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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 2/26/16 edition on: February 29, 2016, 05:04:07 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 26, 2016, 06:21:09 PM

The big 3.2 patch for FF XIV came out while I was on the road this week, so I haven't played any of the new story quests or dungeons yet.  It'll take up most of my gaming time this weekend, with some of the new Fire Emblem probably sprinkled in as well.  Hoping to get tickets for the Utah/Arizona b-ball game tomorrow, as it could decide the P12 title. 

You?

I actually stayed pretty close to plan this weekend.  Most of my time spent in FFXIV, tracking down a full set of Ilvl 200 gear and starting the new stuff.  Went with FF IX instead of Fire Emblem though.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 2/26/16 edition on: February 26, 2016, 06:21:09 PM
The big 3.2 patch for FF XIV came out while I was on the road this week, so I haven't played any of the new story quests or dungeons yet.  It'll take up most of my gaming time this weekend, with some of the new Fire Emblem probably sprinkled in as well.  Hoping to get tickets for the Utah/Arizona b-ball game tomorrow, as it could decide the P12 title. 

You?
163  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 25, 2016, 01:41:56 AM
The developers of Dungeon Raid (one my all-time favorite iOS games) have released a new game, I Keep Having This Dream.  It's a remarkably fun roguelike where you build the dungeon as you go.  Will definitely take up all the time I had set aside for FFIX on my flight tomorrow.  smile
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 25, 2016, 01:10:24 AM
I love it when I find previously unheard of bands who completely kick my teeth in and blow my mind.  Hyperion's latest effort, Seraphical Euphony has done exactly that.  Holy shitsnacks...this thing is gorram amazing.  It's like a more intense Emperor alum, but with actual hooks and melodies instead of simple chaos.  Can't stop listening to it.

165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23/16) on: February 22, 2016, 04:19:54 AM
I caved and bought the new Fire Emblem Birthright tonight, so I guess that counts as this week.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: February 21, 2016, 08:15:36 PM

Quote from: Arclight on February 21, 2016, 01:19:54 PM

Why not start a fresh series. To me it should have its own run at it, instead of the constant comparisons to the other Farcries.

As someone who has never been a fan of the FC series, I completely agree.  This game looks a little bit intriguing, but since I have no doubt they're going to stick very closely to the playstyle of previous games, I'll probably stay away.  If it were a new IP, I might give it a closer look.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/19/16 edition on: February 20, 2016, 04:23:37 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 19, 2016, 02:07:42 PM

Mrs. Gratch is headed out of town for the weekend, so I'm going to try and wrangle the Wonder Twins 2.6 and Little B 6.11 all by myself.  If we get through the weekend with no blood or broken bones, I'm calling it a success.

Gamingwise, I'll be bouncing around between trying to finish up the Guild Wars 2 story (started the level 70 story missions last night), Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC (4 hours in, still hasn't really grabbed me), and Final Fantasy IX on iPad.  I also have to admit being rather intrigued by XCom 2, even if it's way outside my typical gaming genres of choice.  

EDIT:  My wallet is wishing I shouldn't have read the glowing reviews of the new Fire Emblem.  Maybe this is the one that finally clicks...

Or I could do none of the above, resub to FFXIV, leave the FC (guild) that I've been with for 2+ years (frown), find a new FC that seems pretty cool, and have a blast running through both new and old content in preparation for the big 3.2 patch next week.

I could do that instead.  smile
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Invisigun Heroes - Kickstarter on: February 19, 2016, 05:14:54 PM
Definitely not my kind of game, but I wish him good luck!   thumbsup
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/19/16 edition on: February 19, 2016, 02:07:42 PM
Mrs. Gratch is headed out of town for the weekend, so I'm going to try and wrangle the Wonder Twins 2.6 and Little B 6.11 all by myself.  If we get through the weekend with no blood or broken bones, I'm calling it a success.

Gamingwise, I'll be bouncing around between trying to finish up the Guild Wars 2 story (started the level 70 story missions last night), Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC (4 hours in, still hasn't really grabbed me), and Final Fantasy IX on iPad.  I also have to admit being rather intrigued by XCom 2, even if it's way outside my typical gaming genres of choice.  

EDIT:  My wallet is wishing I shouldn't have read the glowing reviews of the new Fire Emblem.  Maybe this is the one that finally clicks...
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 18, 2016, 03:12:54 PM
I'm still catching up on a few things from 2015, as well as a couple of my most anticipated albums for 2016.

Myrkur - M.  An absolute mind-blower from one woman black metal whirlwind Amalie Bruun.  There is apparently some "controversy" in metal circles around this album because Bruun was in a pop band at one point, and the meathead subset of the metal crowd thinks that disqualifies her as being troo and kvlt metal.  Fuck that...this is as brutal as anything else you'll hear.  On the flip side, songs like this one showcase a beautiful voice and fantastic songwriting.  I was truly floored by this album.


Nervosa - Victim of Yourself.  We caught these ladies on the 70K cruise and thought they were absolutely fantastic.  This is the rare slice of pure trash that interests me, probably because they were so damn awesome live.  


Immortal Bird - Empress/Abscess.  What happens when you combine the catchiness of the Foo Fighters with death metal?  You get Immortal Bird.  


Fleshgod Apocalypse - King.  FGA has finally found the perfect balance between the symphonic and metal elements in their music.  Every previous album has strayed just a little bit too far in either direction, but King gets it just right.  A concept album told from the perspective of different characters in a king's court, it's a wholly fascinating listen.  The Fool might end up as one of my favorite tracks of the entire year.


Mechina - Progenitor.  I think my expectations for this one might have been a little too high after last year's incredible Acheron.  The same spacey, "Mass Effect soundtrack meets metal" formula is still there on Progenitor, but didn't grab me as much.  It's still very good, I'm just not quite as high on it as previous albums.  You can listen to the whole thing on their bandcamp.  Plus, the cover artwork is just silly.


Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden.  This is one that showed up on nearly every "Best of" list last year.  I'm still not entirely sold on their particular mix of Candlemass, Dio, and Gates of Slumber, but it's growing on me.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 16, 2016, 06:19:11 PM
So Ghost apparently won the "Best Heavy Metal" Grammy last night...and had the most awkward acceptance ever.

 icon_lol icon_lol
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - President's Day 2016 Edition on: February 15, 2016, 05:09:14 PM
Weekend was mostly all about Guild Wars 2.  Dinged level 72 last night, and am now on the home stretch for the personal story.  Not that it's terribly interesting, mind you, but I do so love the exploration aspects of the game.  Simy wandering around the world is fantastic fun.

Put a couple hours into Rise of the Tomb Raider, and came away fairly 'meh' about it.  Maybe it's just a slow starter, but the first few hours are just boring as hell.  Hoping it picks up further in.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 15, 2016, 03:39:55 PM
I'm sure my Fire Emblem routine will be the same as always:  get exited about it, play for 4-6 hours, get distracted and move onto something else, think to myself "I should really give that another shot", restart it multiple times over the next few years, and never make any real progress.
174  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: February 15, 2016, 02:26:30 AM
Thanks Hark.  I'll definitely keep an eye on reviews and such before jumping in.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Typing program for 10 yr old....not Typing of the Dead on: February 14, 2016, 07:14:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 13, 2016, 10:29:35 PM

MasterType! That was it. Doesn't help you but I feel better now. slywink



Holy crap...what a blast from the past.  I spent so many hours with that game.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM2 screenshots/movies-only thread on: February 14, 2016, 07:13:06 PM
Good to see that the Wonder Twins are holding their own.  Apparently I need to give Corbin a bit more target practice at home.  slywink
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - President's Day 2016 Edition on: February 12, 2016, 05:08:20 PM
Lots of choices this weekend, not sure where I'll land.  Still working my way to 80 in Guild Wars 2, started Final Fantasy IX on iPad, have both FF XIII - Lightning Returns and Shadows of Mordor starting at me from my PC desktop, and have been eyeing Rise of the Tomb Raider as well.  Final Fantasy Explorers is a 3DS option as well.

So many choice...where to start?  What's on tap for you?
178  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: February 11, 2016, 03:21:48 AM
Interested to hear your take.  What I've seen looks awfully pretty, but I still don't have any idea how the game actually plays.   Will be looking for some feedback before jumping in, as I'm not terribly keen on throwing away $$ again on an MMO so soon (cough...Blade & Soul...cough)
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 10, 2016, 10:39:43 PM
I'm a little bummed I missed Dragonforce.  Not a big fan of their music, but I've heard they put on a hell of a show.  

Their first set on the first night got cancelled because they were using too much power and apparently blowing all the circuits on the stage.   icon_lol  They got rescheduled for a 4am show the following night, but there was no way I could stay up for that one.  Their second set also got rescheduled when they closed the main stage on the last night (due to a huge storm), and their reschedule slot overlapped with Turisas.  frown
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 10, 2016, 10:23:40 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 10, 2016, 10:05:06 PM

Epica was #2?  Surprising, in that a) I didn't think you'd like them, and b) wasn't expecting you to check them out, given your pre cruise list.

Surprised the hell out of me as well.  I've only listened to them a few times, and came away with the impression that they're horribly cheesy.  I didn't really want to see them, but it was the one band that the friend I went with had even heard of.  They were far, far better than I expected.

It's funny though...I've gone back and listened to their music post-cruise, and it still doesn't click with me at all.  Something about their live energy and stage presence makes their tunes infinitely more listenable in person.  That has a lot to do with Simone herself, to be honest.  She's quite mesmerizing to watch.

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I'm guessing I know the answer if I ask you if you saw any of the bands I really like.

We checked out quite a few bands that are waaaaaaaay outside my typical genre preferences, many of which I was pleasantly surprised by.  We ended up seeing Hammerfall twice, for example.  They're goofy power metal that I'd never even heard of before the cruise, and I thoroughly enjoyed them.  Our list:

-  Abinchova (meh)
-  At the Gates X2 (absolutely blew the roof off both sets)
-  Aura Noir (definitely not my thing)
-  Bloodbath X2 (first set sucked, second was better.  Nick Holmes might be the most boring frontman ever though)
-  Cradle of Filth (decent, but not great.  You can tell Dani's voice is shot.)
-  Delain (felt like they were trying really hard to be Epica or Nightwish...and coming up woefully short)
-  Epica X2 (see above)
-  Fleshgod Apocalypse (first set was derailed by technical problems, but the second set in the smaller venue was brilliant)
-  Gamma Ray (old-school power metal, meh)
-  Ghoul (the metal equivalent of the Aquabats.  Surf thrash wasn't really my thing, but they were hilarious)
-  Hammerfall X2
-  Iced Earth (never could get into these guys, but their vocalist was damn impressive)
-  Koyi K Utho (weird industrial metal.  Really dug it)
-  Moonspell (meh)
-  My Dying Bride X2 (so damn depressing, but so damn good)
-  Nervosa (I typically have no use for thrash, but these Brazilian ladies absolutely tore shit up.  Great show.)
-  November's Doom X2 (nicest guys on the boat, and they sounded fantastic)
-  Paradise Lost (see above comment about Nick Holmes)
-  Sodom (too thrashy for my taste, but fun to watch.  Played a good cover of "Ace of Spades")
-  Svbway to Sally (meh)
-  Turisas X2 (favorite show, by far)
-  Tyr (surprisingly good.  Both shows were at the 3am slot though...probably would have enjoyed them more if I wasn't so tired)
-  Vallenfyre X2 (Gregor is an absolute beast on stage.  Band sounded tight as hell, you could tell these were veterans.)
-  All Star Jam (nearly all Judas Priest and Iron Maiden tunes, neither of which I'm a fan of)
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 10, 2016, 12:54:38 PM
Holy shit, what a ride.

We saw 32 different bands. Met people from 12 countries and 14 states. Danced a folk metal jig with a storm trooper and a guy in a banana suit on the top deck of a cruise ship at 3:30am. Watched a mosh pit in a hot tub. Ate too much, slept far too little (earliest to bed in the last four days: 4am). Met a ton of band members just hanging around the ship. Fleshgod Apocalypse joined us at our table for lunch, we chatted with At The Gates in the customs line, Gregor and Hamish from Vallenfyre sat down with us for a drink before their set, I confirmed my suspicion that Dani Filth is an total douchecanoe, and bumped into quite a few others as well.

Best band: Turisas, with Epica coming in a far distant second.
Worst band: Dead Cross (Dave Lombardo's new band, sadly awful)

I knew this was going to be fun, but I was fully unprepared for the level of awesome chaos that ensued. In a word: EPIC.
182  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 10, 2016, 02:44:58 AM
FFIX is out for both iOS and Andrid.  GO GO GO!

EDIT:  Finally got around to playing some last night.  This is a VERY well-done port.  The character models look amazing, the control scheme is much improved from the clusterfuck that was FF VII, it auto-saves on every screen change, and has a bunch of other small touches that make it damn near perfect (i.e. a button specifically for card games, "no encounter" and "turbo speed" buttons, etc.).  Only gripe is that the backgrounds are still a little lo-res compared to the character models, but that's a minor nitpick.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: February 08, 2016, 11:50:44 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 04, 2016, 02:51:38 AM

I'm not a big one for animated intro, but the voice overs are definitely a good thing in my mind.  Glad to hear that Early Access was successful enough to warrant these additions.

Stuff like this is exactly why I avoid early access.  Playing without these additions (not to mention balancing and content) make the game far less interesting.  I'd much rather wait until it's all finished.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 02, 2016, 02:40:06 PM
At this time tomorrow, I will be on a plane to Florida for my first 70000 Tons of Metal cruise.  The lineup has slowly been getting finalized over the last couple weeks, with all the bands except one having been announced at this point.  As with any festival, there are some "must see" bands, some "try to see" bands, and some "haha...nope".  My breakdown:

Must see (will try to catch both sets)
-  Turisas
-  Vallenfyre
-  Fleshgod Apocalypse (their new album drops the day the cruise starts)
-  My Dying Bride
-  Bloodbath

Will Probably see (try to get at least one set)
-  At the Gates
-  Iced Earth
-  Cradle of Filth
-  November's Doom
-  Carach Angren
-  Ghoul
-  Eluveitie
-  Belphegor
-  Vader
-  Skalmold
-  Nervosa
-  Fallujah
-  Paradise Lost
-  Tyr

There's a rumor swirling around that Amon Amarth could be a "surprise" announcement the day we launch (Johan Hegg is in the US and has a suspicious hole in his live show schedule during the cruise dates).  How much of that is legit and how much is just wishful thinking remains to be seen, but that would round out an already epic lineup.

185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 02, 2016, 02:17:01 AM
FF XIII - Lightning Returns popped up on my Steam recommendations today.  I realized that it's the only Final Fantasy game I've never at least tried.  I don't expect to love it, but I at least have to give it a shot.  

I also might get FF Tactics Advance, which released on Virtual Console this week.  I'm baffled (and more than a little irritated) that they figure out how release it to play on my WiiU gamepad, but not on my 3DS.   saywhat
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: February 01, 2016, 09:29:40 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 01, 2016, 08:22:49 PM

Here's a video of some stealth and combat, accompanied by some really nice music.

That bit looks far more Metal Gear than Final Fantasy (which doesn't excite me in the least), but I'll reserve judgement.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: February 01, 2016, 07:21:15 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 01, 2016, 05:39:14 PM

A new video has been posted and the release date will be announced on March 30th.

That was a weird video.   saywhat

I looked at this in depth review of the new combat elements, which has me pretty excited for FFXV.
188  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers on: February 01, 2016, 07:19:35 PM
After playing a bit more over the weekend, I've started to cool on FFE a bit.  I'm really struggling to figure out the rhyme or reason behind the skill and "mutation" system.  It seems like I'm getting a bunch of random abilities...but am not making the connection on how to use those in a practical way during combat.  Mike Fahey over at Kotaku did a great piece today: Even Final Fantasy Can't Make Me Enjoy the Monster Hunter Formula", which sums up my feelings pretty well.  I really want to like FFE, but it's just not clicking for me.

Not ready to give up on it entirely though.  I have a couple cross-country flights and a cruise coming up in the next week, and will be taking my 3DS along with me.  It's been hit and miss so far, but maybe it'll click with more practice.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: February 01, 2016, 12:13:53 AM

Quote from: farley2k on January 06, 2016, 06:24:51 PM


Black Metal Vegan Chef does this same shtick so much better.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 1/29 edition on: February 01, 2016, 12:11:56 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 29, 2016, 04:50:17 PM

I've been spending most of my time this week on mobile games, namely Crashlands and Final Fantasy Monster Hunter...er...Explorers.  Both are far more fun than I expected, and I'm sure will take up most of my gaming time over the weekend.  What little time isn't spending staring at my hands will probably be spent in Guild Wars 2.

You?

Passed the 250 hour mark in GW2 this weekend, making this my 2nd most played game ever (behind only FF XIV).  Working my way to level 80, just hit 60 this afternoon.  As with most MMO's, I doubt I'll spend much time with the end game, but it sure is fun getting there.

Played a bit more FF Explorers, and am starting to cool on it a bit.  I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the mutation/skill system, and can't help but feel like I'm completely gimping myself as a result.  That said, I'll have a bunch of time on planes this week to give it a more dedicated look.
191  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers on: January 29, 2016, 08:40:18 PM
I've put about 6 hours into FFE this week, and have come away very pleasantly surprised.  I'll state up front that I'm not really a fan of the Monster Hunter games.  I figured if anything could make them tolerable for me, it would be a Final Fantasy coat of paint.  And so far, that's been mostly correct.

FFE is basically a simplified version of Monster Hunter.  I think simplified is good...I was always very interested in the MH games, but could never really wrap my brain (or reflexes) around its layers and layers of complexity.  Having a game where I can just go explore, have fun, and battle some large beasties without wanting to throw my DS across the room is exactly what I needed to get me into this subgenre.  There really is no story to speak of, and the bulk of the game revolves around taking missions from the main town, killing monsters, gathering their skin/bones, and using the skin/bone to create better materials.  You have a huge variety of tools as your disposal to do this.  All the standard FF jobs are here:  Knight, Ranger, White Mage, Black Mage, Monk, Dark Knight, Onion Knight, Geomancer, etc., and each has a unique set of weapons and skills to play with.  As you progress, you can combine skill sets to create a customized whirling dervish of death who can slice, dice, throw spells, drop healing, buff, debuff, and/or all of the above.

In addition to the huge variety of classes, skills can also be "mutated" to create more powerful versions or add additional effects.  Want to add an Ice element to your Fire spell?  Go for it.  Add a Regen to your Cure 1?  Sure.  It's a cool system, with one big caveat...the game doesn't explain shit.  There's a very brief explanation about Crystal Surge, Resonance, and Mutation, but I had to spend a decent amount of time reading Gamefaqs to figure out what the hell was going on.  I've started to get a handle on it, but I still only feel like I'm about halfway there in terms of understanding the system.  Which is OK...the gameplay is compelling enough to dig in and try and understand it.

Overall, I give FFE a tentative thumbs up.  It's not nearly as difficult or as complex as MH (a good thing, IMO), but is still very fun to play.  Exploring the world is neat and I can't see messing around with different class and skill combinations getting old anytime soon.  I'll be interested to see how it sells, as it may be a little too basic for MH vets and a little too non-RPG (i.e. no story) for FF fans.

The only issues I've seen are the camera sometimes doing crazy things in the middle of battle (especially if you're up against a wall) and the bizarre lack of any 3D.  The latter is really strange, I would think they would have built in at least some basic 3D functionality, but there's literally nothing.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 1/29 edition on: January 29, 2016, 04:50:17 PM
I've been spending most of my time this week on mobile games, namely Crashlands and Final Fantasy Monster Hunter...er...Explorers.  Both are far more fun than I expected, and I'm sure will take up most of my gaming time over the weekend.  What little time isn't spending staring at my hands will probably be spent in Guild Wars 2.

You?
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 28, 2016, 05:06:15 PM
Wow, that's neat.

I appreciate the feedback on this game.  While I love the art style, the more I hear about the gameplay, the more I'm convinced it's just not my thing.  Maybe when it's $5 on a Steam sale someday.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 04:27:45 PM
I'm somewhat intrigued by the concept of this game, but after looking into it further, I think I'll pass for now.  After reading stuff like this (from the Kotaku review) I'm pretty sure this game would just annoy me:

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The Witnessís early puzzles are barely tougher than connect-the-dots. They soon evolve into hour-long stumpers marked with esoteric symbols, governed by hidden rules that must be discovered by solving other puzzles. Sometimes youíll solve a puzzle and have a eureka moment about a totally different puzzle, halfway across the island. The island is packed with purpose and filled with teases: desert ruins that appear to have broken puzzle panels on them, seemingly unreachable rooftops that have puzzles that surely youíre supposed to be able to access, puzzles on beaches and in jungles, stuff in the town that seems to have to do with stuff in the forest or the temple. Whatís the point of that windmill? Of that wrecked ship? Why was there a way-too-easy puzzle all by itself on that log? (Iím dying to tell you the answer to that last one, but I wonít!)

There's few gaming things I like less than spending time trying to figure out a puzzle, only to find out after Googling (or 30 minutes of trial and error) that I need to find some other doodad/flip some other switch/read some other book before it's solvable.  While it sounds like this game might be the exception, I've yet to see a game that does a good job of striking that balance
195  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 26, 2016, 04:22:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 26, 2016, 04:04:44 PM

I've heard nothing but great things. I'm trying to decide if I want to go iPhone or PC.

Any ideas?

I imagine the smaller iPhone screen would make combat really tough. I'm playing on iPad and it works great.  Haven't heard any feedback on the PC version, but I know all saves are cross-platform...which is nice.
196  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 26, 2016, 02:42:44 PM
So Crashlands came out this week, and has completely taken over my gaming life.  It's a weird crafting/survival/RPG hybrid that I simply cannot put down.  Everything about it - from the huge world, to the very funny dialog, to the hundreds of crafting recipes, to the engaging combat, to the difficulty curve - is damn near perfect.  And this isn't even really a genre that I care for!  It's getting rave reviews from damn near everyone who is playing it, and I can't recommend it highly enough.  I'd be very shocked if it doesn't end up on nearly every mobile GOTY list for 2016.

If that's not enough, go read the story about why and how it was created as a "leaving a legacy" project from one of the creators who had cancer.  It's quite an inspiring story.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 26, 2016, 03:18:42 AM



198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/22/16 - Snowmaggeddon Edition on: January 25, 2016, 02:02:54 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 25, 2016, 01:47:51 PM

I also picked up Crashlands for iOS which is fantastic (it's also available on PC).

Agreed.  I started playing that last night and couldn't put it down.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26/16) on: January 25, 2016, 04:25:55 AM
Final Fantasy Explorers for 3DS comes out on Tuesday, and looks pretty cool.  I'll be grabbing that one for sure.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/22/16 - Snowmaggeddon Edition on: January 25, 2016, 04:24:00 AM
Played a few more hours of Blade & Soul, enough to decide that it's not really for me.  Too twitchy.

Spent most of my time in Guild Wars 2.  Asura Warrior is up to 45 now, starting in on the meat of the story.  Also tried a couple dungeon runs...which were somewhat of a disaster due to my noobness.
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