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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Labor Day 2016 edition on: September 06, 2016, 12:09:40 PM
I'm think I'm now officially done with WoW.  I've tried every class and race, and simply find myself bored with all of them by the time I hit level 15.  I think most of it is the dull questing structure, as there's really nothing except "kill 5 X" or "take X to Y".  It's just...boring.

On the other hand, I went back and revisited Blade and Soul Sunday night, and am completely hooked.  When I played it on launch, it felt like a good game, but I struggled with the overly complex combat system.  Turns out, I had chosen one of the most difficult classes to play.  I re-rolled a Summoner (a much easier class) and am having an absolute blast.  It did what I was hoping WoW could do, in that it really clicked with a new combination of race/class.  In two days, I've already made it further than I did when I played at launch.

Played the first couple hours of Jade Empire as well, but had to quit when my PC gamepad broke.  Going to put that one on hold until it either comes out on iPad or I find a new gamepad.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My amateur fighting career on: September 05, 2016, 03:24:14 PM

Grats dude.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming: Meh. on: September 04, 2016, 08:45:24 PM
Go take a look at my games played vs. games finished list for 2016.   crybaby

Needless to say, I have a similar issue with getting games to "click" these days.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Labor Day 2016 edition on: September 03, 2016, 07:02:13 PM
Whelp, Tauren Warrior isn't the magic combo.  Next!  smile

Also grabbed Risen 3 from the Steam sale today.  It's one I've always wanted to try, as it looks fun in a B-movie sort of way.  Had to wait for it to hit that magic $5 price point though.

EDIT:  Glad it was only $5.  That game is awful.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - Labor Day 2016 edition on: September 02, 2016, 03:59:00 PM
I'm a glutton for punishment, and keep thinking that I'll find that right combination of race/class that keeps me interested for an extended period of time, so I resubbed to WoW for a month.  I have yet to make it past level 15, but something keeps drawing me back to it.

Will also spend some time with Icewind Dale EE on iPad.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming: Meh. on: September 01, 2016, 08:12:24 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 01, 2016, 08:11:44 PM

I had a significant lull for a few months earlier this year where every new game I tried wouldn't keep my interest, but oddly I found myself back in the gaming groove with a bunch of old games:  Diablo 3, League of Legends and now WoW.  

I've been playing Icewind Dale on iPad and it's been far more fun than I remembered it to be.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming: Meh. on: September 01, 2016, 08:11:25 PM
While I'm not to the "sell it all" point, I have been struggling lately to find a game that really "grabs" me.  Put at least an hour into over a dozen different games from multiple genres over the last two weeks, and nothing has really stuck.  I just don't have the patience or time to really learn how to play most games any more.  That's OK though, I still find there's fun to be had in putzing around with different things.
128  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starting WoW in 2016 on: September 01, 2016, 07:10:59 PM
Apparently my tolerance for WoW is right around 15 levels.  Ran three separate toons up to level 15 in June, then ended up just getting bored with it all.  smile

Funny thing is, I still have this weird urge to go back and try again (for a fifth time) to see if maybe it clicks if I try some different race/class combinations.   That happened with FFXIV, where I quit playing my Gladiator, but got hooked and spent 1,000+ hours with my Bard.  The overall aesthetic and lore of WoW really appeals to me, but the actual gameplay just ends up losing me very quickly. 
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: August 31, 2016, 03:27:31 AM
Ok, I take back all the bad things I said about Justice Monsters's actually a ton of fun.  The problem is, you have to get through what might be (no exaggeration here) the single worst tutorial I have ever seen.  Ever.  The first 20-30 minutes were literally so bad that I wrote the game off as a complete waste.  Once you get past the tutorial and get into the game proper, that weird mix of pinball, pachinko, and JRPG becomes a blast to play.  It's got the same elements as Squares recent social RPG's, such as gatcha pulls, stamina timers, and an endless list of stats to upgrade, but the gameplay is so much fun, I hardly noticed.  Drew a "super rare" (I.e. Best quality) Shiva along with a couple other Rares, and I've been tearing through the levels.  About 2 hours flew by in a blink tonight as I was playing, and it definitely has that "one more level" quality to it.
130  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 30, 2016, 04:17:45 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 30, 2016, 03:22:07 PM

You know Flint is going to die....

Hush you!
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: August 30, 2016, 02:10:44 PM
The "pinball RPG" mini-game from FF XV, Justice Monsters Five, was released on iOS this morning.  Downloading now...

EDIT:  Don't bother.  It's a weird combination of pachinko, pinball, and RPG with a bunch of freemium elements tacked on.  Reminds me of that "All The Bravest" debacle that came out a few years back.  No thanks.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII HD remake confirmed on: August 30, 2016, 01:33:33 PM
I'm loving everything I'm hearing about this remake so far.

Between World of FF (which looks adorable, if nothing else), FF XV, and FF XII, it's going to be a good 12 months for FF fans.  Now if we can just get an announcement on when the arcade version of Dissidia will be coming to PS4...
133  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 30, 2016, 04:22:52 AM
Decided to give Icewind Dale EE another shot on iPad.  Spent nearly an hour creating most of the original Dragonlance party members.  I'm now rolling with Tanis, Raist, Caramon, Tas, Goldmoon, and Flint.  smile.

Once you get used to the interface (which can be really screwy sometimes), it some great nostalgic fun.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP: Gene Wilder on: August 29, 2016, 07:48:32 PM
 icon_cry icon_cry

Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles are arguably two of the funniest films ever made.
135  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 29, 2016, 04:29:42 PM
I've been playing Solitairica quite a bit.  It's a mix between solitaire, RPG, and roguelike, and is lots of fun.  My only gripe is the sometimes brutal nature of RNG cards.  You can have a great run going, and have the whole thing completely derailed by a bad run of 5-8 cards.  I would love to see a "choose a number" system implemented, similar to what Fairway Solitaire does with it's bag of clubs.

Otherwise, it's a fantastic, fun little diversion.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/26/16 Edition on: August 29, 2016, 12:10:46 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 29, 2016, 04:39:23 AM

Finally picked up Uncharted 2 again after a month or two off and managed to finish it tonight. While it has its moments and is definitely better than part 1, I'm going to express what may be an unpopular opinion and say I'm just not feeling it with this series. I'm going to play through Uncharted 3 and then may or may not pick up part 4.

I'm with you there.  I finished 1 and 2, got bored midway through 3, and haven't tried 4.  Maybe someday if/when it's bargain bin.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/26/16 Edition on: August 29, 2016, 12:00:36 AM
I've been all over the place this weekend after requesting a refund for BG:EE.  Put about 3 hours into Mass Effect 3, and am finding it to not be nearly as compelling the second time through when you know everything that's going to happen.  Tried Mini Metro, and I don't think I get it.   icon_confused  I gave the most recent (fistbump) Need for Speed a shot (fistbump).  The live action cutscenes (fistbump) where everyone talks like overexaggerated surfer stereotypes (fistbump) and give each other fistbumps every 30 seconds (fistbump) are laughably awful, and the actual openworld'ish driving (fistbump) was decidedly mediocre (fistbump, brah).  I gave HOMM7 another look to see if the patches had helped it any.  The answer is "not really", in case you're wondering, but I did play a whole 30 minutes without a CTD, so...progress?  I was suckered by nostalgia and broke my cardinal rule against buying any early access games.  Grabbed what seemed to be a fairly well-received Road Rash clone called Road Redemption.  It further reinforced the fact that I should never, ever, ever, try early access games.  It was a buggy, nearly unplayable mess (AA can attest...he was checking out my stream while I played).  Last but not least, I'm going to give Black Desert Online a third (fourth?) look tonight, and check out the new Ninja class.  I'm going to take a different tack towards it this time around and just mess around and play for fun, without getting bogged down in all the crazy minutiae the game throws at you.  I still think there's a fun game in there somewhere, and maybe if I don't feel like I'm getting pulled in 17 different directions at once, I can give it a more dedicated effort.

Still debating starting Jade Empire, but I think I'm going to hold out another week and see if we hear anything about the iOS release.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/26/16 Edition on: August 28, 2016, 05:07:19 PM
Attack on Titan is definitely on my "someday after a price drop" list.
139  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...
140  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
141  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.

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.

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.
142  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.
143  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.
144  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)
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/23/16) on: August 22, 2016, 02:25:25 PM
146  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.
147  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.
148  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
149  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
150  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.
151  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.

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.

152  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.
153  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
154  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.
155  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
156  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.
157  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.
158  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.  
159  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.
160  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.
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