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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 04, 2016, 03:01:59 AM
Got my second job (Dragoon) to 60 in FF XIV, which is the equivalent of max leveling a second toon in most MMOs.  So that was kinda cool.

Making good progress in Grim Dawn as well, about halfway through Act 3 (according to this quest list)

Finished off Astebreed on PS4, which was a pretty fun SHUMP.  It was short (about 2 hours), but had an appropriate level of bullet hell-yness.  If nothing else, it was nice to finally put another game on my completed list for the year.

Ran through all of the new FFXV demo and most of the first one as well.  While I don't completely have a handle on all the combat systems yet, I've seen enough to know that I'll like it.  I know...it's pretty shocking that I'd like a FF game.  smile

Think I'm going to hold off on Starpoint Gemini 2 until I wrap up Grim Dawn.  Also, I finally gave up and deleted Black Desert Online.  It's far too much work for far too little fun.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: April 03, 2016, 08:31:50 PM
Played both the new and old demos today.  Much prefer the old one.  The new one is just kinda weird, and doesn't really do anything to show off the game.
163  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: April 03, 2016, 02:24:46 AM

Quote from: ericb on April 02, 2016, 03:59:26 PM

Anyone have a guest pass?  I'd love to try this, especially with the comments in this thread, before buying.

I've got one, will send you a PM shortly.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: April 03, 2016, 02:23:45 AM
I tried a few matches in the MP beta this afternoon. Really only came away with two impressions:

1. It's all very, very pretty.
2. I am absolutely, completely, 100% awful at multiplayer FPS games.

I used to love UT and Q3 back in the day.  Sadly, this is a genre that has passed me by entirely.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 02, 2016, 12:12:57 AM
Thanks all for the input.  I think I'll start keyboard/mouse, then see if it's worth adding complexity once (well, if...let's be honest here) I get the hang of it.

I was mostly just looking for an excuse to use my x52, since its been gathering dust since I stopped playing Elite.  smile
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 01, 2016, 08:34:52 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 01, 2016, 07:05:45 PM

Gratch, I don't think Starpoint Gemini 2 is something you need a joystick for.  It plays more like a 3D version of Starfleet Command.

Never played Starfleet Command, but SG2 looked like something that would be perfect for a HOTAS setup.  I even stumbled across a very detailed article on how to set one up properly.  Maybe it's better to stick with keyboard/mouse though?
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 01, 2016, 06:39:57 PM
I'm going to try and run through both of the FF XV demos this weekend.  I tinkered with the first one (Episode Duscae) when it first came out, but never finished it.  I've heard they patched in a bunch of the new combat tweaks, and that it's lots better now.  Looking forward to the new demo as well. 

I'm sure I'll run some FF XIV dungeons, along with a few Grim Dawn areas.  May give Fallout 4 another look, although I was hugely unimpressed with the couple hours I spent with it last weekend.  I also picked up Starpoint Gemini 2 + DLC (was $8 on Steam yesterday), so I'll have to dig out the x52 and see if I can't get it up and running again.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 01, 2016, 01:44:50 PM
A few new pickups this week.

Goatpsalm - Downstream.  I love finding music that simply refuses to be categorized. This new Goatpsalm album is fascinating, and I have no idea what to describe it as. Dark ambient pagan atmospheric electronic metal?  This album sounds like what would happen if you took the creepy, minimalist soundtracks to the old Thief games, mixed in some unique instruments (tribal drums, mouth harp, clay bells, sanshin, etc.), layer some whispered and/or harsh vocals on top, and record it all in the middle of a forest at night.  The entire album can be streamed from their Bandcamp here, and is the perfect "lie down in a dark room with good headphones" album.


Temple of Gnosis - De Secretis Naturae Alchymica.  In a similar vein as Goatpsalm, from their own description "Music is a peculiar combination of dark ambient, doom riffs and death metal vocals, all supported by dark symphonies".  It's not nearly as interesting as Downstream, but certainly worth a listen, if only because it's so unique.


Deviant Process - Paroxysm.  Wow, what a debut.  I'd heard about these guys from a EP they did a few years back, but their newest full-length release is simply a thing of tech-death beauty.  Absolutely devastating all the way through.


Twilight Force - Tales of Ancient Prophecies.  I've never been a power metal fan, but there are a few bands whose glorious cheese and ridiculousness I simply can't resist.  Twilight Force is one of them.  We caught the tail end of these guys' set on the 70K cruise, and I had to hear more.  Between this and Gloryhammer, I think I'm probably tapped out on D&D-themed adventure metal for the year...but damn if it isn't fun.

169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/29/16) on: April 01, 2016, 03:41:30 AM
Starpoint Gemini 2 + all the expansions were on Steam for $8 today, so I finally took the plunge.

Now where did I put that x52 HOTAS...?
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 31, 2016, 03:30:06 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 31, 2016, 01:57:48 PM

Anyone try the demo? 

I started it downloading before going to work but I won't be home for long time.


I set it to download before I left for work.  Will play it tonight.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 31, 2016, 03:15:02 AM
The event was cheesy, but Square is really going all out in creating a full-fledged universe for FF XV.  I'm starting to see why this took 10 years to come out.  smile  There's a 5-part anime series, a full-length CGI movie (that looks incredible) with Lena Heady, Aaron Paul, and Sean Bean doing voice work, Audi is creating a model of the actual car used in the game, there's a new "demo" coming out that's actually a completely separate Kingdom Hearts-ish add-on game that ties into the main story, a mini-game that is also being released as an iOS app, a very cool collectors edition.  It's all very neat.

And it comes out Sept 30.   thumbsup
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 31, 2016, 01:49:38 AM
Suppose I should get around to finishing the original demo at some point.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 30, 2016, 04:35:59 PM
Squeenix is doing a big "reveal" event, live in LA, plus streaming in multiple languages.  Will include an official release date (rumored to be in late June), along with a bunch of other stuff.  Interested to see what comes out of it.
174  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 28, 2016, 08:58:39 PM
Turns out a group of my IRL friends all got hooked on Black Desert recently, so I joined up with them over the weekend.  Make it up to level 11, but am still really struggling to figure things out...even when I have a built in support team.  smile

 I was complaining last night that I couldn't find any quests, and one of my friends mentioned that he had done about 50 quests just in the first area.  Turns out, the only way to unlock additional quests is by using the Amity system...which the game doesn't even bother to give a cursory explanation for.  You see, each NPC you meet has Amity towards you, meaning how much they like you.  In order to unlock additional quests, buffs, or items available to purchase from them, you have to complete a dialog mini-game in order to increase how much they like you.  It's a bafflingly complex system involving conversation points, interest levels, knowledge levels, favor levels, etc.  Here's a walkthrough, and this is the "simplified" version.  And before you can even get to the point of accessing this mini-game, you have to gain knowledge about other areas or NPC's that this particular NPC might have interest in.  

It's astounding to me that this system that is absolutely integral to how you progress in the game is a) so insanely complex and b) doesn't event get the slightest explanation anywhere in the game.  The only way I found any info at all was in a sub-sub-sub-menu in the "Help" section, and by googling it.

Interestingly, a few things finally clicked into place yesterday and I had a bit of fun.  I'm interested enough to keep bashing my head against it's obtuseness, which is about the highest praise I can give it at this point.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Easter Bunny edition (3/25) on: March 28, 2016, 01:01:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 25, 2016, 07:31:41 PM

I've gotten into Grim Dawn this week, although I'm starting to cool on it a bit after not picking up a weapon in nearly 6 hours that's better than what I grabbed at level 15.  Still, it's a fun Diablo alternative.  Will run a few FFXIV dungeons and probably do some Fire Emblem Birthright levels.  May poke around with Black Desert as well, as I've seen it getting a few patches.  Maybe one of them will help it actually make sense.

 A little Grim Dawn (up to level 35) and a few FF XIV dungeons as well.  I've gotten to the point where all that's left in FF XIV is the end-game grind, which typically sees me wandering off to other things.   I also tried Fallout 4, and came away entirely unimpressed.  Feels much more like a Boston-themed expansion to FO3 than an actual new game.  Maybe that's what people really wanted, but I thought it was 'meh'.

Found out a group of my IRL friends are playing Black Desert Online as well, so I connected with them yesterday.  Was able to piece a few more things together about the gameplay systems, but even with a group available to ask questions of, it's still confusing as hell.
176  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 26, 2016, 08:40:08 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 26, 2016, 05:31:20 PM

So I picked it up.  I figured it'd push my new rig to the edge....well, I didn't know it'd also confuse the hell out of me. 

I've been playing MMOs for a long time.  I hit level 9 in BDO and I still have no idea what's going on.  I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing, or why I'm even doing it.   saywhat   Lost in translation, much?

Glad to see I'm not the only one who's entirely baffled by this game.  I really want to like it, but it's so damn confusing.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 26, 2016, 04:57:47 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 26, 2016, 03:30:58 AM

Quote from: EddieA on March 26, 2016, 03:06:58 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 25, 2016, 07:10:06 PM

We'll see what they really have to reveal, but that never seemed like a sensible design to me from technical, cost, ergonomics, or functionality standpoints.

None of that stopped them from making the Wii U gamepad slywink

The WiiU gamepad is probably my favorite controller ever...

I thought the WiiU gamepad would be clunky, but I love it.  One of my favorite controllers as well, although my 7 year old daughter has a hard time using it (too big).
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - Easter Bunny edition (3/25) on: March 25, 2016, 07:31:41 PM
I've gotten into Grim Dawn this week, although I'm starting to cool on it a bit after not picking up a weapon in nearly 6 hours that's better than what I grabbed at level 15.  Still, it's a fun Diablo alternative.  Will run a few FFXIV dungeons and probably do some Fire Emblem Birthright levels.  May poke around with Black Desert as well, as I've seen it getting a few patches.  Maybe one of them will help it actually make sense.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 25, 2016, 01:04:10 PM
First impressions after a couple spins this morning.  The album is decent enough, but they certainly don't do anything to shake their "AC/DC of death metal" label.  It all feels very by-the-book and formulaic.  Maybe it's just me, but it seems to be missing the "edge" that they rediscovered on Deceiver of the Gods.  There's certainly nothing as brutal as Blood Eagle or Where Is Your God, and nothing as unique as Hel.  Raise Your Horns is definitely the standout track, and one that will be fun to see live (even if they're not hitting SLC on this tour   mad).  I do love the fact that Hegg is one of the few harsh vocalists that I have no problem understanding.  Being able to actually make sense of the lyrics helps to put the interesting story together.

It's not bad, mind you, just feels a little...meh.  Maybe it'll improve after a few more listens.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 25, 2016, 02:22:25 AM
New Amon Amarth album, Jomsviking is out tomorrow.  Hearing really good reviews so far.  Can't wait to check it out in the morning.
181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 25, 2016, 01:47:22 AM
I'm on Uno, but have set it aside for now.  It's one that I think I'll eventually come back to at some point, but I just can't handle the level of frustration right now.

182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: 1 semester down, only 7 to go at the UofA College of Pharmacy... on: March 23, 2016, 08:43:54 PM
I had dinner with Pete and Mrs. Pete in Phoenix a few years back.  We had a great time, Pete was an awesome dude.

Looks like I still have his digits...might ping him and let him know his virtual ears should be ringing.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Salt and Sanctuary on: March 21, 2016, 04:26:54 PM
Guess I'll just add this to the ever-growing "games I would buy in a heartbeat if it wasn't for the crazy difficulty level" list. 
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/18/16 on: March 21, 2016, 02:11:05 AM
A little FF XIV (got my i230 chestpiece after working on it for a couple weeks, yay!), a little Fire Emblem Birthright (finally figured out why the FE games don't click with me, yay!), a little FF Theatrhythm (finally crossed the 100K mark, yay!), and I finally got around to trying Grim Dawn.  I think I like GD, but my PC keeps randomly locking when I play it.  Drivers for everything are up to date, so I'm not sure where to start troubleshooting (AA can attest...he was checking out my game when I wiped out this afternoon).  Also spent quite a bit of time with Tomb of the Mask, Train Conductor World, and Super Tribes (a fun Civ-lite game) on iOS.

Only bummer was the used copy of New Super Mario U I got from Gamestop looked like it had been mauled by a dog, and the system wouldn't recognize it.  Little B 7.0 was so disappointed.  frown  (we just won't mention my team's miserable performance in the NCAA tourney)
185  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: March 20, 2016, 02:26:58 AM
After playing another couple hours today, I think I finally put my finger on why I struggle to connect with the FE series:  there's simply too damn many characters.  During the last battle, I was trying to juggle 16 different characters on the battlefield.  I just can't keep track of trying to develop that many people.  Add in a bunch of the relationship building on top of that, and it's impossible for me to try and keep everyone straight.  I much prefer SRPG's that let me develop smaller parties, rather than having such a huge variety of toons to choose from.

That said, I'm having more fun with Birthright than I have any previous FE games. 
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 18, 2016, 07:00:53 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on March 18, 2016, 06:58:32 PM

uhhh...wtf is that thing!

Exactly my reaction as well.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/18/16 on: March 18, 2016, 06:59:59 PM
Mostly March Madness, but will probably get some FFXIV and Fire Emblem in as well.

Picked up New Super Mario U and Mario Kart 7 for Little B 7.0's birthday, so there may be some of that as well.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/15/16) on: March 18, 2016, 01:21:14 PM
It's Little B 7.0's birthday today, so I picked up New Super Mario U (WiiU) and Mario Kart 7 (3DS) for her.   She's going to have a blast.
189  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS & Android] Clash Royale on: March 17, 2016, 07:28:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 12, 2016, 08:34:43 PM

<snip>

If you're like me, this game sounds like nothing you'd want any part of.  So try it, because you'll probably be surprised.  It really is a lot of fun.

Everything you wrote makes me think it wouldn't interest me in the least, but I keep hearing such good feedback about it.  My brother keeps bugging me to play, so I'll probably end up giving it a try.
190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 13, 2016, 11:16:42 PM
Reading some reviews today, and everyone but me seems to love (or at least like) BDO.   icon_confused

I may give it another look and try to have a bit more patience with learning its systems before writing it off entirely.  Buffing my patience level... 
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 3/11 edition on: March 11, 2016, 11:45:08 PM
Somehow, my wife's niece's wedding is consuming my entire damn weekend.  Rehearsal dinner tonight, church ceremony tomorrow morning, family pictures tomorrow afternoon, and reception tomorrow night.  Just shoot me now, please.   mad

If I get any gaming time in the middle of that madness, it'll be with FF XIV and Fire Emblem Birthright.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 11, 2016, 04:18:05 AM
New Skeletonwitch track with their new singer, "Well of Despair".

I like it.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist (late) 3/4 edition on: March 07, 2016, 02:34:06 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 05, 2016, 04:46:42 PM

More FFXIV for me, with some FF Theatrhythm and Fire Emblem on DS mixed in as well.  I'm almost to the 100k mark in Theatrhythm...gotta hit that milestone  smile  Thinking about checking out Grim Dawn or giving Shadows of Mordor another look as well.

Lots of FFXIV, a little Theatrhythm, and I jumped into Black Desert Online (which so far seems like a complete waste of $50)
194  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 06, 2016, 10:30:29 PM
Decided to forgo the 7-day trial Kato sent me and just jump right in yesterday.  Yeah...that was a bad idea.  I should have listened to Hark.  smile

I'm not sure a game could make a worse first impression than this one. The UI is awful and completely unintuitive, half the quest descriptions are in broken Engrish that leave me wondering what the hell I'm supposed to do, the music is annoying, the voice work is terrible, it doesn't look that great outside of the detailed character models, there's very little explanation of combat, and even basic functionality goes completely unexplained.  Some examples, off the top of my head:

-  I try to sell what I assume is vendor trash to a vendor, and get a message stating "You could make more selling this on the marketplace".  Great...now where's the marketplace?  No idea, no indication, nothing in game that gives any guideance.
-  An NPC gives me two quests that require energy (the game's currency for doing quests, actions, etc.) to accept.  It was "Kill X Imps" and "Kill X Other Mob".  I accept thee...and there's nothing in my quest log.  No map markers (like there's been for every other quest so far).  Nothing that gives any indication that I took the quests, other than the fact my energy is now halved.  I'm not even 100% what it is I'm supposed to kill, and have no idea where to look.  
-  I get a quest telling me to "activate X nodes".  No explanation what a node is, how to find one, or how to activate it.  I find a node marker on the main map and go there.  It tells me I must "link to the previous node to access this one".  What previous node?  How do I link it?
-  There's some sort of conversation mini-game where you drag portraits from other NPC's onto a map and (I assume) it unlocks additional conversation options for the currently engaged NPC.  There is literally no explanation about this.  None.  So far, I've tried dragging multiple portraits and nothing happens.  Hell if I know what I'm supposed to do.

Honestly, I haven't played a game this ridiculously obtuse and unintuitive in a long time.  The only saving grace is that the combat (what little I can piece together) does seem rather fun.  It reminds me a lot of FF XIV when it was first released.   You can tell there's probably a decent game in there somewhere, but good luck figuring it out.  I'm spending more time googling how to do things than I am actually playing, and I certainly don't have the patience for that bullshittery.

Add in a bunch of technical issues like keyboard commands randomly unmapping, the game completely hard locking my system, and massive pop-in, and I'm about ready to just chalk this up to an entirely wasted $50.  Oh well...
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist (late) 3/4 edition on: March 05, 2016, 04:46:42 PM
More FFXIV for me, with some FF Theatrhythm and Fire Emblem on DS mixed in as well.  I'm almost to the 100k mark in Theatrhythm...gotta hit that milestone  smile  Thinking about checking out Grim Dawn or giving Shadows of Mordor another look as well.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: March 05, 2016, 04:41:24 PM
I've been playing this off and on (PC) and have been very disappointed in it.  It feels like they ratcheted the collection aspects up to 11 at the expense of everything else.   Seems like there's something flashing at me to pick it up every two steps.  I know I could just ignore them, but that doesn't eliminate the distraction.  The story (at least through 5 hours) is incredibly dull, and there's little in the way of the character development for Lara that made the reboot so interesting.  There have been very few set pieces, and even the ones that are there have been underwhelming.   Throw in some completely random performance issues (it'll run perfectly fine and smooth for 10 minutes, then suddenly slows down to a slide show for 30 seconds.  Rinse and repeat.), and I find myself mostly alternating between frustrated and just...bored.

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed the reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider puts the series back in the 'meh' camp that Tomb Raider has always occupied for me.  
197  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 04, 2016, 02:58:56 PM
Trying to decide whether I love or hate Train Conductor World.  The gameplay is fiendishly addictive, but the advancement structure is infuriating.  It requires you to complete a "perfect" run on a level without stopping any trains, which is typically impossible.  That said, it's sucked up far more time than I would have expected over the last couple days.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 03, 2016, 08:00:07 PM
Man, this thread is a funny read.  Concerns about BG&E2 being a Wii exclusive, playing the original on freaking Gametap, and this gem (from mid 2008).   icon_lol

Quote from: Gratch on May 28, 2008, 08:13:50 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 28, 2008, 08:08:12 PM

Um, wow.

 eek

Go for the Xbox or PS2 version.  Not sure if it's backwards compatable though.

It's not on the BC list, unfortunately.

I'm actually trying to temper my enthusiasm somewhat, at least until an official announcement.  Remember that even Duke Nukem Forever has a teaser trailer, and that one will never see the light of day.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 03, 2016, 07:54:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2016, 01:54:23 PM

Looks like this may be back in existence as a Nintendo NX exclusive.

It's a similar deal to what happened with Bayonetta 2, apparently.

It's working title is Beyond Good and Evil: The Prejudices of Philosophers.


I ignored the WiiU for a long time, but eventually bought it...mainly because of Bayonetta 2 (which I loved) and Xenoblade X (which was 'meh').  It has turned out to be a fantastic investment, simply because Little B 6.11 absolutely loves playing the Mario games (3D World and Mario Kart Cool

If BG&E2 gets very positive feedback for NX, I can see it being "the game" that pushes me into a next-gen Nintendo purchase.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/1/16) on: March 01, 2016, 02:32:43 AM
Keeping an eye on Black Desert Online. 
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