diet for 20 years.  It's a little disappointing, but makes sense when I recognize couple key things:

1.  I have far less gaming time than I used to.  The thought of an 80-hour RPG simply doesn't hold the appeal because it'll take me 2 months to finish.
2.  I have little patience for learning complex systems.  This sort of ties into #1 because if I only have an hour to sit down and play something, I don't want to spend that hour bashing my head against obtuse or unclear mechanics (I'm looking at you Black Desert Online).
3.  I also have very little patience for overly difficult games.  I have enough stress in my life, the last thing I want is for my games to add to it.  I've become more of a "filthy casual" when it comes to games, mostly because I'd like to at least make some sort of progress when I play.  There's a whole genre of games that I would probably love (ahem, Dark Souls), but I know I would never have the patience to get through them.

I still love gaming, but the games I do end up finishing and enjoying are becoming fewer and further between.  These sort of gaming ruts are also dangerous for my wallet, as I end up throwing money at a whole bunch of random games in the hope something will click. 
27  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: May 08, 2016, 05:56:57 PM
I've kept plugging away at Bravely Second, and it's finally starting to click a little bit.  The story is still a pile of hot garbage, but the combat is starting to become more fun as I unlock different skills, spells, and abilities.  Some of the jobs seem rather worthless (Catmancer?), but creating a spell slinging support healer is certainly fun.  I love the fact there's only 4 characters, so you can focus on building a small party instead of trying to level up a ton of extra tools.  So far, I'm going with:

-  Yew:  Damage dealing Mage (Wizard, Black Mage) and Support (Astrologian)
-  Edea:  Heavy melee (swordmaster, charioteer, etc.)
-  Magnolia:  Mostly Heals (Bishop)
-  Tiz:  Sneaky sneak (thief)

One thing I struggle to figure out is how damage is calculated for each of the jobs.  Tiz has a far lower physical attack rating than Edea, but does about twice the damage with an equivalent weapon (Tiz has a Mythril Bow, Edea has a Mythril Sword).  I'm not really sure why, which drives me a bit nuts.  

I'd give it a lukewarm (but getting warmer) thumbs up at this point.  I'll keep hoping the positive momentum continues.

P.S. Here's a pro tip that I just figured out today (after playing for nearly 16 hours):  The pig in each town serves as a teleport to every other major city.  Just talk to him and he'll pop up a list of cities you can jump to.

P.P.S.  Hey AA, are you "Ally"?  I have a couple folks who have popped up in my friends list, but I'm not sure who is who.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/6/16 Capt. America -Civil War Edition on: May 06, 2016, 05:57:47 PM
I'm in a gaming funk at the moment, and can't seem to keep interest in anything I start.  Of course, that doesn't keep me from throwing money at stuff.  Just in the last few weeks I've fired up:

Dungeons 2?  Bored in an hour
Crypt of the Necrodancer?  Meh, and I like both rhythm games and roguelikes.
Uncharted 3 HD?   Yawn.
Bravely Second?  Mild interest, but keep falling asleep every time I play.
Grim Dawn?  Halfway through and can't generate any interest to finish. 
Destiny?  War Tortise?  Abyss Odyssey?  FIFA 16?  Rebel Galaxy?  Black Desert Online?  Shadows of Mordor?  Age of Empires II HD?

The only one that stuck was Epistory (which I finished) and FFXIV, and even that is just to do daily quests for an hour.  Keep hoping something jumps out and grabs me, but nothing seems to anymore.  Oh well.

So it'll probably just be FFXIV and whatever else happens to catch my eye for an hour here and there.  Who knows what that will end up being.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 05, 2016, 03:39:59 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 05, 2016, 03:27:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 05, 2016, 03:23:10 PM

Suppose I should probably get around to finishing UC3...

I finished it...and really you can skip it.  It was ok I guess but it wasn't as great as the first 2 so just jumping to #4 might be more fun.

I really disliked the first game, and thought the second was decent but not great.  I'm about 40% through the third game, and am pretty 'meh' on it as well.  One can only get so excited about yet another room full of chest high walls and a hundred enemies.  smile

To be fair, I only gave them a real shot when the HD versions came out.  While I'm sure they were incredible at the time, that formula has been done significantly better in the years since.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 05, 2016, 03:23:10 PM
Suppose I should probably get around to finishing UC3...
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 05, 2016, 02:58:33 PM
(Cross-posted from OO)

Finally got a chance to see Behemoth last night.  They're exactly as their name suggests:  massive and terrifying.  They played their last album, The Satanist, in it's entirety, then did three encores.  A truly fantastic show

However, it was the opener Myrkur that was more interesting.  The waifish blonde woman with a voice that could blow the doors off the building mesmerized an entire room full of fans of one of the most extreme metal bands on the planet. She did a couple acapella numbers during which you could have heard a pin drop. She closed with a cover of Bathory's Song To Hall Up High" that literally had people in tears.  I've never seen anything quite like it before.

I knew she'd be good (I was a big fan of her debut album last year), but she was captivating in a way I've never experienced at a metal show before.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 04, 2016, 03:20:33 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 03, 2016, 02:05:53 PM

One week til Babymetal live!   icon_biggrin icon_biggrin icon_biggrin

Hand me your man card...I'll just hang on to it for you for a week or so.  slywink

Might even take it with me to the Behemoth/Myrkur show tomorrow night.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/3/16) on: May 02, 2016, 12:04:05 PM
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/29/16 edition on: May 02, 2016, 02:14:56 AM
I was all over the map this weekend.  A bunch of FFXIV (as always), finished Epistory, dipped my toe back into Destiny, started Uncharted 3 (completely underwhelmed after the first 2 hours.  Reminds me of the first UC game:  big room full of chest-high walls, kill enemies, move to next big room of chest-high walls, rinse, repeat), grabbed both Dungeons 2 and Crypt of the Necrodancer from Steam sales (both of which are fun diversions, but probably won't get any serious playtime).

Dammit Gratch, focus!
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Typing program for 10 yr old....not Typing of the Dead on: April 30, 2016, 05:25:13 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 30, 2016, 04:55:57 PM

And then Epistory is more of an action adventure game where you have to type to attack enemies.  AnotherQuick Look video if it helps.

I've been playing Epistory (hoping to finish it tonight, actually), and would give it a huge thumbs up.  It's Zelda meets Diablo by way of Mavis Beacon.  Been tons of fun, and has certainly helped my typing skills.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/29/16 edition on: April 30, 2016, 04:10:02 PM
Well, fine...I'll use yours then.  smile

I'm on the last level of Epistory, and will try to finish that one up.  Need to catch up on the FFXIV weekly and daily stuff I've missed while on the road this week.  I feel like I should be playing Bravely Second, but I just get bored with it so quickly.  Might jump back into Destiny for a change of pace.  I haven't turned on my PS4 in weeks...its feeling neglected.  Tried Abyss Odyssey (one I picked up on Christmas Steam sale but never played), but it ended up being far more fighting game and far less action-platformer for my taste.  Also gave War Tortise a try.  Fun little diversion, although I can't see it being something I spend much time with.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/29/16 edition on: April 30, 2016, 04:43:00 AM
What, my thread not good enough for you?. :p
38  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 29, 2016, 10:42:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 28, 2016, 04:00:46 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 28, 2016, 02:00:01 PM

Pathfinder Adventures by Obsidian released today. Its a card-based strategy game. You can download it for free, or pay $24.99 to unlock just about everything. Otherwise, you can accrue gold to unlock character, chests, etc. The game looks very robust, and although I am still confused on a couple rules, I'm really enjoying it so far. I may just drop the $25 to support Obsidian.

The physical game is pretty great. I've been looking forward to this.  I wish my iPad wasn't so out of date (or that it ran on my phone).

I played through the tutorial this afternoon.  It looks neat, but probably a little too complex for my blood.  I was completely lost by the time the tutorial was finished.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 04:27:52 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 25, 2016, 03:42:23 PM

The Magic Circle is quite wonderful.  I played it when it was on PC. Itís a game about an unfinished game that has been in development for a long time.  Itís a bit of an adventure/puzzle game with some minion summoning action thrown in for good measure.  Assuming they didnít mess something up in the Gold Edition, I highly recommend it.

Thanks for the reminder, I missed that on the list.  It's been on my Steam wishlist for ages, but I might grab it for PS4 instead.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 02:03:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 25, 2016, 01:58:42 PM

And Aliens vs Pinball, because I get all of the Zen pinball tables.

Same here.
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