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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (October 16, 2016) on: October 16, 2016, 11:36:20 PM
I resubbed to Star Wars: TOR for a month, that's good for this week.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 16, 2016, 04:17:23 AM
Aaaaaaaand...I've hit a game stopping bug.  frown  On the Chapter 9 boss battle (you can see it here), you have to take out a designated orb (the one without the forcefield around it) to make the boss vulnerable, then hit him.  Repeat this process three times to beat him.

My first orb works fine, but for some reason, the game skips the second orb (the one up in the corner) and jumps straight to the third.  This means that even though I've destroyed the only open orb, the game is glitching and won't let me hit the boss.  Seems this bug has happened to a few folks, and there's no way to progress past it.  So I'm stuck without any way to beat this boss.

Bummer, as I was really enjoying this one.

EDIT:  Turns out, this isn't actually a bug.  I got an e-mail back from the developer last night saying "I'll check it out, but the idea is that for the first 2 attacks, they need to be different ( 1 from aerial kill + 1 from the back) for example, and the 3rd attack can be from the front."  Problem is, the game gives no indication of this at all.  There's literally no reason to think that altering attacks would have any effect at all, or even consider it as an option to progress.  Glad I was able to get past it, but that's a pretty glaring oversight, and it looks like I'm not the only one who wrote it off as a gamestopping bug.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Warrior 2 on: October 14, 2016, 07:30:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 14, 2016, 05:29:31 PM

For me (and I know I'm mostly alone here, because I've voiced the same issue in other threads and been told I was wrong), one of the biggest hindrances to playing is the size of the levels.  They take a couple of hours to finish for me (mostly because I like to find the secrets).  That's a lot to decide to sit down and undertake any more.

I'm having the same issue with Aragami right now.  I love the game, but 2+ hours to complete a level is a huge test of my patience.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/14/16 edition on: October 14, 2016, 03:56:11 PM
Probably lots of Aragami, maybe some Jade Empire or Ember on iOS as well.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Warrior 2 on: October 14, 2016, 12:35:52 PM
Hearing good things about this, it's on my "someday" list. 

I need to go back and finish the reboot as well.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 14, 2016, 04:35:46 AM
Just finished Chapter 6.  It was a ginormous and awesome level, but I just do not have the stamina or attention span for intense, 2+ hour gaming sessions anymore.  It's one thing if I'm just mindlessly killing mobs in an MMO, but this game requires a ton of concentration and patience.  The level took me 2 hours 5 minutes, and I was honestly mentally exhausted by the time it was over.  That's a good thing, I think.

One of the funnest things about the game now is seeing a truckload of guards patrolling everywhere, thinking "there's no possible way to get through there", then figuring out how through skill, luck, and patience.  While that was endlessly frustrating at the beginning, it really quite satisfying now that I know what I'm doing.  Killed 64 out of 68 (68?!   icon_eek) guards in the last chapter, and I only left the last 4 because I was getting too tired.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 11, 2016, 05:41:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 11, 2016, 02:41:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 11, 2016, 12:08:30 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 09, 2016, 06:16:51 PM

I've read multiple posts about people completing the game in 5-8 hours and calling it "too easy".

Granted, I'm probably slower than most, but I honestly have no idea how someone could possibly finish this game in 5 hours.  I've spent more than that just on the first 4 (of 13) chapters.  

Pro tip:  picking up scrolls also auto-saves your game.  This can be a lifesaver on some of the missions that seem to go a looooooooooong time between auto-saves (like the first part of Chapter 4)

I sighed in relief when I picked up a scroll and saw the save icon, but then I died, and I was back at the beginning of the segment.  It seemed to only save the fact that the scroll had been collected.  Maybe the scroll in the level you're talking about was also an autosave point or something.

Huh.  I just saw the auto-save icon and assumed it saved at that point.  Got through the rest of the level without dying, so didn't get a chance to test it.  That's a bummer.

If I could make one major change, it would be to double the auto-save points or (even better) add a quick-save option.  I spent about 40 minutes slowly and patiently picking off all the guards in the opening area of Chapter 4.  Was coming up on the last one, and had the camera freak out on me when I teleported into a corner behind him.  I died, and had to start the entire area over again.  Damn near put my controller through the screen.  Second time through was easier though...once I figured out how to take out those gorram archers.  smile
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 11, 2016, 12:08:30 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 09, 2016, 06:16:51 PM

I've read multiple posts about people completing the game in 5-8 hours and calling it "too easy".

Granted, I'm probably slower than most, but I honestly have no idea how someone could possibly finish this game in 5 hours.  I've spent more than that just on the first 4 (of 13) chapters. 

Pro tip:  picking up scrolls also auto-saves your game.  This can be a lifesaver on some of the missions that seem to go a looooooooooong time between auto-saves (like the first part of Chapter 4)
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Oct 9, 2016...Hurricanesgiving edition) on: October 10, 2016, 11:22:02 PM
Nothing.  My backlog is completely out of control at this point, with more coming in a couple weeks (World of FF and Skyrim Special Edition)
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 09, 2016, 09:44:07 PM
Played through the third (?, the graveyard) mission today, and the game really seemed to click.  Made it all the way through with an S rank, never detected, only died once.  It's weird how the first couple missions are so ridiculously hard, mainly because you don't have any skills at all.  Once you get the ability to create shadows, disappear bodies, and see where the mission objective is, the game really starts to shine.  A couple random thoughts:

1.  Get the ability to disappear bodies just as soon as possible.  It honestly changes the entire game.
2.  Zipping from shadow to shadow is actually really fun, but does take a while to get used to.
3.  I'm getting better at figuring out when I'll be detected and when I won't.  It didn't seem nearly as random in the graveyard mission as it did during the first one.
4.  It's really easy to lose track of the tiny targeting indicator, especially on levels where there's stuff floating around in the air.
5.  The graveyard level's checkpoints were placed much better, and I never felt like I was being punished if I made a slip-up.
6.  The camera sometimes has a tendency to do really strange things, especially in corners.  It led to a couple needlessly tense situations because I got turned around, or my view was obscured by a tree.
7.  The scrolls seem very difficult to find.  Granted, I was more focused on just getting through the level than finding secrets, but I did try to look in most corners...and only found one during the entire level (which took about and hour and 15 minutes).

As frustrated as I was yesterday, I was equally as pleased today.  This afternoon's session was as close to the old Tenchu games that I've ever played, which is exactly what I was hoping for from Aragami.  Hoping it keeps that positive momentum.
171  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 08, 2016, 04:00:08 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 06, 2016, 11:52:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 05, 2016, 03:34:23 PM

Jade Empire hitting iOS, for real this time.

Bad timing, as I'm neck deep in three other mobile RPG's at the moment (Icewind Dale, Ember, and Banner Saga 2).  Might wait a while before I grab it.

I'm in, if the controls are good. Waiting for some brave souls in the app store to report back.

I played through the first couple hours last night.  The controls seem ok, but certainly take some getting used to.  The virtual stick means that I found myself accidentally hitting the button to change stances when I was trying to move.  Other than that, everything seems fine.  Looks amazing as well, actually better than the PC version.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 07, 2016, 11:35:04 PM
Took 2 hours, 32 minutes, and at least 30 deaths (I got the "Aragami!? Aragami!!" achievement, which is for dying at least 30 times), but I finally finished the first mission.  Funny thing is, outside of that one area with a bajillion guards (who apparently all have x-ray and heat vision), the rest of the level was actually pretty easy.

Oh, and you do get an ability to disappear bodies.  Takes two scrolls...which I picked up at the very end of the level.   icon_lol
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 07, 2016, 09:51:55 PM
First impressions:

-  Looks and sounds incredible.  They absolutely nailed the atmosphere.
-  Holy shit, this game is hard.
-  This is NOT Tenchu.  Playing it like it is will get you killed pretty quickly.  Feels a lot closer to Thief, with the primary focus on shadows.
-  This game is really gorram difficult.
-  There doesn't seem to be any consistency on when enemies can see me in the shadows and when they can't.  One moment they'll be looking right at me and don't say a word, the next minute they'll spot me even when I'm crouched in deep shadow and behind two giant trees.
-  I'm hoping you get some sort of ability to move bodies.  Getting through the first post-tutorial level is an absolute bitch because there are guards everywhere, and killing one of them is pretty much a guarantee that the body will be seen.
-  Seriously, this is really freaking challenging.
-  This really needs a mid-mission or quicksave option.  Just spent 20 minutes sneaking and stabbing my way through a level, only to have a body spotted right as I was headed for the exit.  Got one-shotted, start back from the beginning.
-  Fuck these guard and their one-shot weapons.
-  Did I mention this is hard?
-  You'd better get good at the "drop a shadow, teleport, stab" skill really quickly.  Seems the entire game revolves around it...which seems rather unfortunate.

Need some more time, but my first impressions are middling.  I don't see how to have success in this game without memorizing the patrol routes of every single guard on the map in advance.  I'm not exaggerating when I say I've tried the very first mission 30+ times at this point, and still can't get through it.  There are just SO damn many guards popping up out of every corner, I have no earthly idea how to get through it.

EDIT:  So I watched the video Dante linked to, and the mission I'm failing on starts at the 11:10 mark. There's a spot at 11:43 where the guard walks right up and somehow doesn't see him.  I've been playing for a couple hours now and can absolutely, 100% guarantee that guard would be sounding an alarm and one-shot killing me...every.  single.  time.  I've also tried the exact strategy they use in that video, and get spotted by multiple guards when on top of that rock pile in the middle of the map.  

There don't seem to be any difficulty settings that I can see, so I'm trying to figure out how that version is so different (and so much easier) than what I'm seeing.

EDIT 2:  Here's another walkthough video of the same area.  Watch how he jumps in behind the guard at the 2:21 mark.  I have no clue how he's doing that without alerting that guard.  There is apparently some trick to this that is completely escaping me.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/7/16 on: October 07, 2016, 06:44:18 PM
Aragami, Ember, Jade Empire (iOS), and Thief 3.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Oct 2, 2016...late edition) on: October 06, 2016, 10:35:49 AM
Aragami on PS4
176  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 05, 2016, 04:49:38 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 05, 2016, 03:54:10 PM

How is Ember?  I keep thinking about getting it but it is pricey!

Really good, feels like a somewhat simplified version of the old Infinity Engine games.  I got off to a rough start with a couple early game bugs, but it's been fine since.  About 6 hours in and really enjoying it.
177  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 05, 2016, 03:34:23 PM
Jade Empire hitting iOS, for real this time.

Bad timing, as I'm neck deep in three other mobile RPG's at the moment (Icewind Dale, Ember, and Banner Saga 2).  Might wait a while before I grab it.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 05, 2016, 01:59:08 PM
This came out yesterday, anyone tried it yet?  I'm on the road until Friday, but I'll definitely give it a look when I get back.  Initial reviews seem to be decent, but not great.  About the same reception the Tenchu games received.

Any game that is billed as a spiritual successor to Tenchu (one of my favorite PS1/PS2 series) is certainly worth a look.  smile
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/30/16 Edition on: October 03, 2016, 02:57:07 AM
A thread about Thief over at OO gave me the itch to revisit that series.  Found the Sneaky Upgrade for Thief 3, which is an unofficial patch which ups the resolution, takes out the mid-mission loading screens, and adds a bunch of bug fixes.  Played through the first few missions (up through the first Pagan mission and the Hammerite Cathedral, which is one of my all-time favorites), and had a blast.  Such a brilliantly designed game.

Spent a bit of time with Ember, but not as much as I was hoping.  However, I have a couple of 4 hours flights this week, so I'm sure both it and Banner Saga 2 will get plenty of time.

Also picked up the Witcher 3 Complete Edition.  I wanted to try some of the DLC, and am really irritated that it won't recognize my completed save game file.   icon_evil  Maybe I'll just play through it all again...
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 02, 2016, 04:46:34 PM
In case anyone needs a last minute Christmas gift idea for me.  smile



(yes, it's a real thing that you can buy)
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 02, 2016, 04:18:40 PM

Quote from: Xmann on October 02, 2016, 05:21:15 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 29, 2016, 01:11:34 PM

New Opeth album is streaming here, one day before release.
What a great album this is.

I'm really not into Prog normally, but this is just damn good music. Some heavy riffs mixed into the Proggy stuff.

I've been a fan of Opeth for years and knew this all along. But these guys are about as talented as it comes in my opinion.

Disappointed they aren't coming to Denver this fall/winter. Hoping they make it during the spring.

Agreed.  It's easily the strongest of their recent prog trilogy.  It's far more Jethro Tull or Yes than Bloodbath, but the songs are really, really good.  I don't even know if you'd call it metal, really.

I find I have to be in the right mood, but it's a great fit when I am.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/30/16 Edition on: September 30, 2016, 02:43:22 PM
I'll likely stick with Ember and Banner Saga 2 on iPad.  I'm also still half-heartedly playing Tera, but my IRL friends who convinced me to jump back in have already lapped me in terms of progression, and it's not particularly interesting running through the grind by myself.
183  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 29, 2016, 04:14:06 PM
Banner Saga 2 stealth released for iOS last night.

I'm going to force myself to like this series if it kills me.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: September 29, 2016, 01:11:34 PM
New Opeth album is streaming here, one day before release.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: September 28, 2016, 06:16:00 PM
NMS is officially being investigated for false advertising in the UK.  Hoo boy.

Quote
The UKís Advertising Standards Authority is investigating No Manís Sky. An RPS source filed complaints to the ASA regarding the trailers and screenshots used to sell No Manís Sky on Steam, arguing that they are unrepresentative of the product being sold. That source Ė and the ASA have confirmed to us Ė that the regulator agrees and has contacted both Valve and No Manís Sky developers Hello Games for their response.

Seems this could have some fairly far-reaching influence on the industry as a whole.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/23/16 Edition on: September 23, 2016, 08:59:38 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 23, 2016, 05:14:40 PM

Earlier this week I decided to reinstall Skyrim and start from scratch. Yeah, my life is already draining away. But I will say the second time is already much more fun because I don't have an overwhelming obligation to my ever-expanding quest log. If I want to do something, cool. If I want to explore somewhere and see what's there, fine. It's a relief to just sit back and find myself enveloped by the game world and as a result I'm enjoying it so much more. As an added bonus, the more time I sink into Skyrim, the less chance there is of me spending money on other games. smile

I'm probably going to jump back into this once the "definitive edition" hits PS4. 
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/23/16 Edition on: September 23, 2016, 02:53:33 PM
Very little, I expect.  A very rainy and cold Utah game against USC tonight, two plays tomorrow ("Beauty and the Beast" with Little B 7.6 in the afternoon, "The Last Ship" with Mrs. Gratch at night), and puppy training class on Sunday. 

I do have a couple friends who want to start Tera, so I'll probably jump back into that if I get a spare moment.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 22, 2016, 06:19:16 PM
EDIT:  Whoops...never mind.  I was confusing Road Rage (the game Engine mentioned) with Road Redemption (a game currently on early access on Steam).  If you're curious about Road Redemption, read on...I know nothing about Road Rage.  smile

*****************

I broke my personal "no early access" rule, and picked this one up because I have a huge soft spot for the old Road Rash games.  As of about 3 weeks ago, it's simply awful.

It's buggy as hell, the environments are bland and boring, there's very few shortcuts on the tracks, the upgrade system alternates between 'meh' and 'WTF?', the bike and character models feel like nothing more than Hot Wheels cars (there's no damage modeling, and your bike basically feel glued to the road), and the opponent AI is laughably bad.  Maybe my rose colored glasses of the original are affecting my judgement, but there's honestly nothing engaging about it at all.

I mostly just came away horribly disappointed.  
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/18/16) on: September 19, 2016, 03:52:38 PM
Jazzpunk is delightfully insane.  If you missed it on PC, I'd highly recommend grabbing it for PS4.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/16/15 Edition on: September 19, 2016, 02:08:19 PM
After realizing Skyforge isn't my thing, I played a bunch of Neverwinter, getting my toon up to 60 (70 is the cap).  I'm getting to the point where it's become a grind of extremely minor incremental improvements in gear, and I'm not sure I'm interested enough to actually stick around for the end-game.  I'd like to at least cap my toon and finish the main story, but I doubt I'll keep going after that.  Partly because it's the most anti-social MMO I've ever seen.  I've literally never seen a single thing in the chat channels except for LFG calls or gold sellers.  I've run about 30 dungeons and skirmishes at this point, and have never even seen as much as single "hello" from another person.   I know a lot of that is because it's a PS4-only server, but it all just feels very solo.

Played a little bit of Amber on iOS, and mostly just came away wanting to play Icewind Dale or Baldur's Gate 2.  So I jumped back over to both of those, completing the opening dungeon in BG2 (god, it's so bad) and getting to about the midway point in Icewind Dale, both on iPad.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/16/15 Edition on: September 17, 2016, 03:39:20 PM
Skyforge's uninspired sci-fi/fantasy setting wore thin very quickly, as did the mediocre gameplay.  Felt like it was trying really damn hard to be like Destiny, and mostly coming up short.  I might see if I can get my Neverwinter toon unstuck and keep going with that.  A few nitpick aside, it's pretty enjoyable.

Quote from: YellowKing on September 17, 2016, 03:52:33 AM

Life got put on hold as I got sucked into Elder Scrolls Online. Don't know why this one grabbed me all of a sudden after two previous failed attempts to get into it, but I've been rolling alts like mad and playing nothing else.

It really is a fun game.  I find myself drawn back to it every few months for another whirl.

192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/16/15 Edition on: September 16, 2016, 06:35:54 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 16, 2016, 06:13:32 PM

I'll be playing Vacation: San Diego. Trips to the USS Midway, the zoo, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

I heard the IAP for that game is a bitch.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/16/15 Edition on: September 16, 2016, 12:07:14 PM
I started messing around with Skyforge, a fantasy/sci-fi MMO from Team Allods and Obsidian (yes, that Obsidian).  It's surprisingly fun, feeling like the love child of WoW and Destiny.

Will probably spend some time with either Ember or Icewind Dale on iOS as well.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XBone] Everspace (roguelike space shooter w/ persistent progression) on: September 16, 2016, 12:20:08 AM
Looks very cool, thanks for thr impressions Blackjack.

Does this support HOTAS?
195  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: (ios- $7) Ember on: September 15, 2016, 09:23:28 PM
So I pick up a unique sword in the opening area which grants a "double strike" skill.  I equip the sword.  I click on the sword in my character sheet to see it's stats.  The weapon proceeds to unequip itself...and disappears.  It's not back in my inventory, it's not on the ground, and it's not equipped on my character.  I spent 15 minutes looking everywhere for it, and come up empty.  Decide just to move on.

I proceed to the first boss battle.  The huge, glowing hint outside the door of the boss battle is "Be sure to use your 'double strike' skill because it does significantly more damage".  You know, that skill I can't use because my weapon is now gone.  I go on to die multiple times to said boss.

We're not off to a very good start.   icon_confused
196  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: (ios- $7) Ember on: September 15, 2016, 07:27:49 PM
Positive review from Gamezebo, with the major complaint being that the font is too small on iPhone.  Since I'll be playing on iPad, I'm not overly concerned about that.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII HD remake confirmed on: September 15, 2016, 07:02:01 PM
Damn, was hoping for a release date.
198  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: (ios- $7) Ember on: September 15, 2016, 02:57:16 PM
Not RPG fatigue, per se, just having trouble finding one that "clicks".  Mainly because I need something that's not overly complex...my brain is typically mush by the time I actually have time to game at night.  I've been having a blast with Icewind Dale on iPad over the last couple weeks, and this looks to be kinda similar.

At this point, I'm just killing some time until the next batch of FF games (World of FF next month and FFXV in Nov) hits anyways.  This could fit the bill nicely.  smile
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: September 15, 2016, 01:56:21 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 15, 2016, 01:31:23 PM

This trailer almost makes me want to pre-order again but I know I have too much stuff to play anyway and it is better to wait for reviews.

Still you should watch this trailer (small story spoilers)


https://youtu.be/2j8IAXM4jfk

That trailer was fantastic...can't wait for this. 

I have already scheduled to have release day off work and have told Mrs. Gratch I'm locking myself in my mancave all day to play.  smile
200  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: (ios- $7) Ember on: September 15, 2016, 01:53:27 PM
This looks really cool.  All indications point to a "less complicated Baldur's Gate" with random loot elements (a la Diablo), which is something that would be right up my alley.  Grabbing it this morning, will report back later.
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