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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: Today at 01:45:39 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on March 20, 2017, 10:35:55 PM

Hey Gratch, both RHCP and Korn are using Babymetal as a support act for parts of their tours this spring.  Figured you'd appreciate that bit of info.  



I've got a huge update of albums coming, just haven't had the time to put it all together yet.  Such awesomeness so far this year in metal.  

Stay tuned...
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 23, 2017, 02:19:34 PM
There's a really awful segment towards the beginning of path C that has you walk through the entire map without any skills available (including running or jumping) as a virus slowly takes over your body.  You can see it here.  I've tried this section half a dozen times now, and get killed by the virus every single time.  I simply can't figure out how to beat the timer, even after watching a walkthrough video (those guys at the 2:15 mark knock me down into the pit every time, and it's impossible to get back up without running out of time).

It's utterly infuriating to the point where I've set the game aside entirely for now.  Will decide later if I actually want to go back to it.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Youtube Gaming Sites? on: March 22, 2017, 11:13:08 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 22, 2017, 10:30:45 PM

ACG-Detailed reviews, sarcasm, and he tests the game on all difficulty levels. Some minor profanity at times

Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzJc6jo-0XA

ACG has become my go-to site for video reviews.  I almost always agree with him, but even if I didn't, his reviews provide a ton of detail and insight that others simply don't have.  He does a fantastic job.

I also watch a lot of Mr Happy's stuff, which focuses primarily on Final Fantasy XIV.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 22, 2017, 02:04:50 PM
Cool, thanks.  I need to use the Focus skill more often, apparently.  Will give that a shot tonight.

Is there any sort of fast-travel option that opens up?

One other very minor gripe...every time I see "Aloy" my brain parses it as "Ahoy".  The overall game loses a bit of gravitas with a character called Ahoy.  smile
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 22, 2017, 04:17:56 AM
2 hours in, and completely blown away so far.  I mean, just...wow.  Story and characters completely hooked me from the get-go.  I love Aloy as a main character, and am really interested to see what they do with the world.  My only minor gripe is sometimes not being able to tell when a monster is lurking around.  Especially when it spots me from what seems to be about 500 yards away.

I'm a little worried it's going to get way too difficult for me (I'm seriously SO bad at aiming on consoles, even with the slow-down skill), but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

It's probably listed already upthread, but what are the "must-have" skills?
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 21, 2017, 08:43:40 PM
I'm going to play it eventually, but don't have any strong pull to do so right away.  It'll go at the top of the ever-expanding "rainy day" list.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 21, 2017, 08:42:21 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 21, 2017, 06:56:52 PM

<puts money on even Gratch liking it>

Hey!  I like games!  Sometimes...   paranoid
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 21, 2017, 02:04:39 PM
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This game is literally one of the best if not THE best game I've ever experienced.

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I'm now 30 or so hrs in and this is becoming my favorite game of the generation.

Sigh...fine, I'm in.  slywink  Will pick it up on my way home today.

If I don't like it, I'm blaming all of you.  slywink
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: March 20, 2017, 06:10:00 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 20, 2017, 01:11:39 AM

Guess I'm the only one getting ME:A?  Wonky animations aside, I'm still looking forward to playing this.

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

I have it pre-ordered, just not sure if I want it or not.  Waiting to see more feedback/reviews.
10  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 20, 2017, 06:07:44 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 20, 2017, 04:53:59 PM

Based on the love here, I bought the game. Holy hell it is seriously the best $7 ever spent.

Might be the best "hours/$ spent" ratio I've ever experienced.

Finished a horse in growth mode last night that went 9 (of 11) wins during her career.  Was one XP card short of level 10 when she finished.  Trying to decide whether to keep running her, or retiring and breeding her.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (March 19, 2017) on: March 20, 2017, 12:11:23 AM
On the fence with Mass Effect. 

Didn't realize Dreamfall was coming out on PS4.  Will probably give that a look as well.  The PC version has always had technical issues for me.
12  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 17, 2017, 02:06:00 PM
4 more GI wins this week, now up to 11.  Just 10 more to go.  smile

Level 10 Fire Boy, ftw.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 3/17/17 Edition on: March 17, 2017, 12:08:06 PM
Not much this weekend.  Taking Little B to Salt Lake Comic Con for her 8th b-day on Saturday and flying out on Sunday morning.

Probably just some Nier, FFXIV, and Pocket Card Jockey on the plane.
14  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 16, 2017, 02:02:14 PM

Quote from: katamaris4ever on March 16, 2017, 04:10:37 AM

The enthusiasm is based on mood; you'll want to get your horse at blue at all times,

Hmmmm, I don't think so.  I've had a number of races where I remained blue the entire time, but my enthusiasm was low because I didn't have enough energy (bad start only put me in a level 1 comfort zone and I couldn't get back in).  I know enthusiasm is tied to energy somehow, I just can't quite figure out the ratio.  Although, it could be a combination of both mood and energy.

Finished my 7th horse last night, and picked up another 4 GI trophies.  Lost a 4th one by literally .01 seconds.   mad
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 16, 2017, 03:41:16 AM
The back half of playthrough B is significantly different, and fills in a ton of the backstory around the machines and how the world came to be as it is.  Very cool how they aligned some of the sequences from 2B's story.  Definitely glad I slogged through the first few hours to get there.

I may or may not have made ample use of the auto-combat feature during this second playthrough.   ninja
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 15, 2017, 04:21:11 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 15, 2017, 03:24:43 PM

Rather unhappy preview by Rock Paper Shotgun

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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.

Psst...look up.  slywink
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 15, 2017, 03:41:02 AM
The more I hear about this, the less interested I get.  I'm leaning strongly towards cancelling my pre-order and playing something else instead.  Maybe I'll jump into Torment when I finish with Nier.  

FWIW, here's Kotaku's initial impressions, which are decidedly more positive.
18  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Show me the tax returns!!!!! on: March 15, 2017, 12:09:04 AM
Well, this could get interesting.

Maddow claims she has Trump's tax return.   thumbsup
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 14, 2017, 03:55:59 PM
No, I'm doing it right...second playthrough is as 9S.  It's mostly just the same though, through the first couple hours.  There are some new short cutscenes interspersed throughout (the one about the robot singer at the amusement park was quite poignant), but the majority of the game is the same.

I haven't gotten to any of the parts where they're separated yet, so I'm sure that'll start looking significantly different once I do.

20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 14, 2017, 11:59:30 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 14, 2017, 09:01:07 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 14, 2017, 06:45:51 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 14, 2017, 06:00:28 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 14, 2017, 12:15:42 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 13, 2017, 09:33:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 13, 2017, 05:43:36 PM

If you subscribe to the EA Access program (not Early Access, Electronic Arts Access), which is available on Origin on PC or on Xbox One, you get to play certain games like Mass Effect Andromeda early.  You can download and play up to 10 hours of it on the 16th before the official launch on the 20th.  Everybody can buy a disc or digital version on the 20th.

Let's be completely honest here: Subscribers don't get the game early. There is no such thing. It's everyone else who gets it artificially late so that EA can get a certain amount of customers to pay even more for the same product without EA having to offer anything of substance in return. We, the potential customers, have a responsibility to not mindlessly repeat marketing lingo, but to see with our own eyes instead.

Just one more reason for me to leave EA on my no-buy list.

Meh.  They're trying to drive people to their subscription service (which is actually a hell of a deal at $5, if you don't already own those games), and are rewarding people with a few days head start if they sign up.   Doesn't seem much different that getting exclusive access for PS+ or XBLive subscriptions.

Hardly a phenomenon exclusive to EA, and certainly not something that's "OUTRAGE!!" worthy, imo.

Where did I show outrage? This hardly registers as a blip on my radar of reasons why EA doesn't get my money. I was just making a counterargument against blindly repeating what EA's marketing department is trying to teach us to say.

It was a little ranty, TiLT.  You've taken some sort of umbrage, and it's peppering every comment you make about EA.

I'm not criticizing your ban or irritation, I'm just pointing out that you should recognize the soapbox when you're on top of it.

Sure, it was a soapbox rant. I mean, of course it was. That has nothing to do with outrage in my world though. That's on a whole different level.

Fair enough, I should have phrased it better.  I meant "soapbox outrage around a video game", not anything serious.

That said, here's my issue with your statement:

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It's everyone else who gets it artificially late so that EA can get a certain amount of customers to pay even more for the same product without EA having to offer anything of substance in return.

EA isn't offering "nothing in return".  You're not paying EA $5 to get early access to this specific game.  You're paying $5 for a subscription service which provides unlimited access to an entire library of games (many of them very good, and quite recent), and you happen to get early access to this one (and others) as part of that subscription.

That's less "skeevy marketing ploy for an extra $5" and more "significant added value" in my book.  YMMV.
21  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: March 14, 2017, 03:43:43 AM
So, I just passed 1,000 hours in FFXIV tonight.   eek  While I'm sure that's a drop in the bucket compared to some of your MMO time, it's a number that I never thought I'd put into a single game in my entire life.

Still going strong too, working on getting a full set of 270 gear for my Bard before the new expansion comes out in June.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 14, 2017, 12:15:42 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 13, 2017, 09:33:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 13, 2017, 05:43:36 PM

If you subscribe to the EA Access program (not Early Access, Electronic Arts Access), which is available on Origin on PC or on Xbox One, you get to play certain games like Mass Effect Andromeda early.  You can download and play up to 10 hours of it on the 16th before the official launch on the 20th.  Everybody can buy a disc or digital version on the 20th.

Let's be completely honest here: Subscribers don't get the game early. There is no such thing. It's everyone else who gets it artificially late so that EA can get a certain amount of customers to pay even more for the same product without EA having to offer anything of substance in return. We, the potential customers, have a responsibility to not mindlessly repeat marketing lingo, but to see with our own eyes instead.

Just one more reason for me to leave EA on my no-buy list.

Meh.  They're trying to drive people to their subscription service (which is actually a hell of a deal at $5, if you don't already own those games), and are rewarding people with a few days head start if they sign up.   Doesn't seem much different that getting exclusive access for PS+ or XBLive subscriptions.

Hardly a phenomenon exclusive to EA, and certainly not something that's "OUTRAGE!!" worthy, imo.
23  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 13, 2017, 02:44:54 PM
Just started my 5th horse in Growth Mode last night, and have won 7 GI races.  I even bred a couple of my previous winners, but their offspring was disappointingly average. 

The one thing I can't really figure out is the formula for how energy converts to enthusiasm during the homestretch.  It seems to be entirely random.  I've had some races where energy of 120 gets me 100% enthusiasm, and others where having energy over 600 only gave me 85% enthusiasm.  I think it has something to do with the level of race (i.e. G1, GII, GIII) you're doing and the pace (i.e. super slow, normal, etc.), but it would be nice to have a better idea of what energy number I need to shoot for in order to get 100% enthusiasm.

The RNG aspects were driving me absolutely batty yesterday.  Things like having 100% enthusiasm and 2 boost cards for the homestretch...only to find myself boxed in and unable to move.  Or being down to that last card with 8 remaining on a Comfort Zone 3 solitaire deck, and not getting the match you need.  Or getting knocked completely off track by another horse, even though I had the gold crown (i.e. the most energy) which supposedly prevents that from happening. 

The game is still a ton of fun, but RNGeesus can be a real bastard sometimes.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: March 13, 2017, 02:36:01 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 13, 2017, 01:08:45 PM

I guess you can mark me down as your Mass Effect guinea pig.  I have bought a key for it from GMG and that origin access thing.

I'll be getting it next week for PS4.  Whether I actually start playing it or not is an entirely separate discussion.  smile
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 13, 2017, 12:13:01 PM
Keeping an eye on the new Styx game.  The first one showed some potential, but ultimately didn't nail the landing on the stealth mechanics.  If this one can figure that out, it could be a great game.

Other than that, I've got plenty to keep me busy for the next, say, 12 months or so.  smile
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 12, 2017, 08:30:25 PM
Someone mentioned Pocket Card Jockey in a weekend playlist thread a couple weeks ago.  I had some long flights last week, so decided I'd give it a shot.  It's only $7, no big loss if it sucks.

Holy hell...I literally cannot drag myself away from this game.  It's freaking brilliant.  It's a combination of horse racing, solitaire, and Pokemon that somehow all comes together and just...works.  I honestly played it for 6 hours straight on Tuesday, starting at the airport in DC then the entire 4+ hour flight home.  Here's a great article about how this it was the best game of 2016 that no one played, and I completely agree.

It takes a while to figure out what the hell is going on, but once it clicks, it's impossible to put down.  My only gripe is that certain races (and sometimes the career of that particular horse) can be won or lost on sheer luck.  You get a bad starting draw, someone bumps you off course, you misclick a card or miss a match...these can all spell disaster pretty quickly.  And since each horse has a limited time to advance, that one missed click can have a nasty snowball effect on the horse's development, and therefore success in future races.  Thankfully, this is mitigated by just how much damn fun the whole thing is.

I never would have possibly expected to enjoy a horse racing/solitaire matchup this much.  Talk about a game that came completely out of the blue!   eek
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 12, 2017, 05:23:06 PM
So, I'm a couple hours into story "B", and I'm not sure I get what they're doing here.  It's literally the exact same game - exact same dialog, exact same events, exact same locations, everything - just with enemies that match my current character's level.

Multiple reviews mentioned how cool and unique it was to play through the different paths, but so far it's been entirely the same, except for the opening sequence.  Not sure I get what's so cool about this, or why I would want to play through it all again.   icon_confused

EDIT:  Did a little poking around this afternoon, and found this article which talked about the multiple endings.  The no-spoiler version:

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First Playthrough

When you start the game you will assume control of a certain character. You will then engage in a 12 to 16 hour open-world JRPG adventure that is formatted with several high-intensity set-pieces interwoven with open-world exploration and sidequests in-between.

Once you complete the final section of the game, you will watch an ending sequence and then see the credits roll. That doesn't mean it's over, though. Far from it.

Second Playthrough

You will have the option to load from your completed game save file at this point. When you do so, you will effectively "restart" the game. Only, instead of it being the same as your first time through, you will have a perspective shift that alters gameplay mechanics as well as what you're doing during certain main story missions. In other words, it's a mildly altered playthrough.

During this playthrough you will be able to view the world from a different viewpoint, providing new insight and introducing new interactions. This time around your playthrough will likely be at around the seven to nine hour range since all your sidequest progress will be carried over, and you'll (mostly) know what to do during the major sequences.

Third Playthrough

The third playthrough is when things get crazy. Another perspective shift will occur that drastically changes the way you play the game. Completely new experiences are unlocked through the introduction of a significant gameplay mechanic, in addition to original dialog.

This playthrough is considered the "full experience" in that only once you're on your third playthrough will you see how much potential NieR: Automata really has. To stop short of this playthrough is to not see what's it's really capable of.

That's great and all, but with all the other games already on my plate (Zelda, Horizon Zero Dawn, Torment) and upcoming in the next month (Mass Effect, P5), I'm really struggling to find the interest in playing that second time through, knowing that it will basically be the exact same thing for the next 7-9 hours.  I'm really interested in that 3rd playthrough though (pretty sure I know who you will play as), but can't decide if I want to slog through the second one to get to it.

I've also seen it mentioned on multiple sites that your sidequest progress carries over.  However, when I showed up at the first main hub, I got two of the same sidequests that I had already completed the first time around.  Not quite sure how that works.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 12, 2017, 05:59:58 AM
Finished the first main ending tonight.  For those who don't know, there are 3 primary endings (paths A, B, C) and then a whole bunch of "joke" endings (D through Z).  You play through the first 4 endings in order, starting the next one once the credits roll on the current game.  I did manage to get a couple of the joke endings in the first playthrough, which were really funny.  Wrapping up the "A" ending took me just under 14 hours, and I've started on the "B" path now.  Not terribly surprising where it goes next, and I'm very much looking forward to see how they do it. MAJOR SPOILER  
Spoiler for Hiden:
The "B" path has you play as 9S.  You start the game doing the opening mission from his perspective, which was really cool.  And I can open locked chests now!!   thumbsup

I'm still really enjoying it, and am very interested to see if/what they do with the story in this next runthrough.  Seems like there were a lot of loose ends, and I can only assume they will be addressed in subsequent playthroughs.  It's not a perfect game, but is a ton of fun...map wonkiness aside.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 10, 2017, 10:38:25 PM
A couple gripes:

-  I really, really, really dislike the map system in this game.  It's easily the worst thing about it.  It's essentially useless, especially when an area has multiple vertical levels (a cave or building).  Finding a particular quest item or area can be damn near impossible, and the map is no help at all.  It's just so, so bad.  I think the designers knew it too.  There's an NPC in the resistance camp who answers questions, sort of like a tutorial.  One of the questions you can ask is "I can't find anything using the map, can you help?" and his answer is basically "Yeah, it kinda sucks.  Good luck finding stuff on your own."

-  They could have structured the quests a little better as well.  I went through the first 5 hours with a grand total of 2 side quests.  As soon as fast-travel opened up, I literally received 19 side quests with multiple objectives (see the map frustration above) within 30 minutes.  That said, some of them are really well written and can tug at the heartstrings.  There's one about finding a child that about had me in tears.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/10/17 Edition on: March 10, 2017, 02:24:23 PM
Nier Automata, FF XIV , and Pocket Card Jockey (damn addictive solitaire horses) for me.

Breath of the Wild is on hold until I finish Nier.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 09, 2017, 04:51:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 09, 2017, 06:58:58 AM

You lock on with the left trigger.

I'm playing on Easy, as I always do with action games since my reflexes are shit.  In that mode, left trigger doesn't lock on, but rather does some sort of "auto chip" thing.  It basically turns on "auto-battle", where you just move the character around, and the game automatically selects all the combat inputs.  Kinda boring to play that way, so I don't use it much. 

So I guess I should have rephrased my comment.  I wish there was a lock-on option for Easy mode.  smile
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 09, 2017, 05:06:00 AM
Played through the first 5 hours today, a few initial thoughts:

-  The combat system is a blast, and definitely has Platinum's stamp all over it.  My only gripe is that there doesn't seem to be a lock-on function.  Battles can get really hectic when trying to control both melee and ranged attacks at the same time.
-  It's certainly not going to win any graphics awards.  In fact, at first glance, it looks quite dull and almost last-gen.  However, while it may not have all the graphic bells and whistles, the art direction is fantastic.  Characters are well designed, environments have tons of small touches that make them come alive, and enemies alternate between funny and seriously threatening.  There's more here than initially meets the eye.
-  The story is fascinating so far, and I can't wait to see where they go with it.  The talking robots (vague to avoid spoilers) are kinda horrifying.
-  There doesn't seem to be much to the fishing mechanic.  Stand in any puddle, hit X, then hit it again when the pod moves.  That said, it's a great way to get $$ in the early going.  5 minutes of fishing can usually net you $10K worth of stuff, or more if you get lucky (I pulled out a "machine head" that was worth $10K just by itself).  I've managed to almost fully upgrade my chip capacity already, just from fishing.
-  Speaking of chip capacity, keep a close eye on it if you choose to have it auto-allocate.  I found that a few times, it only allocated about half of my limit, and just left the rest blank...even though I had a ton of chips in inventory.
-  The map is horrible, and damn near worthless.  Which sucks because some quests start having very far flung objectives, which are nearly impossible to find on the map.
-  I've read that you do unlock a fast-travel mechanic if you keep going with the main storyline.  I'd recommend doing that, as the running around without it for side-quests would get annoying quickly.
-  Don't worry about the locked chests.  You get to them later.
-  I'm not exaggerating when I say this game might have the greatest soundtrack ever.  It is honestly that good.
-  While they're few and far between, the set pieces are really fun.  The Amusement Park...lol

So far, I'm loving this game.  It's more than a little bit crazy, but it all comes together and just...works. 
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 09, 2017, 02:55:06 AM
Did anyone get the pre-order bonus items?   I put the code into PSN and it said they downloaded, but I have no idea how to access them.  Nothing is showing up in inventory.

Any idea where to get them?

EDIT:  Apparently you have to restart the game after downloading in order for the DLC items to show up.  They'll then be in the "Items-->Key Items" section.  Grimoire Weiss pod, FTW.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 08, 2017, 02:27:21 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 08, 2017, 07:00:40 AM

Holy crap, not exactly what I was expecting. Imagine a what... Galaga, Thexder, twin-stick, Bayonetta mash-up opening sequence? Then on to what was in the demo, more in your face / side scrolling / top down madness... and then just before the Goliath, dead.  Oh and "This game does not auto-save. Play the game to learn how to save." which from Googling means making it to an "Access Point" it would seem and something I failed to do. Late enough I will try again tomorrow night. From the beginning. Sheesh.  icon_cool

You can save once you get to the space station, which happens immediately after finishing the opening mission.  There's a 2-3 minute cutscene and a bit of dialog, but you can save once you get control of 2B.  Look for the little wi-fi signal up in the top corner, and it says something like "Saving available".  Start-->system-->save game

I finished the opening segment last night (the first hour), and will dive into it between conference calls today.  I adore everything about it already, especially the music.  Such awesomeness.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 07, 2017, 07:35:58 PM
I took tomorrow off so I can play this.  Hopefully the wonder twins cooperate with that plan.  smile
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (March 5, 2017) on: March 06, 2017, 11:07:21 AM
It's all about Nier this week.  Can't wait.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Release date 3/3/2017 on: March 04, 2017, 10:24:58 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 04, 2017, 05:13:43 PM

A few hours in and I like it (WiiU version) but feel like I spend far too much time in the menus.  That time could be greatly reduced if you could drop a weapon while in the main game instead of having to open the menu, scroll over to weapons, select a weapon and then choose to drop it just so you have a free space to carry a better weapon.  Weapons are by far the most time sink menu wise for me and with durability being a thing in this game I'm reluctant to use a decent weapon I've found as I want to save it for more challenging foes but I can't hold as many weapons as I'd like either.

Game is fun but as of yet not the end all be all of games Zelda or otherwise for me.

I have the same gripes about the weapon inventory, especially about wanting to keep the "good" ones in reserve for when I need them.  I've also found myself accidentally throwing a perfectly good weapon at an enemy on more than one occasion.

Finished the opening area last night.  I'm liking it more than other Zelda games, but I don't love it.  Mainly because there's stuff that seems frustratingly obscure because the game gives very little direction.  For example, you have to locate a specific shrine in order to get out of the opening zone.  However, getting to that shrine requires you to trek through snowy terrain.  Whenever you're in the cold, you lose 1/4 heart every 20 seconds or so.  You can counteract this by equipping a torch, but you can't climb with one equipped.  Of course, getting to the shrine requires significant climbing, so you constantly lose health while you do so.  My first couple attempts, I mowed through nearly all my health restoring items, and still didn't get there.  There is a cold resistant coat you can get, but it requires a specific food recipe that I never could find the ingredients for.  After spending 45 minutes or so bashing my head against it, I finally googled "how to stay warm in Zelda Breath of the Wild".  Turns out that cooking peppers gives you cold resistance for a short amount of time (cooking 5 gives you 15 minutes).  So while I'm glad that I finally figured out how to do it, I was annoyed that it required a google search because the game doesn't really give you any info.  I'm sure that will be a significant positive for some folks, but it mostly just bugged me.

It certainly looks good though and seems interesting enough to keep playing, which is more than I can say for every other Zelda game I've played.  More impressions later...

EDIT:  A few more thoughts.  smile

-  This game could really use more enemy variety.  So far (through about 8 hours), I've seen 90% goblins, 5% skeletons, and the very occasional bat or slime mixed in.  It gets really old fighting the same enemies over and over again.
-  I really don't like the quick weapon degradation.  You never really get used to any particular weapon, and just end up wildly swinging with whatever you scrounge.  I also wish they didn't degrade when you hit environmental things like barrels or rocks.
-  Best advice I got was to disable to movement aiming controls ASAP.   I couldn't figure out why it was so impossible to hit anything with my bow, or why my scope display kept bouncing all over the place.  Disabling movement aiming fixed that.
-  While it's cool to be able to go anywhere, it's so distracting for the OCD gamers like me.  I set my goal as getting to the huge tower in the distance, but getting distracted by 73 different things on the way end up being more frustrating than fun.  That's just a personal quirk though, and is why I've always struggled with open world games like this.
-  Having the fires go out and the rocks get slick when it rains was a nice touch.
-  The shrines (dungeons) I've done so far have been neat, but I can see how they're going to get frustrating in a hurry.  They remind me of the "Chambers of the Fayth" in Final Fantasy X.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Release date 3/3/2017 on: March 04, 2017, 12:15:17 AM
I couldn't resist the last WiiU copy at Best Buy this afternoon.  I'm such an idiot...

Impressions to come later from a lifelong Zelda 'meh'er.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 3/3 edition on: March 03, 2017, 10:10:52 PM
Or I can impulse buy Zelda when I stop at Best Buy on my way home.  Even though I only have two days to play it before Nier comes out.   icon_lol
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 3/3 edition on: March 03, 2017, 05:46:08 PM

Quote from: katamaris4ever on March 03, 2017, 04:52:40 PM

I'll probably be playing Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call some more, I recently dusted it off and I've been plowing through the courses and songs. The fact that it has over 200 songs still amazes me.

I've put nearly 70 hours into that game and absolutely adore it.  In fact, I just finished getting through the Ultimate Score for all 200+ (I have some DLC) songs a couple weeks ago.  Some of those (especially the Battle themes) are absolutely brutal on Ultimate difficulty.  I need to get back into doing more of the quest medleys.

Looking into Pocket Card Jockey now...   paranoid
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