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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 17, 2016, 03:00:27 PM
Played this for about an hour last night, and had to stop because I started getting a massive headache and my stomach was doing flip-flops.  Once I stopped playing, both the headache and stomach churn stopped. 

Motion sickness due to gaming would be a first for me (it has never bothered me in FPS before), so I'm hoping it was maybe something unrelated.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/17/16) on: May 16, 2016, 07:52:51 PM
Hearing enough good things about Doom that I may give it a shot.  Trying to decide between PC or PS4 though...  

PC it is...20% off at GMG was too much to resist.  Downloading now.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 15, 2016, 11:39:02 PM
How long is the SP campaign? Also, does it have a "wuss" difficulty level? 

I sometimes enjoy FPS, but am completely awful at them.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 15, 2016, 07:59:39 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 15, 2016, 02:27:04 PM

Though the guy who thought it was a good idea to selfie video himself crowdsurfing twice crowdsurf is a total douchecanoe.


In every instance.

165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pinball FX2 on Steam on: May 15, 2016, 01:22:30 PM
I've literally spent hundreds of hours with Zen Pinball, which is the iOS version of FX2.  If anyone wants to do a score comparison thread (we have one at OO), let me know.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 13, 2016, 09:57:11 PM
Agalloch annonced their breakup today.  My favorite metal band is no more.   crybaby
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 12, 2016, 12:49:08 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on May 11, 2016, 06:42:17 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 13, 2016, 09:12:40 PM

One more interesting tidbit on Youth Code, from the Pitchfork review of their album.  It was produced by Rhys Fulber of FLA fame.  Which explains why it sounds so much better than the first album.

not sure what this band is doing in this thread (i feel like there should be a non-genre specific music topic), but since we're here .. their material sounded very inspired by late-80s WaxTrax! sound.

This thread is now my personal music log, didn't you know?  slywink


Holy shit, that was fantastic.  Thanks for posting it.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 09, 2016, 05:35:19 AM
Might get Uncharted 4 eventually, but I'm not in any hurry.  I'm intrigued by all the positive review, but the first three games also got glowing reviews and I didn't care for them much.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/6/16 Capt. America -Civil War Edition on: May 09, 2016, 03:04:33 AM
Played some FFXIV, Bravely Second, and restarted Chaos Rings 3.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fork in the road? on: May 08, 2016, 06:07:40 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 08, 2016, 10:46:45 AM

I know the feeling (despite having 25 fewer years of life experience behind me), and I believe it's just part of getting older. I've found myself gravitating towards unique gaming experiences over the last few years, finding more interest in indie games than in the by-the-numbers AAA games. It's also one of the reasons I'm so into Virtual Reality, because it offers something completely unique and new. I'm once again discovering the pleasure of being surprised and awed by something as simple as a pretty view, and thinking about where this new platform can go in the future makes me incredibly excited.

It might just be that you're tired of gaming in general and would rather do other things with your life now, despite your nostalgia reminding you of how much fun you had with it back in the days. Or it might just be a call for you to try something new within gaming, instead of jumping back on the same bandwagon over and over again while expecting it to give you something you haven't seen before.

Well said Tilt.

I'm in a similar boat these days, and find myself struggling to enjoy even those games that would have been no-brainers in the past.  For example, I would consider the Infinity Engine games (Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment) among my favorites of all time, yet the new crop of isometric RPG's (namely Pillars of Eternity and Divinity Original Sin) have fallen completely flat with me.  I struggle to really get into current JRPG's (both standard and tactical), which were practically the sole staple of my gaming diet for 20 years.  It's a little disappointing, but makes sense when I recognize couple key things:

1.  I have far less gaming time than I used to.  The thought of an 80-hour RPG simply doesn't hold the appeal because it'll take me 2 months to finish.
2.  I have little patience for learning complex systems.  This sort of ties into #1 because if I only have an hour to sit down and play something, I don't want to spend that hour bashing my head against obtuse or unclear mechanics (I'm looking at you Black Desert Online).
3.  I also have very little patience for overly difficult games.  I have enough stress in my life, the last thing I want is for my games to add to it.  I've become more of a "filthy casual" when it comes to games, mostly because I'd like to at least make some sort of progress when I play.  There's a whole genre of games that I would probably love (ahem, Dark Souls), but I know I would never have the patience to get through them.

I still love gaming, but the games I do end up finishing and enjoying are becoming fewer and further between.  These sort of gaming ruts are also dangerous for my wallet, as I end up throwing money at a whole bunch of random games in the hope something will click. 
171  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: May 08, 2016, 05:56:57 PM
I've kept plugging away at Bravely Second, and it's finally starting to click a little bit.  The story is still a pile of hot garbage, but the combat is starting to become more fun as I unlock different skills, spells, and abilities.  Some of the jobs seem rather worthless (Catmancer?), but creating a spell slinging support healer is certainly fun.  I love the fact there's only 4 characters, so you can focus on building a small party instead of trying to level up a ton of extra tools.  So far, I'm going with:

-  Yew:  Damage dealing Mage (Wizard, Black Mage) and Support (Astrologian)
-  Edea:  Heavy melee (swordmaster, charioteer, etc.)
-  Magnolia:  Mostly Heals (Bishop)
-  Tiz:  Sneaky sneak (thief)

One thing I struggle to figure out is how damage is calculated for each of the jobs.  Tiz has a far lower physical attack rating than Edea, but does about twice the damage with an equivalent weapon (Tiz has a Mythril Bow, Edea has a Mythril Sword).  I'm not really sure why, which drives me a bit nuts.  

I'd give it a lukewarm (but getting warmer) thumbs up at this point.  I'll keep hoping the positive momentum continues.

P.S. Here's a pro tip that I just figured out today (after playing for nearly 16 hours):  The pig in each town serves as a teleport to every other major city.  Just talk to him and he'll pop up a list of cities you can jump to.

P.P.S.  Hey AA, are you "Ally"?  I have a couple folks who have popped up in my friends list, but I'm not sure who is who.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/6/16 Capt. America -Civil War Edition on: May 06, 2016, 05:57:47 PM
I'm in a gaming funk at the moment, and can't seem to keep interest in anything I start.  Of course, that doesn't keep me from throwing money at stuff.  Just in the last few weeks I've fired up:

Dungeons 2?  Bored in an hour
Crypt of the Necrodancer?  Meh, and I like both rhythm games and roguelikes.
Uncharted 3 HD?   Yawn.
Bravely Second?  Mild interest, but keep falling asleep every time I play.
Grim Dawn?  Halfway through and can't generate any interest to finish. 
Destiny?  War Tortise?  Abyss Odyssey?  FIFA 16?  Rebel Galaxy?  Black Desert Online?  Shadows of Mordor?  Age of Empires II HD?

The only one that stuck was Epistory (which I finished) and FFXIV, and even that is just to do daily quests for an hour.  Keep hoping something jumps out and grabs me, but nothing seems to anymore.  Oh well.

So it'll probably just be FFXIV and whatever else happens to catch my eye for an hour here and there.  Who knows what that will end up being.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 05, 2016, 03:39:59 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 05, 2016, 03:27:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 05, 2016, 03:23:10 PM

Suppose I should probably get around to finishing UC3...

I finished it...and really you can skip it.  It was ok I guess but it wasn't as great as the first 2 so just jumping to #4 might be more fun.

I really disliked the first game, and thought the second was decent but not great.  I'm about 40% through the third game, and am pretty 'meh' on it as well.  One can only get so excited about yet another room full of chest high walls and a hundred enemies.  smile

To be fair, I only gave them a real shot when the HD versions came out.  While I'm sure they were incredible at the time, that formula has been done significantly better in the years since.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 05, 2016, 03:23:10 PM
Suppose I should probably get around to finishing UC3...
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 05, 2016, 02:58:33 PM
(Cross-posted from OO)

Finally got a chance to see Behemoth last night.  They're exactly as their name suggests:  massive and terrifying.  They played their last album, The Satanist, in it's entirety, then did three encores.  A truly fantastic show

However, it was the opener Myrkur that was more interesting.  The waifish blonde woman with a voice that could blow the doors off the building mesmerized an entire room full of fans of one of the most extreme metal bands on the planet. She did a couple acapella numbers during which you could have heard a pin drop. She closed with a cover of Bathory's Song To Hall Up High" that literally had people in tears.  I've never seen anything quite like it before.

I knew she'd be good (I was a big fan of her debut album last year), but she was captivating in a way I've never experienced at a metal show before.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 04, 2016, 03:20:33 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 03, 2016, 02:05:53 PM

One week til Babymetal live!   icon_biggrin icon_biggrin icon_biggrin

Hand me your man card...I'll just hang on to it for you for a week or so.  slywink

Might even take it with me to the Behemoth/Myrkur show tomorrow night.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/3/16) on: May 02, 2016, 12:04:05 PM
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/29/16 edition on: May 02, 2016, 02:14:56 AM
I was all over the map this weekend.  A bunch of FFXIV (as always), finished Epistory, dipped my toe back into Destiny, started Uncharted 3 (completely underwhelmed after the first 2 hours.  Reminds me of the first UC game:  big room full of chest-high walls, kill enemies, move to next big room of chest-high walls, rinse, repeat), grabbed both Dungeons 2 and Crypt of the Necrodancer from Steam sales (both of which are fun diversions, but probably won't get any serious playtime).

Dammit Gratch, focus!
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Typing program for 10 yr old....not Typing of the Dead on: April 30, 2016, 05:25:13 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 30, 2016, 04:55:57 PM

And then Epistory is more of an action adventure game where you have to type to attack enemies.  AnotherQuick Look video if it helps.

I've been playing Epistory (hoping to finish it tonight, actually), and would give it a huge thumbs up.  It's Zelda meets Diablo by way of Mavis Beacon.  Been tons of fun, and has certainly helped my typing skills.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/29/16 edition on: April 30, 2016, 04:10:02 PM
Well, fine...I'll use yours then.  smile

I'm on the last level of Epistory, and will try to finish that one up.  Need to catch up on the FFXIV weekly and daily stuff I've missed while on the road this week.  I feel like I should be playing Bravely Second, but I just get bored with it so quickly.  Might jump back into Destiny for a change of pace.  I haven't turned on my PS4 in weeks...its feeling neglected.  Tried Abyss Odyssey (one I picked up on Christmas Steam sale but never played), but it ended up being far more fighting game and far less action-platformer for my taste.  Also gave War Tortise a try.  Fun little diversion, although I can't see it being something I spend much time with.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/29/16 edition on: April 30, 2016, 04:43:00 AM
What, my thread not good enough for you?. :p
182  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 29, 2016, 10:42:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 28, 2016, 04:00:46 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 28, 2016, 02:00:01 PM

Pathfinder Adventures by Obsidian released today. Its a card-based strategy game. You can download it for free, or pay $24.99 to unlock just about everything. Otherwise, you can accrue gold to unlock character, chests, etc. The game looks very robust, and although I am still confused on a couple rules, I'm really enjoying it so far. I may just drop the $25 to support Obsidian.

The physical game is pretty great. I've been looking forward to this.  I wish my iPad wasn't so out of date (or that it ran on my phone).

I played through the tutorial this afternoon.  It looks neat, but probably a little too complex for my blood.  I was completely lost by the time the tutorial was finished.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 04:27:52 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 25, 2016, 03:42:23 PM

The Magic Circle is quite wonderful.  I played it when it was on PC. Itís a game about an unfinished game that has been in development for a long time.  Itís a bit of an adventure/puzzle game with some minion summoning action thrown in for good measure.  Assuming they didnít mess something up in the Gold Edition, I highly recommend it.

Thanks for the reminder, I missed that on the list.  It's been on my Steam wishlist for ages, but I might grab it for PS4 instead.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 02:03:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 25, 2016, 01:58:42 PM

And Aliens vs Pinball, because I get all of the Zen pinball tables.

Same here.
185  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: April 24, 2016, 10:38:11 PM
I'm at about the 10 hour mark, and I wish I could say Bravely Second was grabbing me more than it is.  It's not a bad game by any means, but it's just...boring.  The characters have a ton of charm, but the story itself is really dull.  The dungeons are bland, and I find myself navigating simply by the map rather than watching the actual dungeon.  I'm unlocking a veritable shit-ton of skills, spells, and abilities...none of which I have to use outside of boss fights.

So far (through level 20), dungeons involve setting my auto-battle to do 4 braves (i.e. extra turns) and 4 physical attacks with each character.  That typically takes care of the mobs, with the occasional spell or two thrown in.  Rinse and repeat a few dozen times while I find all the treasure chests on each map, then go tackle the boss.  I suppose I could up the difficulty (playing on Normal), but making the same rather boring combat simply take longer due to more HP doesn't seem like it would be any more compelling.  There's a huge variety of skills, ability links, special attacks, combos, etc., that I haven't even really bothered to do anything with.  I'm guessing they'll become more important later least I hope so.

I did do a side quest that required some interesting choices, but outside of that, the game so far has just been meh.  I think all of the job, equipment, and skill options would be interesting if there was more to the game than a very basic grindgrindgrindgrindBOSSgrindgrindgrind.  Every time I sit down to play, I find myself either dozing off or my mind drifts to other games (what should I do next in FF XIV?  Should I try Black Desert again?).  That's usually not a good indicator of a compelling game.

Oh, and a game with this many choices and options with a single save slot?   finger
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 23, 2016, 08:05:37 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 23, 2016, 02:36:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah
I'm surprised anyone is upset about this. If I was a console-only gamer I would be thrilled at the option to upgrade my system. As it stands, I already spend something north of $500/year upgrading my PC.

The whole reason I bought a console is so that I wouldn't have to spend $500 a year on PC upgrades.  icon_neutral

187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/22/16 Death of an Icon Edition on: April 22, 2016, 03:06:35 PM
I'm hoping to finish up Epistory: A Typing Adventure, which has been far more fun than it has any right to be.  Should unlock the Ninja class in FFXIV this weekend, and I'm sure I'll spend some time with Bravely Second as well.

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 22, 2016, 02:26:06 PM

I am a HUGE Prince fan and his passing is affecting me.  I usually don't star worship, but Prince's music seen me through some very hard times in the early - mid 90's

I was the same way when Bowie passed.  frown
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMZ: Legendary Musician Prince Has Died on: April 21, 2016, 07:37:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 21, 2016, 06:24:29 PM

I don't want to be "that guy", but I never got into his music at all and didn't understand the love.  But still a shame since I know he was very influential in his quirky way.

While I was never a huge fan of his music, the guy was ridiculously talented...a fact I never really realized until long after his "prime" in the 80's.  He was an absolutely amazing guitar player.
189  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: April 21, 2016, 03:42:47 PM

Quote from: ericb on April 21, 2016, 01:08:17 AM

Well, this thread dried up quick.  Anyway, still playing and honestly I think I like it more as I keep playing.  It was good when I started and now it's very good.  The only sad thing is this one is the first WoW contender I've played in a long time...but it will never succeed due to the cash shop.  Too many quality of life parts missing to "encourage" you to use the cash shop.  You don't realize how much you miss inventory/bank space and auto loot until it's locked behind a pay wall.  Otherwise though I'm finding it to be a realistic and complex series of MMO systems that mostly work.  I became much happier when I started treating it as a diablo type combat MMO (I mean come're going to be killing tens of thousands of mobs in this game using action based combat).

To anyone still interested they added 2 new classes in today's patch and the new limited event started today.  Collect 12 of the seals (1 per day per login) and you can get a free pet and some upgrade stones.

Glad to hear you're enjoying it.  I gave up on tired of bashing my head against it's layers of complexity and went back to something I could actually make sense of.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/17/16) on: April 18, 2016, 04:46:17 PM
Huh, I had no idea Banner Saga 2 was coming out already.  Will keep an eye on it...the original was a game that I so wanted to like, but it just never clicked for some reason.
191  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: April 18, 2016, 01:37:21 PM
Picked this up on Friday and spent a few hours with it over the weekend.  I was hesitant to take the plunge, but heard that they didn't replicate their ridiculous "play the same game twice" padding misstep that they did the first time around.  A few quick early thoughts (4 hours, just finished the prologue):

-  Feels almost exactly the same as the first game.  This is a very good thing when it comes to artwork, music, and combat, as all three are very solid.
-  Not sold on the story yet.  Seems very cliche and starts really slowly.  The saving grace is that the characters, while incredibly cheesy, all have a certain charm to them.  They spout silly lines that you can't help but chuckle at.
-  "Yew" might be the stupidest name for a main character ever.
-  It takes forever to start opening up different jobs and other game systems.  Don't be surprised when there are multiple options greyed out in your menu for the first few hours.
-  The combat automation is great.  You can set it to auto battle based on previous inputs, which makes grinding a breeze.
-  Every RPG needs to take a UI lesson from Bravely Second.  The way everything functions is damn near perfect.
-  I like the risk/reward system of both the Brave/Default mechanic, and the option to bring in additional enemies if you kill everyone in the first turn.  Again, makes grinding much easier.
-  The main character is voiced by the same actor who does Dean Venture in The Venture Bros.  He does a good job, but it's incredibly distracting.

Overall, I'm quite enjoying it so far.  I have a little concern about the job system becoming somewhat overwhelming in terms of building an effective party, but we'll see how that goes. 

If anyone is playing, please friend me (Skinypupy).  I could use some minions to help build my moon base.  smile
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/15/16 edition on: April 18, 2016, 01:25:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 15, 2016, 03:35:17 PM

I think I'm going to bite on Bravely Second today, so that'll get most of my time.  Also need to catch up on my FFXIV weekly stuff after being gone on a work trip.

Lots of both of the above.

Also picked up Epistory:  A Typing Adventure, which was a fantastic "typing RPG".  Think Typing of the Dead meets Legend of Zelda by way of Bastion.  Or as someone else put it, Mavis Beacon's Diablo.   icon_lol  Only problem is that I hit a gamebreaking bug about 2 hours in, and can't continue until they patch it out.  Sucks, but the dev is aware of it and has said they're working on a fix.  Fingers crossed.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/15/16 edition on: April 15, 2016, 08:24:50 PM
Started playing Bravely Second this afternoon, which is fantastic so far.  The only problem is that the main character is voiced by the same actor who plays Dean Venture in The Venture Bros.

He does a great job in Bravely Second, but I can't shake the feeling that Brock Sampson will be joining my party at any moment.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/12/16) on: April 15, 2016, 03:36:05 PM
Most of the new reviews for Bravely Second have been extremely positive, so I'm going to take the plunge on that one today.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/15/16 edition on: April 15, 2016, 03:35:17 PM
I think I'm going to bite on Bravely Second today, so that'll get most of my time.  Also need to catch up on my FFXIV weekly stuff after being gone on a work trip.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 13, 2016, 09:12:40 PM
One more interesting tidbit on Youth Code, from the Pitchfork review of their album.  It was produced by Rhys Fulber of FLA fame.  Which explains why it sounds so much better than the first album.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 13, 2016, 12:39:39 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 12, 2016, 11:40:37 PM

I'm not sold on Youth Code, though this new album is better than the last as they definitely learned some things on the SP tour. They are opening for Baroness which I find weird.

I actually didn't care for their first album very much, but you can feel the SP influence all over this new one.  From the interviews I've read, it sounds like Ogre took Sarah under his wing during the tour, and it's definitely reflected in the new tunes (musically, it has a far greater Ohgr feel than Key).  I mostly just paid attention because they brought such fantastic energy in a live setting, and I'm glad to hear their sound evolving.  And yeah, Baroness is definitely strange.  I can't see them being embraced by that audience. all.   saywhat

Hey, Gratch check out this old industrial band Out Out if you don't know them, specifically Pepperbox Muzzle and Finched, both on Spotify. They were local to MA and I'm not sure how much exposure they got, but certainly underappreciated industrial band from that era.

I'll check them out, thanks.  I don't have the energy to keep up with anything new in the genre...I'm still spinning my old SP/FLA/Hocico/wumpscut/Project Pitchfork stuff whenever the rivethead mood strikes.  smile

Oh, and I got tickets this afternoon to see Behemoth and Myrkur on May 4.  I'm hearing that Behemoth is playing The Satanist in its entirety this tour, which would be fantastic (even if I am more excited to see Myrkur).
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 12, 2016, 11:20:04 PM
The new Ihsahn album, Arktis is just nutty.  It's far more progressive than anything we've seen from his previously, which certainly isn't a bad thing.  While some of the songs are straightforwardly unique (I may be the first person to ever use those two words together), he goes off into some rather abrupt musical left turns.  All of these happen to click with me (sounds very Mike Patton-esque), but I can see lots of folks turning up their noses.  If nothing else, it's an incredibly interesting listen.

SYG:AR:TYR - Northen.  I had never heard of this band until the stellar AMG review...upon which I immediately picked up their entire backcatalog from Bandcamp.  Incredibly powerful Pagan/Viking metal out of Ontario.  Used to be a one-man outfit, but he went with a complete band for this release.

(metal'ish)  Youth Code - Commitment to Complications.  These guys opened up the Skinny Puppy/Frontline Assembly show last year, and were absolutely fantastic.  They remind me of early SP, but far far far more angry and agressive.  Watching Sara Taylor on stage is a blast...she's adorably brutal (and would probably kick my ass for saying that).
199  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 12, 2016, 01:12:34 PM
I've been playing quite a bit of the new Kingdom Hearts X Unchained game the last couple days.  It reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy Record Keeper, in that it's less of what you'd consider an actual Kingdom Hearts game, and more something that uses that KH framework for a monster collection/fusion system.  It's pretty ingenious, highly addictive, and I imagine they'll make a ton of money from it in the end. 

The main mechanic has you collecting "medals" of certain characters in the KH universe, both Disney and FF.  These medals can be upgraded and fused using different currencies found in-game.  The medals range from 1-star (crappy) to 6-star (awesome).  You fuse medals together to upgrade specific characters, give them new stats and abilities, and once they hit a certain point, they can be "evolved" to the next star level.  The game is F2P, but you can (of course) buy jewels with real $$, which can then be used to acquire more random medals, level up existing medals, etc..  The game is broken up into short (i.e. 5 minute) levels that have you using your equipped medals and keyblade in turn-based combat against shadow monsters in Disney settings.   I got up to level 9, finishing Snow White yesterday and moving on to Alice in Wonderland.   The combat is rather simplistic, but I can see it getting extremely complex at the higher levels.  Each medal has their own special ability, which sometimes corresponds with other characters.  I.E.  Peter Pan has a multi-hit attack that does 2X damage if the target is asleep, and another character has an attack which puts characters to sleep.  You get the idea.  You have a set amount of AP, and each battle takes a certain number to attempt.  Once you run out, you either have to wait for a timer to recharge, or your can (of course) pay $$ to recover AP.

It's nothing revolutionary and I can imagine it becomes more and more of a time and/or money sink the further you get, but I have to admit that it's really quite fun.  I got a fortunate initial medal draw, with a 5-star Auron, a 5-star Peter Pan, and a 5-star Yuna all hitting right out of the gates.  I've upgraded them with multiple lower-tier Mickey, Goofy, Rikku, and Tidus medals, and am about ready to evolve them to the next level.  I'm sure that all sounds ridiculous, but there a certain charm about it all that is undeniable.  It also helps that Little B 7.1 was absolutely enthralled watching me play yesterday, and her enthusiasm for it was infectious.

It won't be everyone's cuppa tea, but I'd certainly recommend giving it a try since it's F2P.  I've spent at least 5 hours so far without spending a penny.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/12/16) on: April 11, 2016, 11:59:55 AM
Still on the fence with Bravely Second.
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