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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/26/16 Edition on: August 27, 2016, 05:28:56 PM
After yet another hour of fighting with BGEE trying to get it to work, I just gave up.  It'll be the first game I ask for a Steam refund for.

On a whim, I poked around online to see where I could find Jade Empire.  I got all excited to play it after the iPad announcement, and now that EA is in the middle of that mess, I'm not holding my breath that it'll ever see the light of day.  I also had an urge to revisit Mass Effect 3, as I never did try any of the Xpacs or see the new ending.  Found both available on Origin for $15 each, or as part of their monthly pass subscription for $5.  Figured I'd give the subscription pass a try, as there were a few other free games I had some interest in as well (SimCity, Need for Speed, etc.).  If nothing else grabs me, I'll just spent a month or two with JE and ME, and still save some $$ in the process.

Now we'll see if the Origin service is an epic fail, like it's been every other time I've tried to use it...
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/26/16 Edition on: August 26, 2016, 01:50:58 PM
No current games are really grabbing me.  Picked up Hyperdimension Neptunia VII last weekend and while it's got lots of charm, the gameplay feels quite shallow.  I gave I Am Setsuna another look, and it just falls completely flat for me (it's sooooooo boring).  The particular brand of puzzle solving in Inside completely baffles me.  7th Dragon III Code VFD has turned into a complete grindfest.  I tried rolling up a Dark Knight tank in FFXIV and just don't really care for it much.

So I'm thinking about going old school this weekend, with something like either Dark Cloud 2 or Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition.  Or I may forego gaming entirely and just read a book.  I found my copy of Tad Williams "War of the Flowers" while I was cleaning my office yesterday, and got about 100 pages in last night.  Such a fantastic story.

EDIT:  Picked up Baldur's Gate EE, as it's the only Infinity Engine game I never finished.  For some reason, it just looks like crap on my system.  Very low-res, sprites look terrible, etc.  Looks like it's running at 1024 X 768 or something like that.  I've spent the last two hours googling potential solutions, and have come up completely empty.  Grrr....   icon_evil
3  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 24, 2016, 04:21:30 PM
Further reinforcing my theory that EA has put a stop to Jade Empire are a couple comments from Eli Hodapp over at Touch Arcade in this week's "New Releases" thread.

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The situation with that game is unbelievable. I'm not sure I'm at liberty to disclose what's going on, but I promise it's way stupider than whatever it is you're imagining. Definitely fodder for my "Here's all the insane shit I've seen in the mobile game industry" memoirs.

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Who knows! Shaun *did* complete a fully functional build of the game that exists ready for sale on the App Store that we got via redeeming a promo code, so if it doesn't get released it has nothing to do with the technical side of things.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Inside - from the makers of Limbo [PC/XB1] on: August 24, 2016, 12:12:27 AM
This devs particular brand of puzzle creation just doesn't jive with how I think.  Like, at all.  I tried both Limbo and Inside and while I loved the aesthetics, I came away incredibly frustrated.  I simply couldn't wrap my brain around what they wanted me to do for even the basic puzzles, and had to resort entirely to walkthroughs.

It's strange, because I typically don't have a ton of trouble with environmental puzzles, and generally enjoy adventure games.  Just something about the way these guys do their puzzles completely stumps me.
5  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 23, 2016, 01:39:08 AM
I'm a little concerned that EA has somehow derailed his whole process.  There hasn't been a peep since that post at TA last week, with the only detail being "an issue between EA and the developer".  That sounds...ominous, especially given EAs track record.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Earthlock: Festival of Magic [XB1/PC] - turn based tactial RPG ? on: August 22, 2016, 03:59:35 PM
Agreed, it looks incredibly bland.  Can't say anything I've seen gets me terribly interested, and that's coming from a fan of the genre.

(farley:  need to fix your link)
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/23/16) on: August 22, 2016, 02:25:25 PM
Nothin.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/19/16 Edition on: August 22, 2016, 02:25:02 PM
Restarted a new FFXIV toon on a different server, this time on PS4 (mainly because it look so purty on the big screen smile).  It's really strange replaying story elements that I originally finished 3 years and 1,000+ hours ago...and it's also really fun. 

Got a few hours into Hyperdimension Neptunia VII, which is silly fun.  Haven't started Dark Cloud 2 yet...will get to that eventually.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/19/16 Edition on: August 20, 2016, 05:42:57 PM
PSN Flash Sale today netted me Dark Cloud 2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia VII for a total of $20. 

That should keep me busy for a while.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Nintendo Selects (And Maybe a Wishlist?) on: August 19, 2016, 02:24:51 PM
Drives me nuts that I can play Final Fantasy Tactics Advance on the WiiU gamepad, but I can't play it on my 3DS.   thumbsdown
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reigns (PC and Mobile) on: August 19, 2016, 01:47:32 PM
Great interview, Reigns is a fun little game.  I still have a couple objectives left to complete, the 60 year one keep eluding me.  I've gotten to 55, but can't quite hit 60 yet. 

And I have no idea how to date a pigeon.   crybaby
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/19/16 Edition on: August 19, 2016, 01:39:28 PM
No idea.  I do know I'm done with Neverwinter after Cryptic's tech support still hasn't responded to a request to get my toon unstuck after a week (there's a known bug that if you log out in a certain area, you'll get a lock on the loading screen.  Their tech support has to reset it to fix.   Roll Eyes)

I'm halfheartedly playing through the final 8-10 hours of FFX, but I'm getting to that ending gauntlet of bosses and grinding, and don't know if I'm interested enough to go through all that.  I might try Dreamfall Chapters, but would have to reinstall and play through the first episode again, which was merely OK.  Might check out that new Skyrim conversion, maybe it'll keep me interested more than Skyrim did.  Maybe the rumored Jade Empire release on iOS will happen.  Maybe I'll mess around with I Am Setsuna and see if I can get it to click.

Or maybe I'll go buy something entirely new.  Who knows.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 19, 2016, 01:28:25 PM
(metal-ish) Myrkur - Mausoleum (Live).  Myrkur firmly establishes herself as the most interesting figure in the metal scene with this incredible release.  It's simultaneously the most metal (it was literally recorded in a mausoleum in Norway...doesn't get more kvlt than than) and most non-metal album I've bought this year, and it's absolutely stunning.  Much like when I saw her open for Behemoth, Brunn absolutely captivates with her remarkable voice and compositions.  Add a women's choir and minimal acoustic backing instruments, and you come away with something that is truly amazing.  Her cover of Bathory's "Song to Hall Up High" literally brings tears to my eyes. 


Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 18, 2016, 11:12:08 PM

More industrial/metal from 3TEETH, new song and also their first real video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uabChNfWAcM

I keep feeling like I should like these guys more than I do.  All the individual pieces are there, but it just never comes together to be something I really enjoy.  Weird.

14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steep [XB1/PS4/PC] - Ubisoft open world extreme sports thingy on: August 18, 2016, 04:01:28 AM
I miss the old SSX games. Those were a blast.
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 17, 2016, 10:04:06 PM
Holy crap.  Jade Empire (the Bioware RPG) is coming out for iOS today.

What an awesome and completely out-of-the-blue surprise!   eek
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/12/16 Edition on: August 15, 2016, 04:30:26 AM
Played a bunch of Neverwinter, until I got hit by a nasty bug that locks you out of your character if you log off while you're in a certain zone.  Apparently the only way to fix it is to submit a support ticket, and the turn-around time appears to be about a week on them.  Yay.   Roll Eyes

So I went back to my FFX save that's been sitting there taunting me for about a year now.  I'm around the 25 hour mark, at the end of Bevelle.  Doing a little grinding, as that fight with Seymour at the end of Bevelle is a major bitch.  Since they pushed FFXV back a month, I'll have a little more time...maybe I can actually finish FFX.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: August 14, 2016, 12:28:50 AM
Reportedly delayed another two months, to Nov 29.

Goddammitsomuch Square. icon_evil
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reigns (PC and Mobile) on: August 12, 2016, 01:46:29 PM
Grabbed it before my flight yesterday, and I think it's a fun little timewaster.  I'm midway through the second "era" (the devil visits every 666 years, marking a new era).  Managed to keep one king alive for 38 years, my best so far.  Most runs are 10 or less, lol.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/12/16 Edition on: August 12, 2016, 01:44:47 PM
I was considering No Man's Sky, but the more I read about it, the less interested I become.  Every time I hear it described as a "survival game", my interest drops just a little bit more.

So I'll probably stick with more Neverwinter (PS4), maybe give I Am Setsuna (PS4) another look, some Mobius FF (iOS), and probably 7th Dragon III (3DS).  Also been messing around with Reigns on iOS, which is a fun little timewaster.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 11, 2016, 12:35:43 AM
Pallbearer dropped a completely out of the blue 3-song EP today...which includes a cover of my absolute favorite Type O Negative song "Love You To Death".  It's absolutely wonderful.  
21  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Mobius Final Fantasy on: August 10, 2016, 01:06:15 AM
So I was this close to deleting this game, and figured I'd check out a couple videos and see if they explained anything. After watching some YouTube combat and fusion tutorials, I found out I was way off on my assumptions about how things worked.  After getting clarity and understanding the systems, I have done a complete 180 and am completely hooked on Möbius.  Once you get the hang of summoning, gaining skill seeds, card fusion, and how to build a deck, the game really starts to shine.

It's  a shame the game does such a poor job of explaining things, as I'm guessing there's lots of folks in my same boat who just gave up out of sheer confusion.  My main misconception is what I mentioned above about Magicite.  I thought it required both summon tickets (a consumable item) AND 2,000 to 4,000 Magicte.  Turns out, it's either or.  I had a bunch of the tickets, but never enough Magicite, so I thought I was stuck...not so.

So I've gone from a big thumbs down to a big thumbs up, with the caveat that you take the time to watch some tutorials before jumping in.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/10/16) on: August 08, 2016, 03:38:30 PM
I'll probably get No Man's Sky eventually, but am firmly in the "wait for a few patches" camp unless reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 08, 2016, 01:46:31 PM
I went on a bit of a Dan Swano binge over the last month.  He's one of those musicians who can do almost no wrong in my book...almost (more below).  Recent pickups.

Edge of Sanity - The Spectral Sorrows.  I have no idea how this album wasn't in my library already, as I absolutely adore Edge of Sanity.  It came out in 1993, and still sounds just as fresh as ever today.  Sad that EoS is no more, as they were truly incredible.


Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary.  Witherscape is yet another Swano side project with the exquisitely mustachioed Ragnar Wilderberg.  Their debut album The Inheritance set the bar really high, and this album just blows right past it. with it's amazing mix of prog, death, and straight up heavy metal.  I can't find a link to a video anywhere, but The Marionette is favorite song so far released this year.


Witherscape - The New Tomorrow EP.  I somehow missed this stopgap EP, and grabbed it immediately as soon as I found out about it.  Sadly, it doesn't even begin to compare to their full-length releases.  I honestly thought that I somehow accidentally purchased a lost Foreigner album, it was such a giant ball of cheese.  This falls in Swano's "almost" category that I mentioned above.  Listened to it all the way through once...doubt it'll get another spin.


Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metalicus.  This is another "how did I not own this already?" album.  Classic creepy doom metal that holds up remarkably well 30 years later.  


Candlemass - Death Thy Lover EP.  Nothing fancy here, but a very solid 4-song EP.  Standard, no-frills Candlemass...for better or worse.


Heavenwood - The Tarot of the Bohemians - Part 1.  I read a couple reviews touting this album as the "next big thing" with a good mix of melo-death, symphonic metal, goth, and doom.  Each song focuses on a different tarot card, and tells an interesting story.  Unfortunately, I found it to be entirely underwhelming, outside of a standout track or two.  It also has a strange mix, with the drums being distractingly prevalent.  Doesn't help that the clean vocals are mostly awful.


Last but not least, I reserved my spot on the 2017 70K cruise.  Amorphis, Nile, Omnium Gatherum, Anthrax, Death Angel, Serenity, Arch Enemy, Equilibrium, Testament, Suffocation, Moonsorrow, Draconian, Revocation, Powerglove, Unleashed...and these are just a few of the ones they've announced so far.  February is going to be goddamn epic.

EDIT:  And Gojira just got announced for 70K today.  While I wasn't a big fan of their last album, they're a band I've always wanted to see live.  This year's lineup is officially insane.   eek
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/5/16 - Suicide Squad Edition on: August 08, 2016, 04:30:27 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 05, 2016, 01:40:55 PM

I've jumped back into Neverwinter on PS4.  After getting used to the somewhat awkward control scheme, it's been really fun.  Haven't played it since it launched on PC 3 years ago, so it's kinda like playing a whole new game.

Will also spend some time with Mobius Final Fantasy and Severed on iOS (although I'm not really seeing what all the fuss is about with Severed...it just feels like a stylized Infinity Blade) and 7th Dragon III Code VFD on 3DS

This weekend was all Neverwinter, all the time. Ran my Hunter Ranger up to 38, and am having a blast.  The only thing I really don't like is the horribly awkward chat interface.  To type anything you have to hit L1+Dpad left to get to the chat window, then Square to open the text box, type your reply, hit enter, then hit X to actually post it.  It's a pain in the ass, so I find myself rarely interacting with other people at all.

Have a couple of cross-country flights this week, so both Severed and 7th Dragon III will get plenty of time.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 07, 2016, 06:16:33 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on August 07, 2016, 05:05:08 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 07, 2016, 04:18:08 PM

And future plans:

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Next up we’re adding the ability to build bases and own giant space freighters. Temporal AA and my new cloud rendering tech should be coming soon too. It will really change the game again, and enhance it visually.

Sound to me like this might be a game where it might be better to wait for the patches to arrive and the fixes to be made before deciding to buy.

I've had that sneaking suspicion all along.
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Mobius Final Fantasy on: August 07, 2016, 04:38:03 PM
While the game is beautiful and quite fun, it skews much too far into "pay to play" territory.  The main currency is Magicite, which is required to do anything except drawing basic ability cards.  It accrues at the rate of around 150/day, or (of course) you can buy it with real $$.  Anything you do - drawing new cards, gaining new abilities, fusing cards to become more powerful, etc. - requires at least 1,000 Magicite.  Drawing more powerful abilities requires anywhere from 2,000 to 3,500.  I'm sure you can start to see the problem here.  You either wait weeks futzing around at lower levels while you accrue enough to get a decent ability or job (which is still a random draw with no guarantee of getting what you want), or you can pay $$ to accelerate the process.  I haven't gotten far enough in to know yet, but if it's like Squares other mobile games, you outpace the basic starter stuff pretty quickly and are required to have the more powerful draws in order to progress.  When my options are to either pay or log in once a day while resources accumulate at a trickle. I'm going to lose interest pretty quickly.

It's too bad they went this route, as the previous title (Brave Exvius) seemed to strike that balance between pay and F2P perfectly.  
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Quake HD gameplay on: August 05, 2016, 04:02:48 PM
Looks super cool, and I loved Q3 back in the day (although I was better at UT).

However, if there's one thing the new Doom, Overwatch, and Titanfall have taught me, it's that this genre has passed me by entirely.  I simply don't have the twitch reflexes anymore to be able to be even remotely competent at competitive FPS.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 05, 2016, 03:47:33 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 05, 2016, 03:35:51 PM

While I haven't bought this ($59.99 games on Steam just aren't impulse buys for me nowadays), my impression was the game is supposed to engage your curiosity enough to want to visit lots of these randomly generated planets, identify wildlife and fauna, become a space bounty hunter, engage in trading, stealing, etc.

If the game fails in all that, and all anyone wants to do is jump to the center of the galaxy asap, then for sure it's a $59.99 failure I'll steer clear of. I guess I just want to wait and hear from someone who's really engaged in exploration and trying everything the game supposedly offers, and isn't just trying to Speed Jump to the center of the galaxy as fast as possible. Besides, what idiot would pay $2,000 for a game? Why would I trust their opinion after doing something that questionable in the first place?  icon_confused

I'm cautious on this one mainly because the "on foot" stuff is first-person and I'm of course infamous for my motion sickness issues (exceptions being Killing Floor 2 and - shockingly - Bethesda's recent Doom). At least I was when I hung out here. *runs back into hiding*  ninja2 icon_razz

Well said, and I agree 100%.  This has felt from the get-go like an "explore the galaxy" type of game, not a "power through to beat as quickly as possible" game.  Besides, there's lots of games I've bought for $60 and spend well under 30 hours with, and still came away very satisfied with my investment. 

I'm curious how a HOTAS setup might work.  Like perhaps the space portion will work with the stick, then we can switch to M/KB for the on planet stuff?  Maybe this has been addressed already, I haven't been paying too much attention.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/5/16 - Suicide Squad Edition on: August 05, 2016, 03:39:06 PM
Well, I might be playing Neverwinter.  Damn game won't connect to their servers today.   mad

Anyone else having trouble getting access to their PS4 content today?  Appears I'm locked out of everything. 
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/5/16 - Suicide Squad Edition on: August 05, 2016, 01:40:55 PM
I've jumped back into Neverwinter on PS4.  After getting used to the somewhat awkward control scheme, it's been really fun.  Haven't played it since it launched on PC 3 years ago, so it's kinda like playing a whole new game.

Will also spend some time with Mobius Final Fantasy and Severed on iOS (although I'm not really seeing what all the fuss is about with Severed...it just feels like a stylized Infinity Blade) and 7th Dragon III Code VFD on 3DS
31  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: "To the Moon HD" headed to Android and ios on: August 05, 2016, 01:38:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 04, 2016, 10:55:11 PM

This is not at all an RPG, but it is simply fantastic and charming.

Agreed on both counts.

It's one of the only games I've ever played that literally brought me to tears.
32  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Mobius Final Fantasy on: August 05, 2016, 01:34:50 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 05, 2016, 04:13:57 AM

Which seems to have a better story, Exvius or Möbius?

Both are pretty cliche FF stuff, TBH.  However, if you're interested in either game for a deep, compelling story, I'd highly recommend you look elsewhere...you'll be sorely disappointed in both.  The iOS port of FFIX is really good!  smile

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Also, are either of them reasonably difficult? Or is combat easy to the point where all those various mechanics and systems are meaningless?

They both start out really easy, but the further you get, the more difficult they become.  I'm at the Exvius "endgame" and while regular mobs are usually simple, boss battles can get stupid hard.  I'm not far enough into Mobius to make a determination there yet.

I've spent a couple hours with Mobius, with the majority of my time spent fiddling with my card and combat layouts.  It's insanely addicting, even if I still don't quite understand how everything works yet.  There's SO many systems, currencies, and upgrade paths that it can get a bit overwhelming...especially if you haven't played one of these types of games before (FF Record Keeper, Kingdom Hearts Unchained, or FF Brave Exvius)
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Torment: Tides of Numenera on: August 04, 2016, 04:19:45 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 04, 2016, 04:13:18 PM

Time to change the thread title!

It is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One as well!

https://youtu.be/er2g8BVWCFk

I backed this, but would much rather play in on PS4.  Wonder if we get the option to choose.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "I Am Setsuna" (alternate title "I'm not Chrono Trigger, honest") Squeenix JRPG on: August 04, 2016, 01:38:23 PM
Tokyo RPG Factory posted a 244MM Yes ($2.4MM) loss.  Ouch.

I played the first couple hours and came away entirely underwhelmed.  The story felt like a retread of FFX but with far less interesting characters, the combat system feels very dull, the monster design is boring, and the game didn't look nearly as good as I was hoping (mainly that every new snowy area looks exactly the same as the previous one).  I may give it another shot down the road, but it certainly doesn't make a good first impression, further reinforcing my fear that it wouldn't resonate at all for those of us who don't have much nostalgia for Chrono Trigger.  frown
35  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [ios] Mobius Final Fantasy on: August 03, 2016, 02:48:38 PM
Squeenix has been busy on the iOS front lately.  First was FF Brave Exvius (which I think is fantastic) and now Mobius Final Fantasy is coming out this morning.  It's still a social RPG with all the attendant "stuff" (timers, multiple currencies, gatcha draws, etc.), but it looks like this one is more of a card-based combat system.  There is an job system in place, which is encouraging, and the production values look to be absolutely through the roof.  It unlocks in a couple hours...I'll be back with impressions later.  In the meantime, here's the announcement trailer.

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First impressions:
- Absolutely beautiful. Production values are off the chart here.  Might be the prettiest game I've seen on iOS.
- Music is fantastic
- Voice actors all sound bored
- After running through what felt like 83 tutorials, I still have no idea what the hell I'm doing. Looking forward to figuring it all out though.
- Combat is pretty fun, especially if you actually play it instead of just doing "Auto".  Feels very easy, but I'm sure that'll ramp up.
- Story is squarely in the "we'll see" camp. Seems awfully generic.
- Very similar to Square's other social RPG's (Record Keeper, KH Unchained, Brave Exvius). If you didn't like those, you won't like this. People expecting a full-fledged console style JRPG will be sorely disappointed.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Other than gaming, what are your hobbies? on: August 03, 2016, 12:32:40 PM
I'm a huge college football fan (GO UTES!) and a metal aficionado, but that's about it.  I occasionally watch movies or shows on long flights, but I wouldn't consider it a hobby per se.

Outside of work (which involves lots of travel), kids, and gaming, I don't have much time for anything else. 
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 01, 2016, 06:20:02 PM
New Opeth track, Sorceress.

I like it.  It's not a return to their melo-death sound, but it's much heavier than their last two albums of mostly prog nonsense.  Definitely ratchets up my excitement for the new album.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite game purchase going blind (i.e. not looking at any pre-release stuff) on: August 01, 2016, 04:27:18 PM
I bought the original Thief because I thought the trapezoid box was really cool.  Turned out to be one of my favorites of all time.  Picked up HOMM3 at Costco soon after I bought my first PC because I thought the artwork on the cover was cool.

El Shaddai:  Ascent of the Metatron was another entirely blind purchase that ended up blowing me away.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/29/16 Edition on: July 31, 2016, 08:11:55 PM
Played a ton of 7th Dragon III Code VFD, which is the best JRPG I've played so far this year.  It really is quite fantastic.

Got the urge for an arcade racer and saw Riptide GT Renegade was on sale for $11 on PSN, so I gave it a shot.  I haven't played a jetski racer since Hydro Thunder and Jet Moto, and this scratched that nostalgia itch pretty well.  It's really fun, and quite challenging.  If you enjoy something rather mindless, give it a shot.

I tried out Neverwinter on PS4.  My initial reaction after the tutorial was that it works far better on PC because I wasn't crazy about the control scheme on PS4.  Reinstalled it on PC, but found that it runs like absolute crap on my mid-range system (single digit frame rates), even on low settings.  So I'm going to try it again on PS4 tonight and see if I can't make it work.  I played a ton of it when it first came out and really enjoyed it, wouldn't mind trying it again.

Spent an hour or so with I Am Setsuna, and was pretty 'meh'.  The story is basically FFX with less interesting characters, the combat system is pretty dull, and it doesn't look nearly as good in action as it does in screenshots.   Again, without having the rose-colored nostalgia from Chrono Trigger, it falls kinda flat.

Played a ton of FF Brave Exvius on iOS.  There was a "Gil Snapper" event this weekend, so I ended up doing a shit-ton of grinding for Gil that I'll use later.  Went from consistently hovering between 5K-10K up to having nearly 350K in the course of 3 days.  smile

I also had the epiphany of why gaming feels so different for me these days.  Pre-kids, I had plenty of time to play games, but not much $$ to buy them.  Now, it's the exact opposite.  I've got the $$ to buy whatever I want, but have very little time to actually spend playing them.  Hence, I end up grabbing anything that looks remotely interesting, but it's extremely rare that I'll actually get all the way through it before the next shiny comes along.  My entirely ridiculous "gave up on" list in this year's Games Finished 2016 thread can attest to this.  I've bought 42 games so far this year, and have only finished 5 (and two of those took less than 3 hours).   tear
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/29/16 Edition on: July 30, 2016, 02:24:00 PM

Quote from: Azhag on July 30, 2016, 01:08:02 PM

Might try the new Atelier game on PS4

Let me know how that is.  I've been eyeing it, but can't bring myself to pay full price yet.

I played the first 15 minutes of I Am Setsuna yesterday.  Curious how it'll resonate for someone who has no real nostalgia for Chrono Trigger.

Oh, and I started watching "Stranger Things" on Netflix last night, so my gaming time for the weekend is probably shot. smile
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