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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I took a wrong turn and ended... on: February 09, 2015, 01:39:28 AM

Quote from: Starshift on February 09, 2015, 01:37:38 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 08, 2015, 08:21:55 PM

But are you listening to the soundtrack of KOTOR whilst playing Bayonetta 2?  Because if not, you're doing it wrong.

-Autistic Angel

 icon_lol  I canít play Bayonetta 2 because I donít have a Wii U!  I never finished the original... but I loved it!  Iíve always loved those quirky games.  Remember Bullet Witch?   The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

I bought a WiiU last weekend pretty much just so I could play Bayonetta 2.  Totally worth it, it's an utterly brilliant game.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: February 08, 2015, 11:40:59 PM
Just finished Bayonetta 2, which reasserted itself as the best action franchise out there, hands down.  Kratos is a total pansy compared to Cereza.

Batshit insane, utterly ridiculous...and an absolute joy to play from start to finish.  I didn't think they could top the first game, but somehow they did.  Such awesomeness.
163  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wii controllers? on: February 08, 2015, 07:10:18 PM
I don't supposed anyone has a Wii sitting around they're not using, and would be willing to part with their controller?  I really want to play some of the backwards compatible Wii games (namely The Last Story) but found out that you can't use that big 'ol gamepad controller for Wii games.  you actually have to have the stupid remote and nunchuck thing.   icon_evil

Anyone interested in parting with theirs? 
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I took a wrong turn and ended... on: February 08, 2015, 02:50:37 PM
Holy shit...blast from the past.  Welcome back Shifty!  Sounds like you're doing well. 

Now for the million dollar question:  Do you still make your RPG characters walk instead of run?   icon_razz
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 08, 2015, 04:38:09 AM
I have to have a Wii-mote to run backwards compatible Wii games?  Bah.   I get it for games that have motion controls, but I just wanted to play The Last Story tonight.   icon_cry

While I enjoyed Super Mario 3D World, I pretty much hit my platforming skill limit around World 5.  After losing 15 lives on the gorram trapeze level, I remembered why I never really cared for Mario that much.  smile
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 06, 2015, 03:21:07 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 06, 2015, 03:03:40 PM


I don't care if reviews give this game straight zeros across the board.  I will buy it just for the eye candy.  Absolutely stunning.
167  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call on: February 04, 2015, 08:45:29 PM
Just FYI, Theatrhythm has been quietly building up a fantastic library of DLC songs.  Not just limited to Final Fantasy either.  They now have tracks from Xenogears, Chrono Cross, the SaGa series, Bravely Default, and a few other old-school Square properties.  I actually find myself in need of a larger SD card because I've been grabbing so many of them.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 02, 2015, 07:00:15 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 02, 2015, 06:28:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2015, 09:00:31 PM

Spent this morning bouncing between Bayonetta 2 and the new Super Mario World game.

I knew I'd love Bayonetta, as nothing else matches the sheer insanity it brings to the table.  However, I'm about to say something I haven't said in over 20 years...this Mario game is really damn fun.   I'm actually quite shocked at how much I'm enjoying it. 


I'm not sure from this context whether you're playing New Super Mario Bros. for Wii U which is structured very much like the original Super Mario World on SNES, or Super Mario 3D World which actually has "World" in the title.  Whichever one it is, though, you should definitely play the other when you're done -- they're both stupendous games!

And don't forget to play some Nintendoland with MrsGratch and Little B!  Some of those multiplayer games are tons of fun!

-Autistic Angel[/i]
Super Mario 3D World.

I came to a realization yesterday as Little B 5.11 watched me playing.  She's watched me play plenty of games before, but I've never seen her as absolutely enthralled as she was while watching Mario.  The giggles, squeals, and "WATCH OUT DADDY!" were expressions of pure joy.  Regardless of how much I personally may or may not enjoy their games, Nintendo has an incredible ability to perfectly strike that "fun" nerve with kids.  So while this grumpy old cynical gamer may only end up spending time with a few games on Wii U, I'm certainly glad I got one for her to enjoy.

Now I just need to get a Mario Kart game...  smile

Quote
And don't forget to play some Nintendoland with MrsGratch and Little B!  Some of those multiplayer games are tons of fun!

Thanks for the reminder, I completely forgot that was included.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 02, 2015, 02:33:47 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 02, 2015, 06:44:31 AM

People still shop at GameStop?

There's one 3 minutes from my house.

The only other option that had both Bayonetta 2 and the Wii U console was a Walmart 20 minutes away, and I'd much rather buy from Gamestop than Walmart.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 01, 2015, 09:00:31 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2015, 03:17:57 AM

My impulse has passed, and I think I may just wait now until the new Xenoblade hits.

OK, so I lied.  Spent most of last night doing research on the Wii U and decided to take the plunge.  (waits for the "I told you so" from Eddie smile)  This is a awfully slick console, and I actually love the big ol' touchpad controller.  Spent this morning bouncing between Bayonetta 2 and the new Super Mario World game.

I knew I'd love Bayonetta, as nothing else matches the sheer insanity it brings to the table.  However, I'm about to say something I haven't said in over 20 years...this Mario game is really damn fun.   I'm actually quite shocked at how much I'm enjoying it.  They also had a used copy of The Last Story (Wii), and I'm going to jump into that after Mario and Bayonetta 2 are done.  I've been wanting to go back to it for a while now, as I don't really think I have it a fair shake the first time around.

Time will tell if it holds up, but initial impressions have me very pleasantly surprised with this console.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 01, 2015, 03:17:57 AM
So I damn near impulse-purchased a Wii U at Gamestop tonight.  I had the Mario bundle along with Bayonetta in my hand, and I asked the kid at the register about controllers.  Said I thought playing an action oriented game like Bayonetta on that pad thing would be awkward, and to tell me what other options were available.  He points me towards the Wii U remote, which had me confused.  Told him I was looking for something more like this, and he launches into this huge story about how Nintendo doesn't make those anymore, the only way to get them is through E-bay, and you have to pay around $200 for them.  That sounded awfully fishy to me, so I put everything back and told him I needed to do a little more research.

My impulse has passed, and I think I may just wait now until the new Xenoblade hits.
172  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 30, 2015, 04:23:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 30, 2015, 02:27:23 PM

Buyer beware on HOMM 3.  I read it's based on the Steam HD edition and user reviews are mostly people angry at Ubisoft for cutting out features and doing other half-assed things to the remake.

Yeah, I've heard that as well.  Also been reading that the touchscreen implementation is complete crap on iOS. 

What a shame...HOMM3 was probably my most wanted game for iOS.   icon_cry
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Super Bowl Edition on: January 30, 2015, 04:22:13 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 30, 2015, 04:11:59 PM

House hunting, since our first offer on a place, $5k over listing, was declined.   @#$(*&%

Sorry man.  House hunting sucks.

Probably just FF XIV for me.  I had considered grabbing HOMM 3 HD for iPad, but the lack of a random map generator and reading feedback about a crappy touch interface is keeping me away.
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 30, 2015, 03:46:44 AM
They've ported Indigo Prophecy as well, and it's got a couple glowing reviews.

Gonna be an expensive week.  smile
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/23/15 on: January 26, 2015, 08:44:02 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 24, 2015, 12:21:11 AM

I'll start it, since PR_GMR is apparently asleep at the switch.  Tongue

I'm starting to burn out on Diablo 3 (again), so I'm probably going to look elsewhere this weekend.  My FF XIV guild is going to run some of the new content, so I may join up with that before my subscription runs out next week.  Will probably get back to Legend of Heroes:  Trails in the Sky, and I also started KOTOR1 on iPad.

I've been eying some of the classic Star Wars titles that recently popped up on GoG, but I've been able to avoid them so far (mostly because I know how short nostalgia keeps my attention).

I spent all my time with FFXIV.  Finished the new main story questline, ran the new 24-man raid, completed 2 of the 3 new dungeons, and wrapped up a couple weapon-related quests to boost my equipment level into the 110's.  All in all, a very productive weekend.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anybody know what's happened to Godzilla Blitz? on: January 25, 2015, 04:15:31 PM
He posted over at OO a couple weeks ago.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 24, 2015, 09:41:19 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 24, 2015, 08:44:59 PM

I tend to only play through games once. Can a few of you recommend the the class of character that you found to be the most entertaining, or have the best loot?

I've played through twice as a Barbarian (once pre-expansion on PC, once with the expansion on PS4), a Monk (PS3, pre-expansion), and a Crusader (PC, expansion).  Favorite was probably the Monk, with the Barbarian a close second. 

I would also highly recommend going the console route, if it's an option.  I'm mostly a PC guy, but the console version just plays better.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Weekend Playlist -- 01/23/15 on: January 24, 2015, 12:21:11 AM
I'll start it, since PR_GMR is apparently asleep at the switch.  Tongue

I'm starting to burn out on Diablo 3 (again), so I'm probably going to look elsewhere this weekend.  My FF XIV guild is going to run some of the new content, so I may join up with that before my subscription runs out next week.  Will probably get back to Legend of Heroes:  Trails in the Sky, and I also started KOTOR1 on iPad.

I've been eying some of the classic Star Wars titles that recently popped up on GoG, but I've been able to avoid them so far (mostly because I know how short nostalgia keeps my attention).
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 23, 2015, 06:40:37 PM
I'm hitting about the same point where I lost interest last time.  Paragon level 53, running T2 rifts and bounties.  It's been probably 5 hours since I've seen anything drop that's better than my current equipment.  I don't even remember the last time I saw a Legendary item.  I can't craft anything better because they require the mats that you get from salvaging Legendary items.  I survive pretty well in T2, but T3 pretty much destroys me with my current gear.  So I find myself in a spot where I can't bump up a level (which would likely get me better gear), because my current gear isn't good enough.  Paragon levels help, but advancement is so incremental that it takes forever to see real improvement.

Feel like I'm on a treadmill of running the same level rifts and bounties over and over in the hopes that something decent will drop.  Which is fine if it felt like I was progressing, but really doesn't.  frown
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 21, 2015, 04:57:18 PM
All the cool new stuff (adventure mode, rifts, paragon levels, etc.) only comes with the expansion.  I don't think any of it is available with just the base game.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 21, 2015, 04:13:48 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 21, 2015, 03:33:37 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 21, 2015, 03:25:27 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 21, 2015, 02:31:34 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 21, 2015, 05:55:01 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 21, 2015, 05:25:43 AM

Not that anyone cares, but fwiw I finally sucked it up and shared a passport image with Blizzard and DNA samples  smirk to prove I'm me in hopes they might remove my borked authenticator and let me play their stupid games again. Haven't played this since maybe early 2013... oh hell I don't even remember when I was able to log into bnet last... so I'm curious what's become of it...

Adventure mode is so good I can't stop playing.
Cool, maybe you can get me back up to speed on that.  icon_smile Blizz helped me out, and I'm back on battle.net. Think I'm just plain old "Blackjack" there. I see a lot of folks on my friends list haven't logged in for 6 months to 2 years either.  icon_smile

Have to head to work soon, but I think it'll be done updating D3 by the time I leave.

I assume you have the expansion, correct?  Get to 70, then Adventure Mode starts.  So addictive...

I think adventure mode starts once you beat the last act, right?  Then it's available for all new characters.

Correct.  I couldn't remember if it opened up after Act V or level 70.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 21, 2015, 03:25:27 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 21, 2015, 02:31:34 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 21, 2015, 05:55:01 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 21, 2015, 05:25:43 AM

Not that anyone cares, but fwiw I finally sucked it up and shared a passport image with Blizzard and DNA samples  smirk to prove I'm me in hopes they might remove my borked authenticator and let me play their stupid games again. Haven't played this since maybe early 2013... oh hell I don't even remember when I was able to log into bnet last... so I'm curious what's become of it...

Adventure mode is so good I can't stop playing.
Cool, maybe you can get me back up to speed on that.  icon_smile Blizz helped me out, and I'm back on battle.net. Think I'm just plain old "Blackjack" there. I see a lot of folks on my friends list haven't logged in for 6 months to 2 years either.  icon_smile

Have to head to work soon, but I think it'll be done updating D3 by the time I leave.

I assume you have the expansion, correct?  Get to 70, then Adventure Mode starts.  So addictive...
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 20, 2015, 07:30:42 PM
Is there any way to add a socket to an unsocketed item?  I thought there was, but can't find it anywhere...maybe I'm thinking of another game.

Also, outside of the novelty of mowing through teddy bears and unicorns (which wore kinda thin after the 6th time), is there any real benefit to doing the Rainbow portals?  Neither the loot or XP seems any better than what you get in standard rifts or bounties, but perhaps there's some sort of benefit (i.e. rare drop) that I'm not seeing.

Had a strange Rift occurrence last night.  I used the key to open the rift portal in town, hit X to enter it...and nothing happened.  The screen blinks black like it's starting to load the rift, but it doesn't allow me to enter it.  I shut the game off soon after, and am hoping the same broken rift isn't still open when I fire it up tonight.
184  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Incorrect temp bans on: January 19, 2015, 02:41:06 PM
I'm sure this just has something to do with the database screwiness yesterday, but there were at least two people over at OO who mentioned they received notices that they were temp banned as alts of Eco Logic yesterday.  As hilarious as I find that, y'all may want to look into it.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 19, 2015, 02:29:48 PM
Beat Act V on Friday, and started running rift and bounties yesterday.  Found my first Vault Goblin, which was nuts.  Up to that point (barely finished Act V, Paragon level 10), I had amassed about 3 million gold and only around 50 blood shards.  After 20 minutes in the Vault, I came away with over 12 million gold, 600 blood shards, 18 new Imperial gems, and 5 new legendary items.

Not that I'm complaining, but quadrupling my gold in a single short dungeon felt a little OP.  How common are those Vault Goblins?
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Weekend Playlist - 1/16/15 on: January 16, 2015, 04:05:15 PM
Oooo, my turn to start one!  smile

I'll be bouncing back and forth between Diablo III on PS4, Legend of Heroes:  Trails in the Sky on PC, and Icewind Dale on iOS.

-  I'm midway through Act V with a Barbarian on D3.  Just hit 62, looking forward to getting to 70 and opening up the adventure mode.  Act V (expert) is harder than I remembered...maybe I'm just not geared well enough yet.
-  Trails in the Sky has me totally hooked as well.  There's nothing terribly revolutionary or unique about it, but what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in sheer charm.  One of the best written JRPG's I've played, and it looks absolutely fantastic for a port of a 6 year old PSP game.
-  I'm hoping IWD on the iPad fares better than Baldur's Gate did, although I'm not overly excited about reacquainting myself with all the old rules.  Can someone remind me how THAC0 is calculated again?  slywink
187  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Monument Valley on: January 16, 2015, 03:58:25 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 16, 2015, 03:28:06 AM


This just doesn't jive with the developers claims that anywhere from 60% (iOS) to 95% (Android) of the people playing are pirating the game.  I'm starting to smell some serious BS there.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 15, 2015, 03:00:58 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 15, 2015, 02:57:34 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 15, 2015, 01:05:08 PM

Didn't think it would happen, but I've gotten sucked back down the D3 rabbit hole all over again.  Playing the Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4, and having an absolute blast...console really is the way to play.  Playing through on Expert, just unlocked Act 5 and will probably look to bump things up to Master once my gear gets a little better.  Tried to make the jump last night and got whupped by a couple bosses.

What are the "presents" that it's been having me send to people on my friends list?  Every so often, I get a legendary drop that is marked "Gift for FriendX".  I assume it's just gear, but am kinda curious what they're getting.

When friends get a legendary drop in game, there's a chance for a gift to drop at the same time for a pre-designated player on their friends list. You then mail it to that person and it becomes level appropriate at the time you open the gift.

Cool, thanks.

If anyone is playing this on PS4, add me.  I need gear!  smile
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 15, 2015, 02:23:50 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on January 15, 2015, 01:20:21 AM

If you like fun, the Wii U has a great library.  Here are a few classics that I've played since I bought mine a little over a year ago:
Super Mario 3D World
Mario Kart 8
Pikmin 3
Bayonetta 2 (and 1)
Wind Waker (first LoZ game I've ever completed)
Rayman Legends (Wii U version is actually the best version)
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

And for 2015 I'm looking forward to:
Splatoon
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Zelda

That's my biggest hesitation on the WiiU.  First party Nintendo titles (namely anything with Zelda or Mario in the name) don't interest me at all, and the pickings start to get really slim once those are removed.  I'm sure I'll probably take the plunge eventually, but there's certainly no hurry.  Hell, I've ended up with both a Gamecube and a Wii along the line, so this one probably won't be any different.  I'm happy to wait until Xenoblade hits.

Does the Wii have any sort of backwards compatibility with Wii games?  I actually wouldn't mind giving the original Xenoblade another look, and I never did give Last Story a fair shake.

EDIT:  Scratch that.  Looks like the original Xenoblade is nearly impossible to find anymore outside of E-bay (at around $75).  I'll just wait.  smile
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 15, 2015, 01:05:08 PM
Didn't think it would happen, but I've gotten sucked back down the D3 rabbit hole all over again.  Playing the Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4, and having an absolute blast...console really is the way to play.  Playing through on Expert, just unlocked Act 5 and will probably look to bump things up to Master once my gear gets a little better.  Tried to make the jump last night and got whupped by a couple bosses.

What are the "presents" that it's been having me send to people on my friends list?  Every so often, I get a legendary drop that is marked "Gift for FriendX".  I assume it's just gear, but am kinda curious what they're getting.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 15, 2015, 12:16:10 AM
Dammit, you people are not helping.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 14, 2015, 04:47:31 PM
I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...

(but oh my god, that looks so beautiful)

I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...

(no seriously, look at that)

I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...

(you could play Bayonetta 2)


I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...I will not buy a Nintendo console for one game again...
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ohio State Wins! on: January 14, 2015, 01:01:43 PM
I had picked Oregon, but should have known not to underestimate Urban Meyer's deal with the devil.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Styx: Master of Shadows [PC/PS4/XB1] on: January 13, 2015, 09:55:43 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 13, 2015, 08:21:13 PM

Finally got around to finishing this one. This is one of those games that I unfortunately started to like less the more I played it.

The big plus in this game is the level design. The levels are huge and vertical with tons of alternate and hidden paths. Also, what might sometimes seem to be a shortcut might have a challenge of its own, such as needing to tiptoe past some creatures. Overall, extremely impressive and fun to explore.

However, the second half of the game is going back through the same 3 levels, just the opposite direction. While going forward through a level is not necessarily the same as going back due to places you came down but can no longer go up, and the levels are large, it's pretty obvious what's going on.

The big negative in the game is the controls. The issues with dropping to ledges could have easily been fixed with a drop-to-ledge button like every other game has. The jumping is super floaty, but I guess overall I didn't miss too many landings because of that. Not being able to shimmy around corners is just lazy.

Outside of that I think everything comes down to taste. The game is a fantastical world and has invisibility and the ability to create clones to distract, but the stealth mechanics are actually highly realistic:
- Being in the dark does not mean you are totally invisible like Splinter Cell or Thief.
- Making the slightest sound can be heard by someone near enough. Even a muffled kill will be detected, or a short drop to the floor.
- If you are in the light you can be seen by someone who is far away.
- Bodies are easily found if not hidden or dissolved.
- (not realistic, but something that makes it more difficult) In later levels the enemies can not only see you, they can smell you.

Having these features does not make the game inherently good or bad. But it can be good or bad for an individual, depending on what you like. For me, it turns out that cranking up the realism too much makes the game a bit less fun. Dealing with these features means either avoiding stylish stealth kills, one of the best parts of stealth games for me, or being really patient. And being really patient means waiting a long time in one spot for an opening, which can be kind of boring. Some of the optional objectives in each level to get max xp (and unlock all the abilities) is to collect all the coins and to get through without killing anyone. I can't imagine the amount of patience and save abuse one would probably have to go through to get all the coins in particular. But some people are into that, and that is probably a good judge for whether this game is for you or not.

What I didn't know when I started playing this game was that it was a spinoff of Of Orcs And Men, which is a much different type of game. I am giving that game a shot now as the world itself is pretty interesting.

Good impressions, and I agree.  I'm generally a fan of stealth games and really tried to like Styx, but it ended up being far more frustrating than fun.  Biggest problem for me was that the stealth felt "squishy" and very imprecise.  I.E.  The guard standing 3 feet away didn't see me, but the guy 100 yards away could.  I never knew what would trigger the guards, and guessing didn't make for a very fun game.  The world they created was fantastic, but Styx himself was simply annoying.  I cringed every time he said anything.

Overall, I came away thinking Styx was a good effort, but had far too many flaws for a recommendation.
195  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 13, 2015, 09:48:05 PM

Quote from: Bob on January 13, 2015, 07:26:10 PM

If you enjoy Match-3 RPGs, Hero Emblems has so far been one of the best I've played.

https://itunes.apple.com/pl/app/id645797558?mt=8

You have a party of 4 characters (warrior, paladin, wizard, priest) whose powers are triggered by each of the 4 gem colors. Longer matches activate better abilities and create skill boosting gems. Battles are fought as a series of 1-6 encounters during which the ending board state flows into the next battle.  So saving up skill boosting gems is critical to beating some of the final encounters in a battle. Makes for some interesting choices.

Requires a little bit of grinding before big fights to up your levels, but hasn't been bad. Nothing atypical for an RPG in that respect.

Art is detailed and charming.

Hero Emblems has some potential, and the underlying mechanics are very fun.  However, I'd recommend waiting for a patch, as it currently has some rather significant issues IMHO:

-  The random encounter rate seems really high, especially since you get to the point where they are basically worth nothing XP or gold-wise.  I don't mind grinding, but forced grinding for no reward is just stupid.
-  Difficulty spikes are massive and incredibly frustrating.  Someone over at TA commented that Hero Emblems is "the Dark Souls of match-3", and I tend to agree.  Case in point:  I spent 20 minutes working through a dungeon, swatting aside mobs with ease.  Finally got to the boss...and he wiped my party in 3 hits (and I even used 4 of the "S Skill" abilities).  Since you get no rewards unless the dungeon is finished (XP or gold), all that effort prior to the boss is simply wasted.  This is a huge design flaw in what is often a luck-based game, and could very well end up being a deal-breaker for me. Could be easily solved by at least giving some sort of reward if a dungeon isn't fully completed.
-  I had one dungeon (The Ruins, on the first continent) that had me running around in circles for nearly an hour.  After every battle, I would get an option to choose path A or path B.  Path A would lead to either "The Ruins" or "Riverside", and path B would lead to "The Fog".  I ran through every possible combination of these three areas for about 45 minutes, until path B randomly changed to the dungeon exit.  I still have no idea what caused the change, but since the game gave no indication that I was making progress, I thought my game was bugged and nearly just quit.
-  The initial grinding to get your first real set of upgraded emblems (the ones that cost 2,000) can be absolutely brutal.
-  Movement speed on the overworld map is soooooooooooooo sloooooooooooooooow.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/13) on: January 12, 2015, 05:23:34 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 12, 2015, 05:08:00 PM

Nada.  I did add War, the Game to my wishlist for when it's $2.50 in a couple years.

Wait..."War, the Game" is the name of an actual game?   I thought Caine was kidding.  icon_lol
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/09/15 on: January 12, 2015, 12:47:36 PM
Put about 10 hours into Trails in the Sky, which is really a wonderful throwback JRPG.  Got about halfway through Act III in Diablo 3 as well.
198  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: January 11, 2015, 06:05:55 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 11, 2015, 06:57:56 AM

If you don't like the new trend towards in app nonsense then you should all put your money where your mouth is and pick up Hero Emblems. It's the true successor to Puzzle Quest and it's only $2.99 right now and you get the whole shebang with no added costs.

Thanks for the heads-up.  I had written Hero Emblems off as yet another freemium match-3, but it's really quite fun.   thumbsup
199  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: January 11, 2015, 06:11:09 AM
You know how you've been seeing those Kate Upton ads all over the place for some sort of Clash of Clans ripoff?  I've been wondering how they can afford primetime ads in football games...turns out the game is making over $1 million every day.  They're paying $40 million for the Upton ad campaign.

Sheer madness.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/09/15 on: January 09, 2015, 09:18:59 PM
Not sure, I'm in such a gaming funk right now...I can't focus on anything. Tried to get back into both SWTOR and GW2 over the holidays, lost interest in both once I hit the mid-levels.  Fired up FFXIV last night for the first time in a couple months and only played for about an hour (the 30+ minute dungeon queue didn't help) before realizing I just really wasn't interested at all.  I've got the new Wolfenstein, Lara Croft & Temple of Osiris, Transistor, Lords of the Fallen, AoE2 HD, and Resogun staring at me accusingly because I've only spend an hour or so with each one.

I'll probably just go back to Diablo III on PS4, or maybe take a break from gaming and spend the weekend blasting through Season 4 of Justified or a new book.

EDIT:  Just noticed the anime sale on Steam this weekend.  Will probably grab Trails in the Sky (a PSP JRPG that I enjoyed, but got distracted from) and possibly Strider as well.
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