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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/28/17 Edition on: April 28, 2017, 02:07:49 PM
I don't fly home until Saturday morning, and will split time on the plane between Pocket Card Jockey and Planescape Torment.

Probably continue my grind to get a full set of i270 gear in FFXIV before the expansion hits.  Maybe some Mass Effect as well.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Danger Zone [PS4/PC] - new Burnout Crash Mode, maybe kinda (don't suck, plz) on: April 27, 2017, 03:18:33 AM
Burnout's crash mode might be the most sheer fun I've ever had with a video game.  I can't believe it took this long for someone to try and replicate it.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII HD remake confirmed on: April 26, 2017, 02:09:49 PM
New trailer came out yesterday, mainly focused on the story.

I pre-ordered this last night.  Can't wait!
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 23, 2017) on: April 26, 2017, 01:08:55 PM
Amazon was doing a promotion where if you ordered any game $20 or more, you got some glamour gear and a mount in FF XIV.  So I pre-ordered the FF XII remake, and now my FF XIV toon is literally floating around on a cloud.   icon_lol
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/21/17 edition on: April 24, 2017, 03:54:01 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 21, 2017, 09:36:29 PM

This entire week can just fuck right off.   finger

Split time between Elder Scrolls Online (PC), Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4), and Planescape Torment (iPad).

Played ESO up through level 15, then realized that there's no way I'm going to be able to multi-task MMO's.  I've put waaaaay too many hours into FF XIV to abandon it, so I'll probably just be going to back to that instead of ESO.

Finished my first full season in Gridiron Solitaire, which was fun.  Played some Pocket Card Jockey and FF Theatrhythm as well.   A little bit of Planescape Torment, but I'm not sure I'm in the mood for another large, complex RPG right now.  Maybe on my flights later this week.

Little B 8.1 started playing Minecraft last night.  That's going to be an...interesting experience for her.  This is her first PS4 game (everything else has been on WiiU) and is also the first one where she has to adjust a camera view.  I forget sometimes how ingrained that reflex is for us, and how difficult it can be for someone who has never done it before.  I also realized that without a base knowledge of how things function, Minecraft can actually be a really difficult game.  If you've never used a pickaxe, for example, how would you know you need it?  Or what materials might go into making one?  The tutorial told her to build a furnace, put in sand, and fuel it with charcoal to make glass.  That entire process was completely foreign to her, and she became frustrated very quickly.  Will be interesting to see if she sticks with it or gives up.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/21/17 edition on: April 22, 2017, 12:44:02 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 22, 2017, 12:31:02 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 21, 2017, 09:36:29 PM

This entire week can just fuck right off.   finger

That bad?

I just need a new job, I think.  Getting really burned out on both traveling and dealing with a completely dysfunctional government (I do sales to federal civilian agencies).  It's been a really awful year, tbh.

Enough bitching...let's game.  smile
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/21/17 edition on: April 21, 2017, 09:36:29 PM
This entire week can just fuck right off.   finger

Split time between Elder Scrolls Online (PC), Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4), and Planescape Torment (iPad).
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 20, 2017, 10:38:42 AM
I ended up grabbing Planscape Torment on iPad for the flight home today.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2017 - Most Anticipated titles of this calendar year ... on: April 18, 2017, 09:21:05 PM
Most of mine have already come and gone this year.  Horizon, Nier, Torment, Mass Effect, Persona 5.

While I'm sure there will be a ton of stuff I end up buying, the only things that jump immediately to mind are the FF XIV Stormblood expansion in June, the ESO Morrowind expansion (also in June), and the Final Fantasy XII HD remake.  Interested in Xenoblade 2, but can't see myself buying a Switch for it.  Sometime down the road, maybe.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Job Advice on: April 17, 2017, 06:46:00 PM
Sounds like Job #1 is certainly the better offer, and by the tone of your post, the one you really want.  Appears that it would be the logical choice, especially given your current tolerance for risk.

Is there any risk that Job 1's facility won't actually open in July, but gets pushed back until, say, December?

Quote from: Ironrod on April 15, 2017, 07:36:33 PM

Any chance Job 1 would give you a written synopsis of what you've talked about? Not a guarantee of employment, but some record of your verbal understanding?

Like you, I would want something stronger than a smile and a handshake, even if it isn't legally binding.

I tend to agree.  Position it as a clarification of expectations, and I can't imagine they'd have much issue with it.  If they really start to balk, maybe that's an indicator that they aren't as serious as they seem to be.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 17, 2017, 01:45:06 PM
Might resub to ESO.  Started playing again last night, and had forgotten how much fun it is.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/14/17 edition on: April 17, 2017, 04:06:23 AM
Spent a few hours with Mass Effect Andromeda.  Got to the next planet, around 10 hours in..getting kinda bored, tbh.

Messed around with Skyforge on PS4.  It's one I tried last year on PC and never really got into it.  They completely revamped it for PS4, and it was actually pretty fun.  Unfortunately, it's all grind with nothing in the way of story at all.  Doesn't work for me, so I jumped back into ESO for a while instead.  Will scratch my MMO itch until the FFXIV expansion comes out.
13  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: April 15, 2017, 09:45:24 PM
The RNG in this game has finally beaten down my will to continue.  I have 6 puzzles that need 1 piece each to finish, and my last 18 pulls (yeah, I've been counting) have been pieces I already have.  In my last 2 races, I hit the 5-star card to start, yet I got bumped clear back to the back of pack (out of zone 1), and there's usually no way to recover from that.  I've had long initial draws where I've got through 8-10 cards without being able to play anything, or I'll have 8-10 cards still in the deck and only need one to finish a round perfect...and I won't get it.  I still haven't figured out any way to tie energy to homestretch enthusiasm, and it still feels entirely random.  I have no idea what I'm supposed to do to progress a horse to the point where I can compete in any of the 7 remaining GI races that I have yet to win.

All that said, I've probably put over 40 hours into this game, and I absolutely love it.  Maybe I just need to take a breather, light a few candles, say a prayer or 12 to RNGeesus, and hope he plays nicer in the future.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/14/17 edition on: April 14, 2017, 02:07:58 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 14, 2017, 01:31:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 14, 2017, 01:05:18 PM

Now that I've gotten past the inexplicably awful opening 4 hours of Mass Effect Andromeda, it has really hit it's stride and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.  I've also been feeling the pull of Elder Scrolls Online again...might mess around with that a bit.

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 14, 2017, 12:25:52 PM

Xbox Spring Sale, so I picked up a few games, so I'm currently playing Sword Coast Legends with some Star Trel Online sprinkled in.  Oh Yeah, getting loot boxes in Overwatch for the Ominic Rising Event

I really enjoyed Sword Coast Legends...right up until the final boss.  Word of advice:  make sure you hang on to at least one strong ranged weapon for each character (you'll get a bunch over the course of the game).  Without it, the end boss is impossible to beat.  I sold all of mine because I didn't think I'd need them, and couldn't beat the final boss as a result.


Thanks for the advice... seriously

My biggest gaming frustration last year was getting 30+ hours into that game...then not being able to finish it.  SO pissed.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/14/17 edition on: April 14, 2017, 01:05:18 PM
Now that I've gotten past the inexplicably awful opening 4 hours of Mass Effect Andromeda, it has really hit it's stride and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.  I've also been feeling the pull of Elder Scrolls Online again...might mess around with that a bit.

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 14, 2017, 12:25:52 PM

Xbox Spring Sale, so I picked up a few games, so I'm currently playing Sword Coast Legends with some Star Trel Online sprinkled in.  Oh Yeah, getting loot boxes in Overwatch for the Ominic Rising Event

I really enjoyed Sword Coast Legends...right up until the final boss.  Word of advice:  make sure you hang on to at least one strong ranged weapon for each character (you'll get a bunch over the course of the game).  Without it, the end boss is impossible to beat.  I sold all of mine because I didn't think I'd need them, and couldn't beat the final boss as a result.



16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Potential Bayonetta News on: April 13, 2017, 09:04:06 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 12, 2017, 08:08:28 PM

I agree. The game I really want to see ported, however, is Vanquish. That is probably the best Platinum game ever, IMHO.

Huh, I've never even heard of that one.  Looks like they hinted at a PC port last summer though.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a short game on: April 13, 2017, 07:20:02 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 13, 2017, 05:00:50 PM

I enjoyed that one as well but performance is really bad on PS4.  In a lot of areas it can't even hold 30FPS which is pretty bad for a game that isnít graphically impressive.

I played it on PS4 and don't ever recall performance being an issue.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a short game on: April 13, 2017, 01:35:21 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 13, 2017, 01:22:38 PM

Story Path of Destiny was free a couple of months ago on PS Plus. It's a fun little action game that can be beaten in as little as 2 hours, but It's more likely to take you around 10. I really didn't know what to expect from the game but I enjoyed it for the brief time it takes to beat it.

I'd recommend this one as well.  The game is designed to be replayed multiple times to see the myriad endings, each one very different based on the choices you make at specific times during the game.  The story is fantastic, and the twists and turns based on your decisions means the short game (each playthrough takes 60-90 minutes) will never be the same twice.   I beat it 8 times (I think) before moving on to something else. 

Was a fantastic surprise, and I'd definitely recommend giving it a look.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: April 12, 2017, 02:06:24 PM
This was posted over at OO, and is a fascinating explanation of what could be going on with ME Andromeda's wonky animation system.  What Happened to Mass Effect Andromeda's Animation?  Makes you appreciate what they did with Witcher 3 that much more.

Quote from: jztemple2 on March 15, 2017, 02:28:27 AM

The first few hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda areÖ well they arenít good

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I had, by purpose or distraction, not found out anything about Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] before playing its review build, beyond that it was set in a whole new galaxy. Ooh goody, I thought! A sci-fi RPG series I completely loved, but with a fresh start, baggage shed, and the extraordinary potential of a setting in a galaxy entirely unlike our own.

Yeah, about that. The first few hours of Andromeda are a gruesome trudge through the most trite bilge of the previous three games, smeared out in a setting thatís horribly familiar, burdened with some outstandingly awful writing, buried beneath a UI that appears to have been designed to infuriate in every possible way.

I'd say that RPS' "first impressions" are 100% accurate.  While things improve significantly once you reach your first planet and get off the dreadfully boring space station, the first 3-4 hours are utter garbage.  I'd actually make the recommendation to anyone that if you're going to play this, you have to commit to at least getting to Eos before you quit.  That's the point where it's actually started to feel like a Mass Effect game...finally.  I'm baffled at how a studio as accomplished as Bioware could botch the opening of a game so badly.   It makes no sense.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Potential Bayonetta News on: April 11, 2017, 04:29:55 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 11, 2017, 03:15:04 PM

And now, it's on Steam - $19.99

Well, that's disappointing.  Was hoping for a more substantial announcement.
21  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: April 11, 2017, 02:51:19 PM
I have no idea how I'm ever going to beat some of these higher level races.  You only have a set amount of time to increase your stats, and then are put in races against a whole set of horses that have nearly double your speed and stamina (in "Mature Mode).  Without any way to improve, how am I supposed to win against that?

Did one race last night (King's something-or-other), where I was nearly perfect.  Completely cleared 5 out of the 6 solitaire games at comfort zone 3, and only left one card on the other.  Stayed out of the red and yellow turn zones that cause stamina loss.  Had nearly full stamina, two boost cards, Enthusiasm of 100, and a completely calm horse for the homestretch...and still had half a dozen horses simply blow right past me.  I didn't stand a chance.  At the end (where it tells you how to improve) I got the "you did really well, the other horses are just stronger" message.

WTF am I supposed to do to compete at these higher levels?   saywhat
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: April 11, 2017, 01:56:11 PM
Since Persona 5 didn't click with me at all, I decided to give ME Andromeda a shot instead.  A couple initial thoughts after 3 hours:

1.  Holy hell, that beginning section is simply awful.  It feels for all the world like "Generic Space Marine Game #48", and not a Mass Effect title.  Uninteresting characters, a boring story setup, and a lame opening zone.  Thankfully, once you get out of the starter area and actually into the story itself, the game starts to feel significantly better.  Still, it's not like previous ME games that had you hooked on both story and characters right from the start.
2.  The complaints about the animation are certainly justified.  Even after the patch, the facial movements and character animations all just look...off.  It think that's partly because I'm coming from HZD (a game with incredible animation), but everything in ME Andromeda is just janky as hell.  Lip synch doesn't match, running and movement animation is weird, eyes don't seem to track correctly, and the whole package almost looks last-gen.  
3.  The voice work doesn't even come close to the standards set by previous ME games.  Everyone sounds bored and uninterested, and the voice actors they chose for certain characters are just completely wrong.  The first time I met the Krogan on the base, I almost burst out laughing because the overly effeminate voice was such a complete mismatch for the character (even if she's female).  Doesn't help that the writing isn't particularly inspired either...I'd probably be bored too if I had to say these lines.
4.  Good news is that the framework for something interesting seems to be there.  Now that they're actually starting to talk about Mass Effect-y things, it's drawing me into the world quite a bit more.  I'm interested enough to see what happens next, even if everyone involved has the personality of a house plant.
5.  Is there a way to tell when there is a scannable object nearby?  I don't really want to run around opening my scanner tool every 10 steps on the off chance that there's something that I'm missing.
6.  Dammit Bioware, figure out a way to include pausable cutscenes.  We're in 2017, for crying out loud.   icon_evil

As a huge fan of the series (I consider ME2 to be the pinnacle of sci-fi gaming.  Period.), I'm really surprised Bioware dropped the ball so badly on the opening section of this game.  It makes a horrible first impression, and if someone wasn't already invested in the ME universe, I doubt they'd have much interest to keep playing.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 9, 2017) on: April 10, 2017, 08:54:03 PM
I'll get Planescape Torment eventually, but don't have any time for it right now.  So nothing.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/7/17 edition on: April 10, 2017, 02:39:37 AM
I put a couple hours into Persona 5, but didn't like it at all.  I think coming off maybe my favorite game of the generation (HZD) is making everything else look bad in comparison.  Decided to give Mass Effect Andromeda a look, and was similarly unimpressed after the first couple hours.  Feel like "generic space marine game #56" than anything Mass Effect related.  Hoping that it improves.   Quite a few Pocket Card Jockey races as well, of course.

I also bought Little B 8.1 her first Magic the Gathering deck, and we're having fun learning how to play together.   thumbsup
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a short game on: April 09, 2017, 03:01:36 AM
Quote
Pocket Card Jockey - I got Gratch hooked on this one. It's basically Tripeaks but with horses, and that's all there is to it. However, I've spent more than a dozen hours on it in thirty minute bursts, it's such a great title for $7.

My sleep schedule hates you for it, btw.  I always intend on playing 1 or 2 races before bed, and 90 minutes later...   icon_mad
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Help Coop pick a PS4 game to play on: April 09, 2017, 02:57:49 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 09, 2017, 01:54:51 AM

infamous is great if you like open world super hero gameplay. It was one of the earlier titles on the PS4, so it is missing some of the polish seen in recent games. Infamous Second Son continues the storyline of the first game, but they do have a synopsis which covers the main points of the first game. If you like open world gameplay and super powers, it is a solid choice with some great set pieces.

Nier Automata is much more than God of War in high heels. The storyline is more cerebral, the RPG elements are more involved (but still light) and the combat is more varied in its presentation. There are quite a few reasons why it is considered one of the better games of this generation. I wouldn't dismiss it so lightly.

Fully agree on both of these.  Calling Nier "God of War in high heels" would be like calling a Ferrari a "fancy Ford".  I mean, they're technically both cars, right?  slywink  I enjoy both series, but Nier has so much more going for it than just a fun combat system and cool set pieces, which is generally what GoW boils down to.

Infamous actually really surprised me at how fun it was.  I'm not much of an open world fan, but the story really sucked me in and the gameplay was very solid.

I thought the original was pretty clunky on Vita, but have heard pretty good things about Gravity Rush 2.  It's high on my "rainy day" playlist.

I haven't been impressed with Persona 5 at all.  Everyone keeps saying "keep playing and it gets better", but if I don't give a shit about a single character in the game after nearly 3 hours, that's not a promising start.  And while it does look super stylish, it also looks entirely last-gen.  I'll probably go back to it eventually, but it's been a disappointment so far.

Nioh looks absolutely fascinating, but these super-difficult games just aren't my thing at all.  Shame, as that one would have been a day one purchase otherwise.

If you enjoy stealth games, give Aragami a look.  The boss battles kinda suck (although I've heard patches have helped in that regard), but the huge levels are an absolute blast.  Hearing pretty good things about the new Styx game as well, but haven't played it myself.  The first one was *this* close to being a blast, but they kinda borked up the stealth mechanics.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 5 on: April 08, 2017, 08:45:56 PM
2 hours in, and this game isn't grabbing me.  At all.

Starting slow is one thing.  I'm used to that in JRPG's.  But I find myself not caring about a single person in this entire game, mainly because they're all just...assholes.  Hoping that gets better once more of the actual relationship building mechanics get going, because right now?  Blech.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a short game on: April 08, 2017, 01:09:09 PM
Sorry, meant Titanfall 2
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/7/17 edition on: April 08, 2017, 12:25:41 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 07, 2017, 07:12:12 PM

I might end up buying Nier.

As well you should.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a short game on: April 08, 2017, 12:25:09 AM
The single player campaign of Titanfall is fantastic and only takes about 8 hours.  Pony Island on PC is an utterly insane, but highly enjoyable retro-ish game. 

Or just go get Pocket Card Jockey for 3DS and let it consume your life, in short bursts.  (Seriously, it might be the he best $7 I've ever spent on a game).
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - 4/7/17 edition on: April 07, 2017, 12:55:27 PM
My nephew is getting married tomorrow...which has somehow managed to consume my entire weekend.  Rehearsal dinner tonight, ceremony tomorrow morning, reception tomorrow night.  And Mrs. Gratch is in charge of the wedding cake (she creates them) and most of the catering, so it's going to be complete chaos at my house.

What little gaming time I might get will either be spent with Persona 5 or Torment: Tides of Numenera.  I haven't decided yet which one I want to start.  And some Pocket Card Jockey, of course.  I won another GI race last night, and only have 7 (of 24) left to go.

You?
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 06, 2017, 03:29:42 AM
And...done.  smile  40 hours, level 41.  That last battle was a bitch, even on Easy.  My guess on Sylens was partially correct, in that
Spoiler for Hiden:
he is still planning to use Hades to his advantage.  I thought he would end up double-crossing Aloy at the end.  Glad he didn't.

Aloy might be the best heroine we've ever seen in a game (right up alongside Jade from Beyond Good & Evil, at least).  She was completely bad-ass and the way they portrayed such a strong woman without feeling the need to "sex up" her character (a la Lara Croft) was fantastic.  We need more women like her as gaming leads.

I'll have to think about it a little more, but HZD might be my favorite game of this generation so far.  I came in not expecting to enjoy it, but it ended up being the rare game that had me completely engaged from start to finish.  What an amazing surprise, and I can't recommend it enough. 
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 05, 2017, 01:59:23 PM
OK, here's the last 3 months.  Will just put them in order of when I bought them.  Deep breath...here goes

Anthrax - For All Kings.  I haven't really listened to Anthrax since the early 90's, but saw good reviews on this one.  I ended up being blown away by how great this album was.  Simultaneously thrashy and melodic, something I didn't really think Anthrax could pull off at this point.  It led me to pick up...


Anthrax - Persistence of Time.  This was the first Anthrax album I ever purchased, and I damn near wore out the cassette back in the day.  I still think Got the Time is one of the greatest covers ever.


Nails - You Will Never Be One Of Us.  A chaotic mix of hardcore and metal that's just mean and nasty as hell.


Mechina - As Embers Turn to Dust.  I think Mechina hit a high point with Acheron, and have been slowly declining ever since.  This album has its great moments, but overall just didn't really grab me much.


Haggard - Eppur Si Muove.  I found these guys only because they were playing on the 70K cruise.  They mix classical, opera, folk, and metal into something absolutely stunning.  They were one of the amazing highlights of the cruise, as they brought a full 15-piece orchestra, two opera singers, and a full chorus along with the band on the boat.  It was a mind-blowing show, and I'd highly recommend checking them out.  Ever seen an opera singer headbang?  Neither had I.


Carcass - Surgical Steel.  Some classic straight-up death metal from one of the undisputed masters of the genre.  Such a great return from a classic band.


Kalmah - Seventh Swamphony.  Another band I checked out because of 70K.  They're a fun mix of folk and death metal, but I find I can only tolerate them in small doses.  They were pretty awful live, tbh.


Aeternam - Ruins of Empires.  This one is a very strong early contender for 2017 Album of the Year.  A brilliant combination of symphonic metal with strong middle-eastern influences, this album is an absolute joy from start to finish.  I cannot recommend it enough.


Pan.Thy.Monium - Dawn of Dreams.  It's a rather obscure Dan Swano project, which means it automatically gets a look from me.  It's certainly...different.  I'm not even sure I'd say I like this particular mix of avant-garde, prog, and death metal, but if you're in the mood for something that's just flat-out bizarre, you could certainly do worse.


Pillorian - Obsidian Arc.  This is the first post-Agalloch project from John Haughm, and I was really looking forward to it.  It's a pretty good album overall, but didn't knock my socks off like I hoped it would.  I might have liked it more if it didn't have the Agalloch comparison to live up to.  Still, it's worth a listen for black metal fans.


Replacaire - Do Not Deviate.  Holy shit, this one is just a complete mindfuck.  Is it tech-death?  Black?  Prog?  Djent?  All of the above?  I think the answer is just "yes"...along with "listen to this NOW".


Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic.  I'll admit it, I mostly bought this album because my daughter (she's 8 ) loves listening to fantasy metal songs about dragons and wizards.  Cheesiness aside though...this is actually a really fun album to spin.  Only problem is that the mix is super quiet for some reason.  I have to turn it up another 10 notches higher than anything else.  It's really odd.


Pallbearer - Heartless.  This was my #1 most anticipated album coming into 2017, and it doesn't disappoint at all.  While I don't think it quite reaches the lofty heights that [i[Foundations of Burden[/i] reached (which is pretty much an impossible standard), it's still an absolutely incredible album.  It's a little warmer and a little less doomy than Foundations was, which knocks it down half a peg for me.  Still, I guarantee it'll be in my top 3 for this year.


Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial.  Throw Agalloch, Panopticon, and Alcest in a blender, and this album would be the result.  Folky and atmospheric black metal with an underlying touch of melancholy and sadness that just really tugs at the heartstrings.  A good "headphones in a dark room" album.


I'll try to make it less than 3 months before the next update.  smile  Especially since there's a few more really strong AOTY candidates coming out in the next couple weeks.  
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 05, 2017, 04:11:17 AM
And just like that, I found two raccoons in 10 minutes.  One gave me the bone and the other the skin I needed.  Far right of the map, near Devils Grief.  Did melee kills on both, fwiw.

Managed to track down all the Ancient Vessels as well.  Me, chasing collectibles.  Whoda thunk?

Wrapping up a few side quests before the final battle now.  Will have to wait for tomorrow.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 04, 2017, 04:48:36 PM
I will agree that there are certain times when it becomes very difficult to see, but I think that is by design.  Rainstorms, for example, do a lot to obscure vision and can be a pain in the ass.  Towards the end, there's a section that is very smoke-filled, which makes things difficult.  If you are unlucky enough to get a random rainstorm on top of that (as I was), it turns things into a foggy mess until the storm passes.  I happen to like that level of detail though, as it's fairly true to what would happen in that sort of scenario in the real world.

You mentioned in the Zelda thread that you thought the combat was significantly better in Zelda, which is something I would disagree strongly with you on.  Between traps, slings, bows with multiple effects, ropes, resistance potions, armor mods, enemy weak spots/armor, stealth attacks, etc., Horizon provides so many different ways to approach combat.  Granted, I only played Zelda for about 6 hours, but it felt to me that nearly every fight played out exactly the same (the lack of enemy variety doesn't help in that regard).  I never had that problem with Horizon, and could engage each enemy (or group of enemies) in completely different ways.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 04, 2017, 03:03:23 PM
I think it all depends on what you're looking for in an open world game.  If you enjoy exploration for exploration's sake without being guided by stories or quest markers, then Zelda is for sure the better option.  For me, simply wandering a world without a compelling story or interesting characters is boring as hell, which is why Horizon has clicked for me while Zelda didn't at all.

I haven't been bothered by the HUD at all, and find it perfectly functional.  YMMV, I suppose.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Potential Bayonetta News on: April 04, 2017, 01:43:57 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 04, 2017, 01:35:34 PM

Count Down  on April 1st Sega had a April's Fool joke about Bayonetta, but soon after this count down popped up.  People think it's Bayonetta related


I know we have some fans of the series here

I'd say that's definitely Bayonetta related.  Yay!

I'm mainly just hoping they're not a Nintendo exclusive this time.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 04, 2017, 01:34:37 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 03, 2017, 09:55:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 02, 2017, 10:04:43 PM

I'm constantly scanning for them with the focus, but never see any.  Weird.

Also finished all the bandit camps and all the Tallnecks today.  It's been a productive afternoon.  smile

EDIT: Scanned through a bunch of reviews for HZD tonight.  It's strange to read how many reviews say that the human combat in this game is really weak.  My favorite thing in the game has been sneaking around and stealthily clearing out the bandit dens with headshot after headshot.  There must be something all the critics were disliking that I am (thankfully) missing entirely.  I also find it odd how many of them complain about the "weak" story.  I find it absolutely fascinating.

The story is fantastic. I've seen a lot of reviews saying so as well too. The only story complaint that I think is somewhat legit is it relies a little too heavily on found audio clips.

True.  If people skip those audio and data logs (especially if they're trying to rush through the game to write a review), then they'll miss out on a ton of story content.  There's a few key segments (namely some of the "vaults") that would lose their impact entirely if you don't take the time to go through and scan all the clips.  My only gripe with them is that occasionally, Aloy would have conversations at the same time the audio clips were playing, and it was nearly impossible to pick out what both were saying.

I entered what I assume is the final area last night, and am hoping to wrap this one up tonight or tomorrow.  I have a theory about Sylens...will be interested to see if I'm right.

I stumbled across the stats page for the first time last night, which was pretty cool.  I've apparently killed 423 humans, 360 of them by headshot.   icon_lol  Raccoons continue to elude me though.  Despite actively looking for one for the last 2/3 of the game, it says I've only killed 3 in my nearly 40 hours of playtime. None of which gave me the rare resources I need for inventory expansion (need both a skin and a bone). I simply cannot find these damn things anywhere.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 5 on: April 04, 2017, 01:06:45 PM
I watched the ACG review of P5 last night.  A great review (as always), but one thing jumped out at me.  He made the comment that if you didn't like the Persona series before, this one probably won't do anything to change your mind.  That gives me pause, as I've run into that same wall with both the Monster Hunter and Fire Emblem series, on multiple occasions.  I always think that this is the one where the series will finally click for me...but it never does.

Will still probably give it a shot (since I'm wrapping up Horizon this week) and see what happens though.
40  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [android] Planescape Torment coming April 11 on: April 03, 2017, 04:02:00 PM
I beat this on PC a few years back, but have always wanted to give it another try.  Will get to it...eventually.
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