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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 02, 2017, 10:04:43 PM
I'm constantly scanning for them with the focus, but never see any.  Weird.

Also finished all the bandit camps and all the Tallnecks today.  It's been a productive afternoon.  smile

EDIT: Scanned through a bunch of reviews for HZD tonight.  It's strange to read how many reviews say that the human combat in this game is really weak.  My favorite thing in the game has been sneaking around and stealthily clearing out the bandit dens with headshot after headshot.  There must be something all the critics were disliking that I am (thankfully) missing entirely.  I also find it odd how many of them complain about the "weak" story.  I find it absolutely fascinating.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 02, 2017, 08:36:27 PM
Took down a Thunderjaw and Stormbird today to get the achievement for both killing and cataloging all enemies in the game.   thumbsup

The Stormbird was the last step (I assume) of a quest to get it's blood for Brin.  Of course, he died on top of a mountain, where I couldn't get to his corpse to loot.   So now I have to go find another one.   thumbsdown

P.S.  Where the hell do I find raccoons??  I need a couple raccoon skins to expand my inventory, and I've only seen one in my nearly 30 hours of play.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/31/17 Edition on: March 31, 2017, 06:48:45 PM
Probably just Horizon for me
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How should I tackle the releases of March? on: March 31, 2017, 01:49:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 30, 2017, 05:34:10 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 30, 2017, 03:54:54 PM

My boys actually agreed last night after we discussed the games.

We are going to play Horizon: Zero Dawn.  How long to beat says it will take about 20 hours.  Even with out limited playtime of a few hours a week that should be doable in a month or two.

I am looking forward to actually finishing a game.

How long to beat is lying to you.

Really, for this game, you're going to at least be doing the Main+Extras level, and probably somewhere between that and Completionist.  So, 39-53 hours.  But even that seems way low if you play like I do.

I'm spending about half my time on main quest stuff and half on side quests, and I'm well over 20 hours already.  Only about halfway through as well.

Finishing in hours would be really rushing things.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Release date 3/3/2017 on: March 30, 2017, 01:06:04 AM
This article could have been written by me, almost down to the exact same point in the game where I left off.  God help me, I don't like the new Zelda game.  These two bits pretty much sum up my experience so far:

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At least in the early going, the flimsy, constantly shattering weapons and countless same-y Bokoblin camps provide an overwhelming disincentive to explore and try stuff out: The sight of enemies in the distance evokes an Ah crap, not more of this shit feeling, rather than an excited Letís do this. In a practical sense, this seems like a pretty bad game- and/or story-building failure: The heart of an adventure game or story, after all, is the impulse to get out into the wild unknown and see what there is to seeóto have an adventure. Breath of the Wildís opening hours seem perversely bent on punishing that impulse. Oh, wandered off toward the horizon, did you? Time to throw away all the weapons in your inventory dispatching the same three Bokoblins you fought 90 seconds ago at an identical campsite in a different spot. Your reward for this intrepid venture? A chest with a useless fucking opal in it and three shitty, disposable wooden clubs, all of which you will shatter at the next Bokoblin camp, 90 seconds later.

To a certain extent, what has happened is, my life has become incompatible with the way Breath of the Wild wants to dispense its pleasures. Iím older than hell now, and donít have much time to spend playing video games; in the average week, I play maybe five or six hours, spaced across three or four nights, after the kids have gone to sleep. A game in which an hour worth of play means grimly enduring a half-dozen same-y Bokoblin fights and a couple of dreary, empty shrines, spread across a world I donít like, rendered in colors that kind of gross me out, in pursuit of what promisesóif I Trust The Processóto become a magical and rewarding experience at some unknown point in the future, is not how I am looking to spend my limited game-playing time.


46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 29, 2017, 08:25:01 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 29, 2017, 05:12:14 PM

HORIZON ZERO DAWN (Honest Games Trailers)

https://youtu.be/Zlj03FjL3_g

That was awesome.

"It's kinda like Nat Geo, but all the animals are chain saws."   icon_lol
47  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 28, 2017, 03:26:03 PM
Elder Scrolls Legends (Hearthstone, but in the Elder Scrolls universe) is out now for iOS.  While Hearthstone never really grabbed me (mainly because of the lack of any single player component), this one looks pretty interesting.  Will give it a shot.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 28, 2017, 12:04:54 PM
Confirmed that you cannot tag specific body parts, just the monster itself.  Still, the vunerable parts glow when you're zoomed in, which I assume is supposed to make them easier to hit.  Unless you're a terrible shot, like me.  smile

The first big piece of the story puzzle dropped into place last night after listening to the CEO (vague to avoid spoilers).  I continue to be surprised at how fascinating and well-written the story is.  Now that I have Chief Daniels in my ear 24-7 (The Wire fans will get it), I'm off to figure out what the hell this Zero Dawn thing is.  Can't wait.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many hours a week do you work? How many hours do you game? on: March 28, 2017, 01:48:32 AM
Congrats on whichever new gig you decide on!

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 28, 2017, 12:56:56 AM

1) How many hours a week do you work?
2) Do you like/enjoy your job?
3) How many hours a week do you game?

1)  Depends on if I'm traveling or not.  When I'm on the road, I work between 60-70.  When I'm home, usually between 45-50.
2)  I love my job (selling soft skills and diversity training to federal civilian agencies), but it got exponentially more difficult about 6 months ago.  I'll let you guess why.  smile  So I might be looking to jump.  This gig pays really well though, so I'll probably stick it out for as long as I can while I look around and see what's out there.  I'm following a couple leads, but haven't gotten really serious about it yet.  Probably need to ramp up the job hunting effort significantly if things stay on their current trajectory.
3)  See #1.  When I'm home, I usually get 1-2 hours to game each night, then 4-8 hours on weekends (all depending on kid/wife activities).  When I'm on the road, I'll get a fraction of that.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How should I tackle the releases of March? on: March 27, 2017, 04:08:18 PM
I'm terrible at multi-tasking games, especially ones that have any amount of complexity in their systems.  I play one until I feel like I'm done with it, then jump into the next.

I started Zelda, played it for a week until Nier came out (a title suspiciously absent from your list, btw), finished Nier before jumping into Horizon, will finish Horizon before jumping into Persona 5, will finish P5 before Torment, etc. etc.  It'll be quite a while before I get to some of them (Torment and Mass Effect are probably furthest on the backburner), but that's generally better for me.  Trying to play multiple games ends up with me losing focus on both.

The only things I can play at the same time are MMO's (FF XIV is ongoing, for example) or casual games (Pocket Card Jockey, ftw).
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 27, 2017, 03:39:30 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 27, 2017, 01:43:13 PM

Hey, Skin... err, Gratch... maybe it's my imagination but it seems that specifically tagging those weak spots helps with hitting them. Or maybe it's just my imagination that I'm actually tagging them and not the whole beastie. LOL  Anywho, that and concentration (click R3) which I assume you are doing help.

I didn't think you could target specific body parts, just the animal itself.  Will have to check into that tonight.

I use R3 all the time, but find that I'm still absolutely terribly at aiming...even in slo-mo.   icon_lol
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Release date 3/3/2017 on: March 27, 2017, 03:34:34 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 16, 2017, 02:28:12 PM

I'm gonna call it right now Breath of the Wild will win Game of the Year from nearly every publisher out there. I know it's early in the year and no I haven't played Horizon, Nier, Resident Evil 7 or Nioh, but I really don't see any other game coming close. I expect Mass Effect to be great but even if it's as good as part 2 it still won't beat Zelda.

Having played both, I think Horizon is a far superior open world game in nearly every respect.  Zelda seems flat-out boring in comparison.  I played the first 8 hours of Zelda and came away mostly 'meh', but can't put Horizon down after nearly 20 hours.

Note that this is coming from someone who has no nostalgia for Zelda, so YMMV.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 27, 2017, 12:56:58 AM
18 hours in (level 22) and this game continues to wildly impress.  I hit Meridian (and the bazzilion side quests that comes with it), and have started working through them now.  Got a couple Shadow Weapons and some heavy stealth armor, and working my way towards more.  I was able to get a Golden Backpack, which makes jumping around between the multiple quests so much easier.  I love the fact that I can finish a main story quest, then just hop over to something else clear on the other side of the map that I haven't explored yet, and both are crazy fun.  That's usually not the case for me in open world games.

The main story is very interesting, and I'm really intrigued to see where it ends up.  Even the side quests, while they may ultimately boil down to fetch or kill this, are generally well written.  I'm not sure I've seen a better looking game since, well, ever.  It's truly stunning.

While the mechanical monsters are amazing, I find I enjoy battles against other humans a bit more.  Mostly because they're easier to kill, because seriously, I'm so damn bad at actually hitting those monster weak spots.    I usually alternate between dodging and flailing around wildly if I manage to get spotted.  I came across my first Thunderjaw on may way to Meridian...noooooooooope.  That thing was territying.  Oh, and those damn birds can just f**k right off.

My only real gripe with the game so far is with the spastic quest markers.  They'll have me run one direction, then suddenly switch and want me to go the other way for some reason.   I find myself using the custom waypoint more often than not.

We'll see how it ends up, but as of right now, this game could be one of my favorites of this entire generation. 
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/24/17 edition on: March 24, 2017, 11:31:39 PM
Probably just Horizon and trying to get over a gnarly cold.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 24, 2017, 01:45:39 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on March 20, 2017, 10:35:55 PM

Hey Gratch, both RHCP and Korn are using Babymetal as a support act for parts of their tours this spring.  Figured you'd appreciate that bit of info.  



I've got a huge update of albums coming, just haven't had the time to put it all together yet.  Such awesomeness so far this year in metal.  

Stay tuned...
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 23, 2017, 02:19:34 PM
There's a really awful segment towards the beginning of path C that has you walk through the entire map without any skills available (including running or jumping) as a virus slowly takes over your body.  You can see it here.  I've tried this section half a dozen times now, and get killed by the virus every single time.  I simply can't figure out how to beat the timer, even after watching a walkthrough video (those guys at the 2:15 mark knock me down into the pit every time, and it's impossible to get back up without running out of time).

It's utterly infuriating to the point where I've set the game aside entirely for now.  Will decide later if I actually want to go back to it.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Youtube Gaming Sites? on: March 22, 2017, 11:13:08 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 22, 2017, 10:30:45 PM

ACG-Detailed reviews, sarcasm, and he tests the game on all difficulty levels. Some minor profanity at times

Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzJc6jo-0XA

ACG has become my go-to site for video reviews.  I almost always agree with him, but even if I didn't, his reviews provide a ton of detail and insight that others simply don't have.  He does a fantastic job.

I also watch a lot of Mr Happy's stuff, which focuses primarily on Final Fantasy XIV.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 22, 2017, 02:04:50 PM
Cool, thanks.  I need to use the Focus skill more often, apparently.  Will give that a shot tonight.

Is there any sort of fast-travel option that opens up?

One other very minor gripe...every time I see "Aloy" my brain parses it as "Ahoy".  The overall game loses a bit of gravitas with a character called Ahoy.  smile
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 22, 2017, 04:17:56 AM
2 hours in, and completely blown away so far.  I mean, just...wow.  Story and characters completely hooked me from the get-go.  I love Aloy as a main character, and am really interested to see what they do with the world.  My only minor gripe is sometimes not being able to tell when a monster is lurking around.  Especially when it spots me from what seems to be about 500 yards away.

I'm a little worried it's going to get way too difficult for me (I'm seriously SO bad at aiming on consoles, even with the slow-down skill), but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

It's probably listed already upthread, but what are the "must-have" skills?
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 21, 2017, 08:43:40 PM
I'm going to play it eventually, but don't have any strong pull to do so right away.  It'll go at the top of the ever-expanding "rainy day" list.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 21, 2017, 08:42:21 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 21, 2017, 06:56:52 PM

<puts money on even Gratch liking it>

Hey!  I like games!  Sometimes...   paranoid
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 21, 2017, 02:04:39 PM
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This game is literally one of the best if not THE best game I've ever experienced.

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I'm now 30 or so hrs in and this is becoming my favorite game of the generation.

Sigh...fine, I'm in.  slywink  Will pick it up on my way home today.

If I don't like it, I'm blaming all of you.  slywink
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: March 20, 2017, 06:10:00 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 20, 2017, 01:11:39 AM

Guess I'm the only one getting ME:A?  Wonky animations aside, I'm still looking forward to playing this.

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

I have it pre-ordered, just not sure if I want it or not.  Waiting to see more feedback/reviews.
64  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 20, 2017, 06:07:44 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 20, 2017, 04:53:59 PM

Based on the love here, I bought the game. Holy hell it is seriously the best $7 ever spent.

Might be the best "hours/$ spent" ratio I've ever experienced.

Finished a horse in growth mode last night that went 9 (of 11) wins during her career.  Was one XP card short of level 10 when she finished.  Trying to decide whether to keep running her, or retiring and breeding her.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (March 19, 2017) on: March 20, 2017, 12:11:23 AM
On the fence with Mass Effect. 

Didn't realize Dreamfall was coming out on PS4.  Will probably give that a look as well.  The PC version has always had technical issues for me.
66  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 17, 2017, 02:06:00 PM
4 more GI wins this week, now up to 11.  Just 10 more to go.  smile

Level 10 Fire Boy, ftw.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 3/17/17 Edition on: March 17, 2017, 12:08:06 PM
Not much this weekend.  Taking Little B to Salt Lake Comic Con for her 8th b-day on Saturday and flying out on Sunday morning.

Probably just some Nier, FFXIV, and Pocket Card Jockey on the plane.
68  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 16, 2017, 02:02:14 PM

Quote from: katamaris4ever on March 16, 2017, 04:10:37 AM

The enthusiasm is based on mood; you'll want to get your horse at blue at all times,

Hmmmm, I don't think so.  I've had a number of races where I remained blue the entire time, but my enthusiasm was low because I didn't have enough energy (bad start only put me in a level 1 comfort zone and I couldn't get back in).  I know enthusiasm is tied to energy somehow, I just can't quite figure out the ratio.  Although, it could be a combination of both mood and energy.

Finished my 7th horse last night, and picked up another 4 GI trophies.  Lost a 4th one by literally .01 seconds.   mad
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 16, 2017, 03:41:16 AM
The back half of playthrough B is significantly different, and fills in a ton of the backstory around the machines and how the world came to be as it is.  Very cool how they aligned some of the sequences from 2B's story.  Definitely glad I slogged through the first few hours to get there.

I may or may not have made ample use of the auto-combat feature during this second playthrough.   ninja
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 15, 2017, 04:21:11 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 15, 2017, 03:24:43 PM

Rather unhappy preview by Rock Paper Shotgun

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The first few hours of Andromeda are a gruesome trudge through the most trite bilge of the previous three games, smeared out in a setting thatís horribly familiar, burdened with some outstandingly awful writing, buried beneath a UI that appears to have been designed to infuriate in every possible way.

Psst...look up.  slywink
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 15, 2017, 03:41:02 AM
The more I hear about this, the less interested I get.  I'm leaning strongly towards cancelling my pre-order and playing something else instead.  Maybe I'll jump into Torment when I finish with Nier.  

FWIW, here's Kotaku's initial impressions, which are decidedly more positive.
72  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Show me the tax returns!!!!! on: March 15, 2017, 12:09:04 AM
Well, this could get interesting.

Maddow claims she has Trump's tax return.   thumbsup
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 14, 2017, 03:55:59 PM
No, I'm doing it right...second playthrough is as 9S.  It's mostly just the same though, through the first couple hours.  There are some new short cutscenes interspersed throughout (the one about the robot singer at the amusement park was quite poignant), but the majority of the game is the same.

I haven't gotten to any of the parts where they're separated yet, so I'm sure that'll start looking significantly different once I do.

74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 14, 2017, 11:59:30 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 14, 2017, 09:01:07 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 14, 2017, 06:45:51 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 14, 2017, 06:00:28 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 14, 2017, 12:15:42 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 13, 2017, 09:33:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 13, 2017, 05:43:36 PM

If you subscribe to the EA Access program (not Early Access, Electronic Arts Access), which is available on Origin on PC or on Xbox One, you get to play certain games like Mass Effect Andromeda early.  You can download and play up to 10 hours of it on the 16th before the official launch on the 20th.  Everybody can buy a disc or digital version on the 20th.

Let's be completely honest here: Subscribers don't get the game early. There is no such thing. It's everyone else who gets it artificially late so that EA can get a certain amount of customers to pay even more for the same product without EA having to offer anything of substance in return. We, the potential customers, have a responsibility to not mindlessly repeat marketing lingo, but to see with our own eyes instead.

Just one more reason for me to leave EA on my no-buy list.

Meh.  They're trying to drive people to their subscription service (which is actually a hell of a deal at $5, if you don't already own those games), and are rewarding people with a few days head start if they sign up.   Doesn't seem much different that getting exclusive access for PS+ or XBLive subscriptions.

Hardly a phenomenon exclusive to EA, and certainly not something that's "OUTRAGE!!" worthy, imo.

Where did I show outrage? This hardly registers as a blip on my radar of reasons why EA doesn't get my money. I was just making a counterargument against blindly repeating what EA's marketing department is trying to teach us to say.

It was a little ranty, TiLT.  You've taken some sort of umbrage, and it's peppering every comment you make about EA.

I'm not criticizing your ban or irritation, I'm just pointing out that you should recognize the soapbox when you're on top of it.

Sure, it was a soapbox rant. I mean, of course it was. That has nothing to do with outrage in my world though. That's on a whole different level.

Fair enough, I should have phrased it better.  I meant "soapbox outrage around a video game", not anything serious.

That said, here's my issue with your statement:

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It's everyone else who gets it artificially late so that EA can get a certain amount of customers to pay even more for the same product without EA having to offer anything of substance in return.

EA isn't offering "nothing in return".  You're not paying EA $5 to get early access to this specific game.  You're paying $5 for a subscription service which provides unlimited access to an entire library of games (many of them very good, and quite recent), and you happen to get early access to this one (and others) as part of that subscription.

That's less "skeevy marketing ploy for an extra $5" and more "significant added value" in my book.  YMMV.
75  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: March 14, 2017, 03:43:43 AM
So, I just passed 1,000 hours in FFXIV tonight.   eek  While I'm sure that's a drop in the bucket compared to some of your MMO time, it's a number that I never thought I'd put into a single game in my entire life.

Still going strong too, working on getting a full set of 270 gear for my Bard before the new expansion comes out in June.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 14, 2017, 12:15:42 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 13, 2017, 09:33:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 13, 2017, 05:43:36 PM

If you subscribe to the EA Access program (not Early Access, Electronic Arts Access), which is available on Origin on PC or on Xbox One, you get to play certain games like Mass Effect Andromeda early.  You can download and play up to 10 hours of it on the 16th before the official launch on the 20th.  Everybody can buy a disc or digital version on the 20th.

Let's be completely honest here: Subscribers don't get the game early. There is no such thing. It's everyone else who gets it artificially late so that EA can get a certain amount of customers to pay even more for the same product without EA having to offer anything of substance in return. We, the potential customers, have a responsibility to not mindlessly repeat marketing lingo, but to see with our own eyes instead.

Just one more reason for me to leave EA on my no-buy list.

Meh.  They're trying to drive people to their subscription service (which is actually a hell of a deal at $5, if you don't already own those games), and are rewarding people with a few days head start if they sign up.   Doesn't seem much different that getting exclusive access for PS+ or XBLive subscriptions.

Hardly a phenomenon exclusive to EA, and certainly not something that's "OUTRAGE!!" worthy, imo.
77  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 13, 2017, 02:44:54 PM
Just started my 5th horse in Growth Mode last night, and have won 7 GI races.  I even bred a couple of my previous winners, but their offspring was disappointingly average. 

The one thing I can't really figure out is the formula for how energy converts to enthusiasm during the homestretch.  It seems to be entirely random.  I've had some races where energy of 120 gets me 100% enthusiasm, and others where having energy over 600 only gave me 85% enthusiasm.  I think it has something to do with the level of race (i.e. G1, GII, GIII) you're doing and the pace (i.e. super slow, normal, etc.), but it would be nice to have a better idea of what energy number I need to shoot for in order to get 100% enthusiasm.

The RNG aspects were driving me absolutely batty yesterday.  Things like having 100% enthusiasm and 2 boost cards for the homestretch...only to find myself boxed in and unable to move.  Or being down to that last card with 8 remaining on a Comfort Zone 3 solitaire deck, and not getting the match you need.  Or getting knocked completely off track by another horse, even though I had the gold crown (i.e. the most energy) which supposedly prevents that from happening. 

The game is still a ton of fun, but RNGeesus can be a real bastard sometimes.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: March 13, 2017, 02:36:01 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 13, 2017, 01:08:45 PM

I guess you can mark me down as your Mass Effect guinea pig.  I have bought a key for it from GMG and that origin access thing.

I'll be getting it next week for PS4.  Whether I actually start playing it or not is an entirely separate discussion.  smile
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 13, 2017, 12:13:01 PM
Keeping an eye on the new Styx game.  The first one showed some potential, but ultimately didn't nail the landing on the stealth mechanics.  If this one can figure that out, it could be a great game.

Other than that, I've got plenty to keep me busy for the next, say, 12 months or so.  smile
80  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: March 12, 2017, 08:30:25 PM
Someone mentioned Pocket Card Jockey in a weekend playlist thread a couple weeks ago.  I had some long flights last week, so decided I'd give it a shot.  It's only $7, no big loss if it sucks.

Holy hell...I literally cannot drag myself away from this game.  It's freaking brilliant.  It's a combination of horse racing, solitaire, and Pokemon that somehow all comes together and just...works.  I honestly played it for 6 hours straight on Tuesday, starting at the airport in DC then the entire 4+ hour flight home.  Here's a great article about how this it was the best game of 2016 that no one played, and I completely agree.

It takes a while to figure out what the hell is going on, but once it clicks, it's impossible to put down.  My only gripe is that certain races (and sometimes the career of that particular horse) can be won or lost on sheer luck.  You get a bad starting draw, someone bumps you off course, you misclick a card or miss a match...these can all spell disaster pretty quickly.  And since each horse has a limited time to advance, that one missed click can have a nasty snowball effect on the horse's development, and therefore success in future races.  Thankfully, this is mitigated by just how much damn fun the whole thing is.

I never would have possibly expected to enjoy a horse racing/solitaire matchup this much.  Talk about a game that came completely out of the blue!   eek
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