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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/17/17 Edition on: February 21, 2017, 03:14:21 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 19, 2017, 12:26:41 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 17, 2017, 03:57:08 PM

...unless something else grabs my attention.

Which, of course, it did.  Steam had Kingdoms of Amalur Complete on sale today, so I grabbed it.  I remember playing it when it came out and enjoying it, but never got around to finishing it.  Seems like it is worth another look, and I've been having far more fun with it than I expected.

Put nearly 12 hours into Amalur over the long weekend.  This game is more fun than it has any right to be, feeling like the love-child of WoW, Fable, and Dragon Age.  I'm having an absolute blast with it, entirely out of the blue.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Tyranny on: February 21, 2017, 03:12:34 PM
I tried Tyranny when it first came out.  I really liked it, but it had a nasty habit of just locking up at completely random points every 20-30 minutes.  I got frustrated and set it aside until it could get a few patches and hopefully be more stable.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: February 20, 2017, 09:25:54 PM
I read both the GT and the Kotaku review today, both of which were very positive.  I have some concerns about getting overwhelmed by a) the huge open world, and b) the highly tactical battles (I never could wrap my head around Monster Hunter series, for example), but am still looking forward to giving it a shot.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/17/17 Edition on: February 19, 2017, 12:26:41 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 17, 2017, 03:57:08 PM

...unless something else grabs my attention.

Which, of course, it did.  Steam had Kingdoms of Amalur Complete on sale today, so I grabbed it.  I remember playing it when it came out and enjoying it, but never got around to finishing it.  Seems like it is worth another look, and I've been having far more fun with it than I expected.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/17/17 Edition on: February 17, 2017, 03:57:08 PM
Probably just FF XIV, unless something else grabs my attention.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 5 on: February 16, 2017, 02:15:22 PM
Yeah, that was my issue with P3.  Once I got over the mental hurdle of playing as a high school kid, the social aspects were actually quite interesting and the characters were well written.  I inwardly groaned every time I had to enter a dungeon though, because I knew I was in for a massive grind.  It just wasn't much fun at all.  In P4, I thought the characters and story were far less interesting, and the dungeons were still the same level of "ugh", which made me quit after about 10 hours.

After watching a few of these gameplay vids, I'm hopeful that P5 can strike a better balance.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/10/17 Edition on: February 16, 2017, 05:52:44 AM
That's probably the top game on my "I wish I liked this more than I did" list.  It should have been a no-brained, as I adore Ghibli and most JRPGs.  The Pokémon-style monster collecting killed it for me though, I just couldn't keep up any interest.

I keep almost pulling the trigger on PSNow (mainly because it's the only way I'll play Trails of Cold Steel), but here's just not quite enough games I think I'd play.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Never EVER give 110% .... on: February 15, 2017, 06:37:02 PM
Holy shit dude.  That's seriously impressive.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 5 on: February 15, 2017, 02:32:33 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 09, 2017, 09:58:31 PM

Persona 5 English Gameplay: How It Compares to Persona 4

https://youtu.be/0xsvAmMp7gI

The Persona games have always been hit and miss for me, typically more miss.  I always struggle with the "manage the life of a Japanese high school student" aspect, and the combat always feels waaaaaay too grindy.  I beat 3 (very flawed, but fun enough to finish), and didn't enjoy 4 at all.  As a result, I've completely ignored any of the hype for Persona 5.

However, that looks really damn cool.  It's definitely back on my radar now.  Comes out in April, correct?
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Honor [PC/XB1/PS4] - Ubisoft melee battlefield game on: February 15, 2017, 02:20:01 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 14, 2017, 12:21:37 AM

It's a lot higher skill level than shooters.  Quick reactions and knowing your moveset and your opponent's moveset are key.  It's more like a fighting game in that regard. 

(scratches For Honor off the "maybe" list)
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What you buy? Buy things now! This week! What? (February 12, 2017) on: February 14, 2017, 04:33:01 PM
Ah.

Meh.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What you buy? Buy things now! This week! What? (February 12, 2017) on: February 14, 2017, 02:34:01 PM

Quote from: Scraper on February 14, 2017, 01:51:50 PM

I'm on a self imposed buying ban until March 3rd.

What's on March 3rd?
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Torment: Tides of Numenera on: February 14, 2017, 01:21:18 PM
Where does one "sign up"?
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steep [XB1/PS4/PC] - Ubisoft open world extreme sports thingy on: February 13, 2017, 06:13:03 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on January 30, 2017, 04:58:36 PM

I think it may be too open for me. I want more direction in my gameplay. Zooming out to mountain view and trying to find something to do is annoying.  I want a "go do something interesting" button.

This is what has kept me away from Steep.  I like the concept of a skiing game (loved the old SSX titles), but a completely open world setup just seems like it would annoy the hell out of me.  Similar when they switched Burnout from individual races to an open world, I lost all interest.

I may pick it up for cheap sometime down the road, but am certainly not in a hurry.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/10/17 Edition on: February 13, 2017, 06:09:58 PM
A bunch of FF XIV.  Also tried the first couple hours of Bound By Flame...meh.

Never did get Elite to install.  Stupid game.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What you buy? Buy things now! This week! What? (February 12, 2017) on: February 13, 2017, 01:03:56 PM
I resubbed to FFXIV for 6 months, which will get me through the expansion coming out in June.  That's probably it for this week.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/10/17 Edition on: February 11, 2017, 02:19:43 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2017, 09:50:14 PM

I keep trying to get Elite Dangerous to install and run. 

Fuck it, I'm done with this stupid game.  Tried installing the 64-bit version.  It got 3/4 of the way through installation, then sat for nearly 4 hours with a "Sync files" message doing nothing.  Uninstalled and tried again...same thing.  Tried the 32-bit version instead.  Launcher said it installed (the "play" button is showing), but when I hit it, the screen goes black for a few seconds like it's starting up, then it goes right back to the launcher. 

I've probably spent a good 5 hours now installing, reinstalling, attempting fixes, tweaking, disabling some things, re-enabling others, etc.  That's enough for me...moving on.   finger
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/10/17 Edition on: February 10, 2017, 09:50:14 PM
I keep trying to get Elite Dangerous to install and run.  Haven't had any luck yet (something crashed and/or locks up every time), but will keep at it until frustration eventually takes over.

Probably some FF XIV as well.  Finished the 3.4 update last night, need to start 3.5.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 08, 2017, 07:17:31 PM
I keep debating whether I want to try this again on PC, or whether I should wait for the PS4 version.  Every so often, that X52 HOTAS sitting above my desk urges me to blow the dust off of it.

Of course, if the PC launcher keeps locking up every time I try to update it, that might make the decision a little easier.
20  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Where should info about the Nintendo Switch go? on: February 08, 2017, 07:14:56 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 08, 2017, 01:49:50 PM

I was coming to post this

Nintendo Turns The Switch Into A Crying Baby

Quote
The mini-games we’ve seen for 1-2-Switch haven’t been that odd. (Well, save for that cow milking one.) Today, however, Nintendo revealed more of its mini-games, and one of them sure is unusual. 



[youtube]42FPUcC8RjM[/youtube]

And I couldn't find a thread dedicated to the newest console by Nintendo so I thought I would ask folks. 

I can see it going in either forum but to make it easier to find and talk about I thought we should try to just pick one.

Vote away!



Further reinforcement that the Switch is not a game system I need in my life.  I already have two crying babies at home!
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nioh - Team Ninja action RPG on: February 07, 2017, 06:23:28 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 07, 2017, 05:51:50 PM


While it looks neat, that review did a good job of convincing me this game isn't something I'd enjoy.  Too much difficulty, and most "fighting game" combat mechanics just end up frustrating me.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 5, 2017) on: February 07, 2017, 02:40:08 AM
Wishing Nioh wasn't so brutally difficult, as it would be a day one purchase.  frown
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII HD remake confirmed on: January 31, 2017, 06:48:56 PM
That's about when I expected it, sometime over the summer.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: January 31, 2017, 06:43:08 PM
At this time tomorrow (barring any Delta system crashes or Trump fuckery), I will be on my way to my second 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.  This year's lineup is pretty amazing, with a ton of bands I absolutely can't wait to see:

-  Allegaeon
-  Anthrax
-  Amorphis
-  Carcass
-  Cattle Decapitation
-  Death Angel
-  Draconian
-  Equilibrium
-  Grave
-  Haggard
-  Kalmah
-  Manegarm
-  Moonsorrow
-  Over Kill
-  Revocation
-  Scar Symmetry
-  Serenity
-  Suffocation
-  Testament
-  Trollfest
-  Witchtrap

A little bummed that both Gojira and Nile dropped out at the last minute, but I suppose I need to actually eat and sleep sometime.  smile  Being out in the middle of the ocean with zero access to the outside world for 4 days sounds like maybe the greatest thing imaginable right now.

Death to false metal. 
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: January 31, 2017, 05:57:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 31, 2017, 03:36:57 PM

So you fuckers still want to defend him?

Dude, this is the ultimate STIGGINIT.  The fact that the entire US government collapses is of little importance, as long as they can stick it to the libs!
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/27/17 on: January 30, 2017, 06:56:20 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 27, 2017, 07:56:54 PM

Probably just more Dragon Quest 8 and FF Theatrhythm.  Maybe give Uncharted 4 another look and see if it clicks with me at all.

I also grabbed The Order: 1886 (it was $5), so I might give that shot.

Lots of FF Theatrhythm and a little DQ8, that was it.

Mostly spent the weekend being pissed off over Trumperdink's latest batch of utter horseshit.   finger
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 29, 2017) on: January 30, 2017, 06:54:50 PM
Pretty sure I've already played Abzu on PS4.  Or is this something different?
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/27/17 on: January 27, 2017, 07:56:54 PM
Probably just more Dragon Quest 8 and FF Theatrhythm.  Maybe give Uncharted 4 another look and see if it clicks with me at all.

I also grabbed The Order: 1886 (it was $5), so I might give that shot.
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind on: January 26, 2017, 04:08:05 PM
Thanks for that link.  The flood of crap has come so fast and furious that it's hard to keep up with all the shit he's thrown at the wall in just the first week.  It's infuriating too see our President make a complete ass of himself (and all of us, by extension) multiple times each day.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 22, 2017) on: January 23, 2017, 04:20:21 PM
Nothing.

I'll probably get the new Tales game eventually, just so I can play it for 4 hours and come away annoyed again.  smile 
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anything you're looking forward to playing this year? on: January 23, 2017, 04:19:17 PM

Quote from: Azhag on January 21, 2017, 02:11:51 AM

FF VII remake

How did I, of all people, forget to include this on my list?  Subliminally expecting it to be pushed back, I suppose.

Quote
FF X2 remake

I assume you meant FF XII, since the X2 remake already came out a couple years ago.
32  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Dragon Quest 8 coming to the 3ds! on: January 23, 2017, 03:14:12 PM
I played the first 4 hours over the weekend.  Quick first impressions:

-  It's certainly beautiful.  They captured the look and feel of the original perfectly.
-  Bummer about the lack of an orchestral score.  The music is still good, but it lacks a little if you've heard the orchestral version.
-  It is certainly old-school, grind it out, DQ.  Of the 4 hours I played, probably 2.5 were spent just grinding out levels on random mobs so I could survive the next area.  Time will tell if I still have the tolerance for that.
-  My only real gripe is the camera.  It always seems to be positioned too low to really get a full view of the surroundings.  And while I'm glad I can move it with the C stick (on the New 3DS), there's no option to invert it.

So far, so good.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 1/20 edition on: January 23, 2017, 03:10:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2017, 02:54:08 PM

Funny how my 3DS will gather dust for months, then I'll go through spurts where I can't seem to put it down.  I set Dragon Quest VIII to download before I left for work this morning, and will be firing it up this afternoon.  Probably also spend some time with Neverwinter, FF Theatrhythm and FFTA2.

Lots of everything except FFTA2.  I'm just about to max level in Neverwinter (63 of 70), and am trying to figure out how the endgame content works.  It looks neat, but there's just so damn much of it.  Played the first 4 hours of DQ8, a good nostalgia kick.  And I'm working through all the FF Theatrhythm songs on "Ultimate" level now.  About halfway through...man, some of these are insane.
34  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Dragon Quest 8 coming to the 3ds! on: January 20, 2017, 09:41:51 PM
I set it to DL when I left for work this morning, and will be firing it up tonight.  I haven't played it since the original came out 14(?) year ago.  I remember really enjoying it, but getting frustrated with the grind.  Sounds like some of the changes they made (no random battles, HP restore on level up, faster battles, etc) should help that a bit.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 1/20 edition on: January 20, 2017, 02:54:08 PM
Funny how my 3DS will gather dust for months, then I'll go through spurts where I can't seem to put it down.  I set Dragon Quest VIII to download before I left for work this morning, and will be firing it up this afternoon.  Probably also spend some time with Neverwinter, FF Theatrhythm and FFTA2.

36  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.

Quote
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.
37  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.
38  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.
39  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
40  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.
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