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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: January 05, 2017, 05:40:48 PM
I'm currently playing through Dragon Age Inquisition again.  It's remarkable how closely the aesthetics of ME match DA.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: January 04, 2017, 03:53:08 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 04, 2017, 03:14:14 PM

PS Vita TV thing.

Huh, I've never even heard of this thing before.  Might be an interesting option since there are a few Vita games I'd like to try, but it looks compatibility is hit and miss.   Will need to look into it some more.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Games finished 2017 edition on: January 02, 2017, 01:07:59 AM
Let's all happily put 2016 in the rearview and get 2017 started.  I played everything under the sun in 2016, but actually finished very few games.  We'll see if this year fares any better.  

FINISHED IN 2017
-  Final Fantasy XIV.  A.  This one will likely just be ongoing for the next couple years.  Get to the end of the story, grind for gear, wait for next patch/expansion.  Rinse, repeat. (all the hours)
-  Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS) - February 6 - A.  I technically "beat" this last year, but have gone back through and beaten the "Ultimate Score" for every song and unlocked every character.  Now it's finished.  smile  (60 hours)
-  Nier Automata (PS4) - March 28 - A-.  I finished the first two endings, and started the third.  Enjoyed it, but it hasn't quite blown me away yet like the previous game did.  Will keep going for the other 4.  (28 hours, so far)
-  Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) - April 4 - A++++.  I never expected to enjoy this, and came away completely thrilled with it.  Possibly my favorite game of this generation, so far.  Incredible world, an amazing heroine, a brilliant story, and engaging combat.  Just stellar all around.
-  Gridiron Solitaire (PC) - April 23 - B+.  A wholly engaging game of football, played via solitaire.  It gets dinged a point or two for some wonky AI, but a hell of a lot of fun.  Played through a full season (13-2) and won the GFL cup.  23 hours.

Currently Playing
-  Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (3DS)
-  Pocket Card Jockey (3DS)
-  Personal 5 (PS4)
-  Torment:  Tides of Numeria (PC)
-  Elder Scrolls Online (PC)

Played and Quit/Gave up on
-  Dragon Quest VIII (3DS).  Turns out my tolerance for old-school, grindy JRPG's is very low these days.  Got about 15 hours in before getting bored.
-  Neverwinter (PS4).  While it's the best console MMO not named FF XIV, the end-game grind just isn't very fun in this one, and there's absolutely zero sense of community.
-  Dragon Age Inquisition (PS4).  Got about 50 hours in before wandering off to other things.
-  Uncharted 4 (PS4).  This series just does not click with me, at all.  I just get bored every time, even though the productions values are off the charts.   Around 8 hours.
-  Zelda:  BotW (WiiU).  Couldn't hold a candle to Horizon Zero Dawn.  Just seemed so dull in comparison, with no interesting story or characters to speak of.  About 6 hours.
-  Skyforge (PS4).  Quite fun, actually, until I glanced at what it would take to actually advance.  The grind was absurd...no thanks.  12 hours.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/30/16 New Years Evee Edition on: December 31, 2016, 03:45:00 PM
I've gone back to Dragon Age Inquisition, having a blast with it.  Picked up Abzu in the PSN sale, might give that a look.  I also got a ton of games in the Steam sale that I've barely touched yet:  Thea: The Awakening, Gal Civ 3, The Magic Circle, Thumper, Drunken Robot Pornography, Serious Sam 3, Syberia, Stardew Valley, Kentucky Route Zero, and a couple others I'm sure I'm forgetting.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 29, 2016, 03:24:18 PM

Quote from: Arclight on December 29, 2016, 10:38:28 AM

Final Fantasy XV.  Just couldn't get into it. The combat although visceral, was to frantic and confusing to be fun all the time. I didn't like the driving around just to get story bites. It was just boring for me.

Try turning Wait Mode on.  I felt the same way about combat, and wait Mode made a world of difference.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend/Holiday Playlist - Christmas 2016 edition on: December 28, 2016, 05:38:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 22, 2016, 08:09:20 PM

I think that for lots of folks (including me), the holiday weekend starts today.  So let's get this party started, shall we?  smile

I grabbed Stories:  The Path of Destinies from PS+, which seems fun so far.  Also picked up Mirror's Edge Catalyst for $10 on PSN sale, so I'll give that a look.  Been trying to give Archeage a shot after the 3.0 update, but have yet to see queue times on the "fresh start" servers under an hour.  Someone over at OO gifted me Craft the World, which might be interesting as well.  I played the first couple hours of Tyranny, but am getting random lockups and the game kinda runs like crap.  Might need to reinstall or wait for a patch on that.  I heard they're doing a free weekend of Star Wars Battlefront, which is a game I've always wanted to try, but didn't want to actually pay for (I can't see myself ever sticking with a MP-focused FPS).

What's on your menu?

EDIT:  Now I've also picked up Drunken Robot Pornography (a bullet-hell FPS...thing) and Thea:  The Awakening, both of which look very neat. 

I finished Stories, which was better than expected.  Tried Mirrors Edge...meh.  Still haven't seen Archeage without a 1+ hour queue, so that was a no go.   After Tyranny crashed on my another 3 times, I gave up on it.  Futzed around with Thumper (a bizarre racing/rhythm/Tempest...thing) and a bit of Drunken Robot Pornography.

Decided to go back to Dragon Age Inquisition, as I bought the "Game of the Year" edition, and never got to see any of the new DLC stuff.  Started fresh, and have gotten just about to the end of Haven.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed that game.

167  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3DS "Must Play" Games (No Mario!) on: December 23, 2016, 12:26:37 AM
Not necessary, they're basically the same game.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend/Holiday Playlist - Christmas 2016 edition on: December 22, 2016, 08:09:20 PM
I think that for lots of folks (including me), the holiday weekend starts today.  So let's get this party started, shall we?  smile

I grabbed Stories:  The Path of Destinies from PS+, which seems fun so far.  Also picked up Mirror's Edge Catalyst for $10 on PSN sale, so I'll give that a look.  Been trying to give Archeage a shot after the 3.0 update, but have yet to see queue times on the "fresh start" servers under an hour.  Someone over at OO gifted me Craft the World, which might be interesting as well.  I played the first couple hours of Tyranny, but am getting random lockups and the game kinda runs like crap.  Might need to reinstall or wait for a patch on that.  I heard they're doing a free weekend of Star Wars Battlefront, which is a game I've always wanted to try, but didn't want to actually pay for (I can't see myself ever sticking with a MP-focused FPS).

What's on your menu?

EDIT:  Now I've also picked up Drunken Robot Pornography (a bullet-hell FPS...thing) and Thea:  The Awakening, both of which look very neat. 
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: December 21, 2016, 04:00:32 PM
Man, I wish this would have either a PS4 or PC port, as I got rid of both my Vita and PS3.   crybaby  I really enjoyed the first game in the series (Trails in the Sky), although I never did get around to finishing it.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 21, 2016, 01:12:50 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 21, 2016, 05:33:08 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 20, 2016, 02:00:51 PM

$35 on amazon today. That's enough to make me think about it.
I saw that and also thought about it, quite heavily, in fact. Not sure I have the drive to stick with a long RPG right now though.

It's not all that long if you didn't get completely sidetracked by sidequests.  I'm guessing it could be finished in 30-35 hours pretty easily.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 19, 2016, 09:02:37 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 19, 2016, 04:55:17 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita.

I keep seeing this mentioned.   I am going to have to dig up a used copy sometime.



I would love to play this, but I'm not buying a Vita for one game.
172  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Android game recommendations under $5? on: December 19, 2016, 08:50:55 PM

Quote from: katamaris4ever on December 14, 2016, 02:07:03 PM

Thanks for the help everyone! I'll check out the Kairosoft games (haven't played them since Game Dev Story). Triple town was pretty neat too biggrin

Kairosoft games are far more miss than hit for me, but I adored Dungeon Village.  I think that's the name...it's the one where you run a fantasy RPG town.
173  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3DS "Must Play" Games (No Mario!) on: December 19, 2016, 08:48:05 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 19, 2016, 04:43:06 PM


Thanks all for the recommendations. I was looking at the Bravely games on amazon because they were recommended with Fire Emblem and I've heard good things, though SkinyGratch's comments in the Second thread are a bit off-putting.

Yeah, I was going to put a big caveat on a recommendation of the Bravely series, but figured that was just my personal bias and not reflective of a broader audience.  FWIW, while I had MAJOR issues with both games, they were still compelling enough for me to sink 40+ hours into, even if I didn't finish them. 

Quote
I am not sure I can do Rhythm games anymore. I think Elite Beat Agents is the only one I ever played and I wasn't bad when it came out, but I tried again recently and I apparently have no rhythm.

FF Theatrhythm has multiple difficulty levels, including ones that are simple enough for my 6 year old to play without issues.  Don't let that deter you, as it really is a fantastic game.   It also not nearly as complicated as EBA.  I'm pretty damn good at rhythm games, and even I found EBA to be far too complex.  YMMV.
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3DS "Must Play" Games (No Mario!) on: December 19, 2016, 04:12:19 PM
Fire Emblem games are good.  The last two Monster Hunter games are good, even if they're not really my thing.  On the JRPG front, there's Shin Megami Tensei, Bravely Default & Bravely Second, 7th Dragon III Code VFD (weird name, good game), Xenoblade Chronicles (port of the Wii game), Etrian Odyssey (fun but super hard), Stella Glow (similar to FF Tactics).

If you have any nostalgia for the old Final Fantasy games, I'd highly recommend Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.  It's a music/rhythm game with a ton of tunes from the old games and a fun RPG system.  I've probably put more hours into that one than anything else on 3DS.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: December 17, 2016, 11:54:48 PM
Sentient Horror - Ungodly Forms.  This was a last-minute pickup based on a couple things:  a) a few really good reviews, and b) Dan Swano did the mastering for it.  This is probably my favorite pure death metal album this year, and will appeal to any fans of early Edge of Sanity, Obituary, Carcass, etc.  You can stream the entire thing here, and I would highly recommend giving it a listen.  It will probably nudge Hakiri for the Sky out of my top 20 for 2016.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 17, 2016, 05:06:50 PM
My biggest surprise and biggest disappointment might actually be the same game, Aragami.  On the one hand, it's the closest thing to a Tenchu reboot that we're ever likely to see.  The levels were big, they were challenging, and once you got the hang of it, they were an absolute blast.  Probably the most fun I had all year was sneaking through areas crawling with guards, finding ways to pick them off from the shadows.

However, all of that enjoyment came to a screeching halt with the horrible, awful, ridiculous boss battles.  They often completely changed the game mechanics, were unclear (to the point I thought one of them was bugged until I got an email response from the devs), absurdly difficult, and were basically the complete opposite of the thrilling open world chapters.  I got up to the last boss and finally just gave up in disgust after spending 2 hours trying to beat it.  It was so incredibly disappointing to have a game that was so much fun get dragged down by such awful bosses.

I'm with Dante. Titanfall 2 was a huge pleasant surprise, and I Am Setsuna was a massive disappointment.  The former was far more fun than I ever expected, and the latter looked to have so much potential but ended up being a borefest.  I'd also include Epistory (a typing RPG) as a wonderful surprise. 

177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: December 16, 2016, 02:47:09 PM
There's still a couple weeks left, so there's a chance something could sneak in, but I'm probably going with this for my 2016 year end list.

Album of the year:  Anaal Nathrak - The Whole of the Law.  This is sheer insanity and anger put to music.  As one review said, this album doesn’t just punch you in the face, it punches *through* your face and keeps going. A brutal, intense, amazing and exhausting listen from start to finish.

The rest of the top 20
2.   Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary (honestly, this one is a very close second.  More like #1a)
3.   David Bowie – Blackstar (not metal, but...Bowie)
4.   Khemmis – Hunted
5.   Goatpsalm – Downstream
6.   Vainaja – Verenvelaja
7.   The Vision Bleak - The Unknown
8.   Ihsahn – Arktis
9.   The Gorge - Thousand Year Fire
10.   Oak Pantheon - In Pieces
11.   Thy Catafalque - Meta
12.   Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience
13.   Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy of Molten Bones
14.   Saor – Guardians
15.   Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us
16.   Uada – Devoid of Light
17.   Draconian – Sovran
18.   Myrkur – Mausoleum
19.   Youth Code – Commitment to Complications
20.   Hakiri for the Sky – III: Trauma

Song of the year:  Witherscape - Marionette.  This particular combo of beautiful and harsh is one of the best I've ever heard.  
2.  Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Fool.  Symphony and mayhem that can't be matched.  It's even better live.
3.  Anaal Nathrakh - Hold Your Children Close and Pray For Oblivion.  This may be the most brutal song I've ever heard.  Ever.
4.  David Bowie - Lazarus.  Put in context of what happened, this is the biggest gut punch of the year.  I still have a really hard time listening to it, and can't believe he's really gone.
5.  Ihsahn - Frail.  A perfect example of Ihsahn's utterly insane genius.

Disappointment of the year:  Tie between Gojira’s Magma and Opeth’s Sorceress.   Both had a couple really good songs, but overall were just so…boring.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/16/16 Edition on: December 16, 2016, 02:14:00 PM
I'll have very little gaming time this weekend.  Rogue One this afternoon, Christmas light show with the family tonight, Nutcracker ballet tomorrow afternoon, family holiday party tomorrow night, fly to DC on Sunday.

What little time I have will probably be spent with Tyranny.
179  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 15, 2016, 08:23:52 PM
If you're into such things, Nintendo's Super Mario Run came out today. 

It's cute, but I doubt I'll actually pony up any $$ for it.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: December 15, 2016, 05:48:39 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on November 20, 2016, 06:25:20 PM

I just finished the campaign today.  I really wasn’t expecting much from the campaign on this one but I have to say I was kind of blown away; this is one of the best FPS single player campaigns I have played in a long time.

Every section felt unique and a couple did things I’ve never seen in a game before.  One of which introduced a new mechanic that felt like it could have been expanded into a whole game of its own.


I played through the campaign as well, and had a blast.  I don't play many FPS so I can't say how it compares to other games, but as a stand-alone, it was really, really fun.  I was surprised how much I enjoyed two things:

1.  The out-of-mech combat. Zipping in and out like a crazed madman was an absolutely blast.
2.  The relationship between Titan and Pilot.  The game would have fallen very flat if they had messed that up, but they did a very good job establishing that bond.  I honestly cared about both.

I'll never touch the MP, but would highly recommend it just on the strength of the SP campaign.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 11, 2016) on: December 15, 2016, 04:24:51 AM
Tried the demo.  Neat idea and cool execution, but don't think it's a game for me.  Not a full price, anyways.

Back to Tyranny it is.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 11, 2016) on: December 14, 2016, 09:56:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 12, 2016, 11:30:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 12, 2016, 01:31:18 AM

If I wrap up FFXV this week (on Chapter 13 of 14), I'll probably grab either Shadow Tactics or Tyrrany

I would grab Shadow Tactics first:

1) You just finished one RPG, so it will make a good cleanser
2) Tyranny is still relatively buggy
3) Tyranny will probably get some large expansions similar to Pillars of Eternity, which will improve the game immensely
4) The developers of ST are a much smaller studio, in need of more support

Of course, if your craving a CRPG, Tyranny is probably the best current choice.

Thanks, I was actually coming to ask exactly that question:  which one first?  smile

I'm DL'ing the ST demo to see how I like it.  That's a genre that hasn't really ever clicked with me, but I think lots of that simply has to do with the setting.  Only options were military (Commandos) or post-apocalyptic (Fallout Tactics), neither of which interest me in the least.  Ninjas and samurai, otoh...  drool

I actually bought Tyranny a couple weeks ago and played the first hour and change.  Enjoyed it but did a refund, as I wasn't sure if I would stick with it (because of FF XV) and figured I could maybe get it cheaper later.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey free on Xbox until Dec 31 on: December 14, 2016, 09:27:52 PM
While I never quite finished it, LO is an excellent JRPG.  The written stories were so fantastic.

Blue Dragon, otoh, was absolute garbage.
184  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Kingdom Hearts Unchained X on: December 14, 2016, 03:17:22 PM
I played it for a while, but tend to lose interest in the whole gatcha pulls and neverending upgrade model in Square's social RPG's.  I find that a couple months is about my limit.

Both FF Brave Exvius and Mobius FF were better takes on the same formula imo, but that's probably just my FF nostalgia talking.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 14, 2016, 04:13:01 AM
Just finished.  Level 49, 47 hours.  A couple final thoughts:

1.  It's a very good game, but not a great one.  The long development cycle showed, with a few too many ideas smooshed together into a not-so-cohesive whole.  Thankfully, it hits far more than it misses, and was thoroughly enjoyable as a result.
2.  Very satisfying gut-punch of an ending, although the final 30 seconds of the post-credits cutscene threw me for a bit of a loop.
3.  They did a great job of starting the game out on a very fun, lighthearted note, then gradually progressing into a seriously dark final few chapters.  There's a bit towards the end that demonstrates this juxtaposition, and it's heartbreaking.  You just can't help but connect with the Chocobros, and seeing the journey they go through (both literally and figuratively) is very satisfying.
4.  It's pretty obvious where the DLC will fit in.  For example, Gladio disappears for a while, coming back with a giant scar across his chest.  When one of the bros mentions it, Gladio just brushes it off with and "oh, it's nothing".  I'd be shocked if that side-story didn't get filled in through DLC.  There's a couple other spots and/or characters where you can see it coming as well.
5.  Gladio is by far my favorite, then Noctis, Ignis, and Prompto.  If I hadn't watched the Brotherhood anime beforehand, I would have wanted to throttle Prompto from the get-go, but his backstory makes him a much more sympathetic character.  
6.  While the story in the later chapters is very good, I still can't shake the feeling that it could have been much better if I hadn't spent the first 30+ hours getting sidetracked by sidequests and basically ignoring it.   The perils of open-world gaming, I suppose.
7.  I'll go back and do some of the post-game content, but without the dangling carrot of an overarching story to finish, I tend to lose interest in that side stuff pretty quickly.  We'll see how engaging it is.
8.  Kinda disappointed in the music.  None of it was bad, it was just kinda...there.  Really the only thing I remember about is that one of the songs was a LOTR rip-off.  The "Stand By Me" cover is put to great use at the end though.

I feel a bit sad (for lack of a better word) that this game I have waited with such anticipation for over a decade to play has now come and gone.  It's fun, it's good, and I'd recommend it to anyone...but it didn't knock this FF fanboy's socks off the way I hoped it would.  I'd probably put it somewhere in the mid-tier of the main FF games, with my personal list now going something like:

-  FF VII
-  FF XIV
-  FF VI
-  FF IX
-  FF XII
-  FF X
-  FF XV
-  FF XIII
-  FF III
-  FF VIII
-  FF IV
-  FF V
-  I haven't played enough of I, II, or XI to really judge

Final grade would probably be in the 80/100 range, I think...probably higher if I hadn't have come in with such high expectations.

EDIT:  /rant on.  Because it bugged me so bad, let me quickly expand on my issue with the ending.  MASSIVE SPOILERS FOLLOW:  
Spoiler for Hiden:
So the whole theme of the narrative was that everyone sacrificed themselves to save the world.  Luna dies getting the ring to Noctis.  We see Noctis absorb the power of the Lucien kings and release it on Ardyn, killing them both in the process.  Ignis gave his eyesight.  I think we are meant to assume that the rest of the Chocobros died in the throne room.  It was a powerful statement (I thought, anyways) on selflessness and love.

Then at the very end (literally the last scene of the game), we see the throne room with Noctis sitting on the throne, apparently unharmed, with Lunafreya by his side giving him goo-goo eyes.  What.  The.  Fuck???

Two thoughts:

1.  Wasn't that the whole damn point of the entire 3 hours leading up to final battle to show that massive sacrifice can change the world, even though everyone involved lost everything in the process?  
2.  Aren't they both fucking dead??

The only way it even remotely makes sense is to assume that scene is meant to be some sort of "vision of heaven" for both of them, and not the reality of how things ended.  Because if after all of that, the two of them just magically just spring back to life and everything is peachy...that would just be some Grade A bullshit.

/rant off
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 13, 2016, 04:03:30 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 13, 2016, 03:50:39 PM

I had a WTF moment during one cutscene when the character are all sitting around on Coleman camping equipment. Apparently Coleman is a trans-dimensional brand that crosses into alternate universes. I guess if their tents can survive the occasional Sabertusk attack, surely they're good enough for your crappy little Boy Scout outing.

 

Wait until you get to the Cup Noodles crossover.

Srsly.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 13, 2016, 04:52:36 AM
Oh my goodness, the battle with
Spoiler for Hiden:
Ifrit
is a completely jaw dropping spectacle.   icon_eek icon_eek

BTW, you have to hold down L2 to summon.  I must have run around in circles for 10 minutes hitting L2 and wondering why it wouldn't summon anything.  When it does...ho.  lee.  shit.

One more boss to go...
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 12, 2016, 05:34:52 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 12, 2016, 03:27:53 PM

I got to chapter 3 and then they announced all the stuff they're going to change/add. Set it aside until then.

Probably a good choice, although I had already put in 20+ hours by the time I hit Chap 3.  smile  Some of the later story-focused chapters only take 30-60 minutes, often less.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 12, 2016, 01:01:48 PM
Finished up Chapter 13 last night, and I'm certainly glad it will be addressed in the patch.  While the chapter finishes really strong, I'd rank the first half as one of my least favorite FF experiences ever.  The combination of survival horror, horribly implemented stealth, awful camera angles, unclear objectives, and taking away all the powers I'd been using for the previous 40 hours was an utter disaster.  I'm not sure how they'll address it, but it certainly needs some work.  That said, the back half of the Chapter was really, really good.  If nothing else, Ardyn is a fantastic villain, and the way they tie everything back together before a big surprise moment is pretty fantastic.

On the homestretch now, one more chapter to go...
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 11, 2016) on: December 12, 2016, 01:31:18 AM
If I wrap up FFXV this week (on Chapter 13 of 14), I'll probably grab either Shadow Tactics or Tyrrany
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 11, 2016, 03:29:35 PM
I think the problem lies in how the narrative is structured.  You do 20 minutes of character/story-driven activities, then spend the next 4 hours just doing "stuff".  It's fun stuff, but only has the loosest connection (if any at all) to the overall plot. Then you get thrown back into the story for an hour, then 3 more hours of random fetch or kill quests.  Rinse and repeat for the first 30'ish hours, and it feels much like "Grand Theft Auto Nifelheim".  The end result is that everything feels very disjointed and I found myself losing interest in the overarching plot or often not really remembering what the characters were actually there to do in the first place.  I've now hit the point where the game becomes more linear (Chapter 10), and that has helped the story to focus a bit better.  That focus removes some of the impression that I'm nothing more than the worlds busiest errand runner...who also happens to be the only person who can save the world.

To be fair, this is a problem I have with most open world games in general, which is why I tend to ignore the genre entirely.  Having it all wrapped in a FF skin has kept me very engaged (and it's a quality open world in its own right), but honestly feels nothing like the FF games that have come before.  
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/9/16 Edition on: December 09, 2016, 04:57:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 09, 2016, 04:49:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2016, 03:56:50 PM

Final Fantasy XV and Skyrim Pinball for me.

Only Skyrim Pinball specifically?  Or all of the Bethesda Pinball tables?

I'm not crazy about either the Doom or Fallout tables, mainly because I'm generally not a big fan of either of those series.  The Fallout one is particularly lackluster, imo.

Skyrim feels like a full-fledged RPG, where you actually do quests, upgrade equipment, improve stats, etc.  It's far more immersive than I was expecting it to be.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 09, 2016, 04:40:45 PM
An excellent and very detailed video review (as always) from ACG.  I really like this guy's reviews...he has become my "go to" for video reviews since Gametrailers shut down.

In reading MMORPG.com's review today, I came across this bit:

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I was able to complete it in just over 30 hours and I made sure to take my time and do side quests along the way. I was level 42 and didn’t feel overly challenged either by the final encounters and I’m sure I could have completed the game even faster than I did if I had only stuck to the critical path.

I'm 30 hours in and the entire party is level 38...and I haven't even hit the halfway point yet.  Something tells me I'm going to be quite overpowered by the time I finally reach the end of the story.   paranoid
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/9/16 Edition on: December 09, 2016, 03:56:50 PM
Final Fantasy XV and Skyrim Pinball for me.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 09, 2016, 05:35:06 AM
30 hours in (just finished Chapter 6), and I think I finally put my finger on what's been nagging at me the most.  While this is a very good game and I'm thoroughly enjoying it, it just doesn't feel like a Final Fantasy game at all.  It's tough to describe, but there's little to be found here that carries over any of the spirit or soul from the previous games.

Honestly, this could be really any open world game.  The world - while well built - is kinda generic sci-fi.  The characters are likeable, but the story is kinda meh.  Sure, I'm fighting Coeurls and Flans, but swap them out for orcs or mutants, and it wouldn't really change much.  The music is completely unmemorable...a first for a FF game.  There haven't been any even remotely emotional moments in the story.  All of it just adds up to something very, very different that what we're used to seeing.  

None of this is to say the game isn't fantastic, but about the only time I've felt like I'm really playing a FF game is when I'm driving around in the car listening to the soundtracks from past titles.  Maybe it's because this open world is such a massive change from previous titles, and it'll change once it gets further in (I've heard the last 4-5 chapters eschew the open world entirely and are narrative focused.  Kinda like a reverse FF XIII).  I still give it a big  thumbsup, but it's a strange feeling for those of us who have been fans of the series for 3 decades now.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 08, 2016, 04:59:30 AM
Wait Mode and Easy.  Just about perfect for me so far.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: December 07, 2016, 05:24:29 PM
This looks neat, but I don't think I have nearly the patience or level tactical savvy to be successful.  Will be a bargain bin pickup for sure though.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 06, 2016, 08:37:53 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on December 06, 2016, 06:28:18 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 30, 2016, 04:03:37 PM


Watched these on Crunchyroll but now wondering what my options are for Kingsglaive - iTunes only? Don't want to buy the darn thing, just stream it. For free if possible.  paranoid

I rented it on iTunes, was something like $3.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 06, 2016, 08:36:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 05, 2016, 04:07:18 PM

Bethesda Pinball for Pinball FX/Zen Pinball (Doom, Fallout, and Skyrim tables) comes out tomorrow.  That'll be it for me.

Correction on this.  It's out for PC and consoles today, but doesn't hit iOS until Thursday.  Bummed...I wanted to play them on my flight home tomorrow.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 05, 2016, 10:43:20 PM
I'll play Last Guardian eventually, but I'm in no hurry.  I wasn't that big a fan of Ico or Shadow of the Colossus.
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